Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! I hope you celebrated last night in style surrounded by friends and family.
It’s the start of a new year and like a lot of people, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to see, be, and achieve over the next 365 days.
After an epic 2016 with travels to the US, Ireland and Canada (posts coming soon!), I’m looking forward to where 2017 will take me. Some plans are already in the works, while others are just pipe dreams that may or may not eventuate, but I feel like sharing them here will keep me accountable and inspire me to work harder to achieve them!
Here are the destinations that I would love to travel to this year:
The capital cities of Australia
Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and of course Australia’s capital, Canberra.
Over the past six years, most of my travel has been overseas. I’ve left travelling within my own country by the wayside, intrigued by the draws of foreign sights and culture. However, my childhood memories of summer holidays spent travelling around Australia with my family are fading faster the older I get. It’s time to make some new memories, and where better to start than our diverse capital cities?
Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and surrounds
Every single photo I see of Croatia and Slovenia makes me long to visit and see the beautiful lakes, picturesque towns and formidable castles for myself. It’s time to venture in to Eastern Europe!
I tried to visit the east coast of Canada as part of my Canadian Rockies trip last year, but didn’t have enough time to visit both the east and west coasts. I would love to visit Quebec (and it would be a good opportunity to practice my French!). We’ll wait and see whether a trip is on the cards for 2017.
Tasmania and Western Australia are the two Australian states that I have not had the opportunity to explore. That’s changing this year, when I plan to visit the Apple Isle for my birthday. I’m looking forward to exploring the beautiful Tasmanian forests, the walking trails and the early Australian history, though at the moment the part I’m most excited about is crossing Bass Strait on the overnight ferry!
Local day trips
When I’m home I tend to be a creature of habit, and when I’m not pottering around the house I seem to visit the same places over and over again. It’s time to break out of the mould and explore the restaurants, museums, national parks and places right near where I live that I never go to. There has to be more than the well-trodden tourist trails of zoos, wineries and beaches. It’s time to really explore my local area.
Hopefully 2017 can be a year filled with local, interstate and international travel for me, along with growing Castlephile Travels, finding ways of promoting and conserving Australia’s and the world’s historical monuments and areas, learning more about history and how those lessons can be applied to the present and indulging in other cultures and stories.
What are your travel goals for 2017? Please share them in the comments and let’s inspire each other to great things in 2017!
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You have some fab places on your list! Hope you get to visit most of them this year 🙂
great ideas! I hope you do visit Croatia:) #travellinkup
Local day trips – we didn’t do so many this year as before, but they are always a treat as they feel like a holiday away even if only a day!
There are some amazing destinations too. I’ll look forward o your posts if you end up getting to Tasmania – it’s always intrigued me!
I love local travel so much 🙂 It makes us rediscover so much, doesn’t it? And I hope you come to Quebec, it’s a great place. The city of Montreal is really fun to visit (but I’m biased as I’m from there), it has the food, the history, the museums, the street art, etc. 🙂
It’s always interesting to travel around your own country and see it with fresh eyes after having been away. I’m sure Australia will make for interesting blog posts 🙂
I’d love to visit Romania one day! It’s at the top of my list for sure. Here’s to fun and safe travels in the new year!
It sounds like you already have a fantastic year in the planning! You’re right – we so often neglect our local sights!