I’ll be honest–I’m not super big on travelling.
If you’ve read my book, Stuck On Vacation With Ryan Rupert, you’ll see a lot of parallels between the main character, Aubany, and myself–and this is one of them. Though, her reasoning for her resistance to her summer vacation and my reasoning for my resistance to the idea of a ‘paradise vacation’ are a little different.
I’m a homebody at heart–I even work from home, and one of my biggest goals in life is to create a home space that I love waking up to, living in, and can be proud of. Why would I want to travel?
Not to mention that travelling has such complications–hours at crowded airports, jet lag and exhaustion, strange foods and hotel rooms… I could go on.
But that being said, there are a couple of places on my bucket list I wouldn’t mind visiting one day, and today I want to share those with you.
1) United States
Being from a tropical, paradise destination myself, gorgeous beaches and sunsets aren’t really anything I haven’t seen before. I see them on a daily basis. So taking off to a tropical destination really isn’t at the top of my list compared to seeing snow for the first time, or seeing a brand new city.
But this is a tropical destination post, and despite all of the above, I have my reasons for wanting to visit the U.S.
In particular, Los Angeles and Hawaii top my list. Not only do these locations constantly intrigue me, with so much of our pop culture being influenced by America, but I think I would really enjoy visiting these two places.
Hawaii has so much natural beauty and culture, and Los Angeles is exciting with so much variety. Plus, I could literally entertain myself for hours just by looking at all the beautiful houses in LA (in fact, I DO do this when playing GTA 5–don’t judge me!)
But if anything could convince me to visit, it would be all the food options. I would love trying all the famous fast food places we don’t have over here but always hear about–Wendys, Olive Garden, In-N-Out, and Taco Bell too! Even a cafe would entertain me–just give me a list of good ones, and I’ll be a very happy tourist indeed.
2) Sri Lanka
I love the look of Sri Lanka–it seems like such a gorgeous place with so many unique activities. I’m more interested in the cities, temples, tropical rainforests and hills than the beaches though.
In fact, walking with elephants, travelling on trains (fun fact: I love trains), visiting heritage sites and tea plantations, plus indulging in a whole lot of curry and rice are definitely experiences I would leave the house for.
A city I’m particularly intrigued to visit in Sri Lanka is Kandy.
I’ve always loved Morrocan architecture so a huge highlight of visiting this incredible destination would be to see the buildings and walk among the city. I could probably spend hours at the marketplace browsing stalls, as well as exploring plazas, palaces, tombs and gardens. In particular, I want to visit Marrakesh.
Italy is known for its food, so that already makes this a must-visit destination. I don’t really have a specific location in mind because they ALL look beautiful, but if I had to choose, I would narrow it down to Capri or Positano.
There would be a lot of dining, shopping, photography and sightseeing. I think a boat trip or some kind of day tour would be nice as well.
5) Puerto Rico
I’m a sucker for cities with a splash of colour, and Puerto Rico immediately caught my eye with Old San Juan.
I would love to walk along the cobblestone paths among these beautiful buildings, enjoy a day trip or cruise, and do lots of shopping and dining. I love architecture, so I would be completely captivated by the Spanish colonial houses and bright colours–and apparently, it’s also quite magical at night!
Which tropical vacation destinations are on your bucket list? Have any other recommendations? Leave them below!