What are your 5 dream trips?

Fellow travelers … What are your five dream trips?

Most of us have a little list, don’t we? At least a mental list. If not, whip out a pen and paper, and get brainstorming. It’s fun!

Whether your list consists of two or 20 trips you’d like to take, these dreams matter. First, they reflect who we are. Second, they reflect our deep desires for ourselves.

After making the following list of my five dream trips, I’ve realized that who I am is someone who loves mountains and experiencing nature when I travel. My deep desires are to be more adventurous and daring.

If we work hard, sometimes we can transform these dreams into reality. Other trips might remain dreams, and that’s okay. It’s always good to have a dream!

Here’s my list. I’d love to see yours!

John Muir Trail
John Muir Trail

1. Hike the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a 211-mile long trail in California. It goes through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. It would take about three weeks to hike, which would definitely be the longest time I would have spent backpacking.

The Husband and I have talked about taking on the JMT together for over a year. We’re talking about making it happen Summer 2018, when he’s on a break from graduate school for the season. However, I have the feeling he’ll land some internship or job that summer and this trip will continue to only be a dream.


2. Backpack Across Eastern Europe

I want to see the less touristy parts of Europe. The farthest east I’ve ever been on this continent is Prague, and that was only for eight hours. There are so many countries farther east that I want to visit, and I would love to make a big backpacking trip out of it.

Hungary. Poland. Croatia. Romania. Slovakia. The list goes on.

It doesn’t hurt that most of these places are much cheaper than, say, France, England, or Italy.

The Husband has no desire to take this sort of trip with me, because we often have different tastes in trips. Hopefully, I will either take this trip solo or find a friend who is as crazy as I am to join me one day.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

3. Hike Machu Picchu

I want to do it so badly, guys. So, so badly. Peru is calling me! That’s all I’m going to say, because otherwise, a rant will commence.

Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park

4. See Canada’s National Parks

As an American, I’m a bit ashamed to admit I’ve never been to Canada. It’s easy to have the mindset of, “Oh, it’s right there, so I’ll get around to it eventually.”

It’s time to get around to it.

While Toronto and Quebec City interest me, I’m more intrigued by Canada’s freaking gorgeous national parks! Specifically Banff, Jasper, Torngat Mountains, and Waterton Lakes National Parks.

Milford Sound
Milford Sound

5. Return to New Zealand

After college, I lived in New Zealand for a little over six months. I saw a lot while I was there. Wellington, Auckland, Mount Doom, Queenstown. I backpacked across Mordor, bungee jumped, and went canyoning.

But there was so much I didn’t do or see. New Zealand may be a tiny country, but every inch of it is gorgeous and different. I want to go kayaking at the Bay of Islands, backpack the Abel Tasman Trail, and spend time at Milford Sound.

New Zealand is an expensive place to visit. I was only able to spend so much time there because I was also working. Maybe I should ditch writing and become a doctor or lawyer so that I can make enough money to go back.

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Of course, I shouldn’t forget those dream trips that I did make a reality. I will never take those for granted. They remind me that if I’m persistent, I can make things happen. Within reason, of course.

Here are five of my accomplished dream trips.


Lyon, France
Enjoying Summer 2013 in Lyon, France

1. Study in France

Wellington, New Zealand
My daily view while living in Wellington, New Zealand

2. Live Abroad

Canyonlands National Park
Sunrise at Canyonlands National Park

3. Go on a Road Trip Across America

Gullfoss in Southern Iceland

4. Have My Honeymoon in Iceland


Koh Chang, Thailand
Koh Chang, Thailand

5. Take a Romantic Trip to Thailand

What are your 5 dream trips?