my brand-new wanderlust dream list

my brand-new wanderlust dream list


4 years ago I made a list of the locations far and wide that I most wished to go to At the time, I was coming out of a long trainee debt-induced travel lull, so I didn’t anticipate to cross much off the list extremely rapidly. However I did– I resided in Senegal and I took a trip to Burkina Faso, Cuba, Mexico City, and Tanzania.

That leaves a great deal of locations still on the list, ideally for one day in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, other locations have actually recorded my creativity and taken precedence. Here is an upgrade:


West Africa journey

The travel plan depends upon checking out Ouidah for Benin’s nationwide Fête de Vodoun on January 10 and after that following the seaside roadway west to Accra (initially Abidjan, however I have actually downsized my aspirations). I wished to do the journey 2 years ago while I was still residing in Senegal, however I could not pull the strategies together in time. In 2019, however, it is going to occur. I will be heading back to West Africa early in the brand-new year (!!!), and prior to I begin work (more on that some other time), I’ll be taking a couple weeks’ trip to make this journey. To state the least, I am extremely, extremely thrilled.



Particular locations pop onto the traveler radar apparently out of no place, and within a matter of months they end up being ultra-trendy locations. I had actually never ever actually heard much about Malta, and after that 3 years or two ago I began finding out about it all over, all the time. It looked and sounded extremely interesting– an island country in the middle of the Mediterranean with cultural and visual impacts socialized from every instructions– Western Europe, Central Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. So now I wish to go.


Martinique and Guadeloupe

I have actually wished to go to Martinique for a very long time, however the air travel was constantly excessively costly. Then a couple of years earlier, Norwegian Air began flying roundtrip from New york city to the capital, Fort-de-France, for under $250 Suddenly Martinique was within reach. Since I ended up being good friends with a lot of Guadeloupeans in Paris, and since by nature I am overambitious, I wish to take the ferryboat to Guadeloupe and invest a couple of days there throughout the very same journey– which would easily consume all the cash minimized air travel.



Due to abovementioned over-ambitiousness, I put Kenya and Tanzania together as one product on my last list, although they are both big and filled with things to see and do. I wound up going on safari and to Zanzibar in Tanzania a number of years earlier, however Kenya stays a dream location and it has actually been because I was a youngster. I actually wish to make it to a minimum of Nairobi in the next number of years.


Atlanta, Athens, Savannah, and Charleston

These are a holdover from my very first list, once again organized as one product since that’s simply what I do.



I actually wish to go to the pyramids and ruins around Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, and Aswan, in addition to check out old Cairo and take a boat journey down the Nile.


Jordan and Lebanon

For Beirut, Petra, the Wadi Rum desert, and all the lovely surroundings in both nations.


Poland and Ukraine

Ukraine stays on my list since I wish to see where my maternal grandma was born. Poland signs up with the list since I wish to go to Krakow and Warsaw. Because it’s close( ish) to Ukraine I might also join them together …


Russia to China on the TransSiberian Express

To take a trip by train from St. Petersburg to Beijing by method of Mongolia was a dream trip that, like my West African journey, I planned in terrific information in 2016 prior to deserting– however just for the time being Likewise similar to my West African journey, I kept those in-depth strategies so that one day I can choose them back up ideal where I ended. To wit: days 1 and 2 in St. Petersburg, days 3 through 7 taking a trip to and in Moscow, days 8 and 9 taking a trip to and in Kazan, days 10 and 11 taking a trip to and in Ekaterinburg, days 12 and 13 taking a trip to and in Novosibirsk, days 14 and 15 taking a trip to and in Krasnoyarsk, days 16 and 17 taking a trip to and in Irkutsk, days 18 and 19 taking a trip to and in Ulan-Ude, days 20 through 24 taking a trip to and in Ulaan Baatar and Terelj National forest, days 25 through 28 taking a trip to and in Beijing.

Mark my words: I WILL ride the TransSiberian Express one day.

27936404753_004594df86_z Montana and Wyoming

Since of that over-ambition issue I pointed out (which, the more I think of it, might more precisely be identified a basic case of greediness), I believed I may make it all the method to Montana and even Wyoming throughout the journey I drew from Portland in September. That would have needed me to drive at least 8 hours a day and would have left essentially no time at all to in fact leave my automobile to take in the surroundings. Since that makes no sense, each time I took a look at the map in the weeks prior to the journey, I wound up whittling away at the travel plan. What began in my mind as a trip from Portland all the method to Yellowstone and back, became a strategy to get as far as Helena, prior to changing into a want to get deep into the forests of Idaho, prior to culminating in a conviction that I would get to Boise– on the western edge of Idaho– even if I needed to drive half of every day to do it. And I did do it. It was not completely enjoyable, however not completely agonizing either.

So I understand from experience that when I do lastly prepare a journey to Montana, I must not attempt to glom Wyoming onto it, and vice versa. I likewise understand from experience that I will do precisely that anyhow.


Mediterranean coast from Spain to Italy

I think all the trip concepts I’m most thrilled about at the minute are impressive trips through a number of various nations. This one would be both the cushiest and most costly of the category, as it would include the Costa Brava, the French Riviera, Monaco, and Cinque Terra. The simple idea of it drives me wild with pleasure– and unhappiness, as I question I will ever have the ability to manage to do this in one go. I indicate, I might backpack, sleep on sofas and in hostels, and subsist on supermarket food for 2 to 3 weeks if I actually wished to keep expenses down. However at this moment in my life, I feel, what is the point of going to the most lovely, glamorous, romantic put on earth if you are going to live like an ascetic while there? Nope, this one will wait till I have countless dollars to toss at it, or it will occur piecemeal throughout the rest of my life. That in fact does not sound at all like a bad thing.

[Photos: Mongolia: Bernd Thaller; Benin (West Africa road trip): Linda De Volder; Malta: Berit Watkin; Martinique: Mathieu Distefano; Nairobi: Nina R; Savannah: Jack Kennard; Egypt: Dennis Jarvis; Jordan: Shelby Root; Warsaw: Dennis Jarvis; TransSiberian train: Vladimir; Montana: Jeff Wallace; Monaco (Mediterranean coast): Chris Combe]