Update: As of November 2016, I have been to 7 out of 21 place in this list.
“The more I travel, the more I want to travel more.” – said Vy.
Probably someone else has already said that but never mind because it is TRUE. While my travel list should be shorter because I have been travelling, every time I am in a new place, I come up with more places I want to visit next. I want to keep my journey never-ending. For me, travelling is to fully live this life because there are many things you can learn, many wonderful people you can meet and… so much amazing food you can try! I guess adding the last bit can prove the wonder of travelling more effectively. Believe me, you can always watch a travel documentary, but you cannot touch, you cannot smell and you cannot… absorb and… connect!
What’s even better is that travelling can keep you healthy because you need to be really fit to travel far. You will be health-conscious and learn how to take care of yourself much better than staying home and letting your parents treat you like babies.
Somehow, I have found some of my hidden selves during my adventures, and I will keep looking for the rest. It is a really magical feeling when you can discover yourself. I wish I could share this feeling with you but the only way I can do it is to ask you to start your own adventure.
The first time I took a train from Chichester to London on my own, I was 17 and I had been in England for only 2 weeks. I sat opposite a woman with brown curly hair and dark round eyes. She was on her way to Heathrow airport. I asked her where I should get off because I needed to change to another train to get to London and we started talking. I was really nervous and I told her that I was scared. She calmed me down and started talking about her life story and the reason she left England for Africa. That day, I shared my real feeling to a stranger and a stranger shared her life story with me. Since then, I always think that life is all about sharing.
In a random order, here are my top 21 places to visit that I would like to share with you:
1. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, Florence
2. Mount Fuji, Japan
3. Taj Mahal, India
4. Hawaii, America
5. Tahiti, French Polynesia
6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
The castle inspired Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland.
Update: In June 2015, I went to Neuschwanstein Castle with a German friend from Munich. Despite the influx of tourists, I deeply enjoyed the surreal sight of the castle. I felt like I was in a fairy tale.
7. Cotswolds, England
The most English place you could ever imagine.
Update: In March 2016, I went to Bibury, one of the most beautiful villages in England. It was not easy to get there from Oxford (where I lived at the time) by public transportation so I detailed how I got there in this post.
8. Moraine Lake, Canada
My best friend went there this summer, and I saw her photos on Facebook. The lake looks like paradise. I do love lakes. I was indeed born in Hanoi, the city of lakes.
9. Hà Giang, Viet Nam
10. The State Hermitage Museum, Russia
11. Keukenhof, The Netherlands
Update: In April 2015, I went to Keukenhof. It was truly a wonderful experience. I thought the Netherlandish had a very good taste in aesthetic. Read this post to find out why.
12. Rome, Italy
13. Istanbul, Turkey
14. Machu Picchu, Peru
This is a spiritual and mysterious place. I am absolutely fascinated by its mystery and ancient architecture.
15. Cape Town, South Africa
16. Salzburg, Austria
The Sound of Music was set here.
Update: In June 2015, I did a day trip to Salzburg from Munich.
17. The Lake District, England
More lakes for a lake lover.
Update: In June 2016, I spent 4 days in the Lake District and was absolutely in love with this place. Fortunately, although it is the rainiest region in the UK, my four days there were full of sunshine.
19. Kyoto, Japan
20. Oia, Greece
21. Varna, Bulgaria
P.S: – I’m sure my list will go on forever but these are places I feel like going most now.
– This post is to inspire myself for when I’m lost.
– I have a song for you – ‘California’ by Mindy Gledhill, introduced to me by one of my nieces. This song captures my thoughts in such simple lyrics and beautiful acoustic music.