What do you do when you feel down? When I’m discouraged and everything seems difficult and kind of pointless I sit on the couch and I start daydreaming about travel. Thinking about my dream destinations helps me get out of any rut, and makes me want to DO something instead of just wallowing in self-pity. Am I alone in this?
So today is sort of a crappy Monday for many reasons, some personal, some not so personal, and I’m sitting on the couch, the cats happily snoozing next to me, and I’m thinking about how much I’d love to be anywhere else in the world. Anywhere. You name it. And since I’m done working for the day and I have nothing else to do, I’ve started going through travel books, and I’m trying to come up with a list of achievable travel goal because that, my friends, is what makes me feel better in these cases.
So here it goes, here’s the list of places I want to travel to and experiences I want to try, possibly within the next 12 months. I know it’s a little ambitious, but if I don’t write it down and share it in public, I will never commit to it and nothing will ever come out of this. So please help me, if you have any suggestions or contacts or ideas just let me know!
- A road trip through Iceland. This is going to be our honeymoon, which I believe is going to be amazing. Marco and I have been dreaming about Iceland for years and it will be incredible to see it together. We are planning on going in May/June for 2 weeks, but planning this trip isn’t as easy as it may sound. Iceland is crazy expensive and even though I’m trying to find the best deals and am more than willing to work on projects while there, so far everything is still in a very fuzzy and discouraging phase…
- Exploring the Lofoten islands and Bergen. As you might have guessed, I have a thing for Nordic countries. I have never been to Norway and have longed to visit it since I was a child. Marco has already been to Oslo and doesn’t sound too excited about going back, so I am thinking about traveling solo and would absolutely love to explore Bergen and the Lofoten islands in early September.
- Road tripping through the Italian regions I haven’t seen yet. As an Italian, I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen all the regions in my home country yet. I’m missing four: Abruzzo, Molise, Calabria, and Basilicata, which are all close to each other and would be a perfect destination for a road trip at the beginning of the summer, when both my friend Julie and I have some time off! I’m not sure about the logistics yet, but I’d definitely love to explore these lesser known Italian gems!
- Driving tour of Montenegro. Every summer Marco and I like to spend some time in the Greek islands because when we are there we truly enjoy ourselves, we connect to each other, and we feel at home. But to add a little something different, we like to visit another country before heading there: last year it was Turkey, this year we would love to do a driving tour of Montenegro at the end of July. The details are still very vague (notice a pattern here?) but I would definitely love to have some inputs on where to go and what to see!
- A long weekend in Marrakech. I feel like I’m the only person on Earth who hasn’t been to Marrakech yet 😉 and a long weekend there, maybe for Marco’s birthday in November, would be amazing for both of us! We want to stay at a riad in the Medina, the problem is there is a gazillion out there… any suggestions?
- Fall foliage in Transylvania. I love the fall and seeing beautiful woods changing colors is magical to me. I’ve heard amazing things about fall in Transylvania and a visit to the region in late October would definitely be a good idea: the area is also home to some of the most incredible medieval villages in Europe, so, really, we can’t go wrong there!
- The Trans-Siberian railway. I have left this one for last because, although I’ve wanted to do it forever, it may not become reality quite yet, as it needs not only a lot of planning but also a lot of time off, which Marco, unfortunately, doesn’t have. But, hey, one can dream, right? I’d love to take the route from Moscow to Peking, through Mongolia, and I can’t stop thinking about how incredible it would be to see the landscape change before my eyes whiée traveling East on a train.
So here’s my list of dream destinations for the next 12 months. Care to share yours? I’d love to hear what fellow travel addicts have planned for the near future!
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