I will be the first to admit I have a full fledged love affair with travel. I'm aware of how fortunate I've been to see so much of the world. Travel can really spark a creative fire inside of you - one of it's most appealing draws or after effects for me. It's both addicting and inspiring, and can help you grow in ways that you can't even imagine. When i'm not actively planning my next trip, I'm making a (huge) list of where I want to go after that, and after that. And still, after that. For the sake of daydreaming, here is my list of 11 places I'd love to travel to in 2015.
1. Cape town, south africa
This creative hub has been on my wanderlist for a while now. Both the natural landscape and the design scene there sparked my interest a few years ago, I think my perfect itinerary would be to arrive in Johannesburg, rent a car and drive the Garden Route hugging the coastline, meandering through the Cape Winelands. I would stay at this beautiful hotel and end the journey in Cape Town for a week. Cape Town has remained elusive for me so far mainly due to #2 (below). It is also super high on my list, and to do both Cape Town AND a safari would be a pretty massive (albeit epic) trip. Fingers crossed, this could be the year.
2. On Safari, Tanzania, AFRICA
Just get me to Africa already. If I could choose one trip to make in 2015 it would be on safari. At the top of my safari list are Tanzania, South Africa or Kenya, but someday I will trek in the Virunga National Park to see the Silverback Mountain Gorillas before they are gone from the wild and visit the orange sand dunes in Namibia.
3. LAPLAND, FINLAND
Another destination that has been on my list for a while now. I want to wander the streets of the Old City in Cartagena with its colorful buildings, winding alleys for meandering and lush plazas. The city also boasts clear tropical oceans and pristine beaches like Playa Blanca, within an hours boat ride from the port.
5. Havana, Cuba
Before the perfectly preserved culture is infiltrated (even more) by western society. I want to see Havana without a McDonalds and Starbucks on every corner. The thought of sneaking in always excited me, but with the recent lift by the Obama administration on some travel restrictions, my trip may be above board after all. Plus, just look at those colors.
6. Gili Islands, Indonesia
A few dots on the map just off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia is where you will find the Gili Islands . I have been told by multiple well-traveled sources that they offer a promise of the old Bali – before the influx of Eat, Pray, Love tourists. If so, I'm sure you will see a lot more of this destination on travel lists everywhere in the next few years.
7. Trancoso, Brazil
This up and coming swath of beach in Brazil is a gypsetters dream destination. A little rainforest, a little beach and a lot of laid back vibes, open air cafes and artsy types milling about. Frequented by the likes of Gisele Bündchen, this is the place to relax and recharge for a holiday.
8. The Faroe Islands
Because this. And I love any place that makes me feel part of something greater. That was the allure of Iceland for me - epic nature that swallows you whole and leaves you in awe of what is out there.
9. LOFOTEN Islands, Norway
The quaint little fishing villages and towns nestled in fjords that rim the Lofoten Islands are a photographers dream. Even though the islands are as far north as Greenland, they still reach temperatures in the 70's in the summer due to the Gulf Stream. Plus, in the summer the area experiences midnight sun (24 hours of daylight) which was one of my favorite experiences when visiting Iceland last year.
10. ilulissat, Greenland
Greenland has piqued my interest because of it's beautiful icebergs and proximity to the Arctic circle (hint, it is IN IT). Over 85% of Greenland is covered in ice and the Illusiat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also husky safaris. I'm somewhat fixated on those right now.
11. Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Another destination prime for adventure travel, trekking and jaw dropping views (see a trend with my list here?). The most popular trek there is the "W Trek" which consists of three days of hiking amongst the stunning nature. I would like to stay at Tierra Patagonia a few nights and then maybe switch to one of these awesome Patagonian yurts.
See more places on my travel wish list in my wanderlisted series, filled with bucket list travel ideas, emerging destinations, gypset hideaways and off the beaten path locales I'm longing to visit.