The last five months of the year hold big things for myself and my family with a ton of trips booked and lots of firsts for both our son Frankie and the rest of us.
Travel Plans Through November
The pandemic certainly slowed things down for my family as did starting a couple of businesses. We had a little bit of a travel freeze while we welcomed my son, Frankie, into the world but the shackles have been lifted and the back half of the year is packed. We haven’t planned anything for December yet (I am eyeing Southeast Asia, it’s been too long) but we will see if we have any capacity left following this schedule.
On a map, there are lots of lines but not a great single distance crossed. In fact, just two trans-Atlantic trips would come close the the same amount of travel.
However, out of a 121-day period beginning in August, we will be away from home 71 of those days on nearly ten different journeys. It may not look like much on the map but it’s an awful lot.
New Countries, New Methods – Plenty of Firsts
For Frankie, he has yet to stamp his passport, something our daughter, Lucy, crossed off the list at just eight weeks old. He’s going to make up for it quickly. For Carly, and myself, we haven’t focused much on the Caribbean possibly because it always seemed within reach. We are going to start charting a path through those countries in the coming months.
There are a number of firsts along the trip. For everyone but me, it will be their first cruise (two of them scheduled during the period), it will be Frankie’s first theme park visit, we will all add six unique countries, Frankie will stamp eight for the first time. There’s a healthy mix of flights, resorts, hotels, and two different cruise lines among those trips.
In total, more than 16,000 miles, 18 flights, two cruises, and a handful of roadtrips. This is a Stewart family baptism by fire.
Bigger Trips Soon
Some of you might have snagged the American Airlines deal from last week for New York to Paris. We did too, but that trip will likely add another two countries on top of France for Frankie and at least one for Lucy. There will be villas and street cars, and family heritage journeys we always wanted to take but never have. We have yet another trip in February, that will add a couple of more new places for all of us and that’s without a potential stop in Asia. Oh, and behind-the-scenes access to Space tourism.
We are so excited to share award flights, adults-only trips, and experiences we have longed for over the last couple of years. It’s a season of firsts, it’s a season of new travel.
The back half of our year is packed with travel and experiences in a way we haven’t stacked them before. My son will christen his passport with a ten stamps inside of six months, and we will all see new places, try new foods, and demonstrate new methods to see this beautiful world of ours. We can’t wait for you all to join us.
What do you think? Are there any destinations you see on the map you’re looking forward to learning more about?