All My Bags are Packed--Travel Plans 2024

Gramps49Gramps49 Shipmate
Wife and I will be flying to Seward, Alaska and sail down to Vancouver BC, visiting several Alaskan and Canadian ports in September.

What are your plans?
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  • NicoleMRNicoleMR Shipmate
    Amsterdam some time this year.

    Just came back from a week in Florida.
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    We’re hoping to visit Padua and Ravenna in Italy in the Fall - in addition to the frescoes all over Padua there’s a botanical garden that Ms. Marsupial wants to see. Ravenna for the architecture and the mosaics.

    This was originally going to be part of a longer vacation with my parents but for various reasons they’ve decided they don’t want to travel that far this year. We suggested going somewhere closer by where they haven’t been before - possibly Chicago, where my maternal grandfather studied for a time but my mother has never been. I’ve always wanted to do one of the architecture boat cruises.
  • MamacitaMamacita Shipmate
    @Marsupial there are a few of us Chicagoans on the Ship, so feel free to pm me with questions. An architectural boat tour is wonderful (the one by the Chicago Architectural foundation is the best).

    As for me, I’m going to Paris in September with a college alumni group. I’m really looking forward to some new adventures in a city I love.
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    Thanks @Mamacita !
  • Gill HGill H Shipmate
    Anaheim, California (sadly our budget won't allow for a longer trip to take in anywhere else, as we would have wished). If you know, you know...!
  • RockyRogerRockyRoger Shipmate
    Papworth Hospital. Two bags packed plus books.
  • la vie en rougela vie en rouge Purgatory Host, Circus Host
    I, OTOH am fleeing Paris with great haste, on account of not wanting to be around when the Olympics are on. Apart from the Olympics, we are also fleeing the heat. We going to foie gras land (hot, but air conditioned) punctuated by a week in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and thence to the Tyrol (all up mountains, so not hot). We'll finish with a trip to the parental abode in England.
  • Gill HGill H Shipmate
    Sounds lovely!

    I had to work through the London Olympics, but fortunately all the locals had believed the prevailing message of “The tube will be hell, don’t go there” and as a result I had the quietest, most enjoyable commute ever!
  • Gee DGee D Shipmate
    edited March 5
    Marsupial wrote: »
    We’re hoping to visit Padua and Ravenna in Italy in the Fall - in addition to the frescoes all over Padua there’s a botanical garden that Ms. Marsupial wants to see. Ravenna for the architecture and the mosaics.

    Nothin, but nothing, can prepare you for the mosaics. They are stunning - perhaps what we have most valued seeing in many many trips to Europe.
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    We are off to Heidelberg, Germany -where my son and family live - on Thursday 🙂
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host
    After a "big" vacation to the UK in 2022, last year and this year are "staycation" years for us, purely for financial reasons -- our only trips have been within Newfoundland or to the neighbouring province of Nova Scotia.

    There is plenty to see and do here on our island, but I am really hoping for more international travel in 2025 (our 30th anniversary and my 60th b-day, so really worth celebrating) -- definitely back to England again, and hopefully to Portugal and Spain (where we've never been) as well.
  • I'm pretty much retired now and without caring responsibilities any more, am pushing the boat out. Or, I would be pushing a canal boat out if the elder Gamaliette were not still in a strop with me.

    I'm indulging myself with a few days in Porto and Guimares later this year. I've not been to Portugal since 1980. I don't mind solo travel in small doses.

    The Big Trip though is going to be an eco-tourism group thing in Madagascar looking for lemurs, chameleons and exotic flora and fauna. I don't generally approve of long-haul flights and wealthy westerners doing their thing in developing countries but reckon it may help preserve what remains of the rain-forest there if people visit.

    Since Mrs Gamaliel died I've generally been away only for a few days here and there. A couple of short cycling jaunts in Burgundy, the occasional poetry festival or event.
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host
    Daughter-Unit and I are taking the Littlest Jedi to see The Mouse next month. :blush:
    D-U runs the races there, and LJ and I will relax and go on princess and Darth Vader safaris.
  • EigonEigon Shipmate
    I usually go to one SF Convention a year. This year I'm going to EasterCon (in glorious, sunny Telford) and WorldCon in Glasgow. I have already bought a kilt in the convention colours! Also, I'm off to Cyprus shortly to see my mum - which is a bit nervewracking, as I haven't flown for years!
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host
    What's the best time of year to go to Portugal, assuming I do get to go? I like warm weather (like warm enough to wear shorts and swim outdoors).
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Trudy wrote: »
    What's the best time of year to go to Portugal, assuming I do get to go? I like warm weather (like warm enough to wear shorts and swim outdoors).

    We were last there (in the Algarve) in June, which was mid to upper 20s C which I found plenty hot enough. I remember Lisbon and the Douro being comfortable in September. In fact November was perfectly tolerable outdoors.

    I would avoid July/August. Heck, I would avoid the entire Med/southern Europe that time of year these climate-changing days.

  • I was hoping to ride a train from San Francisco to Southern CA, but finding out it will require a change of trains and arriving at 2 AM at my destination has made me give up the idea. I was looking forward to the adventure of a train trip now it looks like I will have to fly which I hate the hassle of.
  • TheOrganistTheOrganist Shipmate
    Last year was entirely taken up with The Build so the boat was let out through an agency and is due to be returned to us on 30th March, with a handsome cheque too. Accordingly, we are planning to sailher to either the Canaries or, my choice, the Azores. If the latter, we'll go over to Ireland over a long weekend, fly home and then go onward at the end of July. Elder son and his wife are up for at least two weeks, younger is owed masses of leave so is trying to wangle a straight 4 weeks, and the lodger, being a schoolmaster, has loads of time. Various friends are also keen to join us for all or part so ... watch this space.
  • TwangistTwangist Shipmate
    In an unprecedented amount of holidaying : as a couple revisiting the Isles of scilly (our honeymoon location) for our silver wedding this summer.
    And butlins with as a family with a family of friends.
  • SparrowSparrow Shipmate
    Taking off on Easter Sunday (regretfully missing Easter at my church) to Mexico to see our eighth Total Solar Eclipse, from Torreon. Then to San Diego for a few days.
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    I'm off to Umbria in June walking with my husband and then back to Italy in September for a week working on my Italian. I'll be staying near Bologna and a trip to Ravenna is scheduled so I might bump into you @Marsupial.
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host
    Firenze wrote: »
    Trudy wrote: »
    What's the best time of year to go to Portugal, assuming I do get to go? I like warm weather (like warm enough to wear shorts and swim outdoors).

    We were last there (in the Algarve) in June, which was mid to upper 20s C which I found plenty hot enough. I remember Lisbon and the Douro being comfortable in September. In fact November was perfectly tolerable outdoors.

    I would avoid July/August. Heck, I would avoid the entire Med/southern Europe that time of year these climate-changing days.

    Oh, definitely. Since I quit teaching and am no longer restricted to travelling during school holidays, I would never go abroad in July/August -- not only are most places too hot, they're also too crowded, and in addition, those are the only two months of good weather we get here at home, so why leave?

    I was thinking May or September for Portugal if we do make it there in 2025.
  • In contrast to all you globe-trotters, I think my *holiday* will be a short stay in Bexhill, Sussex, for my cousin C's wedding party in July (she and her fiancé are getting married in Cyprus a few days before...their home is in Bexhill).
    :sunglasses:
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host
    I like Bexhill. It’s where as a child I had my first experience of sea bathing, and from my father and his father learnt the fun of dams and other waterworks in the low tide sand. Also the de la Warr Pavilion is well worth a visit. My mother’s father was (almost?) the only doctor in Bexhill during the war years.
  • Well, my sister is probably going to organise me, and drive my car to get us there, so we may take the opportunity to spend some time on the prom or beach!

    Living in west Kent for most of my childhood and youth, Hastings was a popular destination for days out.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I haven't made any plans yet, but I'm hoping a trip up to Orkney will feature at some point - I need my northerly fix!
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    Sarasa wrote: »
    I'm off to Umbria in June walking with my husband and then back to Italy in September for a week working on my Italian. I'll be staying near Bologna and a trip to Ravenna is scheduled so I might bump into you @Marsupial.

    Sounds like fun. We’re targeting early October so will probably just have missed you…

  • At the end of April we will spend a long weekend in the Southern Highlands of NSW with friends from my teachers' college - our annual reunion celebrating 54 years since we arrived there to commence our training.
    We have $1750 worth of pandemic-related credits with Air NZ, but now the cost of flights has fallen so precipitously we are contemplating a business-class return flight and a motoring holiday once we get our health issues sorted out. Luckily the credits have been extended, yet again, to 2026.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Trudy wrote: »

    I was thinking May or September for Portugal if we do make it there in 2025.

    If you do, can I recommend including Tomar in your itinerary, after Lisbon and Belem.
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    We are having house sitters looking after the house and dogs. So Much Cleaning is happening before they arrive!
  • Alan29Alan29 Shipmate
    Just spent a week in Tenerife to get some sun. Never been before. Lovely sunshine but where we were was a celebration of 1001 ugly things to do with concrete.
    For years we took our kids camping in France. It's been a few years since we last did it and we have both missed it. So we are going to the south of Brittany in June. Renting a static caravan on a super posh campsite and doing the history and the markets.
  • I've got a couple of work trips which I'm mildly nervous about, since it's the first time I'll be representing my company on my own, so to speak. Pray I do it well?

    I also get to go see my son graduate in May, and then pack him off to Italy for a week or so. Living vicariously through my kid, I've never been able to leave the continent. Hope I can do it sooner rather than later.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    I've got a couple of work trips which I'm mildly nervous about, since it's the first time I'll be representing my company on my own, so to speak. Pray I do it well?

    I also get to go see my son graduate in May, and then pack him off to Italy for a week or so. Living vicariously through my kid, I've never been able to leave the continent. Hope I can do it sooner rather than later.

    Whereabouts in Italy are you packing him to? I've been to Genoa, Venice, Florence, Padua, Pavia, Erice, Milan, Assisi and various bits of countryside. All fascinating but different.

  • Modena, Vignola, Florence, Venice (I'm SO jealous), and Bologna are on the list. It's a school tour.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    I would pass on Venice these days in favour of Trieste. Not that I'm likely to be going abroad any time soon. Given Mr F's mobility, it'll be places on the British mainland accessible by train.
  • Seems harder than it used to be to get organised - an age thing? Somehow, family visits in North America don't count as travel, and there was a lot of that last year. We will be back in Scotland in a few weeks at long last, after more than a year, to see friends and family, and a short trip through Ireland to visit the village in Antrim where my paternal grandfather was born. There must be some relatives there, but we haven't found any yet.

    For some reason, the accursed Virgin Money (late Clydesdale) suddenly doesn't like me using the credit card account I've used for about fifty years and I've lost count of the calls to tell them that I am neither a scammer nor being scammed when I book hotels in Ireland. Next ordeal will be trying to hire a car for a couple of days.

    Any 'must see' suggestions for two days in Dublin?
  • I get to go on yet another speaking trip for my organization in October (yay!) and I think the powers that be are a bit bemused by that reaction. But really, they shouldn't be--I'm an introvert by nature, but we've been working from home since covid started, and there's only so much silence I can take. (My dog resents the implication that she's not enough.) So they're taking advantage of my cabin fever to get other people off the hook, and I get to go see people!!!! I'm under orders to bring back fresh cheese curds from Wisconsin for the group. This will be the third trip this year.
  • NicoleMRNicoleMR Shipmate
    Not too much of a trip but I've made plans to go to my 40th college reunion and stay two days on my college campus at the end of May.
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    I got books on Padua and Giotto for my birthday. Now we have to go. :smile:
  • questioningquestioning Shipmate
    Ten days in Ottawa this summer to visit our 24 year-old-son and catch up with old friends and haunts. We live practically at the west coast of Canada. We could fly to Paris for less :confounded:

    I love hearing about the European trips that you folks are able to take as if the places are in your backyard - which, I suppose, they are!
  • NenyaNenya All Saints Host, Ecclesiantics & MW Host
    Any 'must see' suggestions for two days in Dublin?

    I've only been to Ireland once and since then have discovered that, like you, my paternal grandfather was born there so I'm keen to go back now that I know that. We did visit Dublin when we were there and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Guinness factory (I don't even like Guinness) and our tour on the open-topped bus. If you are lucky enough, as we were, to get a driver who does live commentary (rather than the on-board recording, although I'm sure that's good as well) you'll be in fits of laughter all the way round and likely to be part of a whole bus full of people singing "Molly Malone".

    Regarding our holidays this year, we've just come back from a really nice week in Norfolk and have as yet no other set plans.
  • DiomedesDiomedes Shipmate
    Off to Dublin tomorrow - then County Clare. Let the music begin!
  • EigonEigon Shipmate
    I was in Dublin in 2019 for WorldCon - I was sorry I wasn't able to find the time to go to the Trinity College Library (next time!)
  • Lots of YayLots of Yay Shipmate
    I’m going to Finland/Sweden/Denmark/Norway in October and travelling around by boat, bus, train and plane. There’s a conference in Copenhagen to make part of it a tax deduction. Looking forward to the boat around the Norwegian fjords and the overnight train from Stockholm to the top of Norway. And Lego land!

    Then in December is a trip to Japan including Tokyo, Kobe and various day trips on the island of Kyushu.

    Then hopefully in may or June a trip to Melbourne to see a friend and take a road trip to have a red panda experience at a rural zoo.
  • chukovskychukovsky Shipmate
    I have two work trips planned, both by train North of England-London-Brussels and then one is an overnight train to Prague and one a shorter hop to the Netherlands.

    These will be without children. Those with lively children will know that it is worth lengthy travel to get peace and quiet.
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Contemplating IAS ( International AIDS Society )meeting in Munich July 2024). Full-on will be brain dead afterwards….
  • EigonEigon Shipmate
    I rushed into Hereford on Saturday to panic buy a suitcase - my boarding pass for the flight had just come through, and the dimensions of the suitcase you were allowed to take was rather smaller than my usual suitcase. Over the course of the day, though, thanks to a lovely lady at one of the suitcase shops, we realised that the dimensions only referred to the carry on luggage, not the suitcase in the hold. I bought a new, smaller suitcase anyway, since a shop on the square was closing down and it was a bargain!
  • @Nice work Eigon - luggage is expensive, getting a bargain is great. I remember taking the kids away for a weekend, interstate and needing to buy a suitcase for our souvenirs. Fortunately we found a suitcase on special at a travel shop.

    Our biggest luggage mistake was thinking that the weight allowance meant we could take one very large suitcase for all 4 of us. Not good to find out at check-in that it was not the case. Rushed round to luggage shop and then had to repack suitcase in the airport and catch the next plane as we'd missed our checkin. Husband had also not realised he would have to pay excess baggage for his hockey goalie gear which had to travel with us. Grrr

    @Lots of Yay, we travelled to a zoo which had Pandas on loan back in 1988, it was a 3 hour drive for us. When we got there it suddenly dawned on me that the Panda enclosure was several metres away from us and if they decided not to come out, that we may have had a wasted trip. However, the Pandas did decide to socialise and came down the hill from their enclosure quite close to the fence of the enclosure. It really felt as though I could touch them. There were so many people there to view them that there was quite a crowd, but after a few minutes a lot of people moved along and we were able to get a long lengthy view of them. I do recommend it if you get the chance.
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    That would have been Xiao-Xiao and Fei-Fei who were on loan to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney 1988-9. Everyone was hoping for a baby but the happy couple did not oblige…
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Or did they have a spell at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo?
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