If anyone asks me what my spirit animal is, I’d calmly tell them I was a Golden Pheasant with the brightest of wings and surest of flights, travelling round the world and seeing all, setting my webbed feet on every solid corner of the earth.
Alas, I am but a girl and the only way I am flying round the world is with the help of an airplane which is exactly why I’m grateful for the invention of that humongous machine. I shall travel. Explore. Experience diverse cultures, allow my taste buds to flirt with exotic food and maybe fall in love an Eskimo.
In line with my plan, I have drawn up 20 places/things I definitely must do before I kick the good old bucket. I hope you gasp at the pictures as I did and I hope one day you will meet me there, alone or with a man so tall I have to tiptoe to kiss.
1. Walk on the Salt Falt, the Salar de Uyuni in Southwest Bolivia
Southwest Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is not only the world’s largest salt flat – it can also be referred to as the largest mirror in the world. The incredible 6,575 square mile flat is home to many shallow lakes that reflect the gorgeous skies, clouds and animals that abound in Bolivia.
2. Explore the beautiful grounds of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
The Calat Alhamra palace in Granada, Spain is Europe’s most impressive and awe-inspiring heritage destination.
3. Marvel at the beauty of the Buddhist Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma.
No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda as it is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, and is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa.
4. Go volcano boarding in Cerro Negro, an active volcano outside León, Nicaragua.
Cerro Negro is an active volcano that is located just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Adventurous people can rent snowboards and ride the ash down the side of the mountain.
5. Send a lantern into the sky at Chiang Mai, Thailand during the Yi Peng Festival.
Make a wish with the people of Chiang Mai and release thousand of lighted lanterns in the sky. Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month according to the Thai lunar calendar).
6. Sail in the clear blue waters of the Hạ Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
View the breathtaking sight of 2000 plus islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and kiss a random stranger.
7. View the fairy highlands through a hot-air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over one of the most magical places on earth.
8. Enjoy the serene atmosphere at Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia
9 Experience the incredible wildlife migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Between June and November, the most incredible wildlife migration takes place in Kenya. The animals arrive in the Masai Mara as early as July, but they normally arrive between August and September. They stay in the Masai Mara in October and November before gradually migrating back to the Serengeti in December and January.
10. Walk on The Great Wall of China
I mean you can attempt it and stop when you get tired and just stare at the incredible views an the incredible feat of manpower that is the wall itself.
11. Experience the grandiosity of the Grand Canyon
Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a natural formation distinguished by its layered bands of red rock and its vast scale
12. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Maybe find Nemo…
13. Stare at the Himalayas and weep at the sheer beauty
The Himalayas, or Himalaya, is a mountain range in South Asia which separates the Indo-Gangetic Plain from the Tibetan Plateau. This range is home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest, Mount Everest.
14. Behold the Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views.
15. Make love in a glass Igloo in Finnish Lapland
An igloo, also known as snow house or snow hut, is a type of shelter built of snow, traditionally built by the Inuit.
16. Breathe in the beauty of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra and is a testament to love built by a Raj for his beloved wife.
17. Find God in the temple and gardens of Kyoto
The temple and its beautiful gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
18. Dine with sharks in the underwater world in Maldives
One has to take some risks in life, right?
19. Go vertical caving in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
20. Say Yes to love on the Golden Bridge of San Francisco
What better place to remember a golden moment?
Sources – wikipedia, telegraph.co.uk
Images – ghirardellisquare.com, travel.aol.co.uk, www.telegraph.co.uk, www.mydomaine.com