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5 Places I Want to Travel to in 2017

January 3, 2017

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At the beginning of last year, I did a little post about the five places that I most wanted to travel to during the year. Obviously, five was a little ambitious, but hey, a girl can dream right?! We did manage to tick two places off of the list though, so I’d say that was pretty good going. We’ve already booked for a third one on the list for this year and I can’t wait!

As I said last year, there are SO many places in the world that I’d love to visit, and while a trip to China or Peru is right at the top of my travel bucket list at the moment, sadly they aren’t going to be happening any time soon with our budgets. I tried to keep my list as affordable as possible, with a couple of splurge holidays added in there again. You never know right?

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1. Lisbon, Portugal

Yep, this was on last year’s list too, but this year we’re actually going! We booked it just the other day and I’m so excited! While it was on my list last year, seeing Yaya & Lloyds trip to Sintra just completely sold me on visiting there, and I knew that this year I had to visit. I’m so excited!

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2. Holland, The Netherlands

Every April my instagram feed is filled with photos of tulips and the tulip fields in The Netherlands. It looks amazing! The perfect lines of different coloured tulips, or complete fields of the most amazinly coloured pink tulip. So pretty! We almost booked a little weekend road trip there last spring, but Shane had too much work to do (as usual) so we decided to leave it and go this year.

Well, we’ve got our little campervan now, and while it’s definitely a long way off being finished, we’ve still got 4 months to work on it until the tulips are in full bloom. So hopefully, we’ll take the van out on one of it’s first roadtrips to see them!

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3. Slovenia

Slovenia looks SO stunning! I’ve seen it pop up on a few blogs the past couple of years and I just have to visit. Again, we almost booked to go here last summer, but Shane’s workload was just too much. I really want to take a road trip from Ljubljana, up to Lake Bled, and then through the mountains to Bovec to see the stunning blue rivers and white water rapids!

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4. Alberta, Canada

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to visit Alberta in Canada. I actually almost took a gap year to go work on the slopes in Banff so that I could snowboard all winter long, but it never happened haha! Lake Louise and Moraine look so incredible! I actually have family in Toronto that we might be going to visit this year, and while it might not be Alberta, it’s still Canada and Montreal is only a days drive away which is another place that I’d love to visit (oh and the Niagara Falls too).

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5. Tulum, Mexico

Mexico is another place that I’ve wanted to visit since I was a kid. I’ve been craving a nice tropical beach holiday for so long now as all of our recent holidays have been sightseeing in European cities, and Mexico is the perfect place for a beach holiday. We couldn’t just sit by a pool or on a beach for a whole entire holiday (I don’t even think we could manage even a few days of it), so Tulum is the perfect place for us. It’s got Cancun nearby, ancient Mayan Ruins and crystal clear seas with white sand beaches.

Where would you love to visit this year?

Sources: Lisbon 1 / Lisbon 2 // Holland 1 / Holland 2 // Slovenia 1 / Slovenia 2 (couldn’t find the original source for this) // Canada 1 / Canada 2 // Mexico 1 / Mexico 2
If I’ve put the wrong source, please let me know and I’ll get it changed ASAP!

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    Melanie Fontaine
    January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    We haven’t booked any trips for 2017 yet (but will probably very soon!), but it looks like we’re going to visit Malta this spring and in the fall I would love to finally make it to Ireland. I’m taking my law school finals this year, so my focus has definitely to be on studying, but it’s going to be nice to have some trips to look forward to! 🙂 Slovenia has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, too – it just always looks so stunning on pictures! 🙂

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      April
      January 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Aww, good luck with all your exams and stuff! Is it bad that I’m actually ashamed to admit that Ireland doesn’t appeal to me?! Shane and my parents keep telling me that we should go though, so you never know haha!
      xo April

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    Georgina Goodman
    January 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    wow these places look beautiful 😀

    http://www.georginadoes.co.uk

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 7:03 am

      I know! I’m so excited to hopefully visit some of them this year! I’m aiming for at least three of them!
      xo April

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    Zoe Howe
    January 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Holland is beautiful, so picturesque all year round, but especially in spring, You should add New Zealand to your bucket list…the most beautiful country on earth for sure.

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      April
      January 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Ahh, New Zealand has been on my bucket list for years, but sadly just way too expensive for our budgets at the moment!
      xo April

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    Lucy
    January 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    This is a great list and hopefully once the van is ready, you’ll be able to tick the first three off fairly easily 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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      April
      January 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Yesss! I think if all goes well with the van and we don’t have any more exploding fans/fan belts, it’s pretty much a definite, though I’ve told Shane that even if we don’t make it with the camper, then we’ll just have to drive and sleep in tents instead haha! I can’t wait for road trips through Europe – there’s so many places on my list right now!
      xo April

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    Jaime @angloyankophile
    January 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Tulum is high on my list! We’re off to Morocco in March and Cornwall in May, though I’m desperate to book a trip to Scotland and perhaps somewhere more far-flung as well.

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Tulum (and mexico in general) looks amazing right?! Enjoy Morocco! We went a few years ago – if you’re going to Marrakech, you have to visit Jardin Majorelle and the Ouzoud Falls!
      xo April

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    MissLilly
    January 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Seems such a good list! I love Sintra, if you can rent a car and drive from Sintra to Cascais, the views are amazing! Planning on living in Sintra one day. Lisbon itself has lots to do and explore, be prepared to walk loads up and down the hills.

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

      We were either planning on renting a car or getting the train there, but we’ll see while we’re there. Cascais looks lovely! I can’t wait!
      xo April

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    B
    January 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I have a trip to London planned for the Fall! I can’t wait. It’ll be my 2nd time and I just really loved it there during my last visit. It can’t come soon enough!

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I love London! I’m so lucky that we live about an hour and half away from it, but we don’t visit enough!
      xo April

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    Sarah
    January 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Those destinations all look so beautiful! 2/5 for last year is not bad – I think I had a similar success rate. The two countries I visited last year I’d been to before, but different places, I can’t wait to visit Portugal in July and visit at least two new countries on that trip.

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Yeah, I thought that was pretty good too and we even got in 2 other countries that weren’t on the list, so I think we did good haha!
      Portugal looks amazing doesn’t it? I’m so excited for our trip there too!
      xo April

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    Maggie
    January 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I would love to visit Sintra, Holland and Slovenia! I went to Alberta for my hubbies birthday in 2015 and loved it – Banff and Lake Louise are breathtaking…unfortunately the path to Moraine Lake was closed at the time. I really hope you get visit in the future!

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

      They all look so amazing don’t they?! I’m pretty excited that those three are pretty much definite trips this year if all goes to plan.
      That sounds amazing, though it sucks about the path being closed while you were there!
      xo April

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    January 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’ve been to Slovenia and Lisbon:) you’ll love them:) #travellinkup

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I’m so excited about them both! I just really want to get Slovenia booked now so I know it’s a definite haha!
      xo April

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    Follow Your Sunshine
    January 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    If you carried two of your wishlist destinations over from last year, then maybe you’ll end up doing the same this year! Slowly but surely you’ll get them all ticked off I’m sure – there are just too many amazing places on that list to give up! 🙂

    Polly xx

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      That’s such a good way to think about it haha! There are just SO many places in the world that I want to see, and narrowing it down to 5 in a year is so hard. Hopefully I’ll get a few more ticked off it this year!
      xo April

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    AlicevstheWorld
    January 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

    The tulips in Holland look beautiful! Such dreamy colours :).

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Yes! I can’t wait to see them! They look amazing!
      xo April

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    Sandra
    January 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Lisbon looks like such a beautiful city… Unfortunately, not in this year’s plans for me (but I am going to Barcelona, so all’s well!)

    xx Sandra | Cake + Whisky

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      April
      January 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Ah, I’m jealous! Barcelona looks amazing too (it’s on my bucket list haha). I hope you enjoy it!
      xo April

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    Amanda
    January 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Amazing! I’ve never been to The Netherlands, but that festival reminds me a lot of one we have here in Washington called the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. It’s so pretty! And I’ve been to Canada a bunch, but never to Alberta. That’s somewhere I’d love to go, too!

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      April
      January 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Ahh that sounds amazing – we don’t have anything like it in the UK so I love seeing things like that haha! Ooh what parts have you been to in Canada? It all looks so stunning!
      xo April

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    Angie Silver
    January 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Alberta in Canada just looks gorgeous! I’d love to visit too!

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      April
      January 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

      I’m dying to go there! The lakes, the mountains?! So pretty! I hope you get to visit one day!
      xo April

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    Amy and the Great World
    January 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I went to Slovenia this autumn and it was just incredible!! We drove around and I think that’s the way to go–the mountains are much more accessible that way.

    I’ve also been interested in Portugal for a while now–it’s a hot spot at the moment!! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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      April
      January 12, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Ahh, I can’t even imagine how amazing Slovenia was! I really hope we get to go this year! It looks so stunning! Yeah, I’ve seen so much about Portugal and Lisbon popping up on loads of blogs and ‘where to go in 2017’ lists haha! Hopefully it’ll be good! I hope you get to visit!
      xo April

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