I am one of those people who starts planning vacations before the one I am enjoying is even complete! Maybe I should learn to live in the moment just a smidge better. I can’t help myself!
2018 is going to be an incredibe year of travel for the Life Bus! I am kind of grooving on some new glamping experiences in the US of A and one big 3 week European vacation. I am SURE we will squeeze in a few others, but this is what is on the books so far.
Asheville, North Carolina
It’s been quite a while since I have been to this funky, trendy town. The first experience wasn’t the bomb because of the company, so I am going back to spend some quality time with cousins. I wanted to plan something that none of us have done before and was not tooooo adventurous for my city folk relatives. I found a really cool “glamping” option with Asheville Glamping – about 10 miles outside of town. They have tents, teepees, campers, and these really cool dome structures. Coincidentally, they are in process of building one bigger than my house, so that’s where we’ll stay. We will have plenty of room to stand up and spread out. Looking forward to waking up to the view of rolling hills and nature, with a few comforts of home. The breweries and restaurants nearby will be an extra bonus!
(Photo by Asheville Glamping)
This is one of the creampuff trips of the year – at least for me. This trip starts in San Francisco, California and then 3 nights in an airstream trailer park. Yep, trailer park, but the cool kind. We are staying at the Autocamp in the Russian River Valley. Smack dab in the middle of the Sonoma Wine Country. The camp itself is nestled in the middle of a grove of redwood trees. The lodging options vary and include “fully appointed Airstream campers, luxurious canvas tents, and handcrafted Shelton Huts, all with plush, modern interiors”. Wine, airstreams, rivers, outdoor recreation and redwoods, what else is there?
Oh but wait, there’s more….after 5 days my group peels off and I move on to the Lost Coast to go backpacking for 5 days. This trip has been on the list for YEARS. I finally carved out some time for this adventure – so pumped. I am going with REI Adventures, mainly so I don’t have to navigate all of that on my own. The Lost Coast is truly just that, no tourist traps and VERY remote.
May can’t get here soon enough!
(Photo by AUTOCAMP)
Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte is one of my favorite places in Colorado, however, it’s just far enough from Denver (4 hours?) I don’t make it there very often. So, I am hunkering down for a week in July to fully soak in the mountains, the town, and the epic hikes and mountain bike rides. It is truly one of the most beautiful places in the state. The wildflowers should be in full bloom as well.
The lodging of choice for this sweet adventure are the cozy, well appointed log cabins a few miles from town, the Pioneer Guest Cabins. There are only 8 to 10 cabins on the property so you do feel like you are away from it all.
I may bring my golf clubs too – the course in CB is fabulous.
(Photo by Hotels.com)
Tour du Mont Blanc in Switzerland with a tag on to Northern Italy
At least ONE international trip has to be included in the mix. Somehow, I have not made it to Switzerland – Lexi has and loves it. Mont Blanc has always intrigued me. I am not interested in climbing the mountain itself, but hiking around it sounds like a good idea. I found a self guided trip through Macs Adventure, meaning, they book all of the lodging for the 12 day trip and provide me a map to help me find my way. We’ll be staying in Mountain Huts and small Swiss Inns. These self guided treks are the way to go for me, I can go at my own pace and don’t have to deal with the hassle of researching and booking all of the lodging. They will also transport my bags from from place to place so all I have to carry is a daypack. All good.
Northern Italy has not been planned so any and all recommendations are welcome!
(Photo by National Geographic Explorer)
Yep, It’s going to be an adventure – filled year!
Viva La Life Bus!