So after anticipating a slow travel year for 2015, what with my full-time job in Vancouver and no convenient school holidays to take advantage of, it struck me that I’m already off to a not so slow start.
In less than 24 hours, I’m headed back to Toronto (wasn’t I just there?) for a week of training at Free The Children HQ. I’m pretty excited to go through this FTC process and meet a bunch of new long-distance colleagues in our Toronto office. But I’m a little nervous for keeping up with my on-going work in the Vancouver office at the same time. And the onslaught of out-going people I’m sure to meet is a little daunting. However, I am really looking forward to catching up with a few friends and family members during my short 5 day visit. If only the frigid negative temperatures could stay away for those 5 days!
And then I’ll be back in Vancouver for a week and a half before taking off to… San Francisco! I found a pretty cheap flight (less than $200 roundtrip, leaving from Bellingham) and wanted to take advantage of our Family Day long weekend. It was a fairly spontaneous decision, and I’m sacrificing 3 vacation days (of my 10 for the year), but I’m so stoked to be going to SF. I first visited “Frannie” back in 2012 with my mom. In fact, it was one of my first blog posts and moments of solo travel. I’m really excited to revisit a city that I love and to spend time with some awesome friends who call Frannie home.
I cross back into Canada during the wee hours of the morning on Feb 10, only to return to the States two days later! This time, it’s for work. And, it’s only to Mount Vernon (2 hours from Vancouver). But I’ll be meeting with some of my Washington State youth and educators for the first time and get to practice some facilitation skills. Plus, I’ll be going down with my Team Washington crew and rumour has it we might stop at the outlet mall on the way back 🙂
Granted these upcoming trips (to Toronto, San Francisco and Mount Vernon) kind of pale in comparison to where I was headed in Jan/Feb of 2014 (5 days in Iceland before moving into my new apartment in Amsterdam and spending a long weekend in Milan). But that’s okay. Now that I’m more settled, I anticipate many more small trips to closer places. There are a ton of places around Vancouver I’ve only been to once (like Victoria and Whistler) or haven’t explored at all. And with my position at FTC, I have the opportunity to head down to Seattle a few times a year.
That’s not to say I’m turning my back on big trips and far off cities. My scratch-off world map isn’t going to scratch itself! But I do plan to appreciate the more local travel opportunities that I can take advantage of at this point in my life. I get to be a tourist in my own backyard and keep the ever-present travel bug at bay!
Holy blog updates, Batman! Seriously, this is like the 3rd post I’ve written this week! I doubt I’ll keep up this publishing schedule, or stick to any schedule religiously, so bare with me during my wordy weeks 🙂