Sometimes people say to me, you’ve travelled to so many places, there can’t be anywhere left that you want to visit. How wrong they are! The world is full of so many amazing sights and there is always somewhere new to tantalise and intrigue.
[The above shots were taken on my phone by our guide, through his telescope]
I have a long wish-list and ticking places off it, as I did recently with our trip to Costa Rica, doesn’t mean that it gets any shorter, because I am always adding to it too. I read a blog post about a place I’ve never been and realise how much I would love to see it. Or I see a friend’s photos on Facebook; read an issue of Wanderlust magazine; watch a TV documentary; talk to my Virtual Tourist friends about their travels. All of these help to bolster my list faster than I can tick things off it!
So where is there left for me to travel? What are the main places currently on that list? Where am I dreaming of? Marsha is curious about my dream travel plans for 2022 so I’ll start with those. I have always wanted to go to Nepal and see the Himalayas. Not to trek, that is beyond me now and in truth probably always was. But to wonder at them and to fly over Everest perhaps. Also to see the wildlife of Chitwan, especially rhinos, and wander the streets of Kathmandu. There are some place names that resonate with mystery and romance; I have been fortunate to have already visited some, like Zanzibar and Samarkand.
Kathmandu is surely another such. So Nepal is top of our travel dream list for this year; we hope to go there in the late autumn or early winter, the perfect time to visit. It’s already open to travellers so it seems a good bet for this year.
Closer to home we hope to go somewhere in Italy this spring, specific destination as yet undetermined. Recently we’ve developed the habit of visiting our favourite European country at least once a year, but Covid put a temporary halt to that. Now it’s time to go back.
And after last year’s wonderful anniversary celebration in Paris, our favourite European city, we resolved to celebrate future anniversaries there too, so that’s lined up for September.
As to UK travels, in May I’ll be back in Newcastle hosting the many times postponed Virtual Tourist meet originally scheduled for May 2020. This time, finally, we are confident of going ahead. I hope to be welcoming friends from Canada, the US, Israel, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Germany, Ireland and from around the UK; and hopefully helping to fulfil some of their travel dreams!
And in August we’re heading to Yorkshire for our annual meet-up with friends. They are the daughters of the family with whom my father-in-law was evacuated, and we’ve kept his tradition of joining them for lunch in the pub that was formerly their parents’ home – and, for a few years, his too.
Looking beyond 2022, and in answer to that question about where else remains that I want to visit, here’s the current wish-list, in no particular order:
Alaska, Route 66, Trans-Siberian railway, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka (pencilled in for early 2023), Georgia, Armenia, Albania, Mexico, Argentina, Arctic, Israel, South Korea (to compare it with the north), Madagascar, the Azores, Columbia, Nicaragua …
And countries I wish to return to and see more of include Japan, India, Iceland, Morocco and the US, where a road trip is always a delight!
So I hope I’ve said enough to convince any doubter that no matter how many places you travel there is always somewhere else you dream of seeing!
And my favourite quote about travel? It has to be Mark Twain again: