Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Travel Wish List

Now that autumn is definitely here, that days are getting shorter and shoter and winter is on its way, it's just the perfect time to stay in, enjoy a hot cup of tea with nice biscuits and daydream about all the great things that I will do when the sun finally shines again. And travelling and daytripping are usually better if it is not raining incesantly, so I've decided to compile a list of my dream destinations to cheer me up in the grey days that begin to be the usual thing for this time of the year. Just like Germans say, "Vorfreude ist die schönste Freude" (anticipation is the nicest joy) so I think it is always a great idea to have something special to look forward to. Not only does it help to make hard times more endurable, but anticipating can be a pleasure itself. Besides, I also found a cool Travel List Challenge post at Our Jorney to Everywhere blog and I thought it was a good thing to do! I'll try to keep the challenge short and I'll just list 10 places which I really, really would love to visit. Of course, there are more than 10 places on my travel wish list but these 10 would be real milestones for me. So, hopefully, one day I'll take a look back at this list and I'll be able to cross them all out!

1. Australia

Australia has been top on my list since I was a child. I cannot even remember where this fascination came from, but I'm sure it came really early as I got my first Australia travel guide when I was just 10. Many years later I still haven't been there but my desire to visit this magic and huge country has only grown. Uluru, Blue Mountains, Coober Pedy, Queensland and the Sunshine Coast, Tasmania and the list goes on. In my dreams I plan to spend a whole year there travelling with a van across the country; in real life ... we'll see!

2. Sydney

Keeping on with Australia, I'm sure that Sydney is an unmissable stop there. I used to have a citymap of Sydney in my bedroom in my parents' home where I highlighted all the touristic spots that I would love to visit someday and I even fantasized about learning to surf in some of its popular beaches.

3. Iceland

From a huge island to another big island, Iceland has also been under my radar for a while now. There's something very appealing about this isolated island covered in snow and full of thermal waters. Besides, its viking past seems really interesting to me. I actually started learning Icelandic hoping that someday I might be able to read the famous Sagas. Tough work, so I cannot think of a better reward than a steamy bath among the snow and under the moon.

4. Berlin

Just because is cool, just because is filled with history and bakeries full of delicious treats, just because I love Germany. And also to finally see with my own eyes all the places I once had to memorize in my German lessons, when I was unable to distinguish east from west and I ended up making a very poor description of Berlin to my teacher (anyways, what a stupid exercise!).

5. Moscow

Russia has always been a very attractive country to me and I also started learning Russian once to be able to find my way among all those signs written in cyrillic characters if I ever set foot on Russian territory. I think the landscapes must be amazing, just like the history, the food, the music or the literature of the country and the architecture in the imperial cities. Saint Petersburg and the Baikal Lake would also be on my list.

6. Barcelona

Sometimes I get the feeling that I don't know enough of my own country, despite having lived there for 25 years. I have only been for a year in Belgium, in The Netherlands or in Switzerland, but I think I've travelled quite a lot more around. And while I love discovering new countries and cities, I think it is also nice to get to know one's own country and Barcelona makes a wonderful entry door to Spain framed by that genius who was Gaudi. And as a bonus, I'll try and see a match of my beloved FC Barcelona in its own stadium!

7. Lanzarote

It's been a while now that I have been willing to visit Lanzarote. My favourite book, Mararía, takes place there and I've been mesemerized by its magical descriptions of the island since I read it for the first time: a stranded island of red and black, of orange and brown, of green and purple, burning under the sun, with dogs owning the streets while people waited for the chill of the evening inside their homes, an island with just one car in an undetermined time. Sounds mystic to me and I'm sure that reality is more than far away of the poetic descriptions that Rafael Arozarena wrote in the book but still it must be beautiful. So close to my home island and I've never been there. Shame on me!

8. Aletsch Glacier

I would love to see a glacier some time and the only reason for choosing this one is a practical one: it is the closest glacier to my boyfriend's hometown at just 3 hours drive, more or less. So, chances are, that if I ever visit a glacier, this one is the most likely to be chosen.

9. The Maldives

This is another childhood dream of mine. Somehow, I once got my hands in a travel brochure completely dedicated to the Maldives and I was totally amazed by the beauty of those turquoise waters and white sands. And also at the confort and luxe of the hotels. Actually, I think that the Maldives need no explanation to feature in any wish list, they just deserve to be there!

10. New York

Probably the most cliché place on my list but I also think this one deserves to be in any wish list! New York promises everything: 24/7 fun, take-aways from all over the world, superb architecture and great art, nice rests in green parks, beautiful sunrises, fashion and musicals. I usually love movies set in New York and I can't get enough to the awesome views the city has to offer.

So, that's my list, short and beautiful. Taking a look at it I can tell two things about me: I have a penchant for islands and I really like cold places with snow. And what about you? Do you also have a travel wish list? If so, let me know about your dream destinations. After all, it is always good to get some inspiration to keep on dreaming.

Disclaimer - All pictures are taken from Wikimedia Commons. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to replace them with my own photos.


  1. Compartimos muchos destinos, Australia sobretodo Sidney llevan mucho tiempo junto con Maldivas a la cabecera de mi lista, algunos de tus destinos como Ny, Barcelona, Lanzarote y Tenerife ya los he visitado y añadiría Tailandia y Japón que me llaman muchísimo la atención.Berlín y Ny son mis favoritas, una auténtica pasada!!
    Sigue soñando es lo mas bonito q podemos hacer durante el invierno, me encanto la entrada.

    1. Me alegro de que te haya gustado :)
      Que suerte que hayas estado en Berlin y NY, a mí me encantaría. Pero bueno, mientras espero disfruto lo que puedo y tampoco me quejo!
      Japón tb debe ser un destino muy interesante, tan diferente de todo lo conocido hasta ahora jejeje
      Un besote!

  2. A lovely list... I hope that you get to these many worthy destinations and soon!
    "Vorfreude ist die schönste Freude" - I studied German for nearly 10 years and I never heard that before but I like it - a lot!

    1. I also studied German for 5 years and never heard of it, but this are the perks of having a German-speaking boyfriend ;) However, I don't profit enough of it, as we always stick to Spanish!

  3. I love your list! Some of those places I can go add to mine! hehe! Or maybe I am pushing it a bit now! Saving is hard!
    Glad I could give you some inspiration!
    Following you! Like your blog!

    1. I think we're gonna need a life of savings to afford our ever-growing lists :) The last place on my list was difficult to choose as I was torn between NY, the Great Canyon and South Africa, so if I ever extend my list, South Africa will come on top, I guess!
      I also liked your blog straight away, I like reading stories from far places I would love to visit someday (and travel blogs in general!)

  4. Nice choices, I see we have the same travel wishes. I would love to visit Berlin, Moscow, NY again and the Maldives...

    1. Thanks for your comment, Camille!
      I guess that many of my top 10 choices are very typical but still so worth it! Wish I could start visting them right now :)

  5. Definitely Barcelona! I'd also love to visit more of Northern Italy. :) {And that is just the beginning for a very long list!}

    1. This is also just the beginning of my list, there are so many beautiful places to discover that I wish I could travel all year long!

  6. Thats a great list of places to visit. I hope you get to travel to all of them! I'll post pictures and write all about Australia. Thank you for your comments. :)

    -The Fashionista Tourist

  7. I studied abroad in Berlin last summer, and I fell in love with it. It's stolen a piece of my heart.



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