So, exciting news. Matt and I FINALLY booked our vacation this summer!
And this year we are doing something totally different.
Every year for the passed three years, we’ve saved all of our holiday time and put all of our bonus money towards going over to Europe. Our first trip was in 2015 when we spent two weeks city hoping through Germany, France, and Spain. We got engaged shortly after that, but quickly realized that as much as we wanted to be married, we weren’t overly enthused about having a wedding. After a couple months of looking at options we ended up putting most of our wedding budget towards a trip to Italy instead [#noregrets]. And last fall we headed back in Europe with my mother-in-law and spent a couple weeks exploring The Netherlands, Belgium, and Iceland.
But as much as I love discovering new cities and soaking in the European culture, the downside of all the Europe trips is we are totally missing out on all of the cool things Canada has to offer. And to top it off, we live in Edmonton which is about 3 hours away from the mountains. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who fly here from across the world to explore the places that are literally right outside our door. So this year, we are leaving our passports at home, loading up the car, and taking a two week road trip across British Columbia [and to be honest I’m actually a lot more excited about this then I ever thought I’d be].
So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on making a bucket list of cool places to stop and explore, fun trails to hike, beaches to photograph, and natural hot springs to visit between here and Tofino, BC. And since I love making lists so much, I figured while I’m at it I might as well make a bucket list of everything else I’d like to do this summer. Because as much as winters in Alberta feel like the absolute worst [seriously how do we STILL have snow?], our summers are pretty fantastic. And one of the perks of doing a shorter trip closer to home is it will give us some more time to take advantage of summer here to.
The other thing is, summer ALWAYS goes by ridiculously fast. Every year it feels like come the middle of May, our weekends in June and July are already booked solid. Before I know it, it’s the middle of August and we haven’t done most of the things we planned on doing. So this year, I want to make a much bigger effort to get out and do stuff so that come fall I feel like I haven’t wasted my summer in the office and we’ve actually taken advantage of the awesome weather and all the freedom we have right now.