Although I have never actually traveled outside New Zealand it has always been my biggest dream to do so. My number one dream is to go out and explore how other cultures live and what their way of life is like. I have traveled around New Zealand and seen most of what my own backyard has to offer: now I have a burning desire to see what the rest of the world has to offer. In this post I am going to talk about the top 5 places I want to visit in the world and why they have such a massive pull for me.
Paris has always been the number one place I want to visit and I’m not entirely sure why, but I have always felt a connection with it. I think it started back in primary school when I had a teacher who was obsessed with the city – I must have caught her obsession, because ever since I have wanted to visit. I want to be able to immerse myself in the architecture, the food, and everything in between. The place has a magical pull and nobody can pass up the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower at least once in their lifetime. I hope that one day I will be strolling the streets of Paris taking in all of the amazing sights around me. It sounds like the dream doesn’t it?
My second destination is quite different to the previous. The reason Auschwitz has made my top 5 is because I have always had an interest in World War 2 and Adolf Hitler and the facts behind it all. History is something I have a major interest in. For those of you who don’t know what Auschwitz is, it was a concentration camp in Poland where Jewish people were sent during World War 2 to be exterminated. Now I can imagine almost all of you will be questioning why I would want to go to a place like this: the main reason is because I want to see it for myself. I know that it is going to be so eerie, and I am going to feel all of the emotions, but I feel like it is something that I need to do. I want to see the place where all of those people spent the last chapter of their lives to fully understand what it must have been like. This is definitely not for everyone but if you are as interested in history as I am then this is a must see. I want to be able to pay my respects to all of those people that weren’t even given the human decency that they deserved.
The Netherlands (some of you will know the country as ‘Holland’, which is totally incorrect, but Dutch people seem to just put up with it!) has a mixed pull for me because on one side it is where some of my family emigrated from, and on the other it has the Anne Frank house. My grandparents are from the Netherlands and I still have some extended family there that I have never met before in my life and one day I would love to visit there and see where my grandparents are from and experience the culture that they came from. I experienced some of it when I would visit their house while I was growing up but it would be amazing to be fully immersed in it. There is also the Anne Frank house which is again linked to World War Two. It’s the house of one of the young girls that was hiding from the Nazi’s, and the diary she kept is known worldwide. The house is now an attraction and I would love to go visit it because I have read her diary and I would love to see in real life the space she was in when she wrote that story, and what life must have been like for her because we can imagine but we will never truly know what it was like. I find that so interesting, and by going to see that it may make more sense to me what it was actually like for her in those times. I would also be able to see what the place is like where my grandparents grew up.
The Big Apple – who wouldn’t want to go there one day. The ‘city that never sleeps’ has so many different facets, and is home to so much diversity – all cultures coming together in one massive city. There is Central Park, 5th Avenue, Broadway, Brooklyn and many more places that are ‘must-see’ when you visit New York. There is something for everyone and I think that is why I feel such a strong attraction to the place: this is a city that people go to to be themselves, and they feel like they are able to fully express themselves here and won’t be judged, and I just love that. I love all of the different facets of this city and I feel like it is the kind of place that you will constantly be exploring, always finding something new and unique that you didn’t know was there. This is why this city is on my top 5 list.
Italy is the final place in my top 5 list but it is definitely not the least. Italy has so much to offer ranging from Pompeii, to Rome, to Pisa to Milan as well as many others. All of these places have so much culture and amazing architecture that I feel very pulled to Italy. For one, Pompeii is basically a lost city, a city that was covered in ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted covering everything in ash and you can go and explore this city today and see the total destruction that was caused. This is a moment in history that has quite literally been set in stone and it would be amazing to see and experience. Rome, Pisa and Milan are cities which such rich history that it would be amazing to immerse yourself in their culture. They are so different to New Zealand that it would just be amazing to see and who can pass up seeing the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Of course there is a number of other places that I want to see and visit around the world but these are definitely my Top 5. One day I will get to all of these places and I will definitely have to write about it once I have been there because I am sure I will have lots to say. I can’t wait to travel and if you are about to travel maybe I have given you some inspiration for a couple extra places to visit on your travels. If you have a dream like mine make sure you pursue it, and don’t let anything or anyone get in your way!