2017 Travel Wish List

let’s not mind the fact that it’s already january 13th

It’s finally 2017 and I’ve come up with six of the places that I want to visit by the end of 2017. Of course, it will be almost impossible as I’m a high school student and I am drowning in homework. However, it’s always good to keep your hopes up and wish for the best, so here are my top six places that I want to visit and photograph.

1. Yosemite national park

I have been wanting to go to Yosemite for the longest time. It’s not a place that’s impossible for me to go since I live around five hours away, but it’s difficult since both my parents work and I can’t drive. I hope, by the end of 2017, I will be able to visit and photograph this beautiful park myself. I am actually planning a trip to Yosemite with my parents this February, but we’re struggling to keep other plans out of the way. Hopefully, by the end of January, we will say for sure that the plan’s set.

2017 Travel Wish List

2. death valley national park

I was never the adventurous traveler, but when I saw a few photos of the sunset in Death Valley, I was convinced. The sunsets and mountain(?) ranges in Death Valley are so gorgeous, and I really hope I can visit this park in 2017.

2017 Travel Wish List

3. joshua tree national park

As you can tell, I have a thing for national parks and it’s just because there’s so many things to see in one place. I fell in love with the stars in Joshua Tree National Park, and though all the other parks all probably have gorgeous night skies, I learned what astro photography is through this park and I’m hoping to go there myself and recreate the picture I was inspired by.

2017 Travel Wish List

4. emerald bay

Last November, I was able to go to North Lake Tahoe and spend a night at Reno. I went to Kings Beach and captured some gorgeous sunsets and snow-covered mountains. I want to travel to South Lake Tahoe, where Emerald Bay is located. I did visit this spot when I was about 12 or so, but I honestly don’t remember much from that trip except for the fact that we road a boat. It’s unlikely that we’re going to travel that distance again to go to Emerald Bay, but it’s always good to have a little hope.

2017 Travel Wish List

5. san francisco

Now this is a much more realistic spot. I’ve already been to San Francisco, especially since I only live an hour away, but I’ve never been there when the weather was foggy. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous when the fog hits, and it even has its own name, Karl.

2017 Travel Wish List

6. Mt. Paektu (North Korea)

Though I couldn’t write about it because of safety reasons, I was able to visit the borders of China and North Korea. As a Korean, I would love to visit North Korea and see how life is really like, not the tours that they give to foreigners to keep their image. I read about Mt. Paektu in history books, articles, and so many other places, but I only found out a few years ago that it was in North Korea. In fact, the most beautiful mountains in Korea are almost all located in North Korea. I hope to visit the country and learn more about Korea.

2017 Travel Wish List

all photos in this post are stock images that can be found online.

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