If I could go anywhere in the world, where would I go?
I have been fortunate enough to enjoy travelling from a very young age. When I was around 5 years old, my parents bundled me and my sisters into the car and carted us off across Southern Africa, where we game viewed and 4×4’d our way through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and a quick jump over the border into Zambia.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I find myself in a much more exotic location – Asia. Nine year old me enjoyed the beaches of Phuket, the chaos of Bangkok, the orderliness of Singapore.
Jump another couple of years, and off we go to the Great United States of America. Standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and experiencing the heat of Las Vegas, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a fanboat in New Orleans, witnessing Fourth of July in Times Square.
Then, my parents took a liking to Europe, and by age 19 I had seen the Big Ben, The Giant’s Causeway, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, Viking Towns, the Harbours of Hamburg, the Old Town of Prague, The Matterhorn Mountain. “This was the last one”, my parents would threaten. And for the most part, I knew it was true.
Writing my name in snow for the first time in Germany
At the age of 21, seven friends and myself headed back to Thailand. This time, for a much different holiday than I enjoyed twelve years prior! We partied all night, visited Koh PhiPhi, drove scooters, and enjoyed the street food. I was hooked. As much as I appreciated all the amazing travel experiences awarded to me in the past, I knew visiting different cultures and avoiding tourist traps were my preferred method of seeing the world.
James Bond Island in Thailand
Just last year, five of us visited Java, Bali and Gili Trawagan in Indonesia. We went with only plane tickets and a vague plan, and backpacked our way across, finding accommodation and transport as we went.
Dieng Plateau, Indonesia
Last year I also had a brief visit to Barcelona, where I lost my heart to the city and the people.
Barcelona, Spain, during independence protests
So, if I could go anywhere in the world, where would I go?
I have seen so much of the world. 18 countries, to be exact. Next on my travel itinerary is doing a trip through some of the Greece Islands. Then there is my need, not just a desire but a real need, to see India, Nepal, Mongolia. I want to explore the jungles of Vietnam, ride horses in the Himalayas, dive in the Philippines, explore the world of the Incas, have vodka in St Petersburg, savour food in the Caribbean .
I can’t choose just one place. I want to see culture and meet communities and stuff my face with local cuisine. So if I could go anywhere in the world, I would go everywhere.