scratch off map of the world

This year for Christmas I received a fun gift from my sister and brother in law. It’s a poster that is a map of the world, and you can scratch off the countries on the map that you’ve visited. Pretty neat, right? I love it! But it also made me realize that I have A LOT of countries left to “scratch off.”

And while I do clothing wishlists pretty frequently, I thought it would be fun to start doing a travel wishlist each year. I can look back on it, see which countries I made it to and which ones I’m still yearning to see. And while I would like to make it to each country in my lifetime, chances are, that’s not going to happen. So, a list of where I really want to go isn’t a bad idea, in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy checking out my 2017 travel wishlist, and let me know if you have any of the same countries on your wishlist in the comments section!

Have Clothes, Will Travel’s Top 10 Travel Wishlist for 2017

10.) China
China should probably be higher on this list, but I’ve had a harder time prioritizing my wishlist than I anticipated. Haha. My husband and I were actually having a heated debate last year as to whether or not we should go to Egypt or China…and then we moved to Tokyo instead. Gotta roll with the changes! But I’m still hoping to make it to China sooner rather than later. From the Terracotta Army, to The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and the chance to be a volunteer for a day and cuddle a panda at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, Dujiangyan Base…there’s no shortage of extraordinary things to see and do in China! (I really want to hang out with pandas for the day! Haha.)

Ueno Zoo panda

A giant panda…that I hope to one day get up close and personal with in China!

9.) Denmark

I’ve had a couple bloggers featured over the years on here who have lived in Denmark and have absolutely loved it! It’s a country that has come highly recommended from personal friends as well. I would love to see the majestic castles in Copenhagen, as well as The Tivoli Gardens. Plus, I recently read a post by fellow blogger “The Crazy Tourist” who shared 15 of the best places to visit in Denmark….and it might be a bit morbid, but I’m now really eager to see Skjoldungernes Land National Park, which is home to some eerie Viking burial mounds.

8.) Greece

Greece has always been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. There is such an incredible amount of history in this country it’s staggering. I have been dying to see the Acropolis and Parthenon… and images of Santorini are bombarding me every time I log onto Pinterest, haha. Also, Greek food is phenomenal. I almost want to go here just for the local cuisine! πŸ˜‰

7.) Antarctica

While technically this is an entire continent…but I’m not picky about which part I visit, should the opportunity present itself. And while this probably won’t be somewhere I actually visit in 2017, it’s still fun to dream! And interestingly enough, the reason Antarctica has been a topic of discussion between my husband and me is because there are actually expedition cruises that leave from Hobart, Tasmania. However, considering time and cost…it sounds as though traveling to Antarctica from South America is a wiser choice. (One day!)

6.) Australia…but specifically Tasmania.

Speaking of Hobart… Tasmania is also on my list this year! And it’s almost a sure bet I will actually make it there! Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast…and is only about a 90-minute flight from Sydney. There are loads of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, etc. and fabulous wineries. Oh, and there’s Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. At this sanctuary, you have the chance to feed and cuddle wombats! And you can give a snack to a Tasmanian devil, koalas, sugar gliders and more! (Are you sensing a theme here? Haha.)

wombat

A wombat…so cute.

5.) New Zealand

Also a very likely spot we will visit this year…New Zealand! I don’t even know where to begin with what I all want to do in New Zealand. The only reason we haven’t visited already is because we want to put aside AT LEAST 2 weeks to go because we have so many things we want to do. I’ll try to list a few: bungee jumping and skydiving (when in Rome?), glow worm caves, see the Hobbit house, as much hiking as possible…especially hiking on a glacier! That’s just off the top of my head. When I sit down to actually plan the itinerary it will be much longer.

Hobbiton Movie Set. Photo c/o 100% New Zealand

4.) South Africa

Oh, do I want to make it to South Africa! I really want to visit Cape Town. I really want to go on a safari and also a river cruise (to see some hippos!), and see turtles lay eggs in St. Lucia, dive with great white sharks…and possibly ride an ostrich. Oh, and I REALLY, REALLY want to visit the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves. This where the discovery of the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed “Mrs. Ples”) was found, among others. Paleoanthropology is fascinating!

3.) Thailand

I currently have family who are living in Bangkok, and their life updates have really made me intrigued to visit! Wat Pho looks incredible (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and wandering through Khao San Road. Bangkok looks like an incredible city to explore and get lost in. I’ve also recently started taking Muay Thai classes and think it would be awesome to see a Muay Thai match in Phuket at Saphan Hin Stadium. Oh, and I want to eat as much as I possibly can! Give me all the Thai food, please!

2.) Turkey

While my list of places I want to see fluctuates from year to year, Turkey (and my #1) have remained constant. Istanbul, in particular, has always intrigued me ever since I was young because I thought it would be awesome to visit the only city in the world where you could be in two continents at once. Turkey is also filled with history. I would love to see the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Cappadocia is also high on the list. Riding a hot air balloon through Cappadocia has become perhaps one of the more iconic images on Pinterest and Instagram these days, haha – and boy it sure does sound amazing!

1.) Egypt

If you’ve been reading my blog for over a year, #1 didn’t come as a shock. Haha. I’ve professed my fascination with Egypt in previous posts, and I even started putting together a trip to Egypt (and then our Australian visas were approved and plans changed). I read all the books I could get my hands on growing up regarding Egypt, I tried to teach myself to read Hieroglyphics and memorized quite a lot of the ancient Egyptian gods. (I was not a normal kid.) There is no doubt I will one day make it to Egypt and see The Pyramids, The Great Sphinx of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, The Valley of the Kings, The Nile, Luxor Temple, and on and on…if it’s the last thing I do! Haha. Hopefully, it will be in 2017! But we’ll see.

Egypt Galleries

Not Egypt, but I loved the Egypt Galleries at The Met!

 

Are any of these countries on your travel wishlist? Let me know in the comments!

 

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16 thoughts on “Have Clothes, Will Travel’s Top 10 Travel Wishlist for 2017

  1. Shybiker

    Maps are great at motivating us. They display graphically what we’ve done and can do. When I started riding motorcycles, I got a map of the U.S. and began checking off the states I visited. Seeing empty space made me want to go there. On the international scene, you list some terrific places. I want to visit New Zealand for its beauty and some online friends I have there.

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      It is incredible how motivating seeing maps can be. And awesome! Someone else who would like to visit New Zealand. πŸ™‚ I honestly haven’t been to all that many states – one day I’ll have to check more of those off too. πŸ™‚

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  2. Nicole Schoultz

    I love this Lindsey!!!! Antarctica is our #1 spot. But to do the trip the way we want (sail Drake passage and go below the circle) you’re looking at 25 day vacation and it’s also too expensive for now. I can’t wait for the day to see penguins in the wild there! We have also looked extensively into South Africa and doing Cape Town (great white diving as well) and then heading out to safari in the northwest part of the county (Krueger National Park) but other places just seem to bump South Africa. Thailand is up there on my list, especially with Mike living there so I could see the highlights. We visited Copenhagen in 2013 before we went up to Norway. It was so beautiful. As for China, we have a trip booked in a few months. Now just waiting on visa approval, as you never know what could happen with that.

    Here’s my top 8 in no particular order as Antarctica as #1 and China is in there but we’ll cross it off soon;
    Thailand, Iceland, Croatia, Hong Kong, Japan (back there just to climb Mt Fuji), Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Oh, I hear ya, Antarctica would require some serious vacation time! And it’s incredibly expensive. There are options to do a plane ride over it…but I think it would make me even more crazy to be that close and never step foot on it. Oooh! I can’t wait to hear about your trip to China! My husband will probably be booking tickets the second you guys get back, haha. He’s been dying to go to China the way I’ve been dying to go to Egypt. πŸ™‚ And I do remember you loving Denmark! Your trip is part of the reason I would like to visit. And oh gosh, Croatia and Hong Kong should’ve made my list too. Croatia looks so beautiful and I mean, it’s Kings Landing. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Denise

    Dear Lindsey, your travel list is really great! You will like Denmark very much and Greece is really magical. Your list coincides with some of my wishes, though some I am crossing out because I am too afraid (of attacks). But we have to go on living and maybe I change my mind soon! I think that some will be very fast feasible, like New Zealand, since you are in Australia now. And the day with the pandas sound amazing! πŸ™‚ They are so cute! Hope you have a nice day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Ah yes, there is a risk involved with a few of those countries. We shall see how high the risk is once I do actually go. And ahh don’t the pandas sound awesome? I love it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading, Denise! Hope you have a nice day too!

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  4. Ashley

    Great list! I haven’t been to any of those places yet. My wish this year to go to Iceland. If I get to go this summer (like I’m planning to) then my life will be complete! Just kidding, not really complete, just more completer…if that’s a word πŸ™‚

    Ashley

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  5. Holly

    Great post! Go to Egypt – I was lucky enough to see the Nile and Luxor when I went but I need to go back and see the pyramids and so much more!! Top of my list this year included Iceland, Italy and Provence but hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze a few more trips in that that!

    Holly x

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      I CANNOT wait until the day I get to go to Egypt. I’ll probably be crying tears of joy the whole time I’m there. That’s awesome you were able to see the Nile and Luxor! I’ve been to Italy as well – and it’s such a beautiful country! Let me know if you have any questions before you go. πŸ™‚ And I should really have put Iceland and Provence on my list too…I’ve been following a couple bloggers who have really convinced me I need to go to both Iceland and France. πŸ™‚

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