The number of times in a week I wish I was a crazy millionaire with enough money to jet off to wherever I want to go whenever I want to go, is an obscene amount.
I have been incredibly fortunate enough to have traveled to a fair number of places in my semi-short 24 years. I grew up going to Canada to visit family and friends just about every summer. I’ve also been to Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, twice.
But there’s so much more I want to see. And if Instagram is any indication, we’re all a little obsessed with far-away locales that sing of fun, adventure and easier days. So while it may be awhile before I can save up enough in the piggy bank to actually buy a plane ticket, today I’ll settle for dreaming about my top vacation destinations.
1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
I just really need to go somewhere that screams ‘beach party’. Punta Cana is nothing if not that. Not only is it a great town for relaxing fun at the crystal-clear beaches, but it’s actually a well-known spot for water sports like windsurfing and kayaking. Also, I first snorkeled on a trip to Hawaii, and I need to do that again.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand seems like one of those places that offers everything–beautiful scenery, iconic movie filming spots, and an introduction to new cultures, like the native Maori culture. I feel like there’s no way you could go to New Zealand without having an epic adventure.
3. Tuscany, Italy
I’ll be honest and admit that one of my main motivators in wanting to go to Italy is the vineyards and the wine. But besides that, can you say ‘Centuries and centuries of culture and architecture??’ I basically just want to be that lady in Under the Tuscan Sun. I dig it.
4. Phuket, Thailand
One of my old sorority sisters lived in Thailand for awhile and I remember seeing a photo of her riding an elephant in a waterfall pool. Since then, I’ve been insanely jealous of anybody who has been to Thailand, and I daydream of riding elephants through majestic grottos. I’ve also heard that even though the plane flight there is expensive, it’s actually pretty cheap once you’re there. Thailand seems like a place I might literally get lost in (I don’t know the language or customs), but sometimes it’s good to get lost in a beautiful place.
5. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Yes, the beaches are sublime and I would stuff myself with as many churros and margs as I could get my hands on. But I also have an adventurous streak that makes me interested in the local Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza and the surrounding cenotes (water pools underneath the surface.) Underwater archeologists recently discovered an aquifer under the main temple in Chichen Itza, and have begun exploring a blocked tunnel that they suspect may lead to a sacred cenote that was especially sacred to the Mayans. The Mayans believed that underground areas, like cenotes, were entrances to the underworld. It’s times like these when I really wish I was Lara Croft. Sigh.