Travel Plans - 2015

September and October are gearing up to be very busy travel months for me. A work trip was just confirmed this past week, when combined with the my standard fall big trip and a number of small trips, September is going to be crazy.

At the very beginning of September, labor day weekend here int he US, a family member is getting married. This isn't the standard flight trip, it is a 5 hour drive to where the ceremony is going to be happening in Central New York State. Festivities will happen on that Saturday, but that is not the only thing that is happening in New York State for us.

Immediately following the wedding reception, there is another 2 hour drive up to the top of the State where my Great Aunt lives. It has been many years since I've had the chance to go visit my Aunt. She is having a celebration for her birthday, and we get to hang out at her lake front property. It has always been a favorite place of mine to just hang out for a weekend, however, we won't be in a lap of luxury, we will be camping. It will be at a campground, so some amenities included, but it'll be a good time.

After returning to work for only 3 days, the next step is to jump on a plane to Portland, Oregon. It has been far too long since I've visited my Aunt and Uncle who live outside of Portland. It has long been planned to return there and pay them a visit. My Uncle has been a big influence on my life. He was a pilot and was the first person to ever teach me to fly a plane. While I didn't ultimately follow the pilot route (though I plan to get my private license soon), I did fall in love with airplanes, spacecraft and become an Aerospace Engineer. This trip is long overdue, and the excitement is building.

After returning from Oregon, the next trip is a quick one to New York City. This trip is probably the least worked out at this point. There was a convention that was planned for New Jersey where we had booked a hotel room quite a while ago. Imagine my surprise when I checked the reservation this past week, and the reservation was gone. Ready to call them up and ask them what in the hell they were thinking, I checked the convention website... it's been moved to NYC. Well Radisson Hotel, might have been nice to have informed me of the cancellation... in any possible way. Since it was moved the NYC, the tickets still haven't been put up, the venue isn't locked down and we are about a month away... Finger crossed this one works out, but I really have no plans even set for this trip yet.

Next up, only a week later, business trip to San Diego, California. This one is going to be an interesting trip. I live in Philadelphia... well I personally live on the outskirts of Philly, while my girlfriend lives downtown. For those unaware, the Pope is visiting the city on the 26th and 27th of September. This is a bit of a problem, since they are expecting an influx of people (1.5 million) that would double the city population. I need to fly to San Diego, but with the Pope her and the many road closures expected, I had to book my flight for Monday in order to avoid the terrible situation expected on the weekend.

The Pope situation is a bit of a nightmare for locals, traffic rules basically will let people out of Center City, but not back in. Traffic is already awful here, imagine doubling the population really really fast. My drive to the airport is going to be interesting at the least. Since I live on the outskirts of the city, I am outside most of the traffic closures. However, my girlfriend is a physician, so she is required to be at the hospital for emergencies that weekend. I also may be having a friend of ours stay with me that weekend so she can get to work on Monday. All of this is a crazy situation that is going to require some creative planning.

After San Diego, then only 3 works days... I'm taking my big trip of the fall to Seoul, South Korea. This has always been a destination I've really wanted to visit. So, when I saw some great fares recently, i booked the flight. It's going to be 5 full days in Korea... long for my usual trips. Much is planned, I'll dive in deeper in future posts.

Lastly, and one that is still on the drawing boards, work trip to France. This is still in the works, and could change at any time.

This is the plan for this year, I'll have more on the plans for 2016 in the next post. Stay tuned for more adventures.