Hola! In the spirit of the New Year – making resolutions and all that jazz – I thought today’s post should be a 2017 wishlist, of sorts. I’ve limited myself to a sensible list of 10 places that I’m most keen to visit (mainly because I’m sure you don’t have all weekend to read about my wander-lusting). Hopefully, there will be enough here to ignite and inspire your travel plans for the year ahead. I really enjoyed putting this list together. I found it to be a productive way of concentrating on which parts of the world I am most eager to see and what attracts me to them. Now, unless I unearth a money tree in the back garden, I won’t be making it to all of these places this year but heck, a girl can dream and hopefully I will be able to tick-off a couple of them. In no particular order…
Okay, I know that I said no particular order, but first up we have Cuba, which is most definitely at the top of my bucket list. I’m keen to experience everything this incredible Country and it’s ‘way back when’ vibe has to offer. It’s not just the rum that’s calling to me, the classic cars, colour pop houses and the world renowned hospitality does too. I’d probably pass on the cigars though.
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Cinque Terre and it’s Pinterest worthy views are high up there on my bucket list. I have spent a lot of time in Italy over the last few years and it has fast become one of my favourite places in the whole world. The tasty food, passionate people and incredible history are only a few of the things I love about it.
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I’ve heard only good things about this West Coast City but Alcatraz would be at the top of my list, shortly followed by the vintage cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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I’ve included Mexico as whole because everything about it excites me; the food, the culture and all of the colours. Although the beautiful beache resorts certainly appeal to me, I would like to explore authentic Mexico too. Mexico City for the street food, Frida Kahlo museum and Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in October, which last year saw the puppets from the opening scene of James Bond’s Spectre movie parade throughout the City. San Miguel de Allende for the incredible architecture and Puebla’s historic centre and crazy nightlife.
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I’ve been to Morocco’s Capital Rabat but I would really like to tick off bustling Marrakech. There’s nothing like ending a day of exploring with an authentic tagine and I found the call to prayer so soothing.
Bali has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The weather, the architecture, the little shacks on the beach, it’s all pretty much my bag.
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Japan is somewhere I would visit for the eccentricity alone (where else would you find an Alcatraz themed restaurant with shots served in syringes) but the beautiful landscapes really appeal to me too. I want to visit a cat cafe, take in the that is Mount Fuji and FINALLY get to explore the magical Disney Sea!
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I had a taste of riding with the cowboys in Nevada but I would love to head out to Oklahoma and experience life on a real life working ranch. I would even wear a hat. Well, maybe.
The coldest destination on my list by far but I would happy take the frozen fingers for afternoons spent in the Blue Lagoon, kayaking with orca’s and a chance to see the Northern Lights.
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Holy Mother of Wanderlust, now that is what I’m talking about. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and an afternoon spent relaxing out max in a hammock, with a cocktail in a coconut. Yes. Please.
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Let me know your thoughts on my list, and I would love to hear about the places you are all keen to make it to this year.