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For the past little while, I’ve been itching to travel somewhere. This is funny to me, only because the very first time I was on a plane in my life was in May 2015 when I traveled to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia for roughly a month. With that said, I definitely have the wanderlust bug. It has been around ever since that trip, though it has definitely ramped up in the last little while. It has gotten to the point where I have almost everything about my next trip planned out (besides actually booking stuff).

Choosing the place(s) for my next trip has been a difficult choice. There are so many places I want to visit! Also, if I am being honest, there are places I want to revisit as well. I have compiled some of the places I want to visit and things I want to do/experience below. By the end I am sure you will have wanderlust as well, if you do not have it already. So, in no particular order:

Stonehenge

Who built it? When? Why? These stones are fascinating to me. The history, their beauty… I also found out that, if I plan things properly, I could actually walk among the stones rather than just stare at them from a distance. I feel like standing amidst history would be a phenomenal experience.

Edinburgh

There are so many things I want to see and do in and around Edinburgh, Scotland. The first of these is The Elephant House, which is a café/tea and coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote much of the first Harry Potter novels. It is supposed to be incredibly writer-friendly as well as gorgeous. I think writing there would be inspirational, no question. I would also like to see the nearby castle and general sights in the city.

Pompeii

History frozen in time and a volcano? Count me in! I actually really like volcanos, and at Pompeii you can actually hike/climb up Mount Vesuvius. Sure, I might be terrified of heights, but all the same I cannot help but want to climb this volcano.

Tongariro Crossing

Okay, so this one is marked as a thing I want to do. I want to do this massive 1-day hike through Tongariro National Park and even up Mount Ngauruhoe, which is Mount Doom from The Lord of the Rings (well, one of the volcanos they used) films. I have been in the park before and have seen Mount Ngauruhoe from a distance—a picture I took is currently above my bed as a canvas painting as part of a birthday gift—but the sight was so stunning I have been itching to return ever since. The biggest issue here is the effort and fitness I will need to safely complete everything in this crossing. I will get there though, eventually. I would do anything to make it.

Malta

I am putting the entire country on here because there are just too many things I want to see that I might as well cover the entire thing. There is the Azure Window, Mdina, Valletta, the Birgu Candle Festival, et cetera, I want to try pastizzis everywhere I go. Part of the draw, of course, is the fact that I myself am a quarter Maltese (Canadian, but my heritage involves a great deal of Malta). The other draws have a lot to do with the beauty of the area—Valletta is a World Heritage Site—as well as the history, which include the megalithic temples.

Iceland

Specifically, I have to mention volcanos in Iceland. I have two postcards on my fridge—one from my brother and the other from a close friend—from Iceland when they travelled there and honestly? Staring at them makes me want to visit. They are beautiful postcards. I have also seen many pictures from there as well, and I think it would be worth the trip.

Uluru, Australia

So I did travel to Australia a couple years ago, but was unable to see everything I wanted due to both time as well as my funds at the time. So, I had to cut out going to see Uluru. This might look like just a giant rock to some people, but I think it is beautiful. I have also heard that seeing the sun set or rise around here makes for a truly breathtaking sight.

 

If I were going to put more places on this list? I would probably pick things like the Amazon, Mayan ruins, Amsterdam, The Great Wall, the Egyptian pyramids, and oh gosh can someone get me a plane ticket already? I want to travel. I want to experience things and become inspired. I want to…write a novel.

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