Go horse trekking in Mongolia
Seeing what is left of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan
Go trekking in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal
Parts of Nepal were devastated in April 2015 when an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 hit the country. 9,000+ people were killed, and over 23,000 people were injured. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites were reduced to ruins, ancient temples and monuments razed to the ground by the power of the earth. At the moment, it seems sensible to steer clear of the country whilst it is in the still early stages of recovery and allow the aid workers and Nepalese people the space they need to come to terms with this tragedy.
However, tourism cannot cease here altogether. Without tourism, the Nepalese people would suffer immensely, since it brings in such huge amounts of revenue. As such, I know that one day in the not so distant future, I will go to Nepal and add my dollar to their economy, hiring a guide and trekking from tea house to tea house in the foothills of the Himalayas. To spend days walking and coming face to face with some of the highest mountains in the world sounds like a dream.
Take the Rocky Mountaineer train from Calgary to Vancouver
Okay, you already know I’m a train geek. This is just one of many epic train journeys I would like to take around the world, but it’s a good one!!
I’ve wanted to visit Canada for years. I want to do it at some point in the not so distant future, since I’d like to be able to get my WHV (need to be under thirty so I have like, three years) and live there for a while, as well as travel and explore all that the country has to offer. When I’m there, this train journey will be high on my list of priorities. It looks like the perfect way to view some of Canada’s most remote and beautiful scenery, as the train wends its way slowly from Calgary to Vancouver on the west coast. It would be really special to do this when there’s lots of snow on the ground and the country is shrouded in winter magic.
Go on safari in Africa
Isn’t this high on most travellers must-do list? I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want to go to Africa and try and spot the Big 5 in the wild. I’ve always loved going to safari parks in the UK (Longleat is an ultimate fav) but nothing could possibly beat the majestic moment you come face to face with a lion or elephant (or any other animal for that matter) in the wild for the first time.
Just recently, a colleague has come back from safari in Africa and I was massively jealous when I saw all his fantastic photos of all the animals he spotted. You can also read about Young Adventuress’ adventures on safari in Phinda, South Africa earlier this year. Her photos are amazing and a massive inspiration to me to get on safari as soon as I possibly can, preferably with a telephoto lens in hand for those perfect animal Kodak moments.
So those are just some of the dream trips I’d like to make in the future. But there are so many more, I couldn’t leave it at those five. I have therefore included a bullet point list below of all the other trips on my travel ‘bucket list’:
A classic American road trip – San Francisco, Big Sur, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and everything in between.
Spotting the Northern Lights in Iceland (or Canada, or Scandinavia, or anywhere really!).
Visit the Faroe Islands.
Dog sledding in the Arctic Circle.
Eating my way around Italy – pizza, pasta and risotto, carb heaven!
Visiting the Dead Sea and Petra in Jordan.
A week in New York before Christmas to get into the festive spirit.
The Ghan – an epic train journey from Darwin to Adelaide, stopping at Alice Springs for a side visit to Uluru.
Getting to Antarctica – somehow, anyhow.
The Trans-Siberian Railway – the ultimate train trip through deepest Russia.
A week long rafting trip down the Zambezi River to really test my mettle!
Canoeing the length of the Wanganui River in New Zealand – the Great Walk that doesn’t involve any walking!
Visit Japan for cherry-blossom season.
Explore some of the remote Pacific Islands and swim with humpback whales in Tonga.
Visit my ‘namesake’ town of Bergen, in Norway. I should explain – my name, Bethen, auto-corrects to Bergen when I type it into my phone and I use Bergen as my Skype name…
There are more. So many more places to explore and dream about and learn about and see. I know it’s unlikely I’ll get to them all. But I can try.