As 2017 fast approaches, you’ll no doubt be thinking about some new adventures to have in the year ahead.
I’ve had an amazing 2016 with travel experiences which I’ll never forget – from washing elephants in Thailand, seeing the sunrise in Koh Phi Phi and binge-eating in Bangkok, to having a picnic with puffins in Pembrokeshire, falling in love with Lisbon and Amsterdam, and more. And while I’ve enjoyed every second of those trips, I thought I’d dedicate this post to looking forward instead of recapping on the last 12 months, and share some of the things that I’d still really like to do.
For me, there’s no better place to find travel inspiration than from other bloggers, and as I continue to discover more and more posts, the longer and longer my must-do list seems to grow (I have no idea how I’m supposed to fit it all into one lifetime.)
Here are just a few of my favourites, in case you’re still in need of some travel inspiration for 2017 and beyond.
Have breakfast with giraffes
Angie from Silverspoon London filled me with great travel envy earlier this year when she posted her trip to Nairobi, and a stay at the stunning Giraffe Manor.
I love animal encounters and experiences, and for me, getting to meet wildlife is one of the best things that travel can offer.
Check out her post to see how you too can hand-feed giraffes at breakfast (what a dream!), meet the resort’s wild warthogs, and more.
Train travel through Europe
I’m still yet to take the train as part of a trip away, but Lucy from On the Luce’s fantastic guide to interrail routes gave me loads of inspiration for multi-city trips around Europe.
With tips on what to do at each destination, as well as how long each leg of the train journey takes, she shares five top itineraries through Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and more, proving you don’t need months at a time to discover Europe by train.
All of the routes sound so great, I’m not sure why I’ve never considered travelling this way before.
A long weekend in South Africa
Dannielle from While I’m Young writes with loads of personality, and if like me you’d fancy a visit to Cape Town too, then check out her three-day guide to the city.
I’ll be honest, as soon as I saw her picture of penguins on the beach, I was ready to book my flights there and then. But as you’ll see from her post, there’s plenty more to see and do in the stunning South African capital, including hiking routes with the most incredible views across the city.
Help rescue sea turtles
I know it’s another animal-related one, but tell me, who wouldn’t want to help rescue sea turtles in Bali?
If that sounds as good to you as it does to me, then check out this post by Stephen and Jess from Flying the Nest, who shared their incredible experience from Bali earlier this year.
These guys do loads of travelling, volunteering, and writing, and somehow also find the time to post a new video on their YouTube channel every single day! So if sea turtle conservation doesn’t appeal to you (or you’re lucky enough to have helped them already), then you’re sure to find lots more inspiration from their blog.
Journey through the heart of Australia
In case you haven’t seen my excited gloating on Twitter yet, I’m going to Australia in 2017!
It’s been a pretty hard trip to plan out, having taken me about six months to decide on our ideal route. Australia is an enormous place, and picking exactly where and what we wanted to do in our short three-week break was a seriously tough choice.
As it’s my first time, we’ll be jetting off on a somewhat beginner’s tour of the country, starting at Sydney, before heading up the east coast from Brisbane to the Great Barrier Reef.
The next time I go though, I’d love to see the Australian outback, and Jayne from Girl Tweets World showed how you can journey through the centre of this vast country in style aboard The Ghan.
I’d never heard of this luxury railway until now, but it sounds like a really great (and speedy) way of travelling into the heart of Australia in comfort. The passing views from this journey must be incredible, and I’d love to see it for myself someday.
With Sydney being her home, I’m also reading up on all of Jayne’s other local tips for my visit next year – less than three months to go!
Paddleboard through Venice
A trip to Italy is really high on my must-visit list right now, and having tried stand-up paddleboarding for the first time in Cascais earlier this year, I’d love to combine the two by SUPing through the canal streets of Venice like Margaux from Outdoor Chics.
Most people head straight onto a gondola to sightsee the floating city, but how much better does a guided paddleboard tour sound?
So, have you experienced any or all of these? You lucky thing! What’s on your travel list for 2017?