Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. — Gaby Basora.
A new chapter begins in The Great Book of Lists hosted by La duchesse d’Erat and as we turn another page, we delve into the list of our dream travels. I, myself, am not much of a traveler but I’ve always had a wandering soul and mind. The Earth is a ball of paradise and wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply travel around each one of its bliss? *Sigh*
As I was mulling over my list, I realized that I am not much of a beach bum despite my country, the Philippines, having some of the world’s most pristine beaches (I hope this is not a bad thing). So without further ado, here’s a peak of my dream travels.
1. The Pyramids of Giza – Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt. My childhood dream is to see the Pyramids of Giza. I have always loved archaeology movies such as Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Tomb Raider, and as I grow I’ve become more fascinated with documentaries about the pyramids and ancient Egypt.
2. Museo de Louvre – Paris, France. Most people would think of the Eiffel Tower or the Arch de Triumph at the mention of Paris but for me, it’s Louvre- home of the world’s most valued treasures, a portal to ancient time and civilization, and a place I would give anything just to go to. YAY!
3. Amazon Rainforest – A piece of heaven on Earth. I would love to be immersed with nature’s greatness, to canoe deep into the rainforest, to climb the canopies and jungle, and to experience the spectacular scenery of wildlife. I believe this place is a reminder that mankind is just a mere dot and that the Earth deserves humility and respect from us.
4. Kruger National Park – South Africa. Safari, one of the most exciting adventures I would love to experience. To explore the mountains, bush plains and tropical forests, and to chart the landscapes and wildlife Africa has to offer. This wildlife sanctuary is definitely on my dream travel list!
5. Arizona – Arizona, USA. A place with vast layered bands and beds of canyons and gorges. It would be a thrill to hike around each of the trails, climb the jagged rock ledges, and walk into those golden cliffs and caves. I would love to be one of those adventurers conquering the great Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, too. YAY!
6. Heritage Village – Vigan, Ilocos Sur. This village is a remnant and a legacy of the 333 years of Spanish Colonization in the Philippines. I have always dreamt of strolling along its cobble-stoned streets, to see those ancestral houses made of adobes, pebbles, and bricks, and to ride the Calesa. In a world running a hundred hour a mile, it’s great to think that there are still places that offer such classic means of transportation. P.S This is a to-go-list in progress. 😀
7. Sand Dunes – Paoay, Ilocos Norte. This place reminds me of Sahara without the sand storm and extreme heat. 🙂 I heard it’s a great place for a 4×4 rough ride and sand boarding. Oh, I would love to try all of it- soon! P.S This is a to-go-list in progress. 😀
8. Hundred Islands – Alaminos City, Pangasinan. My beautiful country, the Philippines, is composed of 7,107 islands and probably one of the richest countries when it comes to biodiversity. I have always dreamt of getting a huge Philippine map and chart every place I have been to. Hundred Islands, as the name suggests, is consist of 123 islands covering 1,844 hectares. It offers a classic island hop, where you’ll be visiting islands of all shapes and sizes. Some simply look like little pieces of land while others have caves and hilly terrains; a fantastic venture for all-out hiking and camping.
9. Tinuy-an Falls – Bislig, Surigao del Sur. I find falls extremely gorgeous, breathtaking, and mesmerizing. It just feels so close to nature that it warms the heart. There are a lot of stunning falls in the Philippines that I would love to go to but this one is on my top list. It’s the Philippine’s version of Niagara and the widest multi-layered falls we have. 😀
10. Palawan – Probably one of the richest provinces in the Philippines. This place offers scenic views and nature adventure all rolled into one. El Nido with its white sand beaches, Coron with its reefs and lagoons, and Puerto Princesa with its coves and caves and the infamous Subterranean River. This, I want! *Sigh*
11. Oslob – Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu. To swim and dance with the whale sharks. Geez! This is, by far, the nearest place in my to-go list but it’s a shame I haven’t got there yet. 😦 I’m keeping my fingers crossed this year. Who knows, right? 😀
How about you? What are your dream travels? I would love to hear them, too. 🙂 🙂 🙂