My Top Five: Trips to Make Before I Die

15 08 2008
Hopefully I can keep it to just five. Okay I can’t keep it to just five, but how about five international and five domestic (Australia only) ones?? Ha Ha, Do you see how I cheated there? Just like an Olympic Athlete on steroids huh?

International Trips

1. Travel all of Europe (I know that’s cheating but I want to see most of it if I can).

Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini, Greek Islands

I have actually already been to Paris, Rome, London and Frankfurt but I need more and this has been at the top of the list for the last eight years. To get specific top of the wish list would be Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the Greek Islands, Italian Riviera, French Riviera, Spain, Denmark, Prague, Netherlands, Sweden just to name a few.

2. The Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Mongolia - as taken from the plane on my Mum's last trip there

Mongolia - as taken from the plane on my Mum

 Many companies do tours on this railway, here is one provided by a tour group called Gecko’s which I recognise from my Flight Centre days. This should give you an idea of what I’m talking about but for anyone too lazy to click it starts in Russia at Moscow and you travel the railway through Russia through to Ulaanbataar in Mongolia and then continue on your way to Beijing. Incidentally you can go the other way starting at Beijing and I have always wanted to start here and continue on into Europe from Russia. That merges number one and two together there, but typically would cost a small fortune.

3.  Egypt via Dubai.



Surely this doesn’t need too much elaboration; Pyramids, the Nile, camels, terribly hot weather and Mummy’s (hey we all know they are REAL!). Dubai has interesting architecture in its buildings with the desert right behind the city. It also has hotels where every feature is made out of gold, light switches the works … of course I probably wouldn’t be allowed in, I can’t even get a business class upgrade and I’ve been travelling overeas since I was 12 years old!

Dubai Hotel made with Gold

Dubai Hotel made with Gold

4. The Himalayas.

Machhapuchhare, Annapurna region, Nepal. Courtesy of

Machhapuchhare, Annapurna region, Nepal. Courtesy of

This is a very recent addition to my list and was inspired in part from a fiction book I was reading where the author managed to paint the picture of a sunrise while trekking through the Himalayas in such a fashion that my travel bug was inspired yet again and now I HAVE to see it. Of course I need to get the leg fixed first and you know get fit again … sigh … but it’s something to aim for (there are easy trek’s that don’t require you to be an Olympic athlete thankfully!). I have my eye on this one. Anyone wondering which book it’s a Chick fiction book called “With or Without You” written by Carole Matthews who appears to be a Pommy writer I think.

With or Without You Book Cover

With or Without You Book Cover

5. Ireland via England, Scotland and Wales.

Ireland. I'm not sure where but I love little cottages and rolling green hills.

Ireland. I

Do you like how I am squeezing in extra destinations by adding the word “via”? It’s a fantastic word! Years ago my plan was to live for a year in Seoul, London, Ireland (somewhere not sure which city) and New York. Well obviously I have managed to visit all of those except Ireland and live in Seoul so I’m getting there but I really have to make it Ireland. Wait a minute how come none of these countries are particularly warm?

Domestic Trips (Australia Only)

I’m going to do another post on these soon but here is a list of them.

1. The Great Ocean Road

2. Hamilton Island

3. Perth (Monkey Mia)

4. Ayers Rock and other big things in the centre there

5. Tassie