Where Do You Want to Go in 2015?

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It’s getting to be that time of year again, when we start reflecting on all the places we’ve been this past year and start making plans and goals for the next year.

Last year I made a wishlist for myself, that included Central America, the UK and New Zealand. While I did manage to do some of the US and Mexico exploration I talked about, and I’ll finally be headed back to Asia later this week, I never made it to most of the places I mentioned.

This post is the last of a series I’ve written in conjunction with Contiki Vacations. They have a ton of really cool trips all over the world (small group tours too, not just those big bus excursions). They’ve also got a bunch of new destinations like Japan, Colombia and Morocco that sound really cool. I spent some time searching through their site in search of travel inspiration and I’ve once again put together a tentative list for 2015.

So if time and money were no object, here is where I would like to go next year:


Yes, I’ve already been to Japan, but Mike hasn’t and it’s his number one dream country. Now that we are living on the West Coast and flights seem more viable, we’re hoping to make it happen this Spring. Ideally we would like to spend maybe 6 weeks exploring the country- 2 or 3 weeks of sightseeing and a few weeks of living and working in one spot. I’m really excited to return to the land of delicious food, amazing history and unstoppable kawaii.

Likelihood: Pretty good

British Colombia

This gorgeous part of Canada is our nearby neighbor now. Mike and I scored tickets to several games of the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver (!!), so we will definitely be headed up there in June for that, and maybe we’ll do a bit more exploring of the province while we’re at it.

Likelihood: Definite

Various US Destinations

Now that I’m back living in the US there is a lot of potential US travel on my radar. For starters I will be speaking at the Women in Travel Summit in Boston this March. I will probably also take some time to visit friends in San Francisco and it’s been a long time since I’ve been down to New York. Mike and I have also talked about finding a cheap flight from Seattle to Hawaii when the rain and gray gets to be too much.

Likelihood: Definite


My Mom and I are tentatively planning an Alaskan cruise for next summer. In the past I’ve been to Anchorage but there is a lot more to see up there and a cruise would be a fun way to do it. I can’t remember the last time I took a trip with my Mom so that should be a blast.

Likelihood: Good


Now that Mike finally has his Italian citizenship sorted out it’s time to start planning another trip to the motherland. On our next trip to Italy I would really like to explore the southern part of the country: Naples, where some of my family comes from, Calabria, where most of Mike’s is from and maybe even Sicily. The food alone is incentive enough to find a way to make this happen.

Likelihood: Slim

South East Asia

Next fall’s TBEX is in Bangkok, and that is the flimsy excuse I need to set my sites on a trip to South East Asia next year. A lot of variable surround this one, but if the starts align I would be thrilled to return to Thailand and maybe tack on a new country like Burma or Malaysia. Fingers crossed!

Likelihood: Slim


Maybe that sounds like a cop-out because, well I live here. One of my goals for 2015 though is to spend a good chunk of time at home, getting to know my new city and the surrounding area. My immediate inclination is always to fill my schedule with travel plans, but I’m trying to make time to become a local too!

Likelihood: Definite

Of course, given the nature of my work there is no limit to where I might possibly end up. For example I had no idea last year that I would be visiting Sri Lanka, and I’m on my way there right now! It’s a crazy life but I love it.

Where do you want to go in 2015?

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21 thoughts on “Where Do You Want to Go in 2015?”

  1. Great list! Although I’m partial because I’m from Seattle:)

    I want to go to Japan, for sure! Argentina, Chile and Peru are also pretty high up there. Which remind me, I should start planning now:)

  2. Once again there’s New York on my list. Also in US i’m about to visit in Washington D.C. for first time. For a summer I’m looking for vacation in europe, somewhere in the Mediterranean, but I haven’t decided yet where, so now I’m searching some inspiration from travel blogs.

    Your list sounds very exciting! Can’t wait to read more of these places. I havent visit any of them!

  3. Oh, I do hope you get to Japan! One of my faves ever!
    We are definitely headed to Iceland (and the regular Germany/Switzerland run to see the rellies) but where else, I’m not sure – somewhere interesting in Asia I hope.

  4. I’m actually pretty excited about 2015. After spending the last 2 years in Australia and New Zealand primarily working although obviously seeing stuff on the side I will stop working in February and the rest of year is all travel (along with 2016 hopefully)

    I get to see the rest of New Zealand. I hope to take 1-2 month detour to middle easy visiting Egypt, Israel and Jordan especially Petra – on my must visit list for years. After close to 5 years away I will actually return home to Dublin, albeit briefly, before the UK and then I start my tour of central and South America. It will begin in Mexico and everything else I will make up on the fly.
    A lot of cool stuff ahead

  5. I don’t have any plans really thought out travel wise for 2015 since I’m still trying to get my bearings around here, work wise. But, since I’m living right outside of Edmonton at the moment, scoring tickets for WWC15 is on my priority list. (As long as I’m still around here come June!)

  6. Ooooo, I can’t wait for all of these posts! I’m looking forward to 2015 as well. Starting in late February, I’ll be in Europe for about 4 months. I plan to volunteer for a few weeks with Vaughantown in Spain, celebrate my Mom’s birthday in Rome for a week, and visit friends in Germany and Denmark! Bring on 2015!!

    Happy travels :)n

  7. Great list, Steph! I am dying to go to Japan, but know for a fact that it’s not in the books for me for next year. So I’ll have to live that one vicariously through you.

    I am definitely hoping to travel a lot more next year than I did this year. Hoping to also make it to TBEX in Bangkok, which is a great reason to go back to SEA and explore a few new countries as well. Will see where life takes me…

  8. In 2015 we will be making the big journey back to Canada after 4 years in Australia. In fact, we’ll be arriving back in to Vancouver in June as well, so if you’d like a BC tour guide, we have a lifetime of experience and 4 years of missing Canadian summers to catch up on! Vancouver Island, lower mainland, Okanagan and the Cariboo are our particular areas of expertise :). In August we head off again, this time to Europe, Asia and who knows where.

  9. Those are all amazing places! I was in British Columbia this past summer and it was beautiful. Although I could be bias because I have family living in Vancouver.

    Another beautiful place to visit is Banff and Jasper in Alberta (if you haven’t already been).

    Next year I’ve already got Paris booked in February and Istanbul booked in March. I will be finished school by then and need to look for a job, but I hope to book a couple of more trips as well. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan — I have family there too.

    Great post!

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