I started writing my Wanderlust Bucket List for the year just as the pandemic hit. I’ll link my previous editions at the bottom of this post. It’s a chance to pause, think and write down those places which have captured your imagination and you really want to visit.
I had planned to write this list at the start of every year but as we couldn’t travel it was too depressing to write last year. For some context for the last few years we’ve lived in Singapore and due to covid reason we haven’t been able to travel anywhere, nope not even a boat ride. Singapore is a very small island which takes 45 max to get from one edge to the other.
But the gates are now officially open again. Now for me that means only to other countries who are also fully open but off we go…
I read a post from photographer Freya Dawson the other day where she said she writes her new year’s resolutions after the summer holidays, when she’s refreshed and relaxed rather than in a tired mindset after the new year. I love this and am totally adopting is for my travel resolutions and am starting with this wanderlust list for 2022.
Where are you hoping to visit this year? Would love to hear where you’re dreaming of in the comments section below.
Perth, Western Australia
We’ve been here before but we timed it wrong and didn’t get to see all the amazing whales that migrate through here twice a year. Apparently close to 250,000 whales come through like some sort of ocean super highway. I’d also like to hop down to Albury and Esperance and hear October is a good time.
Byron Bay, Australia
I’m totally obsessed with this seaside town in Australia, its no secret. From surfing the waves, to the cafes, lighthouse walks, wearing linen, to the people who live there. I really think I was meant to spend some time here, I just need to get over my fear of snakes first.
Imagine a day trip to the Gili islands to snorkel with friendly turtles, walking on soft sandy beaches or hiking through the jungle. We were actually meant to go in 2019, so I’m hoping it’s a ‘we’ll see you soon’.
Batu Batu, Malaysia
After three years with no holiday what I wouldn’t give to be sat here with a good book and a coconut listening to the waves. Funny how after some time what you crave is different and some rest and relaxation is for sure the tonic I need.
It’s been too long since I last visited this beautiful, spiritual, magical country. I need to eat the food, talk to the people, soak in the nature and just basically embrace the Bali way of life for a little while.
I’ve seen so many pictures of the pink beaches, the long grasses on the hillsides, the Komodo dragons and the crystal clear waters. I just need to find a boat with a good health-and-safety record to take me there.
It was actually my hair dresser who put me onto this (most people in Singapore are obsessed with travel). I also really want to visit Jakarta too, so it’s a two for one. Plus this place looks incredible with all the bell shaped temples.
It’s a dream of mine to see Orang-utans in the wild. And seeing as we have already done Borneo, I’d love to see them in Sumatra and tie it in with a trip to the next place on my list.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Maybe I watched Point Break too many times as a teenager but I would love to be even just a below-average level surfer. We learnt for a day on our honeymoon in Bali and it was so exhilarating. I hate to be told that 40 is too old to learn to surf (I recently learnt how to wake board) and this looks like the perfect place on earth to surf.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
This island has everything from what I can see; horses which run free on the beach, authentic local villages, surfing, amazing food, hikes, river trips and more.
Misool island, Indonesia
Give me an eco-resort any-day, then add in water and that’s me in heaven. This location is said to have has some of the best diving in the world.
As soon as I saw Positano in a picture it was love, the black beach, the beautiful houses dotted on the hillside, the twinkling blue sea, throw in good wine, pizza and friendly Italians and it’s become an obsession to visit.
I’ve seen Marrakesh through so many friend’s photo lenses now that I know I’d have a blast here. Getting lost in the medina’s, staying in a Riad, drinking the local teas, escaping into the desert and maybe with a cooking lesson too.
Safari in Africa, Serengeti
Having grown up watching nature programs on the BBC none captivated my attention more than those of Africa. I’d love to see wild giraffes, elephants, rhino, buffalo, well all the wild animals really. But I’d also like to visit Nairobi to stay in Giraffe Manor.
Chile & Argentina
I know this is strictly two countries but I see it as one trip. We were meant to go for our honeymoon but opted on Bali, Singapore and NZ instead. I’d so love to see the glaciers and gallop horses across the plaines.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Anyone who likes animals even a little bit must also want to visit these islands. I heard you can do a live-aboard on a boat here and get to see a good few of the islands.
Your Bucket Travel List?
I’d love to hear what’s on your list, leave me your must-travel-to locations in the comments below please. I love nothing more than being inspired and adding to my ever-growing list.
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My Wanderlust Travel Bucket List – 2020 Edition