This year, slow travel wins the race. Or is just better for not getting exhausted *during* the race. Or something.
Last year I did a lot of travelling. I visited various places in the UK, spent a week in Dublin, a couple of weeks in South Carolina, several days in different parts of Spain, and some other things I’ve probably forgotten about.
It was fun, but it was exhausting, so one of my pledges this year is to travel more slowly. No racing around to six destinations in a five-week period. Instead, I have fewer trips planned, but they’ll be longer.
I was supposed to be spending six months of this year abroad. Now it’s looking more like four or five, but it’ll still be a reasonable proportion of my time.
I’m also looking for someone who wants to rent a flat and a cat in London (UK) for three months from April-June while I’m in America. If you think you might be that person, drop me a line. I’m renting the place out *way* below market rate in exchange for catsitting duties.
Anyway, without further ado. Travel plans for 2016.
March : Lausanne, Switzerland
I have so far only travelled through and over Switzerland. I suppose I have stayed there, if you count sleeping on the airport floor in Geneva, which I don’t.
In March I’m heading to Lausanne for DFRWS, a digital forensics research conference. A friend of mine lives there and I’m hoping he’ll show me around. In any case, I think I’d be perfectly happy just climbing to the top of one of these hills and staring out at the view.
April-June : USA
Have I mentioned how much I love South Carolina? No? Well, I do.
I went there last year and had a brilliant time, but I was only there for about two and a half weeks.
This year, I’ll be renting a place there for three months. Most of my time will be spent there, except for a couple of weeks in Florida and a week in Las Vegas, with a possible detour to Arizona to see some friends.
I’m looking forward to doing some of the things I didn’t manage to fit in last time, including a helicopter ride over Myrtle Beach and volunteering with the Waccamaw river project, which involves going around on a little boat and cleaning up the islands.
October : Hong Kong
I’ll be honest, I’m not particularly looking forward to this one. I’m not really a fan of cities, despite living in London for most of my adult life. And Hong Kong looks very… well, cityish.
I’m going there for another digital forensics conference. I’ll probably only tag on an extra couple of days to explore after the conference is over, but hopefully I’ll be able to see a few things before I fly back home.
November – December : Malaysia? Africa?
I was planning a Big Africa Trip in November-December 2016. It was something I postponed from this year, and it was going to involve a few days in Ethiopia, a couple of weeks in Kenya and Uganda, and a month in South Africa.
However, the reason I was going was – you guessed it – a conference. And now the conference has been moved to Malaysia, which isn’t somewhere I’m desperate to visit. I definitely won’t go there for two months; I might go for the conference, or I might not. I might just decide to give up on the conference idea and do the Africa trip anyway. The downside of that being that I’d have to pay for it myself, which would be difficult to swing.
So, the end of the year is uncertain. But whatever happens, there are at least a couple of normal-sized trips in 2016, as well as one chunk of essentially moving abroad for quarter of the year.
Where are you heading this year?