I should just copy and paste my 2018 list, for I did not visit a single new country last year. Quite frankly, I am borrowing from it: my list of countries I wish to visit has not changed. But I have made two additions and whittled the list down from 10 to 5. I need to be realistic, after all…
Last year, I said this:
As I focus on the more important matters of my wife and son, my new business, and working to live rather than living to work, I still hope to whittle away a bit at my country count each year.
Well, I certainly pared back travel t0 new countries last year, but far too much. I’m not optimistic that this year will be in any better, but here goes my list…
I’ve always wanted to visit Algeria (and Tunisia and Libya) although I cannot explain why. Morocco is a favorite destination and I understand that Algeria is a bit more off the beaten track.
After reading Ben’s trip report, Bhutan sits at near the top of my list of countries I hope to visit this year.
Mongolia fascinates me, though I cannot exactly pinpoint why. But I hope to visit this country during the warm of summer, not cool of winter.
While I don’t plan on climbing Mt. Everest, I do wish to visit Nepal before or after Bhutan.
I’ll admit it, Syria remains so tantalizing to me. Damascus in particular. Things have calmed down there. I want to visit the country and see first-hand the aftermath of the Syrian Civil War. I want to review the Four Seasons.
You can see that I took out all my African destinations that I had hoped to visit last year (Algeria is a new African destination). When I return to southern Africa, I want to enjoy an extended time on the ground, not a “review trip” (as much as I love those). There are so many cities and nations that I want to visit and I’d ideally visit 5-6 countries in one trip…it’s not exactly an easy jaunt to southern Africa.
Our family travel in 2019 will likely just be to Carmel, CA and Germany, hopefully two times each. Little Augustine is still not ready for greater adventures. I’d still like to take my wife and son to Israel and Jordan most of all. But that will come in a year or two when Augustine is just a tad older.
I love the new travel possibilities in the new year. There is so much of this earth left to see.
What new country would you like visit in 2019?