Even though the United States is a separate country from Canada, its relative proximity and similarity in culture make it less of an international adventure. Don’t get me wrong — I still like going to Las Vegas — but for my international bucket list, I want to see something a little more exotic. I’ve already been to Taiwan and Tokyo, among other places, but there’s always more to see, hear, smell, and eat.
Here are five international destinations that I plan to visit before I kick the bucket. In no particular order…
- Egypt: In case you couldn’t figure it out from the image accompanying this blog post, Egypt easily makes this list. The remnants of the ancient civilization are just so fascinating. From the Sphinx to the Great Pyramids at Giza, from the Valley of the Kings to King Tut’s Tomb, there’s so much to see. I’ve always been fascinated by Egyptian culture, so it’d be great to see these things in real life.
- Australia: I realize that they’re still a part of the British Commonwealth, so there will definitely be a lot of similarities in culture, but there’s still a lot of fun things to see and do in the land down-under. It’d be fun to take a trip out into the outback to see the wildlife and I might even come home with a boomerang or didgeridoo. And Aussies just seem like very fun and happy people.
- France: It’s hard to single out just one European country, because they’re all so different. That said, there’s something to be said about the romanticism of Paris and all of the incredible sights and sounds of the city. My high school French is probably not going to hold up, but at least I can ask for the whereabouts of the washroom. That’s important.
- Easter Island: Much like by Egyptian aspirations, I’d love to see the stone heads in person. While down South and Central America way, I’d hope to include a trip to the Galapagos Islands as well, though this combination could prove to be very expensive, involving multiple flights and short-haul boat rides. Either way, it’d be quite the adventure.
- England: Since I was an English minor in university, William Shakespeare has played an important role in my life. It’d be great to see the Globe Theatre, as well as all the other wonderful tourist attractions in merry old London. This is the land of Top Gear too, though it’s unlikely I’d bump into Jeremy Clarkson during my journeys.
Do you have any aspirations for international travel? Which destinations are on your bucket list?