Travel Goals For 2017

Traveling in 2016 was nonstop for us, and while that was amazing we decided to slow things down a little bit heading into this year. I am a bit sad when I look at my planner and see full months without any trips or vacations, but I also know that we are giving ourselves space to take one vacation of a lifetime, another to enjoy a week with family, and then some time in-between to explore. We took over 20 trips last year, which is a huge blessing. But it taught us that the number of vacations you take doesn’t equal happiness. The memories you make, the places you learn to love and the people you do it with really make everything worth it.


As we plan out 2017, we are leaving a few things up to chance. Quick weekend trips are bound to happen, especially to Raleigh because I miss my best friend and we can’t get enough of our favorite city. Changes can easily be made for the most part because we have less going on in general, and we want to experience the experiences.

Our 2017 travel goals are below:

Japan. First and foremost the plan is in the works and the flights are being purchased shortly. The dates are picked, some activities are settled and we are SO excited.

Waco, Texas. Because, #Shipalp. I love Fixer Upper, and so do a few of my friends, so why not spend a weekend gallivanting around Magnolia Market with the girls? I can’t wait to plan this trip!

Napa. This was a goal for last year that got pushed because we were already going to be on the west coast in other areas of the country and it just couldn’t work. This year it’s a priority and the plans for this trip have just begun!

Portland. Another trip to the west coast that we need to take. We would have loved to have taken a road trip while we were in Seattle but there is just so much to do and see. Hopefully we can squeeze Portland, Oregon in somewhere this year!

Omaha. This is another one of those places where people are like, what?! Why Omaha. Well, because we LOVED St. Louis and Louisville and we got the same reaction for this trips. I am hoping Omaha shares it’s magic, and I need another excuse to stay in a Magnolia hotel.

My fingers are crossed for a Baltimore Blogger gals + boys getaway for this spring!

We also have a 100% planned trip to Colorado with our family in March. Every other year Dave’s parents get a place in Breckenridge and we all ski, relax and drink for a week. It’s perfect and I’m so excited to finally be back again!

What are your travel goals and plans for 2017?


  • Kayla Whitter

    I can’t wait to see all your travel stories this year! We’re thinking about NOLA for our anniversary, but we’re also considering going to NYC this year!

    • Macy Volpe

      NOLA and NYC are great choices!! I live about 3 hours away from NYC so it’s the perfect day trip, but I highly recommend going for at least a weekend if you are able. Spring time is my favorite and Christmas is a very close second!

      • Kayla Whitter

        That’s awesome. We’re about 6 hours out from NOLA, so we’ll definitely make it out there. Andre’s aunt lives in NY so hopefully we’ll make it out there too. I’ve never been to either, so I’m really hoping we’ll get to make these trips!

  • Megan

    I’m so glad you and Dave are able to travel this year but slow down at the same time. SO JEALOUS about the Waco trip. I just started getting into Fixer Upper and am obsessed. Also got their book for Christmas but haven’t started it yet, they are so stinkin cute! I can’t wait to do another trip with the eight of us- I never laugh as hard as I do with you all. Love you so many fun things to look forward to!

    • Macy Volpe

      Thank you! Finding the balance between still traveling but also finding joy at home is hard but we’re working on it. I want to read their book! Let me know how you like it when you have the chance to read it…and I would love to borrow it after 😉 I am so excited for all of us this year!

  • Jen

    It sounds like you have some amazing travel locations lined up for this year! Can’t wait to hear about all the amazing adventures. :)

    • Macy Volpe

      thank you!! I’m really excited to plan these trips a little more.

  • Jordan Beck Wagner

    I’m dreaming of going to Japan!!! And would love to go to Waco for Magnolia Market as well!!!

    • Macy Volpe

      We have been talking about heading to Japan for so long, but it is seriously time to make it happen!

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Oh how awesome, Japan is going to be so cool! We are going to Edisto, South Carolina for a beach week with Chuck’s family in June and I’m hoping we can make a stop in Charleston too. We are also trying to take Ethan to Washington, DC and Chuck and I want to visit our friends in Fort Lauderdale (which I just came back from) at some point too. We would love to do a cruise again, but looks like that will come in 2018. Can’t wait to read about all your adventures!

    • Macy Volpe

      I am SO excited to finally make Japan happen! Charleston would be the perfect place to stop by and visit, you can’t go wrong with food there 😉 If you go to DC let me know! I’m only 45 minutes away! We’re also talking about taking a day trip sometime soon, we went when we first started dating and had so much fun. YES to a cruise!! That would be a great time.

  • Bailey @ Becoming Bailey

    I’m so jealous of all of your travels! We are hoping to travel to do a trip to Seattle and Portland this summer for our anniversary. Ideally we’d like to travel a second time this year but that probably won’t happen due to Andy’s job :/

    • Macy Volpe

      Seattle and Portland will be great! We both loved Seattle so much!

  • Olya

    Your plans sound fantastic! We are headed to Breckenridge in early Feb/beg. of March! :)

    • Macy Volpe

      Thank you! Us too! We arrive March 3rd :) When will you be there?

      • Olya

        I think we are leaving either late March 2 or early March 3! Bummer. It would have been fun to say hi! :)

  • Meg Taylor

    Ahhhh Japan?! That sounds amazing!! We are planning a few US weekend trips like you did last year, and Portland is on our list, too. Can I hide in your suitcase for you Baltimore bloggers trip??

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • Macy Volpe

      Yes! I am so excited to finally make Japan happen. I wish the West coast was a little less of a plane ride but I am really looking forward to making Portland happen. Gotta get the long trips in while we still have the companion pass 😉 YES! Please come along with us!

  • Vivian Bishop

    Your plans sound amazing! I am hoping one day to go to Waco too! Napa has been on my list too and is less than a 5 hour drive away. Not sure why I haven’t made it there yet!!

    • Macy Volpe

      It’s so crazy how Waco has blown up so much, and they just keep adding more! I was reading a story about all of the Fixer Upper houses that you can rent on Airbnb now, I am thinking we need to stay there haha. You should totally take the trip to Napa soon!

  • Jane

    We had trips non-stop last year too and have decided to slow down. It makes me sad haha but I still think your trips sound amazing! I can’t wait to read all about your Japan trip!! <3

  • Annie

    I would love to go to Waco…we watch Fixer Upper pretty much every night! Sounds like you have some awesome plans coming up!

  • Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I think that I figured out too that taking a ton of trips during the year can be pretty darn exhausting, especially when you have smaller trips surrounding a big trip. We’re taking a step back, and we don’t have any trips planned until March. What y’all have planned so far sounds so amazing, and I hope that you get to have the best time on all adventures!

  • Portland | Grace – Travel Blog

    Yes and Yes to this post. Waco is always fun. Don’t miss the bakery right next to Magnolia. It is amazing. Common grounds coffee and heritage creamary (both on the Baylor campus) are worth the trip to Waco. I cannot wait to read about your Japan adventures when it happens – Asia travel has been on my mind lately – hoping to make it a reality soon. Happy travels.

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