Every so often, I try to convince myself that staying grounded is a good thing. I then tell myself that I’ve seen enough of the world and now I should live a more “settled” life.
But then…something happens. I’ll see a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and that wanderlust feeling begins to stir. I caught the travel bug early in life and it hasn’t left me yet.
I consider myself VERY fortunate. I’ve traveled to places many people only dream about. I love revisiting places to discover something new that I missed the previous time. However, the world is one BIG-ASS planet and there are “corners” of it I still need to encounter.
So without further adieu, these are my top 20 places I want to visit in the next ten years.
Travel to South America has always been on my radar but for some reason, I haven’t been able to fit it in as much as I would like. This is about to change. My top destination in the next ten years is Patagonia. I know it is huge and will involve a lot of planning but it will be worth it to get to the end of the world.
My stepfather always had a stack of National Geographic Magazines on the living room table. I devoured those magazines every chance I got. One particle edition had an article about Machu Picchu in it. I was hooked. “Someday,” my nine-year-old-self said, “I will hike the Inca Trail.”
I didn’t know about Petra until I saw Indiana Jones. You might remember the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Harrison Ford and Sean Connery arrive on horseback gazing in awe upon the treasury as they search for the Holy Grail. Well, I may not find the Holy Grail here but I’m willing to try nonetheless.
Laura Croft may have been here to search for an ancient artifact from her enemy, the Illuminati. I on the other hand, will be here to search for spiritual enlightenment. The Temples of Angor is high on the list for many travellers to Asia and for good reason. All one has to do is look at the pictures.
Ayers Rock (also known as Uluru) dominates many photos of Australia. This giant sandstone monolith is sacred to the indigenous people of Australia. It looks spectacular in pictures. I can only imagine what it will look like in person.
Some of my dearest childhood friends call Seychelles their second home. Their pictures on Facebook always make me green with envy (in a good way). One day, I’m going to stowaway in their suitcase on their next trip to Seychelles.
I read Lawrence of Arabia as a young teen and I envisioned myself trekking through the desert on the back of a camel. With greater age and wisdom, I am now more inclined to travel there in a little more luxury. There are numerous reasons to visit Dubai. High on the list of reasons is a safari trek through the desert.
I can’t imagine how many hours I have spent in the air or how many miles I’ve logged yet I still have not flown first class anywhere. My dream first class flight would be on Emirates Airline. Hopefully someday, when I have enough air miles on Emirates, I will get the chance to fulfill this bucket list item.
The Dead Sea is called the Salt Sea. With 33.7% salinity, the Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water on our planet. Because of this, visitors from around the world visit this unique location to float away an afternoon.
I am reminded every day of how short our time here on this planet is. Every day is a blessing. For me, life is not meant to be solely spent in one place. The world is waiting. What is your top bucket list destination?