My Travel Bucket List

Travel is going to be off the cards for a while, but I still can dream of the places I eventually will visit and share them with you! If you have been to any of these places, let me know what you thought!
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A few years ago, my brother bought me a scratch map for Christmas. First I thought wow, I’ve been places -but I actually haven’t been to many places. Most of my travel has been in Europe and a quick hop and skip over to Canada and the east coast of the United States. As I am sat in my jungle of a room in northern France, instead of getting sad about being trapped inside, I decided to devise a travel bucket list. Recently I’ve been watching alot of travel on Youtube, alot of www.yestheory.com and departures on Netflix. divided into three sections. The first being overseas and not on the continent of Europe. The next being within Europe and the last being towns and places in France I’d like to visit. Being someone who is chronically ill with a really aggressive form of RA, planning travel can be very long and turn out to be very expensive, as being made of glass makes things more tricky normally, let alone in another country. Alas, I can dream big and maybe one day, live them out.

All the photos I have sourced from www.pexels.com as they are copyright free stock images!

The World

#1 – Iran

I don’t know where to begin with my fascination with visiting Iran. History has been a passion of mine since I was in primary school, so being able to see Persian history in its original setting would just make my life complete. Iran is home to one of the most famous ancient sites, Persepolis; and as Krak de Chevaliers in Syria is pretty much unvisitable anymore (an utter heartbreaking affair), Persepolis has to be my close second and therefore Must visit. That and the fact that every Iranian person I have met have been super nice and pumped at my enthusiasm for their country. I’m also intrigued at delving into a culture totally different from Europe. The whole culture is different from language to society and that piques my interest greatly. That and I’ve heard that the coffee is really good in Tehran so I’m in!

#2 – Bali

Bali seems to be the “it place” to go to as an independent traveller in south-east Asia. There are more countries I would like to visit in S.E. Asia, but Bali is at the top of the list. Places like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines also made it to the list, but I know my brother has been to these places and I want to go somewhere he hasn’t been just as that’s how our sibling relationship works… From all the photographers I follow on social media, Bali is a place that is constantly popping up with gorgeous photos of natural beauty, stunning architecture and mouth-watering food. If that isn’t motivation enough for me and my camera, I don’t know what is!

#3 – Peru

I’m not wanting to go to Peru to get that iconic white girl photo in front of Machu Pichu. I would love to see the Nazca Lines, the rainbow mountain outside of Cusco and the Incan sacred valley. So many beautiful photos have come out of Peru in National Geographic, meaning that again, Peru must be a photographers dream. Potatoes come from Peru so they must know how to cook them the best! This amongst other food related reasons such as coffee is another motivator. As far as South American countries go, Peru is pretty safe, meaning that there is a very low risk of being kidnapped or killed, a factor I considered greatly in making this list.

#4 Nigeria

Those of you who know me in person, know I’m pretty intrigued with languages and have the ability to pick up languages pretty easily. Well Nigeria has around 530 languages, so would be an utterly terrifying yet amazing experience for a polyglot/linguist enthusiast like myself. I’ve always wanted to visit the continent of Africa, and as someone who is chronically ill I feel Nigeria would be a safe place to start. There are so many beautiful natural areas and beaches, vibrant cities with unique architecture, again another cultural identity I have had no exposure to and would love to learn more.

#5 – Tuvalu

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Tuvalu is a collection of islands in the south pacific. It is also one of the smallest countries in the world that is being hugely affected by climate change. The main atoll hosts a lagoon in the centre. From seeing videos and photos of this country, it seems like an idyllic island paradise with a beautiful community and society. Unfortunately the rising sealevels have put the country in danger of disappearing altogether in the coming years.

Europe

#1 – The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a Danish terrority between Scotland, Norway and Iceland. There are 18 volcanic islands that make up the Faroe Islands, making them a smaller and more southern version of iceland. The towns there seem to be straight out of a children’s story, so perfect colourful, placed on the edge of great hills and mountains. Apparently sheep outnumber people 2:1, so I’m sure I’ll feel right at home.

#2 – Croatia

I’m not interested in going to Croatia because of game of thrones before anyone says anything! I’ve heard whispers of ethereal waterfalls and parks hidden inland from the historical coastal cities that mainly pique my interest. Of course I’m interested in the costal cities due to their crusading history, but for photography, I’m more interested with the less touristic places. Places on my list include Split, Krka national park, Plitvic Lakes and notable Dubrovnik.

#3 – The Greek Islands

As a teenager, the greek islands were the idyllic vacation spot of white beaches and drinking. As a mid-20s female this still appeals to me, but also the idea of visiting historical sites and spots of natural beauty apply. Wikipedia says there is some 1200-6000 islands that make up the greek islands, depending on the definition of “island” with 30 main larger islands, Crete being the largest. Of course there are the the more aesthetic and ideal places such as Santorini and Mykonos you see on Instagram, with the prestine white houses and pure blue sea and sky, but there are also smaller and less known islands and those happen to be the ones I am interested in. However, I will have to learn to like small boats again!

#4 – Sweden

I’ve been teaching myself Swedish for a while now and well, never been to Sweden. It is the home of murder mystery and thrillers, my favourite genres, as well as being a country that seems very accepting and welcoming. I’ve always wanted to go to a real crayfish party and experience the culture that I’ve been learning about through my language studies! Ideally I’d like to road trip Sweden, starting in Malmö and going up to Uppsala, but also visiting Stockholm would be amazing to! As a hockey fan, an NHL and KHL enthusiast, seeing a Swedish league ice hockey game would be the cherry on top of a Swedish trip.

#5 – Georgia

Out of all the countries, I feel Georgia would be the most difficult one to visit due to the language. Usually I like to learn a small portion of the countries language before visiting to be somewhat coherent and understanding – then there is Georgian script. I don’t where to begin with it! Georgia is a country often overlooked due to it sharing a name with a US state. Georgia has a coastline on the black sea as well as having the Caucasus mountain range, boasting ski resorts and spa resorts. Due to its tuberlant history, Georgia has a pronounced unique culture and past that seems fascinating from afar. (See a theme on why I want to visit places) Tblisi is the only place I know about in Georgia and it looks absolutely magical!

France

#1 – Carnac

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Carnac is a town in the northern-west of France on the southern coast of Brittany. It is known for its long lines of prehistoric standing stones, so its kind of the Stonehenge of France. Brittany in general has a wealth of prehistoric sites and islands, Carnac being the top of my list of sites to visit like this. Carnac is the perfect destination to replenish the soul through hiking through forest and field following the path of the neolithic stones. As it is also by the coast it has plenty of opportunity for the iconic Westcoast sunsets as well as gorgeous beaches.

#2 – St. Malo

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I recently read a book that was set in St. Malo during the Second World War. It is a fortified town on the edge of Brittany, that is only an hours drive away from where I am currently situated. The book delves into the history of the city as well as the siege that took place there in 1944. There is so much to look at and do there I don’t know where to begin, but it also has great shopping, something I am direly missing since moving to rural Normandy.

#3 – Strasbourg

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I don’t have a lot to say about Strasbourg. I’ve never been, which is pretty crazy as I have been to most cities and towns in France. Lets try something new.

#4 – Arles

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Provnce, the Carmague, Vinent Van Gogh, Roman Architecture and southern France. That is just the tip of the iceberg of the town called Arles. I visited this place when I was 11 or 12, and at that age you don’t really comprehend natural beauty or culture, you kinda exist in it and learn from it rather than full absorb it. (you know what I mean?) I wish I was an expert photographer at that age, but alas I must revisit!

#5 – The French Riviera

Sometimes I have a deep desire to pretend to be rich. The French Riviera seems to be one of the it spots for the rich and famous, so what makes the place so enticing? What makes it so Nice. (get it…) Apart from being a Mediterranean paradise, I’d love to explore the culture and society that makes the southern coast of France the “it” destination.

What Now?

Well quarantine has given me quarantine to budget out the trips to see what is more “doable”. Lockdown is looking like lifting soon, so I can start out small and visit some local towns, villages and sights and then expand my horizons to further away places before venturing across borders. My next few travel related posts will talk about essentials to invest in, things to contemplate and consider as well as some previous trips.

Where do you want to travel to? Please comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

See you next week

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