Did you put together a Christmas wish list this year? Since we’re all about collecting experiences over things, this year we put together a travel wish list. I love that the past few years we’ve been meeting more and more people with the same mindset. We’re really hoping Santa puts some flight tickets under the Christmas tree this year! What about you?
OUR CHRISTMAS TRAVEL WISH LIST
1. Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival in New Mexico
This is the largest balloon festival in the world and has over 500 balloons go up every year!
photo: Joe Ross
The floating lantern memorial happens on Memorial Day every year at Ala Moana Beach to honor and remember those who have fallen in service to their country.
photo: Kassia Phoy
We’ve been wanting to go to Alaska for quite some time, but can’t decide whether we want to do a cruise or fly in to spend a couple weeks hiking around. Check out the link above for more photos from my friend’s Spencer Glacier hike in Alaska.
photo: Christine Tran
4. Banff National Park
We live road tripping distance from it now, so it’s going to happen this year! Do you think it’s better in the summer or winter?
We really want to do the W or O circuit here. Need to start getting back in hiking shape!
photo: Javier Ignacio Acuña Ditzel
Another hike we can’t wait to do!
One of my goals is to set foot on every continent, and we mistakenly thought that New Zealand was part of the continent of Australia. Who knew that they didn’t have to be part of one of the seven continents? Can’t wait to dive the Great Barrier Reef and see the 12 Apostles among other sights.
photo: Yanxin Wang
8. Sri Lanka
photo: f. ermert
The last of the continents we want to set foot on! We were planning on saving this for a retirement trip, but since we’ve been seeing our friends go to Antarctica, it looks much more achievable and we want to go sooner!
photo: Ronald Woan
Our Highlights of 2016 + Recommendations
Here we swam with whale sharks, stingless jellyfish, and tons of sea turtles (there were more than I’ve ever seen anywhere else!).
Going up in a hot air balloon here has been a dream of mine, and this year thanks to Turkish Airlines and Inflow Travel, we had the opportunity to check this off! It was an amazing experience, and we highly recommend it! For those who feel nervous about traveling to Turkey because of what you’ve seen on the media must know that we felt completely safe the whole time we were there, and it’s a shame that people are afraid to travel to such a beautiful place.
Winning a permit in the lottery for the Wave was impossible until this year. Jacob had been trying on and off for the past 5 years, but thanks to Airstream, we were able to camp out in Kanab for several days and go in for as many days as we needed to enter the lottery. Luckily, on the second day we were chosen and got to visit this gem!
Go check out the wonderful photography work our friends and other talented photographers using the links below each photo!
What is on your travel wish list for next year? Or should I say travel checklist if that makes it more likely to happen? ;)