The Wishlist

Whenever I’ve tried to come up with a bucket list, it’s inevitably turned into a list of desired destinations. I don’t really care about running the Marine Corps Marathon (in fact, I could think of nothing I’d like to do less) or adopting a colony of feral ferrets, cute as they may be, but I do want to go everywhere and see everything. Like, right now. The idea behind this blog is thus to systematize my haphazard travel planning. I feel like I’ve missed out on many opportunities to see new places solely due to lack of forethought, and I’ve also been more conservative with finances than I really have to be, I think. My goal for this year and the years to follow is to travel more for pleasure and to go further in the process. So here it is: The Wishlist, with destinations I’ve never been to grouped by priority and feasibility, but in no particular order.

Priority Destinations (2013-2014):

  1. Peru – Cusco, Machu Picchu, pretty standard stuff
  2. India & Goa
  3. Colombia – Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin
  4. Ecuador – Quito & the Galapagos
  5. Costa Rica – THIS PLACE.
  6. Turkey – Istanbul & Pamukkale

Extended Weekend Getaways from the US:

  1. Trinidad
  2. Martinique
  3. Barbados
  4. Antigua
  5. Panama
  6. Alaska
  7. Curacao
  8. Honduras – Roatan & the Bay Islands

Extended Weekend Getaways in the US:

  1. Yosemite
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. New Orleans

Extended Weekend Getaways from Europe:

  1. Latvia 
  2. Estonia
  3. Finland
  4. Sweden
  5. Czech Republic

Should I Happen to Have a Week in Europe… Places (Summer Edition):

  1. Portugal & Madeira OR Portugal & Azores
  2. Corsica
  3. Sardinia & Sicily
  4. Croatia
  5. Bosnia
  6. Romania
  7. Georgia
  8. Abkhazia, which I will classify as semi-sovereign in the absence of a proper international ruling on its status…
  9. Ireland & Scotland

Should I Happen to Have a Week in Europe… Places (Winter Edition):

  1. Norway 
  2. Austria & Hungary OR Austria & specifically Berlin OR Austria & Slovenia
  3. Morocco
  4. Egypt
  5. Tunisia

“Eventually Getting There” Places:

  1. Brazil
  2. Chile
  3. Argentina – Buenos Aires & Uruguay – Montevideo
  4. Israel & Jordan
  5. UAE

“Eventually Getting There” Places, Dictatorship Edition:

  1. Burma
  2. Cuba
  3. North Korea

Trips of a Lifetime Routes:

  1. Indonesia & Papua New Guinea
  2. Patagonia & Antarctica
  3. Tanzania (including Zanzibar) & Madagascar
  4. Namibia & Botswana & South Africa
  5. Rwanda & Burundi
  6. Burkina Faso & Benin & Togo
  7. Cambodia & Japan
  8. Australia (incl. Tasmania) & New Zealand
  9. Fiji & Polynesia / Palau

The Leftovers:

  1. Hawaii, where I’m hoping someone gets married so I can kill multiple birds with a single boulder
  2. Nepal & Tibet, although I’m really not a hiker/mountaineer…
  3. Mauritius / Maldives (my guess is they’re more or less the same thing, with the former slightly less picture-perfect than the latter?)
  4. Sri Lanka – it would be ideal to tack this one onto India, but Goa wins
  5. Philippines

CREDIT: I was inspired by Lonely Planet’s Travel Book and the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die app whilst creating this list. If you enjoy traveling, you’ll love both.

NEXT UP: Planning where the $@#% I’m going to spend President’s Day. Stay tuned!