Dream Destinations

With a bucket list that is conservatively ten miles long, I am one of the last people who would need any more inspiration for travel destinations, but apparently that won’t stop me. With my own ideas set in my head, I’ve asked five people at random where they would most like to go in the world and why, while setting out a bit of a guideline for anyone who wants to add it to their list as well. Needless to say I came out of these chats with many more ideas about where my backpack will take me next, and I hope you do too.

 

Charlotte Pemberton-Bennetts

 

 

What is your dream destination?

Sri Lanka

 

Why?

“It’s an exotic and interesting place, plus there’s an elephant orphanage which is at the top of my bucket list.”

 

A bit about it:

I can’t pretend that Sri Lanka has ever crossed my mind as a potential place of travel, but I’ve been hearing more and more people speak about wanting to go or having been, so it must be worth at least some of the hype. Some of the most popular things to do in Sri Lanka include surfing and visiting Yala National Park – a nature reserve where you can see leopards. Not to be missed is the Millennium Elephant Foundation, where volunteers can give up their time to bathe elephants who have been rescued from less-than-decent circumstances around Sri Lanka. I believe this nation is rising in popularity but still holds enough mystique to warrant the efforts of amateur explorers all over.

 

Aya Bolt

 

 

What is your dream destination?

Delhi, India

 

Why?

“It’s such a different culture and I think it would be really interesting to explore. It’s a vibrant culture, just really different from anywhere else. There’s also a lot of myth about it, whether it’s good or bad, so I’d like to check it out for myself.”

 

A bit about it:

Delhi is a place that is often covered by media both fictional and real. It’s surrounded in a view of the bad mixed with the culture of the good and we are not left with much of an idea of how it really is. To visit India, I believe it is necessary to go in without expectations and knowing that no matter what you will come across a place that is very loud (a review I’ve heard all across the board). I won’t pretend to draw any conclusions as this may be one of the only places in the world that I think deserves all the benefit of the doubt and no judgements, but one day I will most definitely go to find what I can and search for the cultural experience I’ve been told awaits.

 

Rob Gill

 

 

What is your dream destination?

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Why?

“It’s warm, it’s pretty, there’s fun things to do, and the fusion of cultures interests me.”

 

A bit about it:

Despite all the recent political uprising, Turkey continues to grow in popularity for travelers and tourists alike. Istanbul specifically is a center of culture and adventure tourism with lots of the “real Turkish experience” remaining even with the foreign catering. The reason for this newfound travel lust could be that it is one of the few relatively unspoiled warm places left in the world and that still has a large amount of national identity. Whatever the reason, anyone I’ve known who has been to Turkey has loved it and would love to go back. 

 

Nishant Raj

 

 

What is your dream destination? 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Why?

“Because it was in the movie Rio and Anne Hathaway was in Rio.”

 

A bit about it:

Maybe Nishant doesn’t have the most typical response, but I think Rio deserves a mention all the same. Brazil is unique for being the only Latin American country where Portuguese is the official language. With this different language also comes a different culture, from the hillsides of shanty towns to the celebrations of the late-winter Carnival, Rio is both a centre of celebration and a humbling experience. Rio is also home to the religious Sugarloaf Mountain where you can see the statue of Christ the Redeemer – which is always to be followed by a led hang glide over the city. No matter what kind of travel you’re looking to experience, Rio de Janeiro holds something for everyone.

 

Tom York

 

 

What is your dream destination?

Trans-Siberian Railway

 

Why?

“To explore a part of the world that’s less commonly visited by tourists. It’s not like The Oriental Express where it’s all champagne, it’s grittier. 

 

A bit about it:

When Tom mentioned this I had to admit that I had completely forgotten its existence and therefore needed to do a little bit of research. The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest stretch of railway in the world and connects Moscow to the Far East of Russia since its conception in 1916. The main line of the train goes to Vladivostok, and though most travelers choose to take the route to China, I think it would be an incredible experience to take the train to where it was originally going. The important thing to remember, though, is that it’s a train that people use to get places – not a ploy build for tourism. Therefore it won’t be as comforting and flashy as the Swiss Chocolate train or anything of the sort, it will be a true Russian train line and that’s what makes it so wonderful.

 

Images sourced from Pinterest.

 

 

 

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