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Travel plans for 2015

2015 in fireworks

The year is almost over, so after looking back at 2014 it’s time to dig out the guidebooks, get excited and start making travel plans for 2015. Normally by the start of January I have a couple of flights booked and trips organised for the coming year, but this year I’m trying to reign in my planning impulses and leave a bit more room for spontaneity. Last year I’d never have predicted that I’d end up taking a Mediterranean cruise or spending a weekend in Sicily, so who knows where I might find myself next year? But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few plans in the pipeline though, so here’s where I hope 2015 will be taking me…

Canada at last (fingers crossed)

So close but so far, I’ve almost visited Canada for years (it was on my travel plans post at the end of 2011) and this year was the closest yet. My week in Quebec was all planned and the flights booked, but a combination of a flight cancellation, missed connection, pilots strike and lost luggage meant the airport was as close as I got. So I’m doubly determined to get there next year – with some airline delay compensation to help! My original plan was an autumn tour around Montreal, Quebec City and the Eastern Townships but it’ll now probably be spring and who knows where I’ll be visiting, but Canada, 2015 is going to be our year.

Quebec City at night, Canada

Quebec City at night – photo by Robbie on Flickr

A return to Scandinavia

Norway was one of my trip highlights of 2014 – stunning fjord scenery, pretty waterside towns, scenic train journeys, friendly people (just don’t mention the price of the wine). So more Scandinavian travels are in my sights for 2015. Copenhagen is top of the list, and I’ll be spending a few long summer days there in June. I’m also heading back out on the water for my second cruise this year, and a route around Scandinavia and the Baltics is my top choice. If it all works out I’ll get to dip into Sweden, Finland and Estonia as well as fulfilling a travel ambition by spending a couple of days in St Petersburg in Russia.

Copenhagen's Nyhavn waterfront district – photo credit Jørgen Falck on Flickr

Copenhagen’s Nyhavn waterfront district – photo credit Jørgen Falck on Flickr

More European train travels

I took 14 flights in 2014 – not that many compared to some travellers, but too many if you’re a bit of a plane-phobic like me. So next year I’d like to spend a lot less time in airports. Taking a rail trip around Europe last summer reminded me how much more relaxing it is to travel by train – no baggage restrictions, no hanging about in airports, no long treks into the centre of town when you arrive. So in 2015 I’ll be trying to minimise flying within Europe where I can and taking the train instead. Another rail adventure is on the cards too, though I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to possible routes. At the moment the top contender is a journey taking in Venice, Ljubljana and Lake Bled in Slovenia, and the north of Croatia.

Lake Bled in Slovenia – photo credit  Eneko Bidegain on Flickr

Lake Bled in Slovenia – photo credit Eneko Bidegain on Flickr

Discovering more of the UK

Despite living here most of my life, it’s embarrassing how many parts of the UK I still haven’t visited. So each year I’ve been trying to explore a few new places close to home as well as abroad. In 2014 I headed north to Newcastle and Northumberland, but for 2015 I’m going even further north, across the border into Scotland. So far my only trip to Scotland was a weekend in Edinburgh, so it’s time I saw more of this beautiful country. I’d like to start off with a few days in Glasgow, followed by the West Highland Railway up to Fort William in the Highlands, then maybe the Jacobite steam train up to Mallaig and on to the Isle of Skye.

The West Highland Line, Scotland, UK

Crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct – photo credit Asim Amtiaz on Flickr

One from the wishlist

Each year I try to cross one of my dream trips off my wishlist, and for 2015 I’m aiming high. A safari has been something I’ve been wanting to do for so long; seeing animals like lions and elephants out in their natural habitat, getting even more photo obsessed than usual, drinking sundowners as the the light fades. Africa seems to be one of those places that really gets under people’s skins, and I can’t wait to see it for myself. The only question was which safari destination to choose? Add in my slight obsession with wine and there was only one contender – South Africa. So fingers crossed this year’s big trip will take me there.

Cheetahs in South Africa

Cheetahs in South Africa – photo credit Petri Helenius on Flickr

So those are my travel plans for 2015 so far! How about you, where do you hope to visit over the next 12 months? Or do you have any tips for me on any of the destinations I’m planning on visiting?

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  • Reply
    LoveandLimoncello
    December 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I think SA is the destination of 2015. I am hoping to go there at the end of 2015. Hope you get to go to Canada.

    Love and Limoncello

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      Lucy
      December 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Great minds think alike! I think it’ll probably be the end of the year for me too once I’ve saved up a bit (which I’m terrible at as you can see by all the other trips I have planned before then!).

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    Emily Ray (@emilyraylondon)
    December 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I adore your 2015 travel plans – especially the bit about fewer plane journeys as I’m not the biggest fan of flying either! That train route into the North of Croatia sounds absolutely incredible, too. I’m also looking to visit more of Scotland next year 🙂

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Thanks so much, and I’m so glad to see I’m not the only travel blogger who doesn’t like flying! There are so many fab train routes though I’m having trouble narrowing it down, and Scotland should be great, fingers crossed for a good summer here in the UK!

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    Alison
    December 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    All of your travel plans sound wonderful, Lucy, but I have to admit that I am partial to the African safari. My husband and I have been fortunate to travel there four times, and you are absolutely correct when you say that it is a place that gets under your skin. I read that you are saving up for your big trip, but you should consider doing a self-drive safari–you can cut your expenses drastically and still have a fantastic experience. Lucky for you, South Africa is the perfect place to do that! We wrote a post about it on our own blog. You can check it out here: http://takeahikephotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/to-drive-or-be-driven-that-is-the-safari-question/
    Enjoy!

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Thanks so much for the South Africa tips, a self-drive sounds like a good option so I’ll definitely look into that. It’s been on the wishlist for so long it’s hard to know where to start with the planning but I can’t wait to get stuck in!

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    Nick
    December 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Good luck. Let us know if you need info on Croatia, Canada or South Africa…

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

      Thanks – and will do, I hope to get started on the proper planning in the New Year (always a good way to tackle the post-Christmas blues!).

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    MattiTours
    December 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Great and interesting travel plan Lucy! And welcome to Finland as well. Summer here is the best time – and hopefully You have time to explore some countryside too, not only Helsinki.

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Thanks, I really hope I can make it to Helsinki, and although it might only be the city this time I have already been reading up on other places to visit so I’ll have to come back again!

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    Katie MacLeod
    December 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I got excited for you just reading this list – it sounds like 2015 is going to be an eventful one already! Although I have to say that if you make it as far as the Isle of Skye, you have to visit Lewis and Harris too! (Although I’m quite biased on that count, since they’re home for me, and I think they’re more beautiful than Skye). I’m also hoping to get to Canada in 2015, now that it’s just a quick flight (or long drive) away… your list has definitely inspired me to get planning 🙂

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Thanks so much, it’s definitely got me excited for a spot of travel planning too! Hopefully I can make it a longer trip and see a bit more of Scotland while I’m up there (will be in touch for some advice if I do!). Hope you have a great year too, there are a lot of fantastic places in the US and Canada to keep you going!

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    traveladdictuk
    December 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Great plans ! I hope you get to Canada next year !

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Thanks – fingers crossed it will work out this time!

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    JenR
    December 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Eastern Canada in the fall is the best!! I will probably take a quick trip down to El Salvador early in the year but am otherwise not overly planned for this year – hoping something fun will pop up! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:18 am

      El Salvador sounds great, and hope some great unexpected travel opportunities pop up for you too!

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    unfinishedtravel
    December 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Sounds like a fun year ahead! I’m hoping to make it to Panama in February, but no other plans yet!

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Enjoy Panama, I’ve read a few blogs about it this year and sounds like a great place to visit, look forward to reading about it!

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    MummyTravels
    December 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I love to see everyone’s travel plans – just plotting my own for a similar post. Glasgow was fantastic when we visited this year and a great base to explore, though we didn’t have time. And so far my only taste of Canada is Toronto which I loved but Quebec always looks fascinating.

    I’d second South Africa for a first safari – I combined mine at Kruger Park with Cape Town and the winelands (plus some Indian Ocean near Durban and the Drakensbergs). Let me know if you’d like Cape Town tips?

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Me too, I always get some great ideas from other people’s travel plans! Looking forward to Glasgow and Canada, but South Africa is really the dream trip so I really hope we can make it happen. Your trip sounds just like what I’d like to do. Will definitely get in touch for some tips once I’m booked, thanks!

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    Heyjude
    December 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Sounds like it is going to be a fascinating year for you Lucy. I am quite envious as you have several trips in mind that I quite fancy too! Canada is great, although my experience is limited mostly to BC and in particular Vancouver and the island. I have lots of info about Canada and South Africa on my blog and I would echo others in saying DIY safari. Kruger or even Addo is a good place to start (and much cheaper than private game reserves). Lake Bled and Ljubljana are great too and I would love to do the Baltic Cruise so I shall be interested in hearing about that particular trip. Like you I am trying to do more exploring in the UK and Scotland is definitely on my list (although I have stopped keeping a list because there is not enough time left for me to visit everywhere I want to!)

    Have a great 2015 with safe travels. I will look forward to travelling with you 🙂

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Jude, I will check out your safari posts and good to know about the self-drive option. I’m excited to get planning this one already despite the fact it’ll probably be the last trip of the year! Fingers crossed I can get on the Baltic/Scandinavia cruise as it would be a great chance to do a taster of the region and decide which places I want to go back to. Look forward to seeing where 2015 takes you too!

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    marinachetner
    December 31, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Sounds like an exciting 2015! If you need any St Petersburg tips, please let me know! Which cruise are you hoping to take?

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Marina, I will definitely get in touch. The cruise I’m looking at is a Celebrity one, from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Fredericia, Warnemunde, Talinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. It would be a great taster of the region so fingers crossed it works out. Hope you have a great year coming up too.

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    ebrobinson
    December 31, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I am definitely getting a passport this year because I want to travel to Japan. You are so well traveled, I have to try and catch up.

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Japan would be amazing – I did a brief couple of days stopover in Tokyo years ago but would love to see more of the country. One for 2016 maybe!

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    jpilkington09
    December 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Sounds like you have a fantastic year ahead! The Venice-Ljubljana-Bled trip sounds amazing. Unfortunately it looks like my own trip to St. Petersburg this year has been shelved, or at least postponed, but I think you would love it. June is by far the best time to visit. If you need any advice, let me know 🙂

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’ve been reading so many posts about Ljubljana and Lake Bled this year I can’t wait to see it myself! Sorry to hear you won’t make St Petersburg this year, but hope you’ll have lots of other great travels to make up for it – and will definitely be in touch for some tips when it’s all (hopefully!) confirmed.

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    gianluca8675
    December 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Hey you are really something! Great plan in my opinion, except for the Canada part because I can’t even hear its name now (personal troubles ah ah). But it sounds really good and I wish I could have all that time to travel more. I totally agree with you about the airports, I can’t stand them anymore but I keep on taking flights because it’s still the more convenient way to get to somewhere far in not so many hours like it could take by train. By the way, I got just one plan for the moment, It’s actually more than a plan ’cause I already bought the flight ticket. I’m going to the USA to see Chicago and later have a road trip from Dallas to Atlanta passing through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.
    I wish you safe travels!

    https://gianluca8675.wordpress.com/

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Yes unfortunately sometimes the plane is the only way to get there! I love the sound of your US road trip, I did one around the southwest a couple of years ago and would love to go and see more of the country (Louisiana especially). Have a great year.

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    lexklein
    December 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Sounds like a great year shaping up! We, too, had to cancel a Canada (Montreal and Quebec) trip this past year and we are not even that far away! I’m off to three of your 2015 possibilities tomorrow – St Petersburg, Tallinn, and Helsinki; I’ll let you know if I come up with any great tips for you (other than NOT going in the dead of winter as I am!). South Africa is an incredible country and I loved many parts of it, but I do have to say I’m partial to East Africa for safaris … that can be your second one, in 2016! And Ljubljana? Probably one of my favorite places ever. I won’t put any links here because that feels presumptuous, but I do have a Ljubljana post as well as one on a Tanzanian trek we did as part of our safari trip there. Check them out someday if you want as you plan! Happy travels!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Oh wow, hope you have a fantastic (and not too freezing!) trip to St Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki – and do let me know any good tips of things to see and do out there. I will check out your Ljubljana post too thanks. I already suspect that I might fall in love with safaris and want to go and do more after this one, at least there are lots of different locations to try, so that could keep me going into the 2020s!

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    Vlad
    December 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Hope all your travel plans will come true next year (especially Canada and South Africa!). I’m also planning a trip to Scandinavia at the end of July, I’m super excited about it.

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      Lucy
      December 31, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Vlad, hope you have a great year too. Where are you off to in Scandinavia? I’m so excited to see more of the region after loving Bergen and the fjords so much, just wish it was a bit cheaper!

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        Vlad
        January 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        I am hoping to see Helsinki, Stockholm, Malmo and Copenhagen 😀

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    acrosstherunway
    January 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hope you manage to tick South Africa off your wishlist, it’s on mine too! Everyone I know who has been has come back with the most fascinating stories, and pictures!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Yes everyone seems to love it out there, I can’t wait to finally see it for myself! Hope you get to visit soon too.

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    aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes
    January 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    South Africa is great for safari but my favourite place was Etosha National Park in Namibia as you can sit above the watering hole and watch the wildlife come and go – was such an incredible experience. I did an overland trip from Nairobi to Cape Town and really enjoyed the drive from Namibia down to Cape Town the most. It looks like you have an incredible 2015 planned.
    xx

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      That sounds amazing! I’ve read a lot about Namibia and it looks fantastic, though maybe that will have to be my second safari. I suspect I’m going to get a real taste for Africa and will want to go back again and again. Have a great 2015 too x

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    Polly (Follow Your Sunshine)
    January 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, what a list! All looks absolutely wonderful. My brother in law to be’s new girlfriend lives in Norway so I am planning on getting out there to visit at some point – any recommendations? Polly xx
    http://www.followyoursunshine.blogspot.com

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Polly, Norway was fantastic. I really liked Bergen and then took the train out to Flam in the fjords which was spectacular. I have some posts here at https://www.ontheluce.com/tag/norway/ but if you’ve got any questions just let me know. Happy new year!

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        Polly (Follow Your Sunshine)
        January 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        Some beautiful posts and photos here, Lucy. This is going to be so helpful, thank you so much! I’ve saved the link to my favourites 🙂 Happy new year, Polly xx

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    Ngaire Ackerley
    January 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    South Africa is amazing, but then again so is the rest of Africa! I’ve just been to Southern Africa in the last few months and loved it. Sounds like some great adventures ahead!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks, I’ve been wanting to visit South Africa for so long I can’t wait to finally make it! Hope you have a great 2015 too.

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    Angie SilverSpoon (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    January 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Norway was never on my wishlist but I’ve read some incredible posts about it, now it’s definitely somewhere I want to go. I’m heading to SA for a Safari in March, I can’t wait!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Hope you enjoy South Africa – I will look out for your posts on your trip. Norway I loved, it has just amazing landscapes and is so beautiful, I’m definitely a Scandinavia convert after my trip!

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    gemmajaneadventures
    January 2, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Wow, sounds like a lot is planned, but I hope you have a great time doing them! I’d love to go to Canada…one day I’ll get there. I went to Finland and Norway briefly last February and had an awesome time, the best part was husky sledding! I would love to visit more of Scandinavia too! It’s definitely too common for us Brits to not have seen much of the UK, but I’ve managed to see a fair bit. I love Scotland, particularly the highlands…do you plan on visiting a whisky distillery too?!

    I hope you have an awesome 2015!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Husky sledding sounds fab! Definitely one to try if I can. Scandinavia has so much to offer it’s just a shame it’s such a pricey place to visit or I’d go every year. Really looking forward to seeing more of Scotland too, I’ve never been much of a whisky fan but I will have to give it a try on home territory! Hope you have a great year too.

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    Rebeca Briceño
    January 2, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Nice plans! Sri Lanka has Safaris too, lot of elephants and tigers. But I agree with you Africa gets under people’s skins so it’s an awesome plan!

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      At one point I was hoping to get out to Sri Lanka this year but it didn’t quite happen but it’s another place I would love to see one day. So many travel plans, so little time!

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    Life On My Plate
    January 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    What a great year of travel you have planned, Lucy!
    I really enjoyed your posts on Norway earlier this year, so I look forward to the rest of your Scandinavian adventures… Canada is also something that has been calling out to me off late, Toronto in particular, but I don’t think its on the cards for me any time soon!

    I only have a few small trips around India planned in the next few months, nothing too exciting; but let’s see how the year pans out!

    Good luck … 🙂

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      It’s always exciting to see what unexpected opportunities come up! Hope you have a great year.

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    Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    January 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

    What a great list Lucy!! Definitely try and make it to Slovenia – you won’t be disappointed! And I really do hope you make it to that safari. I went on my first safari for honeymoon and it was honestly the greatest travel experience I’ve ever had – I would LOVE to do another one 🙂 I have no idea what’s in my travel plans for 2015 but I’m actually quite excited about the not knowing. Last year, with the exception of South America, all my trips unfolded as the year went on so let’s see how this year pans out! I also love reading travel blogs for this exact reason because it fills me with lots of ideas and inspiration on where to go next! Happy New Year 🙂

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      Lucy
      January 2, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      I’m the same with travel blogs, there are so many places that are on my list after I’ve read about them! Hope lots of exciting travels come your way in 2015. I’m so excited about finally going on safari, I nearly did it for my honeymoon but it might be more like a second anniversary trip!

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    Emily Luxton
    January 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Loving these travel plans, especially the one about more European rail travel, which is on my list too! I took a train from London to Rotterdam, where I’m housesitting for a few weeks, and once I finish up I’m headed back home via Brussels, all by train. I can’t tell you how much easier and more comfortable it was than flying – when it comes to Europe, I say rail travel all the way!

    Seeing more of the UK is another good one. I spent three months travelling around the UK last year and loved it – there’s so much I’d overlooked in my home country in favour of more exotic destinations! I’ve still never been to Scotland, Wales or Ireland so hopefully 2015 will be the time to change that!

    Happy New Year 🙂

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      Lucy
      January 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Rail travel is definitely the way to go around Europe – we saw some stunning scenery on our trip last year and it’s so much more relaxing than flying (though having said that I’ve just booked my first European trip of the year and it’s via plane!). There’s so much to see near home too, I grew up on the border with Wales but have only visited Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin so there’s a lot left to explore. Hope you have a great 2015!

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    Wilbur's Travels
    January 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Fabulous plans. Train is definitely the way to travel, I have yet to experience a memorable flight! A great way to see St. P is to take the direct train from Helsinki in winter, it is like you are the Snow Queen riding your chariot in a winter wonderland. Enjoy your travels.

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      The train from Helsinki to St Petersburg sounds wonderful – there are so many fabulous rail journeys around, and like you say flights are usually only memorable for the wrong reasons!

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    Packing my Suitcase
    January 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Great plans!!! My fingers are crossed for you to go to Canada… you will love that country, especially Montreal… that city will always be in my heart <3
    Happy new year Lucy!!

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much, and happy new year to you too! Can’t wait to finally make it to Canada, this trip has been so long in the making!

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        Packing my Suitcase
        January 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

        My pleasure 😀
        Ohhh I can imagine… I know how it is when you plan a trip for a long time and never works! The good thing is… you will appreciate it even more! I will look forward to read your posts about Canada!!

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    Bridget @ A Traveling B
    January 4, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Great plans, Lucy! Best of luck getting to Canada this year – it is incredibly beautiful! You will love Montreal. I am hoping to get to the most eastern part – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. South Africa remains my number one place to visit!

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, your Canada plans sound great too – I suspect after I finally make the first trip it won’t be too long until I go back again to see more! I’m really excited about South Africa too, hope I can make it happen. Hope you have a great 2015 too.

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    bevchen
    January 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Great plans you’ve got here. I hope Canada works out! I would love to see more of Scandanavia. I went to Stockholm a few years ago and absolutely loved it!

    I’m really not sure how 2015 is going to be travel-wise. We’re moving in March so that’s going to eat into our travel time and money. The only thing I know for sure is I’ll be in the UK in October… my dad got us tickets for the three Rugby World Cup matches at St James’ Park!

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks – I loved Norway so really looking forward to seeing more of Scandanavia. Hope 2015 brings some great travels for you too, enjoy the rubgy and best of luck with the move. Are you staying in the same area or is it a big move?

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    The Tiny Traveler
    January 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I love your travel plans! South Africa has been on my list since I was in my early teens. I hope to one day make it there! As for Canada, you should most definately check out the Rocky Mountains. Nothing beats the views you can get in Jasper or Lake Louise; pure beauty.

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks, I have such a big Canada wish list I think I’ll need to spend a year there! I think Quebec will be the first trip but Jasper and Lake Louise are next for sure. Hope you have a great year too.

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    aeparker81
    January 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    It’s good having plenty of space still to fit more into – although I know you filled one gap already! I hope you finally make it to Canada

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      Lucy
      January 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      I always mean to leave lots of room for spontaneity but find it hard to resist booking things as I love having something to look forward to! Fingers crossed for Canada, it’s been a long time coming!

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    Karbonkel
    January 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Great plans! I’m going to visit Italy by train with a good friend. And i’m going to visit Germany of Belgium, we are not sure about it. It could be czech republic to! And i want to go to Krakau, Poland, but i’m not sure if thats going to happen. Next year is my last year of college, so i’m going to be really busy.

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Sounds like you have some great plans for the year – Italy by train will be great, I hope to do a bit of that myself too.

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    frugalfirstclasstravel
    January 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Canada in spring for me too! When are you thinking?

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      I’m hoping for mid March but need to get organising! Whereabouts are you planning to visit?

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    tripwellgal
    January 6, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Looks like a promising list. As a Californian I always appreciate discovering new destinations on other continents. Can’t wait to return to Europe. I hope you meet your goals too.

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Fingers crossed it all works out, though plans have a habit of changing!

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    Laura
    January 6, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I’ve been wanting to visit SA forever and also hoping to in 2015! I visited and loved western Canada in 2014 (the Rockies and national parks like Banff and Jasper) but would like to get to eastern Canada soon too. A train trip from Venice around the Balkans sounds awesome!

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      South Africa has been a dream of mine for ages too, so lets hope it works out for both of us in 2015! Western Canada sounds fantastic too, I already suspect I’ll be planning a trip to that side of the country as soon as I get back from visiting the east!

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    Samantha @ mytanfeet
    January 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Awesome plans for 2015! I haven’t been to Europe yet so I am uber jealous!

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks – yes being based in the UK does make it easy to get around Europe, though this time of year I think I’d rather be in your part of the world!

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    Travelling King Blog
    January 6, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I really want to get over to SA over living in Australia it is a fair trek!!
    Maybe 2015 will be my year!!

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Yes that is quite a journey! It is at least in the right time zone travelling from the UK but still quite a long flight (that’s my excuse for making it a longer trip so the travel is worthwhile!).

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    manonthelam
    January 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I went on safari last year in South Africa and Tanzania — it’s something you definitely wont’ regret!

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      I saw some of your wildlife shots and they look great, can’t wait to get out there myself now!

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    vickyinglis
    January 6, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Exciting plans! I love Norway, and really want to explore more of Scandinavia and the Baltic next year too. Copenhagen looks gorgeous, and St Petersburg sounds fascinating. I’m going to be taking the West Highland line to Mallaig in May, as I’m setting off from there to walk across Scotland to the east coast. I hope I might be able to fit in time to catch the steam train, but it might just have to be the regular service.

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Wow, very impressed with your trip walking across Scotland, sure you will get to see some wonderful scenery along the way!

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    Maddie
    January 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I am loving your 2015 ideas!! Particularly looking forward to reading about cruising the Balkans and your train journey sounds wonderful too.

    The Isle of Skye is my favourite part of Scotland. The scenery is so incredible and it’s always so quiet and peaceful.

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      Lucy
      January 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I was supposed to visit the Isle of Skye a few years ago but had a bit of a transport fail after a late train meant I missed my ferry/bus etc so I had to cancel, so I won’t let it defeat me next time (and will probably go by car!).

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    Rebecca
    January 10, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Oh these plans sound amazing!! Look forward to following 🙂

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      Lucy
      January 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks, keeping my fingers crossed it all works out as planned!

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    emilypearson9
    January 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’m trying to figure out my 2015 plans as well. Went to SA in October and went to the Cape Town area, I did a safari through Aquila http://www.aquilasafari.com/ or obviously there’s Kruger if you’re going to the Jo’burg side! It’s an incredible place, I already want to go back!

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      Lucy
      January 12, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      I am so looking forward to finally making it out to South Africa! It’s been a dream for years, only problem is narrowing down where to go now, I probably only have a couple of weeks and so much I want to see.

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        emilypearson9
        January 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm

        There’s so much to do. I only had about 10 days but I was luckily staying with friends who live there so they took me everywhere. But even just being in Cape Town/Stellenbosch my time was jam packed. They were all arguing over what to cut out of my trip because we couldn’t fit everywhere in!

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