With a new year around the corner, it's time for a new wanderlist. I managed to check off four of five destinations from last year's list, and I'm aiming to go five-for-five in 2018! Check out where I'm planning to go while we're on our next trip around the sun.
Colombia & Ecuador - Guys - this never happens to me, but I won two FREE round-trip tickets anywhere JetBlue flies through a sweepstakes! So you can bet I'll be showing them the love when I take them up on a flight from LA to Bogota, Colombia in 2018. I plan to spend a few days in and around Bogota, and then head to Cuenca, Ecuador to visit my beloved host family and the mountain town that will forever have a place in my heart! To say the least, I'm thrilled to head back to South America.
St. Paul, Minnesota - I'm a born and bread Midwesterner, but I've never had the pleasure of venturing to the Twin Cities. Minneapolis made Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Places to Travel in 2018" lists already, many citing the awesome brewpub scene, 13 James Beard Award semifinalist restaurants, incredible city parks and more. I'll be heading to the Super Bowl LLII host city for a wedding in July, but you can bet I'll make time to see the sights once I can retire the bridesmaid dress and heels!
Catalina Island, California - Catalina island is less than 25 miles south of Los Angeles, but the fact that it requires a ferry ride to get there has kept me at bay for three years. But I declare 2018 the year that I'll make the aquatic adventure to this little rocky island with a quaint harbor town.
Tijuana, Mexico - Stop - don't panic! Tijuana is not the drug-warred town it was 20 years ago. This little city across the border is finding it's feet in the tourism industry once again, and I want to see it before it booms. New hotels and hostels are popping up, as well as restaurants and gastro pubs often touting "nuevos clasicos," or "new Mexican" classics. Not to mention, a trip south of the border would help me practice my Spanish before heading to South America!
Ojai, California - Ojai is another Southern California gem that had evaded me thus far. The little foothill town is known for organic farmer's markets, vineyards and wines, and panoramic mountain views - perfect for a girls' weekend getaway to relax with a massage and a glass of Syrah!
Where will you go in 2018? Any tips or suggestions for my 2018 wanderlist? If so, leave a comment below!