And by you, I mostly mean me, because I haven’t been to any of these, YET. But, I’m dying to go so, I hope it serves as inspiration for the both of us. If we’re being honest, my full list is never ending. But, with school, and work constraints, these are the destinations I am prioritizing for the foreseeable, and I’ll tell you why.
Well, this one is kind of a given since it’s already scheduled for next month… It’s been on the top of my list for ages, mostly for the incredible beaches since I’m a total water baby. As I was creating our itinerary, I discovered all the amazing temples, floating markets, foods, and elephant sanctuaries (SOLD). Just be careful when visiting elephants because many “sanctuaries,” do not treat elephants humanely. Do your research and DO NOT ride elephants.
Besides getting to practice my British accent, England appeals to me because, well actually, a lot it is for the accents. I mean, I’m not really going for the food (kidding, everybody). But really, I do want to visit castles and have high tea. There’s history to be explored on virtually every street corner, and I think that is a major part of why it’s such a popular destination. And a glimpse at the royal family wouldn’t be too bad either.
I feel like Iceland is the place to be lately. And, I’m jumping on that bandwagon! It fits in easily with a trip to London if you’re in the Northeast like me. Iceland Air even includes layovers in Reykjavik for extended amounts of time on your way to London. The landscapes are worthy of every instagram. And there are activities to fulfill all of your outdoor adventure dreams. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to see the Northern Lights. And as a plus, there are fuzzy horses.
Since the day I played Cluefinders 4th Grade: Puzzle of the Pyramid (great game), I have been obsessed with Egypt. So naturally, this is my number one destination right now. There’s just so much mystery. How did they they make all those pyramids? Perfectly aligned with the stars! Are there really curses?? I’m just trying to learn, and get in touch with ancient aliens.
Petra is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, so it must be worth a peak right? Similar to Egypt, there are massive temples and tombs. The ancient Treasury that is literally carved into the stone is probably the most recognizable part of Jordan. You can also explore the desert in Wadi Rum or exfoliate in the dead sea!
Being the narcissist my mom claims I am, I love places that have name. So obviously, I’ve wanted to go to Hagia Sophia since I learned of it. And how fun does a Bosphorus boat tour sound? Dan Brown’s scenes from Inferno (great read if you haven’t!) of the Basilica Cistern have never had me more excited about a cistern. The Blue Mosque is what your eyeballs have always wanted to see. And I haven’t even mentioned the hot air balloons over Cappadocia. Basically, there’s so much going on here and it needs to be experienced!
Medellín and Cartagena in particular. I’m Colombian and love my country. But, I haven’t been to the city of eternal spring, OR the coast yet. And that’s a shame. Colombia boasts art, nature, beaches, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Oh, and the food, it’s honestly hard to top. If you’re looking for something more off the beaten path in Colombia, you can also checkout my hometown here.
Hiking Machu Picchu seems a little cliché, but clichés become that way for a reason. You don’t necessarily have to hike the whole inca trail, but this Old Mountain (that’s what Machu Picchu means), seems like it’s worth braving the altitude sickness for. And the Incas were almost as mysterious as the Egyptians, so a lot of puzzles to dive into here too, not just Machu Picchu! Besides that, you can also do things like go sand-boarding in the desert and check out lovely, colonial cities.
Part of Argentina, part of Chili, Patagonia is another landscape looker. And you can walk from one country to the other. Patagonia is a lot of hiking through amazing views. I feel like I sound very outdoorsy, which I am not! But when you say glacier trekking, I’m there! And the way things are going, we should probably see them before they melt, am I right??
To say I’m animal obsessed is an understatement. My shrieks of excitement are comparable to the kids on the safari at Animal Kingdom with me. I’m still trying to fathom how awesome it must be to see these animals in their natural habitats. The only hard part for me is choosing a country to do it in. They each have something different to offer! So if anyone has any suggestions PLEASE, let me know!
For further inspiration, check out the ladies who have been to these places, and provided tons of tips and pics! Their sites are found underneath their photos and linked below.