Tuesday, July 14, 2020

TRAVEL IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

Last July I was incredibly lucky to visit the Indonesian island of Bali. I took this trip while I was working and living in China. Moving to Asia, I made a promise to myself that I would push myself and do some travelling alone. My solo trip around Bali was certainly something that threw me out of my comfort zone, and I am so happy I did it! Sometimes I have to pinch myself; my trip to Indonesia was not a dream, but it really felt like one. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be lucky (or brave!) enough to visit and travel around such a beautiful tropical paradise. So, this has got me thinking: maybe my dreams of exploring the far corners of the world aren’t as unattainable as I previously imagined?  



My year of travelling, working and living in China really got me to appreciate and fall in love with the natural wonders of the world. From my hike up a volcano in Bali, snorkelling in the Gulf of Thailand, and walking up and around the frozen glaciers in China, I have come to realise that this is what excites me and encourages my travelling and exploring. 

 

And I’m not just talking about a little mini break across the pond, but a bigger adventure that would take me to the other side of the world! I find that there is so much excitement that lies in being thousands of miles away from your familiar surroundings. And so, without further ado, here are the top 3 places I am aiming to travel to. 

 

 

1.     Australia

 

When I was about 10 years old, I remember seeing a photograph of Uluru. I remember thinking that this bright orange rock in the middle of the barren Australian wilderness was magnificent and I needed to see it one day! Since then, Australia has been at the top of my list of far off places to travel to. I feel like most of us grow up with this image of Australia being beautifully hot with exquisite landscapes and unique wildlife. So, is it any wonder that I have been tempted by all this and now want to see it for myself?! 

 

There is A LOT that I want to see in Australia! So much that it would probably be quite a lengthy and (very) expensive trip. Australia is huge but travelling to any part of it would be a dream come true. If things become safer soon, my boyfriend and I might start looking into organising a trip here. Fingers crossed! 

 

2.     New Zealand 

 

Ahh the land of The Lord of The Rings… New Zealand looks nothing short of paradise. Honestly just give it a Google or watch one of The Hobbit movies; NZ looks phenomenal and has therefore made it onto this list. From Milford Sound to Mount Cook and of course Hobbiton (where they filmed the Shire scenes in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), New Zealand is one of those places that is just filled with natural beauties. Although I am not the hugest fan of long-haul flights (flying to and from China countless times last year has kind of made me hate it!), I would happily travel for over 24 hours to arrive in NZ! (And hey, it’s right next to Australia…. maybe I should do two trips in one?!?)


3.     The Philippines

 

This collection of over 7,000 islands makes me desperate to take a trip there whenever I see pictures of the its wildlife and gorgeous beaches. The idea is that when/if I go here, I would love to do some island hopping. Living in China made me realise that I love organising and planning lots of excursions and mini trips when I am somewhere new. So, a packed trip with some island hopping is right up my street. Colon island, Panglao Island and the Hundred Islands National Park are just a small handful of places I am excited to see in the coming years if I am lucky enough to visit. With over 7,000 islands making up The Philippines, planning this trip would take a while and would also be very pricey (noticing a pattern here? My tastes are obviously quite expensive!), but it’s a great goal to work towards and I’m sure it would be worth every penny!

 

 

Living in London in the United Kingdom, I am fully aware these are going to be big and expensive trips. It’s unrealistic of me to say by this time next year this bucket list will be ticked off! I know it will take a while, but I am prepared to wait and save as much £££ as I can to make these dreams become a reality. Just like when I landed in Bali and thought to myself “wow, I can’t believe I made it here.”  

 

Thank you for reading and sorry for being quiet over the last few weeks! 

 

B x 

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4 comments

  1. Great post ��
    Your writings clearly reflected your dreams.....
    Dreams do come true....
    All the best for achieving your goals ��

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  2. Thanks for sharing, I do hope that you get to do your bucket list, New Zealand is a great place to visit :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to plan for these trips! x

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