W is for WANDERLUST: my 10 year travel plan

W is for WANDERLUST: my 10 year travel plan

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Ah, you caught me! This is not a post about all the exotic places I’ve been in the past 10 years (as much as I wish it was). Instead, this is more of a rough timeline of all those amazing trips I hope to take within the next ten years or so, give or take a few months. It’s a pretty personal post, considering the fact that I just got married about 9 months ago, and we are starting to think about more grown up things… (like a house and babies). Can’t believe I just typed that- just the thought of little ones running around scares me immensely.

But let’s just pretend that grown-up stuff doesn’t impact my travel dreams…

I’m taking this list directly from a napkin I’ve had on my fridge for months. Every time my husband attempts to throw it out, I go bizerk! I feel like he’s throwing away my dreams! (It’s still there… somewhere, beneath the holiday cards we have yet to take off [yes, I know it’s april], and the takeout menus we seem to use all too frequently).

1) 2013 – Hawaii: we currently have a trip planned to Maui and Kauai for later in the year (!!!) *1 year wedding anniversary!* On track already! 🙂

2) 2014 – Turkey and possibly probably Paris

3) 2015 – 2 short (weeklong-ish) trips this year, Iceland and Vegas

for a few reasons: to start saving for South Africa and Bora Bora, and to celebrate my husbands 30th in Sin City (ever since our last trip to Vegas, he’s been OBSESSED with a capital O).

4) 2016 – South Africa

5) 2017 – Bora Bora and Moorea *5 year wedding anniversary!*

6) 2018 – Equador and the Galapagos, with a side trip to Machu Picchu (if not sooner, before the pristine-ness of the islands disappears…)





7) 2019 – Italy or Baby #1 (AHHHHHHH)

8) 2020 – Italy or Baby #1 (AHHHHHHH again)

9) 2021 – Costa Rica/Aruba/Brazil.. obviously it’s still up in the air. Cannot decide.

10) 2022 – Australia *10 year wedding anniversary!*

Obviously, this is a super super rough draft, as all good plans hardly ever go through as intended.  It’s just kind of fun to think about the future and all the places we could go.  And I didn’t include baby #2; we’ll see how baby #1 goes first.  Or maybe I’ll just wind up with twins and that would be that.

Off to start saving!  🙂  I haven’t bought a new pair of shoes in almost 3 months!  That’s a start!  Almost made it 3 months without buying anything… but then I saw the absolute cutest pair of shorts and I just had to have them….

Don’t you agree?  I’m kind of in love with them.. seahorses and all.

What places are on your list?
Have you been to any of mine? 
Care to share any tips?


  • I love, love, love this post. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who's freaked out by the thought of babies! And you have some amazing places on your list! -Katie at AdventuringAtHome

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much! It was definitely a fun post to put together! Obviously have been dreaming for awhile since the list has been on my fridge!

  • joanieART says:

    Dreaming about all those adventures ahead, yes yes yes! Great blog.

  • Couldn't love this post more. Check out my things to eat in Hawaii post before you go!And…I nominated Passion and a Passport for a Liebster Award – yay!http://modernmouthful.com/2013/04/26/modern-mouthful-got-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/

  • Crystal Collier says:

    Sounds like a great plan to me. Of course, we don't go on vacation–we just move wherever it is we want to visit. LOL. (I suppose that's why Disney World is in our backyard.) Way to dream big!

    • Jessica says:

      Awesome! Love Disney world! Haven't been there in years but would love to get back there sometime soon for a long weekend or something!

  • Amy says:

    Good choices! We're keen on Hawaii too; well done on the saving front, sounds like you're off to a good start!

  • Rika says:

    Sounds like a pretty good plan! And I LOVE THOSE SHORTS. So cute!!

  • Nita says:

    Gotta say, that's an awesome list! I've been to Turkey, Australia, Paris, Italy and South Africa. Brazil and Bora Bora are definitely high up on my list too. All fantastic and beautiful places so you can't go wrong 🙂 Good luck and happy travels!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! Would love to hear about your Turkey adventures- I am dying to go, but with all this turmoil over there, I'm a bit worried about safety… any thoughts on this?

  • Ali says:

    I'll babysit the babies when you travel 🙂 or i'll join you on these journeys! (definitely vegas in 2015!)

  • samstersadventures says:

    Great list! I've only made it to Hawaii and Vegas but have an Italy trip booked and Brazil on the agenda. I may need to make my own longer term travel plans. It is easier to save when you have a goal time and place. Those shorts were too cute to pass up though- plus you need them with all the warm trips you'll be going on!

    • Jessica says:

      That Italy trip sounds awesome! And I agree- it is easier to save when you have a timeframe of where you would like to go. For instance, I obviously know Vegas will be super cheap considered to Bora Bora and South Africa, hence the reason they are back to back!

  • Very cute shorts! I'd get further with my broader bucket list if I stopped travelling to places I've loved before, especially those which fit my family history interests. Lots of your wish-list are on mine, but some I've managed but then I'm waaay older than you ;-)Pauleen at Tropical TerritoryA to Z 2013