This month’s Budget Travel was filled with dream trips. These trips, usually to exotic and far-away places, often seem impossible to accomplish. But BT’s collection of dream trips are “50 totally doable adventures.” With this collection serving as my inspiration, I have created my own list of dream trips.
- Cairo, Egypt, to see the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and King Tut’s tomb at the Valley of the Kings. I have been fascinated with anciet Egypt’s history since grade school. In middle school, I had this computer game for our old-school Mac called Giza, and it often scared the living daylights out of me. But I just couldn’t stop exploring the tombs and discovering artifacts. The Egypt exhibits in museums are always a must-see (the Met’s is the best) when I travel, as well, so it is quite important to me to see the pyramids before they are destroyed from too much commercialization.
- Tuscany, Italy, to relax in a villa, tour small towns and drink wine. Really, I would like to spend months in Itlay, discovering the entire country, from the heel of the boot, through the Amalfi coast, Rome, the Cinque Terre, Sienna, Florence and Venice up to the Alps. I wouldn’t neglect Sardinia, either. Cooking classes here would also be a great part of this trip
- Provence, France, to again relax in a villa, tour small towns, drink wine and, additionally, eat cheese. Unlike Italy, I am not as familiar with the rest of the country, other than Paris, but I am sure that I would enjoy wherever in France I would go. Seeing the lavendar fields would be nice.
- Any exotic Pacific island, like Fiji. Even Hawaii would be pretty cool. I want to stay in a thatched-roof hut on stilts over water.
- Lake Nakuru, Kenya, to see a lake covered in flamingos. The flamingo is one of my favorite animals and is also an animal one can easily see in the wild, unlike my other childhood favorites: the panda bear and orangutan. In Kenya I could also see the baobab tree and learn about the Maasai, a tribe trying to live the way it has for hundreds of years.
- Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, to see great, big mountains. After living just north of the Austrian Alps for nine months, I have a new love for snow-capped peaks. These are the ones I would like to see the most and I know I will be awestruck . While in the area, I would also like to see Yellowstone National Park and Cody, for a bit of the wild west.
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, to see a really cool hole in an area with gorgeous sunsets. This is another natural wonder I would really like to see. The amount of tourism here is also a problem, but I would not forgo this beauty over tourists.
- Savannah, Ga., to tour its old mansions and cemeteries and to learn about its hauntings. My interest in Savannah began after reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt. Its a charming old town but with lots of history.
Some other places in the U.S. that are appealing to me include California, with its redwood forests and wine making and coastal drives, Portland, Ore., and Portland, Maine.
And with this list, it would only be fair for me to mention the dream trips I have already completed. Perhaps my first dream trip was to Chicago in 9th grade when my parents made many accommodating stops for me to see Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including his house and the Robie House on the University of Chicago’s campus. On a separate trip we went to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, two more homes he designed. My summer in New York City was also a dream trip because it taught me to love Brooklyn, where I found one of my favorite places: the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It was also a dream trip because I was able to see so many shows on Broadway. My other dream trips include my nine months in Austria and trips to Venice and Murano to see glass blowing, Athens to see the Parthenon, Santorini to see its cliff-side towns and volcanic-rock beaches, Delft to see the Vermeer museum and Royal Delft pottery, the Hague to see “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” and Keukenhof to see millions of tulips.
What dream trips have you taken? What is still on your list?