Now that 2018 is underway I decided to put together my 2018 travel wishlist. I don’t expect that I’ll be able to make all of these trips this year but I think it’s good to have a running list of places that I would like to visit.
My first trip of the new year will be a long weekend in Washington D.C. over MLK weekend. I really enjoyed my recent trip two years ago and decided to go back since there are some things I didn’t get to see the last time I was there. There are also quite a few sights that I visited last time that I’d like to see again this time. I’m also looking forward to eating at Thai-Xing once again and getting gluten free cupcakes from Baked & Wired. I’ll be staying at the Kimpton Mason & Rook for the first time and looking forward to exploring that neighborhood a little bit more.
Seeing the northern lights has been high on my bucket list for quite some time now. I really wanted visit Iceland back in 2017 because I read that it was a good year to see the northern lights due to solar activity but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. I also read that solar activity is expected to decline over then next 10 years leading to fewer opportunities to see the northern lights so I made it a priority to travel to Iceland this year. Tickets are booked for February and the itinerary is finalized and I just have to not get too hyped about it while I wait for the date to arrive.
France and Italy
Every year for the past 10 years the maternal unit and I have traveled internationally together. We will be mid trip and she’ll ask “Jas where are we going next year”. It’s a lot of pressure but I’ve never backed down from the challenge. On our first trip she visited me in Paris and then we made our way to Barcelona and Rome. This year, for the 10th anniversary of our travels together I’d like to go back to France and Italy with her but this time to see the lavender fields in Provence and possibly making our way to Cinque Terre in Italy. I plan to start working on the itinerary soon and am looking forward to the trip.
There’s a possibility that I may have to travel in early spring to Krakow for a business trip.
I’ve been Krakow before but that was nearly 15 years ago and I’m sure a lot has changed since then. I’d like to incorporate a stopover somewhere else in Europe during this trip and I’m leaning towards Paris but more realistically it may end up in Munich or Frankfurt. We shall see what happens.
Portugal was at the top of my list of places to visit a few years back but the maternal unit and I ended up going to Tanzania instead. While I have no regrets about that decision, Portugal is still very high on my list of places I wish to visit in the short term. I’ve been hearing a lot more buzz about Portugal lately so I think it makes sense to scope the place out for future clients. I’ve also seen some amazing photos of Portugal and that’s something that I always look for when considering a travel destination. Realistically though I’m not sure if this is a trip that I’ll be able to make in 2018 but I’m keeping it on my wishlist because who knows what can happen when you dream big.
If someone would have told me two years ago that I would fall in love with safaris I wouldn’t believe them. However, my first safari in Tanzania was so amazing that a fire has been ignited inside of me that I would love to be able to experience a safari once a year. Botswana is on my list because of it’s unique terrains, including the desert, woodlands and the Okavango delta and is know for its large elephant herds. One other thing that makes Botswana a unique place for a safari is the country’s conservation philosophy which emphasizes low-volume, high-revenue tourism which leads to significant benefits for the local communities. I probably shouldn’t even include Botswana in this list because it’s such a pipe dream but I figured why not. If it doesn’t happen this year I can reprioritize it and add it to the list again another year.