Wanderlust is a real thing. But few of us put a place to the feeling, so here's to the year of travel. Take a peek at a few places I want to go!

You know when something is supposed to be relatively simple but doesn’t actually turn out that way and you’re too tired to keep going so you just do it sloppily? That’s what happened to the handwriting on this title post image (which, by the way, is courtesy of Death to Stock). What is it about writing that changes so drastically when you’re doing it digitally?

But as much as I can go on and on about handwriting, this post is actually about TRAVEL. Yeah, that word that incites a feeling of excitement, of anticipation or in some cases, a deep seated want to explore and go on adventures. Because wanderlust is real, y’all.

Which is why I’ve decided –

2017 is my year for travel.

Lately I’ve had this plan in my head of going to different countries and spending about 3 months (the time I’m allowed to stay without getting a visa) living there, exploring and eating lots of good food. There isn’t a whole lot tying me down to where I live now, so I figure it’s a question of “why not?” This probably won’t happen anytime soon but it makes me think of where I’d like to stay if I could. Or where I’d like to go in general. 

So I have a list of top places I’d like to visit – and maybe eventually stay one day – that I wanted to share.


There’s a few reasons I want to go to Norway, one of which, YES, involves Skam. It’s an online show very similar to Skins, but (obviously) based in Norway and has become quite popular recently. (It’s also very very good so if you’ve watched it hit me up because none of my friends watch it and we can fangirl.)

Though my original reason was actually because some bloggers I follow are from Oslo. I admire their style and their work, and since I know Norway usually isn’t on the map for people to go and visit, I thought it would be cool to explore.

I also know that I might freeze to death there but it’d be worth it man.


Singapore is one of those places I’d love to visit but know absolutely nothing about except for the fact that it’s expensive and apparently very clean. Honestly, I wasn’t even certain of what language is spoken until I Googled it. (They actually have four official languages due to it being a multi-ethnic society, although Malay is the national language.)


Plus, I would definitely like to explore Asia more! There’s a possibility I’ll be in South Korea, Tokyo and Taiwan later this year, and I’m hoping to make a quick sojourn to Singapore before heading back to the States.


Okay so the reason I want to go here is going to be a little bit lame, but here it is anyway: it’s because of an actor. HOLD ON. Wait. Before you go, let me explain. I consider this actor to be one of the few people who have inspired me.

He was involved in a movement dedicated to ending modern day slavery and that interested me because it was something I had never thought about. And to a girl who’s never really thought about “serious” things like that, and had no interest whatsoever in anything besides what she was going to wear for the rest of the week, it was kind of a big deal.

So in my senior year of high school where I was writing a lot of “research papers” (like, on the most basic level) I decided to choose that as my topic. As I got more involved in it, the topics branched out – specifically towards child soldiers. I also tried volunteering in some organizations, although unfortunately you had to be 18 and I was not, but it still opened up this giant world to me.

So anyway. He’s from Croatia, so I thought it would be cool to go there, also since it’s not your typical place you might think to go to.


My interest in Ireland actually began when my dad and I were searching through travel packages. Although we settled on Thailand, we were also looking at Shannon, Ireland.

Although I don’t know about Shannon in particular, Ireland seems like one of those places that have a lot of history to it – and not the “popular” kind like Roman ruins or how Greek mythology is known. If you couldn’t tell, I have a thing for going places which usually aren’t first choices in vacation destinations.

Also, Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 😀


Originally I had Australia written down because who doesn’t want to fight giant bugs and see kangaroos everywhere? But really, I follow a lot of YouTubers from there and the accent is pretty cool so I’ve always wanted to visit.

I decided to specify New Zealand because I was scrolling through the Instagram and found gorgeous pictures. It just seems less “hustle and bustle” compared to places like Melbourne or Sydney. But don’t take my word for it because I’ve never been, it’s just the vibe I get.

Have you been to any of these places? Where would you want to travel?

  • My sister is going to go to Italy, France and Norway next year. I am so excited for her! I have been to Italy, France and Switzerland i 2013 and it was a blast. I am going to Mexico in about 6 weeks for my honeymoon and I’m really excited about that. Other places I’d like to visit are Tokyo, London and Nairobi.


    • Sam

      That’s so awesome! I have family in Switzerland so I’ve been there once but I was a lot younger so I don’t remember it so much. Probably because I stayed inside most of the time too lol.

      Hope you have an amazing time in Mexico!

  • I think the writing at the top looks great! I’m heading to Singapore soon and I’m really excited! I’m going as part of a three month adventure (3 months because like you say that’s how long you can go without needing visa’s for certain countries) around Asia. And I leave on Valentines day eek! You should totally go for it, if you’ve got nothing holding you back then why not! I don’t think you will ever regret it 🙂 xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • Sam

      Haha thanks Frances! WHAAAT, that’s crazy, you leave so soon too! What other places around Asia are you planning on travelling to?

  • I really want to go to San Fran, it’s just a place that I’ve wanted to go to for ages now and like yourself, Norway is also on my list! Have a great week 🙂

    Trishna xx


    • Sam

      I’ve been to San Fran a few times but I’ve been meaning to road trip with my friends there for the longest time! Woo, go Norway!

  • wanderlust boulevard

    what a great wanderlust wishlist! there are honestly so many countries and cities I would love to travel to. the list goes on! great post xx


    • Sam

      Thank you!

  • What, your handwriting looks cool yo. I wouldn’t put Singapore at the top of my list (lol I’m super biased though cause I’m from Malaysia) and it really is v expensive as a city… but oh my gosh yes you need to go to Ireland, I just came back from the Wild Atlantic Way (Western coast of Ireland) and it’s amazing – I’ve written a couple of posts + pictures about it on my blog (not a plug LOL but the pictures are naiiis ok) if you want more idea of how it looks like! I’ve been to Shannon previously before but Ireland has so many beautiful places!

    New Zealand is great too, especially the South island, the scenery is amazing 🙂

    I really want to go to Croatia too, because of the National Park!

    Cherie ❊ sinonym

    • Sam

      Haha thanks! Whoaa, I feel like you travel so much teach me your ways lol. I’ll definitely check those pics out, I feel like I never see anything from Ireland!

  • I really want to go to South Korea, Norway and Ireland too! My travel wishlist is just so long. I hope you’re able to visit all of these places 🙂

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Sam

      I know, I had to cut it down for this post but there’s just so many awesome places!

  • New Zealand is definitely at the top of my travel wishlist, it looks like such an incredible country xx

    • Sam

      It does! I feel like it’s pretty underrated as well, so I definitely wanted to give it some love.

  • Nina

    I would go to every country you have mentioned here becaue I love traveling.
    Nina’s Style Blog

    • Sam

      I love exploring new places, although I could deal without TSA and long flights!

  • I’d love to go to New Zealand! And you should definitely come to Ireland!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Sam

      Yesss, I want to go to Ireland really soon!