2019 has arrived! It’s a great time to take another look at that travel bucket list.
I’ve managed to tick off a few places in the last few years and I’m ready to add some challenging new destinations. I find that if you push yourself outside your comfort zone and go somewhere adventurous you can come home feeling really motivated, powerful and capable of anything. Instant motivation, yes please!
I’ve got better at ticking off bucket list destinations recently. It’s so easy to keep putting things off until a later date but sometimes you just have to take the plunge and get on with it. Here are some of my recent achievements:
2016 – Sarajevo, Bosnia
Sarajevo had been on my ‘to visit’ list for a very long time.
I have a very strong affinity with Bosnia, Bosnians and anything Bosnian. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate their food, language, culture, literature and attractive towns and cities. Hopefully one day I will be recognised as an honorary Bosnian – that’s the dream anyway!
So you can imagine how keen I was to go to Sarajevo. I’d been to Mostar, Neum and Počitelj but these were in Herzegovina and I really wanted to get to the centre of Bosniak culture. Sarajevo did not disappoint, it was one of the best few days of my entire life and I will definitely be returning one day soon.
2017 – Kosovo
Kosovo had been on my list for a shorter period of time. I had overlooked it in the past presuming it wasn’t an interesting place. Wrong.
This multi-ethnic statelet is scattered with attractive Ottoman towns, produces the best Albanian music and has a modern, youthful population. I stayed in Pristina and visited Prizren for the day, before getting the bus to Macedonia.
I also feel a connection with Albanians and felt very at home in Kosovo. My trip was a great experience and I will definitely be returning so I can see the market town of Gjakova.
2018 – Baku, Azerbaijan
After several failed attempts in the past, last year I finally managed to get to Azerbaijan and visit the amazing city of Baku!
Getting the visa turned into a slightly stressful experience but it was well worth the effort. Baku had a great atmosphere, a quaint old town and amazing food and architecture. The highlight definitely had to be the excursion on the Absheron peninsula to go and see the Ateshgah Fire Temple and the Burning Mountain, a completely unforgettable experience.
Very pleased to be able to tick that one off the list.
What’s the plan for 2019?
There’s a couple of new additions to the bucket list this year
- Amman – Jordan
- Beirut – Lebanon
- Samarkand – Uzbekistan
Beirut looks so interesting and vibrant, Jordanian food culture sounds an unmissable experience and the city of Samarkand looks incredible. I’m hoping to be able to go to at least one of these cities this year, although based on past experience, I’ll probably end up going somewhere completely different. We’ll see what happens.
Excited for 2019 and excited for new travel adventures!