5 planned trips for 2016

Last year I told myself that this would be the year that I did some serious traveling. Turns out I’d be on the right path. Knowing that I wanted to move to Spain by the end of 2015 I put myself into serious focus mode and worked my ass off to make sure that I’d accomplish that. Well my amigos I am very happy to say that I made it! I’m writing to you from my new home and I’m staying another year

Not only did I manage to finally move to Spain (a dream I’ve had since I was 13) but I also managed to travel to Canada, Portugal, and Germany. That may not sound like many places to you but from the small town of Waseca, Minnesota, visiting three new countries felt so amazing. Now it’s 2016 and I’m setting a bigger goal for myself. Traveling to five more countries. Below I’ll tell you which ones I’m planning on heading to this year and why.

1. Stockholm, Sweden

I want to take my travel blogging seriously so I signed myself up for a TBEX- Travel Blogging Exchange conference in July. I am so thrilled to head to Stockholm because I have a few friends from there so after the conference I’ll have locals who know the city better than a guide book could tell me.

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2. Oslo, Norway

Since I’ll be in Sweden for a few days I think I’ll head over to Oslo to visit another friend. I feel so lucky to have friends in a lot of the countries in Europe so I’m going to take advantage of that and have the best tour guides and eat at the best places. While I’m here in Norway I’m thinking of traveling to the far north so I can see the fjords. Maybe I’ll bust out the “Let it go song”…too cheesy? Oh well.

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3. Rome, Italy

Okay, people are probably really going to hate me for saying this but….I have a friend in Italy too. He also happens to be from Pisa and currently living in Rome so that’s pretty perfect for me. Anthony Bourdain once said that if you want to travel successfully in Rome, you need to know a local. I’m planning on going to Italy over our Easter break and judging by it’s large Catholic background..it’s going to be crazy. I can’t wait. I also can’t wait to gain 10 kilos from all the pasta I’ll devour.

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4. Morocco

Traveling to Morocco from Spain is so easy. Head to the very south of Spain, grab a ferry, get your passport checked and you’re on your way to the African continent. In Morocco you can hike the Atlas Mountains, hold some monkeys and snakes, and check out the oldest university in the world located in Fez. There is so much adventure awaiting us in Morocco and I can’t wait to experience it all. I hope to spend about three weeks there so I’m thinking of heading there in the fall when the temperatures have decreased a little.

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5. French Basque Country

Last summer my sister traveled to the south of France where the western part hails itself as Basque Country. Now I know that Basque Country is technically in Spain as well but I’ve read and heard from other travelers that it’s just not the same. Bayonne, Biarritz and St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, are the biggest towns and they don’t actually bring in that much tourism. People flock in the thousands to Paris, Lyon, and Marseille but the French side of Basque Country is relatively unknown to the standard tourist. I want to chow down on pintxos maybe even learn how to surf!

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I’d like to know where you plan on traveling in the new year! Let me know in the comments below.

Happy travels and hasta luego!

 

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