1. New Zealand
My boyfriend went travelling before we met and he fell in love with New Zealand. As has everyone else who has travelled there. New Zealand is always top of everyone’s list of best places they have been. And I am dying to go. When I have saved enough money to do some travelling, this is where I want to be. There’s skiing, the mountains to climb, it’s lush and green.
Perhaps it is a bit cliche, but I’d love to travel to Thailand and work/volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. I know it’s a classic ‘gap year’ move, but elephants have always been one of my favourite animals and I’d love to work with them. Also, everyone who has travelled there has loved it. I want to immerse myself in new cultures, try new foods and just experience new things. Thailand seems to be completely different to the UK, so why not visit somewhere totally new?
A friend of mine recently travelled to China to teach English. It looked amazing and so enriching. From the photos, it looks like such a beautiful country. I am nearly finished studying for my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification. So I think if the opportunity ever arose I’d like to go to China and teach. In the same way as Thailand, I just want to experience a completely different culture.
Wine? Pizza? Pasta? I’m sold! I’ve already mentally planned a mini trip around Italy. Starting in Rome, then to Florence and finishing in Venice. Maybe with a little stop in Verona in the middle. It’s such a beautiful country and what girl doesn’t want to live out the Lizzie McGuire fantasy?
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
For years, I have wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As weird as it sounds, I think my fascination started watching The Emperors New Groove as a child. But anyway, I’d love to hike to Machu Picchu. It’s one of those bucket list things that I need to do at some point. Sooner rather than later, hopefully.
It would just be an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Northern Lights, and you can do that in Iceland. Why would I want to go there? Plus I really want to go to the hot springs.
7. New York City, USA
Not a country, I know. But since I was in my young teens, I think I have romanticised New York City in my mind. To the point where I wanted to move there. I think it goes hand in hand with my desire to become a writer. May as well be the cliche New York City aspiring author. It’s a similar thing to the love affair I have with London. I love seeing the people, the hustle and bustle of the streets. Just so many people with such different stories in one place.
Again, classic ‘gap year’ country to visit. But I think it has to be done. It’s basically the UK, but with better climate. And I love the idea of having Christmas dinner on the beach. It’s got beaches, city and nature. Everything you want from a country.
I studied a lot of German history at school, particularly the Nazi era, so Germany is one of those places that has a lot of historical landmarks to explore. And sometimes you just need a touristy holiday. Plus I’d love to go during Oktoberfest.
10. South Africa
South Africa looks so beautiful. Especially Cape Town. There’s amazing beaches and hikes to go on. And I’d love to go on a safari. Just looks like such a picturesque and stunning country.