I really hope you’re not expecting some elaborate destination. Not that we’ve ever really done anything outside of California, but the things we have done
- Have been expensive trips. – Mostly because they’re Disney trips and no matter which way you swing it, Disney trips require more spending than we’re allowing from ourselves right now.
- Which means we aren’t really gaining NEW experiences. Of course every experience in Disneyland is magical and different on it’s own… we pretty much see the same things when we go. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love Disneyland… I just want to broaden my experiences a bit and chase a little bit of adventure.
We had a fun year and we got to see a lot of Disneyland, but things are going to be a lot more simple around here… so that mean our trips will be also.
This year we are cutting back drastically on our spending, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop exploring. All it means is that we will be looking into more low budget or no budget options. Those are always nice to have in our back pockets anyway, right?
One of the things I’ve always had an irrational fear of is being in nature. I hate admitting it because I know it makes me vulnerable to ridicule, but bugs really give me the heeby jeebies. That being said, I love the idea of being in nature. I love the tranquility, the fresh air, and the sounds of nature. So I want to do more outdoorsy things whenever we can!
- Visit the State Capitol
Part of the reason we want to see more is to educate our kids. Give them every opportunity to learn about the world they live in. Spending a day in Sacramento and visiting the State Capitol is almost a must this year. They’re both old enough to appreciate it!
- Take a hike in Yosemite National park
The outdoorsy thing I was tellin’ ya about. I am doing all of the research and preparing my tush off to help with any anxiety I have about being in nature.
- Amtrak to San Diego!
This one seems the most unrealistic because it is pricey and well… we’re just not about it right now. BUT! I fully believe in creating goals that are out of reach. You never know what can happen!
- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Lancaster
Another learning opportunity for our kids to experience with us. I didn’t grow up in a home where we took trips with the intention to have fun and educate, so another perk to prioritizing this in our home is I also get to experience it all for the first time with them.
There are so many cute little towns in this general area. We may turn this into a work trip to get content in some of the cutest little towns in California.
- Go camping by the beach (let me warm up to the bug thing, okay?)
My family already has plans to camp this year and I really want to make it work this year but (seeing as how we’re not normally outdoorsy people) we don’t have a lot of camping gear.
I’ll have to be on the lookout for killer sales if I want to make this happen for us. (If you have any recommendations, be sure to let me know!)
So there you have it. The 5 places I want to visit in 2020. I think I’ll always come up with 5 places at a time. It seems attainable and not intimidating at all now that I’ve finished.
I’d love to hear your top 5 places for 2020 travel in the comments!