The trips I dream of taking

Before there’s a trip, there’s a plan. Before there’s a plan, there’s a dream.

Travel dreams are like imagined adventures. While I’m dreaming of new places to go, I’m imagining myself there, full of energy and enthusiasm and wonder.

My travel dreams consist of places I know I will go one day, and places I hope I will get to eventually. My bucket list is long and keeps growing, faster than I can get to all the places on it.

Some of my imagined adventures are journeys I know I may never take, except maybe in my imagination. But sometimes I can take as much joy in a place I’m only dreaming about seeing as I can in one I’ve already seen.

But most of my imagined adventures will, I hope, turn into real journeys. Many already have.

Here are the places currently at the top of my bucket list. (Those crossed out are trips that are moving from Imagined Adventures to actual Plans and will soon be Real Journeys.):

  • Turkey
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • The Lofoten Islands in Norway
  • Morocco
  • Israel
  • African safari
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Egypt
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Rome
  • Colombia
  • Anywhere no one else I know has been

I want to go to Eastern Europe (11/11/2012) - One of the trips I am seriously considering for my next vacation abroad is eastern Europe. After my visit to Tallinn, I think it would be amazing to spend a few weeks exploring other parts of the former Soviet bloc.… more…
Next #1: The Netherlands, Belgium, and eastern France (8/31/2014) - I’ve been back from my last trip just about three months, and I’m itching to start planning the next trip. Since my last trip was mostly by car and covered a lot of different destinations, I am leaning toward something… more…
Next #2: Poland, Czech Republic,Slovakia, Germany (11/8/2014) - A: Gdansk B: Warsaw C: Kraków D: Bratislava E: Český Krumlov F: Prague G: Dresden H: Leipzig Total distance: nearly 2000 km (1200 miles) That’s about twice as many places as I can reasonably expect to see in three weeks,… more…
Where to next? (2018 edition) (5/15/2018) - Perhaps a post about where I’m thinking of going isn’t an imagined adventure so much as it is a plan for a real journey. But I’m posting this under “Imagined Adventures” because right now I’m imagining these trips over the… more…