While I can honestly say that 2013 was the best year ever, I expect 2014 to be even better. After all, how many of us were expecting life to go on after the apocalypse on Dec 21, 2012? For the first time in my life, the majority of the year will revolve around traveling instead of working as I will be unemployed March-August. While most people would shed a tear at the thought of that, not only am I looking forward to it, but I planned it this way, three years ago.

I will get into the details of how I have put myself in the economic position to afford this later, but for now I wanted to share my 2014 travel plans. I know plans change and sometimes, we have to make sacrifices, but if the last five years have taught me anything, its that you accomplish way more when you have a game plan than when you just clasp your hands and say “please please please please please.”

Well, here they go…

My 2014 Travel Plans:

USA (March 1 – April 23)

  1. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  2. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  3. Chaco Culture, New Mexico (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  4. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  5. Arches National Park, Utah
  6. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  7. The Wave, Arizona
  8. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  9. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
  10. Yosemite National Park, California (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  11. Channel Islands National Park, California
  12. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  13. Las Vegas, Nevada

Korea (April 23 – June 7)

  1. Hahoe Folk Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  2. Upo Wetlands
  3. Hwasun Dolmens (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  4. Gochang Dolmens (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  5. Haeinsa Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  6. Tongdosa Temple
  7. Songgwangsa Temple
  8. Blue House (Presidential Home)


Vietnam / Cambodia / Laos / Thailand (June 7-Aug 1)

  1. Hanoi (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  2. Halong Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  3. Citadel of the Hoi Dynasty (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  4. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  5. Complex of Hue (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  6. Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  7. My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  8. Angkor (UNESCO World Heritage Site)


**This is all I have so far. I will be in SE Asia for 2 months, so when I plan that trip in more detail, I’ll add more.**

After August, I’ll likely start my year long working holiday in New Zealand. I already have my visa, but let’s just home Sidney gets hers too or I’m really really going to miss her… JK we will have to change our plans.

I know this list is ambitious and I will have to keep a close eye on my pocket book (or start selling my body)… but even if I get to do half of these, I will be very happy.

Where will 2014 take you?


Julio Moreno
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