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My top 10 countries I want to visit most!

I love the thought of travelling and going to different places and cities and I really love it when I log onto my WordPress blog and see that I have hits and followers from many different countries, it’s very exciting and interesting for me! ūüôā So I thought I would share 10 countries that are first on my list of places.

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  1. South Africa – I’ve heard it’s a very beautiful country and I’d like to visit Johannesburg, Durban, Cape town and some of the national parks as well!
  2. America – There is so many places in America I dream of visiting such as New York, Chicago, Brooklyn, Seattle and so many other places. I’ve heard it’s all very¬†beautiful¬†and I love cities especially big ones like London and New York!
  3. Zimbabwe – My partner comes from Zimbabwe so I’d like to visit this country with him as I think it would be special. I’d like to specifically go to Harare and maybe get a chance to visit Victoria falls as well.
  4. Canada – I’d like to visit¬†Ottawa¬†as it looks really nice there and I’d love to go to¬†Montreal¬†and Vancouver as well as I heard you can do lots of¬†activities¬†at Vancouver like whale watching.
  5. Nepal – I would love to visit Nepal because it looks beautiful and very scenic, I’d love to go to Kathmandu specifically.
  6. Switzerland – Switzerland looks like a really beautiful country, I’d like to visit Geneva and The old city of Berne because I’d like to experience some traditional lifestyle and see some¬†picturesque¬†towns and cities.
  7. Finland – Now I have been to Helsinki but I haven’t explored anywhere in detail. But I know Finland is home to some very¬†interesting¬†and beautiful places. I think I’d like to go to Lapland in the North of Finland, explore Helsinki in great depth and see Northern Lights.
  8. Chile¬†– I think it would be really nice to visit Chile, I know there are many things to see and do such as stargazing and I’d like to experience another culture. I think it’s also a very beautiful country with great scenic views.
  9. China¬†– I have been to Japan before but I would like to visit China, specifically Shanghai and the Great wall of China. I’d like to visit places such as the Forbidden city/palace museum and Hangzhou as I’ve heard that’s very¬†beautiful.
  10. Italy¬†– There’s lots of places in Italy I would love to visit, places like Florence, Venice, Milan and Rome especially. There’s so much to see and do and I want to be able to experience historical¬†architecture¬†and appreciate it. I also love to ride on a gondola, see the last supper painting and get to see the¬†Colosseum.

These are just 10 of a long list of places I want to travel to, so if you’re country is not on here be assured it is probably on the full list! ūüôā

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My Travels to Belgium, Helsinki, Ibiza and Japan.

So I thought I’d write a little piece on some places I have been before because as you know I love travelling! I intend to travel a lot more when I finish University and get a decent stable career to fund my travels. I think my main purpose of travelling is the fact that I want to see the world, I love learning and experiencing different cultures and seeing famous buildings and monuments. All of this excites me! I haven’t been to loads of places because I only got my passport in my teenage years and so I have only been to a few places but that was enough for me to realise I love travelling, I love the excitement of getting to the airport, seeing the planes, the take off and landings, the butterflies in your stomach when you know you’re in the air finally and them little meals you get on board!

So with that in mind I thought I would share with you the few places I have been before up until now.

Belgium –¬†This was a school trip to Ypres in Belgium. We went as a history class to visit the battlefields,¬†museums¬†and Menin gate, we actually only went for one day so it was a pretty long day as we had to get a ferry there and back (My first time on a ferry). Because it was my first time on a ferry I had no idea what to expect, I’m petrified of the sea (well going in it! I still think it’s beautiful though) and I was worried the whole way that the ferry would sink. I think I even googled it the night before we went how to survive if a ferry sinks! Silly me! Anyway the whole trip was alright and we got to visit some great historic places and at the end we were allowed to go into one of Belgium’s best chocolate shops ūüôā

Ibiza¬†– This was a birthday present trip from my parents for my 16th Birthday. It was the first time I ever stepped foot on a plane and I loved it! My dad ordered us food for the journey and I was so excited, they had planned it so we left two days before my birthday so I turned 16 when I was out there. We went to an all inclusive resort called Palladium Palace in Playa Den Bossa and was right on the beach! With two massive outdoor pools, food 24-7 and comfortable rooms I was in paradise! I’m a big nature person so when we got to Ibiza I was so thrilled to be able to see little lizards up so close and other exotic animals and birds – Even saw Flamingos! We toured round most of the island and went to Las Salinas (Well known celebrity¬†hot spot¬†with a beautifully stunning beach) we also went to Santa Eulalia, Portinatx and other great towns ūüôā

Helsinki¬†– On the way to Japan (I’m getting to that after this!) We stopped¬†briefly¬†in Helsinki and I loved the fact it is the home of the moomin, everything I saw to buy was moomin based and it was adorable! But Helsinki was also very beautiful and natural as well with very polite people.

Japan¬†– So in 2011 I went to Japan to visit my brother who lives there, I was a bit nervous about this journey as it was 16 hours long with only an hour stop meaning this was the longest journey I will probably ever go on… I was excited though to see my brother and experience Japanese culture for a week. When we boarded the plane we got bottle of water, pillows, blankets, headphones and¬†eye masks¬†for the long journey ahead of us. The journey actually was quite fun but tedious in places, I stayed up most of time just listening to music from all around the world on the in seat computer and thinking, we got there early in the morning and the time difference made me slightly jet lagged so when we got to my brothers apartment we slept for a few hours and then we all went out so my brother could show us his local area – Nagoya. He showed us some really beautiful temples and shrines, wildlife and views from the city. The next couple of days was spent touring areas, shrines, temples and shops of Japan, which was awesome! We went to Nagoya, Kyoto, Sakai and various other cities, but I think my¬†favourite¬†place was the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto it was beautiful to say the least! I loved this place especially because I got to have a go at the Otowa waterfall where there is three streams of water and you get given a cup on a long stick and you choose to drink out of one of the fountains, each has a different benefit (Love, Success in school or¬†Longevity I believe) but I loved this temple and all the other little parts of it because it was set in the beautiful mountain side with amazing views.

All in all this is a little bit on my travels and in the future I hope to add some more ! ūüôā (Photos from Japan below, Sadly I lost most of them from Ibiza, Helsinki and Belgium ūüė¶ But there is two from Ibiza but they’re terrible quality! But all photos are mine)

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