When I purchased my flight to London last month, I didn’t bat an eyelash at the price tag. I have wanted to visit England for as long as I can remember, and have to keep reminding myself that I’m only there for 10 days. While I’m going to Paris, I can’t necessarily fit in jaunts to (insert European destination here). I had a similar reaction when buying train tickets to New York City last month.
Last month was a big travel planning month…
Working in educational travel, I spend a lot of time writing about destinations all over the world. My ‘places I want to visit’ list gets longer each day. There world is vast, and I have a passport in dire need of stamps. As I plan and scheme my next trip (you know, the one I’ll take after New York, London, and Paris), here are the top 10 places I want to visit – this week, at least.
Prague has been calling my name. As Americans, I think we have a tendency to forget how young our country is. A wander around the Czech Republic would serve as a great reminder.
I desperately want to spend a week or two (or three… four…) exploring Germany. Right after London, Neuschwanstein Castle is the place I most want to visit. Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Heidelberg… I want to go everywhere. Think of the history! The art! The architecture! The food!
While I would be quite content to meander my way through Italy Eat, Pray, Love style, Verona is my city of choice. Perhaps it’s Juliet’s balcony, or the Arena, or merely its architecture (I keep mentioning architecture as though I know anything about it), but a few days spent wandering Verona would be a few days well spent.
Until I started working in educational travel, I didn’t think of Peru as anything other than a country I knew the general location of on a map. I now know a couple of people who have spent time there, and their stories alone, especially of exploring ruins like Machu Picchu, are reason enough for me to pack my bags and head south.
As someone who reaches for a parka the moment the temperature drops to 50 degrees, Iceland may seem a little “out there” as a travel destination. However, we send students there throughout the year, and their photos and stories are fascinating. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon and hiking on glaciers? Sign me up. Bonus? It’s dirt cheap to get there.
Thailand is a world away in so many ways. I want to experience all of it – busy Bangkok, beautiful Railay Beach… Rice fields, elephants, monkeys on side of the road… I’ll be the one stopping the bus to take a photo of said monkeys, and trying odd foods from street vendors.
While I’ll be spending a day or two in Paris in April, I won’t have time to explore all of France. The lavender fields of Provence and the beaches of Normandy are must-experience destinations in my eyes. And, of course, I’ll have to drink champagne.
Budapest is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and I’m inclined to believe the photos don’t do it justice. From the banks of the Danube River to Buda Castle, I can’t wait to someday explore Budapest. It’s also relatively affordable.
Castles, lochs, glens… Cities full of history, folklore… Why wouldn’t someone want to visit Scotland? My first project at my company involved Edinburgh and Glasgow and I’ve wanted to spend time there ever since. It’s quite tempting to pop over to Edinburgh while I’m in England.
A few years ago, a sorority sister took a trip to Croatia. I’ve been fascinated ever since. With walled towns and stunning beaches, a week or two (three… four… sense a pattern?) spent in the likes of Split and Dubrovnik would truly be another world.
South Africa, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Moscow, Costa Rica, Morocco, Greece, Switzerland… There are so many more places I want to visit, experience. Why not go there?
I’ve been trying to learn a few basic phrases (like “Coffee?”) in a few different languages, in anticipation of my travels. The French aren’t going to be impressed and as for the Germans… I can’t say a single German word without giggling as the language sounds so harsh when it comes out of me. Maybe I’ll make flash cards… I’ve got London slang covered, however, and will be using the loo and taking the lift for the next several months.
Where do you want to travel?