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I thought it might be fun to ask everyone if they had any major personal goals/aspirations/dreams for 2020?  Any vacations planned?  Personally, this year I would like to work on getting my financial house in better order and start doubling down on our retirement savings.  As far as vacations, we have a trip planned to Costa Rica at the end of the month.  What about you all?

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I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica and almost had a trip planned and it fell apart at the last minute.  I love to travel and hope to make one International trip later this year.

 

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Sounds fun!  I hate spending the $ (travel is expensive), but the memories really are priceless!

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I plan on running a 5K and doing a 50 mile bicycle ride. I am also looking to retire in 2 years, so I am paying off all debts. Unfortunately I seem to keep accruing medical debt, so I need to optimize my health. 

I am also planning a trip to New Orleans next month, camping at Mt. Rainier in August, and volunteering at a JDRF ride in New York State in September. 

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Costa Rica is on my bucket list.  I'm getting married later this year, so that's my big event for the year.  We're going to Sanibel Island in Florida for a few days this month, but no international travel.  We are going to postpone our honeymoon until spring of 2021, and then hope to go to either the South of France, or Croatia and Greece.

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8 minutes ago, nursej22 said:

I plan on running a 5K and doing a 50 mile bicycle ride. I am also looking to retire in 2 years, so I am paying off all debts. Unfortunately I seem to keep accruing medical debt, so I need to optimize my health. 

I am also planning a trip to New Orleans next month, camping at Mt. Rainier in August, and volunteering at a JDRF ride in New York State in September. 

Wow, you certainly have a lot on your plate nursej22.  New Orleans sounds fun as is definitely on my 'bucket list'.  I don't live far from Mt. Ranier and will likely do some camping thereabouts myself this summer.  Cheers

 

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3 minutes ago, BCgradnurse said:

Costa Rica is on my bucket list.  I'm getting married later this year, so that's my big event for the year.  We're going to Sanibel Island in Florida for a few days this month, but no international travel.  We are going to postpone our honeymoon until spring of 2021, and then hope to go to either the South of France, or Croatia and Greece.

Congrats on the upcoming nuptials BCgradnurse.  I love, love Sanibel Island and Captiva.  I remember beach combing on Bowman's Beach and it's still one of my favorite places.  France, Croatia, and Greece all sound pretty awesome too-enjoy!

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My wife and I are going to Italy at the end of this March into April. It's my wife's Birthday Present to me as I celebrate 60 years of life. My goal??? It's to make it to my 60th Birthday! L O L! Later this year, we hope to have a week's vacation in the Sedona, Arizona area. Again. We love Sedona and the lovely scenic hikes that the area provides. For both travel plans, I will be taking lots and lots of photos and video. In-between the vacations, I hope to compose more music, and edit the vacation photos and videos to the music as I've been doing lately.

We hope to travel to Cost Rica someday. It seems like a lovely country. In past decades, I've traveled throughout much of the Caribbean before (include Panama, and the Panama canal). So, for now, our focus is more towards traveling the European countries. However, there're still a whole lot of the United States I haven't seen yet. Next year, we're thinking about renting an RV and seeing the beautiful sites that our country has to share.

By the way, I'm also celebrating 28 years of nursing. I'm also the class of 1992. I hope to retire, or at least semi-retire, by my 30th year of nursing. 

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16 minutes ago, Ted said:

My wife and I are going to Italy at the end of this March into April. It's my wife's Birthday Present to me as I celebrate 60 years of life. My goal??? It's to make it to my 60th Birthday! L O L! Later this year, we hope to have a week's vacation in the Sedona, Arizona area. Again. We love Sedona and the lovely scenic hikes that the area provides. For both travel plans, I will be taking lots and lots of photos and video. In-between the vacations, I hope to compose more music, and edit the vacation photos and videos to the music as I've been doing lately.

We hope to travel to Cost Rica someday. It seems like a lovely country. In past decades, I've traveled throughout much of the Caribbean before (include Panama, and the Panama canal). So, for now, our focus is more towards traveling the European countries. However, there're still a whole lot of the United States I haven't seen yet. Next year, we're thinking about renting an RV and seeing the beautiful sites that our country has to share.

By the way, I'm also celebrating 28 years of nursing. I'm also the class of 1992. I hope to retire, or at least semi-retire, by my 30th year of nursing. 

Ted, nice meeting you!  The 'class of 92' seem to be a popular one among this forum's members.  Enjoy Italy-I've never been but it sounds lovely.  Sedona is just incredible and I can't wait to get back there again myself to hike around and see some of the things we didn't see before.  I'm a little envious of your retirement plans and would be happy to retire at that juncture (30 years) myself, if I could somehow swing it financially.  My wife and I have even talked of becoming expats in our golden years to take advantage of a significantly lower cost of living and cheap healthcare.  My goal now is just to save $ and take care of our physical health.  Take care Ted

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This year's vacations (as did last year's!) all revolve around bluegrass music.  Next week we will drive up to Bakersfield for a long weekend to attend The Great 48 Bluegrass Festival, held at a local hotel.  Top floor suites are hosted by various bluegrass associations, who sponsor bands and jams (and snacks!) and workshops.  Different other of the six or so floors will allow jamming.  Some floors are Quiet After 10pm, others are jamming 24/7!  You could end up with a jam outside your door at 2 or 3 in the morning, as the spirit moves ppl!  It's a good opportunity to jam and visit with bluegrass ppl from Northern and Central California (they will take the train down or drive down), and also our friends from Las Vegas and other areas.  Very fun!

In March we will be going on a short cruise from Long Beach to Catalina, Ensenada, and Day at Sea.  This is probably the 10th time we've been on this cruise, hosted by bluegrass associations and bands.  We bring our instruments and when we're not sightseeing, we jam where we can find a spot.  It's nice to be on board when jamming, and we enjoy meeting other bluegrassers and other cruisers (and did I mention 24/7 food??).  We will leave on a Sunday and return Thurs morning.

June we will hop in the (little) RV and drive up to Northern California, for the annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, held in Grass Valley, at the pine-filled fairgrounds.  This festival is probably the longest-running bluegrass festival in California history.  Dh recalls attending it some 46 years ago!  They always have good bands, good workshops, luthiers on site, and good jamming.  We will be gone two weeks, taking a leisurely drive up and back, stopping at Mammoth Lakes along the way home, to camp and enjoy that area.

August is our Summergrass month: the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, held in Vista at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (near Oceanside, CA).  It is always a fun trip, the grounds are fascinating, bands good, food good, jamming good!  And it's only an hour and a half drive from home!

In 2020 I would like to reduce our debt, preparing for retirement (dh retired almost two years ago).  But there are places to go, things to see, things to do... 

 

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29 minutes ago, dianah said:

This year's vacations (as did last year's!) all revolve around bluegrass music.  Next week we will drive up to Bakersfield for a long weekend to attend The Great 48 Bluegrass Festival, held at a local hotel.  Top floor suites are hosted by various bluegrass associations, who sponsor bands and jams (and snacks!) and workshops.  Different other of the six or so floors will allow jamming.  Some floors are Quiet After 10pm, others are jamming 24/7!  You could end up with a jam outside your door at 2 or 3 in the morning, as the spirit moves ppl!  It's a good opportunity to jam and visit with bluegrass ppl from Northern and Central California (they will take the train down or drive down), and also our friends from Las Vegas and other areas.  Very fun!

In March we will be going on a short cruise from Long Beach to Catalina, Ensenada, and Day at Sea.  This is probably the 10th time we've been on this cruise, hosted by bluegrass associations and bands.  We bring our instruments and when we're not sightseeing, we jam where we can find a spot.  It's nice to be on board when jamming, and we enjoy meeting other bluegrassers and other cruisers (and did I mention 24/7 food??).  We will leave on a Sunday and return Thurs morning.

June we will hop in the (little) RV and drive up to Northern California, for the annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, held in Grass Valley, at the pine-filled fairgrounds.  This festival is probably the longest-running bluegrass festival in California history.  Dh recalls attending it some 46 years ago!  They always have good bands, good workshops, luthiers on site, and good jamming.  We will be gone two weeks, taking a leisurely drive up and back, stopping at Mammoth Lakes along the way home, to camp and enjoy that area.

August is our Summergrass month: the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, held in Vista at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (near Oceanside, CA).  It is always a fun trip, the grounds are fascinating, bands good, food good, jamming good!  And it's only an hour and a half drive from home!

In 2020 I would like to reduce our debt, preparing for retirement (dh retired almost two years ago).  But there are places to go, things to see, things to do... 

 

Love it!  I'm a big fan of Bluegrass music and the Great 48 Bluegrass Festival sounds like a hoot.  I did a travel assignment near Monterey, CA and really wish I had had more time to explore-lovely part of the country!  Nice to meet you dianah:)

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 I hope to keep my sanity, and get away from my MiL. 

Awwww...Hear my tiny little violin 🎻playing my pitiful lament?🎼🎶

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