Last year I wrote up a list of my 2012 travel goals. Looking back on what I achieved and what I didn’t was a really interesting process for me. It got me thinking of what my 2013 travel goals will be – and whether I will be able to achieve them all this time.
2013 Travel Goals
This year I have the added bureaucratic headache of not being allowed to leave the country while my spouse visa processes. We are hoping it will be approved before we plan to go back to Canada for a couple months (otherwise I need to get special permission from the Australian government to leave, and that permission is not easy to get) which is in late May. They are also not very good at working with time frames here at Australian Immigration, and I have been told my visa can take anywhere from 8 months to 18 months to process! That’s a loooooong time for a world wanderer like myself to have to stay put. So with that in mind, these are what we *hope* to achieve in 2013 – if the Australian government will allow it.
2013 Travel Goal #1 – Canada
We have lots of reasons to want to go to Canada. Well – it is my home country after all, and I haven’t been back in over two years to see my family, some of whose health is failing. Also, I have already bought my ticket to the TBEX conference, and there are also several important weddings happening this year that I don’t want to miss.
Of course, even though Canada is my home country there is still A LOT that I haven’t explored yet. Dan has never been to Canada, and our baby will still be young enough that a road trip is feasible – so why not! We plan to start in Ontario and make our way west, stopping in my home town of Winnipeg for a considerable amount of time, and then ending the trip in British Columbia. Not only will a road trip be a great way to see the country, but it is actually really expensive to fly directly to the city where I am from since it is so isolated. Some highlights we hope to check out are:
- Churchill, Manitoba – I am from Manitoba, but have never made it up to the northern most part of my province. We will be in Manitoba during Beluga whale and Arctic flower season. This will be something totally new for my Aussie husband, and is a big MUST DO on our list.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario – Can you believe I have never been to Niagara Falls? I have been to nearby Toronto several times, and to even nearer by Hamilton once as well, and yet have never seen one of the natural wonders that Canada is most famous for.
- Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta – There are several parks in Alberta that we are really excited to visit, but probably the most appealing one is Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta.
- Salt Spring Island, British Columbia – I have a friend who lives in Salt Spring, and have always wanted to visit after hearing her tales from her home town.
During our trip through Canada, we are heavily focusing on National and Provincial parks. More than half of the destinations we have slotted to visit are parks. Also, on top of exploring Canada’s natural beauty, it is really important to me to introduce my Australian husband to Canadian Aboriginal culture – it is so different from what he has experienced in Australia.
2013 Travel Goal #2 – Pacific Islands
Australia is the perfect base for exploring Pacific Islands. Last year I visited Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa. This year we want to visit at least one more. High up on our list is New Caledonia. Of course, this will depend on my visa situation. If my visa is still not approved, we can still visit some of the Pacific Islands that are technically a part of Australia; such as Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island (a very expensive island, but hey, one can dream?) or the Tiwi Islands.
2013 Travel Goal #3 – Asia (specifically Indonesia)
We have recently been approached by several companies that operate out of Asia, and in particular, Indonesia looking to partner with us. And as much as we want to scream YES YES YES, we have that pesky visa issue to navigate. Once my visa is approved, a flight to Indonesia will probably be how we celebrate.