Top 10 Places I Want to Visit
Having lived a pretty sheltered existence due to time and economic constraints, I now feel I have some catching up to do. Since we aren’t getting paid to travel, we must prioritize our travel like most people have to do. That has led each of us to make a “Top 10 Places I Want to Visit” list. My husband and son have done theirs, so now I have made mine with the reasons why I have chosen these ten places. Our lists only overlap some, so the travel schedule is yet to be worked out!
I could easily write an entire blog post about the multitude of sights to see in Italy. (In fact I think I will later). We are fortunate enough to have a trip planned for a visit in May. I won’t get to see everything I would like to see in Italy, since there are so many great places to visit. I think it would take a few months to get through my list of “things to see”. Photos of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento on the Italian coast are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Tuscany has the rolling hills and smaller towns beckoning to be explored. Then there is the history of Rome and Florence. There is a beautiful, peaceful area known as Umbria that looks like you could linger for a few weeks, relax, and take in the scenery. If I had time I would like to see Sardina and Sicily and Capri and Lake Como and ….
I have wanted to visit New Zealand even before the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. I would like to visit each of the filming sites such as Hobbiton, etc. The great variety of topography is another of the big reasons it is on the list. New Zealand has beautiful coastlines, mountains, rolling hills, and forests to explore.
Islands of the South Pacific
I can say that of all the pictures I have seen, Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Fiji look like some of the most heavenly, surreal places in the world. The azure water, the over-water bungalows, the swaying palms, the lush vegetation make for a tropical paradise that I long to see. As you will see, I love the coast, beaches, and the sea.
I have been to Oahu, but I want to visit Kauai and Maui. I am anxious to see Kauai, the Garden Island for the stunning scenery, Maui for the whale watching and sea life (such as sea turtles), and perhaps the smaller islands that are less heralded.
The islands of Santorini and Mykonos have always looked so idyllic with their white buildings, blue roofs perched on the edge of the sea. The clear sky and the turquoise water are stunning. I long to visit; hopefully soon. There is so much to see in Greece, but for me it is the coast that calls.
Called the Emerald Isle for obvious reasons, I have always wanted to visit for the scenery and the fact that a lot of my ancestors hailed from Ireland. The beautiful seacoast, rolling hills, quaint villages, and ancient churches appear idyllic.
Islands of the Caribbean
We have just visited six of the islands, but that has only made me want to see the other islands even more. I am interested in seeing the scenic vistas and of coarse, the beautiful beaches and clear water. I hope to spot sea turtles, dolphins, and perhaps certain species of whales.
British Columbia, Canada
I became intrigued about British Columbia from two of my favorite shows: Psych and Monk. I found out they were both filmed in Vancouver and the surrounding woods, and I was stunned by the beauty. Being Disney fanatics, I also want to visit the famed Bouchart Gardens located there. (There is a recreation of it in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot.)
The stunning landscapes of Austria and the quaint villages of Bavaria are located next to one another so I know these could both be seen on one trip. The medieval villages and dramatic castles set among thick forests are straight from storybooks.
I have long had a love and empathy for the dwindling numbers of Mountain Gorillas. The number of Mountain Gorillas living in the wild is only about 800 individuals. Rwanda is home to some of the best areas to view Mountain Gorillas. I would love to go on a Mountain Gorilla Trek.
I could easily have come up with 20 places or more, but these are my Top 10 Places I Want to Visit. Hopefully we will get to see several on the list in the next few years. I hope in showing these lists, it has provided some inspiration and fodder for your travel plans. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and would be appreciated. Please leave them in the comments section.
Check my son’s and husband’s lists: