January is always a bit of a strange month for me. It’s like I have to settle into the new year. I spend most of the month thinking about what I want to do, where I want to go, what I want to achieve, how and what I want to blog.
One of my “out there” dreams is to go travelling around the world. Of course it is a highly unlikely concept given that I am not disciplined enough to travel on a budget, and of course the bigger restrictions of finance, a full time job and a 3 year old puts those dreams firmly on the back burner, with the gas off. So instead, whilst we can, the OH, Little Z and I will try to visit countries we’ve always wanted to see and absorb the new cultures and experiences as long as we can.
BUT ….what if we could travel around the world. All 3 of us. Without any sort of worries about discipline or budget or a real life? What places would I like to visit? After a bit of quick thinking, this is how my world tour would sort of look.
We’d start off in Barcelon and go to see Gaudis Cathedral in Barcelona and soak up a bit of sun on the beach. We’d then pop down to Southern Spain and drive around Granada and Andalucia soaking up more history and learning about the Christian, Moorish and Islamic architecture that shapes a lot of the region. Of course we would have to visit Alhambra Palace too.
We’d pop across the border and have a tour around Paris and see the Eiffel Tower for the third time. I know its known as the “Awful Tower” by some but I’m always impressed by the sheer size and structure. After popping into Disneyland for the day we’d nip to Versaille Palace to see the grand hall of mirrors and how French royalty used to live.
3. Southern Italy
Having been to Rome a few years back we’d give it a miss and go to Naples and Pisa instead, take some cheesy pictures “pushing the tower” and then go on to spend a few days at the Amalfi coast eating way too much pasta, fresh salads and then overdosing on amazing Italian Gelato.
Built in the 17th century the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque for all the tiles that make up the interior walls. The numerous domes are typical of Ottoman architecture and is apparently one of the highlights of visiting Istanbul.
After a few kebabs we’d fly on down to Jerusalem to probably one of the most historic cities in the religious world and see the Church of Nativity, the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aqsa mosque, the Church of Holy Sepulchre, the Mount of Olives and countless other places.
6. Valley of the Kings in Egypt
A cruise down the Nile would be next on the list, seeing places like Karnak, Luxor and Abu Simbel and learning all about the grand empire of ancient Egypt.
We’d be ready for a bit of rest and relaxation by this point and Seychelles would be ideal with its glorious sun and amazing beaches.
One of my mini regrets is not having the time to visit Singapore when we went to Malaysia. Time was short though and its not something we could have crow barred into our 2 weeks. This time we’d spend some time exploring this ultra modern country and spend a few days at Sentosa; the island resort with all its numerous attractions including wildlife parks, hotels and water parks.
9. Angkor Thom Bayon Temple – Cambodia
A quick trip to Cambodia would follow to see the Angkor Thom Bayon Temple. A few people have said its a bit of an anti climax but it’d be one more thing ticked off my list.
I’d probably eat my own weight in Thai curries here pretty much non stop. Of course I would alternate, to keep it all a bit varied. If our eating schedule allowed we’d nip to Bangkok and to Koi Tapu Island to see some more amazing beaches. Maybe even give Langkawi a bit of a wave.
I’ve never been too interested in Australia until my friend moved there and all the beautiful sights there have suddenly caught my eye. I can see why people spend an entire month just hopping from place to place. After we saw them in Sydney and done all the city sight seeing we’d travel to see Uluru (aka Ayres Rock) and then make our way to the Great Barrier Reef. By now I’d know how to dive so we’d spend a bit of time exploring all the coral reefs and fish that make this beautiful place up.
12. New York New York!
Can you fly from Australia to America? I’m not sure, but in our tour of the world its definitely possible. New York would be first on our list. With trips to the Statue of Liberty, Empire States Building and Times Square we’d walk for a few days straight until our feet fell off. We’d then catch a Broadway show, eat at some amazing places and walk some more.
13. Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
(I realise I should have stuck this and number 12 all under “America” but New York deserves its own little milestone on my world tour).
We’d rest our weary feet on the flight to Los Angeles and check out all the glitz and craziness of Las Vegas, and its world renowned hotels, then calm ourselves with a trip to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. San Francisco never looks far away so we’d have to nip over out of sheer politeness.
Next on our list would be Canada. We’d drive up North, past the Rockies, see Toronto and all it has to offer and then go onto see the wonder that is Niagara Falls
A bit of a flight later we’d head out one very clear night and perch ourselves on the ground fully wrapped up, with flasks of tea, thick gloves and woolly hats. We’d set the camera up on the tripod and then sit and admire the Northern Lights for a few hours and gape in wonderment at this amazing feat of nature.
And that would be our tour around the world. For now.
Do you have places you’d love to visit one day? What would be on your world tour?