Happy New Year! So where are you going in 2013?

Here’s wishing you a very happy and adventure-filled 2013. We shot a little video of the Elliott family and our New Year’s travel wishes, and since our sites are undergoing some routine maintenance over the weekend, we wanted to share it with you now.

A big shout-out to the folks who supported our family travel blog in 2012, including Allianz, American Airlines, Hertz, Skype, the Vacation Rental Managers Association and TravelPro. Mahalo!

And of course to you, our friends, family, readers, critics and detractors. We love the trouble you helped us get into in 2012. Really, we do. Happy New Year!

So … where do you want to go in 2013?

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org. Read more of Christopher's articles here.

  • y_p_w

    Finding time for longish vacations has been difficult with my job.

    I want to go to Yosemite.

    Since I don’t have reservations I may just have to settle for Lake Tahoe. Of course the kid wants to go back to Disneyland…..

  • BillCCC

    This year is a cruise in the western Caribbean in Jan and Vegas in the autumn.

  • Tincanrider

    flying Carlsbad CA Feb, driving Galveston Oct, weekend trips in SE USA… Watching the budget – found a nice home via VRBO for California trip and had a local friend drive by to look and view the neighbor hood – –

  • Len

    Will leave my Longwood home for 4 days of skiing in either Utah or Colo. in March. Have a wedding to attend in June in Serbia near the Hungary border and will seek advice on what to do and where to go the week prior.

  • Lindabator

    Time for a more exotic vacation again – want to return to East Africa, maybe India or Asia!

  • naoma

    We will live in Paris for 3 months in the summer. Rent a beautiful apartment there. My husband wants to take a long cruise — he will go alone — one we just took — the food in the dining room was either cold or not good. I do not care if
    I ever cruise again — and we’ve been on a number of them.

  • It’s Italy for me! First taking a small group tour with Adventures Abroad of Sicily and Northern Italy, up to Rome. From there, we’re on our own with rented car, beginning with a week at an agriturismo in Tuscany where we will check out all the little villages within miles of us, followed by the Cinque Terre, and then over to Venice and home. A month total! Can’t wait!

  • I always make my reservations just outside of the park. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive to Yosemite Valley from the North entrance, and even closer from the West entrance to decent accommodations that are far less pricey. And they’re usually not booked as far in advance as those within the park. Tanaya Lodge near Oakhurst is really nice.

  • ronay

    Me, too! (Italy)…..This time, we are looking to rent a house/villa in or near Sorrento, with 4 or 5 of our friends. We have successfully managed to do this in different venues, over a number of years: Camaiore (Tuscany), Todi (Umbria) and Mirano (near Venice). We all drive, so use our house as a base for day trips, or to just relax and enjoy la dolce vida. (also look for one with a pool). We also enjoy the everyday living–shopping at the local markets, cooking meals, sampling restaurants and enjoying the evening pasajate. What could be better or more mellow??? Niente!

  • y_p_w

    My preference is camping. Getting reservations is tough, especially with about half the Yosemite Valley campsites taken out of inventory after the Merced River floods of the 90s, higher demand, and unauthorized resellers using automated programs to snag reservations right when they become open.

    I managed to get a site a few years back for four nights. All was well until the first morning when a bear visited our neighbors a couple of sites over. I thought of it more as entertainment, but we ended up checking into a hotel that night because my wife was a little bit freaked out. It also wasn’t the first time she’d seen a bear.

    I’ve stayed in Mariposa. We also had reservations in Oakhurst booked on Priceline for a late April when the waterfalls were heavy. Didn’t use them though, since my manager needed me those specific days even though my vacation had already been approved.

    Staying outside if OK, but I don’t think waking up and seeing Half Dome or Yosemite Falls can be beat.

  • TonyA_says

    My preferred way is being with family no matter where they decide to go.
    Right now we are all (twenty two) of us together in Japan.
    We went to Hokkaido (northern near Russia) for Christmas. Definitely a winter wonderland!
    We are now in Tokyo (Hibiya section) and we (luckily) saw the Emperor in the morning. We are spending New Year’s here. So technically, my first day of 2013 is starting right, overseas multi-generational traveling. For the rest of 2013, I think I will be back in Hokkaido in February, somewhere I don’t still know for Summer, and planning to spend Christmas in an island beach (maybe Coron). Happy New Year’s to all.

  • doctork

    If I can get back w/a friend, Belize is my target. This is an enchanting country. I was there once before but arrived sick. So, I hardly saw it. Off the south tip of Korea is Cheju Island. This is a true paradise. Alaska & Israel are other places.

  • dls

    Will be landing in Rime on New Years Day and then going on a 10 day cruisw in the Med.

  • lvswhippets

    I will be on my way to London, Cambridge & hopefully to Shropshire in March. Have flight reservations & have booked my apt. Love that city. Never tire of the city & surrounds.

  • Mark Gottsegen

    I’m taking my son to Glacier Park and Libby MT for 10 days of sights and fly-fishing on the Kootenai River up by Canada. Then, I’m having my right hip replaced! Wheeee!

  • scapel@suddenlink.net

    Cruise out of Singapore early next year

  • Extra mail

    I want to come stay with you! I’ve always wanted to rent an apartment for a couple of months in either Paris or London. How did you find the rental? Haven’t used vrbo in about 3 years and, after reading Chris’ column, I’m afraid to use them now.

  • bodega3

    We like to stay in Oakhurst, too. I love the drive into the park and don’t need to deal with finding a place inside 1 year out.

  • Taking the QM2 from New York to Southampton, then two weeks in France, one in Brittany/Normandy and one in Paris. The crossing takes 7 days. Formal wear for dinner every night — love it!!

    Since I refuse to fly in or from this country anymore, I thought I’d never see Europe again. But turns out the QM2 is surprisingly affordable. And since there are no abusive TSA thugs in Europe, we’re flying back. Better yet, those return flights, thanks to all the miles we’d stacked up over the years, are free. In Business Class.

  • We’re going to Alaska so I can officially say I’ve visited all 50 states. I would like to go to Belize as well, but not sure I can affoed both in one year.

  • TonyA_says

    Hi Suzanne, have you checked if CT is already ok after the devastating floods?

  • Charlie Funk

    A bit OT, but record airline fines suggest that the airlines, as a group, have dialed in these fines as a cost of doing business. And let us never forget who is really paying those record fines. Here’s a hint – it isn’t the airlines.

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