Is anyone else experiencing big wanderlust whilst in lockdown? Or is that just me? It seems that everyday I am at my laptop, researching places to go when this is all over! I think the wanderlust has come along due to a mixture of cancelled trips, and not having the ability to leave the house, let alone the country. There are quite a few places that keep popping up on the top of my searches and research lists when I’m taken over by that travelling bug; my wanderlust wishlist if you will! Let me walk you through my top five…
First up, we have Italy. I’ve wanted to go to Italy for as long as I can remember, ever since I was old enough to listen to my grandparent’s stories of holidays, treks, and trips (they are quite the jetsetters). I am a sucker for ancient history so love to hear the tales of the sunken cities or watch their home videos of them roaming Roman ruins. As such, the places highest on my list to visit in Italy are Herculaneum and Pompeii; the cities preserved in ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Outside of exploring Roman history, I one day want to go and explore the art in Florence (I’m coming for you Michelangelo!), and visit the canal based city of Venice. I know, I know – these are such touristy answers. But here’s the thing; I’m interested, and I’m not ashamed of that.
In all honesty, I’ve already been to Greece – my family and I visited the island of Crete a few years ago. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and was just beauuuutiful. We visited in early July, and stayed in the Chania area of Crete. We were close to so much history and natural beauty, and some of my highlights were visiting Old Town Chania, the ancient city of Aptera, and the Venetian town Rethymnon. Although I would welcome going back to Crete with open arms, mainland Greece is the place on my wishlist. Just like with Italy, I’m drawn to ancient history, so am keen to visit the ancient citadels and sanctuaries of the Acropolis and the Delphi, and spend hours in the museum of Thessaloniki. If there’s one thing I learnt in Crete, the weather and beaches of Greece are beautiful, so I wouldn’t say no to visiting Halkidiki for some time swimming and boating around the bays.
I have a lot of knowledge of Italy and Greece thanks to being obsessed with archaeology as a child, and having family members who have already visited these countries. However, Japan is a country I don’t know an awful lot about. In a way, that’s one of the reasons I am drawn to it; it’s a place I can visit and really learn about cultures and traditions that are new to me. Like every white girl before me, I obviously want to go to Yoshino and see the cherry blossom in full bloom, despite my hayfever. I’m also keen to visit the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto to see both modern Japan and the more traditional side of things.
Ah Ireland – I was so close to visiting you. I was booked to stay in Dublin for a few days in April but alas, coronavirus. Considering I live only an hour flight away, I’m surprised I haven’t yet been! I’ve got two areas of Ireland on my wishlist, the first being Dublin. I had planned to visit the Kilmainham Gaol, the National Museum of Ireland, and to stop off at Temple Bar for a drink and some live music. My friends and I are already pre-planning to go again when this is all over, so hopefully I’ll be able to visit Dublin soon! The second area of Ireland I’d love to visit one day is County Kerry, to experience some of the castles and wild nature Ireland holds.
This was inevitable; of course Orlando would make this list. I went on holiday to Florida last November (and have even written a few blog posts on my time there), and I still think about it every darn day. I was lucky enough to go as a child and make wonderful memories, and now I’ve made wonderful memories as an adult too! I know a lot of people won’t think it, but going to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios as a grown up (with no children I may add) was incredibly fun. You are in a warm place, surrounded by fun things and events, with excellent food, drink, and accommodation – sounds like a dream holiday to me! If I’ve been there recently, why would I want to go back? Well, because you can’t do it all in one trip. I want to go back to the parks and do all the things I missed (and just do everything again). I also want to visit the Kennedy Space Centre, explore Old Town Kissimmee, and glimpse what else Florida has to offer.
So, those are my top five places on my wanderlust wishlist. Honourable mentions include Amsterdam in the Netherlands (been before and loved it), India (but I always get scared regarding my allergy), and Canada (hiking and lakes and log cabins!). Let me know if you’ve been to any of those places on my list, and what the best things to do are! Also, let me know what’s on your travel wishlist.