5 Travel Destinations on my 2017 List

The year has only just begun, but I’ve spent quite a bit of time already thinking of places I want to visit. I have four days away from a traditional office each week, and I plan to make the absolute best of it!

Europe, Australia, and South Africa rank pretty high on my list, but I know I won’t have time for extended trips. Four days is just not enough to explore these places for the first time.

Maybe next year?

Thankfully, it’s a big world with many other great places to see. So here are the five travel destinations I have my eyes set on for 2017.

1. California

bridge, california, golden gate bridge

I’ve been saying it since early 2015:

I really want to go out west.

California is just one of the West-American destinations I have in mind. Why? Because I want to finally see a good beach on American shores, and feel that salty air combing through my hair.

It also helps that California is known for being liberal. That’s always a welcome change from the conservative south.

And we all know California is the American wine country. You know that old saying of where there is a will there is a way? Well in totally unrelated news, know this:

Where this is wine, there is Alex. 

2. Vegas

Aerial Photography of City during Evening

As a tween, I spent a lot of time in New York City, and often heard residents call it The City that Never Sleeps. This is true to some extent, but when I think of a city truly renowned for its night life, Vegas is the one that comes to mind.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a night life person. I’m more interested in the hiking trails and testing out good food. Since Nevada rubs shoulder with popular big bro California, it’s also another liberal escape.

To boot, one of my best friends live in Nevada and he’s been asking me to take a trip out there for years! It’s about time I take him up on that offer.

3. Canada

Waterfalls Near Gray Paved Road Surrounded by Green Leaf Trees during Daytime

Though I really won’t have the time for pleasure-trips to international locations, Canada is close enough to feel like home, but far away enough to be foreign. I’m no friend to the cold, but I would love to test out the hiking trails and see some of the many natural wonders Canada has to offer.

I also want to meet up with blogger-friend Camper Christina when I do. She can out-hike, and out-adventure just about anyone I know, and that’s saying a lot. So many of my guy friends are survivalist junkies. I will never introduce them to her. Their egos would never be the same…

Pitch a tent for me Christina! I hope to see you soon!

4. Hawaii

Erupting Lava during Daytime

In Alex Travels to Myrtle Beach, I shared the great news that I would be working with an indie-travel agency later this year. At their request, I may indeed find my way to Europe, Australia, and South Africa after all. But failing all that, Hawaii is definitely on the list.

I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii. Like Jamaica, it’s just one of those stereotypical travel spots you can’t miss. Last year, I had the pleasure of working with a client to do website copy for dozens of villas in Hawaii, and that only intensified my desire to see this place in person.

As usual, the hiking trails are the sirens of my demise, and of course, the beaches are stunning. My friend, John, wants to tag along for the volcanoes. He’s on his own with that. Potentially going out in a literal blaze is not a part of my 2017 resolutions..

5. Jamaica

sup paddle board surfing jamaica travel

It’s been a year and a half since I left home, and I miss the friends who without a doubt helped me get to where I am today.

We’ve kept in touch all this time,  and they’ve remained an indispensable part of my life. But our friendships were built on adventures! It’s time we had a few more together.

The awesome part about Jamaica is that travel expenses are minimal for me. I have no end of places to stay from one end of the island to the next, and I already know exactly where to go and what to do.

The tough part will be fitting it all into four days. So here’s to hoping this island girl gets to see home before the year is done!

What places do you plan to visit this year? Have you already started your travel adventures? Tell me all about them in the comments below.

UPDATE: I cancelled my 2017 travel plans until further notice. This is due to the executive orders and political and legal uncertainty facing non-citizens in America. You can read about that decision, here.

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  1. Lisa A. says:

    I might go to California in March. We’ll most likely go to Los Angeles. I LOVE San Francisco and Vegas.

    1. Sounds like you’ll be spending a lot of time out west too 🙂

      1. Lisa A. says:

        Hopefully! I hope you get to travel to all of these places! 🙂

      2. Same to you! Maybe we’ll run into each other while we’re out there lol

      3. Lisa A. says:

        Could be! 🙂

  2. All the best. May all your wishes come true .

    1. Wishes come true when we turn them into achievable goals and work at them.

      All the best to you too. Thank you!

  3. Mary Lynn says:

    I’m originally from Hawaii but lived last in Cali before moving to the south this summer. You’ll love San Francisco and Napa! All of Cali really… 🙂 Hawaii is nice too! Hope you get a chance to visit the places on your list!

    1. Hi Mary! What convinced you to give up Hawaii for Cali? If I could move out there I totally would. But I’ll start of small with vacation.

      And thank you! I plan to dive headfirst into all the wine barrels.

      1. Mary Lynn says:

        Hi Alexis! Work brought us to the mainland plus we wanted to see more of the world. 😀 Yes! Small vacations are good! Enjoy the wine hehe

      2. Who cares about the rest of the world when you live in Hawaii? Haha. Do you regret the move? And thank you, I plan to for sure.

      3. Mary Lynn says:

        I’m glad I moved cause I discovered Cali is where I need to be again one day😀 hope you have a great time there one day. well I look forward to reading more of your posts!

      4. Thanks Mary. Something tells me I’ll want to move when I get out there, too 🙂

  4. davidprosser says:

    I hope you reach them all and then get the opportunity for longer breaks further afield.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks David! I’m working on it for sure. Any travel plans for you this year?

      1. davidprosser says:

        No Alexis, I have none. I’ll stay at home and keep the budgie company.
        xxx Huge Hugs xxx

      2. Haha. To each their own!

  5. I just went to California for the first time this summer and loved it! The views are literally breath-taking, and there’s a completely different vibe. If you need any tips for LA, I’d love to hear what you think: https://roundtrip.blog/2016/07/06/a-weekend-in-los-angeles/
    Happy travels and hope you’ve had a great start to 2017!

    1. I couldn’t load that link. Could be my phone. But glad you headed out there and had a good time. Did you try the wine?

      1. https://roundtrip.blog/2016/07/06/a-weekend-in-los-angeles/

        Actually not of age so no but I’ll have to go back!

  6. Great goals and I believe you will accomplish them.

    1. Thank you! I have my fingers crossed that I will too. 🙂

  7. Malini says:

    Good luck and my wishes for you to accomplish your dreams 🖒

    1. Thanks Malini 🙂

  8. Great 👍 may all your wishes come true and very informative post.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it! 🙂

  9. Oh California is awesome. Of course I am biased.

    1. Haha. Let me guess. You live out there!

      1. I do. Berkeley:)

      2. Haha! I knew it 🙂 You ever been out East?

      3. Oh yeah some. My brother and his family live in Philadelphia and I have some family in Hoboken.

      4. O nice. I’m heading up to New York next month. Definitely not one of my favourite places.

      5. It has lots of places to check out. Wouldn’t want to live there.

      6. Yeah, I hate it there. But heading up to see family!

  10. 76sanfermo says:

    Superb photos and read…beautiful post !

    1. Thank you! What are your travel plans for 2017?

      1. 76sanfermo says:

        Barcelona and Mallorca….In 2017!
        But my list is much longer…..!

      2. Those 2 alone already put my list to shame lol

      3. 76sanfermo says:

        Lists don’t mean anything , you know…..
        Like dreams when they don’t come true…!

      4. Wishing is for dreamers. If I make a list it’s because I plan to see it through 🙂

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