Vacation Plan Changes & Travel Dreams
We decided to skip planning a trip to Northern Italy this year. Skip Cinque Terre, skip the dolomites, skip the lakes in Switzerland, skip the Matterhorn. (Not that we could have done ALL of that anyway.) The idea was only half-formed, so it wasn’t so hard to abandon it. Not that Northern Italy and Switzerland aren’t worth going to. I’m sure they very much are. But my initial cost and time estimates for the trip were making it look possible, but expensive.
We went to Europe last year AND the year before. The only reason it was even on the table for 2012 is because T is going to Switzerland for work this fall and I thought I could turn it into a trip. I really want to go to Patagonia (or South America in general) or Nepal (Annapurna) for our next big trip, but these trips are too long and expensive to be possible this year.
Still, I was daydreaming about Patagonia, looking at flights and itineraries and drooling over the stunning pictures of the mountains. I am in love with mountains. But then it dawned on me… If what I really want this year is a stunning mountain/wilderness vacation, how about Alaska?
I did some quick checking and yes, it will be MUCH cheaper to go to Alaska, and probably would be equally amazing to me. T enthusiastically agreed. So, Alaska it is! That’s all the further I’ve gotten in my planning, but I’m definitely going to Denali, we are definitely camping at least a couple nights, and I definitely want to do some mountain biking. And probably do some glacier walking again.
So, who has been to Alaska? Was lodging/food expensive? What did you do?
(But Patagonia and Annapurna, and while we are at it, Kilimanjaro, are still on my life list.)