A new year, a new case of wanderlust.
Looking back on the past year, it’s incredible to recap all the places I was so fortunate to go to. I had created the original ‘Oh the Places I’ll Go‘ post this time last year, with 7 destinations I was hopeful in visiting. A year later, I can proudly report that I travelled to over half of them (4 out of 7 ain’t bad!). The year started with a trip to Venice, followed by spending my birthday in Budapest and Vienna, a summertime road trip through Montenegro (fave spot here!), and finally ending the year with a memorable trip to Morocco. You can review my bucket list travel destinations last year here.
This year, my travel list has a bit of a split personality, with some European commercial capitals I have yet to check out, as well as a serious sense of wanting to explore beyond the usual destinations. Here are all the places I’ll (hope to) go this year:
Photographs from the Charles Bridge leading into Prague have been enticing me for years. The fact that the Czech Republic is EU gives me even more reason to visit. Prague has been equated with that of the beauty of Paris, with it’s cobblestone streets and hidden courtyards. It’s also known for its eccentricity, and quirkiness that would never hold amongst the sometimes upturned noses of Parisians. Also, the beer is supposed to be the best in Europe.
After a small taste of Africa with our recent trip to Morocco, I’ve only been left craving more. I know so little about this land, and would really like to explore it some more. Given Malta’s geographical proximity to Africa, it only makes sense to take advantage of it. Cape Town, Johannesburg, and its many National Parks have gained travel acclaim in recent years, and its time I see what all the hype is about! I hope this is just the beginning of my travels throughout Africa.
I finally got to see Germany (if only for a very short amount of time via a layover) during Christmastime. Although we were only in Frankfurt, which is not particuarly known for being the crowning jewel of Germany, I still loved it, and can’t wait to see some of the rest of the country. A couple good friends of ours live in Germany, while others were once expats there, so we are particularly interested in visited Munich and Berlin, as well as checking out the picturesque countryside. Also, the castles are calling my name.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
At this point in my travels, I’m not keen on going to the same place twice. I just feel as if there are still so many things still to see, so many places yet to explore, that I want to spend every free moment discovering something new. The only place in which J and I have been that would be an exception to this rule is Montenegro. After road tripping through the entire country last summer, we both couldn’t wait to return, and are even eager on making an annual tradition out of it. Being situated right next door, I can only imagine that Bosnia and Herzegovina would offer some of the same traits we loved about its Balkan neighbour. With minimal tourists, we could feel as if we are some of the only people on the planet at times, especially while trekking through its vast mountainous wilderness.
Portugal has long been on the top of my to-go list. Everything about Portuguese culture intrigues me, not to mention its historical architecture preserved throughout. The country’s capital city, Lisbon, in particular has intrigued me for its coastal urbanism, where beaches meet museums, similar to Barcelona’s unique dynamic. I’d love to walk amongst the pastel-painted buildings, look at castles perched on hilltops overlooking the sea, and experience the maritime magic of on of Europe’s most exciting urban centres.
Being one of the world’s largest metropolises, as well as the main European travel hub, you’d think I’ve been to London multiple times. I’ve actually only really passed through it once, for a few days. London is where I had my first hostel experience, and let’s just say, it did not leave a favourable impression on me (both London and the hostel). It’s such a massive city and really deserves some quality time to be explored. I think on my return trip there I’ll be romanced by the row housing, the creativity, and the beer.
I feel as if I was meant to go to Cyprus my entire life. Well, ever since I met my best friend, who is Cypriot. Over the years I’ve grown familiar and became fond of their culture, food, and traditions. I have a suspicious feeling that the island may be oddly similar to that of Malta, but will only know for sure by finding out for myself! I’m especially keen on visiting Cyprus this year because said best friend and her family are expecting to go there this summer, and I honestly don’t think I could visit this place without her.
Here’s to all the travel possibilities in 2016! If you have any recommendations, or plans of your own, I’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment on where you’d like to go or where you think I should go, below.