After last summer’s travel debacle, I have tried to keep relatively quiet about any upcoming travel plans. Instead of posts announcing and leading up to future travel plans, I’ll make an announcement on social media as those plans are unfolding. It’s not as fun as the way I’ve done it in the past, but last year’s experience was heartbreaking and having to explain my situation to so many people didn’t make it any easier.
While I’ve been busy planning upcoming excursions, I have also been dreaming up new locales I hope to visit. The more I travel, the more I want to see; for me, this journey is endless.
It feels as though I haven’t been on a true adventure in a long time, and that’s why I have picked the following locations as the five countries I am currently dreaming of. These aren’t all new to my list, but my desire to visit them continues to grow stronger over time. So, where to next? Here are the five countries I am hoping to add to my list of places visited very soon.
It’s hard for me to believe that India is still on my list of places to visit. This time last year, I was full of anticipation and excitement for my two weeks in Bangalore, but after plans fell apart, India remains on the very top of my list. When I finally do get there, I’d like to spend a few months there and see as much of it as I can. Each region varies from food to culture and experiences, and I want to soak up as much of it as I can. I would also like to get my yoga teacher certification while there, so that I can pursue a passion of mine when I return home.
While I’m pretty sure my original Morocco obsession started because of Disney World’s Epcot, it has only been made stronger over the years through hearing of other people’s experiences in the country. I have always been intrigued by the architecture, culture, and people, and I think I’m overdue for a visit. From trekking in the Atlas Mountains to wandering the souks of Marrakech, there’s so much to see and do; I want to experience all Morocco has to offer.
Tanzania has also been on my list for years, but back in 2012 when I visited Africa, I chose instead to head to the south. While I have no regrets about my decisions, that trip only further ignited my desire to see all of Africa. Three years later, I cannot believe I have not returned. While I don’t have immediate plans, I do know that I want to experience East Africa next, and Tanzania is at the top of my list. While there is so much to see and do, the main pull for me is Mount Kilimanjaro. In that past few years, my love of hiking and the outdoors has grown and climbing Kilimanjaro has become a priority.
Colombia has also been on my mind for the past few years and the beauty of both its cities and coastal regions are the reason why. Reading and hearing others’ stories and seeing their photos of the South American country have only made it move further up the list. Since I have only been to Chile, I’d love to see more of the continent, and I am planning on starting with Colombia.
This is a recent addition to my must-visit-soon list. While I had my sights set on Costa Rica for years, and still do, Belize has made its way up on the list. The more I read and research about the country, the greater my urgency to visit is. From the culture and history to the jungle and beautiful beaches, there doesn’t seem to be an end in the list of places to see and things to do. Plus, I don’t know many people who have been there, which makes a visit to the country even more intriguing.
While this is just the beginning of a very long list of places, my wanderlust has been getting a bit out of control lately, and I thought it would be best to focus my thoughts. I don’t know when I’ll get to these places, but I am hoping it’s very soon.
If you have been to any of the countries listed above, I’d love to hear all about where I should go and why. If I haven’t mentioned a place you think I should have, tell me why I should go there.