Unlike most people, my interest in travelling the world is quite limited. I don’t want to see every city, or head to every remote corner of the Earth, and to the disbelief of nearly everybody I have zero interest in travelling to any part of Asia. I don’t know what it is exactly, but wanderlust hasn’t hit me yet. That said, there are a few places I would consider traveling to, and enough sounding like I’m writing these lines from a throne, make way for my list of destinations.
Some of my interests include mountains (though I am not about to tackle Everest any time soon), world history and lounging, and I think the following places would indulge those interests.
All of my life I have dreamed of visiting Italy, and I think it appeals to me purely for it’s historical monuments and food. I did learn Italian in primary school, though like most Australian children I didn’t learn much of a second language. But my interest in the Renaissance did lead me to learn a fair bit on the subject, and I’ve been dedicated to studying the taste of spaghetti bolognese. So what better place to visit? I’d love to see the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Spanish steps, Venice, the Sedlec Ossuary…
I would be the ultimate tourist in Italy, and I’d love it. Not even a bit embarrassed by walking around with a map staring up at things with a fanny-pack. Plus, a few honeymoon nights in Tuscany or on the Amalfi coast would be appreciated, too.
Lucky for me, the Grampians are only a few hours away from where I am now. Unlucky for me, I don’t own a car so haven’t been there in 12 years. Twelve years! However, we have it booked in that the moment I get a vehicle, we’re taking it down to the Grampians for a few nights of mountain walks, bush scenery, cabin sleeping and wildlife spotting. I’ve always been told that before you see the world, it’s great to see places in your own country first. I don’t know how many other people agree, but it does seem like a logical decision. Shouldn’t we know the wonders of our own country? Other Australian places are locked in for when I get that pesky car which include the Great Ocean Road and Sydney.
3. Los Angeles
This is a place that I’m not exactly sure why I want to go there, especially not with some of the reports I’ve heard of it, but it still manages to hold a ‘visit me’ card to my heart. Cities are cities wherever you go, and my interest in visiting cities is only piqued if yours has something different to offer, and I think the part of L.A. that interests me is the heartaches histories attached to it. It’s the dirty glamour and the hubbub of American cultures that makes me want to go there.
4. European Landmarks and Places
France‘s Les Catacombes, the Louvre, (I guess it would be blasphemy not to see) the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles… you know, all those places that France boasts! Greece‘s Athens and Olympia, particularly the Temple of Zeus. The concentration camps in Poland: not all history is a wondrous marvel, and I’m interested in seeing parts of it that aren’t beautiful. The other parts of Poland are welcomed, too. And, if I can count a part of the UK as Europe, Stonehenge would be a great spot to see, too. We all know I think it’s aliens contrary to whatever evidence they find contradicting that. Maybe Scotland, too.
5. I don’t know where they are, but somewhere, there are beautiful national parks waiting for me to visit them.
Perhaps they’re Angel Falls, or maybe they’re Yellowstone National Park, but they’re something somewhere. And they’re beautiful.
No places with heaps of bugs though. Fuck that.
I love to hear tales of the best place people visited. My grandma has been everywhere, not sure what her favourite is ultimately, but last I checked she said that Antarctica was amazing – this from a woman who has also canoed down the amazon river. Where was your favourite trip? Maybe I’ll catch the travel bug after all.