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Our Travel Wishlist For 2017

Travel Plans 2017

So many places, so little time, but where to next? As yet, we’ve no definite travel plans for 2017 but there are several destinations that keep cropping up which we hope to actually visit this year.

They are a mix of near, far, familiar and exotic. Although there is no ‘hiking with Yaks’ and we try and keep the war zones to a minimum. The locals have probably got enough on their plate without a bunch of tourists complaining about the lack of lactose intolerant options on the menu. But seriously, if people did travel and mixed a bit more then maybe there would be a bit more understanding in the world.

Wait a minute, this is meant to be upbeat and looking forward to 2017, so let’s get back to our wishlist. After a bottle of wine or two and stuffed on rich Christmas food here, in no particular order is our list.

Don’t worry Tenby, although you are not on our list you know we still love you.

Japan
Japan

Japan and its islands

Japan, a country of contradictions. Modern yet traditional, reserved yet they released the curse of karaoke on the rest of the world. With Japan hosting the summer Olympics in 2020 it will become more popular as a tourist destination so we would like to visit sooner rather than later.

Krakow, Poland
Krakow Poland

Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland

Poland’s stunning second city with it’s perfectly preserved medieval centre. ‘Must see‘ sights include Wawel Royal Castle, the 14th-century St Mary’s Basilica and the Main Market Square.

Boston And New England
Boston

Boston Massachusetts

Boston Massachusetts, one of the oldest cities in the USA. Walk the ‘Freedom Trail’, a red brick path through the city which leads you around the historic sites. You can also take a walking tour of famous Harvard University in nearby Cambridge. Apparently Boston is also home to some of America’s best restaurants.

Maine

Lighthouses and lobsters of Maine

When we are in Boston it would be a shame not to explore further afield. The long coastlines of Maine, the lakes of New Hampshire and Vermont, the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

Scandinavia
Norway

Lofoten, Norway

Denmark, Norway or Sweden we don’t really mind where we go in 2017 as long as we get our first taste of Scandinavia. The scenery looks stunning  and there must be more to discover apart from nordic knitwear, pickled herring and grim crime dramas.

Morocco
Morocco

Morocco, North Africa

From the Sahara to the Atlas mountains, diverse Morocco sits less than 9 miles from Europe but seems much, much further. Ancient traditions, biblical scenes and a melting pot of European, African and Middle Eastern cultures.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean

Beautiful beaches, tea plantations, rainforests and over 2000 years of culture, some of the reasons why Sri Lanka is on our list for 2017. The relatively small island also has an amazing 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To ensure we don’t miss a thing we are thinking of taking one of the Sri Lanka tour packages to see more of this beautiful island.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon

Lisbon, the hilly coastal capital of Portugal

The historical maritime city of seven hills sits on the Atlantic Ocean. With its cobbled alleyways, architecture and traditional Portuguese tabernas,  Lisbon is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe. It is also relatively easy to get to, just over two and a half hours from London.

Have you been to any of the destinations on our wishlist? Also, what trips are you looking forward to in 2017?

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  • Angela
    December 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I’d love to go to Boston, that sounds amazing.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      We were going to go in March but it still looks a bit cold then.

  • Nat Deduck
    December 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Seems like our bucket list looks similar! Some of these destinations are also on our list. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 31, 2016 at 11:28 am

      We have just booked Iceland, although not technically Scandinavia it is the furthest North we’ve been. Can’t wait.

  • Lia @ Practical Wanderlust
    December 31, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Some beautiful and inspiring locations on this list! Boston and New England are wonderful, but the best time to go by far is in the Autumn – late September/early October. It’s absolutely stunning that time of the year!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 31, 2016 at 11:29 am

      We were going to go in early March but it still looked too cold so we are now looking at October 17, thanks.

  • Kavey
    December 31, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Fabulous wish list. We’ve been to Japan three times in the last 5 years, the latest time for four weeks this April. Just lov it and can’t wait to go again! For my own list, we are heading to Hong Kong and Taipei soon, both firsts for us, can’t wait! After that, who knows?

  • Mr and Mrs W
    December 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

    We’ve being wanting to go to Japan for years, hopefully we will get there in 2017. I did go to Hong Kong 30 years ago, I imagine it’s changed a lot since then.

  • Travelling Tom
    December 31, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    As I’m currently living in Spain, Lisbon and Morrocco are on my list for 2017 as well. I can get cheap flights from Barcelona to Lisbon, which is great, as I’ve wanted to visit there for a while now! Morrocco looks great as well. I agree with your choice of Sri Lanka as well. My friend went there recently, it looked amazing!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 31, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      We’ve been to Tarifa on the southern tip of Spain a few times, you could see Morocco so clearly across the straits. We will definitely be doing Lisbon soon.

  • Stephanie
    December 31, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I love Japan, so nice I’ve done it twice! Norway is almost on my list. Maybe I’ll see you there 😛

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      We’e heard really good things about Japan. We have yet to arrange Norway but we have just sorted Iceland for March.

  • Indrani
    January 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Good you included Lisbon. It is worth traveling to.
    May your plans be successful and dreams come true this 2017!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 1, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Yes Lisbon is on the list, only a short flight away so we’ll definitely visit in 2017

  • nisha
    January 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Wow! Thats a rather a great list spanning the globe. The only place I have been from this list is Poland and I loved it in winters.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 3, 2017 at 9:32 am

      We will try to visit Poland in the spring, I think we’ve had enough of the cold this winter. Saying that we are off to Iceland soon!

  • Jennifer
    January 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    We absolutely loved Morocco and can’t wait to go back to explore more of it! So I hope you definitely make it to Morocco in 2017. Sri Lanka and a road trip around New England to eat all the lobster are on our own bucket list.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Morocco is not that far away so we should go. Been so close as I used to go to Tarifa in Spain and there was a ferry across. We are thinking of New England for the Autumn of 2017.

  • Mansoureh
    January 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So many places and little time. It is hard to choose. I haven’t planned my trips in 2017 yet, but I like your list and some of the places you mentioned, have been on my lists for ages

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Yes, some of these places have been on our list for years but this year we hope to see a few of them

  • Joan Torres
    January 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Nice list! i’ve been to some of them. I was recently in Sri Lanka. One of the most adaptable countries I’ve ever been. Either you are a backpacker or like 5 star hotels, this country has something to offer to each kind of traveler. Safe travels and happy new year!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Mrs W has always wanted to go to Sri Lanka. We’ve done a lot of Europe and the USA recently but are now looking east.

  • Anna
    January 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Ah if you go krakow- please let me know! I will meet you for a coffee and show you around! It;s like 50miles from my home town 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Thanks for the invite, we should be getting there in 2017. Hopefully in the first half of the year. Mel & Marcus

  • Emma
    January 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I am just doing my hit list now and ours are really similar! 2016 was a great year for travel and I hope we get to do a few more places in 2017! Fab list x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks, well great minds think alike….Here’s to 2017