West Coast Road Trip
I’ve been wanting to do a west coast road trip for so long, which is why I’m so excited about our upcoming trip. The main purpose of the trip is a family reunion that my cousin is hosting in Temecula, near Los Angeles. However, instead of flying down, Chris and I are going to drive from Vancouver to Temecula. On the way there, we’re going to see some friends in Seattle, visit Arches National Park in Utah, hike into the Grand Canyon and back out again (22km in one day!), visit the 4 corners, and maybe even go to Joshua Tree National Park, depending on timing.
We’ll spend a few days in Temecula visiting with our family, then head back along I-5 through California, Oregon, and Washington to get back home. It will be over 5000km of driving over about 18 days, through 8 states.
Sol y Playas!
We're going to take our regular trip to sunny Puerto Vallarta this coming January. We love PV as it's a relatively quick, direct flight from Vancouver. We can escape the rain and take in the heat!
We'll stay in a small suite on the beach in the romantic zone. We can make our own breakfast, then wander a few steps down to the beach. We've been taking Spanish lessons as well, so hopefully the locals will let us practice.
Our budget for the trip is minimal as usual. We're staying in a 3-star hotel but upgraded to the room with a kitchenette so we can make our own food.
We're going down under!
November 2016 - January 2017
We're taking 2 months off to visit Australia and New Zealand. The first week of our trip will take us to the North Island of New Zealand and the remaining time will be spent in Australia.
We have non-specific plans when we're there as we want to be free to travel wherever we want. When we land in Auckland, we have our first 2 nights booked at a tent hotel. After that, we'll travel around the North Island, hopefully visiting Rotorua and Hobbiton, along with some beautiful beaches. When we land in Sydney, we'll spend the first 5 nights at a hostel in the city. When we leave Sydney, we plan to focus the rest of our time on the east and south-east coasts of Australia, including Melbourne, Tasmania, Brisbane, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Our budget for the trip is minimal. We want to spend as much time camping and staying in inexpensive accomodations as we can. Sampling local cuisine will include trips to the grocery store and taking advantage of the kitchens provided in hostels.