I’m the kind of person who keeps a to-do (to-go?) list of places – and in 2016 I ticked off two biggies, NYC and Venice, which have been on there pretty much since I was old enough to start writing lists of daydream places.
So for 2017 it’s time to start ticking off a few more places and having a few more adventures. I took full advantage of the Black Friday flight sales to get some trips lined up, so between that and work the first 3 months of this year are pretty full of travel, so here are my plans.
Baltimore and NYC
At the end of January I’ll be heading back to Baltimore on a work trip. Apart from getting to know my US colleagues better one of the things I really enjoy about Baltimore is getting to see a US city that very few European tourists visit.
So at the weekends I might go to one of the two art galleries that I love in Baltimore, the BMA and the Visionary Art Museum, and/or go and visit one of the museums or galleries in DC. Maybe I’ll see DC in the snow again! It’d definitely be good to see something new, so I’ll try and fit in at least one adventure in between margaritas!
Baltimore is just a couple of hours down the east coast from NYC, so I’ve got myself some early bird Amtrak fairs and a cute Airbnb in Chelsea and 2 days to explore the city. The last time I visited was in June, so it’ll be super interesting to see what the city is like in winter.
In March I’m heading out to LA for two weeks – I’m super excited about getting to see California for the first time! I’m not a great one for planning every detail of a trip before I got but I definitely want to see Venice Beach, Griffiths Park, The Getty and Joshua Tree National Park.
My friend Kate has been taunting me with posts about Joshua Tree and I’m excited to explore a landscape that is totally different to anything else I’ve ever seen.
Gaudi’s architecture is what tempted me to book flights – and that everyone I know seems to have had such a good time here!
And after that?
I’d like to take some more day or weekend trips around the south of the UK, exploring the countryside and more trips to London. I feel like I hardly visited it this year except for work – although I did manage a trip to Kew, a long-standing bucket list item of many years.
More trips to the Tate and other galleries are in order and I’d like to go to the top of The Shard. My company’s London office is on the 22nd floor and the views are spectacular so I’d love to see it from the top on a sunny day.
I’m also quite likely to be fuelling my spa addiction with a trip at some point.
LA is going to be this years “big trip” and with so much travel lined up for the first three months of the year I might leave it a bit to plan other travels but Lisbon, Morrocco, Edinburgh, Nice and Croatia are all on the list!
I’ve also always wanted to see Petra, so Jordan could be a surprise entry for next autumn.
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