Hey guys! How are you all doing? My Irish readers, all set to vote on Friday? :D I've been so excited to write this up. As you may know, since I first became aware of the bigger world around me, all I've ever wanted to do was explore it. I've saved and scrimped, even when I hadn't the money to spare, as it is my ultimate goal in life to see the world! Because I've saved, I feel in a position to seriously plan out future gallivanting. I am constantly researching other countries cultures and what they have to offer, and watching travel videos. Today, I thought I would share with you all my future places I hope to go in the next two years!
In general, my travel list is quite extensive. It covers most of Europe, especially Scandinavia. In Asia, I would love to go to Thailand, Singapore, China and India. In Africa, I would love to see Madagascar, South Africa, Egypt and Zimbabwe. In America, there's California, New York, Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, and Massachusetts. In South America, there's Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. Don't ask me how I'll afford this, with sheer determination, anything can happen! (and a room full of money, of course!)
But scaling it down to the next two years, I have 5 places in particular I hope to cross off my list, and I hope to visit three of two countries at once, both to save a few euro, and to give me a taste of travelling more than one country at a time, to prepare for my bigger adventures. Those places are Amsterdam, Krakow, Prague, Belgium and Hungary.
I don't have to wonder when I'll be heading to Amsterdam, because I'm going in just over a month! :D I plan to go to some amazing places while I'm there, including: The Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, De Wallen, the Sex Museum and Electric Ladyland Museum. I also hope to take a bike ride from the city to their gorgeous countryside and hit the Leidseplein Markets!
Somewhere I hope to go at the end of this year/beginning of next year. I go through patches of really focusing and obsessing of other countries and cultures, I'm a complete Europhile. I've been looking up Polish culture lately. Poland is such a beautiful country with a sad past, especially with Communism and World War II. I feel it's a country with so many hidden gems and it's overlooked a bit. What I would love to see in Krakow is Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oscar Schindler's factory, Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. I would love take in Krakow's beautiful architecture, cheap food and drink and shop at Galeria Krakowska!
I suppose my reasons for wanting to visit Prague are fairly typical. The Christmas markets! I do love Christmas, but at 22, it's lost most of it's magic for me. I think going to Prague in December would be like stepping in a wonderland! Also, I love looking at the architecture in new places, and Prague has some of the best in Europe. Most of their Baroque style architecture of the 17th and 18th century has been preserved so brilliantly, it would be like stepping back in time! Places I would love to visit are the Christmas markets, the Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and the Museum of Decorative Arts.
Ah Belgium. I dream of just escaping to Belgium when things get too much. Instead of flocking to the main places like Brussels and Antwerp, I would much rather head to Bruges and Ghent. The architecture and canals are phenomenal! I would eat like a king in Belgium! I would go here when I fancy jetting off somewhere to relax, somewhere slow paced, and just be. A Lake Isle of Inisfree of sorts.