Monday, January 2, 2012
2011 in review: Travel
Bon 2012! Here is the first of three retrospective posts about 2011.
States visited (not counting layovers): 10
Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Tennessee, Louisiana
New states: 1
Louisiana. Although I still want to visit New Orleans, a business trip finally allowed me to check Louisiana off my list. Maybe I didn't have a chance to sample beignets at Cafe du Monde, but I did spend lots of time with some awesome Shreveport natives, and learned all about law based on Napoleonic Code.
States left before I reach 50: 4
Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota. I'm down to one large four-state square. There's been talk of a trip to Montana with Heidi and Allison in 2013. But if I can carve out some time, it shouldn't be hard to hit all four of these at once (she said, inventing an airport in Belle Fourche, South Dakota).
Countries visited: 0
2011 was the first year in a long time during which I didn't travel abroad. There is another sabbatical on the horizon for 2012 or 2013, so I've had that thought to tide me over. Plus, there was Hawaii.
What's ahead for 2012? For one thing, my triumphant return to California! Maybe a sabbatical. Hopefully at least one new state.