Many of us have a travel wishlist consisting places that we one day want to travel to if we have the time & money. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get around to actually plan and go to those places. But here at The Fresh Edit we definitely have a serious case of wanderlust. After some years of studying and working abroad, we haven’t travelled to far-away places for some time. But lately, we’ve got the travel bug again and are dreaming of discovering new and amazing places soon. Even though there are some many things we wanna see in the world, we scaled our list to 5 amazing places.
Iceland and Faroe Islands
For the past few years, Iceland has been on top of my travel wishlist. It’s not that far from the Netherlands, so, a long weekend would suffice. The landscape is just breathtaking and we totally understand why J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Iceland when he wrote the Lord of The Rings. One of the benefits of studying abroad is that you will make a lot of international friends. Since I have an Icelandic friend who can show me around, makes a trip to Iceland extra special.
While I’m in the area, I do want to visit the Faroe Islands, in the Golf Stream of North Atlantic Ocean. The Islands lie between Iceland, Scotland, and Norway. Some consider them as one the most beautiful islands in the world! What attracts me, is the size and the seclusion of the islands. The cliffs, fjords, mountains and the sea make it easy to capture a lot of beautiful pictures.
Japan is another country I wanna visit. I fell in love with the country ever since I saw and read Memoir Of A Geisha. Kyoto looked so beautiful in the movie! I can’t wait to get to know more about the culture and, as a foodie, try typical Japanese delicacies. Plus, there is so much to see: from hiking in Hokkaidō on the northern island to taking some downtime at the coral reefs at Okinawa on the southern island. Discovering all the wonders this country has to offer, will take some time. And, perhaps more than one trip. But, I’m sure it will be worth it!
Grand Canyon National Park
I’ve never been to the US and I’m dying to visit New York and other big cities. Yet, it is the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona that I want to discover the most. Every time I see a photo of the Grand Canyon I’m just in awe of how beautiful it looks. It’s also not surprising that it’s considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Most of the tourists visit the South Rim since there are fewer roads in the North Rim. Both areas are gorgeous and worth a visit. Since I’m not a big fan of extremely warm weather, I think I’ll go to Grand Canyon in the colder months, where it will be less touristic as well.
I have heard so many stories of people who travelled to intriguing Cuba. It has been on my wishlist for ages now, and the urge to book that ticket haunts me even more, every year. For me, it’s a country that makes me really curious and I would love to see if actually being there resembles the whole idea and vibe as I picture it to be. The architecture, old cars, music and vibrant culture would be a truly special experience. It’s said to be a country quite safe to travel, where people are really friendly and helpful, so I would probably opt for casas particulares which are the Cuban B&B’s. It’s a relatively cheap way option, but it’s also a great way to get more insight on the Cuban lifestyle while you actually meet the locals.
It’s a destination which from The Netherlands will take you a while to get there, but I’m sure it will be so worth it and therefore it just had to be on this list! New Zealand is so unique, while it has a very special biodiversity, due to its isolated and remote location. Other than that, the landscape varies from beautiful beaches to wonderful mountains. If you’re looking for picturesque views, my guess is that New Zealand is the place to be. On a cultural level, it would be so interesting to get to know more about the Maori culture and obviously true Lord of the Rings-fans need to visit the set!