After posting yesterday’s post – Top 10 Travel Destinations Over The Last 10 Years, it got me thinking where the next 10 years would take Mr ESLT and I if we are lucky enough to be able to carry on travelling the world the way we do now. Over the past 10 years we have travelled to over 40 countries, I wonder if in another 10 years that figure will have risen to 80 countries travelled together, possibly even more? Back in October when we visited Malta, we indulged in a few pints of the local fizzy stuff and complied a list of places we want to visit and soon. So here is the list of the 10 dream destinations for the next 10 years. I wonder how many we can tick off within that timescale?
The Maldives have always been one of those places that we’ll visit ‘one day’. Well we now think that ‘one day’ is getting closer. Working full-time, travelling and blogging can take its toll, so where better than a pure white sand beach or a water bungalow to take a couple of weeks out and relax to the max. Also, due to the effects of climate change paradise may be lost relatively soon and we don’t want to miss our opportunity to visit.
Niagara Falls, Canada
I can’t believe we haven’t actually visited Niagara Falls before now, especially as you can always find reasonably priced flights from England to Toronto. Niagara Falls has been on my bucket list since I can remember, I think watching Superman II as a kid, set me off wanting to go. It looks like my wish is going to come true in 2018, as we are already planning an east coast Canada and America road trip.
Africa has never been very high on our list of places to visit, I think it’s because Mr ESLT worked out of Africa for a lot of years and didn’t have the best time. But like I have reminded him, there are some beautiful places and you can’t judge a whole continent based on a few countries. And seriously how gorgeous does Zanzibar look, 10 years ago lazing on a beach for a week or so was my idea of hell, now – bring it on and soon!
Hawaii has been at the top of Mr ESLT’s list of places to visit for as long as I have known him and somewhere we need to visit ASAP. After recently visiting Iceland, our love of volcanic islands has skyrocketed. Hawaii looks the perfect combination of sightseeing, history and relaxation. We already have a list of things as long as our arm of things we want to do and see – Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, where Lost and Jurassic Park were filmed etc…
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Often called a tourist trap, many can’t understand why it is on my list. To be honest maybe I don’t even know. Having never visited Vietnam (bet you’re thinking what? How can you be a traveller if you have never backpacked South East Asia), it is high on my list and I would like to start my Vietnamese adventure here and if it is a dire and dirty as some people make out at least my trip can only get better.
We loved our time in Thailand when we visited on our honeymoon, although I will be honest, we weren’t the biggest fan of Bangkok but would never let our experience put us off returning to such a beautiful and friendly country full of history and culture. I haven’t specified where in particular as I really would be open to returning to anywhere as long as I could find a killer vegetable Pad Thai, I still dream about the food we ate on our last trip, we didn’t have a bad meal.
We love a good sunset and when somewhere is famous for having great sunsets, it had to make our list. We love Greece, yet we have never visited what we consider to be the pinnacle of Greek islands. With its beautiful white washed buildings and delicious food (mmmm gyros!) and a hefty helping of basking in the Mediterranean sun, let’s hope it’s not too long before we see one, or more, of those sunsets ourselves and can tick this beauty off our list.
Kruger National Park, Africa
I love animals, so seeing them in their own natural habitat would be a dream come true. A safari has been on our list for a while now however, we have always wanted to do it ‘properly’ and to do it properly is not a cheap affair. Kruger National Park is considered to be one of the best places in the world and with that label comes a big price tag and one we haven’t wanted to/been able to pay before. But you only live once, so Kruger here we come…. (hopefully).
With a trip to St Petersburg planned for April, I am really looking forward to visiting Russia for the first time and I am adamant that I will love it as much as I want to love it. Therefore, I have added Moscow to the list. It looks amazing and as a massive fan of city breaks, it ticks a lot of boxes for me – history, culture, architecture etc. It’s just a shame the process of getting a Russian visa, which we are in the process of doing, is quite drawn out and complex.
The thought of seeing orangutans in the wild, gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy, so a trip to Borneo had to be on our list of places to visit. With crazy amounts of wildlife, amazing diving conditions and rainforest hikes all on the cards, I genuinely cannot think of a reason not to jump on a plane and visit right now. Couple all that with sunshine and Indonesian food, it’s a trip that needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
Do you have a list of places you would like to visit in the near to mid future? We’d love to hear where. Or perhaps you are more a ‘where the wind takes me kind of person’?