Wanderlust - My Top Ten Places I Want To VisitTuesday, 11 November 2014
I have had the travel bug for what seems like all my life. I can't remember a time when I hadn't dreamt of places to travel, and I remember extensively mock planning trips when I was younger - down to the hotels, and activities I would do. I love every single aspect of traveling - the planning, the foreign territory, the mistakes, the laughs, the stories, the exhausted feeling that seems to catch up to you at the worst moments...it's such a fantastic learning experience that I feel everyone should go through at least once in their life.
I'm forever trying to decide where to go next, it's always changing and just wish I could do more, and quicker! It seems I can't get enough, even though I've experienced so much already. I saw this post the other idea and thought it was such a lovely idea, I wanted to do something similar on here.
Here's a brief rundown of where I have already been: I travelled parts of the west coast of the US with my dad when I was ten (so basically - DISNEYLAND), and we also travelled to New Zealand when I was 15. In between 15 and 21, I hadn't travelled overseas, but instead ended up seeing almost all of my own country, something that I would recommend ANY Australian to do. We have such a beautiful country, I don't think you can truly appreciate whats over the seas until you know what you are leaving behind!
When I was 21, my best friend and I packed up our enormous backpacks and ventured on a three month backpacking trip to Europe (for 2 months) and the US (for 1 month). It was the best thing I've ever done - ever. The things we saw, the people we met, the stories I have to tell are just...once in a lifetime. It was exhausting, but totally worth it, and I would do it all over again.
A couple of years later, my brother moved temporarily to New York to live with his fiancee (Hi Marisela, I know you're reading) and I decided I would love to go back and visit New York, and going in their Fall and over Halloween proved to be one of the best times to go. It was also one of the best experiences to be shown around by a local - I had already been to NY once before and I got to see it in a totally different light.
My last overseas trip was back to the US again with another good friend, whose friend was getting married in New Orleans, so again I got to explore even more of one of my favourite countries and I had such a good time, even though I'd been to most of the places already.
That wasn't so brief, in the end! But now, onto the good bits. Here's a rundown of where I would love to visit. I love reading and finding out these things about people, and it always inspires me to look into new places to visit!
I think this will be my next 'big' trip. I've wanted to do a big roadtrip for the longest time, and what better place than beautiful Canada? I blame Ben Brown for his amazing vlogs in Canada, as they've completely sold me. Plus, bacon eh?
2. South America
Another one that's been on my mind for a while. I haven't really ever travelled anywhere outside my comfort zone, and it's definitely something I want to do, and I can't imagine anywhere more full of culture and colour as South America. The sights to see are endless.
I had to lump this into a general area because there's so many countries I want to see. Sweden, of course, has always intrigued me. It seems like such a cool (literally) place, and even though they have some 'interesting' food there, you know I'd be all. over. that. Iceland has been on the top of my list for quite some time also, as I've seen a lot of artist residencies pop up there and the landscape is incredible. Not like anything else around the world.
My best friend just got back from a month long trip to Africa, and I'm absolutely gutted I didn't get to go with her! My parents went to Africa when I was very young, and just like my friend, came back with amazing stories. Really, once in a lifetime experience (I say this a lot, but hey) and the landscape and the animals - I would die! One day.
5. Greece and Croatia
I lumped these two together, probably because if I went back to Europe, these would be the two countries I would want to re-visit the most. I've already been to both, and absolutely loved them. The Greek Islands are my favourite places in the world, and the Greek people are just...the greatest. I miss the food, and the beautiful architecture and history. I loved Croatia for the same reason, everything about it resonated with me and I would love to explore more of the country and do Croatia Sailing!
Almost every Australian would roll their eyes, and it's totally okay. I used to be one of those people who didn't understand why people wanted to go to Bali, but I see it differently now. This would be a great, affordable quick getaway and something I would love to just go all out with, and have a week of total luxury. I love the idea of the quieter places of Bali, like Ubud and absorbing myself into the culture of the place (not Kuta!).
It's taken me a long time to really build up any desire to travel to Asia. It's never been a place I've been particularly interested in visiting, but Vietnam has always held a special place in my heart. Some of the friendliest people I've met, and with such a peaceful and culture rich environment, along with great food. I'd love to visit all the historic sites, too. I'm secretly a big history buff.
To be honest, my trip to Japan would probably be food orientated. I love Japanese food so much, I think most of my planning would be centered around the best sushi, the best ramen, and the best teriyaki. I think I would love to go in winter though, and try my hand at skiing in some of the best snow in the world!
I almost went to Hawaii last year, but sadly couldn't quite get my funds in order in time. There's something about Hawaii that really intrigues me, and it's not necessarily the tourist-y bits you always hear about. I would love to be a bit more adventurous and discover some of the amazing walking trails on the islands, and be apart of their rainforests and do something crazy and out of my comfort zone. I also love the idea of finding the less populated areas and finding out more about Hawaiian culture. And ya know, the volcanic park.
Left the weirdest till last, didn't I? Most people give me funny looks when I tell them Antartica, because it's essentially just...water and ice. Honestly, my reasoning is a little childish. I love penguins. I really love them. To see a King or Emperor penguin in their natural habitat would absolutely blow my mind. Not to mention the polar bears! Sadly, it's hugely expensive to travel down there, and I'm not sure my love of penguins could really distract me from the sub zero temperatures and the bleaker side of the South Pole - climate change. There's a whole other story right there...
Bonus destination - anywhere with white sand and palm trees and copious amounts of cocktails. I couldn't narrow it down the just one place.
So tell me guys, where is YOUR ultimate destination? This is one of my favourite things to chat about, so don't hold back. So much to explore!