My 2017 Travel #Goals

Tis the season, when every travel publication publishes a list of top travel destinations for the new year. While I'd love to visit all 52 places on NYT's 2017 list, and everywhere else on every other list, I can't. Last year I went wherever the wind blew: Taiwan, Japan, Iceland, Croatia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hong Kong. But this year I need to master this whole work-life balance thing, so I decided to cull it down to something a little more plausible. PS: Photos aren't mine, peep the links below each picture for credits and check out some of my favorite publications & sites!

MY 2017 TRAVEL #GOALS

GO NATIONAL PARK HOPPING IN CANADA

Tiny Atlas Quarterly

There's a reason why our northern neighbor is topping so many major lists. And it's not because we all want to move there in light of the sociopolitical turmoil... Here's why it makes my list:
  1. Beautiful nature. All of their national parks are free this year. Enough said. Should I even bother continuing the list?
  2. It's close. Vancouver is a shorter trip than half of America is. Not much time or planning is necessary, so it'll just be a matter of waiting for a cheap flight deal. So doable.
  3. No language barrier. And a great exchange rate. It's like being home, but people pronounce vowels a little differently and the money is more colorful. Sounds pretty stress free to me!
  4. Canadians are nice. It's a popular stereotype, but I really have never met a mean Canadian before, and wouldn't it be nice to get away from the hate we are plagued with here?
  5. Montreal is turning 375 And their arts+culture game is so strong. It's like a poor man's trip to France! AND everyone is nicer.
  6. Toronto could actually be baked into a bigger Eurotrip because of the free layover program with AirCanada

ROAD TRIP UP TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

NYT

This one combines two things that have been on my list for a while: visiting Oregon, and going on a road trip. It's borderline embarrassing that I haven't been to Portland yet, given all the PNW hype and how close it is to California. I figure I might as well go all the way up to Seattle, because it's been a while since my last trip there. Plus there's everything in between. Hell, I haven't even been to Big Sur yet!

GET TO KNOW NEW YORK

Trotter

According to my master life plan, I will be moving to NYC within the next two years, so I'd best get to know my way around it. In an ideal world, this would be through business trips, because IMO the best way to get to know a city is to live there and the closest thing I can get to living somewhere is to work there.

AND GET TO KNOW SF

Cereal Magazine

It's also embarrassing how long it's been since I've gone up. Six years, actually. I last visited when I went on my college campus tour in Berkeley. It's high time I get to know it, especially given that half my friends live there and I might very well end up there as well.

TRAVEL SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Boat Magazine

Besides a cruise stop in Ensenada (which, let's be honest, doesn't even count), I've never been in Central or South America. I could really use some brushing up on Spanish, and it would be a getaway that doesn't break the bank. My heart isn't set on anywhere in particular, but Cuba (before it gets destroyed by tourists) and Argentina (esp. with Art Basel coming to Buenos Aires)are high on my list.

EXPLORE GREECE

Suitcase Mag

All this craze about the contemporary art scene in Athens is intriguing. I also owe a friend a visit to Thessaloniki and she owes me a tour of her favorite islands. Santorini might be difficult to skip, but I'd easily drop Mykonos for Crete if only for the pink beaches.

GO BACK TO PARIS

Paris in Four Months

Okay, I know this one is super stereotypical, and even a bit of a waste given that I did study there. But being in Paris as a student is so different from being there on vacay. Since leaving, my list of things to do and places to try in the City of Light has only grown. I just want to get a head start on it already...

OH, AND (ALWAYS) CHICAGO

It's the only place in the Midwest I would want to go. And I'll never get sick of it. Runner up locales: anywhere in Scandinavia, Shanghai, Scotland, Tokyo, and Morocco.