Five years ago, I took a trip of a lifetime to the USA. The Grand Canyon had been top of my bucket list since I was in high school, and seeing as it was my 30th birthday and I’d been paid a bonus from work I thought I’d treat myself. I spent two weeks travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco, taking in Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon (at long last!), Las Vegas and Yosemite National Park along the way. So, what do you do when you’ve crossed off the number one item on your bucket list? Well, you make another list of course.
And so, after a quick flick through the travel brochure, Alaska became my new dream. People keep asking me ‘Why Alaska?’, and in all honesty it just looks like an interesting place to visit. Plus, it’s another step towards my goal to visit every state in America.
Five years later, I am almost there. It’s so close I can smell the glaciers. Of course, though, simply visiting Alaska would not be enough for me. When it comes to travelling, I’ve always pushed myself slightly out of my comfort zone. Following other inspiring travellers on WordPress has only encouraged me more. People like Nicole from Thirdeyemom and Lesley from Bucket List Publications have spurred me on to ask myself what more I can cram into my trips, and inspired me to seek out new destinations and bigger adventures. The last time I visited the US, I finished my trip in San Francisco. Some of the women I met and travelled with were continuing on for an extra week to Seattle. Although I wouldn’t have been able to stay anyway due to work commitments, I’ve always regretted the fact that I missed out on that week. And going back just to travel that one area seems like a big journey from my home in the UK. When I started to plan my Alaska trip, I asked myself if it would be possible to do both. Could I start back in San Francisco, where I last left the USA, travel to Seattle, and then up into Alaska all in one trip?
After a lot (and I mean ALOT) of arguing, bartering and debating at work to the point where I almost walked out of my job, I managed to book four weeks off. I did a quick google search to check that my plan was even possible in four weeks then booked the flights and figured I’d work the rest out later.
This is the reason that I have spent most of the past four months, when not at work, buried in bus timetables, ferry schedules and maps of the USA and Canada. I am pleased to announce, that after a lot of stress and mild panic, I’ve figured it out. There were a few points where I almost said ‘sod it, I’ll just fly straight to Anchorage’, but in the end I’ve managed to squeeze in everything I wanted to do. Should everything go to plan (fingers crossed), my trip of a lifetime will take me to:
Juneau, AK (TBC)
Wrangell-St Elias National Park, AK
Tangle Lakes, AK
Denali National Park, AK
I am soooooooo excited and cannot wait to share my journey with you 🙂