Friday, January 1, 2021

Wishlist for the next decade. Hello 2021!

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After a #throwback post on Facebook yesterday, it is time for a post #LookingForward in 2021. And this one deserves to be on the blog. I spent some time picking five destinations I would like to visit sometime in not-so-distant future. I did some research online and (finally!) read "World's Best Travel Experiences" by NatGeo. Then it was time to dig deep and think what would I really like to do/see/experience to arrive at this list. I am an easy traveler, just the thought of traveling and being in someplace new, surrounded by new culture, new language excites me. Now with a little one to travel with, all these places sound too adventurous! Let us see how many years till I check them off my bucket list.

Here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Botswana/Rwanda:

African Safari. This has been the most unique experience from all our previous trips. This time I'd pick a different national park for a different experience. the Okavango Delta in Botswana seems like a good choice, as we have been to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania already. But I also want to meet the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Now while I am here. why not go see Victoria waterfalls in Zimbabwe. I am getting greedy! 

2. Torres Del Paine:

Really want to trek the W circuit or the O circuit. It has to be all pre booked from what I understand. Luckily I have a few friends who have been here and their pictures were beautiful to say the least. Might make sense to combine this with a trip to Buenos Aires and take some Tango lessons.

3. Galapagos Islands:

Nature in its pristine glory. Definitely want to see the big turtles and the blue-footed boobies. The only way would be to book a tour and a cruise perhaps. I must learn how to tread before I go here. I can't be zipping in and out of wetsuits! 

4. Maldives/Zanzibar/Bora Bora:

A luxury beach vacation where I can switch off from the entire world. Get some classy beach pictures and stay in an overwater bungalow. I am really not particular where I get to do that. Is it Maldives or Zanzibar or Bora Bora. It just needs to be pure luxury. As Zanzibar is the least popular, I will share a link about this options.

5. South Georgia Islands:

I want to see penguins in their natural habitat. We did go to Prince Philip island in Australia, but I want to see bigger and more penguins. So this fifth choice is completely driven by this. Only way to get here is by a cruise. 

I wanted to mention close contenders, but they are mostly the places I want to go to. Not too exotic, but just some wishlist places. May be this list will carry over to the next decade, or may be I will have to create a new one! Who knows!

But here is wishing everyone who wishes to travel, lots of cheap flights, luxury hotel deals, and a lot of paid-time-off at work. May we all get to travel and meet our loved ones soon enough. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and a very Happy New Year!