Wanderlusting for a world I’ve not yet met.

I want to see the whole world. THE WHOLE WORLD.

People call me crazy, but I can’t help it. I want to see everything, go everywhere and meet everyone.

For my tenth birthday I was gifted a globe and this, it was probably the best present that I was ever given. From then on I can remember feeling this overwhelming urge of needing to see all of it, the whole globe, I needed to conquer it.

Slowly, but surely, I’ve been crossing places off of my ‘bucket list’. The thing about social media, though, is that the more of the world that I read about, the more places I add to my bucket list.

Full disclosure: I am more of an ‘off the beaten path’ kind of traveller. I’m absolutely certain the Eiffel Tower is breathtaking and that I will get there one day, but, as soon as I make my first million, here’s a few of the top places that I want to go:

Torres Del Pain, Chile

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Torres Del Pain is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers in Southern Chilean Patagonia. The region, breathtaking in any and all photos that I’ve seen online, seems to me to be the South American equivalent to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

This area of South America is high on my bucket list. It just seems as though the possibilities are endless. The mountains are breathtaking, the turquoise waters appear to be the picture of purity and the remoteness of the area makes it so much more appealing.

Bhutan

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The tiny kingdom of Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, is a modern and economically forward country. While there are some things about Bhutan that I’m not necessarily in agreeance with, the country puts a focus on the prospects of sustainability and ethical living. Bhutan has become known worldwide for pioneering the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’.

The scenery is stunning, the people are cultured and the country is diverse, in every sense of the term. When I think of Bhutan, I think of the saying ‘seeing how the other half lives’. To me, taking a piece of the happiness pie, learning how to meditate in a Bhutanese monestary, it seems like the trip of a lifetime.

South Africa

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South Africa has been high on my bucket list since I was in sixth grade. A girl named Kelly, transferred to my class at school, and came with incredible stories and photos of what her life was like in Durban, South Africa. My desire to see South Africa only grew when I started watching Trevor Noah on the Daily Show and reading/learning about him and his life growing up.

There’s so much history of love and heartache, legal struggles and inequality in South Africa, and even so much happening now. It’s a world that I’ve never experienced, a world that I think could teach me so much. Plus, the prospect of being able to go on a safari and see incredible animals that I’ve only ever dreamed of seeing (giraffes, lions, etc…) is a pretty big bonus as well. I’ve seen some people visiting penguins in South Africa, too. And I really want to see Penguins.

Petra, Jordan

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

Petra is a historical and archaeological city named for its pink sandstone cliffs that have been carved into tombs and temples.

My brother and I had made plans to meet here a few years back, but inevitably life got in the way. That being said, the caves, temples and tombs of Petra showcase an impressive civilization that dates back as far as 300 B.C. and it’s a culture and civilization that I would love to learn the history of firsthand.

The Seychelles

Photo Credit: Raymond Sahuquet

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, north of Madagascar. The country is home to an array of beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises.

Seychelles is one of only a handful of countries in Africa with a high Human Development Index. Despite the country’s newfound economic prosperity, poverty remains widespread due to a high level of economic inequality, one of the highest in the world, and unequal wealth distribution among the populace which vastly favors the upper and ruling class

The Islands, which were actually formed following a the seismic event that led to the demise of dinosaurs, are sinking due to the effects of global warming. Nothing would make me happier than getting my butt to this remote location and experiencing its natural beauty and all the magic it possesses.

Honourable Mentions (places near the top of my list that I’ll have to hit when I make my second million):

Switzerland

Photo Credit: ebenalp.ch

Faroe Islands

Photo Credit: handluggageonly.co.uk

Kjeragbolten, Norway

Photo Credit: amazingplaces.com

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Northern Finland

Photo Credit: kakslauttanen.fi

27 thoughts on “Wanderlusting for a world I’ve not yet met.

    1. Hey now, I selectively picked these photos from curated websites specifically posting professional photographer photos to entice people to travel to these places – and they work.

      The world is a beautiful place and all photos that showcase that are amazing in my mind!

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  1. Wow! These places are beautiful. I haven’t even heard of most of these places. It’s crazy to think about how much beauty there is in this world and how much of it we’re missing out on. I hope you get to experience visiting every single one of these places. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Petra, Faroe Island and Bhutan are on my list too! So far I’ve only been to neighbouring countries. I live in Malaysia and have visited Indonesia,Singapore, Japan and Australia. Going to Vietnam in September!

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      1. My cousin Adrian lived in Malaysia from 2002-2006. He shared some amazing pictures with me from his time there, and I believe you wholeheartedly!

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      1. A lot of places: St John’s, Qidi Vidi, Trinity and around the peninsula it is on, Newtown, Greenspond and that peninsula, Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Content, Twillingate, Gros Morne, etc. I can not name all. I drove around a few peninsulas. Took the ferry on both sides of the island.

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  3. Never let anyone call you crazy for wanting to see the WHOLE world! I’m towards the end of my time here and I’ve seen nothing. Live urgently! ❤️

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  4. I love this post, like all the other ones you’ve written. It’s one of my biggest dreams to travel as well. And I’ve never even heard of some of these places, thank you so much for sharing! One day we’ll get to travel, you’ll see:)

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  5. Some of those were not yet on my bucket list, thanks for the ideas. I also have dreams of traveling to all corners of the globe and get a little sad that there are not enough days in a lifetime to see them all. But I can certainly try!

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