2017 is finally here and it is time for Where Monica Goes to create a new travel bucket list. Who isn’t excited to explore their home countries more? To get new experiences abroad? I definitely want my 2017 to be full of exciting travel memories. So to motivate myself to travel more this year, and hopefully to inspire my readers as well, I am sharing with you my 2017 travel bucket list.
Get my yearly 10 new countries
Since 2015, I have decided to have this item included in my yearly travel bucket list. Excited to discover different lands, custom, culture, and history this 2017.
Complete traveling around ASEAN
The Philippines is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an economic and political cooperation consists of 10 countries in the region. So far, I have visited 6 of them and hopefully travel to the remaining 4 before the year ends.
Visit a tripoint
This is a carry-on of my 2016 travel bucket list. I almost went to one last year (Austria-Slovakia-Czech Republic), but missed it. Hoping to finally go to one this 2017!
Island hopping in Indonesia
I have been more curious to visit this archipelago in the last few months I was backpacking around Indochina. I have met fellow travelers around who were gushing about this beautiful country and its islands. To think that it is so close to my home country and I haven’t visited it!
Travel to another continent
Been to 25 countries so far, but all of them are concentrated in Europe and Asia. This year, I hope to travel to at least one other continent and continue exploring the world.
See the northern lights
Iceland, baby! Will also be keen to go to Norway and/or Finland and visit some of my friends while there. Aside from the northern lights, I am looking forward to bathe in the Blue Lagoon, too.
Go to India
If someone would ask me point blank where my next dream destination is, it would be India. I am very much fascinated by the country’s rich history and culture, architecture, and most of all, its people. I might have a side trip to Sri Lanka and Maldives while I am already on it!
Trek around Kyrgyztan
Not many have this country in their list, but I do!
Travel to at least 10 new provinces in the Philippines
My country has 81 provinces and I plan to visit all of them – at least 10 per year. This is to complement my 10 new countries per year item in this bucket list, too.
Attend a Filipino festival
Last year, I was able to attend a local festival in Baguio, Philippines and would like to do it again this 2017. Any recommendation?
Travel with a cause
I have been traveling for a while and I think it would be great to travel with a purpose. Prior to studying in Germany, I was active in volunteer work. I realized lately that I have missed that feeling of giving back to society and would like to work on doing two things I love – traveling and volunteering.
Scale Mt. Pulag or Mt. Ulap
Local and foreign travelers alike rave how beautiful being in the summits of these two mountains. I would like to experience the “sea of clouds” myself.
Finally go to Mindanao, Philippines
I have traveled frequently around my home country for years, but have never ventured to the South. This year, I want to explore the provinces in Mindanao and learn about their different culture and heritage.
Be in the paradise of Coron, Palawan
I have been to Palawan before, but not in Coron. I would definitely want to go to the winner of the “The most beautiful island in the world” for consecutive years based from ratings of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, etc.
Snorkel in Apo Reef
I have seen wonderful photos under the sea in Apo Reef and it makes me want to visit the place this year.
Celebrate NYE somewhere special
Of course, here’s to hoping to get a blast as I welcome another year full of travels!
What’s included in your 2017 travel bucket list? Is the Philippines in it?