Aside from personal growth and hardships endured this past year, if we’re strictly talking travel, 2018 was a legend. We entered the year bright-eyed for the world, and thus created a list of destinations exactly one year (and a day) ago today. Of course, it wasn’t executed with clean perfection, but that made it all the more fruitful with adventure. The sheer move to create a list really held us accountable for even the most daunting destinations like Bali. So, alas, we made one for 2019. But before that, this past year in review, which includes what we did exactly as planned, the small changes, the ones we skipped, the destinations we saw that weren’t on our list (but equally epic), and our top picks for the year:
2018 Original List, What We Changed and What is Being Moved to 2019:
I visited 4 of the 14 bucket list destinations exactly how they were written. 3 of the places were the intended country but a different city/part. 2 of the places were visited by Ryan for work that I intend to visit myself, and the rest promptly being moved to 2019.
St. Anton, Austria ✔️ January, 2018
Isle of Skye, Scotland ✔️ September, 2018
Faroe Islands —> 2019
Romsdalseggen Ridge, Norway —> Begern Fjords, Preikstolen, Norway instead ✔️ June, 2018
Dolomiti, Italy ✔️ July, 2018
Bali, Indonesia ✔️ May, 2018
Iceland —> Ryan for work, but for me —> 2019
Marrakech, Morocco —> Ryan for work, not a priority in 2019 but intend to see before leaving
Croatia —> 2019
Santorini, Greece —> Mykonos instead ✔️ May, 2018
Barcalona/Malaga, Spain ✔️ November, 2018 (Barcalona in 2019)
Chamonix/Mount Blanc, France —> 2019 (already scheduled for January!)
Salzburg/Hallstatt, Austria —> 2019
Ireland —> 2019
Places we/I visited in 2018 that weren’t on our bucket list but were equally epic:
Glencoe, Scottish Highlands
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Lake District National Park, England
Madeira Island, Portugal
So there it is, 18 places, 10 different countries in 2018 (not counting 3 returns back home to the States).
Top 3 places of 2018:
Switzerland (I love every trip I take to this beautiful country)
Snowdonia and Lake District National Park
P.S. I slacked hard on my travel journal towards the end of the year. I’m going to be better at documenting photos and writing this year! I still need to add the a few destinations - including the Dolomites and Madeira - to the journal before I start recording 2019. It WILL happen.
2019 Travel Bucket List
This year, I want to drastically improve in adventure photography. We have a few big cities and common tourist places we still want to see, but I really want 2019 destinations to be outdoor-focused. I’m thrilled to start this list. Throughout the year I have career goals that include improving my creative skills and working with companies and individuals that I actually love, but I told myself from day one of living in England that I wouldn’t waste away this assignment having kids or working a job that wasn’t actually going to advance my career field of choice. As always, this list is bold, so I’d be happy if we finished even half before the end of the year, and as I said in my previous post, we can enter the year with openness and high hopes but no expectations.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Zermatt, Switzerland (hut-to-hut backpacking)
Prague, Czech Republic
Christmas Markets in Germany