(THE TOP 5 COUNTRIES THAT I WANT TO VISIT)
To travel around the world – alone or with someone else… that’s one of the things that I want to do while I am still breathing, aside from the fact that I can manage to travel so far by means of daydreaming a lot or forming clouds inside my mind from the movies I have watched: imagining that I’m walking around the Emerald city, running along the woods until to the bridge of Terabithia and many more. That has already been included among the top ten on the day that I created my bucket list because I want to reach for my limits and jump over my boundaries. I want to freed myself. I want to break the big walls that I have built on my own.
Since I was young, I was already homebounded and as I grow, I noticed that I spent more of my time inside specifically, stuck staring at the four corners of my room or hiding behind the curtains and peeping by the window instead of going out to explore something different.
Back then, when my mom got involved in a vehicular accident, I learned to travel alone. I used to pack my things in a large backpack like I am going into a hike and as usual, will ride a bus full of strangers inside. Sometimes, I tend to think about them. Perhaps, some were already tired and too eager to reach their destination while the others would want to stay longer in the middle of the road just to forget something and honestly, I am both of the two kinds of strangers in a bus I figured out by observing.
So, I guess that’s enough for the dramatic intro. Moving on, there are reasons why I want to travel.
First, I realized that something has changed after that situation. Before, I hate the idea of travelling alone because of the expected feeling of being placed in a solitary moment but now, it is to be in freedom more. I want to experience the feeling of independence by travelling solo. I think travelling is an effective way that can make me better and cooler.
Honestly, I taught to myself that as an introvert, it will be too uncomfortable to talk to strangers but what I felt now is a way different. I am placed many times in a scene of a bus ride full of strangers and I feel more comfortable in opening up with the one who first approached me.
Lastly, I want to experience to be in a new place that could give me a strange sense of feeling – to be more adventurous – and would leave those unforgettable moments in my memory.
And because of those causes and reasons, I have ranked the top five countries that I want to visit one day.
The country that I want to visit first is the Iceland.
I want to see the Northern Lights or also known as Aurora Borealis which is one of the Iceland’s most famous attractions. It is my dream to witness the combination of lights dance around the sky during the bright summer months – a beautiful and elusive natural phenomenon. Iceland’s location on the top of the world made me believe that it is among the very best places on the planet. According to traveller’s guide, the mystical green lights seek out the very best nightly sighting thrill to see the astonishing astral show itself.
Just to add a little trivia and facts about my dream future travel destination, Iceland is situated just below the Arctic Circle, the summer nights are bright with 24-hour daylight from mid-May to late July. The summer solstice between the 20th and the 22nd of June, marking the time when the midnight sun, Iceland’s ethereal crown jewel, sets just after midnight and rise again just before 3 am. It is really amazing! Incomparable and too far away from my imaginations.
Who would not dream to see the mountain of Kirkjufell in midnight sunlight? Most of the travellers said that nothing compares for a solitary moment faced with the midnight sun in the middle of nowhere, and utilizing the endless days by going sightseeing late at night allows one to see Iceland’s strange landscapes from an unmatched perspectives and I hope that someday, I will be there. I would compile my photos in the land of ice and fire – Iceland’s glaciers and volcanoes – in a big and thick photo album.
Next to it is the country of Nepal. It is where the highest mountain on the world was located – Mt. Everest. I know that my dream’s too high. Could it happen someday? Will I be able to hike the Trek to the Base Camp? Will I reach the summit? When? I don’t know and the possibility is really low but I couldn’t stop from myself from dreaming…
Another is Korea, both North and South. I like the temples and their structure and also, to ride the last train to reach Busan. Sounds familiar, right? It would be a wonderful adventure if I’ll try to taste some of their foods, especially those spicy because I really love chili!
This place has a beautiful countryside and to be honest, I want to visit Korea as a place not the people. There’s nothing bad with Koreans but I don’t know why Kdramas, actresses and actors, and dancers were not able to get my interest.
Then, the fourth one is Norway. I’ve been wondering if how’s an overnight in one of the fjords there? With free scenic landscape views? It’s such a big dream and it would need higher hopes but surely, the experience would be priceless.
Last is the country of Japan. I want to go to Tokyo or Kyoto and even climb Mt. Fuji. Aside from its famous tourist spots, I think it would be relaxing if I’ll also have a walk along the road that would be like just ‘woke up on a paradise’.
Those are just five. There are still more places in my bucket list and I hope that one day, I’ll roam on those places around the world to introduce myself into all of the new. But for now, I’m still focusing on my journey.