When telling people about our trip, I keep hearing, “What country are you most excited for?”
I am really excited to visit every country on our list. I imagine I will enjoy some places more than others, but each place will bring an entirely new set of experiences and leave us with amazing memories. Picking just one country to want to visit is difficult to narrow down, so here are the top 5 places I am most looking forward to seeing.
The Serengeti is a geographical region in Africa, which is home to a variety of wild animals I am super excited to see. We have planned our 56 day overland trip with Oasis Overland to coincide with the beginning of The Great Migration. This is one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth and I can not wait to experience it in person.
Kyoto is said to embody old Japan. I am excited to see the historical parts of this ancient city, especially the many beautiful temples throughout. Also famous, but not always associated with charming Kyoto, is the Sangano Bamboo Grove. In addition to being absolutely breathtaking, I have read that the rustling noises of the stalks make it an attraction in its own right.
Ko Lanta Islands, Thailand
I do not know much about any of the islands off of Thailand, but I am excited to chill out and enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water…I have never experienced either in person. Ko Lanta is lesser known than many other islands here, so I am hoping this gives us the opportunity for a little R&R. When we arrive in Thailand, we will have been on-the-go for almost 4 months and are sure to be burnt out. I am definitely looking forward to some awesome happy hour sunsets and fresh seafood.
Rice Terraces, Bali
These centuries-old terraces are a photographers dream. We plan to visit the lesser-known Jatiluwih Terraces and take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy some hiking.
A return trip to the highlands of Scotland
Ten years ago I spent a semester studying abroad in Dalkeith, Scotland. I was able to spend a long weekend in the Scottish Highlands, including stops at the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle. I can not wait to show Matt the beauty of this awesome country!
Have you been to any of these places? Any tips for making the most out of our time during our visit?