Happy New Year! With a new year comes the opportunity to visit new destinations. I’m going all over the world and I can’t be more excited about the adventures 2015 has in store. While some of my travel plans have been confirmed, my calendar is still open for wherever the universe takes me. Here’s a rundown of where I’m heading this year and where I’d love to go:
I’ll be spending a few weeks in Haiti for work again, mostly in Port-au-Prince. This time, however, I hope to explore Cap Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city located on the Northern coast. It’s about a 4 hour drive or 45-minute flight from Port-au-Prince to Cap Haitien.
The city has a rich cultural history, as it was once the country’s capital following Haiti’s independence from France in 1804. It is also famous for its magnificent beaches (always a plus in my book).
Abu Dhabi is the capital and second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thanks to a glitch by Etihad Airways on Christmas Day, I scored a $187 flight from New York to Abu Dhabi. There was no possible way I was going to let this flight slip through my fingers!
Since I’ll already be in Abu Dhabi, it only makes sense to spend a few days in Dubai to maximize my time in the Middle East. Etihad Airways has a free bus service to Dubai, which is only about an hour and a half from Abu Dhabi.
While the Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach, sand duning, and riding camels are definitely on my ‘to-do’ list, I am looking forward to afternoon tea time at the Burj Al Arab the most. It’s known as the only 7-star hotel in the world. Tea time costs about $167 at the Skyview Restaurant and Bar; however, I believe in paying for once in a lifetime experiences. When’s the next time I’ll have tea at a 7-star hotel? Exactly!
During another ticket sale, I bought a $350 flight to London from Baltimore. London has never been at the top of my ‘must see’ list and I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because the British pound hasn’t really been favorable to the U.S. Dollar in recent years or maybe since it serves a central European hub, I figured I’d eventually get to it one day. Well luckily for me, that day has finally come. I’m looking forward to doing all of the touristy things like seeing Big Ben, the Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye. And the dollar isn’t as unfavorable as used to be compared to the pound, so it’s a win/win!
I bet you’re wondering how I ended up planning a trip to Iceland. Well, when I was buying my ticket to London, I noticed that there was a layover in Iceland. I thought it only made sense to extend my layover in Iceland, especially when the flight there was so cheap. I’ve also heard the country is amazingly beautiful, especially it’s natural thermal spas.
If you’ve never heard of the Blue Lagoon, allow me to introduce you. It’s Iceland’s most well-known geothermal spa that offers several massage and beauty treatment packages. The waters contain minerals like silica and sulfur and are known help some people suffering from skin diseases like psoriasis. I am so excited to luxuriate and relax in one of Mother Nature’s finest treasures.
Travel Wish List
My travels haven’t taken me to Asia yet but I’m dying to go. I hear that Thailand would be a great gateway country to the continent because it’s full of culture, it’s inexpensive and there’s plenty to do and see. Thailand has become somewhat of a hotspot in recent years so I’m anxious to see what they hype is about. I’d also love to go to the first ever Asia TBEX conference (a premier conference for travel bloggers) happening in Thailand in October. We will see if I can get there!
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Remember last summer when I went to the Martha’s Vineyard Summer Music Festival and Conference? That was my first time on the island and I loved its small town feel. It was a great change of pace, and since the island isn’t huge, there was plenty of time for me to relax. I would love to go again this year.
I’d love to head to Barbados toward the end of 2015 when the weather begins to take a turn for the worse in DC. I’ve never been and would love to attend the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival in November.
Have you been to any of the places I’ve listed above? Let me know if there’s something I must see while I’m there. Where are you headed this year? Sound off below! If you haven’t started planning your travel this year, there’s no better time to start than today. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you this year. Happy and safe travels!