Everyone has their dream trip. Call it a Bucket List, last place to see before you die, etc. I have a lot of Bucket List items, ranging from the smallest simple things like planting a vegetable garden, to huge lifelong goals. It has been my experience as well, that the people you meet make the trip, not so much the destination. A year ago, I spent six weeks in Nepal, which has, so far, been my “Trip of a Lifetime”. But, if I had to pick three trips to be the only ones I did for the rest of my life, I think these would be the three…
3. Driving the Ring Road in Iceland. Possibly the smallest/shortest and longest-running trip on this list, but Iceland is expensive. I want to see the Geysers, and Volcanoes, and snorkel between the tectonic plates. O, and swim in all the local pools. Scandinavian public swimming pools are an attraction in and of themselves. Ideally this trip would be done over 2-4 weeks, possibly in shoulder season to catch some Northern Lights, with one to three other people, to maximize cost sharing and adventure opportunities!
2. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is also not cheap as they don’t let you do it by yourself (and I’m kind of okay with that). It’s slightly higher than I climbed in Nepal, and slightly more rustic, but I think I cold handle it. And, while I’m down there I might as well pop on over to Victoria Falls and down to South Africa to visit my friends there and wine country! This trip would probably be done over 2-3 months with maybe one other person or just a series of group travel opportunities.
1. Drive the Pan-American Highway. I know it’s been done before, but not by me. Having been close to both ends in the past couple years, it gives me quite an itch. I love the idea of a central theme to connect travel to a bunch a different places (that is how this blog started, after all!) and the highway would give me that. I would love to travel it, stopping all along the way to visit people or maybe volunteer for a bit in communities along the way. I wouldn’t intend for this to be a quick trip, I would plan for it to take at least a year – starting during the Alaskan Summer and ending during the Patagonian Summer. If I could sustain an income, I’d stretch it over two years maybe. The goal is not to be the fastest to travel it, but to do something with my life. Ideally it would be traveled in a small RV or minibus, but I’m not opposed to using a series of buses, mopeds and hitchhiking either. I’d love to do this with a partner, especially if any of you have seen my driving…. 😉 Now taking applications! Haha.
This doesn’t mean I don’t still want to visit a million other places – including New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, and Indonesia – but these are the three trips I could really see happening – hopefully, eventually.
What are some of your dream trips? Share in the comments below!