It’s the beginning of a brand new year and that means it’s time for some brand new travel adventures…yippee! 2013 disappeared *far* too quickly and saw me visiting fourteen different countries and countless cities and towns around the world. It’s so cliche, but I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!
I have only a handful of travels planned so far for 2014, but that doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming of far flung lands and constantly thinking of where I can go next. Here’s where I’m going and want to go to in 2014…
My lovely mum is celebrating a big milestone birthday next year (don’t worry mum, I won’t tell which one
or you’ll kill me) and we’ve booked a family trip to Iceland to celebrate! Although her birthday isn’t until April we’re travelling in March as there’s more chance of seeing the elusive Northern Lights then. We’re also going right before my birthday so imagine what a great present seeing the lights would be! Fingers crossed!
I’m so excited to visit Iceland as so many people I know have been in the past year or so and it just looks absolutely out of this world beautiful. I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes.
I’ve been dreaming of Morocco for a while now and it has become even more attractive to me recently. When I think of Morocco I think of colour, sound, the smell of spices and a culture so very different to my own. I’m desperate to experience it for myself so I’m really hoping 2014 is the year I finally make it to Morocco (and the top of Africa!).
Beautiful photo essays like this one from Jodi of Legal Nomads make me pine for Morroco and reminds me of this quote “Is it possible to miss a place you’ve never been?” from the movie Oblivion. To me, it definitely feels possible.
It’s looking likely that I will indeed be visiting Morocco sometime in 2014, more details on that soon!
If you’re a regular reader here then you’ll probably remember I visited Paris for the first time in July 2013 and fell head over heels. Paris is seriously beautiful and I didn’t care that it was busy, overpriced and full of tourists because I was simply too swept away by how magical it was.
I’d love to return to Paris in 2014, but it’s not the only French city on my list…
Nantes is a city that lies on the banks of the Loire River and I visited it for the first time in early 2012 and was blown away by it. Nantes has a young population thanks to numerous universities and colleges which gives it a great atmosphere and it also has a terrific arts scene.
It has quintessentially French architecture, plenty of adorable little cafes where you can sit and people watch, delectable restaurants and the Loire Valley also happens to be home to some of my absolute favourite wines. Winning combination!
Another thing I loved about Nantes is the fact that it is the French city I have visited with fewest numbers of tourists meaning the streets are filled with locals and you won’t find yourself trying to dodge through tour groups all day long (Paris, I’m looking at you here).
Also, I’m still entirely devastated that I didn’t get to see Le Grand Elephant of Nantes walking the city streets. Yup, I haven’t lost my mind, there is a giant mechanical elephant that wanders the streets on certain days. You can even ride on his back!
I know, you’re thinking I’ve lost my mind now as I already live in Scotland, but I want to make this the year I see a lot more of my beautiful home country. 2014 is a big year for Scotland with The Homecoming, The Ryder Cup and lots more besides and it’s the perfect time for me to finally explore more.
Last year I visited Dumfries and Galloway, Inverness, Edinburgh, North Berwick, Loch Fyne, Loch Lomond, St Andrews and many more. This year I’d like to go further afield and see some new places and I’d also love to return to St Andrews, a place I was so surprised by.
I’ve previously visited St Petersburg and it three years later it still remains one of my favourite places that I’ve visited. I’d love to go to Moscow and see just how it compares to St Petersburg.
I’m pretty fascinated by the history of Russia. It’s full of tales of drama, scandal, bloody wars and fights. It’s certainly not a history for the faint-hearted!
I also love the architectural styles that can be found in Russia and would love to visit Red Square to see the architecture there.
So, these are the places I’m either going to or wish I was going to in 2014. Where’s on your list?