I hate the phrase “Bucket List”. I’m assuming it became a shortened way of saying “these are all the things I want to do before I kick the bucket / shrug off my mortal coil / die”. Which sounds like a lot of pressure. And what do you do when you have ticked off everything on your list? “Right Mr Grim Reaper, you can come and take me now.” Or do you just keep adding things on in the hope of staving off the inevitable “I can’t go yet, Mr Grim Reaper, I haven’t swam in a waterfall in Jamaica, ate frogs legs in Paris or hiked the Grand Canyon…”
So I have a travel wish list. Maybe I’ll visit them all in my lifetime, maybe I won’t. In fact, at the rate I keep adding things on, I’m unlikely to run out of places to go unless I live til I’m 380. So here, in no particular order, are 5 of the places that have made it on to my travel wish list.
The Spanish capital has been on my wish list for a while. It’s full of culture, great food and a vibrant nightlife. It has stunning architecture, delicious tapas, churros and abundant wine. It even has a fountain that honours the devil, in a park loosely translated as “The Park of Pleasant Retreat” It also got ancient Egyptian temples and a bullring, although I’m sure it’s not as spectacular as ours here in Birmingham.
Costa Rica is one of the happiest places to live in the world. And I know why. It’s not the higher than average life expectancy. It’s not the great coffee. It’s not even the fact you can sleep in a converted aeroplane. It’s because of the sloths. Sloths are smiley animals. Just to look at a sloth makes me happy. So yes, I want to see emerald-green rainforests, beautiful beaches, volcanoes and gorges. But most of all I want to see sloths.
This is high on Mr Fletche’s wishlist. And when I found out that you don’t have to hike to get there, it made its way onto my list too. In fact you can just pop on a train or a bus and bob’s your uncle. The ruins clinging to the hillside, the towering emerald green mountains, the woolly llamas…it’s one of those places which seems to be something of a faff to get to, but the pay-off is immense. And you can pick yourself up a poncho as a souvenir.
The Romantic Road
Great Britain is good at castles. They’re ten a penny, and you can’t swing a cat in Wales without falling over another castle. But do you know who else is good at castles? The Germans. And they’re also good at gorgeous little villages with timber-framed houses. And beer. They’re good at beer too. The “Romantic Road” connects Würzburg and Füssen in Southern Germany, with a whole bunch of medieval fairy-tale towns on the way. And there’s rolling hills and lush forests too. Looks amazing in the summer, but can you imagine this at Christmastime? Book me a flight to Munich now!
No, I don’t know why I haven’t been to Dublin yet either. It’s about five minutes and a 10p Ryanair flight away. I hear Temple Bar is good for a nice quiet drink? But aside from the Guinness and the whiskey and the stew, there’s a tempestuous history, literary legends and live music. And it’s also by the seaside. I hear it’s nice and quiet some time in the middle of March? Say around the 17th?
So that’s Part One of my Travel Wishlist. Have you been to any of these places? Where else should I add to Part Two?
Thanks for reading!!