my travel wishlist4/02/2012
Happy April! With summer fast approaching, it's time to revel in summer vacation plans. In the last years I've visited Barcelona, Monaco, Copenhagen, St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Paris, Malmö, Rome and Germany in the summer. I'm still putting the finishing touches on this year's travel plans, but thought I'd share some of my dream vacation spots that I haven't yet visited:
Bergen and the Norwegian Fjords
My first memory of wanting to go somewhere else in the world, was when I was thirteen and saw a photograph of Norway. I pinned the photographs over my bed and dreamt of the day. Amazingly, Donald and I finally booked our tickets for this summer!
Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
A massive garden with over seven million flowers? Yes please!
Truthfully, the idea of visiting one of the most populated cities on earth doesn't exactly entice me. I live in Los Angeles, where daily traffic feels like torture, why would I want to travel so far to be confronted with some of the same congestion issues? Well - cat cafes, cherry blossom trees, cute products and delicious sushi all seem worth it to me!
I'm incredibly intrigued by strange landscapes that resemble Mars. Perhaps it speaks to the introvert that I tend to be, who prefers to be in an untouched landscape than most crowded places. I'm happy to report that Reykjavik will also be on my itinerary this summer!
Machu Picchu, Peru
There are undoubtedly many "must-see wonders" of the world, but I'm quite indifferent to most of them. The exception goes to Machu Picchu, which combines my love for mountain landscapes, being somewhat isolated, and having alpacas roam all around me. We almost visited in 2009 but it sadly did not pan out. One day I know I'll get there!
I'd love to go anywhere in Patagonia, in either Chile or Argentina. I could work out my half-decent Spanish and take in incredible views.
It wouldn't be the first time I'd travel far to see a Le Corbusier building, but the Notre Dame du Haut has been on my must-see list for quite awhile. Seeing some of my favorite architecture around the world, is like seeing the great feats of human beings in one sitting.
The Faroe Islands
I used to study maps for fun, I'd close in on the small little specks of land and try to figure out what existed there. The Faroe Islands seemed like a great place to be if you wanted to be "away from it all". Combine that with their unique culture and puffin congregations, it's one reason why I'll be stopping there this summer as well :)
The entire Adriatic coastline seems so beautiful and otherworldly. Orange rooftops and cobbled streets look so dreamy together.
Brazil (Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon)
It's almost impossible to select one region of Brazil that I'd love to explore. There's the architecture-filled Brasilia that would send me into a tailspin, or Rio de Janeiro's beautiful surroundings, and even the prospect of seeing sloths in the Amazon. A person like me (one who's afraid of most large insects) probably has no place in the Amazon, but if I saw one sloth I would be so content!
Do you have any dream vacation spots?