As you will have seen on my bucket list, the list of places I want to travel to is nigh endless. However, there are a few parts of this planet my urge to get to (again) is especially strong. These are in no particular order:
- Ethiopia – The most recent go-to place on my radar. Lately, I have come across a few articles that raised my attention for this often overlooked country in Eastern Africa. Apparently, there is just enough tourism to make travelling work somewhat easily – but not yet the crowds the sights will surely draw in a couple of years.
- Laos – On my first visit in 2007 I discovered slowness. On my next visit I want to see if Laos still “does it” for me, if I can ever get enough of fresh spring rolls at Luang Prabang’s night market and also venture beyond and into the jungle and the more remote areas of Laos.
- Africa – Namibia, Botswana, Zanzibar, Tanzania – those names sound like adventure and incredible landscapes. Endless sand dunes, exotic animals and a variety of colours I have never seen before come to my mind.
- Patagonia – I imagine hiking between glacier-clad mountains.
- Antarctica – The epitome of emptiness. Ever since the 7th continent has come to my closer attention around 2007 I have secretly dreamed of spending a winter on a station. Two visits at the International Antarctic Centre (LINK) in Christchurch didn’t help. The solitude, the intensive work with only a small team in which you simply have to rely on everybody greatly appeals to me.
- Afghanistan – Mind you, not now. Should the political situation one day improve, however (which I truly hope – not just for my sake), I would very much like to travel there to see all the beauty the country has to offer despite its ruthlessly brutal more recent past. A travel friend of mine works for the ICRC and is currently in Afghanistan – her photos of both people and landscape are simply amazing.
- Nepal – The frantic buzz of Kathmandu versus the quietude of the Himalayas. My mind was never as free as when my days were filled with walking, eating, sleeping – repeat. There simply is so much beauty in this country.
- Thailand – Two visits only further whetted my appetite for this beautiful place. Getting around is easy-as, the cost of living greatly reduced from what I’m used to in Europe, the people friendly and helpful, the landscape impressive, the weather pleasant and the food – let’s not get me started on the food.
- New Zealand – While we only returned from a 5-week-trip, I haven’t had enough of beautiful Aotearoa and could actually imagine living there. Somewhere around Plimmerton on the North Island would do nicely.
- Australia – Driving across the Nullarbor, up the West Coast during wildflower season or from tropical Queensland to the Red Centre – I definitely see myself in a car or camper the next time. With Mr A on the passenger seat.
What countries or areas have you been craving to travel to? Do you have any definite plans to go there or are you still in the “dreaming”-stage?