I like to travel.
In my twenties, before houses and jobs and dogs, travel was a lot easier, it seems. Isn’t that the irony of life? When you have the time for long and epic adventure, you don’t have the money. But when you could potentially afford it, your spouse/dogs/kids/boss/house are in danger of not surviving a long weekend without you.
As a young adult, I traveled, worked, and studied all over the world. It wasn’t unusual for me to leave my native San Francisco for a job in Washington, DC. The unusual part (for me) was that I never left. Nearly a decade later, my husband and I, plus our three rescue dogs, still live in the DC-metro area, which we’ve embraced as our hometown.
One of the perks of our location, is the proximity to Dulles (IAD) airport, which I drive by several times a week. One day I looked up all the international destinations served by IAD – and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, the usual suspects of London Heathrow, Frankfurt, etc. are there, but also destinations in Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, Peru, and China.
A few years ago, my sister recommended to me that I read Chris Guillebeau’s books. I burned through a few of his titles, including The Happiness of Pursuit. In his book, Chris describes his own quest of traveling to every country in the world before the age of 35. He also interviews dozens of other questers, each focused on their own unique (and epic) mission. After rereading it recently, I found myself musing, could I fly to every international destination served by Dulles (IAD) airport? I had been wanting to start a travel blog project for years, and this seemed like as good idea as any. Timing, for once, was actually ripe for a project like this, since I had recently separated myself from the career I had built over the last 15 years. I created a spreadsheet listing all the destinations, flight length, notes such as seasonality, and tentatively chose the name Direct from Dulles. A few days later, I found that the other DC-area airports (DCA and BWI) serve a handful more destinations. I added those to the list, increasing the international destinations that one can reach by flying direct from Washington, DC to 56 cities, in over 40 countries.
I renamed the project Direct from the District. It’s my intention to travel to each international destination served by the Washington, DC area airports, which at last count is 56 cities in over 40 countries, in addition to writing about domestic and local travel.