In the past two years I think I can safely say I’ve covered quite a bit of Europe.
London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, Barcelona, Zurich, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Budapest, Porto, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast … and yet there are still a few more cities and countries that I want to see.
But before I go around Europe for a third time, I really want to pay a visit to my family’s continent: Asia. I’ve had layovers in Singapore and Hong Kong for a few of my trips but I haven’t properly experienced Asia since the last (and only) time I was there in 2003. And being about 10 at the time, I really didn’t appreciate what Vietnam and Singapore had to offer. Most of the time I just complained about 1) the heat 2) eating only Vietnamese food 3) no video games/DVDs to watch 4) uncomfortable beds. There’s probably more to add to that list but I feel like the hole I’ve dug myself is deep enough for now.
My ultimate wish at the moment. My friend’s just come back from a little two-week vacay and I lusted over her Instagram feed the entire time. Japanese is my favourite cuisine and I’m all for an efficient public transport system. I’m also a big fan of novelty items so I feel like Japan and I would really appreciate each other.
I really need to give my home country another shot. Everybody I know who’s returned from there has had a blast so maybe I really was a knob and couldn’t appreciate it the first time round. I mean I remember loving Halong Bay and riding around Saigon on motorbikes. Considering I couldn’t even watch an MA-rated movie legally at the time, I’m sure the next time would be magical. Being able to speak the language has its perks too. Hello to not getting ripped off and to bargaining everything.
Don’t really know too much about this place but every one from high school seemed to fly here during their summer holidays. It seems to have a great night life and I hear they make some kickass noodles. Din Tai Fung is apparently the shit in Hong Kong. (Don’t know how it can get any better really, but this rumour is enough to get me on a plane there.)
Probably won’t be heading there until things settle down. Also probably won’t be participating in a Full Moon Party because frankly I’m too old for that. I would instead like a massage by the water followed by a few cocktails and a giant serving of pad thai, please.
Going to Bali seems to be something every Australian does at some point in their life. Might as well tick that off. Flights are cheap, photos look lovely and think of all the mi goreng I can eat. Yes.
I’d really love to go here at some point. I hear it’s best to leave India until the end of your travels though just because it’s so intense. I’m not sure what people mean by that but I can only imagine how different their society is.
Angkor Wat. Pretty much.
I’m not especially dying to see China, but I’d really love to climb the Great Wall. It’d also be quite interesting to see the different regions of China and how the culture, customs, and food differentiate from one another. Also a lot of my friends are from here so it’d be nice to see what the country itself is like.