I love to travel. The past few years, I didn’t get to do as much of it as I like, but now that I’m in Europe, I’m hoping to start traveling more again. It’s so much cheaper from this side of the water! If you’re looking for some vacation ideas yourself, check out my travel bucket list for ideas on how to fulfill your own wanderlust!
This is the trip M would be most excited about. She converted to Hinduism years ago, and ever since it’s been a dream of hers to bathe in the Ganges River. While that sounds fun, there are other draws for me. The wildlife, the history, the culture, the shopping…there’s just so much happening there. And the food. As a vegetarian, I love Indian food because I can eat so much of it and it has so much flavor!
While in India, I’d want to visit an old Hindu temple, hit a marketplace and buy some jewelry, definitely do a safari (two really, one during the day and one at night), visit Thekkady where they have a lot of wildlife refuges…I’d even try to stay in a small village near the Ganges for a day or two, living as a local – I think it’s the best way to get a good feel for the culture, to shop for food in the local market, talk with residents over tea, and do things they do in daily life.
Bolivia has been a dream of mine for a while, and while there are plenty of things to see and do, like museums and gorgeous beaches, I don’t care about any of that. There’s one thing there I want to do more than anything and my entire trip would be centered around that: volunteer at the Ambue Ari location of the Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi refuge for two months. The reasons are two-fold: 1 – it’s a great cause and this rescue takes in so many animals that need a safe place to recover or a permanent home because they cannot safely return to the wild, and 2 – I want to walk a jaguar.
That’s right. The rescue has a couple of big cats on the premises, and you can be assigned the task of caring for them, if you stay for a minimum of 45 days. And the cats need exercise, so they get walked through the jungle. I want to experience that with every fiber of my being. I was working on arranging to visit them a few years ago, but then M was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it wasn’t a great time to go. However, I will make it there someday – I’m just not sure when. And I sincerely hope that I get to spend time with all the animals at the rescue, because while the big cats are my pinnacle experience, I want to learn about as many animals as I can.
My reasons for wanting to go to Nigeria are a bit different than other places. I mean, yes, I want to see the wildlife – I’ve always wanted to go to Africa for the animals – but Nigeria is because I’m actually part Nigerian. My paternal ancestors are Nigerian by way of Haiti, and while I don’t know much about that side of the family, DNA and research indicate they likely came to the Americas as slaves. So I want to learn about Nigerian culture so that I know something about that part of my heritage.
While there, I would certainly go on safari, because I cannot go to Africa and not see a lot of animals. I just can’t. I’d also like to visit the Badagry Slave Museum – I hear the museum is very insightful and the entire town in general has a lot of historical sights that might shed some light on what my ancestors went through. There’s even a boat tour that seems interesting, that hits various important points.
Is there anyone who doesn’t want to visit Egypt? I’d definitely want to see the Pyramids in Giza and the tomb of Ramses I, as well as take a Bedouin tour, but there’s two main things that interest me. First, I’d like to learn to scuba dive before I go, because there is some amazing dive opportunities down there. You can swim with sharks, through coral reefs, alongside dolphins, and more. And I’d like to do the Blue Hole, a sinkhole with an underwater tunnel to the sea. I’m not generally a risktaker, but this is widely considered to be a dangerous dive, despite not having basically any of the typical risk factors. Regardless, it’s something I’d like to see, since it’s supposed to be beautiful, and possibly conquer myself.
The other thing I’d like to do is visit Alexandria. I have a strong interest in Cleopatra – I think she was admirable, especially when you consider the obstacles she faced during her life, and I’d like to see the city in which she lived. Plus, that would give me the chance to see the Library of Alexandria (at least, the rebuilt version). Likely, I’d end up opting for a tour -with my interests, it might be the best way to get the most out of my trip.
I would love to visit Morocco – specifically Tangier and Casablanca. I think it’s just a gorgeous country, with rich culture, and amazing food. I really want to go shopping there, and visit a spice market, because I’ve heard it’s just amazing what you can find, and that the sight and smell is stunning. In Casablanca, I’d want to wander town and admire the architecture, because how gorgeous are those archways and domes!? And in Tangier, I’d kill to visit the Hercules Cave, named for the demi-god, as well as do my fill of shopping. Because….shopping in Morocco!
Ok, yes, I have already been to Australia. But it was years ago, and I would love to go back as an adult, especially since I have a better idea of what I’d want to do. For one, I’d do a couple of days in Melbourne, diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I’d probably visit Brisbane again, at least for a few days, because I thought the city was pretty amazing. And then I’d spend easily a week or two on Kangaroo Island. It was my absolute favorite place, and I’d love to visit it again (or live there, even!).
Naturally, one thing I loved there was the wildlife, and I’d like to spend more time learning about the native animals and seeing them. But beyond that, the island was stunning and peaceful. From the caves to Little Sahara (which I still dream about), I’d simply like to see it again!
Honestly, there’s two big reasons I want to visit London. The Tudors and Shakespeare. I am fascinated by the Tudor family and the York family that came before them. I would be all over visiting the Tower of London, some of the castles, Westminster Abbey, and my personal favorite – spend a night in Hever Castle (yes, of Henry VIII’s wives, I’m partial to Anne Boleyn). In addition, I’d like to see the D-Day Story, a museum that focuses on D-Day in WWII and what the experience must have been like. I can’t even contemplate the fear the soldiers felt or the horrors they saw, and I think it’s important for us to try.
However, as much as I love the Tudors, Shakespeare is my one true British love. I first fell in love with his writing when I was 9. I ran out of books and needed to get to school so I grabbed one of my mother’s at random, and it was a book of some of Shakespeare’s plays. The first one was Taming Of The Shrew and I was in love. Second play was Romeo and Juliet and my love was called into question, but I love so many of his plays. I want to visit Stratford-On-Avon, and I would give body parts to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at the Globe. Like, seriously. Try to get between me and a ticket to that and I will take you DOWN. I have re-read the play every year since I was 9, I have seen it performed in about every style it can be done, and I have a quote from it tattooed on my body. Anyway. I’m going to put the crazy away again. If I can’t see that play, or if I was insanely lucky and got to see two, Macbeth is my second choice. Regardless, when I finally visit London, I will be seeing a show at the Globe. I will love it. They may have to drag me kicking and screaming from the theater at the end of the night.
Ride a horse, help with the baby puffin rescue, go whale-watching, see a reindeer. That’s my Iceland wishlist. While there, I will also likely engage in the local culture, sample their food, and probably admire a few of the woman for their strike in the ’70s (I think it was so impressive!), but really…I’m in it for the animals and the view. And the Northern Lights if the timing works.
Most important thing – stay in an Irish castle in the countryside. Preferably one with farm animals. Then I can live like an old Irish heroine for a few days, helping with the farm animals by day, pretending I’m a princess at night, and drinking Guinness at the local pub. I will be drinking a lot of Guinness in Ireland. While I’d love a few days in Dublin, most of the trip would probably be spent in the countryside. I think the country is going to be spiritual, and I want to just bond with nature while I’m there, walk in the fields, and meet people in their villages. Just…embrace the beauty of Ireland, really.
This is another castle country for me. I’d love to visit Brasov so I can see the Carpathian Mountains, some wildlife, and Bran Castle, then I’d head to Bucharest for some cultural immersion, amazing food, and museums.
Speaking of Bran Castle, they have an annual Halloween party – that’s when I’d want to go. I mean, who would want to miss that opportunity? Dress up in one of the spookiest places on Earth, after spending the day learning the history of the castle…it just sounds so fun – and also like I might never sleep again.
I can’t wait until I get to start traveling! I can’t even imagine the things in these places that will catch my eye that I don’t know about yet. Did I miss an amazing place? Have you been to any of my goals? Please tell me about it in the comments so I can be appropriately jealous!