OK, so I need to be honest here and let you know that I’m entering a competition to win a trip to go and see the Northern Lights by posting about my top three travel bucket list destinations (and maybe I’ll share the details at the bottom of this post, but I’d rather not!) but I really actually would put going to see the Northern Lights in my top three choices even if that wasn’t the prize and can’t quite believe that I haven’t already been to admire the lights…when I start my adult gap year these three places will have to be on the list:-
So here are my top three current wishlist destinations – I’d love to add some photos but as I haven’t been to any of these places yet – I can’t!:
SEEING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Somehow seeing the elusive northern lights shimmering in the star-studded Arctic sky has been on my wishlist forever. Such an ethereal experience and one that I’m sure will remain in your heart forever. I’m not sure where best to see them? You can even on occasion see them from the UK these days, but I bet owing to light pollution there are better places on the planet to choose from. Nature’s most spectacular light show, seen from a cosy little hotel sounds heavenly.
Officially The Kingdom of Bhutan. Doesn’t that sound grand? A landlocked country in South Asia surrounded on all sides by all the other countries I want to visit. Again this has a magical quality and feel to it that makes it very alluring. Not easy to get there you have to get that elusive visa – but after seeing the latest photo shoot in Vogue I am determined to get there. I want to see tigers and find the yeti and houses built up into hills like something out of a Doctor Seuss book:-
and I want to hang out with Buddhist monks and learn how to live their lives – and some mindfulness techniques to take but home with me:-
It’s actually too late to be able to say “we must get there before it all changes” because lots of the changes have already happened and now Obama has publicly brought them back in from the cold everything will speed up in terms of economic growth and tourism in general. However, I imagine it is still fairly unspoilt and undisturbed and I have this romantic notion that Cuba is home to passion, music, colour, wonderful old cars and distinctive food…and salsa dancing and rum and maybe I’ll even start smoking cigars. They have beautiful beaches, but I want to hang out in Havana. Just because. Doesn’t that sound cool? I want to dance in Cuba. The fact that I’m going to have to take lessons for five years to learn how to wiggle my hips is irrelevant at this point. We can all dream can’t we?