Travel Dreams 2014

I have travel dreams just like everyone else. Twenty-fourteen will take me to new places, I will return to some old favorites, and I will try to fulfill ongoing travel dream adventures.

Here we are, entering month three of the new year and even if you enjoy what winter brings, the snow and cold are making the year feel extremely long.

Travel planning brings a warm light onto my soul as I rifle through my 2014 calendar – when am I free, when am I busy – outlining my travel schedule. Maybe my travel plans and dreams will inspire yours …

Races at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington KY - photo by Michael Dwyer

Races at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington KY – photo by Michael Dwyer

Spring Jaunts

As thousands of three-year-old thoroughbred horses run through a series of prep races, I start planning my journeys south to Kentucky. First, I try desperately to visit Lexington in April. Redbuds, horse-farm tours, and the races at Keeneland get me feeling spring and ready for the big race.

The first Saturday in May puts Louisville on the world stage. Kentucky Derby weekend can be pricey, but it’s a “must do” trip at least once in your life.

Nearby, maybe Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin will also be on my list. Why? To offer readers a close-to-home drive destination. After all, I must travel to work as well.

Summer Dreams

Yes, the summer brings the biggest travel dreams out. The kids are out of school and warm weather is here. Start planning now for deals, best options and availability.

I want an overseas trip this summer. Ireland and the UK seem right to me for 2014. It’s been a few years since I was there and I want to return. Guinness in every pub, beautiful green hills, exciting big cities and some of the friendliest people on the planet are calling to me (you can hear them if you close your eyes).

Work will take me across the country this summer, perhaps to Las Vegas or Baton Rouge. Maybe I’ve been there, maybe I haven’t, either way I will learn something new and generate stories to share with my readers.

Wheatland Music Festival - photo by Michael Dwyer

Wheatland Music Festival – photo by Michael Dwyer

Music Festivals Lead to Fall

Every town in Michigan will have a music festival, a concert series or an event with a music stage this year. As a supporter of local Michigan Made music, I plan to go many of them.

Here are a few I recommend:

Blissfest in Cross Village, July 11-13

Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette, July 18-20

Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, September 5-7

Fall continues to bring wonderful adventures in Michigan. The leaves changing and the cider mills opening will be magical. While the thought of this current winter will leave us wondering if the next January and February will be as cold and snowy … we’ll have another donut, sip some cider, and enjoy the moment.

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About Michael Dwyer

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  1. Bernadette says


    You must be on vacation again. Hope you are having a good time. I read about your travels every week. Can’t wait to hear about your next journey.


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