The Top 5 Places I Officially Can’t Wait to Visit

So, I never really thought I’d have reasons to be grateful for this quarantine. Sure, I’ve found things I’m going to miss after this ends and I’ve made a concerted effort to find reasons to stay positive during this time and find lessons to take away from all of this, but did I ever think this time next year I’d utter the words, ‘I’m actually really grateful for the quarantine…’

No. Definitely not.

But, here I am, staring at the list of places around the world I want to visit and I am shocked by how much it’s just grown and grown and grown over this last month. A chance it’s only gotten because this quarantine has temporarily taken away my real ability to travel, and so I took to the internet to keep me in touch with the beautiful world outside our homes.

But when I say grown, I don’t just mean I added new places. I’m talking about the diversity of places that have shown up on my list and the number of places I never even knew existed that now hold a place.

Honestly you guys, I may never be able to come back home after I leave because this list is just full of so many awesome new places!!

So, I thought what else better to do with this information than to share it with you! Maybe you’ll find a few to add to your list too…

Side note: I’ve found ALL of these places thanks to following a ton of travel bloggers within the last couple months. If you’re looking for ideas, inspirations or motivations for your future trips, I can’t encourage you enough to still check out travel blogs during these times. It helps out travel bloggers and I know, at least for me, keeps my travel spirit fortified during these hard times.

Though I want to share my entire list with you all, I’ll start with the top 5 for now. In no particular order…

Meteora Monasteries of Greece

I first came across these on the blog, The Planet D, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so moved just by looking at a single photo.

Maybe it sounds crazy, moved by a single photo without ever having known anything about this place or having read a single word in their post yet. But still, there it was. A single look at the first photo on their post and I instantly knew my soul was being called to Meteora.

What about it draws me there?

Have you ever looked at a picture and felt an instant connection with what was in that picture? A person, a place, an object? That’s basically what happened to me when I first saw this post. And what followed was a sense of peace and calm, that I can only guess settles in on travelers as they make their way through the beautiful mountains and historic monasteries.

What am I looking forward to doing most?

  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Learning about the history of Meteora
  • Spending nights in the small but lively city that’s settled around these breathtaking landscapes
  • Meditating in the sun tuning into nature in a place that has a history unlike anywhere else in the world (travelers tip: when you’re setting out to visit a specific location, it’s always worth checking what their I’m going to have to arrange this trip at the right time of year!)

Sao Miguel, The Azores

What about it draws me there?

I secretly want to live the island life, all of the time. Although, that’s probably true for a lot of people! But I also have a thing for seeing waterfalls when I travel and I love the idea of an island of lagoons. There’s a lot of islands in this world but something about these I have a feeling would inspire a truly unique island experience.

What am I looking forward to doing most?

  • Is it too obvious if I say laying on the beach feeling completely enclosed by the island and forgetting about everything else in the world? Probably. Is it true though? Definitely.
  • But on top of that, the closest land mass to The Azores is Portugal, sitting at 1,500km away, followed by New York at about 4,000km away. That sounds just isolated enough to feel like a proper get away. (It’s not lost on me that in the middle of this quarantine what’s primarily drawing me to Sao Miguel is its isolation factor, maybe I’m getting a little too comfy with this quarantine life…)
  • There’s something so wonderful about natural hot springs, I have never in my travels regretted going out of my way to visit a hot spring if I’ve learned about one.
  • Renting a scooter and driving around the island.
  • Trying Cozido das Furnas, a local stew that is cooked using the heat from a volcano!

Casa Battló, Barcelona, Spain

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What about it draws me there?

I spent a little over 2 weeks in Barcelona, though I never truly experienced much of what the city has to offer. I was on month 13 of continuous travel and honestly my mind and body just decided it was time for a rest. Which I was completely okay with!

One of things I did get out to see though was Sagrada Familia, a famous building designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. It was one of those places that before you even step inside you feel grateful to be walking on the grounds, and once you’re inside you feel like you’ve been transported into a whole new world.

I’ll share with you something I always feel guilty saying out loud, though I’ve found many other long-term travelers feel the same way. But after I’d been traveling Europe for 13 months, castles and churches, while still beautiful in their own rights, rarely wowed me anymore.

But, seeing Sagrada Familia? Well, wowed, is an understatement.

So, fancy my surprise when I come across a blog all about Gaudí’s architecture in Barcelona and I find out I was so close to these amazing other works, including Casa Battló, and didn’t even know it!

And while I will always be drawn to Barcelona because what I did manage to get out an experience was all wonderful, the opportunity to get to live inside Gaudí’s world again, even for just a moment, is an experience I just can’t pass up.

What am I looking forward to doing most?

  • Well I will definitely make the time to visit some of his other magnificent structures, including Casa Milà, Casa Vicens and Park Güell.
  • I’m especially looking forward to the feeling of a standing in a real-life fairy tale that I think would come along with visiting Casa Battló. (I mean, look at it!)
  • When it comes to Gaudí’s work, the history behind each building, his life and his story, the passion people still have for completing his unfinished Sagrada Familia. It’s hard to explain, but all of that comes together and creates something magical. And I can’t wait to feel like I’m a part of that once again.

Northern Lights, Vik, Iceland

Seeing the Northern Lights has been on the top of my must-see list since 2015, when I met a someone in Prague who had just come from seeing them, and her stories and pictures were unlike any I’d ever seen or heard before.

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What about it draws me there?

Well, aside from the fact that I’ve dreamt about seeing them for over 5 years now, I also have, like many people, a fascination for the natural beauties of the world, especially the ones I don’t feel like we can truly wrap our minds around. I know we understand the science behind the lights and I’ve spent my fair share of time read up on how and why they exist. But still, even armed with all of that knowledge, I know the minute I see them in person I’m going to feel as though none of that must true.

Suddenly I’ll be believing in every legend and mythical story that’s ever been told about them. These colorful streaks of light won’t have any science or logical explanation, they will just be the creation of something magical that’s beyond our control and beyond our explanation. And those are the experiences traveling that I absolutely live for.

What am I looking forward to most?

  • Camping. I want to camp under the Northern Lights for as many nights as I can survive.
  • I had hoped to get to Iceland during my 14 months backpacking Europe but I never made it quite that far, and so although the Northern Lights are at the top of my list, other features such as visiting The Blue Lagoon and driving the Iceland Ring Road have been on my list for a long time as well.
  • I have a tiny goal in the back of my mind to see the Northern Lights from as many places as possible in my lifetime, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking the first place off the list!

Las Cataratas del Iguazú, Argentina

Honestly you guys I could have just put Argentina, period. And left it at that.

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In the last few weeks I’ve found myself getting completely wrapped up in posts about this country. Losing track of time, falling down a rabbit hole of links ranging from recommendations for the best places to watch tango dancing to seemingly endless lists of the most magnificent natural wonders to visit to reading about the lively culture beaming from the cities. Let’s just say I had to make a decisive effort to stop reading posts about Argentina long enough to actually add Iguazú Falls to this post.

What about it draws me there?

Well, I think I mentioned above I have a thing for visiting waterfalls when I travel. Soo…it would almost be impossible for me to not put the world’s largest waterfall on the list of places I can’t wait visit, right? I actually didn’t know though that this collection of waterfalls made it the largest in the world until all of this reading I’ve been doing!

But being the largest waterfalls in the world isn’t what draws me there. Just looking at the pictures you know getting to stand near something so magnificent created by nature would truly be the experience of lifetime.

What am I looking forward to most?

  • The fact that you can see this waterfall both from the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side. A perfect excuse to pop over to Brazil while I’m down there!
  • It’s not just getting to visit both countries, it’s that you can get two entirely different experiences depending on which place you are in. I think that makes these waterfalls even more spectacular and interesting.
  • Visiting the falls at night. For all of the waterfalls I’ve seen over the years I have never seen a waterfall at night, and now that I know that’s a possibility, my excitement level is, if it’s possible, about a thousand times more than it was before.

I had so much fun researching these places even more after adding them to my list, and I hope this has helped inspire you to keep planning those next adventures and keep adding places on to your travel bucket list too! Just be careful not to fall down the rabbit hole and lose track of a few hours…or, you know what, why not! I certainly think it was an awesome use my free time, I bet it will be for you too!

Until next time searchers.

With Love,
FH

P.S: Have a place you’ve found that you absolutely have to see when this is all over? Share it in the comments below!

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