For those of us who love to travel and constantly feel the urge to explore the world, our wanderlust often outweighs our financial means or vacations days. I’ve created a checklist of sorts, of all the dream destinations places we would love to visit this year. Relaxing in Tahiti? Site-seeing in Prague? There are so many places to visit, but I’ve managed to narrow the list down to my top eight destinations.
Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a breathtaking country whose rich history and proud cultural heritage make it truly a sight to behold. From Bangkok’s floating markets to their architecturally stunning Buddhist temples, Thailand is one of those magical places that can elicit an emotional response from everything you look at. My plan? We already covered on Krrb and it involves a motorcycle.
Colombian by nationality, but born and raised in South Florida, I would love to see the country that my parents grew up in and where a large part of my extended family still lives today. The stories I would often hear as a child about Colombian art, music, and food as well as all the rest of the Colombian cultural artifacts that marked my youth, would finally have that missing third dimension. My first stop would be the Salt Mine Cathedral of Zipaquirá.
Home to the picturesque towns of Amsterdam and Hague, the Netherlands feature windmills, canals and castles. Book your trip for spring so you can be in town during flowering at the world’s largest garden, the Keukenhof.
Greece, the cradle of Western civilization, is chockfull of historical lessons in art, architecture, politics, science, mathematics, and literature. Sure, you’ll stop by Athens, the home to iconic buildings like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Byzantine Museum. Off the mainland are the Greek isles, the most famous of are the Cyclades known for their dazzling white and blue visage. We’re packed and ready to go.
With a country as culturally robust and grand as Mexico, it’s a smart idea to stray from the conventional touristy hot spots like Cancun and Tijuana, and admire the art and architecture of the Aztecs, Mayans, Zapotecs, and Miztecs. Mexico City offers up the culture of urban Mexicans today with glimpses in to their past via their art, music, and food. You can’t leave without checking out Diegeo Rivera’s colorful murals located throughout the city.
O Canada! The second largest country in the world has a seemingly endless amount of sights to see. First up would be the province of Quebec where locals feel at home in the very old, Quebec City—site of the famous Château Frontenac. Next stop would be a visit to nature’s high tide sculpted Hopewell Rocks in Bay of Fundy in the province of New Brunswick. This natural rock formation is either accessible on foot or by kayak depending on the tide. And a visit to Canada wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Canadian Rockies.
Morocco, situated at the northwest cast of Africa and often referred to as an extension of the Mediterrean, still maintains a strong connection to their Berber, Arab, French, and Spanish heritage. A walk through the spice markets of Marrakech or the medieval city of Fes contrasts beautifully against a trek in the Sahara Desert or snow-capped Atlas Mountains. For me, a stop at the seaside town of Essaouira is a must.
Sandwiched between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, lies the country of Australia. Boasting such beautiful sites as the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Alps, Kangaroo Island, and the Red Centre Outback, Australia is a diversified travel destination sure to please. Wineglass Bay at the Freycinet national park was named in the top ten best beaches in the world for its white sand and turquoise water.
So many places, so little time! What are your dream destinations?