Thursday, 8 January 2015

Wanderlust

I thought I'd put together a quick post of some of the places that I currently really want to visit at some point and let you all know why!


Italy
I have already been to Italy three times, but it is most definitely my favourite country that I've visited so far. The landscape is beautiful and the way of life is so laid-back (plus you can't exactly complain about the food). Rome is an incredible city with so much history and loads to see, and Florence is very similar but more arty. I ticked Puglia off my bucket list in 2014 (here) - it is known for its trulli and wild, rural landscape - I had wanted to visit for years. Umbria is a gorgeous rural region and has loads of historic villages and towns to visit, and is also a little less commercialised than Tuscany (but they are both equally beautiful).

There are so many more places I would like to go in Italy. The island of Capri for one - I read a fictional book set there and have wanted to visit ever since to see all of the yachts and expensive houses. I would also like to stay on the Amalfi Coast and visit Sorrento, which I have heard is amazing and a lot of people's favourite city in Italy. Pompeii has so much history to it so I think I would definitely like to see it, and Lake Garda is supposed to be beautiful too, along with Vienna and Verona up north. The legendary island of the Mafia, Sicily, is another place on my wish list as it's supposed to be gorgeous, and Venice would be an amazing place to go for a weekend break. I basically just want to travel all over Italy - you can definitely tell how much I love it there!

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Croatia
Croatia is a country that I've gradually become more and more interested in over the past couple of years. I would love to visit Dubrovnik to walk down the ancient city streets and take in all of the history. The sea is crystal clear and there seems to be a generally laid-back vibe to the country - plus it's fairly cheap once you're there. It's also supposed to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and the Plitvice Lakes National Park looks incredible with 16 interconnecting lakes and many waterfalls. They also have a coast called the Dalmatian Coast. Sold.


Australia
Who doesn't want to visit Australia? (Unless you're afraid of all the creepy crawlies and general weird critters... that may be a problem...) From snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef to cuddling a koala, there's something for everyone out there. I would love to visit Sydney and see the Sydney Opera House, as well as walk down the Jacaranda Tree Tunnel. It would also be amazing to sky dive over the Great Barrier Reef, after doing a bit of snorkelling there of course. Seeing Uluru at sunset would be incredible, or watching the whales migrate from Cape Byron. Plus, the beaches look amazing. I also want to visit Fiji (not strictly Australia, but on the same continent) at some point just to relax on one of their gorgeous beaches and take in the culture.

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Canada
We have family in Canada and it is a country that I've wanted to visit for a long time. I would love to see the sights of Toronto and the beautiful Vancouver Island, whilst viewing the more rural totem poles and coming across the occasional moose. Niagra Falls is an obvious place to go - I think it is an incredible part of nature that would take my breath away. I think it would also be really interesting to visit the Amish and see how different their lifestyle is to modern society; my parents have been and said it was very eye-opening.




Africa
I have already been to Tanzania, but would love to see other parts of Africa. Everything about it is so different to Europe - most obviously the wildlife and the culture. Zanzibar was the most incredible and beautiful place I have ever been to; it's almost the sort of place that is like a dream, and I would definitely go back. Prison Island is just off the coast of Zanzibar and was breathtaking - it used to be an island that they kept the slaves before shipping them off, so has a lot of history, but is now a really tranquil place with one hotel and lots of giant tortoises. And going on safari was also one of the best experiences I have ever had - it's amazing how quickly you get blasé about seeing another giraffe!

I would love to go back to Tanzania and watch the great migration in the Serengeti and climb Kilimanjaro, but also want to visit countries like Morocco and Mozambique. South Africa is another place on my wish list - I would like to see the penguins in Cape Town and get a cable car to the top of Table Mountain.

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Mauritius
Mauritius is just one of those out-of-this-world islands (it is dubbed Paradise Island) that I have always wanted to go to. I want to stay in a hut on stilts and have a relaxing holiday spent in the sea and on the beach. I also think it would be amazing to try out an undersea walk and visit some of the temples.

I used to think that Mauritius was in the Caribbean (shows how great my geography is - it's the other side of Africa!), and it is a group of islands that I've always said I would visit, so I guess I should include it in this list. Barbados, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic look beautiful and full of culture (as well as more gorgeous beaches), so I definitely think they would be worth a visit. Island hopping perhaps?

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Iceland 
Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on my bucket list. I know you can see them in the very north of Scotland, but why travel all the way up there when you can explore Iceland instead? Reykjavik is supposed to be the best place in Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis (the official name for the lights). I would also love to go to whale watching off the coast of Reykjavik, and to the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik which is a natural spa bath from an underground hot spring, reaching temperatures of 37-39 degrees.

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Thailand
Thailand is just such a beautiful place with so many things to see and do. One of my dreams is to go elephant trekking; they are one of my favourite animals and I'm always so amazed at how gentle they seem for their size. I also think it would be worth going island hopping - the islands of Ko Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay look gorgeous. Another item on my wish list is to go to a lantern festival, and they hold one every year in November called the Loi Krathong festival - thousands of lanterns are released into the sky traditionally to mark the end of the rainy season and ward off bad luck. This particularly happens in the city of Chiang Mai - how magical would it be?

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France
I have seen a lot of France, including Provence, the Dordogne and some of the west coast - it's a beautiful country with lots of different areas and things to offer. I have also been to Paris before when I was much younger, but it's a city that I would love to have the opportunity to visit again. I want to wander the streets and walk across the Pont de l'Archeveche, the bridge with all of the padlocks on, as well as obviously going up the Eiffel Tower. To be honest I'd love to just sit in a little cafe next to the River Seine and watch all the Parisians and the world go by. I also don't think it would hurt to go back to Disneyland...

All in all this post has made me realise how many places I actually want to visit! There's many more countries that I've missed off the list here, such as Prague and New Zealand, but these really are the main ones at the moment. I think that travelling and experiencing different cultures is one of the most important and enriching things you can do - I generally think it can make you a more well-rounded person and make you see life from a whole different perspective. When I saw the Masai in Tanzania I realised how simply they lived and how happy they were totally relying off the land - it really made me appreciate everything I have when I got home. And I don't think you realise how moving history can be until you actually experience it - Rome and Florence both taught me that. I hope that the future brings me lots of opportunities for travelling - life was made for adventure!
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
                               - Saint Augustine




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