My 2016 travel plans: from making up for lost time in Italy to dreaming about finally visiting Iceland. Where are you headed this year?

2016 Travel Plans And Dreams

January is like the Monday of the year: all the holiday cheer is gone, the snow isn’t fun anymore and you need to get back to work after barely waking up from the New Year’s Eve party. So to kick off the week (and the year) right, there’s nothing like a good dose of wanderlust and travel plans. As you may already know, I love travel planning so even though it’s only the 4th day of the year, I already have quite a few trips lined up for the first half of the year. While the second half is wide open, I have a lot of ideas and places I want to explore.

January to April travel plans

Visiting Italy for the first time was one of my travel plans this year
Photo credit on Flickr

This time last year I was getting ready for my first time in Istanbul. Now, I have two trips planned for January, the first one being in just a couple of weeks. I’ll return to Vienna for a second time and hopefully I’ll like it more this time (and manage to take some better shots).

It was one of my wishes to finally visit Italy in 2016 so at the end of January I’ll hop on a plane that will take me to the beautiful country where I’ll see Bologna and Milan. I’m very excited to see the sights and…. oh, who am I kidding, I’m all about that delicious food! Since I didn’t get to fulfill one of my resolutions last year to attend a major music festival abroad, I’ll sort of make up for it this month by seeing two of my favorite artists during those first trips: Imagine Dragons and Ellie Goulding.

Although I won’t leave the country, in March I’m hosting John from Continental Breakfast Travel who will visit Bucharest and it will be interesting to show him my city with its ups and downs and see it through the eyes of a tourist. I’m also thinking of taking him on a day trip to the Peles Castle where we’ll hopefully meet Adri from City Of The Week as well. #travelbloggermeetup

In April, to make up for lost time, I have another trip to Italy planned, but this time I’ll visit the Eternal City of Rome, as well as the gorgeous Amalfi Coast (which, after the concerts, is what I’m looking forward the most). Fingers crossed choosing shoulder season was a good idea, I’m hoping the weather will be nice and there won’t be a billion people everywhere I go. Everyone has told me I shouldn’t drive on the Amalfi Coast….after I have rented a car. Oops! Well, luckily I’ll be in the back seat, taking a million pictures.

Dreams for the rest of the year

Visiting Iceland is the #1 item on my bucket list and I hope I can include it on my travel plans this year
Photo credit on Flickr

While so far I have no idea where the rest of the year will take me, I have a lot of ideas on where I wish it will take me. I must have said it a million times, but Iceland is my number one dream destination so I hope I can finally see my dream come true this summer. The catch is that I don’t drive and neither do my friends, but I’ve done a lot of research and realized it’s possible to see more parts of the country without doing a road trip. Do you have any tips for me?

Since I’m making up for lost time with Italy, I’m hoping to do the same with Germany this year (besides, I owe it to someone πŸ˜› ). Cologne, Berlin and Munich are at the top of my German wish list and I’m aiming to squeeze in two trips this year. Besides, I’ve always wanted to see a true German Christmas market.

While it’s no more than an idea right now, spending some time off season in GreeceΒ is something I’m really interested in, especially since I’ve seen Lucy’s beautiful photos.Β  I’d also love to give Istanbul another chance and for Istanbul to give me some extra weight from all that mouthwatering food!

While I didn’t get to spend the last New Year’s Eve abroad, I’m hoping to change that in 2016. I have this overambitious dream of spending the last moments of the year on a beach in Thailand or watching the fireworks in Bangkok. Either way, I’ve been reading a lot about Thailand lately and I hope I’ll soon visit my first country in Asia.

Who knows though, maybe I won’t end up in any of these places after all, maybe I’ll go somewhere equally exciting. It’s a big world and there are countless possibilities so as long as I’m traveling, I’ll be happy with whatever outcome.

What are your 2016 travel plans and dreams?

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  • Five Adventurers

    Wow you have so many heat plans for the year. I would love to visit Italy and Germany, both so close but never managed a trip. I love reading your posts and your photos are always stunning. Istanbul and Rome are two of my favourite cities, hope you really get to enjoy them. Happy New Year. πŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • Thank you, I can’t wait to visit Rome, I’m excited the renovations of the Trevi Fountain were recently finished.

  • minitravellers

    Some superb plans there. I adore Iceland too and visited before the kids. Would love to take them back, you must try that. highly recommended.

    • Can’t wait to visit Iceland πŸ˜€

  • I love your approach: plan, dream, but also leave space for life to happen in its own terms and see where it will bring you – Some of the best experiences happen that way! You are heading to my fabulous hometown Rome and a city I only recently truly discovered Milan: very different from each other, I’d love to know what you’ll like of each and if you have question, give me a shout πŸ˜‰ Happy new year!

    • I’ll definitely ask you when I’ll start planning for Rome πŸ˜‰

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    Sounds like a great year already! I am such a massive fan of Italy I am very jealous of your trips there (might see if I can squeeze a visit in sometime too) – Bologna is a lovely city and prepare to go photo mad on the Amalfi Coast. Hope you make it out to Iceland too and thanks for the link to my Greek post (I’m dreaming back to those deserted beaches in the middle of a grey English winter right now!).

    • Your posts made me look for accommodation in Praiano, booked a lovely apartment there with Airbnb, I fell in love with it from the minute I saw it, haha.

  • Hannah Logan


    • It’s a tiny chance though, I think it’s more likely to happen in 2017 πŸ™

  • Sounds like an exciting year ahead of you! Wish I could plan like you. :p

    • Thank you! πŸ˜‰

  • Victoria@celebratetheweekend

    I am jealous that you guys in Europe can plan quite a few trips a year throughout the continent. Not as easy for us from North America- so when we do go, i always feel the need to squeeze in a ton:)

    • I feel the same though, because plane tickets can often be expensive from my country, I always look to include more places in one trip haha

  • Awwww πŸ˜€ I actually smiled at the laptop whilst reading your post! If all goes well, I’ll be at the #travelbloggermeetup in March. The only thing that can happen is that friends from Hungary will come and I’d have to play host for them.. They’re planning it around that period, but I’m really hoping they’ll choose a different weekend – it would be nice to finally meet in person!
    As for your travel dreams and goals, you already know.. I’m dying to see Iceland through your lens, not to mention Thailand… πŸ™‚
    Hope all your plans and wishes come true this year!

    • Well they’d better not come then! I can’t wait to see your Portugal pictures πŸ˜€

  • I do love that point at the start of the year where there are so many days to plan, so many possibilities. I always get major wanderlust in January, and after a quick break to the UK seaside last weekend, I still haven’t booked anything… Yet! #mondayescapes

    • Good luck with your bookings then! πŸ˜‰

  • Clare Thomson

    Oh the Amalfi Coast! Just seeing it written makes me long to be there…What is it about January that makes us so desperate to go everywhere and see everything? Actually rather a wonderful feeling…

    • I know what you mean, I get excited whenever I think I’ll actually go to the Amalfi Coast πŸ™‚

  • I hope your wishes will come true. I look forward to read about your trips. πŸ™‚

  • Well, unlike Mondays, January at least has the promise and excitement of looking forward to a year of trips and travels! Great plans – I hope you get to do all of that and more. Looking forward to seeing your shots from the Amalfi Coast especially – such a beautiful area. Happy New Year! #MondayEscapes

    • Thank you, I can’t wait to go the Amalfi Coast as well πŸ˜€

  • Bologna is one of my favourite cities in the world:) # monday escapes

    • What did you like the most about it?

      • everything! the atmosphere:) It’s not as touristy like Venice or Florence, there are a lot of young people cause of university. I loved the two towers and all the portico buildings! and the food!!:)

  • Liking your plans for 2016. I worked in Italy for a while, it’s so beautiful there! I’d love to go back one day. Our travel plans this year include Budapest, Austria and lots of sailing around the South West coast of England. I can’t wait! #MondayEscapes

    • I’d love to go back to Budapest, I spent one NYE there and had a blast, I bet it’s very lovely in the summer.

  • I am now deciding on where to go for a week in April-May. Has to be somewhere in Europe… Then 2 weeks in the summer will be (hopefully) in a totally new and different region of Russia, and then it looks like I might be heading to the US for 2 weeks in the fall but more for family stuff than vaca. I was a lot more excited about my travel planning for 2016 before I found out about the US trip πŸ™

    • What’s wrong with the US trip? πŸ™ Can’t wait to see where you’ll end up in that week in April-May πŸ˜€

  • Great plans, Vlad. I envy you. Unlike you, I actually loved Vienna from the moment I set foot there. I’d love to go back there sometimes around Christmas to enjoy the organ concerts in the churches and the Christmas markets. I hope you’ll have fun with John and Adri. Are you planning to come to Stockholm in July for the TBEX meeting?

    • I don’t think I’m going to TBEX, but I am considering the London World Travel Market πŸ™‚

  • I hope they work out too, I’d love to visit Greece soon πŸ™‚

  • Looks like exciting times are ahead for you!

  • I enjoy reading others’ travel plans; it feeds my own wanderlust. Dan and I expect to be moving out of the US in the next few months thanks to his work, and so we expect to do a lot of local exploration wherever we end up. Happy 2016, Vlad!

  • Great travel plans – I have always wanted to visit Vienna too, it looks such a pretty city. The Amalfi is my favourite place in the world – I got married in Ravello, so I really hope you get to watch a concert there. As for Iceland, as you know I am going, so I will definitely report back! Happy travels in 2016. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  • Ok so I read this post as soon as posted it, but apparently I didn’t comment because I guess I was in Egypt πŸ™
    So I’m commenting now just in case πŸ˜€
    I love your plans!! I am sure you will looooove Italy, especially Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
    How awesome that John is going to visit you in Bucharest!! I wanna go too!!! Oh my, I owe you a visit!
    And I hope you do come to Munich, really! Let me know if you need anything, ANYTHING πŸ˜€
    Pretty cool that you are going to the concerts of Imagine Dragons and Ellie Golding, I love both! In June I’m going to Coldplay in Berlin and I’m very excited πŸ˜€
    So I’m waiting for you in Munich!!

  • Lovely compilation of your travel plans. Many of your readers who also love travelling and exploring new places will greatly benefit from your post. I look forward reading about your travel experiences to these places. Thanks for sharing it with us.