2015 Travel Wish List

 

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The mystical Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

2015 Travel Wish List

2015 is still a shiny new year full of possibilities and it’s never too early to start planning travel and adventures for the new year! After an amazing 2nd year of full time travel (see my 14 Travel Highlights of 2014) in 2014 in 2015 I follow my heart and return to Asia.

Asia is a region that has captured my heart like no other, to revisit some of my favourite countries that constantly pull on my heart strings to return and explore some for the very first time.

I’m planning to focus on travelling slower, allowing more time to immerse myself in the culture of a country and to get to know the locals by working or volunteering for a more meaningful experience.

Here’s my travel wish list for 2015:

India

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The view of the Gateway of India and the Taj Palace hotel, Mumbai, India

I have to admit my first trip to India was a big culture shock and pretty challenging but I couldn’t wait to go back. I actually started my second Indian trip by volunteering in Bangalore in December and the start of 2015 will see me exploring the sub continent once again. India is so huge, so varied and so interesting that there are so many places I just didn’t get the time to see on my first visit. Now I know what to expect I hope I’ll have an even more amazing experience on my second trip to India, this time I really want to travel slower and get off the beaten track more to immerse myself in this incredible country and to learn from its culture.

Nepal

Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal

From the snowy peaks of the majestic Himalayan mountain range to game viewing in Chitwan national park. From chaotic Kathmandu to fluttering, colourful prayer flags and spiritual Buddhist retreats, Nepal’s mystical allure puts it top of my travel wish list. Nepal is just crying out for me to explore it’s temples and stunning scenery and learn more about the rich history, religion and culture with the added advantage that it is one of the cheapest destinations in the world.

 

Burma / Myanmar

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The golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar or Burma offers an opportunity to enter a time warp, to experience a corner of Asia that has changed very little with the modern world.  With beautiful countryside and spectacular, surreal temples and friendly, genuine local people, from the other worldly landscape of the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan to the impossibly golden glittering stupas of Shwedagon Pagoda. However, with the recent opening up and influx of tourism I doubt it will stay this way for long so Burma goes on my travel wish list to visit as soon as possible, I need to go there before the 21st century catches on.

 

Laos

The highlight of Laos is the beautiful countryside like here, Kouang Si Waterfall.

I was so gutted that I ended up missing Laos on my first trip around South East Asia and bitterly regret it after hearing raving reports from other travelers. Laos is now firmly on my travel wish list after hearing many fellow travellers naming landlocked Laos as their favourite country of all SE Asia! I can’t wait to discover the charms of this rural, laid back, beautifully scenic nation.

 

Cambodia

Amazing Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I fell head over heals in love with Cambodia on my first visit in November 2013 and I am aching to return to the undeveloped, luscious, green countryside that is sprinkled with wooden houses, atmospheric, ancient temples and the infectious optimism of the lovely Khmers who have been to hell and back in their recent history. 3 weeks just wasn’t enough so I’m eager to return to charming Cambodia to volunteer and spend more time there.

 

Borobudur 

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Stunning sunrises over the revered volcanoes from the top of Borobudur

After feeling the spirituality of Bali and exploring the gorgeous Gili Islands I’m intrigued to see more of Indonesia’s diverse islands and the world’s largest Buddhist monument, Borobudur is calling out to me to visit! The stunning sculptures illustrate the Buddha’s path to enlightenment against a stunning green countryside and volcano backdrop.

 

 China

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China has been on my travel wish list for a long time. I actually visited Shanghai as part of a uni study trip in 2011 and have longed to go back to explore more of China ever since! From ancient to modern and urban to rural this country really fascinates me. From the the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and The Great Wall to buzzing Hong Kong, to traditional villages, rice terraces and wonders of nature in Yunnan, Guilin and Tiger Leaping Gorge. It’s about time I explored one of the world’s oldest, biggest and most diverse civilizations as the middle kingdom rises in importance on the world stage and wouldn’t it be amazing to follow the Silk Road to take the Trans-Siberian Railway back!

 

Teach English in Asia

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Teaching English to kids in Asia can be a rewarding, cultural experience

I’ve wanted to teach English for a few years now and as I want to immerse myself in Asia this is the perfect opportunity to do something worthwhile and be part of the community while also learning new skills and saving some money for future travels.

 

Of course there are more adventures being added to my Bucket List all the time. Have a look and tell me your travel plans and whats on your travel wish list for 2015!

 

6 Comments

  • Rebekah says:

    Nepal and Cambodia are high on my list as well. You should totally come to China, the western provinces are amazing. I’ve been teaching in Sichuan and would highly recommended. I think a lot of people find travelling in China a bit difficult but if you live here its really easy

    • Anna Phipps says:

      Hey Rebekah – Thanks for your comment. I visited Cambodia in 2013 and loved it so much I just have to return. China looks incredible and so diverse too – I’m a little worried about the language barrier but I’m up for a new challenge!

  • What a year you have planned. Definitely see Myanmar sooner than later. It is such a beautiful country. We have been in South East Asia for nearly a 1 year now(we are slow travellers) and we love the countries so much. We have a lot of info and advice on our site if you need any help. Shot us an email also if you have any questions too. Good luck and enjoy. Safe travels.

    • Anna Phipps says:

      Thank you! Yes I’ve looked at your site and I especially loved your adventures in Cambodia – I visited in my first year of travel and really fell in love! I’m worried that Myanmar will change quickly so that’s why I want to make it there as soon as I can – when I do I’ll def contact you for some tips! Best Wishes to you too for the New Year – have a good one!

  • Nigel says:

    Yes, you definitely missed out on Laos! Sorry 🙂 I’m in Cambodia and its the country that’s surprised me the most in SE Asia. Granted I’ve only really been to Siem reap, Phnom Penh and ‘Snookyville’ so far.

    • Anna Phipps says:

      Yes, I’m gutted I missed out on Laos and I loved Cambodia so much I just have to return. Try to check out smaller places like Kampot and Kep or Battambang for an insight into charming, relaxed way of Cambodian life.

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