Who doesn’t like to travel? Well, I’m sure there’s someone. Me, on the other hand, I like it.
Coming from a family where traveling wasn’t maybe frowned upon but was considered an unnecessary luxury I never really thought about it too much. Then I got into all that indie and britpop music and I wanted to visit London. That was it.
I do, however, remember I always felt particularly strongly about going to Iceland and to Israel. Why? No reason. I knew nothing about those countries, I had no interests that would in any way relate to them, at least not when I developed those desires – Bjork came into my life much later! WW2 also was’t a school topic at the time, so wasn’t world politics.
Anyhow, I moved to London (check!) later in my life and discovered that people I’m meeting actually move around a lot and go see places. So I thought I’d try that too.
The way I travel, where I go, how, with whom and what for has never been the most consistent nor has has it really been planned or budgeted in any way either. My usual reasoning behind the choice of destination was a) do I know someone there I can stay or hang out with, b) how cheap is the flight. This way I have seen quite a few bigger and smaller cities in Europe – easy.
Back in 2014 I have ticked off two major events in my life – got my first tattoo and went to ICELAND. I don’t even know what I can say about it because I have spent most of the trip trying to find my jaw somewhere on the ground. If you have never been – go! It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, nicest people I met and cutest houses I’ve seen.
Sitting in my room now trying to figure out if I should book travel insurance for war zone countries I realised “fakkk this time next week I’ll be in Israel!” so it made me feel all nostalgic but also really anxious about doing this trip ‘properly’ as it is, after all, my dream destination. It also made me think of all the future trips I want to take and the sights I wanna see and things I wanna do and why does Germany only have 28 days of holiday a year!
I have never written a bucket list of any sort so I don’t know if this is one, but for the sake of this post let’s call it that.
My travel bucket list or where I wanna go in the nearest future:
- Spend 3 months traveling Japan. I think it will most likely be 3 weeks but that’s a good start!
- Take the Trans-Siberian Railway. Any joiners?
- See Antarctica before it melts away. Alternatively, Svalbard.
- Morocco – because last time I was supposed to go there I got 40 degrees fever and had to abort my Spanish/African adventure.
- Road camper van trip in eastern Europe.
- Experience Christmas craze in New York.
- Canada, because snow and forests.
- Go to California because most of my fav US people come from there (and maybe travel a bit around the US since I’m already there).
- Stay in a fancy hut over the ocean – because I keep seeing pictures of these and it looks cool.
- Climb Mount Everest – to any height really, base camp would be good enough too.
- Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy. Ultimately all of Italy as it’s my fav!
- Hike the Inca Trail – Macchu Picchu, llamas, tourists with selfie sticks. Can’t wait!
- Spend 6+ months travelling in South America. Even though I am not the greatest fan of the Spanish language; maybe they’ll speak something else by the time I get there.
- Sail along the Amazon and explore the heart of the rainforest.
- Spend a week in a silent retreat in some Asian country (vagueeeee).
- Spend another week in a non silent retreat in another Asian country (why not!).
- Travel through India (probably check out a retreat or a yoga centre too).
- Georgia The Country – again, because my last trip was cut short due to a family emergency.
There are of course many more but these are the places I’d like to visit first. But hey, you never know when the next cheap flight may take me!
And where would you like to travel? Do you prefer going solo (unlike George Michael) or with a group of friends?