Some may say that the best part of traveling is looking forward to the next trip! At times like these when we’re stuck indoors it definitely brings some comfort to plan our next travels. Here are some of the places I most want to visit, and how I plan on seeing them.
1. Central and South America
I realise that this is about as vague as possible. South America is the biggest part of my to-do list in terms of travelling and I know that I will take many years to complete it. During my Spanish A Level I learned about various aspects of the history and culture of this amazing continent as well as a little bit about the variation in language, and I just have to see it for myself.
I was chatting to a friend the other day who had just returned from Bolivia after several months in South America, and together we wondered what kind of country we’ll return to visit after this outbreak is over. So many areas rely on tourism for income and it pains me that between businesses closing, strained hospitals and no travel, the local populations will be really suffering.
The Galapagos Islands
After spending a week on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, I fell head over heels with life there and am desperate to go back as soon as I possibly can. I want to spend a few weeks on the same volunteering project, and visit all of the islands while I’m there, seeing all the sights and wildlife that the different areas have to offer. I’ll definitely know to invest in an waterproof or action camera for the next time I’m there, as the underwater views rival those above water!
On that note, I really should give the rest of Ecuador another visit. I liked the city of Quito while I was there but didn’t get much time to explore and, as the culture capital and surrounded by volcanoes, it sounds like I’ve missed some real gems! I’d also want to go to back Guayaquil (where I spent 24 hours stuck in a hotel room), Baños the Quilotoa lagoon.
Peru has always been on my list. I was due to travel there but due to border closures I wasn’t able to (which was obviously for the best). That’s only made me all the more eager to visit though! I want to stay in Cuzco for a while and trek the Inca Trail, and after that who knows. The country has a wealth of incredible sights to offer and I wouldn’t know where to start!
Oh, to swim in a cenote in Mexico! I don’t ask for much.
In seriousness, Mexico is a country that a lot of people are wary of, and for good reason, but it also hides some amazing places. Mexico city looks incredible, as does San Cristobal de las Casas and the Mayan ruins dotted around.
Costa Rica has amazing reviews from everyone I’ve chatted to – hotel tourists and backpackers alike. I think I’d like to volunteer a bit there too, perhaps with wildlife or small communities, before heading off to travel – I’m thinking San Jose, volcanoes and Monteverde reserve.
Next on the list is to return to Iceland. I was lucky enough to visit Reykjavik on a school trip some years ago and it was brilliant. The atmosphere of the city was so similar to England in some ways and yet so different. I felt really relaxed there. Having ticked off many of the more ‘touristy’ spots like Eyjafjallajökull (which I can still pronounce), the black beach at Reynisfjara and the blue lagoon (every bit as amazing as the photos), I’d love to go back and soak up more of local life and the incredible views.
I’ll say now I just love Spain, so as long as I have the time and money I will always revisit. I could happily live there. And I say that only partly wistfully, and partly completely serious; as part of my travels I’d love to be able to live in Spain for a longer period of time.
Revisit some firm favourites
My favourite Spanish place so far is the gorgeous city of Salamanca, and I hope one day to bring my family back there to visit. I also went to Barcelona for the first time for 4 days in July and it was incredible. We already have a list of things we didn’t get to do that we want to tick off so another trip there is a must. I’d love to go back to see the completion of the Sagrada Familia (estimated 2026) as it’s hoped it will coincide with the centenary of Anthony Gaudi’s death and I can imagine there will be some sort of celebration. Also on the list is a visit to Montjuic Castle and a trip on the cable cars! I also loved visiting Nerja and Malaga and I’d like to explore Andalusia some more – soak up the lifestyle and see the Arabic influences.
I’ve already priced up a two week trip visiting some of the towns and cities in Spain that I’ve never seen or that I want to go back to. It covers Madrid, Salamanca, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Malaga and potentially Ceuta too, as well as hostels and buses or trains inbetween each city. I’m really excited because when I’ve been to Spain I’ve only ever stayed in one place so to travel around the country would be amazing.
Costa del Sol
I always incorrectly assumed that the South coast of Spain is just full of beaches for tourists to drink and burn on, but it’s so much for than that. The mix of influences, both architecturally and culturally, is fascinating and some of the historic towns are simply beautiful. I’d love to hire a car and drive around the region, starting with the coastal road and exploring North a bit up to places like Ronda.
4. Diving and surfing
If I’m going to visit all these places it seems only right to enjoy them to their full – especially the gorgeous oceans. To that end, I’d definitely like to learn to dive and maybe give surfing ago.
5. The UK
If I’ve learnt anything this year, it’s never to ignore the beauty on your own doorstep. As soon as I can, I’m going to take a trip around the National Parks of the UK, staying in a mixture of hostels and campsites. I live in North Yorkshire so I’m perfectly situated to start in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, before moving on to the Lake District, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorns in Scotland. Coming back down, I’d visit Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Peak District in that order before heading into Wales to see Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. It would only be right after all that to finish with Exmoor and Dartmouth, of course.
Not that I’ve already planned it, or anything.
Thanks for reading! I definitely think I’ll live my life constantly adding places to this list, but whenever I find somewhere else to visit I’ll be sure to update it! Which country is at the top of your list?