Everyone talks about places they’d love to visit or wish they could travel to. I love to talk about that too but something I’ve noticed most people don’t tend to talk about are specific events or places that they’d love to see beyond perhaps the Seven Wonders of the World. While I was studying abroad in college, I spent a good portion of my free time online looking at various places around the world. Part of this was to plan possible weekend trips with my friends but I also stumbled across some pretty cool landmarks or unique places that I think would be awesome to see. I’ve compiled some of these events or sights into what I’ve decided to call my Destination Wish List. If you’ve been to or experienced any of these, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you thought of it.
1. Flower Season in Holland
I think this would just be so pretty to see. Just fields and fields of color. I’ve seen fields of rapeseed (yes, that’s the name of a real plant) when traveling by train across Wales and I think this would be like that but better.
2. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Whether or not fairies are supposed to live near these pools, I’ve heard that the Isle of Skye and its fairy pools are supposed to be gorgeous. The Isle of Skye is also located in the northern half of Scotland which a part of Scotland I have yet to see but would very much like to visit.
3. Northern Lights, Norway (also called the Aurora Borealis)
I had a friend who took a weekend to go see the Northern Lights while we were in Ireland and he said it was the most amazing trip he’s ever taken. Just picture it, a dark night with ribbons of green and purple snaking across the sky. I think it would look magical.
4. Blarney Stone, Cork, Ireland
This was something I would have loved to see during my semester in Ireland but unfortunately it didn’t happen. I’m not sure I would be able to hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone but I would love to at least see it. And come on, how can you resist the Irish accent?
5. Grenada Underwater Sculpture Garden, Grenada
I’m not sure if this would require diving or snorkeling and I’m not sure how creepy it may be once you got down there, but I thought this looked so cool when I first came across it a few years ago. Unless you’re friends with shipwreck divers, who do you know that could say they’ve had such a unique experience?
6. The Grotto, Lourdes, France
Like missing the Blarney Stone while I was in Ireland, this was a place I wished I’d been able to see during my semester in France. The story of Saint Bernadette is one of the most well-known and is also one of the earliest saint tales I remember learning. My home church is also named after the events in Lourdes, France so it seems only fitting to (hopefully) visit the Grotto at some point in my life.
7. Great Wall of China
This one may not be quite as unique as some of the other places on this list but i felt i had to include it. An impressive piece of architecture and history, I would love to walk along part of the wall at some point in my life.
8. Lavender Fields in France
Similar to the flowers in Holland, I think this would just be really pretty to see. And somehow, it seems quintessentially southern French.
9. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the one country in the UK that I have yet to visit. And within Northern Ireland is a lovely collection of smooth, hexagon-like shaped stones that make up Giant’s Causeway. I don’t know if there is any historical or scientific reason behind the place or the shape of the rocks but it’s something I’ve always wanted to see.
10. Pyramids, Egypt
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by Egypt and its history. I can even distinctly remember it being my favorite unit of 6th grade Social Studies. I would jump at the chance to visit Egypt just to see the pyramids, temples, and the Cairo museum.