Last year’s travel bucket list focused on Africa… And for a reason, we were living in Angola and knew it would be our last year there. So, we had to take the opportunity and visit Angola and its neighbors.
The travel bucket list successes
As scheduled we went to Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe and completed an 8-day overland Safari through Africa! 🙂 This was undoubtedly our main adventure of the year. We loved this overland adventure and will surely do others in the future. It’s a great way to go to several places in one trip, and some of them aren’t easy to get to.
And this marked the end of our journey in Angola! We will miss it and our friends there, but new experiences are to come! We will continue our expat adventures because we believe that expating is the ultimate slow travel and the best way of really knowing a region.
Travel bucket list fails
Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to São Tomé and Príncipe because of Angola’s oil and foreign currency crisis. We literally couldn’t buy USD or plane tickets from Angola. It is an easy trip from Portugal also, so we will do it later…
These problems also meant we had to postpone the trans-Siberian. As we really don’t want to deal with Siberian and Mongolian winter, this “must do” adventure will have to stay on the shelves for a little while.
The surprise trips
On the upside, we did two amazing road trips in Europe. One road trip through Andalusia and another through Bavaria, Austria and the Czech Republic. Both were really immersive trips with culture, food, trekking, beaches… and even an experience in sports tourism :). So much happened that we still have a few posts to write about!
2017 Traveler & Expat Bucket List
2017 is the year of the East! So, South East Asia is the focus of our travel bucket list. We will start in the south of Thailand and go north to Laos and then Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip will take a few weeks or more… It will depend on how our expat project unveils.
We discovered a fantastic deal from Cologne to Phuket, 199 euros, one way. So we will start the journey there, visit the southern beaches and head north to Bangkok and then Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Backpacking in Thailand was one of the best trips we did so far.
From northern Thailand, we will cross the border overland into Laos and get a slow boat cruise in the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. From there we will go to Vang Vieng where we want to try tubing in the river. Apparently, it’s a major thing there. We still haven’t decided if it’s worth going the Laos Capital: Vientiane.
We will arrive in Vietnam from Laos and go directly to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. From there we will slowly go south into Ho Chi Minh City, passing through Da Nang, Nha Trang and the beautiful rural countryside. Vietnam has an incredible list of places to visit…
In Cambodia, the main goal is obviously Angkor Wat in Siem Riep, but we will pass through Phnom Penh and maybe rest in some beaches along the coast. We heard there are a few fantastic and yet very little known ones…
Well, this is when this travel bucket list becomes complicated… Our project is to embrace a new expatriation, but this can happen in February or May, even by the end of the year…
Therefore, we will continue the trip as long as we can. However, knowing that we will have to return and go to work in a new region and appreciate it on a completely different level. Our focus is in the Middle East (east again), probably Qatar or Dubai.
We will just have to wait and see what the world has to offer, but one thing is certain: it will be a year of great new things!! And you? What do you have on your bucket list for 2017?