I’ve wittily combined the popular term ‘Wanderlust’ and my fervent love of making lists to show you all the places I hope to visit some day.
I’m not actually much of a traveller; I have thought about it, and I imagine travelling the world must be an amazing, fulfilling experience that can help you get to know yourself better. However, I am very much a home-maker, and am currently enjoying our new house, job and time with N and our puppy in a county I love.
So until my mind, life and budget encourage me otherwise, I am happy briefly exploring and enjoying these places on short holidays and weekend breaks.
After visiting Croatia a few years ago, and deciding it has the best climate ever, my heart is now set on visiting its neighbour, Montenegro.
Admittedly, I first discovered this country (yes, I do mean ‘discovered’ as in ‘found out it existed’…my geography is just…) while watching an episode of Place in the Sun: Home or Away, and I have to tell you, I was sold there and then.
Just look at those views.
After doing some research, I found it has a largely similar climate to Croatia; the summer is hot, the sea is warm, and the vegetation somehow manages to stay lush and beautiful, making it look almost tropical.
The only downside is that it seems difficult to get there directly from the UK.
Okay so I have actually been to Canada before, but I was about 6 years old, and remember very little about it. What I do remember, however, is that Vancouver seemed like the coolest, most relaxed place ever, and I’d really like to visit again.
Mainly, though, I’d love to experience the mountains, lakes and wilderness of Canada. I want to see those stunning landscapes first-hand.
Evidently I am a sucker for landscapes and good scenery. The TV series, Lilyhammer, has inspired me to go to Norway, not least for their awesome accents and brilliant humour.
I’ve never been to a cold country before, and I’d love to see all those beautiful, snow-covered mountains.
This is the ultimate trip I must do before I die. I don’t know when, as I’d like to take 3 or 4 weeks to do it properly, and obviously lots of cash, but it will happen.
Why am I obsessed with this plan? Let me say this: food, music, architecture, design, language, scenery, history.
I possibly lived in China in a past life, because most things I love in life seem to originate there.
This may never happen, but I’d totally love to do a ‘food tour’ of America. This may need to be soon or never, because I’m talking Man vs. Food challenges, Diners Drive-ins and Drives etc (can you tell the Food Channel is my life?), and it’s probably best to do this while my metabolism is still reasonably fast. Also I don’t want a stroke or a heart attack.
Luckily, N is up for this too, so it could be a thing. But again, we’d probably need at least 2 weeks to do this properly, so I’m not sure we’ll be able to do it any time soon.
Also, because I love making lists so much, here are my Top 3 places I’ve ever visited:
As previously mentioned, the climate in Croatia was just perfect for me. Hot, warm water, and lush greenery everywhere.
The landscape is pretty awesome, with mountains and rivers at the edge of the sea. We were lucky enough to go on a river rafting tour when we visited, which was honestly one of the best experiences of my life.
I’ve been to Paris twice now, both times just before Christmas, and I have to say that it is truly magical. Obviously the Christmas markets and visits to Disneyland help in the magical-ness, but the whole city is just so surreal.
I’d love to go there in Spring time, or early Autumn, to experience another side of the city. There is nothing like enjoying a croissant and cafe au lait for breakfast in a French bistro on the streets of Paris!
My second favourite city to Paris, visiting Barcelona last summer was great fun. Everything feels so laid back there, yet so alive. Sure, the beach was crammed and the architecture (bar the famous works of Gaudi etc.), is very much a mismatch of old and modern, but the markets were incredible, and the atmosphere just makes it a fun place to be.
What’s on your Wanderlist?