Where I'm Traveling in 2014


It's March and by now I feel I have more of a handle on what my travel plans will be for the rest of the year.  One of my favorite things to do is plan trips, It's so exciting!  I wish I was a travel blogger that actually got paid to do this but until then I need my 9-5. As you may know I have a Travel Bucket List with all the places I've been to last year and all of the places I want to visit before I leave Germany in a year and a half.  I'm going for 30 countries and so far I'm about half way through so that makes me right on track. 

This year I have a lot of travel that is already booked, waiting to be booked, or still swimming around in my head.  I'm dreaming big and I'm dragging B along.  The best part of this year is that I will finally get to go to my top two dream locations; Spain and Iceland.  So let's get down to it!

This is Happening

Bratislava, Slovakia

I am going this month for a short but sweet day trip.  I never thought I would go to Slovakia but the opportunity was there and I am glad to take it.  If you have been there please give me some suggestions on what to do for the day!

Dublin, Ireland

This is going to be a really special trip because I will be joining my alma mater in Dublin for a Penn State game!  I've been away from home for a year and a half now and it will be good to see some fellow Penn Staters!  And it's in Dublin, I mean, it can't get any better than that.  One of my friends from school is even going with.  Can't wait.  Is anyone else going to the game?

Metz, France

This one is a last minute plan but it's 100% happpening.  I'm only going for a day trip to see the area and visit the Les Puces Des Metz (flea market).  What else is there to do in Metz??

Spain

Spain has been on my list since I was younger.  I took Spanish for 10 years and a lot of my studies were about Spain so I feel like I've been waiting for this moment since 6th grade.  I'm actually going to Spain twice this year, can you believe it?  I'll be taking my last class for my graduate degree in southern Spain and while I'm there I'll be branching out to visit cities like Madrid, Seville, Gibralter, and more.  I'll be visiting Barcelona later in the year. 

Iceland

It's finally happening guys and I know for sure because I just booked tickets a few days ago.  I talk about Iceland an unhealthy amount and I've been wanting to go there since I was like 13.  I have a list of things I want to do there but please share with me your must sees.  I'll be there during summer time.  I've been having a great time reading all those Iceland related posts and Kiki's blog, Unlocking Kiki. 

Germany

Even though I live in Germany I wanted to include it on the list because I will be visiting several cities all over Germany this year.  Also, many flea markets throughout Germany, not to mention the new Christmas Market destinations I'll go to.


This will Hopefully Happen

The above trips are confirmed!  Some of the other places I have in the works, but are not confirmed are Portugal (I really hope this happens), Austria, Milan, Switzerland, Budapest, and possibly another go at Prague.


I Might Have to Keep Dreaming

Finally, I don't know how I can possibly fit anything else into my schedule but if I can, these are on my keep dreaming list for this year: Thailand, Morroco, and Berlin.  I know I know, I live in Germany I should be able to just go to Berlin, but I live in southern Germany and Berlin is still quite a drive.  I think I'm secretly saving it for a last minute thing.  And who knows, I may decide to switch things up and go to a totally different place than mentioned.  I've learned to take things as they come and not wait around for the perfect moment.
So do you have a Travel Bucket List this year?  And, do you have any pointers for my upcoming destinations?  Share in the comments.




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  1. Wow! It looks like 2014 will be full of fun and traveling. I'm also going to Slovakia and some of those countries you said you might visit.

    Happy travels ( :

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  2. That's a really exciting line up! Hoping that all your plans go ahead and that you eventually get to Berlin too ;) It's so out of the way though, I think it'll take ages til we eventually make our way up there!

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  3. How exciting Iceland!!! Let me know if you need some tips, your going to be here at the best time.

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  4. Europe is so fun! Where else could you do a day trip in several different countries? I could do a day trip to Southern California if I drive North, East, or South... or Catalina if I go west. Hmmm...I'm limited, aren't I? But then again I live in Southern California!

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    1. Yea but I'd love to visit California again too!

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    1. I know, I've been to Boleslawiec but still would like to get to Krakow. Maybe next year.

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  6. Wow! What an awesome list of places you're traveling to this year! I've never been to Europe before but this summer I'll be visiting Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona and I'm loving how easy it is to book the travel between each of these cities so far. European traveling for the win :)

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    1. Yes definitely for the win. You are in for a treat then! I've been to Paris and Amsterdam. I only spent 7 hours in Paris so I didn't get an adequate experience. Amsterdam is my favorite and I want to visit again before I leave. I am super excited to see Barcelona this year! Have fun on your trip!

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  7. I adore your snapshot at the top. Cute! I like your plan for 2014. We're headed to Cambodia and then LegoLand Malaysia in a few weeks, but I have no idea what's the plan after that. We only have a few more months in Asia, so I feel like it's "now or never" for some places. I've been wanting to go snorkeling on the East Coast of Malaysia but may have dallied too long on making a reservation. Perhaps Manila in the Philippines is the in works. We'll be stopping in Europe on the way back to Texas, but haven't figured out where on the continent yet. Maybe a cruise for Thanksgiving? I really don't know.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I can see what you mean by now or never. Got to get as much as you can in before you leave. Cruises are fun. Let me know if you need any tips on the places I've traveled to in my archives!

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    1. I could say the same for South Africa!

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  9. Your trips sound like so much fun! I went to Barcelona and Tarragona Spain in February and it was so much fun. I've posted about the trips a lot so if you want to read more check out my blog (luyoutravel.blogspot.com). I'll also be going to Milan in April and I'll be posting about that too!

    I have a trip planned for China this summer and hopefully France and Prague sometime in the fall.

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    1. Yes, I've been reading about your trip to Barcelona. Very helpful. I'm interested to see what your thoughts on Milan are. It's a 50/50 chance I might go there. Wow I'd love to go to China but have no actual plans to. Definitely head to Prague, you will love it!

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  10. These all sound amazing! I wish I lived in Europe so I could make all these day trips!

    My itinerary for 2014 includes Rio (check! we went last month), London, Paris, Weimar, and South Carolina (I know, the least exciting, but I've never been there). For me, this is a ton of big travel in one year!

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    1. No you are right! You are doing a lot of travel this year. Rio sounds intriguing, let me know how it is. And South Carolina is pretty nice!

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  11. Iceland is amazing - you'll have an awesome time! I'm also visiting Barcelona this year, in a few weeks to be precise. So excited to take in the Catalonian culture :)

    Kam | A Married Couple & Their Travels

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    1. Yes, I am excited to see the Catalonian culture too. Very different than other Spanish cultures.

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  12. What a list! How exciting. Definitely prioritize making your way to Berlin! It's such a fantastic city, full of culture and interesting sites.

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  13. You will love Ireland and Iceland... 2 of my favorite spots that we've ever traveled!!! Great list! :)

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  14. Wish I was going to all of those amazing destinations.

    I was unable to leave a comment on the post you linked to Seasonal Sunday just wanted to thank you for linking.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  15. Hi Brittanly, what a great travel plan for the year! All your destinations are exciting. I have several posts about our recent trip in iceland that you may want to check out. Wishing you a wonderful year of travel ahead.

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    1. Thanks Marisol. Actually, I have been following along with your Iceland posts and loving them!

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  16. How wonderful that you are able to travel to such great places. We were in Ireland in October and had a great time! I thought I would enjoy the countryside more than Dublin, but I fell in love with the city.

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  17. Take th bus from Nurnberg to Berlin! It cost us 15 euro a person one way. SO worth it!

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    1. I should have known you'd have some great tips on how to get to Berlin! Thanks for the advice. I just may have to do this because I hate driving long distances on the autobahn.

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  18. woww that's a cool list.. I so wish to travel like that. :D happy travelling

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  19. Folgende Burgen, Schlösser und Veranstaltungen kann ich empfehlen in Deutschland / Bayern:
    18 German Castles That Put Disney To Shame:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahcgregg/unbelievable-palaces-that-will-make-you-want-to-book-a-tr

    Die längste Burg der Welt - die Wartburg bei Eisenach:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2DSSPqS8k8&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.wartburg-eisenach.de/frame_st.htm

    Auf Burg Kaltenberg - Das Kaltenberger Ritterturnier - das größte und umfangreichste Ritterturnier der Welt:
    http://www.ritterturnier.de/

    Im August de Further Drachenstich - das älteste Volksschauspiel Deutschlands mit den größten gehenden Drachen der Welt in Furth im Wald / Bayerischer Wald.
    http://www.drachenstich.de/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvtWHHwjXR8
    Mit besichtigung der größten freigelegten Burgruine Bayerns die Rundinger Burg:
    http://www.burg-runding.de/
    Und der Kürnburg in Stamsried im Bayerischen Wald:
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgruine_K%C3%BCrnberg

    Besichtigung des Glasdorfes im Bayerischen Wald:
    http://www.weinfurtner.de/
    und des Arbersees und des Arbers selbst im Bayerischen Wald:
    http://www.arbersee.com/
    http://www.arber.de/
    sowie die Rißlocher Wasserfälle:
    http://www.bayerischer-wald.de/Media/Attraktionen/Naturerlebnis-Risslochwasserfaelle

    Viel Spaß beim gucken, und vielleicht ist ja was dabei für Sie!

    Grüße
    Michael S.
    sowie auch

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    1. These are some great links, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read all of them.

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    2. Gerne.
      Hier noch ein Link der Urkirche des Bayerischen Waldes. Der ältesten Kirche des Bayerischen Waldes:
      http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamm%C3%BCnster
      http://www.mittelbayerische.de/index.cfm?pid=10059&pk=202020
      Cham / Chamünster gilt auch als das Osttor des Bayerischen Waldes (größtes zusammenhängendes Waldgebiet Europas).

      Gute Reise und viel Spass!

      Grüße,
      Michael S.

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  20. You go girl! Your photo reminds me of my daughter's funny selfies, and so cute I pinned it to my travel board! Can't wait to see your trip photos!

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  21. Jealous is me! I would love to tag along! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  22. Newest follower. When you go to Spain, you have to try and go to Jerez de la Frontera for the Sherry Festival! Also, this isn't on your list… but you would love Grenada in the Caribbean. I wrote a post about the spice market for my blog. Check it out!

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    1. That's so crazy because I am staying in Jerez area and will be going to the Sherry Festival. Please give me more info about it!

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  23. This is an amazing list. For one reason or another I won't get the opportunity to travel much year, but even when I do I never travel as much as you do. It's an awesome year you've got lined up!

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  24. Fun sounding list. I'm also going to Bratislava and Iceland this year, and Budapest. Can't wait! When you go to Metz you really should go to the new(ish) Pompidou museum. The building alone is amazing. http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en/welcome Just a suggestion!

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  25. I hope you can get to Austria too and if you do try the Germknodel! Thank you for linking up with us for Travel Tuesday!

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    1. Austria is one of those countries I've been putting off because it neighbors Germany so I figure I will get there eventually but I am definitely going. Thanks for the tip!

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  26. Wow! You're so lucky to be taking so many trips! I also have a travel bucket list that I'm hoping to complete someday.:)

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  27. Very ambitious-- but it's important to be, right? Gotta dream big! I went to Bratislava twice last year and posted about it if you want some ideas... they're linked on this page. djseaward.tumblr.com/destinations

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  28. Slovakia would be an awesome adventure!!
    Hope you have loads of fun. c: Can't wait to see updates!

    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  29. That looks like an amazing list. We have a travel list for the year as well, and I hope I get to most of the places before I leave Korea. We are heading to Thailand this summer and I am so excited. I hope one day I get to live in Europe so I can take advantage of the easy (easier) travel!

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    1. Ah Thailand, so exciting! Yes I love living in Europe!

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  30. Wow, you have an exciting year ahead of you!!!

    As for Metz, I thought their cathedral was one of the best I have ever seen in Europe! Really impressive (and I say that as a person who can get kinda tired of seeing them sometimes). :)

    -- Erika from America

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  31. Your itinerary sounds fantastic! I have not traveled to Europe for a few years and I'm itching to get back.

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  32. With a gite to look after and lots on animals on our smallholding it's hard to get away now .. we spend our time welcoming guests from all over the world to our little bit of France instead! We are however fitting in a week-end break to Paris soon and a trip back to the UK to see family and friends in May.

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  33. Wow - you've got a busy year! While you're in Spain make time for Granada. Obviously there's the Alhambra but the city itself is lovely....and also the Mezquita at Cordoba. Living in the UK, I've done a bit of travelling around Europe already, but am starting to plan a longer, 4-5 month trip in 2015. I'll be interested to read about your travels this year since I'm thinking about which places to include on my trip!

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  34. I don't have a list of places I would like to visit as I pretty much want to visit everywhere. I let fate be the decider. In 2012 we housesat in Spain and prior to that I had not even thought about going there. It was fantastic and I would revisit Spain anytime I love it so much.

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  35. sounds like a great plan! my bucket list is hopefully bali, hong kong, beijing, singapore and malaysia... seems like a lot to fit in! i can't see the bloglovin button for your blog, do you have one?

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    1. Yes Jenna, I do have a bloglovin button. It's the round b with a heart next to it. Also you can go to the top of the screen and click follow me on bloglovin'

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  36. You might want to check out Elance, I have found a weekly freelance job on there, and have seen some ads for travel bloggers. There are some done sides to though like not getting credit (ghost writer) but hey you're getting paid. Definitely not a full time job, but who knows could be check it out. Thanks for always sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Joyce. I do plan on doing some more travel writing I just haven't been pursuing it because grad school is consuming all my writing right now. I'll have to check the sight out though I probably won't do it if they don't credit their authors. Unless it's some amazing amount of money ;)

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  37. If I had that list, I would definitely choose Berlin ,,, because I lived there for a year, and haven't seen half of what's there, because Berlin is a metropolis. You gotto love cultural things though... otherwise it may not be worth it. Am a European so I'm partial to Eur., lol.

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    1. I know for sure I will hit up Berlin before I move away from Germany!

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  38. Have fun! I'm doing Ireland in 2015, and I'd love to do Germany (husband doesn't have interest in that though so maybe one day I'll do it on my own!). I've done France twice and it really is a beautiful country! All the other places I'd love to visit once I become rich ;) All you American expats are just so lucky (well in the sense that it's not a major trek to visit Europe, Africa, Asia) like it is for us. I mean we're looking at doing Africa this year and it's an 18 hour flight.... and I don't mind the 8 hour flights to Europe, but wouldn't it be nice to have like 2 hour flights between countries?

    Anyways, happy travels!!! Excited for you!!!

    Thanks for linking up with Lovely Thursdays!

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