I sometimes wish I could leave my job, give up saving for a house, pack a bag and travel indefinitely. I know it’s a massive cliche, but I would pick a place on a map and start there. I have been lucky enough to Travel in the past: the majority of South East Asia, Europe and India – I have been with friends, with Dan and solo, each giving me a different experience. There is something so romantic about landing in a country, with only a bag on your back and ideas in your mind. Without sounding like a Gap YAHHH twunt because, we all know I am far too brash and uncouth to be that but…when I am travelling I like to truly immerse myself in the culture, meet people and eat a lot of food (you learn so much about people from food).
I remember a time in Cambodia, I was cycling around a town called Takeo (I know cycling… it hasn’t happened since don’t worry) and I went passed a small village. I stopped to take some pictures and this lovely lady came over, she asked me if I wanted a drink and invited me into her home – I met the entire family, had the most wonderful conversations and was asked to stay for dinner (it was delicious) and I was there around 5 hours It is something I won’t ever forget, broken conversation but filled with laughter, happiness and human kindness. For me, this is what travelling is all about and why I want to give it all up and go back.
If I could give it all up now these destinations are top of my list (I will go to all of them someday even if we don’t travel). Prefix – a lot of these are to do with food and animals…
I am going to do this in 2 parts because it would be too long otherwise.
Tokyo & Mount Joshino – Japan 🇯🇵
If I am honest, I am not a huge fan of cities – due to my anxiety, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of people and not entirely safe. However, there is something about Tokyo that fascinates me, that juxtaposition of old meets new in a melting pot of culture. It’s just incredible and I would love to experience it. There is a place I want to eat in Tokyo called Yakitori Masakichi that I saw on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious and it looked life changing, so much so it made him emotional… now that’s good food.
I also want to see the famous blossom of Japan and from what I can see Mount Joshino is the best place to see it. It looks magically, like something dreamed up in a book by CS Lewis.
Galapagos Islands – Ecuador 🇪🇨
The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife sanctuary, Giant Tortoise, Penguins and Iguanas and I want to see them all. It looks like somewhere completely out of my norm, a remote island surrounded by nature and animals.
Borneo – Indonesia 🇮🇩
I LOVE Indonesia, I have been to Bali twice and it was one of the best places I have had the pleasure of going to. The people, the food and landscape was out of this world. I really want to go to Borneo & volunteer within a Orangutan sanctuary. They are one of my absolute favourite animals and I would love to be able help in their rehabilitation in some way.
Gorilla Trekking – Rwanda 🇷🇼
Again, like the Orang-utan, Gorilla Trekking is an actual dream. Seeing Silver Back Gorilla’s in the wild would be they most amazing experience. They are such incredible animals & to be able to see them in their natural environment would make my entire life. It makes me slightly emotional to think about it haha.
Copenhagen – Denmark 🇩🇰
I have never been to Scandinavia, mainly because it is really expensive but it looks so beautiful. The harbour, the cobbled streets and architecture looks incredible. It is also home to one of my MUST go to restaurants, Noma. Chef Rene’s amazing menu is something I have to sample in this life time.
What are you Top Destinations?
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