Travel

Travel Fantasy: Where Do You Want to Go?

This past weekend, we did something wild…

We drove up to Mamaroneck, a suburb just north of New York City, and walked around a little park. Not our neighborhood park! A DIFFERENT PARK!

As we strolled together along the bay, I listened to the seagulls squawking, Alex admired the skyline, Anton tossed snowballs, and Toby asked when we could go back to the car. It felt so, so good to be in a different place, we might as well have been a million miles away.

During this pandemic year, I haven’t let myself daydream much about traveling. Imagining flying to Michigan to visit my mom or crossing the ocean to see my grandmother feels like tempting fate. Who knows how long it will be until that can safely happen?

But our day trip made me hunger for more adventures. And the New York Times says that it’s actually okay — even good — to fantasize. “Anticipation is such a valuable source of pleasure,” said Elizabeth Dunn, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Plus, your dream trip doesn’t have to be flashy. When we start traveling again after a year staying home, Dr. Dunn says we’ll experience a ‘happiness reset,’ meaning that even low-key trips will make us giddy. “You can do something pretty simple and it’s going to feel fantastic,” she said.

So! Just for fun, for a pretend escape, where would you like to go, if you could? A certain hotel? A rocky beach? A relative’s house? Please share below…

P.S. Six ways to plan an epic vacation, and the weirdest best part of trips.

(Photo of the White Cliffs of Dover by Kirstin Mckee/Stocksy.)

  1. NT says...

    The Isles of Scilly! I am a GP in the UK, currently knee deep in the vaccine roll out. I would LOVE to visit my parents in eSwatini, but I can’t afford the time to quarantine there and here as I have to work, so we are thinking about venturing to the tropical
    oasis over Easter. Now we just have to find somewhere to stay….!

  2. Kerri says...

    My within reach dream is to go out with my husband to a bar, get drinks not made by me, and go out dancing! International travel to ANYWHERE feels like a pipe dream, but one can hope. :) First on my list would be a S Korea/Japan trip!

  3. AJ says...

    A staycation city break with my sister – that includes cafes, strolling around streets, cake and coffee stops, a long afternoon in a spa, getting dressed for dinner and giddy on two glasses of wine! All the good stuff! I’ve done lots of long-haul and adventurous travel over the past decade and would normally always have an exciting trip on the horizon… but this is what I’m longing for, just simple goodness with some pampering and sister time.

    • Kate says...

      This sounds WONDERFUL! :)

  4. Marsi says...

    Mo’orea.

  5. Lia says...

    Oh, I would love to visit South Korea. I have tons of friends who live there and I just absolutely love everything about it. Also, while I’m there I’d try to see if BTS is having a concert haha.

  6. JoyL says...

    My husband and I had to cancel our 10-day trip to Hawaii. It was to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2020. I’d love to reschedule for 2022. Also dreaming of Greece and Italy and returning to Copenhagen & Paris. Actually though, I just want to be able to spend time with our young adult kids and explore their towns (cultural activities, restaurants, hiking, winery tours.) They both live in different states from us and their towns have lots to do when it’s not a pandemic.

  7. Julie says...

    I want to spend a long weekend in Gettysburg at my favorite Bed and Breakfast (The Brafferton Inn), I want to go to Vegas for the first time with my husband, brother, and his girlfriend, and I am dying to take our first trip to England together. Two weeks, see London and some of the coastal towns.

    I miss travel so much, I am just so sick of my house. And it’s stupid, because we’re healthy and no one in my family has died of Covid, so we’re insanely lucky. But I miss it. I miss normalcy and not being sad all the time.

    • Nadia says...

      Julie, I totally feel this, especially the being home and sick of it part (and feeling sad all the time!). Sending you hugs and wishes for safe travel soon.

    • Betsy says...

      Same, same, same!! I saw in the NYT (when they did that feature on women in the workplace during the pandemic), that one working mom said one of the hardest things about all this is that the things that usually “refill my cup” aren’t available. YES! That’s me!! Quick mani/pedis, date nights, trying new restaurants, grabbing a drink at the bar before meeting friends for dinner, HAVING A BABYSITTER, working at a coffee shop instead of the office just ’cause- all of those “little” things that provide a boost either aren’t there or they are, but the risk seems a bit unnecessary. I’m hopeful that with spring, there will be more opportunities to be social outdoors again. Just wanted to say I feel ya!

  8. Claire says...

    When the pandemic started last March, my husband and I started dream fantasizing our 10 year anniversary trip, which will be in May 2022. It felt like surely it was far enough away that there was good chance we would actually be able to do. But we could make the plans as big and exciting as possible because it is so far away.

  9. Meg says...

    My husband and I both love to travel so this is a common question in our house and we’re passing on our interest to our children. My son is intense and inquisitive and sweet, how you describe Toby reminds me of him; his latest interest is maps and so when I asked him where he wanted to go on vacation once it’s safe to travel again I expected him to say Alaska or California or other places we’d looked at in his atlas, but instead he said “Henry’s house”. Henry is his cousin who lives just a short drive away. It was so sweet and so bittersweet. Here’s to seeing loved ones and new places again soon!

  10. Denise says...

    My partner is participating in three legs of an around the world sailing race in 2022. So this fall, we are heading to Great Britain for a month (vaccinations, etc. allowing) for him to train and for me to do some exploring with him, on my own, and then with my bestie when she flies in for the last ten days. I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT. The flight is booked, and now I’m working on the planning. I really, really hope we are all in a better place, and I can go.

  11. Samantha Minnis says...

    Just this morning, my sister and I shared our “excitement lists.” They weren’t even about traveling, just about fun stuff we know we can count on (I mean, as much as anyone knows they can count on anything in this pandemic). My sister is excited about growing tomato plants from seed and starting a graduate program this summer, I’m excited to swim in Lake Michigan when it warms up, and to have bon fires in the backyard. It made me realize how little I’ve allowed myself to anticipate during the pandemic because A. there’s not as much going on to be excited about and B. I think a little pandemic depression if I’m being honest. So I’m going to try to add an excitement practice to my gratitude practice and think of at least one thing big or small that I’m excited for. Today, I’m excited to eat potato soup for dinner.

    • Helen says...

      Samantha, I absolutely love that you have this practice. The pandemic has worsened my depression but having a daily gratitude practice has to help me feel better. I’m going to start doing this! Today, I’m excited to watch my college basketball team play tonight. I hope you enjoy your potato soup for dinner : )

    • Samantha says...

      Helen, I’m so glad this was helpful to you! I hope it continues to lift your spirits! And I hope your basketball team won!

  12. Sara says...

    I really want to hike Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, followed by a weekend in a castle hotel and then a few days in London! It probably won’t happen until summer 2022, but I’ve already started planning the hiking route and comparing B&Bs to stay in along the way. Anticipating travel is the best! :)

    • Erin says...

      I don’t know if you have heard of this, but there is an app where you can log your walking miles at home. It utilizes any distance-based activity you record and then plots you along various points of the walk. It might be fun to do alone or with friends/family virtually until you can go on your trip.

  13. Aislinn says...

    I felt the rush even planning for our one-hour “road trip” to visit the animal eye specialist with our pup. The thrill of planning car snacks, putting my coffee in a to-go cup, and getting the car packed up felt like a vacation even though we never even got out of the car.
    When things are safe, the 4-hour trip to visit my parents will feel like a dream. And after that, I’ll be wishing for a week with family in the Italian countryside…maybe summer 2022.

  14. Paige says...

    We drove to the Oregon coast in the fall (just a few hours away) and stayed in a friend’s cabin and just walked on the beach and made simple meals. It. Was. Heaven. And one of our best, most simple, low key trips ever. Highly recommend close safe driving trips if you’re able and have access/resources to a car and cabin/house/airbnb. It made such a difference to our mental health!!

  15. Laura says...

    After all this snow I just want to go somewhere warm where I can lay in the sun and swim and eat fruit all day. But honestly I’m also excited to just have a normal day in the city- be able to take public transport, go in shops and try on clothes, have lunch somewhere nice, sit in a cute coffee shop and work on my laptop.

  16. Sydni Jackson says...

    We’ve been DYING to go back to Paris since we moved away in July 2019! We wanted to wait *a little while* after moving to return, and then bam – the pandemic hit. Now we feel like it’s been forever, and France isn’t giving us a lot of hope that there will be any tourism travel in 2020 either. For now I’m dreaming of a mini babymoon somewhere beachy!

  17. Jennifer says...

    I wish I had an exotic answer but I so long to just go home to OH to visit my family – my parents, sister and her husband, and their now 1-year old who I haven’t met in person yet. :(

    I turn 40 in November and have been begging my husband to show me around Boston since he lived there for a few years during his graduate degree. I wonder if travel will be possible then???

  18. Tracy says...

    We usually do big vacations each year that involve long trips on airplanes and stamps in passports. But having not been anywhere in a year and being landlocked in Colorado, I keep dreaming of eating at my favorite pizza place in LA and taking my kid to LegoLand. Honestly anything with a coastline and a palm tree sounds like the best trip of my life at this point.

  19. Steph G says...

    I’d go back to Paris! My grad program had just started in Jan 2020, and it’s low-residency where we meet in Paris twice a year. I got to go in January 2020 (YAY!) but since then, all classes have been virtual, which has been very sad, and it’s hard to miss out on the big thing that made me want to do this program so badly. It feels like such a small thing to be sad about in the grand scheme of loss and heartbreak this past year. But it has felt like a loss to me still. Hopeful for smaller getaways and large ones too to come. I have definitely started fantasizing too, Joanna!

  20. Genevieve Martin says...

    My dream is to book into a fancy hotel every weekend for a few months, all over the UK in places my friends and family live and to alternate long lunches with the people I miss so much and luxury spa treatments for 48 hours at a time.
    Where I live (Bristol) we have more or less been banned from leaving the local area, socialising indoors and eating in at cafes and restaurants since November now (except literally one week in December when stuff was allowed to open before being hastily slammed shut again) so the small pleasures and trips will be amazing.

  21. Kate says...

    I’ve planned so many pretend trips for 2022, with my family and with close friends.

    I would send my partner and daughter camping in Algonquin Park with my father-in-law.

    I would take my daughter for a trip along the rust belt.

    I would spend a weekend in Montreal with one of my newest and dearest friends.

    I would take a solo trip by bike in the wine region.

    But mostly, I would drop my daughter off at a babysitter’s and go on a walk with my husband through the 400 acre park near our house.

  22. Nicole A. says...

    Perfect timing to read this post, as my boyfriend and I are daydreaming about marriage and moving in together during these Covid times! Since Covid has us longing for these milestones, when quarantine lifts it will be all the sweeter to tie the knot and the loose ends!

  23. Em says...

    We moved back to Brooklyn 2 weeks before the nyc lockdown began last year. So I’m really excited to go into Manhattan and shop, visit bakeries, parks, see our friends’ new apartments, eat at all the restaurants, even slowly shuffle through Chelsea market.

    Our first post pandemic big trip will definitely be to Mexico. It’s our favorite place to visit. I dream about a big 12 person family trip with both sets of in-law families.

    Also New Orleans to eat and celebrate, Philadelphia to visit friends, camping in Maine, family visits to Northern California and one to Portland, OR that we never leave.

  24. Marnie says...

    I spent the last 9 months living in a small apartment with my two young kids and hubby while my house was renovated (a four month reno turned into 9 month saga due to shortages of materials!)

    We finally moved home last week, and it feels like a vacation just to be on a different floor from my kids! And to not have to overhear my partner as he teaches his college courses remotely. And to have a bedroom door that locks.. :)

  25. Christine says...

    All of these sound wonderful, but if I could just make the 3-hour drive to New Jersey and hug my mother and sister, that would be enough for me :)

  26. Celyn Harding-Jones says...

    My first trip will be one that was cancelled last year. My 5 girlfriends from college who live all over the world and I planned a “Napa 2020” trip in 2018. It was going to be epic: all our families would head from all over the world and convene in Napa. We’d get a huge place, let kids (at least 6 below the age of 5) play and be wild, we’d sit on some patio and do wine tastings.

    The more kids that each of us had, we started to call it “Nap 2020”. Because we all just really needed a nap.

    And then Covid hit. We’re calling it “Nap 2022” for now… but who knows what it will morph into. The great pleasure has been keeping in touch with friends about it all these years….

  27. Elizabeth says...

    We already have a trip planned to the Asheville, NC area for spring break. We look forward to staying in a dog-friendly airbnb and do lots of hiking! We also have our annual trip planned for Union Pier, Michigan–one of our very favorite places. We’ll stay in an airbnb, spend lots of time on the beach, cook out and enjoy fires in the backyard at the house, take long, leisurely walks on the sandy streets to admire the beautiful lakefront homes and charming cottages, take bike rides along country roads, and climb Warren Dunes. It’s a little paradise for us nearly in our own back yard (we live in Indiana). One day, we’ll travel to Europe again, but for now, we are very content with local-ish destinations that are a car ride away.

    • Hayley says...

      Elizabeth, my family lives in Asheville and (pre-COVID), we would visit about once a month, so if you need any recs, feel free to email me! :) hayleyjputnam@gmail.com

  28. Alex says...

    I would literally go ANYWHERE, but top of the list is Australia to visit my husband’s family (they still haven’t met our 2 year old son!). Second is a trip to spectate at one of the major European cycling races – Tour de France or Giro Italia, or Vuelta a Espania. Think European culture and food and landscapes PLUS being part of the cheering masses once again. It will be amazing!

    • Megan says...

      Sounds amazing. I hope you can make these happen, Alex!

    • Mary W says...

      Oooh, one of the grand cycling tours. That’s on my list, too.

  29. Vava says...

    Iceland in the summer and then onto the Faroe Islands with a final stop in Northern Scotland.

    • Bea says...

      Visiting the Faroe Islands has been a long-held dream of mine! All the sheep and the weather and the scenery and the sheep! I am totally behind this trip for you!

    • Maria Anagnostopoulou says...

      me too!

    • Madame says...

      My son and I regularly reminisce over an absolutely lovely holiday we spent in the Faroe Islands à few years ago. We have said at least a hundred times “we have GOT to go back with everybody!” (…meaning hubby, and his three sisters). So beautiful… so so beautiful.
      P.S. Iceland and northern Scotland are pretty damn good as well!

    • Eva says...

      Yes!! One of my dreams is to do Faroe Islands and a short trip to Greenland!!

  30. Rue says...

    More experience than specific location, I’m craving the adventure travel I used to take semi-for-granted. My fiance is an avid outdoor adventure fisherman (it’s a thing, that I didn’t know existed until we met, but TRUST, it is a thing), and I’m a professional geologist. We’re dorky people in our day to day lives, and then we bust out these cool trips both solo and together, and that’s the kind of travel I find myself truly *craving* when I can’t go. It’s hard not to feel sad about it, but I do understand we’ll eventually be able to get back into it, and I hope we appreciate it that much more.

    I’m really hoping for backpacking and mountaineering trips in the future. I’m new to mountaineering but eager to learn more as a personal hobby that can eventually tie back into my professional life. Backpacking has been a bread and butter thing for me for a while. My fiance usually stays at remote fishing lodges and does hiking or boating day trips from the lodge as a base camp. We’d really love to do some of that together in Patagonia, the western US, the Caribbean, New Zealand, eastern Africa, Alaska and Russia… again really anywhere and everywhere.

  31. Lilly says...

    Oh, the fantasies, yes!
    Early on in the pandemic, I was so desperate that I started to collect a variety of livestream webcams, in Norway, the Swiss Alps, you name it. They are the best!
    – lo and behold, a cozy bay in Liguria, Italy: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/webcam/italia/liguria/genova/sestri-levante.html
    – and my latest discovery: live walks! It’s a youtube genre of its own, I had no idea! Just e.g., this is a channel that shows random strolls through Paris, including the original sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibsyotXjIoM
    It is the most amazing thing, highly recommended when suffering from cabin fever …

    • Jill says...

      OMG I LOVE THIS! Thanks for the tip Lilly!! ❤️

    • Calla says...

      What an amazing genre! I need to look this up

    • Julie says...

      Thank you Lilly for the live walk link for Venice. I’m way down this rabbit hole now!

    • Another Jill says...

      This is so great! Thanks for sharing. I’d only thought to look places I’ve been. So excited to find new places that I want to visit! Here’s one from the boardwalk walk in Kaanapali on Maui that I found last March!

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S4UCWqphdeI

  32. Elle says...

    I love traveling with my husband and I dream of so many places I’ve loved or want to discover: Scotland, Cornwall, Venice, Prague, Paris, Manhattan, San Francisco, Vermont, Bloomington (this New Englander had a great time there), our favorite Maine inn by the sea. . . . But I get the most joy from remembering my solo trip to London two years ago. I stayed in a chic, old-fashioned hotel with an 18th-century bed, Victorian bath fixtures, a cat, and antique portraits everywhere. I had breakfast delivered to my room every morning, and lingered over croissants and tea as I planned my day. I saw wonderful things, met nice people, and had lovely meals. I walked for miles and learned my way around the Underground. Shopped at Liberty London . . . a lot. So many great museums and bookshops! Even though it was January, trees were still green and flowers still bloomed. It didn’t rain until I boarded the plane for home. I’m going back.

    • Bea says...

      That London trip you took is my dream vacation in London; alone, taking my time, being guided by only what I want to do. SIGH!

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      That sounds like the perfect trip!

  33. Laura says...

    So many places. We’re tentatively planning to go to the Mendocino coast (California) in June, which is my happy place. Then off to Hawaii (Kona) in July for a week. Hope to get up to Napa, which is about a 6-hour drive from here. Even a trip to the wine country closer to home (Paso Robles) sounds really appealing!

  34. Karen says...

    Easy: Price Edward Island, very close to my home.
    More difficult: Vancouver Island to visit my friend.
    Even more difficult: Hawaii, Sweden (friends), Australia, New Zealand, Japan

    I am enjoying daydreaming, though I feel a bit like it hurts in some ways.

    • Amy says...

      Sending love from Vancouver Island! Hopefully we can welcome you soon :)

  35. Lauren says...

    Does a day at a spa count as travel? I can’t imagine how nice it would be to get a massage, pedicure, and facial, sit in a steam room, and lounge around in a spa robe in a comfy spot reading all afternoon. The spa at the Woodstock Inn (VT) comes to mind as a nice setting for this dream excursion.

    • Emily says...

      Yessss that sounds incredible.

    • Bea says...

      Ha! The spa at the Woodstock Inn has been my interior design inspiration for my apartment for the last 4 years!

  36. Lisa says...

    My husband and I planned to go to Bermuda for our ten year anniversary (in summer of 2019) but it never happened because I couldn’t handle being away from my daughter for a week (she was 2 and I still had pretty significant anxiety from my pregnancy/birth experience). We decided to push it off until summer of 2020 to coincide with my husband’s 40th birthday…obviously the trip didn’t happen. So I’d like to go to Bermuda, sit on a beach with my (very hardworking) husband and just enjoy the sun and the quiet. My daughter was in preschool for two years before the pandemic hit, but she only went 3 days a week. This year she was supposed to start a 5 days a week program and I was so sad she was going to be away from me so much. And then the universe laughed and said well how about you spend EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF YOUR 24 HOUR DAY WITH HER INSTEAD. I think I’m finally ready for a vacation without her.

    • Kayla says...

      We had a NYC + Bermuda trip planned for our ten year last summer. I was so bummed it didn’t happen and cannot wait until we can safely reschedule!

    • Elle says...

      Hahaha… I’m with you on the 24-hour-a-day thing. Relentless! Hope you get your trip soon Lisa.

  37. Kate says...

    I recently wrote out a simple paragraph of how I would spend a simple weekend in Montreal. Not sure why I have been thinking about going there but it would be so nice to go back. I also decided just yesterday that in my mind the pandemic will be “over” when I can cross the border to visit New York and buy a can of Cafe Bustelo at a bodega. I’ve never tried it but I’ve heard it’s good and I saw a can in the background of a show recently and it looks charming, I would probably reuse it. Something small to look forward to…wonder when that will ever happen!

    But for real, my FIRST order of business will be to travel one province over and finally meet my sweet baby niece who was born in November. She is currently my greatest, and sometimes only, source of joy!

    • Joaquina says...

      My initial pick was, “re visit Motreal, stay longer, take another bike tour”. Maybe this time in early fall. That city is drawing me too; the food, architecture, scenery, hearing French but still in north America…

  38. LK says...

    I won’t give anything away but we saw a mentalist (Jason Suran) last weekend and I was able to be in one of his tricks!

    This one was travel related…and he knew where we were traveling next.

    It was awesome.

  39. Stacy L Gilmer says...

    Last night we celebrated Mardi Gras in our snowed-in Chicago home. We ate king cake and paczki, made beignets, and had a ‘parade’ around the house with plenty of homemade instruments. That night I immediately started planning a trip to New Orleans. I texted my sister (who I have seen in a year) to invite her and considered dates and rental cars. I used to say traveling with kids is hard — I have a 4 and 1-year-old — but now, I can’t wait to gather everyone and everything onto a plane and GO SOMEWHERE!

  40. Sherrie Saag says...

    We have VERY SAFELY drove to both Asheville, NC and St. Petersburg, FL this year – rented a VRBO little cottage – and had amazing socially distanced vacations. Highly Recommend!

  41. Ruth says...

    Paris! Sitting in a cafe, drinking cafe au lait and eating a croissant, surrounded by chic people and beautiful architecture. I can’t imagine all the things that will change before I can make that happen! Not to mention, the thought of wearing “real” clothes right now is a bit daunting LOL.

    • Kate says...

      Right?? Remember jeans? And a bra? For my next trip to Paris I think I’ll pack joggers :D

  42. Emma says...

    As soon as air travel is safe, I will pay any amount of money and suffer through any number of layovers to give my mom and dad a hug (I’m in NJ, they’re in CA). I can’t even fantasize about getting on a plane anywhere else.

    Until then, a long drive to Acadia National Park in Maine sounds heavenly.

  43. Teapotkid says...

    England to visit my Mum whose birthday it is today. Also, anywhere by the sea: Cornwall, Nova Scotia, Maine, Brittany. I would love to sit on a patio overlooking the water and enjoy a cold beer after an afternoon at the beach. Will we ever be as carefree again?

  44. Tati says...

    My first after-Covid trip would be to Croatia, visiting my relatives during the summer: eating amazingly fresh fish, being in awe of the fabulous color palette of the Adriatic sea, the smell of ripe figs hanging in every other front yard, walking the gorgeous, narrow alleys of ancient cities.

    • Alex says...

      I spent a week in Istria 2 years ago and it is hands-down my favorite place i’ve ever been. The fish! The figs! OMG. Can’t wait to go back.

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      Wow, totally adding Croatia to my list now – sounds so dreamy!!

  45. Hayley says...

    I want to go everywhere.

    Honestly, I walk around in a constant state of wanderlust, but it has never been as intense as it has during this past year!

    I want to go to my favorite shops, I want to go to friend’s houses, family’s houses, the library with my daughter, museums, the beach, Paris, ALL THE RESTAURANTS. Also, I visit NYC pretty much annually and this is the longest I’ve gone in several years without being in my favorite city, so I miss it deeply. <3

  46. Emily says...

    I would go to the Caribbean, or Boston! I’m 6 months pregnant and really sad I can’t take a “real” babymoon (I’ve been so inspired by ones I’ve seen on here over the years) so I’d love to go somewhere warm! Slightly more realistic, I’d love to just even go to Boston or Montreal since they are only a couple hours from where I live in Vermont. Instead we are doing a cabin weekend an hour away. There are so many things I did not realize would be my last child free events.

    • Lauren says...

      Emily, I live in downtown Boston and you may have it! It’s gray and slushy, and in the streets and parks lots of people don’t wear masks. I’d much rather be in Vermont. There’s not a lot going on here, and many restaurants and shops have either closed forever or are just hanging on. Our idea of a good time is to visit one of the big historic cemeteries, Mount Auburn or Forest Hills. That’s the highlight of every week.

    • Emily says...

      Hi Lauren – yep, part of the reason why it’s my fantasy and not reality! Even if I felt comfortable traveling right now all the things I would want to do are not possible. So Boston is my “non COVID fantasy” not an actual plan.

    • Emily says...

      (Plus if I leave the state of Vermont I have to quarantine when I return, so in Vermont I remain.)

    • CR says...

      Emily I can totally relate! 8 months pregnant here and the “babymoon” we gave ourselves was 2 nights in an airbnb cabin in NH. It was the dead of winter, so we weren’t even really able to enjoy hiking or other activities given how painfully cold it was. I am also located in Boston and would give anything to spend a week in the woods in VT – my favorite state! Trade? :)

    • Kate says...

      I live a 10 minute ride to Vermont and that will be my first trip when this is over! I miss it so much!

  47. I live in Colorado and it’s been so cold and snowy. I am dreaming about a warm beach. Any beach would do!

  48. Mary W says...

    I want to go to the Belgium Formula 1 Grand Prix. I want to see Lewis Hamilton drive again at least one more time. Then, I want to back to Scotland.

  49. Kirsten says...

    Has anyone else been watching travel shows during the pandemic? My husband and I have watched about 20 seasons of the Amazing Race on Hulu, and it feels like we’re briefly experiencing going somewhere since it shows the full experience of airplane and car travel… plus the ups and downs of it.

    • Grace says...

      The Amazing Race has been our escape during the pandemic as well! I agree, it has satisfied a bit of wanderlust while making me thankful that I can sleep in my own bed at night.

    • LK says...

      We were so bummed to finish Somebody Feed Phil because his travel was SO fun!

    • Sara says...

      LK, I’m rewatching Somebody Feel Phil now and let me say that’s it’s just as good the second time around!
      We’re big Rick Steves fans and still enjoy his shows on PBS at night to satisfy our need to see new places and learn about new cultures!
      And the Amazing Race is great for this, too!!

  50. Susan says...

    I’ve been planning an imaginary (and hopefully reality eventually) trip to Denmark with my family. We’ll ride bikes, go to the original lego land (I have a 6 year old boy!) and visit the beaches of Copenhagen. We might even cross into Sweden. But mostly when we travel abroad we like to roam neighborhoods, check out the cool international playgrounds (hello, zip lines!) and I’m a runner so I run neighborhoods early in the morning before my family wakes up and then have super cool ideas of where to go later :)

    • Karen says...

      Sounds really nice!

    • JoyL says...

      You will love Denmark! Copenhagen is so lovely and I dream of returning for another visit. We took the ferry to Sweden one day and I’m sure your son would enjoy that. So many cool places and neighborhoods to explore.

  51. a.n. says...

    my husband and i rarely splurge on vacations (especially now that we travel with our kids 90% of the time and choose airbnbs and kid-friendly places), but our 10 year anniversary is on march 1 and we had an EPIC – i repeat, epic! – trip planned to tulum. we’ve been daydreaming about it for a few years and picked a swanky hotel, i even had a few outfits picked in my head :) but, alas. we will spend our 10 year anniversary here in snowy ohio instead, haha. super, super thankful my little family of 4 is happy and healthy and full of love, but i will definitely be daydreaming of that trip that we’ll go on in a few years instead.

  52. Malissa says...

    I had the “pleasure” of moving from Singapore to Switzerland in July and, to be honest, Switzerland is currently feeling like an island in that we cannot really go anywhere outside of the Alps, which I’m sure someone else is dreaming of right now! However, I dream of going back to Bhutan a lot these days. The people and the countryside are so beautiful there. *sigh* Someday!

  53. Kat O says...

    All through the summer and fall last year, my husband and I would go on “adventure days” with our dog where we’d take a daytrip somewhere, usually to hike, then get food to eat in a park, then walk around the town a bit, We live in Albany and some of our adventure days were to Ithaca, Sleepy Hollow, Burlington, and Great Barrington. Now, of course, I’m going a little stir-crazy, since the winter makes both driving and spending an entire day outdoors a little less appealing…

  54. Without a doubt, New York Please Please!! But when all the green and blossoms start emerging!!!
    Living a millions miles away (south africa) so I will just dream and haul out pics from 15 years ago!

  55. Rose says...

    We live on the west coast and we just had our first baby. It’s been hard not to share this time with close friends & family who all live on the east coast, so I’ve started planning an epic month long road trip cross country to spend the winter holidays with our family in the southeast next year. I imagine us driving up and down the coast visiting everyone near & dear to us. Who knows if it will actually happen, but it’s been a lot of fun to fantasize about it.

  56. ML says...

    As borders have recently closed in the EU – that’s not a thing since 1993, but covid had taught us all that the unexpected can always happen -, I can’t visit my bf who lives in the Netherlands anymore :(
    I just want borders to reopen and take a train to Rotterdam

  57. Janey says...

    “Toby asked when we could go back to the car” haha absolutely our weekend walk when my kid repeatedly asked “how much longer will this walk last?”
    We’ve been in strict stay at home lockdown for almost a year now and I dream of driving the 40 minutes to hug my little nieces and the rest of the family. So near and yet so far….

    • KL says...

      Oh my goodness – which country has had a strict lockdown with direct orders to stay home this long??!? This hasn’t been broadcast via media (or has it?!?) a whole year?!? That’s utterly insane!

  58. Hoiho says...

    I am a New Zealander, and while we can’t travel internationally we can go whether we want within New Zealand. I did a tour of much of the North Island (an Island that I live in but hadn’t traveled around) and visited multiple places in the South Island (my true ‘heart’ home where I grew up) over the Christmas holidays – noting that most people in New Zealand take two weeks off over Christmas. We are incredibly luck to be able to travel around our beautiful country. When the borders open, I want to visit family in Australia and go to Europe again – meanwhile, I’m just reveling in the fact that I am from this supremely beautiful place that I have the privilege of traveling around.

    • Rusty says...

      Heyyyy, you can come to Australia too!
      Come on over, cuzzie 🤗

    • Rue says...

      I spent time growing up in Christchurch! I live in the US now, and I recently had a video call with a school classroom in Aukland. The kids were all sweetly shouting at me that I had to come back to NZ and I almost teared up really, telling them I wanted to as soon as I can!

    • Hoioho says...

      Rusty – I wish I could but we still have to quarantine for 14 days on return from Australia and airlines are not operating anywhere near normal schedules . When the two-way bubble opens, I can’t wait to travel to Australia to see my whānau. I have tentative plans to visit Melbourne and Tasmania in July for my aunty’s birthday – but I’m not counting my chickens.

  59. Inga says...

    Lately, I’ve been having these super vivid dreams of walking the streets in all the beautiful places I used to call home back in Europe and being surrounded by the people I so long to see again. My annual trip home was supposed to happen in July 2020 (with layovers in Germany and Spain); instead, it’s now been almost 2 years since hugging Mom, Dad, Grandma, and my best friend. Being trapped in beautiful Bay Area with a job I love has been a blessing, but all I dream about is re-booking that trip that didn’t happen as soon as it’s safe again.

  60. Nanaka says...

    I want to go sailing again in the Baltic Sea. Stopping on German and Danish shores, having delicious sea food and leisurely coffees and treats in the afternoon. Watching porpoises play in the sea while the sun sets. Obviously, no bad weather in this fantasy.

  61. Gilli says...

    I miss Tel Aviv so much!

  62. Tori says...

    London to see my brother. It seems a longer way from Australia than ever before.

  63. Sally B says...

    OMG – the white cliffs of Dover! My happy place growing up on a farm nearby to where I dream of returning post Covid.

  64. Alexandra says...

    Like so many, what I want more than anything is to be able to visit family! I long for my grandparents in Sweden, who are cooped up in the chilly winter weather and still (!) have not been vaccinated.

    Beyond a family trip, I think the countries at the top of my list are New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina. Take me awayyyy!

    • Rusty says...

      If you’re headin to those southern hemisphere destinations, check Australia out!

  65. I’m lucky enough to be traveling for work as a hospitalist and will be exploring a new state out west. it’s not my first choice travel destination (ok, it’s not even on my list) but I’m excited for a change of scenery, even for work. But if I can do so safely I’m also seriously considering a camping trip at one of Florida’s natural spring state parks. Take a look on Google, they are absolutely gorgeous.

  66. Bethanne says...

    I cannot wait to go to Philadelphia (I live in CA), to hug my parents and meet my new niece. Any travel after that is frosting!

  67. Amy says...

    All I want to do is fly to Europe to meet my baby nephew for the first time, who just turned one. Sometimes I forget that my sister has three kids now, not two! I’m missing all the baby firsts that I’d usually be around for. It’s really depressing, and I’m not convinced that Americans will be allowed to fly to Europe anytime this year. Thinking of having to wait til 2022 is too hard a pill to swallow.

  68. Erin says...

    I’m excited that you quoted an expert from UBC, my undergraduate alma mater! :) A few months ago, on the phone with my best friend from UBC days, we fantasized about meeting up in Portland, Oregon. We spent a really fun weekend there almost 20 years ago and are longing to go back. Right now we’re on opposite sides of a closed international border — she still lives in Canada and I’m in California. But we’ll get there eventually. Powell’s Books, NW 23rd avenue, the Park Blocks and lots of eating are all on our still-imaginary itinerary.

    • .S. says...

      Another UBC undergraduate alumna who was so excited about the shoutout! It’s the best :) My husband and I are also day dreaming about Portland and the Oregon coast, we did an amazing two week road trip from Calgary to northern California a few years ago and we’d love to go again one day. But our first trip will absolutely be meeting my sister in Ireland! She lives in London but her partner is Irish, and we had all saved up so we could meet in Galway for my sister’s 30th birthday in December, but alas.

      If money were no object? After Ireland, we’d go to New York to see friends and family, walk around forever, drink a celery soda, and have a long, lingering dinner at Diner. Then Montreal for convocation (if I ever finish my PhD), celebrated with sour pickles, Fairmont bagels, a creation pita from Boustan, a twist cone from Kem Coba, and another long, lingering dinner, this time at Larry’s on St Laurent. Then we’d go off to Iceland, and then Paris, then Sicily, then over to New Zealand and Japan, and then back home to Canada :)

  69. Travel planning has always been one of my favorite things to do while drinking wine and watching TV at night: I love looking at fancy hotels and finding cool Airbnbs (and usually spontaneously booking some trips)! I’ve found that I still get a lot of enjoyment out of this, even without actually booking anything. It’s also gotten me so excited for whenever our next big trip will be, and helped me discover some cool spots to visit not too far from home at some point. My husband and I were supposed to *finally* go to Greece in June 2020 (after years of wishing!), and it’s absolutely at the top of my list to rebook as soon as it’s safe. Bonus: we already paid for the airplane tickets! They’re just ready and waiting for us!

  70. Melissa Holgado says...

    London and Argentina are at the top of the list! Oh just to be surrounded by people again!

  71. Hilary says...

    In our family, we are desperate to get back to THE JUMPING PLACE. Aka, our local trampoline/foam pit/balance beam extravaganza. Normally, the place is crawling with tweens and teens who jump scarily high, but on Saturday mornings, the place is open only for under 5’s and their parents. For $12 bucks (for the whole family!) we can all jump to the sounds of Disney songs. What I wouldn’t give to bounce around while belting out “Part of your world” while peeing my pants a tiny bit…

  72. Monica says...

    I was looking at my nicer clothes and thinking, I’d wear them in California. I would really love to go to San Diego, to visit our family, to introduce our youngest son to his grandparents and great-grandparents (he’s great-grandchild #15). I want to go to the zoo and the museums and go to our favorite restaurants.

    Our dream of moving closer to family has been downgraded to visiting and now trying to coordinate FaceTime.

  73. Midge says...

    We are actually planning road trips, because I have GOT to get my teens out of the house, plus America is gorgeous. Airbnb’s are safe, eating takeout is safe, walking around outside is safe, a freshly-bleach-wiped car is safe. Planning feels SO GOOD.

  74. Debbie P. says...

    My heart’s desire is to visit my daughters-one in San Francisco and one in Dayton, Ohio. I miss them so. I’m just learning how to vacation alone at age 58 after 36 years of marriage and would love to visit San Diego. Beaches, warm weather, the zoo!

  75. Emily says...

    The Amalfi Coast! My husband and I unexpectedly needed to push up our wedding plans by a year because my dad’s health was failing a few months ago. We ended up having the most magical wedding day with 10 of our dearest loved ones but our honeymoon was in Poland, Maine (again, would never trade it for the world – the super Walmart is to die for there). HOWEVER, I still daydream of a mega-honeymoon in Positano, Italy! Dreaming of 2022.

    • Anne S says...

      Mine would also be the honeymoon we never had! Our wedding was set for the beginning of lockdown so we had to cancel our Mexico plans and went to Amish country for a hilariously bad night at a friend’s vacation home that was riddled with mice. So we’re dreaming big for our eventual trip.

  76. Julie says...

    I want to be teleported to Venice, the most magical city on our planet. To be there without crowds would be heavenly.

    • Emma says...

      Oh, my very favorite city in the whole world,, so ancient and no cars and just so peaceful walking the streets to unknown places and finding wonderful things to buy. And the food, out of this world, Harry’s Bar around the corner for it’s great bean soup and those Bellini’s. Oh take me back asap please!

    • I live an hour and fifteen minutes from Venice and still cannot go! I live in Emilia-Romagna and we still cannot leave our region. So close, yet so far… I dream of crossing Italy’s regional borders again. <3

    • Lilly says...

      Julie, I know exactly what you mean. Perhaps you like this as much as I did: a guy in Venice that streams “live walks” on Youtube. Here’s him at sunset in January : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtu3LGGIMjo

  77. Ruth says...

    I live in Mamaroneck. I dream of going back to visit BK. 😂

  78. Sandra says...

    MASS MoCA, my husband, 3 adult sons and my daughter in love (law, sounds too harsh), maybe a few significant others as well.

    We’d start at Tunnel City and linger over coffee and their incredible muffins. Walk 200 feet to the Museum entrance and wander freely for hours upon hours. I’d linger in the Spencer Finch exhibit. Afterward, we’d compare notes and share our favorite moments over a beer on the museum grounds at Bright Ideas Brewery. To cap off the perfect day, dinner at Mezze down the road in Williamstown, and a stroll through Williams College campus.

    I dream of days like this, my family, a museum, good food and charming surroundings. I have Stage 4 BC and this pandemic has robbed me of precious family time-excruciating and painful. One thing it can’t take away is our wanderlust.

    • Lydia says...

      Sending you so much love and strength.

    • Melody A says...

      I will be praying for your recovery. I hope you will have this dream day again. Blessings Melody

    • Bobby says...

      Hi Sandra, I was diagnosed stage 4 on Dec 31st 2019 — a preview of the year to come. May I ask where you’re being treated? What kind of mets you have, and how you’re dealing with things? How long have you been stage four? I am constantly anxious, and would love to hear from someone who’s dealing well — which you sound like you are.

    • Michelle says...

      Thank you for describing a wonderful day. I hope to do this myself someday! I hope you get some family time soon. Wishing you good health.

    • Eliza says...

      Ahh, the Tunnel City muffins! Both my husband and I are Williams alums and they are legendary in our house :) Your day sounds absolutely delightful. I’d just add a hike up Pine Cobble or a walk behind the Clark.

    • Jennifer says...

      Sandra, I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts. Take good care, and hopefully we’ll be back to museum visits and lovely days, but most especially time with family, soon.

    • Anon says...

      Daughter in love. That is so heartwarming. What a wonderful way to rename that relationship – She is clearly lucky to have such a thoughtful mother in love. Sending you much love.

    • Pamela says...

      Museum, muffin, and beer with beloved family! Sandra’s, you’re speaking my language this sounds heavenly. Best wishes to to you.

    • Holly says...

      *daughter in love* what a sweet mother in law (ahem, love) you must be!

    • Marie says...

      I feel for you…

    • Sequoia says...

      Oh Sandra, I’m wishing you so many more seasons of museums and food and family!

    • rose says...

      I highly recommend this video by renowned mycologist Paul Stamets. His 80 yr old mother had Stage 4 BC and he details her healing story at the ***9 minute mark*** and introduces her on stage at the end. I hope it helps you!

      Paul Stamets at TEDMED 2011:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXHDoROh2hA

  79. Bea says...

    Head back to NYC to just get lost in the city; being alone in a crowd is so comforting and thrilling. Wander in and out of stores (rifling through all the racks, touching everything), spend an hour in the Strand reading paragraphs out of a couple dozen books, browse Sephora and buy a brand new lipstick that I put on the second I leave the store, get an overpriced but delicious iced coffee confection, walk into a gallery or museum I’ve never known existed, eat a meal someone other than me cooked (and will clean up after), drink an artisanal cocktail in a crowded bar, dance with some strangers (and maybe kiss one or two too).

    • Hayley says...

      Absolutely LOVE this. I too, miss being out among strangers.

  80. Annie says...

    Minnesota to visit my grandpa. After that, ANYWHERE I haven’t ever been before!

  81. Jackie says...

    We had a problem with the sewer line in our rental apartment last month, so we stayed for two nights at a hotel. It was a mile and a half from our house and it was AMAZING. I was thrilled to not be in my house. We were all giddy from the adventure of staying at the Hilton Garden Inn by the bus depot in our small town. Highly recommend. If you pretend hard enough, you really could be anywhere. :)

  82. JAK says...

    What I’ve realized in the past year is that while I love solo travel (and I’ve had some epic solo adventures!), all I want to do these days is to be surrounded by people I love. I only want to see the world with them and make memories with my family and close friends, especially since we’ve really been unable to do so for the past year since I live in a different country then everyone from back home.

    My family and I have tentatively talked about staying at a house outside of Portland, Maine for part of the summer when I’m able to visit them. It has long been our happy place, and goodness knows we could use more time in our happy place. And we are already dreaming of grander adventures for 2022, it would mean everything to me if we could spent time in London and see my little cousins. And perhaps my sister and I can finally take our Scotland road trip that was canceled last year. As an aside, I really liked that NYT’s article, it felt reassuring to know that my daydreams about travel can actually be helpful, as I was worried it might be a bad thing to make imaginary plans.

  83. Ingrid May Palma says...

    i want to go back to San Francisco to be with my family.

  84. Sarah says...

    Thinking of traveling again makes me hope we give the 1920’s a run for it’s money. Travel! Chic short hair! Alcohol! We deserve to enjoy ourselves after such a stressful, hard few years.

  85. Anna says...

    One way I’m mitigating the desire for travel is to book remote excursions I wouldn’t have prioritized before COVID, due to obligatory family travel (I live in Alaska and our family is Outside, so we’re always flying out to visit). National Park Service cabins only accessible by float plane or water taxi, where we can kayak and whale watch and beachcomb…these trips aren’t cheap, but they are SAVING me as something to look forward to! A cup of coffee on a rocky beach, feeling the wind off a nearby glacier – good fantasies.

  86. Kristen says...

    This past weekend, we went INTO OUR FRIENDS’ HOUSE!! We ate pizza and watched TV and celebrated the 2 week anniversary of their 2nd vaccine. It felt both 100% crazy, and simultaneously, like the most normal thing we’ve done in months. Now, instead of fantasizing about going to New Zealand, I’m literally just fantasizing about meals I will make when we have people over for dinner…

    • Kate says...

      People! Inside the house! What a dream.

  87. Jan says...

    In May 2019 my husband and I retired sold everything drove across the US, flew to Slovenia, cross the Alps, back to US, drove cross Canada and built a new place to live in northern MN, right before Covid hit! Nothing can beat that adventure, so my backyard is where I’ll be vacationing for a while

    • This sounds like a dream trip!! How wonderful that you got to take it just in time!

  88. Christine says...

    Well the pandemic canceled out retirement celebration trip to Paris, a long deferred dream, and our summer trip to national parks in Utah with our ten year old grandson. But we are lucky enough to live ten minutes from Lake Michigan and have been walking the deserted beach with our husky once or twice a week. The lake in winter is the most beautiful shades of teal and indigo and sometimes there are big dirty white storm clouds. The lake in winter is so exotic we always come home refreshed and rejuvenated.

  89. Erica says...

    PARIS!!

    Pre-pandemic, my mama and I would travel to Paris for two weeks every year…our mother-daughter ritual. Arm-in-arm, we frequented the outdoor markets, bright with produce, bustling with crowds. When it was time for a break, we would tuck away into a cafe, barely an arm’s length from the patron seated next to us. We would toast to our time together, scheming to plan our next visit back.

    When I really think about it, oh what I would give to be among the buzz of Parisian dwellers with my mama right now!!

    • Madame says...

      Omg… we live in the Loire Valley, but have an apartment in Paris. Since we left Paris and moved to the countryside, we still spend several days per month in Paris. We have annual passes to quite a lot of museums and spend at least three or four days visiting per month. We go to theater, concerts opera and ballet all. The. Time.
      ( and miss it so so much). I am so glad that we scrambled to see as many ballet and concerts as we could in the short period at the beginning of the season before everything shut down again. (As a side note: it felt totally safe to me the Louvre, musée d’Orsay etc crowds were inexistant, and at the Opera etc.,seats were grouped with plenty of space between each .) I worry so much about what the pandemic will do to those cultural institutions. All the theaters and museums closed for months and months!

  90. kiki says...

    My son is 7, and such a good little traveller. There are so many places I want to take him and I feel like time is slipping away. We only have 18 summers with our kiddos, and every one is so precious. I can’t wait for him to see NYC, London, Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, the list goes on and on. On our walks around the neighborhood, we always talk about where we’re going to go on our next adventure. The anticipation is such a huge part of the fun! I can’t imagine surprising him with a trip…I see so many videos of parents loading their kids into the carseat and being like “we’re going to Disneyland! for real!” And my heart just breaks for all the missed anticipation! When I get down about all the missed opportunities this year, I just think of all the anticipation it’s building for future adventures.

  91. Siheme Sebaa says...

    I would travel to Tunisia and HUG my Mom and Dad…Hopefully I will be able to do that in June…who knows?

  92. Elizabeth says...

    I would go to San Francisco and do all my favorite San Francisco things (almost all connected to food). Frankly, though, at this point, I’d go anywhere if it meant I could browse a bookstore, eat in a restaurant, visit a museum and feel safe and not wear a mask.

    After looking at the photos in “What snow really looks like in NYC,” the Big Apple is not on my list.

    • Emily says...

      Ha – I moved away from NYC a year and a half ago and that “Snow in NYC” article made me miss New York so so much!

    • Meghan says...

      Is House of Nanking on that list? 😋

    • Mallory says...

      Haha I live in SF and would love to escape!! Trade ya.

    • Sarah says...

      When was the last time you were in SF? I live just outside it. You wouldn’t want to see some pictures of it either. It’s so sad! I hope it turns around. It was my favorite city!

    • rachel says...

      YES! I must know what they are!!! I would eat at the stinking rose in north beach, soak up some crusty bread in those oily garlic cloves and close my eyes and cry a sweet tear of joy!!!!

  93. Gillian says...

    We were supposed to go on a big family trip to Italy last summer. It had been in the works since June 2019. Obviously it was postponed…Surely we thought Summer 2021 would work… Some day we will go on a big family trip to Italy…

  94. Monika says...

    I just want to see my family. It’s been over a year. We booked flights to Florida for December. We decided we needed to feel hopefull.

  95. Kristin says...

    I dream of returning to Corsica, enjoying sheep’s milk cheese and hiking parts of the GR20.

    I would love to see a post about nearby destinations/day trips. I’m also in the NYC area, and I’ve similarly been venturing to random parts of Westchester and NJ to escape pandemic boredom. I’m sure many readers have amazing tips about destinations right outside their own backyards, whether Austin or Barcelona. Just an idea!

  96. Tara says...

    I’m going “away” to a lakeside cottage an hour from my house next month. I’m as excited as if I were going to Paris. To be somewhere different! A different bed! A different town! Oh, how I cannot wait for this truly mundane “vacation.”

    My actual fantasy is going to Bavaria, to the tiny town where my husband’s grandmother has a house. We spent a week there in 2019 and it was so beautiful and serene.

  97. Jo says...

    While I have been fantasizing about a beach vacation and a European road trip, I really, really just want to see my dad. I haven’t seen him since October 2019 since he lives in Massachusetts and I live in Los Angeles. He came to visit right after I closed on my house and helped me with some urgent fixes that were identified in the initial inspection, but we had so many projects planned with his help that had to be either put on hold or bravely attempted by me and my husband alone! I really miss him and I can’t wait to hang out in his kitchen while he cooks.

  98. Jules says...

    I’ll limit it to just places I’ve been because I could go on forever!

    Montana, Hawaii, & Ireland. I’ve only been to Ireland once but I long to go back. Being there and seeing the land my ancestors knew was so awesome for a history & genealogy nerd like me! Plus, my thick, wavy hair that I got from my Irish grandma usually hates humidity, but that Irish sea air just hit it different & it looked fabulous the whole time we were there! It, and a piece of me, was home.

  99. Sonja says...

    Seattle. We lived there for several years and some of my dearest friends (one of whom introduced me to COJ in the early 10s and another where our mutual devotion to daily COJ visits solidified our interest in being friends, not just mom friends but like, friends-friend (Hey, RK!) live there and I miss them so. There are new babies, and kids who have grown, and I am desperate to squeeze them, drink wine, and just generally be in their vicinity. I want to have a month long crappy dinner party with them.

  100. Hilary says...

    Long term, on a trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal. In the short term, anywhere with my three closest friends. While we made the not so lucrative choice of becoming educators and health care providers, we are ALL ABOUT TO BE VACCINATED 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌!!!

  101. Amy says...

    My travel bucket list is long, and I’d love to make it back to the 2020 destinations that got cancelled (Paris/ Amsterdam/ Costa Rica). But international travel still seems like a far distant reality right now, even with a vaccine on the (somewhat hazy) horizon….anyone else?

    All that said, I was thinking this past weekend that I really just want a beach day! This winter has been more wet and cold than any in recent memory and I could really go for spending a Saturday just chilling on a warm beach in the sun. Summer seems far away right now. I truly do not know how those in colder climes manage. : /

  102. Meg says...

    I’d like to go anywhere but here, of course. But what I keep daydreaming about is spending a week in NYC or San Francisco, alone. I’m sick of constantly being around my family but I’m hungry to be around strangers again.

    I would be so, so thrilled to spend a week wandering the city, shopping, taking boutique fitness classes, going to a museum, walking many miles every day, strolling in the park, eating amazing food, seeing a movie. I think I will cry from joy when I can do this.

    • Meg says...

      I thought I was the only one

    • Em says...

      Same. Anywhere that’s a 1000 miles away from my husband and 2 small kids 🤣🤣 (I love them but its been a YEAR cooped up with them in the house)

  103. Alexandra says...

    I have all those travel dreams, but honestly, the only place I really would like to be is with my parents at their breakfast table in Germany. They are in their 80s, and while they are healthy, they are also vulnerable to Covid, and I am so afraid that I won’t be able to visit. It’s been two years (we were planning to visit last year spring break, but that obviously did not happen). I would love to sit in their beautiful, sunny apartment at their table, eating crunchy and soft fresh breakfast rolls with home-made jam from my mom’s flowery Villeroy & Boch plates and soft-boiled eggs … cloth napkins and freshly brewed coffee, so civilized. I am hoping that we can visit this summer, but honestly, I don’t have a lot of hope right now. Perhaps Christmas?

    • rachel says...

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    • I says...

      My grandmother lives in Luxembourg and your description of flowery Villeroy & Boch plates and soft-boiled eggs hits close to home <3
      May you and your parents be reunited soon!

  104. Marie says...

    It makes me feel slightly defective that I’m not fantasizing about going anywhere. I would, however, love it if my husband and daughter went away for a week and I could read, sew, go for walks, and enjoy stillness and silence in the comfort of my own home. I have never in my life had so little time alone as during the pandemic, and my introverted self is craving it so deeply.

    • Anonymom says...

      I feel this!

    • Jeanne says...

      Introverts Unite! :D

    • Julee says...

      YES.
      You and me both.
      We could both be alone, in our homes, together. But alone.
      Introverts forever.

  105. Andrea says...

    I have two travel dreams…one is to head back to the Lakes District in England (my last international trip before the pandemic and the most beautiful place I’ve ever been). And the other is just to be at an Airbnb (absolutely anywhere!) with my two closest friends, some wine, good food, and comfortable furniture.

  106. Maywyn says...

    It would be fantastic feeling safe driving to Walmart, and stopping to buy the fantastic pizza at the Maplefields in Ticonderoga, New York.

  107. Lia says...

    Yosemite!

  108. Meg says...

    The only place I want to go right now is Norfolk, in England, to see my family. I haven’t seen them for well over a year because of COVID and I miss them so, so much!!

  109. GF says...

    1) Mexico City…for art and tacos and getting lost
    2) Berlin…for meeting a friend and dancing in sweaty night clubs and people watching
    3…the most of them all) 30 minutes north of Seattle…for scooping my niece and nephew and sister and her bf up in my arms and homemade taquitos and making cookies with little humans I’ve been watching get bigger on a screen and dog piling on their tiny couch and watching 80s action movies and gossiping with my sister late at night on her plant filled patio swapping a joint

    • rachel simmons says...

      “getting lost” yes!

  110. R says...

    Greece or Italy!!!! I daydream about this ALL the time right now.

  111. Shannon says...

    Right now I would go anywhere. Anytime a show we are watching has a hotel room, I realize how much I just want to sleep in a bed that is not my own. I would happily take a hotel room in my own city at this point, but preferably somewhere warm. We were watching a really tense scene in Godless where violence seemed imminent and I was daydreaming out loud about the feel of that hot sun on the characters face and how nice it would be to swim in the river flowing around him. My longing for somewhere not Canada in the winter made me completely oblivious to the stress of the scene!

  112. K says...

    i long for a beach that i can stay at all day.

  113. Sasha says...

    A long all-inclusive vacation to a sunny destination where they bring drinks and ice creams to you on the beach.

  114. Lara says...

    I’m pregnant with our first right now and have been daydreaming/googling “best European cities for toddlers”. Apparently Berlin has amazing parks! And Lisbon has super child friendly restaurants! The thought of renting a little apartment somewhere and exploring a new city via parks and ice cream in between nap times for a week sounds delightful.

    • Alexandra says...

      I can recommend Berlin with kids. We stayed in the Westend area in a little apartment, and there is an abundance of parks, playgrounds, pizza shops and Italian ice cream …. plus bookshops, little Turkish grocery stores and wine shops (I honestly don’t know how these all fared during the pandemic, here in California it’s very disconcerting how many small places have closed during the last year, leaving downtown’s very much changed. )

    • Megan says...

      Can confirm, Berlin is an incredible place to travel with toddlers. We had the best time there with our 17 month old pre-pandemic. The parks/playgrounds are voluminous, every beergarten has play spaces of some kind, the public transit is clean and timely, the lakes nearby are lovely, the food is great, there’s lots of art… I miss it so.

    • Elizabeth says...

      Lived in Lisbon. Everyone will adore bebe and sometimes the waiters will take your kiddo to see special things (the fish tank, grandma in the kitchen). Our kids and niece were terribly spoiled because the Portuguese adore little ones so.

  115. Lynn says...

    Some exotic Caribbean island…Anguilla, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts…any sound perfectly lovely as I look out at our 10 inches of snow. Heck, even Florida sounds good right now!

  116. Molly says...

    Tel Aviv! Oh, I dream of the coffee shops, fresh juice stands, and open air markets! One day, I’ll be there again. Yes, to dream is important…

  117. Abby says...

    Tag yourself, I’m Toby. ;)

    Mostly joking, as I can certainly appreciate the outdoors. But it’s been a particularly tough time for those of us who aren’t really that outdoorsy and who miss the parts of travel that are more about people and activities and meeting strangers and having experiences in crowds than we do the beautiful landscapes and peaceful vistas.

    I’ve found myself feeling energized just driving down a busy street backed up with traffic lately, glancing over at people waiting for the bus or eating outside, wondering what their lives are like. Right now, it seems like the safest travel is when your destination is as far away from other people as possible, and that’s great, but… it doesn’t quite scratch my itch.

  118. Louise says...

    England to see my parents in the summer after two years apart! I hope so much I’ll be able to go. Otherwise the beach, I drove with a friend to Rehoboth in Delaware last summer and it was a wonderful long weekend that I’d like to repeat. Further ahead Lisbon is high on my list, and trips to Northern Ireland and Paris to see friends there.

  119. Kara says...

    Honestly I just want to go somewhere where I can sit down, by myself, with a hot cup of coffee and no toddlers climbing on me, clawing at my face, and no preschooler jabbering in a nonstop free association about dinosaur super heroes six inches from my head… for like an hour. Maybe I’d finish the whole coffee while it’s still hot. I’m beyond grateful for them. I love them fiercely. But goddamn.

    • Sara says...

      This!!!

    • Sonja says...

      Hey Kara, did you mine this thought directly from my brain?

    • Karla says...

      I feel this so hard. Goddamn is right.

    • Maggie says...

      GIRL, SAME!!!

    • Savannah says...

      Sounds like my dream vacation right there!! lol

    • Nicole says...

      Well, I don’t need to write my own comment bc you have written it for me! LOL

    • TS says...

      100000% this.

    • Sequoia says...

      Hi Kara, where do I send my deposit because I’m coming too!

    • Angelica says...

      Yes!

    • jane says...

      Get. A. Babysitter.
      Surely there are people willing to test and be safe? It is worth the money and especially so if it is someone like a relative you can leave them for a weekend with.

  120. Miche says...

    New Zealand’s South island is where we are planning our first trip post Covid maybe 2022. This winter we hope to visit outback Queensland.

  121. Megan says...

    For Christmas, my 10-month-old daughter and I joined my parents (after testing and quarantining) in an Airbnb exactly two miles away from my apartment, and I was indeed giddy because it was NOT HOME. It felt like staying in the most luxe hotel in Paris, just because it was a change of scenery. Highly recommend doing this if you can swing it.

    Right now, fantasizing about trips to California, and Hawaii, and pretty much anywhere sunny and warm. Another reader mentioned Greece–hell yes.

  122. A. says...

    New York! To meet our sweet granddaughter born in April! Can’t wait!!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Congratulations!

  123. J says...

    We were supposed to go to Mexico City and Brazil last year. So Mexico City is very high on our list. I still have our itinerary!

    • GF says...

      Mexico City was on my list last year too (was meant to be a solo celebration trip after graduating grad school) so it’s top of mine too. Maybe I’ll see you there :)

    • JH says...

      We also cancelled a trip to Mexico City last year, and are skipping our biannual Brazil trip this spring (my husband is from there). Can’t wait to reschedule both!

  124. Linda says...

    Harbor Island!!! Hope you went to Walter’s for an amazing hot dog and fries. We went to Block Island on 10/22 for a couple of hours and ate lunch outside. It was a beautiful day and it did wonders for us.

  125. Kauai, Hawaii. Any small beach town in Mexico. Capri or Tuscany.

  126. Jean says...

    Disneyland while my boys are at the ages I’d love to first take them. Almost 6 & 8 now – fingers crossed for this year!

  127. Moonvirgo says...

    A friend recently said that a change of scenery is not frivolous, but rather an important moment of care. Thanks for the reminder.

  128. lily says...

    Captiva Island, on the florida gulf coast. Ever since I can remember we have gone with my extended family every summer, until 2020. I can taste my brother’s screwdrivers, feel the rummikub tiles in my hands as the sun sets over the water and we play at the dining room table of gigantic, sprawling beach house we’ve rented for the week, smell the salty sunscreen skin of all of our families babies toweling off after a paddle in the gulf. I cannot wait I cannot wait i cannot WAIT.

  129. Kristin says...

    I want to take my son to a beach in Florida! We have started trying to do an “adventure” one weekend a month where we go to a new state park or outdoor place close-ish to us we have never been and it has actually been pretty refreshing. He’s 2, so it’s all very exciting to him, but it’s been nice for us to get a change of scenery from our normal places, too!

  130. DDS says...

    Booked a trip to Hawaii for Christmas! Bought trip insurance just in case- but feeling hopeful for vaccination by then. Need something to day dream about :).

  131. Libbynan says...

    New Orleans! My forever favorite destination…..

  132. Oooh so many travel fantasies. Most realistic/might actually happen: a summer trip to see my sister and her kids (haven’t seen them in 2 years!) in Albany, tacking on a few days in Kennebunkport, Maine, and a night in NYC with to celebrate my other sister’s 40th birthday (hopefully rooftop drinks would be an option?!).

    Not gonna happen for a while: visiting my friend in New Zealand! She’s moving there next month from here in Southern California. She’s lucky–her husband and kids are citizens! She’d been talking about relocating for years, and well if 2020 wasn’t the thing that got her to fill out all the paperwork I don’t now what would do it. Anyway, can’t wait to have our kids play together on the NZ beaches and explore that beautiful country!

    Hopefully in a few years: visiting my “Norwegian parents” in Norway, a lovely couple who took me under their wing when I lived there in my early twenties. I’d love to go back with my husband and daughter and just relax in that gorgeous country with some friends I haven’t seen in many years. I can’t wait to show my family the yellow farmhouse I lived in, my Norwegian parents’ log cabin, and walk down to the lake with them while picking raspberries off the bushes on the side of the road, just like I did when I was 24.

  133. Jojo says...

    I would go see my dad in TN. Selfishly, I would also like to just go to a beach in Portugal.

  134. Jane Belisle says...

    I keep dreaming about Italy!!!! Traveling anywhere and everywhere in Italy. I’m collecting photos from Instagram of all places Italy!!! The last trip my husband and I took before COVID19 was in October 2019 for two glorious weeks in Rome and the Amalfi Coast. The memories and photos of that adventure have sustained me through the pandemic. But… But…. I am longing to travel again overseas!!! The minute I can safely do it, we are going back to Italy. And, maybe, just maybe, for three months! Fingers crossed.

  135. Over the summer, my husband and I booked a shabby cabin in the Catskills for a weekend. At the time, outdoor dining had opened there but not yet here in Manhattan. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than when I took a sip of a beer at a brewery overlooking the mountains — a beer that someone else served me! We felt like we had gone to another PLANET and we were just 90 minutes from home. That weekend away was as restful and memorable as “big trips” we took in the before times.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love this!

  136. suki says...

    I would go to Kauai or the Big Island. Internationally, maybe a Danish or Swedish country house for a few weeks along with a day or two in the city to stock up on lux provisions?

    • Kamaile says...

      YES I would go to Kauai too! I got married there in Dec. 2019 and thought oh yea we’ll be back for our anniversary. That is the first place I want to go when it is safe to travel there.

  137. Shannon says...

    Pre-pandemic we had planned a trip to Slovenia, where we would go hiking in Triglav National Park and stop nightly at mountain huts for dinner and drinks and rest! That’s where I would go.

  138. Sara B says...

    Even though I feel like I am too old for this, lately I’ve been wanting to go to Vegas. No clubs, no gambling, no staying up until 5 in the morning. I just want to sit by an outdoor pool and have someone bring me prego-friendly drinks.

    • Rachel says...

      You’re never too old! If that’s what appeals to you the most, then do it!

    • rachel s says...

      you’re never too old for vegas

    • Lisa says...

      One of my best friends is Mormon and her absolute favorite place to go anywhere in the world is Vegas. I am always like what in the world do you even do there? She shops, relaxes without her 4 children, reads, eats delicious food, etc. While I’m not Mormon I don’t drink alcohol (allergic) nor do I gamble (cause I’m boring and risk averse), but she insists I would love Vegas! Maybe our next girls trip I will finally agree to Vegas!

  139. Kate says...

    I dream of a couple nights at the Lincolnville Motel in Maine—the owner brews the most delicious coffee and my kiddos love the little pool with enormous floats. Also, I dream of driving to Quebec City, when we can travel to Canada again. Most of all,I am so eager to read the comments from other readers and discover some other travel dreams!

  140. Alison D says...

    Oooh I love this question. I want to go to Big Sur where I partially grew up so badly. For some reason, I’ve felt so drawn to the California Coast this whole pandemic. It just feels like where I *should* be, instead of in a small Brooklyn apartment. But it will have to wait until things are safer!

    I’m also just excited to go on a trip with my boyfriend in general. I think it’s funny we’ve lived together for almost a year now, but have still never even done a weekend vacation together <3

  141. jane says...

    Renting an RV to avoid hotel stays, with space heaters and down comforter’s for the nights, for a road trip would be the perfect pandemic get away for me. If I could I would do that and take a trip somewhere sunny to get away from the grey PNW, like maybe northern New Mexico. I would also bring a tent as well as rent an airbnb. Then a relaxed return drive on backroads, to avoid the stress of semi’s, with audio books and great music. Sigh!

    As long as you prepare your own meals and pay attention to anti-bacterial protocols (I wash everything I touch and spray with Microban) it should be safe and relaxing. On the other hand, neighbors I know just left today for two weeks in Hawaii.

  142. Karin Connor says...

    My son started a duel immersion program in Spanish last school year and did a crazy amazing job catching up to the students who started in Kindergarten ( kid brains are amazing!) We planned a trip to Mexico – San Miguel de Allende, as a family for spring break 2020 which we had to cancel. We optimistically rescheduled for spring break 2021… and we just rescheduled that too for spring break 2022. It feels so far away… HOWEVER we will have our own 9 yr old interpreter to keep us right and my daughter will have started kindergarten in the same Spanish program. I cannot
    wait to enjoy ( OMG the food!) and educate ourselves on our fantastic neighboring culture/ country and watch the kids taking a lead with their new knowledge. A little light at the end of a long tunnel….

  143. R says...

    OMG! Hello from Mamaroneck, the town where I grew up and now live with my high school sweetheart and our two kids (Weird, I know ;) Please come back again and check out Manor Park…and definitely have lunch at Walters Hot Dogs!
    http://www.waltershotdogs.com/
    Not a replacement for a real vacation, but a not a bad way to spend the day, either.

  144. Jill says...

    Ooooooooo. This is fun!
    I’m fantasizing about taking a charter cruise like the Below Deck show! The water! The food! The drinks! THE WATER!
    What a fun fantasy!
    My REAL trip will be much better than that though………to visit my daughter and grand babies in Salt Lake City. Now that’s something to look forward to!

  145. Katy says...

    France!
    The minute we are allowed to go, I envisage packing up the car, getting to the ferry, it being a mad stress with two children under two, driving off the boat and then driving south for as long as we can tolerate with said children howling in the back for more snacks / iPad time / whatever. Then stopping and spending 5 days eating nothing but baguettes, cheese and crepes. I can’t wait.

  146. Meghan says...

    You know, I used to feel a weird sort of pressure to see the world. I adore traveling, but also felt like it was my duty to go everywhere and at some point of future reckoning, someone would be grading me on how many places I explored. COVID has been a hard reset on this. I feel more in tune with the environmental and physical costs of travel. Now I think to myself — I hope I get the chance to go to India once. If I ever make it to Iceland, I will kiss the ground. If I get to return to my beloved Italy, I will dance around! Also, why do all my dream locales start with an “I”? I know Elizabeth Gilbert figured this one out before I did.

    • Emma says...

      This!!!! Covid has made me so aware of my “before times” carbon footprint.

    • b says...

      I agree with this wholeheartedly, Meghan. I still long to return to Lake Tahoe (hopefully to live) but I no longer feel a burning desire to pare down my life to one suitcase and a backpack and see the world.

    • Julee says...

      I hear ya!
      I’m a child of the 1980s and even then, travel wasn’t the status symbol it is today. Like, if you don’t desire to see every inch of the world, something is wrong with you!
      Having traveled a bunch, a long time ago, I feel no “pressure” to globe trot.
      I’d just like to go back home to the west coast to hug my family.
      I’ve been stuck on the east coast.

    • Tess says...

      I really appreciate this Meghan, I’ve had the same feeling in this year. I feel like there was so much pressure to always be going on amazing (insta-worthy) trips, and after this year’s reset I’m realizing a) those trips don’t actually enrich my life as much as I thought, and b) the environmental costs are enormous. I’m toning down my ambitions now, and trying to appreciate the gorgeous part of the country that is accessible to me via just short car trips!

  147. Charlotte says...

    Oooh, right now in the dead of winter? Greece! We just finished watching the Durrells in Corfu, and it all felt like the most beautiful, sunny, lovely dream. If you’re reading this and haven’t watched it, I highly recommend.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I’ve found that watching a series set in a location you dream of visiting has helped with my pandemic wanderlust. I loved this series!

    • Joy says...

      We LOVED the Durrells!!! Now it’s my dream to rent a villa in Corfu and spend a couple weeks there with some other families.

    • Wink says...

      Seconding Greece, Charlotte! And thanks for the reminder–I loved the Durrells in Corfu and need to return to it. (Love their dreamy villa and the fact that the mother is allowed to have a love life!) I’ve never been to Greece but have such daydreams about it. Just today, during the ice storm we’re having, I made Deb Perlman’s baked feta and pretended I was on some sunny Greek isle.

  148. Roberta says...

    11 hours flight to Brazil !

  149. Denise says...

    I have always wanted to visit Lisbon. It’s at the very top of my travel dream list. Can’t wait to see where everyone else is dreaming about!

    • cc says...

      It’ weird, but Sintra, Portugal came across my attention 3 time yesterday from 3 very different places, so I think Portugal is in the stars for me, too.

      Also, I took a day trip to Old Saybrook CT a few weeks ago. Same as Mamaroneck, new and different and totally rejuvenating.

    • Emily says...

      Sintra, Portugal is wonderful. There’s a house that has secret passageways and the most amazing gardens. Lisbon is wonderful too. Just be prepared for LOTS of hills.

    • Eva says...

      Saw old saybrook and had to comment— that’s where my parents live! It’s such a lovely low key beach town <3

  150. Melanie says...

    I grew up near Mamaroneck…nice place to go walking. Look into going to Pepsico in Purchse (it’s across the street from SUNY Purchase). It’s the worldwide headquarters for PepsiCo and they have sculpture garden that is my favorite place to go to when I get back to Westchester.