This past weekend I sat down and finalized my travel itinerary for the rest of the year. One of my biggest goals in life is to travel and explore as much as possible. Having a trip to look forward to makes me almost as happy as binge watching Saved by the Bell. As much as I would love to travel oversees someday there are so many incredible places within the states that are a bit more practical (and affordable) for me to go to. Most of my trips this year are road trips (yay!) and centered around races or conferences. First up is the 2014 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan. I've been busting my butt to get ready for this race as I've heard the hills are brutal! I will be in Nashville for a few days before the marathon and can't wait to walk around the city and hunt for a pair of used cowboy boots. I mean really, what better city to buy my first pair?
In June I'll be backing up the car again to head to Fitbloggin 2014 in Savannah! I just found out last week that I will be speaking again and I will give you all the juicy details as soon as they are finalized.
Another conference I'm really hoping to make it to is IdeaWorld Fitness BlogFest with Sweat Pink in Anaheim, California. This would entail a plane ticket so I'm not sure if I can save up for it with all the other trips going on but the agenda looks amazing. Every single member of my extended family lives in Southern California and I may be able to justify the plane ticket more by flying in a few days early and spending some time with them. I haven't seen them since I was out there in 2005, 9 years ago! Every grandparent, aunt, uncle, and cousin.
An early birthday present to myself was registering for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 mile run at Disney World! My friend Christina and I will be driving down there to run that race (her first!), go to Halloween Horror Nights, and spend time with her family that live right outside of Orlando. We will be staying with them most of the time but probably get a hotel for the night of the race (and if you have any recommendations which one to stay at on the property please let me know!) I haven't been to Disney World in 25 years so I figured it was about time. Plus, I've never done a Disney Run and even though they are ridiculously expensive it's an experience I'd love to have. Finally, if I'm really, really good about saving (and a hotel deal I'm working on comes through) then I hope to spend a weekend in NYC in December! I went to Chicago last year to see snow and the city decorated for the Holiday and I can't think of a better way to end the year then seeing Christmas in New York. Fingers crossed that it will work out!
The timing of this planning works out well because I will have my four shiny new teeth paid off next month as well as one of my student loans. That's $500 extra a month! I'll be taking half of that money and using it for 'trip savings' and putting the other half toward paying off my other student loan. By December that should provide me with $2000 over the course of 8 months that I will dip into to use to help fund my trips.
I still get emails fairly regularly about how I support myself as a single gal so I'll probably do a financial update soon. My overall budget hasn't changed much from the last time (it's up about $240 a month because of more rent, cell phone, car insurance & internet.) Yay for fiscal responsibility!
What is on your travel agenda for 2014?