2020 is not just another year of travel, it marks the beginning of an entire decade of travel my friends and I can’t wait!
Although I’m already planning where I want to visit over the next 10 years, this post is only focusing on this year’s trips or we’d be here forever….
If you saw my yearly review post, then you’d know that I actually did quite well with my travel goals from last year. I finally went to Japan, Lake Bled and Lacock Abbey, made it to the wedding in France and I even managed to visit a European Christmas market – even if it was just in London! However, I did so much more than what I had on my list – I had tons of fun in Ontario, Budapest, Ljubljana, the Peak District and Bath to name just the main destinations.
As you know, I love to over plan my travel goals every year. I like to put them out into the universe and that way my wishes may be more likely to come true….maybe! So, what am I going to put out there this year? There are a lot of places in the back of my mind from previous years that I obviously still want to visit, but every year I feel like other things take priority, or I come to my senses about my ‘not-unlimited’ financial situation (money is the bane of my travel loving existence). Plus, I get inspired by photos, videos and other people’s travels, which completely throws my travel goals for a loop!
I’ve actually already got some travel booked into the diary, which is super exciting, so I already know that I’m going to be visiting certain areas in Europe – so I’ll share those first. The rest, however, is choice from the never ending list of destinations rattling through my head – I’ll keep it brief here though!
Just in case you’re wondering, the photos in this post were taken in the Kyoto Garden in London’s Holland Park. It’s such a beautiful secluded spot (although it does get busy on sunny days – believe me) and I thought I’d share it with you guys!
MY TRAVEL GOALS
Slovenia & Austria
I’m heading back to Slovenia! This time I’m heading up into the mountains that border Austria and then we’re going to take a trip over the border, hopefully visit some vineyards and maybe head up to Vienna. I’m so excited for this, as I loved Slovenia last time I was there, and I’ll even be visiting Austria for the first time!
I’m going to be spending a while in the beautiful western area of Liguria. That means all the pesto I can eat (thank you Genoa) and tons of focaccia too. I’m so excited to explore this stunning region! It’s not only famous for its pesto though – the olive oil, wine, citrus and rabbit is supposed to be incredible too. I’m going to be rolling onto the plane at the end of the trip! We’re hoping for some day trips too around the area, maybe to Genoa and Cinque Terre.
The Peak District
This gorgeous part of the UK is a place we knew we had to return to ASAP when we visited last year. It wasn’t my first time in the district, but the lovely village of Castleton was new to me and I fell in love with it. I’m looking forward to some more hiking, more pub lunches and just the all round general beauty of the place.
The second smallest country in the world and a destination I’m interested to visit while we’re staying in Italy. We’re only a short train ride away, so it would be rude not to check it out!
We’re also hoping to take a day trip to Nice too, as it’s not that much further along the coast and we’re nicely connected by the train route. I’ve never been to this part of France before, but now we have family living there it makes it the perfect destination for a short visit!
OK, so now I’ve covered the places we’re definitely visiting and/or pretty sure we’re going to visit, the following are ones on the actual ‘goals’ list for this year! I’m pretty certain I’ll only be able to pick one or two of these locations, but you never know what might happen….
I’m super intrigued to visit Poland. It has delicious looking food, beautiful cities, gorgeous countryside and super cheap accommodation. I’m sold you guys! I’d really like to visit Wroclaw or Krakow and even the Tatras mountains too.
Sweden & Denmark
So I’d love to head up to the North of Sweden away from all the cities and see lots of beautiful red houses in the snow. However, I’d also really like to do Copenhagen and then pop over the bridge to Malmö in Sweden and get my Fika on!
San Sebastian, Spain
STILL on my list. I just really want at least 24 hours of eating all the pintxos and enjoying the coastal views. What a beautiful spot in Spain!
Apparently this is a great city for beer and after having some delicious brews in nearby Bath, I’d be really interested to mosey around some breweries and discover them for myself!
Colmar Christmas Market, France
It’s a beautiful old French town, with the most gorgeous looking Christmas decorations and market. I would love to visit before the year is out and to live my best Christmas life before I head back to Peru again.
Obviously I was going to want to visit again immediately after my November trip. I want to visit Hokkaido, but I think that might be more of a Jan/Feb trip so that may have to wait until next year. However, I would love to see Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and also Okinawa too. There are quite a few other spots I want to visit, but I think that’s enough for now!
I’d also like to say that as of today I really want to head to South Africa. My dad just got back and sent me photos of the Boulder Beach penguins in real life and now I have to go. Knowing he has seen them makes me insanely jealous and so I must rectify this. I’m pretty sure it’s unlikely this year, but I’m leaving myself open to the opportunity….
Also I must see snow this year. Proper knee deep winter wonderland style snow. Please and thank you.
So that’s the list for this year! I have a few other places in my mind that I want to see, but I know in my heart of hearts that I’m not going to get the chance in the next 12 months.
What about you? Where would you most like to head to in 2020? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear what your plans are!