I know I know. It’s a bit inconvenient to think about vacation when I just spend 2000+ euros on furniture and decoration, but looking outside I start to drift off to a place of sunshine, exotic surroundings and good food. I want a bloody vacation! Even if it’s just for a few days, and with my besties spending the month in Milan or Thailand I am getting a bit jealous because I’m stuck here studying math for my upcoming study in BA.
Gnaaa! Okay I’m being childish here, it’s not like I don’t have any vacation in the near future (a week of South Tirol in May), and normally I’m a person who likes to go to the same two places every other year for obvious reasons: You know where to stay, you know what to do, you know where to eat. It’s very relaxing and you normally don’t get disappointed (oh god, there are so many things to which I have the exact same attitude). But at the moment I’m definitely in the mood for some experimentation. An acquaintance is travelling through the west of Africa? Hmm, sounds adventurous. A honeymoon cruise around Thailand? Call me in! Well not the honeymoon part (it’s a bit too early for that). So let’s dream a bit:
A came across the Amalfi coast a few years ago when I was still living with my parents (a young chit I was) and we used to watch documentaries on Sundays. I still love to do that, but rather about places and people and culture than about history and, well, aliens. So we watched a travelogue about this coast in Italy, and I instantly fell in love. It was love at first sight, and it hasn’t left me since then. Amalfi coast is to be found at a headland south of Naples, with the island Capri as a glorious completion of it all. The coast is deemed by the Unesco to be an outstanding example of Mediterranean landscape, a stunning combination of picturesque towns and flora clinging to steep and rugged mountains. It’s breathtakingly beautiful how the houses are neatly and tightly arranged together, with narrow stairways and vertical gardens (I am almost sure they grow lemons there). The most beautiful towns are Positano and Amalfi, but there is also Ravello on the mountaintop and Sorrento in the north. Of course Amalfi coast is rather expensive with some exquisite hotels and restaurants (I seem to attract these things against my will), but it’s also a perfect place for hiking! Let’s see if I get there someday…
Croatia wasn’t really on my radar until recently, and yes, I have to admit that it has something to do with Game of Thrones. I mean, it’s almost an advertisement for this country, and I have heard that they even offer tours now, but of course there is so much more to that country. As they say, Croatia combines a rich cultural legacy (thousands of years of kingdoms, empires and republics) with a breathtaking coast and beautiful nature. Architecture, wine and seafood alone already make me love this country (fooood!), and as I am a person who easily gets bored just laying on the beach this places offers me everything. I can, well, enjoy the sun on the beach, see history in the cities and go hiking and biking when I want to. Awesome!
Obviously the most exotic destination in this group, but nevertheless a place I definitely want to see before I die. Although the tropical climate scares me (I’m simply not made for a hot and humid climate, and don’t get me started on the mosquitoes!) the attraction to divine beaches, the landscape and the otherworldly sacred architecture is by far greater. Temples and Buddhas, fortune shrines and colourful garlands line the paths, while I imagine my nose being lured by the wonderful fresh and spicy Thai cuisine. You can spend a day exploring the coastline, small islands or even the rural heartland, or treat yourself to a spa, or be completely sucked in by a busy morning market or the sensory overload of Bangkok. For me it is a beautiful country, a colourful one and an opportunity to get to know an exotic and yet warm, generous, and relaxed culture.
Of course there are many more destinations on my list, but let’s just focus on these three for a start. I am still young and have a some years ahead of me, and I do want to try and really do the things I plan to do someday instead of delaying them until I’m not longer able to do them. I definitely want to see Africa and South America someday, and Canada sounds wonderful as well. But what about you? I am positive that you have some plans as well!