Wanderlustin' : my 2015 travel destinations, dream destinations, & travel blogs you must follow

January 02, 2015

Here are five words in five languages that sum up how I feel right now -
Wanderlust (English): the irresistible, uncurable desire to travel or wander   
Fernweh (German): "farsickness", being homesick for a place you've never been 
Resfeber (Swedish): the restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together 
Vagary (Latin): an unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusualidea, desire, or action
Saudade (Portugese): “the love that remains”, a nostalgic longing to be near again to something that is distant
One of my 15 things for 2015  is to travel - to continents I've yet to see, countries I've dreamt of for as long as I can remember, to destinations off the beaten path and to places that my heart yearns for. What is it about the new year that makes us fantasise about holidays, pin our dream destinations, and make a travel bucket list? Maybe it's the optimistism of the start of a new year or it's the bitter cold of winter (for Londoners). Indeed, both Luxy and Angie (two of my favourite, fabulous bloggers) feel the same way - Luxy's even made a Facebook page for UK travel bloggers -  and they've just blogged about their travel wishes and wanderlust lists for 2015. I thought I'd jump on the blogging bandwagon and share with you my 2015 travel plans, dream destinations, and also travel blogs that I've just discovered that you might like to follow.

- TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2015 - 

January (confirmed) : RIGA, LATVIA 

Source: Pinterest
For Christmas, Henry surprised (OK it wasn't that much of a surprise, I was in on it!) me with flights to Riga, the 2014 European capital of culture (don't you dare say 'Oh that's so last year...'). We're looking forward to the art nouveau district, sipping Black Balsam cocktails, Swan Lake at the Latvian National Opera, and...firing AK47s at the city shooting range. 

February (confirmed) : BORNEO & KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA 

Source: The Borneo Project
Chinese New Year in 2015 falls in February, and every year I travel to my mother's hometown in Borneo. I've been to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre as a child and was delighted by the 60 to 80 orangutans wandering freely in the reserve. I thought Henry might enjoy it too, budding wildlife photographer that he is (he loved photographing critters when we were in Malaysia so I gifted him a telephoto lens for Christmas) and he's never been to Borneo, so stopping over to Sepilok after Chinese New Year would be an amazing opportunity for him to observe these gentle, fascinating creatures and the untamed beauty of Borneo.

Source: Primatology

April (in the works) : MARRAKECH DESERT TOUR, MOROCCO 

Source: Morocco Excursions
Roaming across deserts on camels and in jeeps, crossing the sand dunes, sleeping in riads and under the desert sky along the way...what could be more romantic and a more perfect one-year anniversary holiday? It's only January but I'm already perusing Morocco Excursions and dreaming up the perfect desert getaway...

May (in the works) : THE CARRIBEAN 

Source: One World 365
Luxy wants to sail around St Vincents and the Grenadines, I've always wanted to visit Trinidad and Tobago, and we've been missing Cuba ever since we left last year...this one is a no-brainer. We could sail around the islands, laze on the beaches, and when we're ready to escape the resorts we could volunteer with One World 365 with their rewarding community and conservation projects and do something beneficial to local people, animals and the environment. 

August (confirmed): ST PETERSBURG & MOSCOW, RUSSIA 

Sources: Guidora, Tony Gro, and Tim Dutton
Source: Burghess Yachts
This year my family are actually inviting me to go on holiday with them (laugh all you want). because the trip falls on my birth month! Mummy wants to go to Russia and has left me with the task of organising St Petersburg and Russia for my birthday I'm so excited! The architecture! The history! The military clothing I could buy for Regimental Vintage! I did want to go on a Russian river cruise with Viking Cruises but as you need at least 10 days to truly do it properly (and time is of the essence, the most we have is a week) my tale of two cities will have to be on foot. Perhaps I could return to Moscow on a nostalgic train journey with  the Trans-Siberian express from London via Moscow to Ulan Bator in Mongolia, Beijing, and finally in Manchuria.

September (in the works): SANTORINI, GREECE 

Need I say more?

Source: Wallpaper Up



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- DREAM DESTINATIONS - 

MALDIVES

Source: The Luxe Nomad
BORA BORA

Source: Hilton Bora Bora
The perfect honeymoon destination. Now all I have to do is...get married.

MACHU PICCU, PERU

Source: Alliance Abroad
Source: Ron Rosenstock
Last year, my parents went on a tour of South America without me *cries* but nevermind, I'll have my own Machu Piccu adventure! 

AFRICAN SAFARI

I've always wanted to shoot (with a camera, don't get any funny ideas) Africa's noble, exotic, and beautiful wildlife. And possibly hold up a lion cub and sing Circle of Life to an enraptured audience of zebra, gazelle, and elephants. Naaaantsingonyama!!!! 

Source: PixGood
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- TRAVEL BLOGS I'M LOVING - 


Let's start with the most obvious one: Messy Nessy Chic. Messy Nessy Chic blogs on the offbeat, the unique, and the chic with posts of strange, surreal, and fascinating places with a good dose of history and enchanting photos.  

Fernwehosophy combines 'Fernweh' (the German word for wanderlust) with philosophy to create this beauty of a travel blog.  Dreamy travel photography with elegant typography - even if you can't read German, the photography is enough to make you lose an entire afternoon on this blog.

Angie, a fabulous Londoner takes us through her foodie adventures, life in London, and glamourous travels across the world on her blog SilverSpoon London. If it's luxurious, decadent, and enriching,  Angie will be there, and you can bet she'll blog about it for us to lust over. I'm so jealous of her upcoming trip to Singita Boulders, South Africa! This is luxury lifestyle blogging at its best.

Tiffany, the 'digital nomad' behind World Meets Girl  is living the dream - after a fateful journey through Africa she renewed her passport, sold all her 'junk', and now she lives out of her suitcases as she travels across the world photographing her adventures from dogsledding in Canada to hosting photography tours in Peru (I want in!).

Triptease is a travel community for people to share their travel tips in little snippets or 'teases'. This London-based app makes it easy for everyone - professional travel writers, bloggers, or the non-writer who just loves sharing wonderful things - to write concise reviews with a choice of simple, slick layouts that look straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine. It's like Facebook for travel destinations. If you're on Triptease, follow me! I'd love to see what recommendations you have for me, I'm always up for a tease. 

Postcards From Rachel is a lovely new find I discovered via Bloglovin'. I haven't yet had the time to sit down and properly sink my teeth into this blog - is a collection of Rachel and her husband's travels, expat stories, and more - but so far I'm loving her blog post on Cusco, Peru and her tips for travelling on European budget airlines. 

Bonus: Wandering Demon Boots. So I might have given Henry the 'blogging bug' - he's started his very own blog - of his travels and of weird, unusual destinations. He's new to the game and is starting to get the hang of blogging, and I'm sure he'd appreciate it if you leave him some feedback to encourage him. Henry has a wonderfully imaginative, surreal, and colourful outlook on life - combined with his love of adventure, childlike wonder, and affinity with animals you can expect a blog full of exotic creatures, a collection of cat photos from around the world, and happy eggs (he added that last bit). Oh, and now he's just wandered off sighing dreamily: "I wish I was an egg'. Don't we all? Follow Henry on Instagram (@regi_mental) for beautiful places, beautiful girls, and beautiful animals.

So these are my travel destinations for 2015, my dream destinations, and the latest travel blogs that I've added to my reading list. Do you have a travel blog I could read, or any blogs you could recommend I follow on Bloglovin'? Tell me in the comments! And also follow me on Bloglovin' - I'm late to the party but whoa, what a party it is!

x


17 comments:

  1. Oooh. This is my favorite post ever! You should definitely check out Barbados (and if you like it, I have some tips for you). I was only there for a little bit, but got to snorkel with turtles a quick motorboat zip from the beach and check out a shipwreck. The turtles were awesome! It was great to hang out in their natural habitat and not some depressing "sanctuary" and they get pretty close!

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    1. Oh Barbados is so beautiful! Share your tips, I'd love to add it to my bucket list! I've swam with turtles in a marine reserve (is that the correct term?) and it was not at all depressing, the turtles were very happy to come up close and personal - a couple nearly collided with me! x

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  2. Oooh such dreamy destinations! I loved Morocco, I think you will love it too!
    I'd also suggest the blog mrs O around the world. She usuallybhas interesting stuffnon there plus she was a school buddy of mine back when we were wee lasses in Portugal :D

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    1. Ooooh i'd definitely check out her blog! And yes I'm really looking forward to Morocco---gonna check out your posts now! x

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  3. Thank you so much for mentioning me! Your plans look awesome! I'm going to check out the other blogs that you've written sbout right now :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Hehe you're welcome - I love sharing things that inspire me and I hope these blogs will inspired you too! Ah, I love it when my reading list is full of beauty! xx

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  4. I'm loving your last few posts!! it's nice to have some "organization" and helpful topics to start the new year with & not just another picture of a meal hehe :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm in a very 'up and at 'em' mood, no doubt thanks to my new 2015 diary and the clean slate of a new year! Have a great 2015! xx

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  5. This is such a divine post. I can't wait to follow all your planned adventures, and was thrilled to see a few places I have visited recently on there. Not sure if it's helpful but I wrote about my Moroccan stay here (http://likeaskeletonkey.com/2013/02/23/maroc-n-roll-part-i/) and here (http://likeaskeletonkey.com/2013/02/24/maroc-n-roll-part-ii/) I can't recommend enough that you get out into some of the rural parts to experience the generosity of locals. I have never drunk so much peppermint in tea in so any different families houses, and it was just so eye opening and soul warming.

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    1. BEEEEE! I'm so glad you found my blog because now I've found your blog and your wonderful post about Morocco --- I was hooked form the first paragraph! Thank you so much for that dreamy picture you've painted about life in the Atlas mountains, now I can't wait for Morocco! xx

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  6. I loved Riga and had probably my best ever holiday on safari in Africa (Tanzania). Borneo and Malaysia sounds so fantastic!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Oh wow, I'm so envious you got to go on Safari in tanzania! I'm perusing your blog now for Riga and safari blog posts to get me in the mood for wanderlustin'! xx

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  7. Sweet, I also plan on going to Riga next year, just put it in my travel resolutions. I've always wanted to go to Russia too! Looks like you've got an exciting year planned already :)

    http://www.thewanderlustentries.com/blog/my-5-travel-resolutions-for-2015

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    1. Your travel resolutions are amazing! I can't wait to share with you about my Riga experience - I'm really looking forward to it! xx

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  8. Looks like you've got some awesome destinations planned! Santorini is definitely up there on my list as well and fingers crossed I'll manage to go this year.
    I'm a flight attendant so get to travel quite a bit but unfortunately rarely more than 24 hours in one city at a time. Feel free to check out my blog, although I haven't been anywhere too exotic recently!
    Rachel x
    www.thedubaidiaries.me

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    1. I've always wanted to be a flight attendant, so your blog will be an interesting insight into the dream occupation of my childhood years! Thank you for sharing! x

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  9. Way to get me off a slightly envious start to the year! Morocco and Riga look enticing... And Santorini, of course.

    My Winter 2013/2014 vacation was spent in South Africa (so it was really a summery holiday, heh) and not to be trite, but the safari is an experience not to be missed. I blogged about it here http://www.rachelay.me/2014/04/06/south-africa-part-8-safari-in-the-kruger/ - if that's of any help.

    I also highly recommend the Trans-Siberian! Something about the slow rumble of trains turns one into a highly contemplative individual, heh. BTW, I still look to your Cuba posts for inspiration. Hope to be able to pay a visit there and soon!

    Rachel

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