Travel Plans: Where I’m going in 2016

With the exception of a few trips around Spain, my backpack has mostly remained tucked away since moving to Madrid. Well, that’s certainly about to change.

That’s right. I’m preparing to hit the road again, and I’m excited to share my travel plans with you.

February: Porto, Portugal

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Oh yes, Spain’s next door neighbor. It was difficult to choose between Porto and Lisbon (Portugal’s capital), but I went with the coastal city renowned for its Port wine production. One of the friends I’m traveling with works in the wine industry, and I’m–let’s just say–a wine enthusiast. Thus, our decision was an easy one. Lisbon will just have to wait for another time.

February: Granada, Spain

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My boyfriend and I made a spontaneous day-trip to Granada when we were backpacking around Europe in 2014. Spontaneity, yay! Actually, not in this case. Due to the unexpectedness of our little venture, we missed out on Granada’s number one must-see: the Alhambra Palace. During peak season, tickets sell out months in advance, and we weren’t able to visit. Yes, it’s pretty embarrassing to tell people we’ve been to Granada and haven’t visited the Alhambra. This time around though, the trip has been thoroughly planned. Tickets? Check.

March: Dublin, Ireland

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I’ll be missing St. Patty’s Day by a week. I’m not sure if that’s fortunate or unfortunate. Regardless, I’m pumped for some Guinness. This will be my first European destination where English is the primary language spoken. That should be an interesting experience in and of itself.

March: Barcelona, Spain

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Yet another Spanish destination my 2014 backpacking trip didn’t do justice. I’m Barcelona-bound with an itinerary focused on Gaudi sightseeing. This trip, my plan is fewer clubs and more art.

March: Budapest, Hungary 

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I have a long-standing fascination with Budapest. Actually Eastern Europe in general. This spring break my dreams will be realized. Bring on the palinka (which is apparently some kind of Hungarian fruit brandy). If you’ve tried it, tell me: should I be scared?

March: Vienna, Austria

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I’ll only be spending one night in Vienna, which a few people have said is a crime, but I figure it’s better than spending zero nights in the Austrian capital.

March: Prague, Czech Republic

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I can’t think of a better city with which to conclude my winter/spring travels than this historic destination. To be honest, I don’t know much about Prague, so please send any and all travel tips my way! I know there’s a lot to see, and as always, I want to make the most of my time.

There you have it, folks. My 2016 winter/spring travel plans! That backpack is about to get some serious use. Five new cities. Five new countries. Seven destinations total. Let’s do this.

What do you think of my 2016 plans? If you’ve visited any of these destinations, I’d love to hear about your experience!