“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”
-John Green, Paper Towns
New Zealand, birthplace of Lorde (Pure Heroine is a national treasure), is my most recent travel obsession. Made up of a North and South islands and a mass of smaller ones, New Zealand has a broad range of scenery from subtropical forests, beaches, offshore islands, glaciers, mountains, lakes, fiords, volcanoes, hot springs, pastures — it’s absolutely breathtaking. New Zealand is also incredibly safe for solo female travelers and is one of only two countries in the world that don’t have snakes. It’s rich in Maori culture, wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Also the locals, called ‘Kiwis,’ are rumored to be incredibly welcoming and friendly to visitors.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”
– Anais Nin
Now this may seem like a random and odd choice, but Romania is so rich in medieval history and surrounded by elaborate and beautiful castles. Surrounded by lavish, virtually undisturbed forests and mountains, Romania is a hidden gem of Eastern Europe. I am actually going to have the opportunity to go this summer to work with some initiatives to counter the rise of human trafficking in the more rural regions.
Viva la Mexico! Mexico became much more accessible to me after I moved to Texas for college. Mexico is a relatively affordable, vibrant cultural experience with beautiful architecture, food and atmosphere. There are places that are definitely much safer to visit than others, so vigilance is very important (also just a good tip for traveling anywhere). Also traveling alone will probably be a no-go, but Mexico is still high on my list.
(Completed: Isla Mujeres, Mexico, March 2016)
This pick has more sentimental value than nearly all the other picks on my list. Contrary to portrayals of Africa in media and literature, there are numerous beautiful places to visit in Africa. Even after the devastation that colonization and globalization has wrought on the continent, Africa still has many hidden treasures and cultures so diverse and brilliant exploring all of the complexities could easily that I cannot wait to one day explore. I actually have ancestral roots in Mali, which a landlocked in West Africa, on my father’s side. I’d love to visit South Africa, Ghana, Morocco and maybe Kenya.
This list is constantly evolving, just like I am. But for right now it’s relatively complete.
I can’t wait to finish school and start exploring everything this world has to offer.
Have you ever been to any of these places? Or have your own travel wishlist?
Leave me a comment, let me know what you think 🙂