5 Places to See in 2016

This blog was in its beginning stages this time last year. I would not consider myself a world traveler just yet, but I’ve always wanted to be. One of the biggest reasons I started this blog was to motivate myself to chase the life I want. Sitting at my desk drooling over far-off destinations isn’t getting me anywhere; I had to actively save and pursue my travel goals to make those dreams a reality.

So to kick off 2016 right – hello, it’s been three weeks already- I wanted to put together a loose list of travel goals for this year. This is not a bucket list, per se, but a few places that I could realistically experience within the year. Let’s get going!

Key West Bridge by Mountain Island Connection

Key West, FL: I’ll start with one close to home. And by close, I mean 7-8 hours down the highway. Something about driving down that long highway, sand and sea on both sides, appeals to me in a way that traditional beaches do not. I’m hoping to take a weekend trip before it gets unbearably hot, and visit the southernmost post in the United States. Because let’s be honest. I won’t live in Orlando forever, and now is the time to take advantage of it!

Snoqualmie Falls in the Spring
Snoqualmie Falls, a short drive from downtown Seattle.

Seattle, WA: I try to visit home as often as possible, and it looks like my first big trip of 2016 (one including an airplane) will be based in the West Coast. My home state of Washington is gorgeous, and I have a long list of natural sites I’d like to see. Since most campsites will be closed when I visit, I’ll probably just visit family, discover a couple new-to-me spots in Seattle, and go for a hike or two. Maybe I’ll even hop over to Canada if I have the time. Bliss, I’m coming for you!

Savannah, Georgia by GA Followers

Savannah, GA: Savannah has been on my radar for years. I’m most interested in taking in some of the gorgeous architecture and sampling the local food. It’s history also lends itself to a variety of haunting stories and ghost tours, something which Dan and I could both enjoy.

Image of Pompeii by AP Tours

Pompeii, Italy: I feel like I’ve been talking nonstop about my upcoming trip to Europe with Dan. With just three or four days to spend in Rome, I’m still debating whether or not visiting historic Pompeii is worth the day trip. I’m leaning toward yes, especially because I can always re-visit the rest of Rome on a future Italian road trip.

New Orleans Garden District Home by Nola Homes

New Orleans, LA: Returning to the States, I’d like to take at least one more small domestic trip before the year ends. New Orleans is a city begging to be photographed. I visited once in 2008, but since I was visiting with a friend and her young daughter, all we did was visit the zoo (which was awesome, to be fair). I’ve wanted to return ever since to capture all the small details along the streets, as well as eat and drink myself into a coma. Other contenders for domestic trips are Washington, D.C. (unlikely considering this year’s Presidential election), Chicago for a weekend getaway, or maybe Los Angeles for a splashier end to the year.

And that’s all so far! I’m sure there will be more destinations along the way, but for now, I’m keeping my calendar open. Stay tuned for trip reports in the next few months! Which destination is your favorite?

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