‘Hey, Kelly,’ I hear you say. ‘We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, so why are you posting about travel?’ It should be at the back of our minds – and for a good reason. For me, travelling is something I’ve been thinking about a lot more lately, probably because it’s now not an option. Social distancing and isolation have put into perspective just how much of the world I haven’t seen yet. There are many places I want to see and explore. When this is all over, you can bet that I’m going to be booking a flight.
So, today, I’m bringing you a post of the top five places I want to travel to.
Japan is at the top of the list for both the other half and I. From getting to experience authentic Japanese foods, stroll through their food markets and festivals, visit the Studio Ghibli museum and Pokemon centre, and surround myself with the beautiful scenery and surroundings of Japan, there are plenty of things to do and see. It’s been at the top of my travel bucket list for a very long time and I’m looking forward to the day when travel restrictions and self-isolation are a thing of the past and I get to visit this beautiful city.
NEW YORK, USA
I never had much of an interest in visiting New York until a couple of years ago. A beach getaway is not my idea of a good time – I like to explore. Since becoming an adult, city breaks have been more appealing to me and the things I like from a getaway, so what could be a better city break than New York? Shopping in Times Square, strolling through Central Park, catching a Broadway show, and visiting all the landmarks you see in movies makes New York a must-visit destination for me!
Okay, I know I said a beach getaway wasn’t my idea of a good time, so you’re probably wondering why I’ve included Hawaii on this list. I visited Hawaii back when I was ten/eleven and had an amazing time. It’s one of my absolute favourite holidays I’ve ever been on. We walked up Diamond Head, the dormant volcano in Oahu. We visited the Pearl Harbor memorial. One day, we took a plane to the Big Island and explored the volcanoes that are still active to this day. Then we spent an entire day driving around the island of Oahu. It was so much more than a beach getaway and it’s something I would love to experience once more.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Something you don’t know about me is that my maternal grandmother is half Dutch. Her father was from Holland. However, we have family all around The Netherlands. Although I’ve never met them, my mother would tell me stories about her Dutch relatives coming to visit when she was a child. Visiting The Netherlands has always been a dream for me. I would love to see the country where a part of my family lives. While I do want to visit Amsterdam first, mostly for the canal rides, the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh museum, and eating pancakes at Amsterdamse Bos, it is my goal to experience as much of The Netherlands as possible.
Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the world so it’s no surprise that I’ve included the capital city, Reykjavik, on my travel bucket list. I have always wanted to take a helicopter ride over the city, visit the Blue Lagoon, and of course see the Aurora Borealis. The picturesque scenery of Iceland is one that truly needs to be experienced with the human eye and not simply through a camera lens. There is so much to see and do in Iceland and I for one cannot wait to be able to make this dream a reality.
Of course, there are other places I’d love to visit, such as Rome and Venice, Bruges, Seattle, San Fransisco, Ontario, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, and even a few places a little closer to home such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, and York. There are so many beautiful places in this world that I’ll be booking a flight the moment it is safe to do so again.