I am packing my suitcase…

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Now that the new year is almost two weeks old, I decided to share my 2015 travel bucket list with you. In fact, it is an ever-changing and ongoing bucket list but I picked out some destinations that I would like to tick off during this year.

1. Athens, Greece
This trip is already set in stone and my suitcase is almost packed. This Saturday I am leaving Germany to visit Athens with Corrie. After encountering generous people and admiring the beauty of Greece during my trip to Santorini last year, I am now excited to get to know the Greek capital. As far as I know, the city seems to be the perfect mixture between antique objects and buildings and a lively and fresh atmosphere that all capital cities seem to have. I am eager to climb the Acropolis and spend afternoons in cafés that offer vegan and organic food alongside the famous Greek coffee.

2. Explore Wales
Knowing that I will have to leave this country sooner or later this year, I am eager to take every opportunity I can get to explore its beauty. My bucket list for Wales ranges from hiking in the Snowdonia National Park, breathing in the air of ancient book in the town of Hay-on-Wye, admiring the beaches along the Gower Peninsula and visiting the village of Portmeiron which will make me feel as if I am visiting an enchanting town in Italy.

3. Scotland
Since Scotland will be so close while living in Wales, it is a for sure destination on my list! I have already been to Glasgow several years ago but I am still hoping to be able to visit Edinburgh, hike in the Scottish Highlands and visit Loch Ness.

4. Alberta, Canada
I am crossing my fingers that this will happen! There’s a special occasion happening on 1st August 2015 in Alberta, Canada (I am going to tell you more about this when the time is right) and I am checking flight prices daily hoping that they will go down just as much so that I can afford a ticket!

5. Southeast Asia
This will be the highlight of my travels this year. I am finally going on my first backpacking tour, stepping foot into several countries in Southeast Asia. The trip is scheduled for September and I am already breathing in all the information that I can find in my travel guide. Bali will be one of the main destinations during this trip. There’s not much planned yet but I would love to visit Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and Thailand. I am still debating whether Thailand might have already lost its unique charm since it developed into a main tourist destination over the years. Any advice from fellow backpackers on this?

6. Black Forest
Being a German woman in her 20ies, I never thought that I would put the Black Forest on one of my bucket lists as soon. For us Germans the Black Forest is rather a place where the older crowd likes to go. But here it is. Over the course of the years whenever I have talked to someone from abroad (especially you folks from North America!), people where telling me that the Black Forest was always on their itinerary whenever they visited Germany. So I decided that it’s a shame that I haven’t been there yet!

7. Prague
The city of Prague was never really on my bucket list either. But after engaging myself more with its history and after talking to people that have already visited Prague, I couldn’t help but put it on this list. Can’t wait!!

8. Barcelona
In contrast, Barcelona has ALWAYS been on my list but I didn’t get a chance to go yet. It is a definite must and I just love the idea of a pulsating city that is close to the beach and has so many highlights such as the Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, Park Güell and the Montjuic.

I guess 8 trips seems enough for one year, right? My feet are always itching to travel and wander but a student budget doesn’t really allow much more. If you have any tips on how to explore the world on a shoestring, I would love to read about it in the comments!

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