As June comes to a close, so does the first half of 2017, making it the perfect time to check in on my 3-2-1 travel plan and for you to do the same.
If you are thinking to yourself, what the hell is this 3-2-1 travel rule, don't worry, I'll explain it.
In a nutshell, it’s:
3: the number of weekend getaway trips you should sprinkle throughout the year.
2: the number of states (other than your own) you should visit.
1: the number of times you should get out of the country.
I put together my own travel plan at the beginning of this year.
So, how have I done? Let's take it step by step:
Get out of your city
I’m kicking ass when it comes to getting out of Sacramento. I quickly met the three weekend getaways expectation I set out in my 3-2-1 travel rule; however, I have yet to go to Solvang, as I originally planned. Rather my weekend getaways consisted of the following:
Calistoga - Just above Napa, the heart of California’s wine country, you will will find Calistoga. This small town has a lot to offer: large-scale wineries and tourist attractions, as well as smaller family-owned wineries, and businesses that make the town comfortable and welcoming.
Sonora/Calaveras County - Sonora lies two hours southeast of Sacramento, nestled between the Stanislaus National Forest and New Melones Lake. The city made its mark in mining and served as a booming hub for trade and industry during the gold rush. Now the town serves more tourists than it does miners, catering to them with a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, historical landmarks and gorgeous hiking trails and views.
Disneyland - The Happiest Place on Earth costs a pretty penny to get into and with big crowds forming long lines, you need a game plan to maximize your time in the park.
Sutter Creek - Located just an hour outside of Sacramento, Sutter Creek is a convenient weekend getaway worth its weight in gold.
These short trips were essential to maintaining my sanity. It's hard starting a new job and not having days off to recuperate, travel and to just feel restored. Weekend getaways can give you the distance you need from your everyday life, with the accessibility of going back to your regular routine. They can be booked way in advance or you can just pack your bags on Saturday morning and hit the road.
I've yet to fulfill this bucket of my 3-2-1 plan. Unless of course you include the State of Jefferson, which I've visited several times.
However, initial plans are in place for an October trip to Las Vegas. Britney Spears tickets have been purchased, so now I need to round out my plans by booking a hotel room and airfare.
The other or of state trip I want to take this year is to New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally I thought to take this trip during the Fourth of July holiday, but skyrocketing prices don't make it practical. So that plan is in hold for now. It’s worth exploring a November or December trip.
Get out of the country
In January, I started a new job, which meant that I had to start from scratch accumulating paid time off. With hours in the bank, I know have the ability to take those longer trips I have yet to fulfill my international trip, which is definitely in the works!
Greece will happen, it's just a question as to whether or not my partner and I will tack on additional stops while we are there, particularly Croatia. The trip, taking place this fall is just in the initial research stages, but more to come on that later!
6 more months to go
I like checking in at this halfway mark to reassess my plans. And I'm giving myself the leeway to adjust the travel plan as I go - to not view it as a failure if I don’t tick off every box of my 3-2-1 plan for 2017. Life happens, plans change and adapting to those changes is a part of life and certainly a part of traveling.
So maybe I will make it to Solvang but not New Orleans. Or vice versa. But my travel plan pushes me to make travel a priority and to visualize where I see myself going and when. For me, that's a crucial step to making travel a reality.
So take some time to think about what travel plans you want to make as we enter into the latter half of 2017.