Thursday, 5 July 2018

30 Day Writing Challenge 5/30: Places I Want To Visit

Day 5: List five places you want to visit

I'm not exactly a globetrotter. The furthest afield I've ever been was on a family holiday to Tobago in 2005 when I was eight years old, and I remember basically nothing except that I got so sick before we left for the holiday that I barely left the hotel room on the first day, it was the first and only time I've ever experienced a swim-up bar (which was useless since I was way too young to order a piƱa colada), and that it was so hot that ice cream started melting the second it left the freezer. I'm a bit of a homebody and I love Scotland with all my heart, but like most other people, I occasionally get bitten by the travelling bug and want to go exploring. Coming back from Prague last year was tough because it was my first holiday in over a year, and I didn't want to go back to ordinary life after visiting such a lovely place. For weeks afterwards, I was desperate to plan another holiday. There are way more than five places I would like to visit, but I'll try to make a cohesive list anyway.
  1. Birmingham. Starting this list on a curveball. This is all thanks to my best friend talking it up to me while she was visiting it earlier this year, and little things that she mentioned made me curious to pay it a visit one day. It seems to be a creative place with plenty of shops, modern architecture and lots to do, plus my friend told me that there is a library there that is yellow on the inside. A yellow building full of books is basically my idea of heaven. Of course I want to go there.
  2. Amsterdam. Because I'm predictable as all hell. Literally everybody I know has photos of them in Amsterdam scattered on their Instagram accounts, and I feel like I'm missing out over here. Sounds like it would make a cool, laid-back getaway. Plus the flight would be short, so there's that too. 
  3. Iceland. This one has been on my list for a while. Hot springs, the Northern Lights, and amazing landscapes that would make for some amazing photographs? Wonderful, I'm in. I hear that it's super expensive though, so may have to wait until I have the funds.
  4. Barcelona. Mind you, I could replace this with any number of places in Spain, and this entry would be the same. I've been to Tenerife and Ibiza, but I've never been to mainland Spain to experience the culture. I have a feeling that a holiday to Spain would be the perfect combo of lazing around in the sun and heading out to go sightseeing. Plus I can kinda sorta speak a bit of Spanish, so I could probably get by for a little while over there.
  5. Hawaii. Probably one of the places in the world I'd most like to visit, even if it's just to look through the telescopes at the visitor centre on Mauna Kea or experience Lahaina Noon. Every photo I've ever seen of a Hawaii beach just leaves me breathless. I could even deal with the long flight to get out there if it meant that I could end up in such a gorgeous place. I mean, it's volcanoes, beaches and observatories. It's like this place was made for me.
(Honourable mentions for this list include Croatia and Malta, purely because the Game of Thrones fan in me wants to see all those iconic settings.)

In a previous post, I mentioned that I'm not much of an adventurer, and I like to stick to the familiar and the safe. I think I could put that on hold if I were offered the chance to travel somewhere with good weather, a handful of museums and galleries, trendy cocktail bars and great photo ops. Even somewhere that I might not realise would be a great destination could turn out to be one of the best places I've ever visited, and that was the case with Prague. It was everything I could have wanted in a holiday: sightseeing, lovely food and drink, and plenty of fantastic memories. Hopefully, my next holiday will be one that will remain in my heart forever.


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