I have been trying to plan a trip for us somewhere in the vicinity of Europe when we will be in Ireland for my father in law’s 70th birthday. I can’t pass up the opportunity to be across the pond and not go somewhere else too! My husband is quite as travel obsessed as I am, so he hasn’t been too excited about my ideas thus far, but today he seems to finally be on board. Woo hoo!
We had been toying with the idea of visiting a friend in Kenya and doing a quick 1 or 2 day kid friendly safari, but it is another 12 hrs of travel from Ireland and things just weren’t coming together the way I hoped. But in thinking about that trip to Kenya, I had my heart set on making my first visit to the continent of Africa. I then thought of visiting Egypt which is also high on my to-do list. We have friends with kids who live in Cairo. They say it is more than fine to visit even though we hear otherwise in the media. My only trepidation is that we need to book our trip now, 6 months in advance and I am not 100% certain how things in that region will be in the coming months. Maybe better, or maybe worse. Travelling solo I wouldn’t have been too bothered to take that risk, but with a toddler in tow, I find I am just not willing to risk things at that level.
Last night, in my constant quest to plan this trip, I started looking into Morocco. A few minutes after I discussed this as a possible destination with my husband, we saw a commercial for one of our favorite TV personalities (Anthony Bourdain) about his recent visit to Tangiers. It was pretty much decided then that we would go to Morocco! It is in Africa, it’s exotic (enough) and would get us back out there as backpackers.
As I began researching it, I became more and more excited. I even emailed a friend who I knew went many years ago to see what her thoughts were. In reaching out to her, I found out that she is getting married in Switzerland the same exact day we planned to finish our trip to Morocco. So it only makes sense to extend our visit a bit more and go to her wedding in Switzerland. This means that our trip is coming together the way it’s meant to be. I cannot wait to see her get married, I cannot wait to get back out there travelling and I cannot wait to get into the nitty gritty of planning this trip!
I’ve given myself a tough task though. We have bukos of unused miles scattered around with different airlines and through our credit cards, so I am going to attempt to use as many of our miles as possible to get this trip as cheap as humanely possible! Let the fun begin.