The past few weeks have been a rough one. My husband had to have emergency appendectomy surgery last week, and luckily he is okay, but it threw off my whole week. I barely did any of my grad school work at all. To top it all off, I started a new temporary job this week and I haven’t had time to catch up. When I get an overwhelming amount of things on my to-do list, instead of getting them done, I freeze up and focus on meaningless, unimportant things instead.
This week, more often than note my mind has wandered to travel. Shocker, right?! It’s been a while since we’ve been able to afford a trip, or that our schedules have allowed it. (Hopefully that will be changing soon!) Just the other day in a conversation with my family we were talking about a TV show that was taking place in Scotland. I love watching shows that take place in other countries for the scenery shots along, and I exclaimed to the group, “I want to go to Scotland!” My dad laughed and said, “It might be quicker if you tell us the places you don’t want to go to!”
It’s true, there really isn’t anywhere I wouldn’t want to go if I was given the opportunity. But, if I had to pick there are definitely places I want to go to more than others. Here are the places that are at the top of my bucket list right now.
Did you know that Botswana has the most elephants per capita? That is reason alone for me to want to travel to Botswana. However, this country in southern Africa has numerous breathtaking beautiful destinations to offer. The one thing I’d love to see (besides elephants of course!) is the Okavango Delta .The delta, a literal oasis, offers crystal blue waters, ancient trees, little islands and wildlife as far as the eye can see. I also happen to have friends from the country who have offered to be my tour guide, how could I turn that down?
I have had a fascination with Southeast Asia for quite some time now. I have traveled extensively through South America, so I look forward to the ‘culture shock’ traveling to the new region would offer me. Vietnam in particular offers dramatic landscapes, a unique and fascinating history, and a roaring energy like no other. Not to mention the food!
I grew up, and have lived all my life on the East Coast. I have been out west a few times, to Arizona, Nevada and Washington state, but I have yet to visit California. It is a large state and has a huge variety of attractions to offer, from mountains, to the beach, cities to small towns and some of the most well known national parks. I’ve always wanted to see the Redwoods, San Francisco, San Diego or just see it all and take a road trip up the Pacific Coast. I also blame some of this desire on my obsession with Big Little Lies.
Like I mentioned before, I have traveled to many places in Central/South America, but, there are still quite a few I have yet to visit. Nicaragua is one of them. One word: volcanoes. I have been fascinated by volcanoes every since I watched one erupt in the dark of night in Ecuador. Well, Nicaragua is rife with them, it contributes a significant amount of volcanoes to the Pacific Ring of Fire. There are ones you can climb, ones you can swim in their crater, there is even one where you can partake in the adrenaline rushing activity of ‘volcano boarding.’ But, Nicaragua isn’t only volcanoes, it has many cities, beaches and other natural wonders to offer as well.
Sometimes when I am mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, I search to Portugal specific hashtags to admire the endlessly colorful and charming buildings of Lisbon, or the magical landscapes of the Azores, or the Moorish influences in Sintra. I feel a connection to Portugal even though I’ve never been there, it just seems like a place I would fall in love with, and that I would need more than just a few short weeks to explore.
What places are at the top of your bucket list currently? Let me know in the comments below.