I’ve already been to my top travel destinations!
First on my list was New Zealand. I was there for 2.5 weeks and visited both North Island and South Island. It’s silly, but I wanted to visit because of the Lord of the Rings movies, haha. It just looked so beautiful! A nice bonus I wasn’t expecting when I got there was that the food is amazing! All of the ingredients are incredibly good because there’s no factory farming there. The eggs were especially amazing; the yolks were almost orange!
We stayed at a beautiful house on the coast in Tairua, went to Hot Water Beach in Coromandel where we dug sand to allow the hot water springs to fill shallow pools and sat in them like they were hot tubs, then had to leave or keep digging when the tide came in. We went to Otorohanga Kiwi House and saw super cute little kiwis that run around like ridiculous cartoon characters, then went to a geothermal park in Taupo to see geysers, bubbling mud, and colorful acidic pools. There was an area with lots of caves; I went to one with lots of tiny glowworms (that had a tame eel in the river that would let you pet it!) while my friend went on an 8-hour spelunking thing that involved rappelling and jumping into dark holes. And of course we went to Hobbiton!
As fun as all of that was, I think I enjoyed South Island more! We went on a small (100 people) overnight cruise to the fiordlands. I didn’t even know there were fiords in New Zealand! There were kayaks on the boat and they led short excursions, but it was raining and slightly too cold for me to just go in my swimsuit so I skipped it. I did get to see dolphins and even a little penguin, though! And the fiords were so beautiful and lush. We stayed at a lovely house in Queenstown right by the lake. The glacial lakes have some mineral in it that makes the water look like a lovely Caribbean blue. We went to Mount Cook National Park. They have several cabins that are basically right new to the base of the mountains. It was spring when we went, and the entire area was filled with purple, pink and yellow lupins. We went on a flight over a glacier on the mountain, which is pretty awe-inspiring. We stayed in Akarua, a little French (!) town on the coast that had several vineyards, and went on a boat trip to swim with dolphins! Eee!!!
So that was an amazing trip.
Last year we went to Utah, which was the second place on my list. I just really like the red rock and weird formations. I knew it there was going to be a lot of hiking so I actually prepared by running three times a week for a couple of months before the trip. I hate running! In addition to lots of hiking, we also did zip lining, a hot air balloon ride, and canyoneering (rappelling). My favorite thing we did was hiking the Narrows, which is basically hiking up a river in Zion.
As for other places I’d like to visit, I kind of want to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and I’m curious about visiting London, mainly because my friend said that when she goes there, it feels like returning to the motherland.