I set out this year with the fairly modest trip planned (or so I thought) of two months in Costa Rica, then a flight home. Obviously, that hasn’t turned out to be the case. Currently, my itinerary looks something like this-
6 weeks in Argentina
2 weeks in Mexico City
1 week in California (bonus- Lightning in a Bottle Festival!)
4 weeks (ish) in the UK
1 week (ish) in Barcelona
What can I say– this emoji is me right now…
Anyway, emojis aside, fate clearly didn’t want me to return to the UK. So I thought I’d start putting together a little travel wishlist, of places I really want to go or experiences I really want to have. All I can say is, watch this space!
1. Tierra del Fuego Patagonia
Who wouldn’t want to go to the place knows as the end of the world, right? And this spot is pretty spectacular. Huge snow-topped mountains, mirror-clear lakes, towering glaciers- it is stunning in the purest sense of the word.
2. Swim with manatees, Florida
Manatees are my spirit animal. I loved seeing the taxidermy ones in the Natural History Museum in London, but sadly that’s the closest I’ve ever got to a real life encounter. In the Crystal River, Florida, you can actually swim amongst wild manatees. I think I’d turn into a real life heart-eye emoji.
3. Rio Carnival, Brazil
This decadent display of dancers, floats and all around glitter is famous the world over. As a top glitter fanatic, it’s easy to see why this place is on my list.
4. Gamble in Las Vegas
Because who doesn’t want to order a Scotch on the rocks and say ‘Put it all on black’? Strippers and cocaine optional.
5. See the midnight sun in Norway
Okay, so this one was inspired a lot by a book I read last year, called The Ribbons are for Fearlessness. In it, the main character ditches her useless off-and-on boyfriend, buys a van, and roadtrips from Cornwall to Norway to see the midnight sun in Norway. I may or may not strongly relate.
6. Sleep in a yurt and ride a horse in Mongolia
When I was about 10 I had to do a project in school (I can’t remember what the actual topic was) but for mine I chose Mongolia, and the riders on the steppes. I was absolutely fascinated, and downright awestruck when we went to the circus and saw them perform, and even more awestruck when I actually got to sit on one of the horses afterwards (I still have the Polaroid somewhere). Anyway, since then I’ve wanted to go to Mongolia and see them for real.
7. See the Trou de Fer on Reunion Island
I was idly browsing Skyscanner one day when I came across flights here for an exorbitant price. The name piqued my curiosity, and I did some research on this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It has spectacular volcanos, lush rainforest, pristine beaches and these incredibly breathtaking waterfalls which are up to 1,000 feet high and you can canyon down. Say no more.
8. Roadtrip across Europe to Afgahnistan in a van
Another one semi-inspired by a book I’ve read. A van life trip across Europe is pretty much every climber’s dream, but then I read Eastern Horizons by Levison Wood, a modern day explorer who walks everywhere. From here came the idea of extending it across the Middle East, somewhere I hadn’t previously considered, but on reading the descriptions in the book captured my imagination.
9. Hike Angel’s Landing, Utah
I’ve seen the viral Facebook videos. This place looks rad. Sketchy walking across an icy three foot wide path hundreds of feet above the ground? Sign me up.
10. As yet undecided…
It’s no fun to plan everything out in advance, right? I’m sure inspiration will strike along the way! Any suggestions for where my last place should be? The wilder the better!