I keep this map above my desk. It is nearly as long as I am tall (which isn’t humongous, but you get the gist). I had it mounted and framed. For every spot I’ve visited, I place a pin. For repeat destinations, a flag. And every time I look at that map (which is often), it amazes me. Because, for as many pins as there are, there are far more unpinned journeys. My life’s goal is to cover that map. To see more pins than paper. Every time I hop on the internet, I come across yet another place to add to my bucket list. Well, let’s just say that my bucket runneth over. A couple Thursdays ago, I chronicled some of my favorite destinations thus far. Well, here are ten that I plan on adding to that list in the near future.
1. Serengeti– I’m pretty positive that I could rattle off ten places I plan on visiting in Africa like that. Maybe another post. To put it mildly, I am obsessed with the continent. There is nowhere I don’t want to go, nothing I don’t want to see. At the tippy top of my list is the Great Migration in the Serengeti in Tanzania. It is a natural migration of the wildebeest that occurs due to grazing and food supply. There is a point in the migration where quite literally millions of wildebeest are forced to cross the Mara river (seen above). That is the part that I am dying to witness, ideally by hot air balloon. The wildebeest are preyed upon by a bevy of big cats, crocodiles and the like. It may sound barbaric, but it truly is the circle of life at it’s most primal. Survival of the fittest.
2. Greece– More often than not, when I’m browsing for travel inspo, I will eventually stumble upon a photo like this. Greece or, more specifically, the Greek islands have been on my wish list for some time now. I can’t wait to walk on the white sand beaches and overload my Instagram with enviable snapshots of picturesque Santorini. Not to mention that I’m desperate to get my hands on a pair of these incredible sandals.
3. Turkey– Truthfully, I don’t know much about Turkey. However, what I do know is that everyone who’s ever visited has absolutely loved the country. And that’s enough for me. My top destinations will be a visit to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and a balloon ride over Cappadocia.
4. Galapagos– The Galapagos are a recent addition to my top 10, but that doesn’t make my desire to visit any less strong. An absolute haven for any wildlife-lover, I understand that a visit to the islands tends to be a bit more of an educational experience. Perfect for my (not so) inner nerd.
5. Dubai– As soon as I saw these photos, Dubai shot to the top of my bucket list. I find it’s overnight explosion absolutely fascinating and I cannot wait to witness it firsthand.
6. Australia– If you know me, then you know that I am wild about accents. Specifically British, South African and Australian. They seriously turn me to goo. If that isn’t reason enough, what about these breathtaking beaches? My top hits will be the Whitsunday Islands, the Great Barrier Reef (underwater safari anyone?) and pretty much anywhere on the Gold Coast.
7. Vietnam– Another culture I’ve been intrigued by for some time now. I’d love to tie this adventure in with stops in Laos and Cambodia. I’m told that the beauty is unparalleled. Google Halong Bay at some point. You’ll see what I mean.
8. Alaska– I am the first to admit that I am somewhat of an elitist when it comes to traveling. My motto is “the more undiscovered, the better.” Basically, my choice destinations are anywhere where I’m required to get a couple of immunizations prior to entering. Major points if no one I know has been there. But, let’s face it. That’s a little nuts. For my saner readers, here’s one destination that doesn’t require a passport. Alaska is appealing simply because of it’s sheer, untouched landscape. And, obviously, the animals.
9. Japan– Ok, so I have been obsessed with Japan for a while now. I know that’s probably not great, given my Chinese heritage. But, I’ve been to China. I haven’t yet explored Japan. There are so many reasons I want to visit. Chief among them are Tokyo’s bright fashion and even brighter lights, the cherry blossoms, the food, the refined customs, the ancient culture…need I go on?
10. Botswana– I couldn’t help myself. I had to put one more African country on my list. Botswana is a standout in my mind for one reason- the Okavango Delta (seen above). My understanding is that, depending on the time of year, safari is done on both land and water. How incredible is that? Given my sheer love of both animals and the water, it’s basically a match made in heaven.
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