Travel Wish List 2019

I’m one of those people who likes to plan my travels in advance. I really enjoy creating a list of the places I want to visit over the next 12 months, whisking myself off around the globe without leaving my chair. A year ago, I published a post on my blog listing the ultimate destinations that are at the top of my wish list; the places that I dream of one day visiting. This list is going to be a little bit different. These are the places that I’m going to try my hardest to visit next year. I’m hoping that my list might inspire you to plan your own travels or to consider somewhere a little different in your travel plans.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki has interested me for some time, but ever since my friend Abi of These Four Walls blogged about her recent trip, I can’t stop thinking about visiting the Finnish capital. I’m hoping to make it there at the beginning of next year, to admire both the city and surrounding wilderness under a thick layer of snow. There is so much I’d like to see in the city itself - art galleries, amazing architecture and design shops - but I’d have to plan in a couple of days to spend in a cabin in one of the National Parks while I was there. I’d love to spend a couple of days wandering around the Design District, exploring the exhibitions & architecture at the new Amos Rex Museum, admiring the architecture of buildings such as the Rock Church and the Chapel of Silence, and visiting the home of architect Alvar Aalto. I’d then retreat to the wilderness for a couple of days in a cosy cabin in Nuuksio National Park. It’s incredibly quick and easy to reach the park from the city, making the lure of wandering through the trees and snuggling up indoors even more enticing.

Photo | Chris Bladon

Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ve visited Copenhagen twice before, in the lead up to Christmas. Next year, I’d love to spend a couple of days in the city in spring or summer, to experience one of my favourite cities in a completely different light. I’d love to walk or cycle around the streets, popping into the city’s many interesting shops and taking the time to sit and relax in cafes. I’d love to finally visit the botanical gardens, pop into the Ferm Living apartment and to swim in the sea if the weather allows. It would be nice to spend more time exploring outside the city: re-visiting Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, taking the train over the bridge to spend a day in Malmo, wandering around the forests surrounding the city to discover Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures and to visit Skjoldungernes Land National Park.

Skåne, Sweden

This is the trip that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m daydreaming about road tripping around the Skåne region of Sweden with my boyfriend, heading into the wilderness and exploring the diversity of the region’s landscapes. We’ll stay in cosy cabins in the middle of the woods or on the shore of lakes, hopefully at a time of year when I can wade into the water for a morning swim. We’ll go on an elk safari in the woods, kayak across lakes, walk along jagged coastlines, and visit small villages. I’m interested in exploring this entire region, but its the wilder north that really excites me with its vast forests and enchanting lakes.

Sicily

In recent years, I’ve fallen in love with the islands of the Mediterranean - first Mallorca, then Sardinia and Mljet. Next year, I’d like to add Sicily to this list, perhaps spending a week there with a group of friends. As much as I like to explore when I travel, I’ve found that I need one or two trips a year to simply relax, swim in the sea and laze in the sun. Basically, just get away from it all and spend a few days doing pretty much nothing. I like to get off the beaten track and escape the crowds on this kind of holiday, & would be searching for a hidden paradise with crystal clear waters and uncrowded rocky bays.

Photo | Matt Hranek for CN Traveler

A train journey around Norway & Sweden

One of my favourite Instagrammers, Anne-Sophie Bak Rosenvinge recently travelled around Norway & Sweden by train. I followed her journey on Instagram and ever since, I’ve been planning my own autumnal adventure following her route. I’ve always dreamed of visiting northern Norway, particularly the Lofoten Islands and Tromso. I’d love to go in the autumn and hopefully glimpse the Northern Lights and perhaps go on a whale watching trip, bundled up against the cold. I’d then continue on the train to Swedish Lapland, before heading back south through Sweden towards Stockholm.