I have a question for you, and if you can give me an answer to it, I will be very impressed: WHERE DID 2013 GO?!
Seriously, it feels like I was just putting together my 2013 travel wish list and publishing it on my blog. And yet here I am, a year later, putting together a very similar annual post.
Time sure does fly when you are living your dream.
And I plan to keep living the dream in 2014. While I will eventually be semi-settling down now that I'm finished with my master's degree, that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop traveling. In fact, if my upcoming travel plans are any indication, I may end up traveling even MORE this year!
Here is my travel wish list for the upcoming year:
This isn't just on my wish list — it's in my upcoming plans! Thailand was on my 2013 wish list (along with volunteering with elephants there), and I quickly added other destinations in Southeast Asia to the list as the year progressed. I didn't quite make it to SEA at the end of 2013 as I had originally hoped, but I'm headed there in just 2 weeks!! Now my must-see destinations include Vietnam, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, and some Thai Islands — and I'll be visiting them all! Stay tuned for more updates…
It's become a tradition for me to visit New Zealand once every 3 years — and 2014 marks 3 years since the last time I was in the Land of the Long White Cloud. I therefore am determined to make it back to New Zealand this year. And I'm already hatching some plans with my travel blogging twinsie that may have me heading Down Under for about a month in May. Fingers crossed that it all works out! If it does, I will definitely be re-visiting favorites like Wellington, Queenstown, and Hobbiton, and will hopefully add a few new destinations to the list, as well. I also really want to try a new adventure sport, though I'm not sure what I'll try yet.
My boyfriend and I have been talking about a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake basically since we met nearly a year ago. Hopefully we can make this trip a reality this spring or summer, even if only for a long weekend. It's been roughly 15 years since I've been to Niagara Falls, so I think a return visit is definitely in order.
Somewhere tropical in North America
I'll be ticking the “tropical” box in Asia at the beginning of the year, but I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at another tropical destination on my own continent. Contenders include:
- Belize (I've been dying to go back for the past year)
- Hawaii (I've only ever been to Oahu and would love to visit more islands)
- Mexico (because there are so many great places there I want to see)
- A cruise (to any of the above or beyond!)
A Christmas market river cruise
Speaking of cruises, my ultimate Christmas wish for 2014 would be to hop on a river cruise in Europe and visit as many Christmas markets as possible — not to mention world capitals decked out for the holidays! River cruises are predicted to be hot in 2014, and I've always liked the idea of lazily cruising down the rivers in Europe. What a way to see the continent!
Lastly, my long-shot destination of the year is South Africa. It was on my list last year, too, though sadly I didn't get to cross it off. Maybe 2014 will be the year I figure out a way to explore Cape Town, cage dive with great whites, drive the Garden Route, and see penguins on a beach? We shall see.
The above are all destinations that I think might actually be able to make it to this year. If I could add a few over-the-top wishes, though? They would be:
- Swim with whale sharks somewhere
- Go back to Churchill, Manitoba during polar bear season
- Ride a camel in Jordan
- Cruise through the fjords in Norway
- Drive the Ring Road in Iceland during the summer months
- Be a geek at Harry Potter world in Orlando
Though I think I would need more than just 365 days to fit in all of these adventures!
Regardless of what I do or do not cross of this list, I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be another epic travel year!
(And, in case you're curious, I crossed off 2 out of 5 destinations from my travel wish list from last year (Western Europe and Costa Rica) and will be crossing off a third (Thailand) very soon!)
Which destinations are on YOUR travel wish list for this year?