Am I being cliché? Heck yes. However, to be fair, I’ve actually never done one of these before. This time last year, I was a high school student with no job and no money, so the idea of just… going where I want seemed like some unattainable, far-off dream.
Anyway, now that travel is more physically and financially possible for me, I figure I’d make this list! Here are some of the things I hope to do and places I hope to go during 2017.
Apparently, I have family in the Netherlands. While they don’t live in Amsterdam itself, if I’m hopping up to visit Holland, I just can’t miss the so-called ‘Venice of the North’ and its redlight district. [Just kidding, no, I’m going to bike around the canals, go to museums, and take pictures like a nerd.]
2. Road Trip Up the West Coast
Okay, this one is slightly more ambitious. It involves a lot of steps, including getting back to the States, getting my driver’s license at long last, and then mustering up enough courage [and funds] to drive from LA to Oregon. [???] It’s the kind of thing my high school friends and I would always talk about and never actually do, so I’m determined to make it a sort of comeback adventure. Or a revival album. Plus, it would be a great way to reconnect with some of my best friends after a long year away! [Looking at you, twin.]
3. London [x2]
I want. To stay. In a nice. Place. Seriously, the only thing that made my October trip to London less than perfect was the hostel we stayed at. It was one of the most unexpectedly incredible cities I’ve ever visited, with a vibrant scene in pretty much everything worthy of a vibrant scene—shopping, food, music, art, nightlife, and more—and I’m ready for round two!
4. Explore LA
Being away from home has made me realize how little I appreciated home. [Well, not home. Los Angeles. But close enough.] I’m lucky enough to live right by one of the most sought-after, idealized, and admired cities in America, so why haven’t I been hanging out there more?! With this comes a general resolution to just get out and enjoy the world right at my doorstep whenever I can. An adventure a day, right guys? Anyway, there’s tons to do in LA, even if I can’t legally drink back in the states—from food to museums to cool street art and weird history, I’m sure I’ll be able to get my adventure fix!
5. Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome
I actually have a weekend trip to Venice booked for next week, marking my first solo trip and first time in Italy! Something about Italy has been calling to me since I arrived in France. Maybe it’s the delicious food, the history, the people, or the atmosphere. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s just warmer there. Whatever it may be, I can’t resist the call any longer. Soon, Italy. Soon.
6. Barcelona, Madrid
Again, the theme here is warmth. Okay, not really. The architecture, history, and overall vibe of both cities, while very different, appeal to me immensely. Madrid is apparently one of the coolest cities in Europe, as well as the 3rd largest, and Barcelona is… Well, it’s Barcelona. Both are unique in their own way, and I need to visit.
You know those places that you never even really gave a second thought, but then suddenly you started seeing it everywhere? That’s how Lisbon [and Portugal in general] became a dream destination for me. It’s okay, guys, you can chill with all the magical pictures and enchanting videos—I’m going to Lisbon as soon as I can to chow down on pastéis de nata and get fit af climbing up hills.
There are actually quite a few cities in Germany that I’d like to visit, especially since its proximity to France makes it a pretty ideal weekend destination. Still, of all of them, Berlin is definitely a priority. It seems like a very striking city to me, and its diversity in people, art, and culture as well as its overall eccentric feel create a vibe that I associate with places like San Francisco and Brooklyn, and something that I tend to be naturally attracted to.
Well, that’s it for my travel wishlist for 2017! It’s a pretty ambitious list [although not nearly as ambitious as what I had going on in my head] but I hope to get to most of these places before this time next year!
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