In 2016 I visited four foreign countries, spending 20 days, and was able to add four new World Heritage Sites to my own list. That was the statistics for 2016.
This year I visited Canada, Iceland, the Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Sweden. My deepest regret is that I have only been able to publish articles about the World Heritage Sites in Canada and Iceland. In fact I only wrote 28 new articles in 2016. Many were special articles about travelling but at least I managed to turn out the regular travelogues from my journey to Himalaya back in 2015.
In addition I added a lot more articles on my Norwegian language sub-domain, 132 in total.
By year-end this website, Sandalsand Global, had received about 29,000 clicks. The Norwegian site received the double, around 58,000. My Twitter account increased from 4,200 followers to 4,700 during 2016, and the Instagram account increased from 500 followers to 570. Sandalsand’s videos have been watched 454,000 times over the years, up from 317,000 a year ago.
What about 2017? Like last year at this time, I have no fixed travel plans. My bucket list is long, my dreams are many, and some of them will be accomplished. Check my list further down this page.
I promised last year to be complete by the end of the year with stories from all recent trips. I have a way to go. In addition I planned on finishing ;articles from my old travels. I didn’t. I even expressed a hope to add a regular series of quiz competitions. I did not. So there is much to do next year, website-wise.
Happy New Year!
Preferred destinations, prioritised sequence. It is very like my 2015 round-up, some bullet points have been ticked off and others have been added.
- Morocco. All those amazing towns on the coast and in the mountains. (1-2 weeks)
- West Africa from Senegal to Nigeria. It would have been nice with a road trip through half a dozen countries, but quite difficult. (3-4 weeks plus).
- East Africa south of Sahara, with safari as part of the trip (2-3 weeks).
- Namibia. I really want to see the sand dunes and the abandoned towns. Neighbouring Botswana and Zambia (and Victoria Falls) are also tempting destinations to avoid touristy safari places in South Africa and East Africa. (2-3 weeks)
- Caribbean island hopping, in particular the southern part and the Antilles. Perhaps even on a cruise, one& of my taboos. Visiting multiple islands is not easy to accomplish apart from with airplanes, and prices are not favourable (2-4 weeks).
- USA from New York to San Francisco. Flights between several places and perhaps a train journey across the plains just to sense the distances (2-4 weeks).
- India is a long-time favourite (2-4 weeks). Sri Lanka in the south is a rapidly rising star, recommended by many.
- Iran is opening up to foreign visitors, but is still very much off the beaten track for a number of causes. Iran is one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, holding on to their history with pride. (1-2 weeks)
- Israel: Been here before, long time ago, but I spent too little time. Round trip in the country for a week, perhaps also a beach holiday with the family by the Mediterranean or Red Sea. (1-2 weeks)
- North Korea is a closed country and presently one of the most exciting countries to visit. It cannot last forever under this ruling dynasty and one should visit it before it collapses. (1 week)
- Vietnam. I have visited most of SE Asia, but not Vietnam yet. There is a lot to discover both in terms of nature and culturally significant places. (1-2 weeks)
- Georgia (country): Their food and wine is good, the Black Sea coast is fine for sun bathing and the interior has some nice cities and villages in the Caucasus. (1-2 weeks)
- Greece, to Athens and the Pelopponese on a road trip to eight World Heritage Sites. (1 week)
- Saint Petersburg: Extreme treasures and immense museums, as well as a fascinating history in every respect. Other European cities are also beckoning for weekend trips, particularly Berlin, Gdansk, Belgrade, and Ljubljana.
- North Norway: I have only begun to savour this exciting part of Norway.
- Old Norse settlements in the West: Shetland, Orkneys and Greenland. (1-2 weeks)
- Pacific island hopping on a RTW-ticket to make the journey cheaper (3-4 weeks).
If you can dream it, you can achieve it. (Zig Ziglar)