2017 Travel Preview

The thing about traveling is that travel plans change. They changed a lot last year, with anticipated trips to Machu Picchu, China, and Michigan being bumped. Now here we are a third of the way through January 2017 and travel plans are nearly non-existent, in part because of the lingering uncertainties from 2016.

Two trips are /more-or-less committed, if not actually planned. October should bring us to Australia/New Zealand in a tour being arranged by Sherry Kumar (who organized the Serbia/Montenegro/Croatia trip where we got to meet Tesla royalty). We are thinking of going a week early so we can drive down to the 12 Apostles and side-trip to Uluru (aka, Ayer’s Rock). More imminent is a trip to China this spring to replace the visit postponed from last fall. The (albeit, still incredibly tentative) plan is to see South Korea either on the way there or back.

Beyond that plans are still in the “thinking about” stage. They include the twice bumped Machu Picchu, but that seems unlikely this year given time constraints. This month I will participate in a special Abraham Lincoln event at the Hill Center. At some point I’ll start making “day” trips to Lincoln-related sites such as the USS Monitor Center at Marine Mariner’s Park in Newport News, Virginia (where the Monitor ironclad is displayed and preserved); the Tredegar Iron Works site near Richmond; and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. I’ll also need to visit the confederate submarine Hunley and Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina as I continue research for my upcoming Lincoln book.

Other possible trips include a Michigan writer’s retreat, Mt. Rushmore, a 4th of July road trip to New England, and maybe, just maybe, Cuba. I’ll definitely be going to Gettysburg in November for the annual Lincoln Forum.

Of course, I’m always open to last minute changes, so feel free to provide suggestions (and plane tickets).

Meanwhile, my Lincoln: The Man Who Save America book is in the final stages of design before going to the printer for a July 2017 release. I’m back working on my other Abraham Lincoln book, which hopefully will see the light of day in 2018. Oh, and I’m working on another Lincoln-related project that I hope to announce soon. Stay tuned!

David J. Kent is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) (both Fall River Press). He has also written two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate. His next book is on Abraham Lincoln, due out in 2017.

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[Photo credit: David J. Kent, Erfurt, Germany, 2008]


6 thoughts on “2017 Travel Preview

    • Beijing for sure. Maybe Tianjin. Would like to get to the interior but doubt there will be time if we got to South Korea. Any suggestions?

      • Never been farther from Hong Kong than Guangzhou, and to Shanghai. Kind of interested in the southwestern part of the country, particularly Yunnan (esp. the Mekong/Lancang River regions) and Tibet.

        Familiar with Busan from work there, so I mostly know the city, shipyards and subway system. Sometimes kill time on rainy evenings by walking the subway shopping (like a giant night-market) for the several miles back to the hotel where I’d stay. Like to go back to see some of the beaches and temples on the north side of the city.

        Highly recommend Taiwan if you ever get the chance — assuming the mainland can restrain itself from wrecking the civilization there. Regardless of the rhetoric (and the aircraft carrier in the strait), it’s an entirely different place from the mainland (even Hong Kong) — friendly, safe, and easy & fun to explore.

        • I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times (and Guangzhou and Macau), plus Shanghai. Would love to get to HK again (last time was too long ago). So much more to see in SW and NW. Have talked about Taiwan but want to have time to explore so probably not this trip.

          Will hope to get to Busan, as well as Seoul, DMZ, and Jeju. Still a lot to plan (and little progress at this point).

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