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Our travel planning (and a wishlist) for 2017!

Our travel planning (and a wishlist) for 2017!


Well I didn’t win the lottery on New Year’s Eve so this really is a wish list for 2017! I am looking forward to reviewing this at the end of the year to see exactly how much I have managed to do! 

I need to dream at this time of year – I don’t particularly like January in the UK – the weather is yuk, its dark and its all about recovering from eating and drinking far too much at Christmas  New Year resolutions.

It looks like it is going to be a year of two halves as we are moving to Australia. So here is my 2017 travel wish list!

So here is where I would love to head between January and June in 2017!


We will be heading to London for some day trips – so far Kew Gardens and Hampton Court are on our list. I would also like to visit more of the museums as I always end up visiting the dinosaur at the Natural History Museum and thats it!

Denmark 2017 travel wish list

I am fairly sure we will go to Denmark as I have a friend I really want to visit! She lives in Aarhus and it will be 27 years since I last visited her there (though we did meet in London 20 years ago!) Aarhus is the 2017 European Capital of Culture too so there will be loads going on. Hopefully we will get to see family in Copenhagen before darting over to Sweden. We are aiming to do this trip by train – I love travelling Europe by train and it is always great fun.

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Well this is a wish – it is a long time since we last visited Budapest and it is a wonderful city. Maybe another train trip?


I love travelling Scotland by – yes you guessed it – train!! I would love to take the West Highland line and also the Caledonian sleeper again from London but to Fort William this time. The last time we did it the line had been just about destroyed by a bad storm and so was shut. I think this will be a weekend excursion in Spring.


It is years since I last visited Versailles and I recently read a fantastic post all about the fireworks in the summer. All against a backdrop of the Palace and the gardens. I think I need to experience this as part of my 50th birthday celebrations. Hint hint Mr C!!!!!!!!


OK now this is truly dreaming territory….I really really really want to go to Iceland. It seems to be the no.1 destination for most travel bloggers. Not going to happen but you never know. (It really isn’t going to happen – sad face)

July to December wish list/planning!

As it is my 50th this year (I look and feel 30 so not worried…not worried at all…nope…not me) I get to choose where we are going! And as we are moving to Australia I think it would be incredibly rude if we didn’t spend some time travelling around South East Asia. The amazing Katie of Creative Travel Guide has been helping to put together an itinerary for me – how amazing is that!

Hong Kong

This is my husband’s choice – I have been but to be honest don’t mind returning! I loved cities and this is one of my favourites. I was last in Hong Kong for my 27th birthday – alone. It was a great place for solo travel and that was in 1994!

All you need to know about traveling by train London-Berlin-Prague


A bucket list destination for me! I literally cannot wait to visit Vietnam – Halong Bay an Hoi An are my two absolute must-visit destinations. I hear that Vietnam is a great budget destination too so I think this will be a definite on our way to Australia.

2017 travel wishlist Cambodia

Who doesn’t want to visit Angkor Wat? It really is one of those iconic destinations that must be on most people’s bucket list. And I quite fancy trying deep fried spiders and I am fairly sure you can get them in Cambodia.

As with Vietnam the history also interests me.


Well this has been the NUMBER 1 destination on my list since January 1st 1989. I know that is pretty precise but it was on that day that I found out about PhiPhi Islands and that was it – it was love.

So after a long wait – and I genuinely have no idea why – I am going to get to Thailand. Yeah!


A flying visit to Kuala Lumpur – need to see those towers and I have been reading some blogs recently which give great information if you are planning a stop-over in this city.


This is my 50th birthday treat – well hopefully! I really loved the Marina Bay Sands Hotel when we last visited Singapore and cannot wait to take a dip in the infinity pool on the top!


And our final destination in 2017 will be Australia. We are moving there after a LOT of years in the planning. What a great continent to spend a few years I think! At the moment we aren’t exactly sure where exactly in Australia we are heading but we are aiming for Queensland…so watch this space!!!

A Swiss train journey to the top of Europe

So that is my 2017 travel wish list. I would love to know what is on your 2017 travel wish list?

If you a travel blogger let me know if you have posts relating to any of the places I am hoping to go!!


2017 travel plans




  1. January 2, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I think I share most of your wishlist! (Can I come?) I really enjoyed both Halong Bay and Hoi An in Vietnam. The food in Vietnam is also amazing. Have a fabulous new year! #monday escapes

    • January 2, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Sure! Can’t wait to visit Vietnam!And try the food!! 🙂

  2. January 3, 2017 / 5:04 am

    Wow, this is a great wish list! Some of the destinations are also on my wish list, especially Australia!
    I was glad to see Iceland on your list, it’s an amazing destination and we were really fascinated by this country!

    • January 3, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Would love to get to Iceland – it is my big wish but it is a bit expensive so probably wont be this year!

  3. January 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

    What an impressive list, Tracy! If you really do all this – wow! Never been to most of these places, so plenty of inspiration for me too ;).
    We’re off to Switzerland, Portugal, London and Norway this year. And probably some smaller trips here in Belgium and around. There’s always so much I want to see, but never enough time…
    Happy travels!
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    • January 3, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I hope to get to Munich (and by train) this year Tanja! Happy travels in 2017

  4. January 3, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Love your list! I’d like to visit Iceland too. xx

  5. January 3, 2017 / 11:07 am

    When I head to the museums in London I always tend to end up in the Natural History Museum too! Have a great time on all your travels, you’ve certainly got a packed calender for 2017!

  6. January 3, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Wow that is a pretty amazing travel list ending with Australia, what an amazing opportunity. My teenage son is going on a school trip to Iceland in October. NOPE not jealous at all, not one bit….. do you think I will fit in his suitcase #Mondayescapes x
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    • January 3, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      I think i would be trying to fit in that suitcase! Its a pretty good year ahead – really looking forward to it!

  7. January 4, 2017 / 3:40 am

    That is a great wishlist. I share some of the countries on your list. I am dying to go to Iceland and all the places you mentioned in Europe. This year we’re going to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Seattle, British Columbia and California. #travellinkup
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    • January 4, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Some fantastic places too Allison – Love BC and I would like to return to see more of Seattle and California too when I think about it! Enjoy your travels!

  8. January 4, 2017 / 4:50 am

    Wow what an amazing list!! Also, I love the West Highland trainline! My favourite bit is just after Crianlarich, it’s such wilderness it’s beautiful! I also love the bit between Forth William and Mallaig 🙂

    • January 4, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Looking forward to doing that trip!I bet it is stunning 🙂

    • January 4, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      I def want to do a cookery class – its a must do for me (and i will drag my husband along too!) We will definitely be doing it on a budget!!

  9. January 4, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Iceland definitely seems to be on a lot of wish lists, mine included!

    • January 4, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      It is THE destination of the moment i think!

  10. January 4, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I love your list (but then I would, we have so much in common including being 50 next year and only looking 30!!!!) Do everything you can to get to Iceland before you head to the other side of the world as it’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing. All those places you’ve already been to can wait some more. Iceland needs to be a priority. Good luck doing all this, if you do it’ll be the most amazing year ever. #mondayescapes
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    • January 4, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      I think Iceland will be the dream destination that will stay that way – its just soooo expensive. I can imagine how beautiful it is – soooo would love to see it!

  11. January 4, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Not sure how many we will actually get to but its always good to dream! Happy travels in 2017!

  12. January 5, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Great list, love Versailles and Hampton Court. Hampton Court really is one of my favourite places ever 🙂

    • January 5, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Yes its a definite on our list – love Hampton Court too!

  13. January 5, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! Definitely go to the Palace of Versailles during the summer and see the fireworks! <3. I really want to go back this year, but money. 🙁

    You have a lot of great places on your wish list. Australia, Scotland, and Denmark are pretty high up on my wishlist. Alas, probably not this year. I do think the places you have in mind for visiting in 2017 will be a great way to make your 50th birthday celebration last all year long. Just keep telling your husband "But it's my 50th birthday?! … And I love you!" Surely one of those is bound to get you what you want. 😉

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  14. January 5, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    That move is so exciting! And I would definitely make the most of SE Asia on the way – quite a few of those are on my 2017 wishlist too 🙂 #farawayfiles
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    • January 6, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Ooooh hope we both get to see as much of them as possible!

  15. January 6, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Aside from the Asian locations, I’ve been to all those places (incl 6 months in Australia). You have a great list. I’d recommend checking out my blog – we LOVED Iceland and drove around the whole island. We lived in Paris so lots of info I have on that too. If you are going to Paris in the summer you should really go for July 14th – those are by far the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen. 35min off the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding area. http://www.lilliansmall.com/2015/07/fete-nationale-paris-2015/ Look forward to reading about all your adventure this year. #farawayfiles

    • January 6, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks Lillian – yes Iceland really appeals. I used to live in France for a few years so have experienced 14th July a few times – Versailles however has eluded me for a revisit since i was young!

  16. January 6, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Great to read your wishlist, Tracy. Vietnam and Cambodia are very high on mine too and I do love Thailand – I’d really like to go to the Phi Phi islands too. Scotland is looking very doable for us this year and I think a train journey is the best way to get there. Thanks for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles
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    • January 6, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks Clare. Scotland by train is so fantastic i hope you get there (and us too!) – should be a great year!

  17. January 6, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    That is a SERIOUS wish list! And so cool to be moving around the world to see a whole ‘nother section of wish list potentials! Congrats and looking forward to following along! You know I know Denmark – so ask away! Best of luck and best wishes, cheers for another year of contributing to #FarawayFiles! Erin

  18. January 6, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love your wish list! I definitely want to go to Scotland. It’s part of my ancestry!

    • January 6, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      Hi Carmen – you must get to Scotland! My great-grandparents were Scottish and my maiden name is a Scottish surname (its a McC!) Its a beautiful country!

  19. January 7, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Ahhhh how exciting!!! Even if it is just dreaming! And yes, perfect time to travel SEA with the move to Australia (I’m hoping to go to Australia myself since I’m currently in SEA). If you go to Vietnam, I would definitely go to Hanoi too… it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. The culture and life there is just SO unique! And YES you know that I will always vouch for KL… it’s a city that truly captivated me, though I know I have gotten a different experience here than most people!
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    • January 7, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      I can’t wait to visit SE Asia – I want to see as much as possible and Vietnam and Hanoi are definites!

  20. January 7, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Wowee, so many adventures. I ticked off a few of those on your list last year – Denmark was a favourite. The food scene there is incredible and Erin from Oregon Girl gave me some great tips so hit her up for a few. As an expat Aussie living in London I hope both places make you feel welcome and that you have a blast exploring two very different locations. Thanks for sharing your exciting plans with us on #FarawayFiles Tracy
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  21. January 7, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Exciting times for you with a move to Australia. I do hope you manage to squeeze some of those trips in. Iceland is a must some time, if not this year. We visited in 2007 – well before it became a bloggers must-see – and it still remains one of my favourite countries.
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    • January 7, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks Trish (by the way I have a friend with the same name as you – i thought she had moved to the UK when I first saw your name!) I loved your post about the arboretum by the way!

      Iceland is high on my wishlist – i will get there one day!

  22. January 7, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Great list Tracy, try get to Iceland before you head off to Oz, keep an eye on Easyjet and Icelandic air for offers, that’s when we went. You will love Vietnam and Cambodia! It was a real once in a lifetime adventure for us, we’ll be posting more posts from our recent trip so check those out for ideas and tips 🙂 Scotland is on our 2017 list aswell, I want to see some of the islands like Skye and Harris
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    • January 7, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Garth and I am really looking forward to your posts about your trip – and your amazing 60 second videos.

      I keep looking for Iceland but we are so restricted due to me being a teacher – maybe a quick weekend break would be enough but I think i want weeks there! It looks so fabulous!

  23. January 7, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Funnily enough we have much the same bits of SE Asia on our list as you do although we only have three weeks or so so… I don’t think we’ll make it to all of them this time! Looking forward to following along your steps to expat life, hooray for moving to Australia!
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    • January 7, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      I think it will be a squeeze for us – I am going to have a good look tomorrow at the proposed itinerary and see if I can add a week or two on! Probably not – depends on the job situation but fingers crossed!Be good to see how we both get on in Australia!

  24. Jenn | By Land and Sea
    January 7, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    This is an enviable list for sure! Can’t wait to see where your travels take you this year!

  25. January 7, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Love your wishlist Tracy and so many of your items are on mine – although not all for 2017 unfortunately! I also look forward to seeing your end of year review and hopefully reading about how many these you have achieved. I am also looking forward to reading about your adventures as you move to Australia. I wish you all the best for 2017 and happy travelling 🙂

  26. January 8, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    What an incredible travel list, Vietnam is on mine too and we really do want to take the kids back to Iceland too. I hope you get to do most of these! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • January 9, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks mini travellers! Will let you know as will be sharing our adventures on #mondayescapes

  27. January 8, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Great list hope you get to everywhere you want this year. I’ve got Iceland on my short list too! Will be looking forward to all your future posts. Happy and safe travels.
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  28. January 8, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Great post, we have London, Scotland and Denmark on our 2017 list too! Do make sure you get to stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel it really is amazing! #feetdotravel
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    • January 9, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Hopefully we will – its a biggie! It looks amazing and i loved the look of it last time we were in Singapore (not staying at the Marina Bay sadly!)

  29. January 9, 2017 / 3:02 am

    Singapore, Hongkong and Cambodia for us in 2017. 🙂 Asia is our target this 2017, Try visiting the Philippines as well. Preferably Bohol or Boracay. 🙂

    • January 9, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Hopefully we will fit in as much as possible – the Philippines are definitely on our list but probably next time!

    • January 9, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Hi I think as long as I get to Vietnam and Thailand I will be very happy! hope you get there too – looks so amazing!

  30. January 9, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot a places your going to see this year. I have visited most of them, and there are some great places on there. Australia might be lacking in culture but still is my favourite for lifestyle and the outdoors.
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    • January 9, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      hopefully we will get to a lot of them on my wishlist!

  31. January 9, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Thanks Anna – i hope we get to as many as possible. I just wish Iceland was cheaper!

  32. January 10, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    You have some awesome plans for 2017! Heard loads of good things about Aarhus and so many great destinations in Asia. And of course – Queensland. Best place in the world 🙂 Good luck!
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    • January 11, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Aarhus is lovely – was last there in summer about 26 years ago so it will be amazing to revisit!

  33. January 11, 2017 / 12:02 am

    That’s a great list! I am looking forward to welcoming you in Australia and QLD is a great choice! There are many great places there I really loved and I can’t wait to go back. Plus the Great Barrier Reef is just there, paradise! Once you are in Sweden, jump on a small cruise ship to Tallinn for a little side trip! It lasts for two nights, one on a ship to Tallinn where you have a day to explore and then depart 6 pm back to Sweden with another night on the boat. It’s only cheap, around 50-100€ per cabin for the whole trip and plus you can see Estonia! Iceland is on everyones list for 2017 I think! Mine too! Must be all the blog posts we have been reading haha! I can’t wait to see South East Asia myself, hopefully by the end of 2017 with Indonesia and Nepal gettign ticked off in March-April. And I would love to go hiking in Scotland
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    • January 11, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      loads to see and do Kreete! going to be a busy year for us all! Unfortunately only going pop over to Sweden from Copenhagen for a quick visit. I am heading to Jutland to visit an old friend I met travelling 27 years ago! Otherwise I would love to visit Estonia!

  34. January 11, 2017 / 12:57 am

    This is a great travel list and one that is totally achievable, especially your plans for SE Asia on the way to Australia! We will be heading to Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand in about 2 months time on our nomadic travels so they are high on our “wish list” right not – can’t wait to get there and see for myself how awesome these countries are. We will have to drop by when you are in Oz and say “G’day” 😀 #feetdotravel

    • January 11, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Hi Angie I am so looking forward to reading all about your travels! And yes definitely come and visit when you come over to Oz! That would be so cool!!!

  35. January 11, 2017 / 11:44 am

    This looks like a lot of Ryanair in Europe, Easyjet to Iceland and Airasia in Asia! Good luck with your plans, I hope you can visit all these destinations in 2017!

    • January 11, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      I wish it was going to be all by train! But yes the first EasyJet flights are booked to Copenhagen!

  36. January 13, 2017 / 12:43 am

    My 2017 travel wishlist consists of a roadtrip through as many US national parks as possible! I’ve wanted to do it for years so hopefully this year is the year 🙂 I wrote a post on Free Things To Do in London and Hong Kong that you should check out. Everyone loves free, right? I am currently working on a post for Thailand and will be posting that within the month. Hope you manage to go everywhere you dream of!
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    • January 13, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      I would love to do that too! A roadtrip around the USA is on my wish list! I will check out your posts – free stuff? I am there!!

  37. January 16, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    It’s always good to have a wishlist, gives you something to aspire to. I really like the places you have lined up for the 1st half of the year, but moving to Australia must be exciting! I may be biased but it’s pretty great. All the best for 2017 and your plans!
    David recently posted…The Wonderfully Weird Crooked Forest of PolandMy Profile

    • January 16, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks David I agree totally! Same to you for 2017 – happy travels

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