I have a major case of wanderlust at the moment. And by at the moment, I mean always. If I am not on a trip, I am thinking about the next one. I love everything about travel. I even love flying. I look at traveling as living learning (if that’s a thing). There is no better way to learn about a place or culture than to experience it firsthand. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and, when it comes to my journeys, there is no end in sight. I am my best self when I’m on the go; there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than explore someplace new. Here are the first five of my top ten favorite places I’ve visited thus far. (FYI, I tried to put all ten in this post, but it was way too long! It was also super hard to choose just ten. I had to leave a fair amount on the cutting room floor!) Next Thurday- the second five faves. Happy adventuring!
1. Sabi Sands, South Africa– If you can put one vacation on your bucket list, make it an African safari. In all my life, I have never experienced anything so stunning. You see life beginning and ending right before your very eyes- lionesses nursing newborn cubs and leopards feeding on impala carcasses, all within a meter of your vehicle. You truly feel as if you’re where life began. They say that visiting Africa changes you. For me, this was absolutely true. Of all my trips, this is my most treasured. It’s a place I long to return to again and again. P.S. This is an actual image that my sister took while were were on safari in SA.
2. India– I have been to India twice so far and both trips were a feast for the senses. The colors are bright, the food is flavorful and the sounds are pulsing. When it comes to choosing a favorite city, I can’t pick just one. The Taj Mahal is an obvious must. And I love metropolitan Mumbai. But my best times in India are probably the ones spent with our close friends in Southern India. Their hospitality always makes India feel like a second home.
3. New York, New York– Though maybe less exotic (or at least less foreign) than most of the others on my list, NYC may be my favorite city of all time. I’ve spent a great deal of time in the city; but, with it’s fast-paced, ever-evolving nature, it’s never too soon to book my next visit. The energy in New York is unparalleled. No matter what your pleasure, you’re sure to find it there. I’m especially fond of the food, fashion and art scenes. I love to stroll a museum in the morning, shop in the afternoon and catch a show in the evening, with plenty of restaurant breaks in between. Truth be told, if I had reason to relocate, I would have no problem writing The
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4. Moorea, Tahiti– I am obsessed with overwater bungalows. This infatuation can be traced to a vacation in Tahiti over 15 years ago. There is nothing like staying in a little hut over the water. Each one came equipped with it’s own private deck and ladder into the ocean. And when the sunshine got to be too much? Well, you could sit inside, peer through your glass coffee table and admire the marine life below.
5. Seine River, France– France seems like such a boring answer, but this one is more specific, I promise. While I love the South of France and can’t get enough of Paris, my most memorable visit to France was the time my family took our own barge down the Seine. We spent a week navigating the river, stopping as we pleased and admiring the French countryside. We felt like locals. The best part? We didn’t see an American for the entire week.
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