So far, 2017 has been a damn good year.
After months of planning, Geeta and I are finally giving Portugal a try and living in a small coastal city where we can practically walk to the beach. We spent our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple in pure class at the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon — the best hotel I’ve probably ever stayed at. And over the next few months we’ve arranged to visit many more hotels in Portugal as part of our plans to explore this beautiful country.
Being the adventurer I am — and also because I can’t keep my ass in one place for too long — there are still a few cities I’m itching to visit, so in this post I wanted to share my 2017 travel bucket list with you!
Good old Barcelona; there’s so much that captivates me about that place. For one, it’s home to one of the greatest football/soccer teams. Then there’s the amazing mediterranean weather and its coastal location that blends the hustle and bustle of city life with beaches. And of course, one of Barcelona’s main appeals — at least for me — is the influence of architect Gaudi across parks and buildings everywhere.
Back when I started travelling more seriously in 2015, my sister and our friend visited Spain’s capital city of Madrid for a week. It’s a stunning place, but there’s something about Barcelona’s seemingly unique character; the colours; the architecture and mashup of cultures that draws me in.
With so much to see and do in the Catalan city, it’s worth taking a look at Avis’ guide to Barcelona to make sure you’re aware of everything.
I’ve put this second but don’t let that fool you — Bali has been on my radar for a very long time. It’s typically portrayed as this paradise island where newlyweds go on honeymoon, spending ridiculous amounts on luxury hotels and whatnot. That’s one side of the coin, but Bali has another side too.
Flights from the UK can cost anywhere from £300-500 but with the cost of living so low out there, you can spend very little and live a very comfortable life. A reasonable 3 or 4 star hotel for example can cost as little as £10-30, and if cost of living comparisons like this are anything to go by then I want to experience it for myself!
It’s not all about costs though. Bali is full of diverse landscapes from golden beaches to rainforests in the centre of the island, and when you factor in its Asian cuisine and rich culture it’s no wonder I’ve wanted to go for so long.
Bella Roma! I love Italy, and so does Geets. She’s been there a few times already and although I’ve been to Venice (where I proposed to her), Naples and spent 48 hours wandering in Turin, Italy’s capital city has always evaded me.
I’m already aware that the home of Italian cuisine is in Napoli — so I’m glad I’ve experienced that side of things and have set expectations — but Rome has so much history and culture that it’s a place I’m dying to visit. If nothing else, give me some Italian gelato again and I’m happy.
The last time I visited Algarve was about ten years ago on a family holiday. We rented a villa with a private swimming pool, barbecue and plenty of space — but I want to experience the luxury side of Algarve. I want to see (and experience) why so many sun-searching tourists flock to southern Portugal every year.
That’s why at the end of May, I’ve arranged to stay at a range of top luxury hotels & resorts including: Eden Resort, Riu and Hilton.
I’ll be taking plenty of photos so make sure you’re following me on Instagram, and I’ll be sharing my experience of each hotel right here on the blog.
What are your 2017 travel plans?
So these are my travel plans for 2017, but I’d love to know what you’ve got planned! Tell me what you’re most excited about in the comments 🙂