Wanderlust // The Top Five

31 March 2014

Do you have a travel wishlist that's getting longer by the day? Do you want to hop on a plane to see some new scenery, take in a new cultures, try new food?! Yes? Well, you've probably got a case of 'Wanderlust' then. It's okay, I've got it too, and Pinterest really isn't helping things.

I've always loved travelling. Whilst I was growing up we travelled a lot; my dad, who had always loved travelling, would tell stories about the places he'd been before. He told us exciting tales about the friends he'd made and things he'd done. He vividly recounted the lake at Vancouver, an earthquake in Japan, numerous peaks and valleys he'd flown over, and the incredible beaches of southern California. I guess it was listening to all these little tales that instilled the desire to travel in me too. 

As you probably know, I currently live in Jakarta, before here I lived in South Korea for four and a half years. One of the best things about living in Asia is how easy it's been to tick off a lot of places on this side of the globe that were on my bucket list. The problem is though, as time goes on, especially with all the amazing photos you see online, my list is actually getting longer not shorter! I realised recently that I needed to settle on some true 'bucket-list' destinations and make plans towards going on those trips. So, after much thought, here's my top five travel wish list...


Roadtrip the coast of California. See the ginormous redwood forests towering above me. Take a wine tour, or two. Look at a little art and culture in San Fran. Eat sushi and do some celebrity spotting in L.A. Go see if I can make a find in the Rose Bowl flea market. Big Sur. Stay in motels and cute boutique hotels that remind you of movie scenes. Stop off at diners. Lay on the beaches of Southern California.



Feel the chill in Alaska. Explore the wilderness and appreciate the vastness and isolation. Go whale watching and suck up the fresh, cold sea air. See the glaciers breaking off slowly and crashing into the ocean below. Try to spot a bear. Watch the skies light up with the incredible Aurora Borealis. Warm up by a cosy log fire.



Spend Christmas in New York. Get wrapped up in the festive season. Skate beneath the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Shop for gifts on 5th. Wander around (hopefully snowy) Central Park and go for hot cocoa to warm up after. Watch the Radio City Christmas show. All a cliche of the most joyful holiday kind!




Marvel at natural beauty in New Zealand. Drive through the vast open countryside and see the awe-inspiring scenery. Take a walk down 90-mile beach and lookout for passing whales. See the majestic, natural and unspoilt beauty of Milford Sound. Go hiking across the volcanic landscapes in Tongariro National Park.



Go on safari in Kenya. See the big five in their natural habitat. Watch the sunrise over the Savannah. Sit round a campfire at night. Sleep in a gorgeous luxury camp under the stars and pretend I'm a gamekeeper for a week. Amazing!


So, what do you think, and are any of them on your bucket list? I think my choices encompass a little bit of everything. They're each a bit different from one another and I'm sure if/when I get to tick them off the list they'll be such fantastic experiences and leave memories to last a lifetime. I guess now I've narrowed things down, the next step is to get saving!


Leave me a comment and let me know what your travel top five is, I'd love to hear where everyone wants to go! 

15 comments:

  1. Love this post! They're all places I would absolutely love to visit, you've gave me a serious need for a holiday now haha x

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    1. Sorry about that! :P Thanks for stopping by! x

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  2. Oh yes, my top five is almost the same as yours - I've been dreaming of visiting California, New York and New Zealand for ages! I am also dreaming about Brazil or Argentina! :) x

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    1. Yes, Brazil or Argentina would be great too. If I was doing a top ten I think somewhere in South America would be on there for sure! x

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  3. This is a brilliant post! I always have a bad case of wanderlust - there really is nothing better than going new places and experiencing new things! I have SO many places I would love to go. Bali, Japan (i die over the beautiful pictures), San Francisco, Venice and Iceland are topping the list at the moment :)

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    1. Yes, I'm the same with amazing pictures! I'm lucky because living in Korea I got to take a trip to Japan since it was only a short flight away. I've already been to Bali too, it's beautiful... But now I'm living in Indonesia it's just an hour away so I'll definitely be returning! A few times hopefully! :D Thank you for stopping by x

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  4. There is nothing more perfect than New York at Christmas - I got engaged in the snow in Central Park! :)

    Would love to do all of the above, but Thailand and Australia would be on my list too.

    Christy x
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    1. Oh wow, I bet that was amazing! I went to New York for New Years Eve and it still had a lot of the Christmas stuff around but it obviously wasn't the same as being there before in the run up to Christmas day. I think that would be just so festive and fun!

      Australia and Thailand are great choices! Living out in Asia means I've already managed to tick them off, so glad I did they're two of my favourite places in the world! I'm sure you'll love them if/when you visit :) x

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  5. Some great choices amiga! But if you go up California's coast you must start in San Diego, not LA (just saying).

    As for my top five... I would say: Paris, Ireland, Thailand, Seychelles, Venice

    Thanks for the travel inspiration!

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    1. Yes, I totally agree. My dad always talked about San Diego so much, that's one of his favourite spots on the Californian coast.

      Errm, Seychelles, yes please!!! :D Good picks!

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  6. There are so many places I still want to go to. I've been fortunate to do the SF to LA road trip, a couple of safaris in Kenya - my all time fave holidays & of course NYC (love that city).
    A big one for me is Japan.
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    1. NYC is amazing isn't it! I visited about 7 or 8 years ago and loved it. I think it'd be so magical at Christmas!

      When did you go to Kenya, do you have pictures of your trip up on your blog? Very envious, I reaaally want to go on safari, but it's not as high up the Misters list so that may be something we do at a later date :/

      Japan is so interesting, I managed to go there when I was in Korea since it was so nearby. I'd love to go back and see a bit more of it though.

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  7. Oh I'd have to think long and hard to narrow it down to just 3 but I know my top two! New York is the very top of my list and I want to go in December so it's all festive and hopefully snowy! I've never been but it has been on the wish list forever! The second is a Safari, I would just love to see all the amazing wild animals in their natural habitat! I just wish had someone to travel with!!

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  8. So jealous of where you are currently living! My dream location is Singapore, so glad you commented on my blog, really glad to have found yours as a result.

    Fie xx

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  9. So jealous of where you are currently living. Singapore is my dream destination! Thanks for commenting on my blog, so glad to have found yours as a result.

    Fie xx

    http://coffeeandconfetti.me/

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