Wanderlust Wishes For Twenty Seventeen

Hooooray! We made it to twenty seventeen. The start of a new chapter, a new year and so many potential travel adventures and all the wanderlust. Surely i’m not the only one itching to get on a flight to another destination? I thought not. From my round up of twenty sixteen, I shared my top 3 favourite hotels and restaurants – which you can imagine was very hard!

I’m rested, i’m eager and I have all the wanderlust running through my veins. Like a taste of drug that I just cannot live without. Yes, it does come with side affects too – post holiday blues. What do you need to fix that? Another travel plan!

I never set myself any resolutions for this year, apart from being happy, healthy and content about my life. My travel addiction feeds the first and the latter, which has led me to set a somewhat realistic ‘goal’ of travelling at least once a month. Leaving twenty seventeen having visited a minimum of twelve new destinations. Doable? I hope so!

Where do I want these twelve destinations to be?

1. Switzerland – Geneva
Wanderlust - Geneva

Credits: Ovation

Visting Switzerland has always been on my ‘must visit’ list. When I was a little boy, my parents used to take foreign exchange students and host them for their stay. We had a student called Nathalie and she is the reason Switzerland remains on my list. She always made it sounds so beautiful from her stories and they have stuck in my memory ever since. Let’s hope I can fulfil my inner child’s dreams.

2. United Arab Emirates – Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Wanderlust - Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Credits: Guff

Dubai, glorious Dubai. The ultimate city, with stunning high rise buildings, breath taking sunsets, delicious middle eastern food and the true taste of opulent luxury. It has also been one of my mum’s bucket list cities. We fulfilled her wish of seeing Niagara Falls back in 2015, so i’m hoping to visit Dubai with the family for her auspicious birthday celebrations. Adding on a couple of nights in Abu Dhabi, since i’ve heard great things and it’s just over an hours drive away from Dubai.

3. Qatar – Doha
Wanderlust - Doha

Credits: Unknown

Through blogging, I met the lovely Polly, who writes a blog called Follow Your Sunshine. She’s based in the beautiful Doha, Qatar. I’m always envious of her beautiful photos and updates of what she gets up to in Doha. It’s definitely made me want to visit Doha and Polly too, it would be rude not to if we will already be in the Middle East. Polly is also the newest co-host for the Travel Link Up series. Welcome to the team, Polly.

4. Portugal – Lisbon & Algarve
Wanderlust - Lisbon & Algarve

Credits: Purple Travel

I still have the vision of my Portuguese friend Matilde, who was one of my lab partners during my dissertation asking me “Aftab, when will come to Lisbon?!” so i’m going to try and visit in 2017. Hopefully making a detour down to the Algarve to have some over due blue water and golden sand moments.

5. Italy – Florence & Rome
Wanderlust - Florence & Rome

Credits: The Pinnacle List

Visiting Florence, in particular Tuscany has been on my list for quite a few years now. Since I watched the movie “Under The Tuscan Sun” I was drawn to the beautiful traditional buildings and tiny streets. Getting on a bicycle and roaming around the beautiful green fields. Whilst I am in Italy, it would be a shame not to visit Rome it being the capital and all. Nothing would be more ideal than sipping cocktails, watching the soft red sunset over the Vatican city. Pure bliss.

6. Greece – Santorini & Mykonos
Wanderlust - Santorini & Mykonos

Credits: Easy Conferences

Santorini has been the number one place I have wanted to visit since I went to university. Its magical white walled buildings and blue roofs, making you feel like visioning something from a poets tale. I can tell many hearts have been filled with unconditional love, in this romantic city. Infinite pools and exploring in linen clothing, eating nothing but fresh greek food and aged red wines. Ah!

7. Turkey
Wanderlust - Turkey

Credits: Sakura Tours

Turkey is a place i’ve only ever heard stories about. When I was a child, I thought visiting Turkey meant going into a real life turkey was a ‘holiday’ but I grew up to learn I was so wrong. Turkey is a place I envisioned to have a mix of the Middle East and the European culture. Where spice meets history and worn architecture. I guess time will tell what it is really like!

8. Egypt
Wanderlust - Egypt

Credits: Wikipedia

What do I think of when someone mentions Egypt? Sand, mummies, pyramids, tombs, camels and Arabian culture. I’ve heard it’s one of those magnificent places, where no length of time there is enough. You just want to keep coming back. Swimming in the red sea, dining on the beach, listening to the waves crashing in as the sun sets and exploring and discovering the depths of this beautiful destination by daylight.

9. ย Czech Republic – Prague
Wanderlust - Prague

Credits: Moyan Brenn

Visiting the Czech Republic wasn’t ever a destination that really appealed to me, until I saw many travellers sharing pictures and posts about Prague. It was definitely love at first electronic sight. Cobbled streets, medieval buildings and a truly historic city. There is so much charm about underrated cities like Prague and I can’t wait to embrace and fill myself up with all that goodness. It’s like breathing fresh air for the first time in a long time…

10. Denmark – Copenhagen
Wanderlust - Copenhagen

Credits: The Culture Map

After watching a show that was all about the most livable cities in the world, whilst waiting for my flight to Canada. It mentioned Copenhagen in Denmark being in the top 5 most desired places to live. Apparently the Danish are the happiest kind of people of all, especially with their beautiful coloured buildings and their easy way of life. Who wouldn’t have to visit? Cut me a slice of whatever their eating, i’m bringing it to England with me!

11. ย Austria – Vienna
Wanderlust - Vienna

Credit: Butterfield & Robinson

Every year i’ve wanted to go abroad for the run up to Christmas, to enjoy the lovely festivities in a different country. It seems there are a certain few European countries know how to do a decent Christmas market. I was lucky enough to visit Budapest this year and it was utterly amazing getting ready for Christmas elsewhere. However, I would definitely love to experience that time of year in Vienna, Austria this year.

12. Spain – Barcelona
Wanderlust - Barcelona

Credits: PHP Barcelona Conference 2015

Barcelona being one of Spain’s most popular destinations filled with timeless architecture and tropical sandy beaches. Not to mention it’s not far from the unprotected mountains ofย Sierra Catalana. It truly is a unique place, filled with the joys of the Spanish culture and delicious food. As long as I can get a non-seafood paella, i’m good to go!

I’m sure I could go on and on about the other places I would love to visit, but i’m seeing if I can stick to the core 12 and any extras will be a bonus!

Let twenty seventeen be filled with lots of fun and exciting travels.

Where do you want to visit in twenty seventeen?

Until next time…

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  • OK so I actually let out a little scream when I scrolled down and saw Doha on your list! I reeeeally hope you make this dream a reality – I know that you’ll love it here (if I can help shape your itinerary a bit!!) and it would be so good to see you! I’m pleased Florence and Rome feature too – they’re two of my favourite cities in the world and definitely right up your street.
    Polly xx

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I definitely will make sure I come and visit you when I have all plans set in stone. I hope I make it to those dreamy Italian cities this year!

  • Seems like we have a few similar places on our wish lists for 2017! I’m hoping to visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Algarve too and would love to visit Vienna at Christmas time as it looks magical. Hope you get to visit lots of these places this year!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Lots of sun, just what we need to say goodbye to the cold winter blues!

  • Sarah

    Great list for 2017 Aftab! I can definitely recommend Abu Dhabi, Dubai and my favourite place for a weekend break – Copenhagen. (I’ve blogged about Copenhagen lots). Hope you’re well. Happy New Year.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you Sarah! I really want to visit Copenhagen this year, so I will be checking out your posts for tips.

  • We have several destinations in common! Here’s to lots of travel in 2017.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Cheers Claire! Let this year be full of fun travel experiences.

  • So many wonderful destinations, Aftab I can’t wait to hear all about these travel adventures in 2017! xoxo, nano

    PS. Love your new design on the blog!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you Nano! Let’s see what I can do.

      Awww, i’m super pleased with it too. Glad someone noticed!

  • Some of my favourite cities have made your list. It’s totally possible to visit a new country every month!!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It definitely must be a good list! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Great list for 2017 Aftab! I visited Mykonos for the 1st time in 2016 and loved it….I can’t wait to get to Santorini next! I would love to visit Copenhagen at some point too!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thanks Maggie! Ooooh, very jealous. If you get to Santorini before me, I want all your tips.

  • I completely agree that the best way to cope with post-holiday blues is to book another trip – which is what I’m currently doing, haha! Happy New Year, Aftab – may all your travel wishes come true! xo Jaime

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      We clearly have the right idea. Thank you Jaime. I hope this year offers you lots of travel opportunities too.

  • If you do come to Doha, you have to pay me a visit too! Also, Florence is a dream and you will love it! Happy New Year!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Of course, how could I not? ๐Ÿ˜› Ahhhhh, it looks like my idea of heaven!

  • great ideas! I’ve been to a few from this list:) My wish is Munchen.. #travellinkup

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you! Ooooh, I hope you make it to Munchen!

  • So many places, and such a lot close by – I think you could tick a few of these off easily this year! Will be interested in Portugal – it is somewhere so close but that I’ve never been to!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Yeah I think I just need to dedicate a few weeks and just complete it.

  • So much of our wish lists overlap! And you’ll love the Algarve – if you want off the beaten path, we stayed in a little town called Burgau and had a fabulous time. Our next stop is Prague. Happy travels!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It must be a good list then! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ooooh that’s for the tip love. Hope you have a great time in Prague.

  • Wow – super ambitious and I’m sure you will have a LOT of fun fulfilling this list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Yeah very ambitious but who knows what this year holds. Let’s hope I can complete the list by the end of the year!

  • BB let’s go to Santorini together! And then Athens after! x

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    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      That would be so much fun, BB!

  • Wow yes to all of these! I also have the UAE and Geneva on my bucket list for the year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Oooooh, that’s so amazing. Do you know what time of year you will go?

  • Egypt really is lots of fun. Geneva is lovely to. Great list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thanks Frankie! I really hope I managed to visit them all.

  • I really fancy Prague this year too! I’ve heard such good things about it and think it’s fairly reasonable out there!
    Lauren xx
    Elle Bloggs

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s such a beautiful place from the pictures I have seen and what has been said from the people that have visited!

  • Travel is life! If you make it to Dubai you should do Doha at the same time and make it a little Gulf trip ๐Ÿ™‚ I also did a Europe trip with quite a few of the countries you’ve mentioned on here and will easily enable you to fulfill your 12 destinations this year! Although I do hope they’re not in order of wanderlust as then Denmark should be at the top ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Yeah that was the plan. Would be silly to go all the way and not see the places around it. When I go to Denmark, I will definitely be asking you for recommendations. ;D

  • What a list of adventuring!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thanks Emma!

  • I’d love to be able to do 12 countries in 12 months, but sadly, I don’t have the budget for that haha! I’m hoping for at least 3 new countries this year though! Your list looks amazing! I’d love to visit Dubai, Copenhagen and Barcelona!
    Mykonos and Santorini are both so amazing! We visited in 2015 on a cruise so we were only in each place a day, but I’d love to go back and see more of them both!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It is definitely wishful thinking, but let’s see how many I can cover by the end of the year. I’ll be super impressed if I can cover them all. I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Santorini and Mykonos, must have been so dreamy!

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Wow this is a fantastic list!!! Barcelona is a MUST

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you Binny! A lot of people have said the same about Barcelona.

  • Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I wish I could take credit for them, but they aren’t mine. Each of the owners of the photo’s have been credited beneath.

  • I loved Rome, I totally fell in love with it! Geneva is gorgeous, I hope you get to go!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Rome is definitely near the top of the places I want to visit. I hope so too, maybe towards the end of the year!

  • Oh there’s so many places I’d love to go! I long to visit Bali, Iceland, New York again, California and Ibiza. This year though I’m hoping to save a bit of my money so that I can buy a house in the future but there’s no way I can totally put travels on hold. Maybe I’ll just have to explore more of the UK instead! I can fully recommend Barcelona though, that’s definitely one place I could go back to again and again!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s so hard to keep your list under control isn’t it? I could have easily chosen 50 places haha. I really want to visit Bali too. Yes, definitely want to go to New York again too – it was only 2 years ago but feels like an age! Definitely get the house sorted, then nobody can tell you not to spend on travels!

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    Thanks Shikha! Clearly I wasn’t a normal child… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Great hitlist here Aftab, need any tips for Dubai/UAE or Barcelona? Drop me a tweet or message through site, more than happy to help. Don’t let people say Dubai is too expensive, there’s so many ways to get amazing deals would love to share with you. Two for one hotel nights, Entertainer two for one deals etc. Always happy to help fellow travellers ๐Ÿ™‚