It’s only September, so chances are you’re still rounding out the 2014 travel calendar with only a twinkling of thought toward 2015 plans. But there’s really no better time to start daydreaming about the next journey than right now, while procrastinating on other projects. 😉
Today I decided to spend a little time brainstorming some bucket-list worthy destinations for next year. While I’ve had the great fortune to check off quite a few of my most legendary bucket list wishes over the past few years of perpetual travel, many more remain. It’ll always be a list with no end, so I’d better get to it.
I’m hoping you can help me decide where I should go and what I should do. Let me know your choice in the comments!
A. Cruising the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia
I’ve been to Croatia once before, for about three days, and all I did was get lost wandering around Zagreb, so I want to give it another chance where I can really get to know the country and to experience the beauty of the coast. Contiki offers a weeklong group sailing trip around Hvar, Korcula (home of Marco Polo) and Sipan, which I imagine is legendary as most Contiki adventures are!
Cruisers flock to the coast during the warm summer months and everyone makes friends from boat to boat. I’d really like to have a photo of me jumping off a sailboat with a gorgeous Croatian town glistening in the afternoon sun in the background. That’s not too much to ask from a bucket list item, is it?
B. Snorkeling with Beluga Whales in Manitoba
Canada is one of those destinations that requires a whole supplemental bucket list addendum of its own. What other country in the world offers puffin watching, cavorting with polar bears in Churchill and great views of the Northern Lights?
Manitoba in particular is calling to me for 2015, particularly because you can snorkel with those gorgeous white beluga whales. Yes, the water is freezing, but who cares? This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance! And animal encounters have always been my favorite, so this activity is definitely a contender for next year.
C. The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England
“But Ange, you’ve been to the UK so many times!”
That’s true, but on my next visit I want to focus on the countryside, not just my beloved London. There are so many festivals and literature and film locations to experience outside of the city, so I’m thinking 2015 might be the year to get out there and wander pensively like a Jane Austen heroine.
Fittingly, my most long-standing bucket list item is the Jane Austen Festival which takes place every September in Bath. My dream would be to take my little sister so we can dress in Regency-era attire, sporting bonnets and parasols, and search for our own handsome men with large fortunes and extensive property. (Yes, I just switched to a British accent.) We’ll be just like Lizzie & Jane Bennet and the pictures will be priceless.
D. Camping in Wyoming
I was just in Wyoming in June, and I can’t stop talking about the experience to anyone who’ll listen. We spent time driving along the southern part of the state through the Snowy Mountain Range, and for my next visit I’m itching to head north to Yellowstone National Park.
I’ve never been camping in the real wilderness, so I think Wyoming might just be the perfect place to give it a go. I’ve got the gear… I just need some tips on protecting myself from the wild animals!
So what would be your bucket list choice out of these four travel options? Croatia, Manitoba, the UK or Wyoming? It’s not an easy decision, but I likely won’t have time to experience them all so your help and guidance, especially if you’ve ever done any of these yourself, is most appreciated!Thanks to Contiki for sponsoring this post! All opinions and daydreams are my own.