Roadtrip Planning

RU6A3271It’s already June and I haven’t really started planning my short summer vacation in the end of July. I have to pull myself together now! At first I thought I could stay in Finland and do some roadtripping to see some cool places here, but as the few warm days in May have passed and it’s cold and rainy again, I don’t know what was I thinking? 😀

And I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Plitvice national park in Croatia for quite many years now, so now I’m thinking, is it easy and safe to drive in Croatia (and in the neighbouring countries)? If I would rent a car and move my roadtrip there? I think it’s definitely an idea I have to take into a serious consideration…

Pictures are from last weekend when we drove to my cousins graduation party over 400 kilometres. Maybe that sort of filled my roadtrip-cravings in Finland too… 😉

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Travel Goals

Hmmm, not sure how much I get to travel this year since it’s already the end of February and I haven’t been anywhere. 😉 But I have a few dreams for the year that I hope I could carry out… Or at least just one of them. Please?

  1. Some close-to-home, quick weekend trips: to my all time favorite Stockholm and maybe to some new acquaintances for me; Copenhagen and St. Petersburg?
  2. Comprehensive homeland tour: It would be just fun to tour Finland! It’s been a while.
  3. I wouldn’t mind a lovely vacay in Europe, Paris is always a good idea right? And I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Plitvice lakes in Croatia for illegally long now too.
  4. Old darlings and new crushes further: New York, New York? And maybe finally South Africa?

I constructed a sort of a mind map for the travel goals from my old trips. I’m not after these exact countries, but this combination of wide-ranging trips. Destinations I can rely on, other ones that are exotic and new for me, some close and some far – all in a perfect ratio. Is it too much to ask?

Summer Destination

P1000345Can you guess from the picture above where I’m headed on my vacation in August?

Well, I got to admit, this is a bit surprising choice for me, since I haven’t been on a package holiday or on a proper beach vacation in a long time! But going through different travel options my eyes caught such a cheap great package deal for flights + hotel, we decided to switch touring Croatia and Montenegro to Greece. And more specifically to the island of Kos.

I’ve read a lot of good (and also some bad) about that place, but it sounds pretty perfect right now. I checked that there should be enough to do, but not too much so that I can concentrate on loading my batteries. 😉 Because my summer holiday is so short (basically all I have is the time I’m traveling), I mostly want to just be and relax. My mom knows how I can easily get when I’m traveling. For example in New York I sometimes had a tight minute schedule for us, so that we would have time for everything. Now I want laying on the beach, reading a good book and enjoying slow dinners more, than that sightseeing-schedule (which is good in some situations though, don’t get me wrong!). But right now, I’m saving the cravings I have for sights in Croatia for when I have more time (and well, money…).

I’m prepared for the fact that Kos might be a horrible tourist trap and that the euro-crisis could also get worse and spoil the whole thing! But the sun should be shining, there are beaches all over, Kos should be a paradise for riding a bike (I’ve gotten really into biking lately), and not to mention Greek food and history… So I’m sure I’ll handle a week there. 😉 And I checked it’s also easy to make a daytrip to Turkey from there.

I have been to Greece once with my parents, right after high school. The pictures are from that trip to Corfu (I had just gotten my first digital camera, a little pocket-size one, that I took the pictures with). I have only good memories (though it was a bit too hot sometimes, about 40 celcius degrees), and I’m hoping Kos won’t let me down either.

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Holiday Inspiration

Gilis, Indonesia

This week I got the dates for my summer holidays finalized. Because I have a new job, I only get a 6 day holiday, but combining them wisely with my shifts, I managed to get 12 days off. That’s already a good “time-out” of work, and of course a great chance to go somewhere. 😉

My summer holiday won’t be until the end of August, but I guess I could already start planning it, to make most of the twelve days. The question is, where to go? Somewhere cheap but nice? Somewhere when I can lay on the beach but still do and see stuff when I get bored? Right now I’m thinking Croatia or Greece etc. But a holiday by a lake in a cottage in Finland isn’t totally out-ruled yet either…

Some inspiration from previous travels from recent years. On my holiday, I wouldn’t mind sunny weather and this kind of views!

Miami Beach, USA

Miami Beach, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Nice, France

Nice, France

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Masaya, Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Gilis, Indonesia

Gilis, Indonesia

Sunday Readings

Sunday, what a great day to have a break from thesis-theory books, and read about traveling. Without no sure or any yet arranged travel plans for this year, my travel fever is starting to burn stronger and stronger. I’m getting myself too many bright ideas from The New York Times article: 52 Places to Go in 2014. Hmmm, I’d be happy even for one out of those 52 for this year (maybe even a rerun with one of those, that I’ve checked earlier, would do…)!

Dalai Lama is a wise man, and as he would say: “Go at least once a year to a place you have never been before.” We should listen to him, right?