The Wanderlust Wishlist for 2017

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Once my Nepal trek ended in October 2016, there were no more adventures left to look forward to for the year. It didn’t take me long to start feeling restless. That’s why I’m thrilled the new year is finally here, so I can start fulfilling some more travel dreams. And even though I told myself not to make to-do lists this year, I’ve made an exception for my 2017 travel plans.

Sri Lanka: At the end of the month, I fly out to Sri Lanka and will spend the first half of February exploring the south of the country. I will spend one week on a group tour and another week on my own, where I aim to do some hiking in the hill regions and visit an elephant sanctuary.

Kangaroo Island: In April, I am hoping to walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, which opened in October 2016. Kangaroo Island is located off the mainland of South Australia. The trail is 61km long and takes five days to complete.

USA: This year, I’m turning 30 and to celebrate, I’ll be fulfilling a dream which I’ve had since I was eight years old- chasing tornadoes! I am so, so excited for this one! I booked the week long tour on my birthday last year and will be somewhere in Tornado Alley when my birthday rolls around in May. As I’ve never been to mainland America before, I’ll have six weeks all up in the States. I’m planning to do another tour, which will take in the national parks and canyon country of the grand south-west, as well as having solo time in Miami, New Orleans, New York and California, before returning home in mid-June.

Cape to Cape: I loved my 1000km winter hike on the Bibbulmun Track last year so in July, I’m thinking of undertaking the Cape to Cape. It’s a 135km long track which runs between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the south-west of Western Australia.

Jordan: The first place I ever put on my ‘places to go one day’ list was Jordan, back when I was seven years old and had been absolutely captivated by a book on Petra. The plan is to visit in October. Now, I just have to find that book!

Nepal: I loved my trekking experience in the Himalayas last year and want to go back and trek through the Annapurna region this year. The plan is to visit after Jordan, in a trip I’ve already nicknamed ‘from the deserts to the mountains’.

Northern India: Depending on finances and energy levels, I may extend my time in Asia after trekking in Nepal. I’ve wanted to visit India ever since I read the novel ‘Shantaram’. If this trip does go ahead, it will happen in November.

Vietnam: Another country on the maybe list for now, I’d love to spend a couple of weeks here, eating as much fresh Vietnamese cuisine as possible. Visiting in December is the plan.

So there they are, my worldly ambitions for 2017. As I found out last year though, plans are subject to change. In fact, several of the countries on my list for 2017 are places I wanted to visit in 2016, before I realised a year is not nearly as long a time period as one might think when it comes to travelling the world. Whatever adventures the year may have in store for me, I say bring it on!!!