No 1 Son and I are going to be spending a few days in St Petersburg at the end of June, and we’re both very excited – it’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit, him because of the history, and me because of the architecture, art, ballet and all those Christmases spent watching Dr Zhivago as a child. In fact, like Vietnam, which I was able to experience for the first time last November, Russia is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years.
But even though I’ve done a lot of travelling, there are so many places I still want to visit. I don’t really like the term ‘bucket list’ and places to see before you die – I much prefer the concept of the wanderlust wishlist. So here, in no particular order, are the places I intend to visit over the next couple of years. Do feel free to add your own.
1. Africa. I’m a bit obsessed with the idea of visiting Africa – I’d love to see Table Mountain of course but mostly because I want to see animals in the wild, particularly big cats, but also elephants.
2. Brazil. I would love to visit Rio – particularly at Carnival time – and then explore the Amazon.
3. Japan. I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture (I even studied Japanese for a year at uni, although this wasn’t my finest hour *cough*). I want to visit Tokyo, and see Mount Fuji, and take the bullet train, and I’d love to see the cherry blossom.
4. Northern Ireland. Given all the times I’ve visited Eire I’m ashamed that I haven’t been to Northern Ireland yet and I really want to see the Giant’s Causeway.
5. China. Another Asian country that intrigues me – of course I’d love to see the sights including the Great Wall of China, but I also really want to see the pandas at Chengdu.
Better start saving 😉