At the start of the year, I was thinking about what sort of travel I’d like to do in 2018 and it hit me: with the exception of a fleeting visit to Scotland for a friend’s wedding in 2016, I haven’t been overseas since 2013. My personal life got in the way on more than one occasion, and I know a lot of my restlessness comes from being stuck in the one place.
I’ve always loved traveling, but I’ll admit: I haven’t been everywhere as much as I have wanted to. And now that I’m older, my perspective on travel has changed. Once, I would have been more than happy to try and cram as much as I could into a rekky around Europe or America via Topdeck. Now, I’m not looking to see how many countries I can hit in two weeks.
I’m looking for experiences. Memories. Adventures. Here are five that I’d love to do before I turn 35 (which let’s face it, isn’t far off down the track!
The Northern Lights, via Iceland
My love affair with the Northern Lights started with a children’s film called Balto. Okay, sure, Balto is set in Alaska and I’m thinking of heading to Iceland, but ever since then, the Northern Lights have been extremely high on the bucket list, and if all the social media posts I’ve seen in the last two months are any indication, I need to go asap. Well, preferably in winter, so I can see the lights, but also to go horse riding and swimming in lagoons and being in snow and Game of Thrones-land.
St Petersburg, Russia
Another city where my love affair started with a movie…yes, Anastasia. Aside from that, St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I can almost smell all the history from here. Add to that my love of The Bronze Horseman and let’s just say there’s going to be a lot of selfies and singing going on… There’s something intrinsically gorgeous about St. Petersburg that’s not hard to fall in love with.
On a completely different scale is Marrakesh. I can’t put my finger on what it is about this city that draws me in, but it’s there. The explosion of colours. The history. The architecture. The smells (I’m sure). Morocco has been inspiration for a large part of my fantasy novels for a number of years now, and I’d love to just envelope myself and take it all in. Recently, one of my favourite travel bloggers, Polka Dot Passport, did a photography tour and I’d love to take part in something similar (or if they did it again – sign me up!).
I know I’ve said before that I don’t believe in goals but…is there any other way to describe Macchu Picchu? Talk about #goals. This would be the ultimate – the dream. The conquering. I know my limits – and they don’t extend to Mount Everest, so for me, achieving Macchu Picchu is the next best thing. I’m already planning my trip with one of my besties and author Belinda Missen as the ultimate way to challenge ourselves.
The Calgary Stampede
And now for something completely different…while most of my top five have been nature or history based, the Calgary Stampede has been at the top of my must do list for a long time, and I’m not planning on giving that up. The Calgary Stampede just looks like plain fun. Set against the glittering backdrop that is beautiful Canada, the Stampede is one of the biggest events on the calendar every July. Time to buckle up the boots, I think!
Do you have a bucket list? If so, tell me what’s on yours! Been to any of these destinations? Feel free to leave me your handy hints!