I like to think of travelling as a fluid exercise – I’m open to any experience that will teach me something new. While I don’t like to think of travelling as checking off items on a “to-do” list, I do have a list of places that I would love to visit one day – I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to come along. Here’s a glimpse of my travel bucket list:
1. Southeast Asia
I once took a university course on Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific Rim. We learned about the economies and cultural practices of many southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Of all those places, I’ve only ever visited Thailand. Although I lived in China for 11 years, the rest of Asia is still a mystery to me. I would love to see the landscape and culture there one day. I’m also slightly concerned that I won’t get there before commercialization and industrialization ruin its beauty.
2. Turkey & Israel
These 2 countries weren’t always on my radar – prior to visiting Europe, my travel scope wasn’t nearly as big as it is now. I also can’t quite remember when these places caught my eye, but as more of my friends visit and bring back stories, I’m intrigued by the ancient worlds of Eurasia and the Middle East. I think visiting these countries together would be a great trip; if I get the chance I’d also like to add Croatia to this journey.
My grandpa used to be a Russian translator for the Chinese government; he attended many diplomatic meetings and often travelled to Russia for work. When I was little, he used to tell me about the amazing architecture in Russia and the country’s many traditions. I would love to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg one day and see the place for myself.
If you’ve been to any of these items on my wish list, I’d love to hear your impression. What’s on your list of places you’re dying to visit??