Travel goals – where should we go?
Where are we going on our long-term adventures? When you’re planning for long-term travel, it’s better to set travel goals instead of planning too much – especially if you want to go everywhere, like we do!
This is not a ‘bucket list’. This is about travel goals – rather than just reeling off a list of destinations that look pretty, this list is about creating meaningful experiences.
It should go without saying that this is not a complete list of every single place of where we want to travel – far from it. These are the places and things which are at the front of our minds and therefore at the forefront of our plans, at this moment.
Our plans may change or we may even skip the plan entirely… just go and see where we end up. Who knows?
If you’re new here then you should catch up with our first post about our plans for travelling as much as possible, this blog and the future.
Here are 10 of our current travel goals, which may well change in the future:
Side note: In an ideal world, this post would have more photos of the things on this list.
However, we’ve decided to not use many stock photos here because they’re overused and inauthentic.
We mainly want to only use our own photographs on this blog. When these goals are complete, we will go back in to add our own photos – how about that?
1. Explore South East Asia
This is the first of our travel goals and the first place we’ll be visiting later this year. This includes Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines and Singapore.
South East Asia is a traveller’s dream, and a starting point for many people, us included. The cost of living is a lot less than in the UK. It’s also a tropical paradise, has several large, diverse cities and a rich history of incredible culture. Also temples, tourists and travellers absolutely love temples.
Despite many of these more popular routes, We’m hoping to visit somewhere far away from the main towns and destinations. We would love your little-known recommendations for South East Asia so please leave a comment if you have any tips on where to go!
2. Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
Only recently discovering how affordable and accessible the minimum-12-day trek to Everest Base Camp is, We’ve decided to make it a mission to complete the trek as part of our long-term travel adventures over the next couple of years.
One of my favourite travel vloggers on YouTube, Lindsay, posted some excellent videos about her trek to Base Camp, which just made us want to go even more.
3. Road trip across America
Always wanted to do this. Get a proper All-American Gas-guzzling beast or a large RV, roll the windows down and turn Bruce Springsteen up loud. Cruising through the desert = perfect travel fantasy.
Seriously though, it would be fantastic to drive from one coast to the other, wouldn’t it? Have you done this? We want to know if you have!
4. Visit extremely remote islands
French Polynesia sounds excellent because it’s so far away from everything else. It’s also so cool that its islands cover an area of the ocean which is about the same size of Europe. It’s also amazing that many of these islands are just sand islands – little havens of tropical sand and colourful plants just poking out of the ocean.
It seems like the type of place where life is very laid back, and I need that right now. Please send your recommendations for small or remote islands!
5. Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia before we turn 31
The idea of getting a Working Holiday Visa was what got us thinking about travelling in the first place. It made us realise that travelling could be sustainable. However, we’ve since realised that we already have enough money to support ourselves to travel long-term without being tied to one country for such a long time and having to pay $400 for the working holiday visa.
But, I’ve always dreamed of working in another country and Australia is pretty much as far away as is physically possible for us, so this opportunity would be too good to miss.
It’s only for people from certain countries and for those under the age of 30 (the Visa has to be issued before you turn 31). We are currently 29, and will both turn 30 during our trip.
6. Get a campervan in New Zealand and explore the country
We want to get a campervan in New Zealand specifically – it may be a small county, but there is a lot to see. Having a vehicle makes it easy to get around and visit the spots which are not well-served by public transport.
Also, New Zealand offer Working Holiday Visas too, so if we don’t get one for Australia then we may get one in New Zealand instead.
7. See elephants (but not ride them)
I love elephants. I think they are beautiful animals who have suffered extreme cruelty by the hand of us humans. It’s very difficult, travelling to places like South East Asia where I know that elephant rides are a tourist favourite, but I won’t ride them. It’s not just a moral stance against it, riding an elephant just doesn’t appeal to me.
We want to visit the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is the only place we’ve found that does not let visitors ride the elephants. Visitors are not just paying guests, they’re volunteers for the day and their role is to look after the elephant’s welfare during their visit. They also take care of dogs, cats, birds and other animals at Elephant Nature Park.
Expect a few future blog posts and videos about this as I’m sure to get super excited! Thailand is the first country we’ll be visiting, so this should be one of the first things we do from this list.
8. Learn to Scuba Dive
Because there is so much more to this planet that what’s on the land! I’ve never dived before, but I want to learn. Alex on the other hand, is afraid of water so, perhaps we’ll start off with snorkelling. I am not afraid of water and I can swim so I’m very keen to do a PADI Open Water Dive course whilst we’re travelling. It will be an excellent skill to have and will mean being able to do more dives in other locations in the future.
9. Explore more of our own country
I’m very lucky that I’ve gotten to travel all around Wales with my job. Alex has also walked from South to North Wales so we are actually fairly familiar with most of Wales.
Admittedly we haven’t explored much of the rest of the UK though which is somewhat shameful – but we’re hoping to change that!
10. Make friends around the world
I love my friends here in Wales and I’m going to miss everyone. Having friends around the world is almost like having a home anywhere. It’s knowing that you always have a familiar face when you arrive in a city and knowing that you’ll always be welcome there.
It’s not even a challenge to stay in touch with friends oversees now, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, etc so there’s never an excuse for goodbyes to be final goodbyes when you’re travelling.
What are your travel goals?
Now that you know our travel goals, what are yours? Leave a comment below to join the conversation – we’d love to hear from you!