Wanderlust – a strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world. That word defines me in a nutshell. Growing up I didn’t travel a lot. We did a lot of camping but we didn’t go to trip to Mexico or to Europe, it just wasn’t in the cards for us. But I always had the desire to travel. I knew in high school there was an opportunity to travel to Europe as a school group. I saved up my money and paid for my own trip there. And from the moment I stepped off the plane in Frankfurt, Germany, I was hooked.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life that I’ve already done a lot of travelling. But I’m only 28 and I want to do more. Recently when Tom and I were in Toronto we bought a travel book so we could start thinking about our next adventures. Nothing like planning vacations when you’re on vacation right!
We bought the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist. It contains a list of the 500 best places to travel on the planet, ranked in order.
Between Tom and I, we have already been to 24 of the top 100 sites so we are on our way to conquering. We aren’t through the book yet so I suppose my top 10 places I want to travel could change but right now I have a pretty good idea.
Australia shows up in the ultimate travelist a lot. There is so much beauty and diversity in Australia that it’s been #1 on my list of places to visit for a long time. Originally Tom and I were planning on going there this fall during our trip to New Zealand but with our limited time frame, I knew cramming sight-seeing into one week wouldn’t do it justice. So we decided to go to Fiji instead, which I am equally excited about.
I’m drawn to the gorgeous lush countryside of Ireland. And with the castles, cute accents & people who love to drink, I can only imagine I’d fall in love with Ireland the second I arrived.
I have no aspirations to climb Mount Everest but getting to base camp is definitely on my bucket list.
I can imagine sitting in the snow staring up at the world’s largest mountain and thinking about those about to conquer the mountain, those who previously have conquered it and those who have tried. If there’s ever a place to travel that will give me peace & a place to reflect, it’s Nepal.
To be honest, Chile never ranked on my list until I watched the show Departures. Which, by the way, if you haven’t seen Departures and love travel you need to start watching it immediately. I love the idea of getting the furthest south you can get except Antarctica. It seems like a challenge I want to take. Not to mention the incredible hiking Chile has to offer and the mysterious Easter island.
Being Canadian, going to Cuba at anytime has not been a problem but I’ve never had the desire to go until now. Why? Because the U.S. is now able to go there. Cuba is about to change very quickly. It’s going to become very commercialized with the mass influx of tourism and the charm of being stuck in the past will be gone. It’s one of those places that I want to see before it’s too late.
Again, going back to the TV show Departures, in the second episode they go to Jordan. I was in awe the first time I saw Petra. I had never seen something so beautiful and I knew seeing it in person would only be 1000 times better. Tom went to Jordan last year on mystery trip. While others were concerned about their safety all I could think about was how jealous I was.
There are a lot of Asian countries I want to explore but if I had to pick one to start in, it would be Vietnam. Between the gorgeous green countryside, the beautiful beaches and the unique cities like Hoi An, I think Vietnam has a lot to offer.
I feel like putting Africa on the list is cheating because Africa is a huge continent. But there are so many places in Africa that I want to travel that it could take up the entire top 10 list. My top things to see in Africa would be the great pyramids in Egypt, going on a safari in Tanzania, the abandoned labyrinth city of Fez Medina and the beauty of South Africa.
Although I briefly saw Germany during my high school European trip there is a lot more I want to see there. My heritage is German so I’d love to explore and connect with the homeland of my grandparents and ancestors. Not to mention, I would love to partake in Oktoberfest.
10. Eastern Canada
As much as I’ve travelled, I have seen very little of my own country. Canada is large and has a very diverse range of culture and landscape from the west to east coast. I’d love to experience the history of Canada and the culture and accents that make me feel as though I’m in another country.