Places I’m Dying to Visit in 2015

In: Inspiration, Journal

How is it already mid-August!?  This year has been a whirlwind of traveling, happening almost too fast for me to grasp. I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in Argentina, visit Southeast Asia, check out the Pacific Northwest for the first time, and completed a small Eurotrip this summer.

As of lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home working and essentially being a hermit while saving up for my next trip, which will be Greece in September! I’m not complaining though, in fact I’m thrilled to have such exciting plans to save towards.

Itchy feet are starting to kick in though, and I’ve been looking for new explore, even if it’s just via Pinterest or Lonely Planet guidebooks. In case you don’t keep up with my gazillion Pinterest boards, here’s a small sample of where I would love to visit in 2015!


 

Sri Lanka

This small, pearl-shaped island has a lot to offer. From dramatic mountain ranges to golden, sandy beaches, the scenery in Sri Lanka is as impressive as it is diverse. Additionally, Sri Lanka has amazing wildlife, ranging from elephant sanctuaries to whale watching. This lovely island is rumored to be one of South East Asia’s last unspoiled gems, and I hope to pay a visit soon!

Visit Sri Lanka

Photo Source: Flickr
Visit Sri LankaPhoto Source: Flickr
Visit Sri LankaPhoto by Imma of A World to Travel

Poland

Considering how much time I’ve spent in Germany, Poland is somewhere I should have visited long gao. I’ve always been fascinated by Eastern Europe and former USSR countries, and Poland seems like the perfect place for any history buff.

Somehow, I keep coming across lists profiling Poland’s prettiest towns on social media. I’d like to think it’s a sign from the universe telling me to book a ticket to Warsaw! I would love the chance to explore the cobblestone streets of Krakow and Wroclaw, and to try some authentic Polish pierogis!

Visit Wroclaw PolandPhoto by Ashlea of A Globe Well Traveled
Visit Krakow PolandPhoto by Mag of Travelme.World

Peru

I wish I had made a stop in Peru on my way home from Argentina earlier this year! Not only does Peru have an abundance of cultural treasures and sacred ruins, but the country also boasts gorgeous beaches and a buzzing capital.

Several years ago, a friend gifted me a surreally soft alpaca blanket. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with Peruvian handcrafts and alpaca fiber – it’s so soft! I plan to leave Peru with the coziest (but perhaps not the chicest) sweater collection around!

Visit Peru

Photo by Kim of A Walk Aboot
IMG_6326Photo by Tangerine of A Travelogue by Brock and Tanj

Montana, US

My friend and I have been talking about taking a road trip from Seattle to Montana forever! I would love to finally cross it off my must-see list and experience this underrated state’s mountains, lakes, and national parks for myself!

why visit montanaPhoto Source: Flickr

Portland, Oregon


Portland is yet another place I should have already visited by now. Known for its local beers, weirdness, and foodie scene, Portland is a city I’m positive I would enjoy. I’m already planning my trip, including an obligatory visit to the famous Voodoo Doughnut!

Visit Portland OregonPhoto Source: Flickr
Voodoo doughnut porlandPhoto Source: Flickr

Australia

Oceania is one corner of the world I’ve yet to explore. As cliche as it sounds, I would love to have the chance to see kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat. In addition to its diverse wildlife, Australia’s is well-known for its stunning landscape and pristine beaches. Plus, I’m all about escaping North American winters in favor of a Southern Hemisphere summer!

AustraliaPhoto By: Melissa from A Broken Backpack

Australia Beach

Australia KoalaPhotos by Leonie of Lo on the Go

 


Romania

Nestled between Bulgaria and Hungary, Romania is usually omitted from most European itineraries. Romania is still relatively unphased by tourism and is an affordable place to experience Eastern Europe while avoiding the drawbacks of mass tourism. Bucharest remains well-preserved and houses several architectural marvels despite the nation’s turbulent history.

Romania is full of castles, quaint villages, and gorgeous countrysides. Romania’s most popular tourist attraction is Bran Castle – a.k.a Dracula’s Castle. See you soon, Bucharest and Transylvania!

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New Zealand

I imagine that visiting New Zealand feels like visiting the edge of the universe. Based off the Instagram photos from NZ that I’ve fawned over, one can only assume that the scenery is otherworldly! Kiwis are known for the friendliness and the small island nation is lauded for its safe reputation, making it a perfect destination for solo female travelers.

Also, Lord of the Rings was filmed here – need I say more?

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10891997_10152526919425925_8685778574883077002_n-1Photos by Leonie of Lo on the Go

Where are you dying to visit in 2015?

 


Allison

Travel-obsessed girl making her way around the world via standby tickets. Thanks to a family member's job in the commercial airline industry, I can fly almost anywhere essentially for free! So far this year, I've visited four continents with no plans to stop anytime soon. I'm always looking for new adventures and places to explore. Follow me as I go!


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11 comments

  • Lauren

    August 17, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Ah this list is great! I need to visit Poland asap- my great-grandparents immigrated from there… I need to confess that Switzerland is number one for me. Shameful I haven’t been.

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  • Allison

    August 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for stopping by Lauren, I always love seeing your comments 🙂 Switzerland sounds amazing, albeit expensive! I remember stopping through Basel once and having to pay almost $10 USD for a cup of coffee! Still, I would LOVE to properly see Switzerland and to see Interlaken – such a gorgeous place! Hope you can make a trip soon!

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  • Allison

    August 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Ashlea! I hope so as well, the airline one of my parents works for (which also graciously gives family members free standby flights) is offering service to Sydney starting in December and I’m hoping to get a seat on the inaugural flight!

    Loved your Portland post as well!

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  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine

    August 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I most definitely just followed your Pinterest boards. I love scrolling through and dreaming about my next travel destinations. How fun you are going to Greece so soon! I will now be following along. 🙂

    One of my roommates while I studied abroad went to Poland. She absolutely adored it. You’re right, it’s been popping up a lot of places recently! I’d like to get over there one day. But I feel like I overuse that sentence far too much!!

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  • Allison

    August 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks, Amanda – so glad to have you following along 🙂 Pinning future trips get can get pretty addicting, but it’s so much fun! Where did you study abroad? I hope we can both cross Poland off our lists soon!

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  • Leonie

    August 18, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Great post. Really hope you get to goes to these places. Peru is defiantly on my list.
    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

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  • Adeline

    August 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Great post! I spent some time in Peru a few years ago (though I’d recommend Ecuador more!!) and Cusco and Arequipa were my favourite places. If you go to Macchu Picchu, I’d definitely recommend a hike a did up a mountain across the valley from the ruins. Its nearly deserted and the view across to Macchu Picchu is even better than being there.

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  • Allison

    August 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the tips Adeline! I hope I can make it, and I hate crowds so thanks for the Macchu Picchu tidbit!

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  • Linda

    December 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Out of Polish cities Wroclaw impressed me the most. I‘ve been there this holidays. A very nice city, I visited it with Wratislavia Tour company, the tour guide talked about the city in a very interesting way. Once I will readily visit Wroclaw again!

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  • Martha

    December 16, 2015 at 3:18 am

    I agree with you Linda ! Wratislavia Tour Company is great and Poland is a very nice country, people are friendly; good and very cheap food! I was impressed the most by Wroclaw!

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