I know I bang on and on about travelling and how much I love getting away, so much so that a lot of you are probably fed up by now but I thought it was about time that I did an ultimate travel bucket list and talk about all the places that I want to go (pretty much every country that I’ve not yet been to it seems!)
I guess it’s kind of cheating but I am going to begin with a trip which I know is going to happen in 2018 as it is beginning to be planned already. I am a full blown Disney fan having been brought up on a diet of chicken nuggets and Disney movies, but my family were never into theme parks or anything like that, and I didn’t make my first trip to the States until I was 17 so Disney was never really an option. In 2018 my best friend’s family are planning a massive 16 day trip covering ALL the Disney parks and everything else there is to do and I’m going along with them. We’re planning so far in advance because it’s going to be expensive and we’re going all out but I CAN NOT WAIT! One of the other great things about this trip is I do not have to plan anything as it’s all been sorted for me!
In sixth form we were meant to be going on a religious studies trip to India but only me and my friends signed up for it and ever since then I’ve been dreaming of going. The Taj Mahal is one of the biggest reasons I want to go but I also really want to see how a country so completely different from our own lives. I’ve heard stories from friends who have been about how completely different it is and that’s one of the things I love about the idea of going. I’m not sure whether I would want to do a tour or travel the country myself but Sunshine Holidays have some good deals on flights.
I was meant to be going to Romania for Easter but due to an injury my friend sustained we had to change our travel plans. But the idea was to fly into Bucharest for a few days, head down to Sibu to stay in an ice hotel and do all of their ice sports then head to Translyvania to see all of the things which inspired Bram Stocker’s Dracula including Bran castle and the graveyards. This is definitely a trip i’ll be looking to do at a later date. We originally found a trip online but it involved driving ourselves which I didn’t like the idea of so I’d plan this myself and travel my train.
While a lot of people have told me that Thailand is becoming very Westernized I think Thailand would be a great place to start my Asian travels. So far I have not been to the continent but have heard amazing things about Thailand from the Giant Buddha and walking down Khao San Road to the legendary Full Moon Party and jungle trekking across the islands. I am hoping to plan my first Asia trip for the end of 2017 and this is certainly where I’ll begin to look. Because I’ve never been to Asia before I think I’d be tempted to do an organised tour because I wouldn’t know where to go on my own, STA is who I am debating about going with but there are way too many tours to choose from.
An ultimate travel bucket list wouldn’t be complete without another continent that I’ve yet to go to. There’s just something about Australia which sucks me in and the thought of scuba diving at the great barrier reef, seeing the Sydney Opera House, skydiving there, shark cage diving and doing all those adrenaline pumping activities just gets me super excited. Another great thing is the fact that it’s about the only place that I can go to over my birthday which is warm aka January! This is certainly on the bucket list but I just don’t know when it will be possible as it would have to be a pretty big trip.
For a lot of us Hawaii just seems like that ultimate destination full of sunshine and beaches and this is something I am hoping to do over next Easter with Trek America. I have found an amazing looking trip which covers so much across eight days that I am hoping I can justify the cost. It is a trip over the larger island and includes swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, visiting the black beaches, seeing an active volcano and the lava pools, seeing the native beach turtles, walking through national parks akin to rain-forests and so much more. It is an action packed adventure holiday and something that I feel I need to do. Here’s hoping I can make it a reality.
Russia is again another trip that I missed out on during school *sad face* and I’ve only heard good things about the cities. I have this vision of going there in the light snow fall and wearing one of those flurry hats and exploring the churches, palaces, castles and cathedrals which cover the city. Of course St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is one of the most iconic images with it’s brightly coloured spires but there seems like there’s so much more to see as well.
I haven’t quite got as far as working out where I’d like to go but I’ve always said for years and years (my parents can testify) that I want to go on a safari. I’d love to see animals out in their natural habitat and see them up close rather than inhumanly in a zoo. Alongside safari’s I’d love to go to both an elephant and a monkey sanctuary to spend time with animals because they absolutely fascinate me. One day I’ll make my dream a reality and do an African safari, especially as I’ve seen some awesome ones through Exodus who I travelled with to Morocco over New Year.
A few of my close friends headed to The Philippines just before Christmas last year and it seemed like the dream trip with a mixture of relaxation and adventure. I would want to see the chocolate hills, scuba dive at Tubbataha Reef, scale Mayon Volcano and relax on the stretching beaches. I’ve been told that this is what Thailand used to be like before all the tourists which sounds like a great connection.
Now for one a little closer to home: Iceland. Obviously the dream would be to sleep out in a glass igloo/ bubble and see the Northern Lights but that’s never a definite. I’d also love to explore the city of Reykjavik and go off Whale spotting and relax in the hot springs after a long day walking. There seems like a lot you can do but at the same time it could be a nice 5 day trip so do-able with my limited holiday. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for New Year but just to find someone to go with.