11 Travel Destinations I Can’t Wait To See Again

By Jane Mountain | March 11, 2015

There’s one thing that almost everyone asks me about my recent travels.

What was your favourite country?

Obviously, I can never choose just one, so here are 11 travel destinations I can’t wait to see again.

Croatia

Best camping spot yet.

Best camping spot yet.

With an abundance of walled cities overlooking the stirring Adriatic coastline, the romance of Croatia continually calls to me. Croatia has everything: near-perfect weather, a quiet shoulder season, a plethora of privately owned and inexpensive guest houses, and wine, so much delicious wine. A few weeks after we were there, Croatia joined the EU. It can’t wait to see firsthand what effects, if any, this has had on the economy and the wonderful Croatian people.

If you go:
Try to experience the haunting majesty of Zadar’s Sea Organ in a rainstorm.

Lofoten, Northern Norway

Many years ago, when Stephen was working with a band from Norway, we were invited waaaay north in Norway to see the band play at a festival.

It was almost mid-summer, Norwegian spirits were high, and the sun was too.

One night, we were invited for a midnight fishing trip. As the boat’s owner effortlessly pulled heaving lines of fish out of the water, the sun sank lower and lower towards the horizon, bathing us in a red-golden glow. My energy waned with the sun and soon I was ready to fall asleep right there on the boat.

Just around midnight, the sun slipped quietly into the ocean and for a minute the night was almost dark. About 60 seconds later, as if it had had a sudden change of heart, the sun popped back into view to begin the steep climb back into the sky. My energy returned with it, as though I’d had a full night’s sleep and was ready to start a brand new day.

If you go:
Plan your trip for the end of June, when the days are longest.

Vietnam

School girls on their way home from lunch, near Son La.

School girls on their way home from lunch, near Son La.

Though I’ve been to Vietnam twice, I feel as though I’ve barely scratched its beautiful surface.

Ha Noi is one of my favourite cities in which to get lost and the Annamite Mountains delivered some of the most awe-inspiring days on our whole cycle tour. But I also want to see Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh, to ride a motorbike through Sapa in summer, and to experience the wonders of Vietnam’s Mekong delta.

Right now I am infatuated with Vietnam as a travel destination; I can’t wait to spend a little more there and truly fall in love.

If you go:
Don’t miss a quiet walk or a sunrise bike ride around West Lake, Ha Noi, where you can escape the frenzy of the city.

There’s one thing that almost everyone asks me about my recent travels. What was your favourite country? Obviously, I can never choose just one, so here are 11 travel destinations I can’t wait to see again.

London, England

The truth is, by the time we left London, after living there for almost 10 years, I felt that it had been 7 years too many. I hated its terrible weather, the jam-packed tube, and the whole downtrodden population; I was hoping I’d never have to see the place again.

Nearly 10 years on, I am finally ready to face London again, having realized in the interim that what I hated wasn’t London or its people, but the life I was living there. (I did hate the weather, though. It is truly awful.) London has changed dramatically since I was last there, and so have I, and I can’t wait to see it again, through new eyes.

If you go:
Sip a pour-over at Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden, one of My Five Acres’ favourite coffee shops in the world.

Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia

Cambodia-KohTaKiev2-grateful

No electricity, no running water, no WiFi… just the crystal blue sea rolling lazily onto white sand beaches. Throw in a tropical rainstorm every day or two and you have the ideal exotic travel destination.

The week we spent lying around in our open-air bamboo cabin at Ten103 might have been the best week of our entire 18-month bike trip. I just hope we can get back there before the island is bought by corporate developers and turned into a party destination for tourists with more money than taste.

If you go:
Don’t let your fear of a dark sea make you miss a midnight swim with bioluminescent plankton.

Desolation Sound, British Columbia

It should come as no surprise to anyone that British Columbia is astonishingly beautiful, but Desolation Sound takes this beauty to new heights. A few summers ago, I drove up to Desolation Sound with my parents to spend a night with my brother and his family on their rented Katamaran. As soon as we got there, I knew I’d have to come back again with Stephen in tow. Lately I’ve been dreaming of spending warm summer days exploring the hidden bays and channels from the seat of a kayak, and sleeping under the stars each night. Stay tuned.

If you go:
Get out on a boat. It’s the only way to truly experience everything Desolation Sound has to offer.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Sunset on The Mekong, Luang Prabang.

Sunset on The Mekong, Luang Prabang.

Recently, I have been daydreaming about moving to an exotic city on the other side of the globe. Luang Prabang is at the top of the shortlist. The shining Mekong twisting through dense jungle makes a stunning backdrop to Luang Prabang’s French colonial architecture, clean streets, and expat-friendly businesses. Somehow, Luang Prabang has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible task of keeping its soul while opening its heart to tourism. If only the Wi-Fi were a little better, it would make the ideal city for expat living.

If you go:
Use the (seasonal) bamboo footbridge to cross the Nam Khan river and explore the neighbourhoods on the other side.

Syria

Before the Arab Spring, before ISIS, and long before the horrifying realities of life in Syria today, Stephen and I were lucky enough to tour its UNESCO World Heritage sites and meet the amazing people who lived there.

We spent our days wandering through the souks in Aleppo, exploring the streets of Homs, and marvelling at ancient Palmyra and the magnificent Cracs de Chevalier. Since then, every one of these treasures has been looted, bombed, or completely destroyed by the war that is still raging in Syria. Almost certainly, most of the young men we met, who welcomed us with giant smiles and friendly jokes, are now dead, killed fighting for a better life.

If you go:
You can’t go right now unless you’re a war correspondent. The best we can do is hope for a resolution soon.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

One of the best things about cycle touring, or any kind travel with no fixed itinerary, is that you end up in places about which you had no prior knowledge. Until we got there, Ljubljana was just a town that happened to be between where we were and where we wanted to go. Now we know it to be an alluring city that carries its old-world European atmosphere comfortably alongside a modern edge. That’s what makes it one of my favourite cities in the world, and an ideal European travel destination.

If you go:
Make an appointment to head out of the city to Human Fish Brewery, or at the very least drink some Human Fish while you’re in town.

Joshua Tree, California

Whenever our chaotic lives in Los Angeles pressed too heavily in around us, Stephen and I would hop in the car and drive two hours to Joshua Tree National Park.

As we emerged from the snarl of LA traffic onto the wide-open desert highways, the city tension dissolved, and a swell of excitement for our road trip began to build. I always experienced a moment of euphoria when we spotted the banks of majestic windmills whirling in the distance. On our desert trips, we never missed a visit to Native Foods in Palm Springs, an evening at the quintessentially American bar Pappy and Harriet’s, and a stop at Route 62 diner in Yucca Valley. Of course, the highlight of any Joshua Tree visit is hiking through the otherworldly landscape of the park itself.

If you go:
Don’t miss the motorcycle shop tucked in behind Route 62 diner. It’s filled with classic bikes, bike paraphernalia, and a selection of new motorbikes to kick-start your dreams of hitting the open road on two wheels.

Budapest, Hungary

The famous Gellert hotel.

The famous Gellert hotel.

It’s no secret that Budapest is one of Europe’s great travel destinations; I heartily agree.

The five days we spent there were full of rich cultural experiences: we stayed with local friends, practiced yoga with the local kula, and got to know the history of the city at the Terror Haza and on an eye-opening Communism Walking Tour. We shopped at local markets, went to the opera, took our bikes into our favourite bike shop of all time, sought out the local coffee roaster, and drank in a few ruin bars. After all this, we had only scratched the surface of what was on offer in this magnificent city; it deserves another month at least.

If you go:
Visit the Great Market Hall and then stop in at the Asian grocery store next door. Exploring this labyrinth of international foods is like taking a culinary trip around the world.

11 Travel Destinations I Want to See Again

What are your favourite travel destinations? We want to hear all about them in the comments section below.

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

4 comments

  1. Comment by mellowsammy

    mellowsammy Reply May 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What a great list. Tons of variety, and interesting places for interesting reasons. Makes me want to get out and see more of the world.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane May 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much. I am always torn between going back to places I know are great, or discovering new places, so this list is a little reminder to me about the places I’ve loved and a guarantee to you that if you go there you’ll probably like them too!

  2. Comment by Susie

    Susie Reply April 2, 2015 at 11:55 am

    All amazing places! Great locations to visit again! I wouldn’t mind being in Cambodia right now! Never been but the pics are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Yeah, I’d like to be at any of them right now, too. Though I do like it in British Columbia as well.

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