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Monday, January 2, 2017

Travel Bucket List | Distant Places to Visit


When I started this travel blog back in 2007, my wanderlust was set upon exploring all 81 provinces of my country; the Philippines. Almost a decade later, after good karma and travel Gods blessed me with bounteous opportunities of planting my feet to a number of Asian countries – and even flirting with the African continent, via a brief trip to Egypt - I realized that I shouldn’t limit my travel goals within a singular continent. Travel far and wide, as most would say. So here I am now making my own bucket list and putting it all in writing for myself to dream, that someday I shall also experience stepping over the soil – frozen or scorching – of these beautiful places located far, far away from where I now roam. Get ready to feel the fernweh.

Antarctica

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The southernmost continent in the planet and most definitely the coldest as well. Antarctica, – thanks to modern technology – can now be easily visited by adventurers, as opposed to the difficulties that faced various expeditions to this continent in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Today, one can avail of numerous Arctic and Antarctic cruises which makes traveling to this continent very convenient and under all possible leisure conditions. 

Everest Base Camp | Nepal & Tibet

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Situated in the not so distant and still part of the Asian continent; the country of Nepal and the Autonomous Region of Tibet - the EBCs, as many refers to it seems like a distant place because of the challenges required in reaching it. The twin base camp; one located at altitude of 17, 598 feet in Nepal and the other at 16,900 feet in Tibet certainly brings you to only a legendary trek away from the peak of Earth’s highest mountain; Mount Everest.

Plitvice Lakes National Park | Croatia

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This stunning set of nature comprising of snaking natural pools radiating with turquoise-colored lakes and waterfalls, have been seducing my wanderlust since I first saw it on a travel magazine many years ago. Situated in Croatia, a not so popular tourist destination in Europe – it appears as a distant place that is echoing for myself to visit it someday. Why not - I tell myself, bring it on and hope to swim on your gorgeous boodeeh of water someday, Plitvice.

Baatara Gorge Waterfall | Lebanon

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Most people only hear about Lebanon on CNN and other leading news organizations under unlikable circumstances. It is like a smokescreen that prevent us from seeing the country's real gems. Take out the political-related events and one will notice a country bursting with rich culture, good people and stunning off-the-beaten-path travel destinations. One such find is this waterfalls located inside a Jurassic limestone cave that almost drills into another realm. Based on the photographs I’ve seen – this place definitely lit up my curiosity and desire to explore this unique cave system someday.

Tanzania’s Great Animal Migration

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Come January, chance upon hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as they make their annual migration from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve  towards Serengeti and to Kenya’s Masai Mara region. The immense movements of these animals alone and their mammoth presence, already make up for a spectacular sight. This spectacle now remains near the top of my great outdoors bucket list.


These are just five of my many dream destinations that seem far and beyond my travel means. But who knows what the future might bring, I feel like every day, the world is bringing me closer to these places. Someday, it shall happen. 

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