Already dreaming up some exciting trips for this new year? I know I am! This is one of my favorite lists to make. It helps me create travel goals, get my ducks in order, and hopefully spark some ideas in you. Our first stop of the year will be Portugal, which was actually on my list last year. We probably won’t be able to visit all the places on this short list, but we’ll try our best!
San Miguel de Allende + Guanajuato City, Mexico
We had planned to visit both of these beautiful cities this winter, but because of health issues, we weren’t able to make the trip. These cities have been calling my name for a while now so I know we’ll need to get out there soon. Both San Miguel and Guanajuato are oh so colorful, perfect for foodies, easy on the wallet, unique, and safe! If you’re looking to explore further into Mexico than just the typical beaches, I’d check out this duo.
Often referred to as Mexico’s “most underrated city”, Mérida has so much to offer. It’s about 3 hours away from Cancun, so if you want to visit the ruins but would rather explore a vibrant city over a beach resort, try Mérida! It’s also good to note that it’s one of the safest cities in Mexico.
Last time we were in France, I imagined how cool it’d be if they had a festival where everyone dressed like the old times and it’d be like a movie. Turns out, this actually happens in Tallinn and I reallyyy want to go. It’s called the “Tallinn Medieval Days” and this year’s festival is happening July 5-8.
Funny little tidbit, Jorge and I were planning to move to Germany this past year, but for a number of reasons, it just didn’t work out. It’s a long story that I’ll save for another day, but obviously, Germany is still a country we’d love to explore. Bavaria is an area that draws my attention more than others, including cities like Munich, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, and I’m sure I’d scatter in other small towns. What’s your favorite part of Germany?
London + Scotland, UK
People are always surprised when I mention that I’ve never been to London. It’s kind of like Paris, just one of those cities that many naturally travel to first. I’ve heard that London’s architecture is right up my alley, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love it. Scotland is another gem that’s been on both of our lists for quite some time. We’d love to start in London and make our way up to Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland with some magical small towns mixed into the itinerary.
Last year we were trying to figure out if we should go to Boston, Austin, or Loston (LA, but we had to make it rhyme.) We ended up going to both Austin and Loston, but we haven’t made it to Boston! This needs to change. I’m hoping we can take a trip out this year, and then drive down to NYC for some pancakes because I seriously have issues when it comes to Clinton Street pancakes.
National Parks in Utah + Arizona
I’ve been dreaming up a road trip through Utah + Arizona for a few years, and God willing this year we’ll try to make it work! I’d love to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and all the canyons in between. I’ve also been eyeing the Moab Under Canvas glamping campground because it looks incredible. Have you ever glamped?
So tell me, where are you headed to next? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! *And possibly grow my list even more.*