Okay I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge traveler. I wish I could be like those people who can hop on a plane and go to a foreign country and have the time of their lives, but that’s definitely not me.
I’m just the kinda gal to sit at home and watch Netflix by myself opposed to going out and exploring. The truth is that I’m just afraid of change and new things.
Every time my parents suggest that we travel somewhere other than the usual, I get paranoid and never want to. I can’t necessarily say that I have traveling anxiety either because I love traveling to see my loved ones back home.
Even when I’ve went to other countries, I always get anxiety being around the unknown. It’s like I’m automatically uncomfortable with where I am and my surroundings.
I’ve been to 4 foreign places that I’ve actually explored: Hong Kong, Thailand, Norway, and Pakistan. But what about Italy or Greece or Argentina or the other hundreds of countries I barely know about!?
I feel like I’m missing out big time, and I mean, I totally am. There are a million and one things the world has to offer, but I just can’t seem to break through my shell and go out to explore them. When I do plan to venture out and explore them, here are 5 places at the top of my wish list:
1. Dubai, UAE
Visiting Dubai has been on my bucket list ever since I was younger. The city life is absolutely amazing and I love that you have the opportunity to experience both the luxurious side of Dubai, as well as the traditional life. It’s one of the most modern cities of the world, with futuristic skyscrapers and stunning shopping malls. Did you know that Dubai is home to one of the largest architectural structures in the world, the Burj Khalifa!?
2. Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is absolutely STUNNING. If I had the chance to jump on a plane tomorrow and go wherever I want, I would hands down choose to go visit the Taj Mahal in India. With its historical significance and overall meaning, this piece of architecture is incredibly popular and a must see. Ugh, looking at pictures of this magnificent piece of work literally almost makes me cry.
The Taj Mahal was actually built based on a tragic love story between an emperor, Shah Jahan, and his wife, Arjumand Banu Begum. The emperor bestowed her with the name Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the “jewel of the palace.” When Mumtaz was giving birth to her fourteenth child, she died of complications. However Shah Jahan promised to build the richest mausoleum in her name, and thus, the Taj Mahal was built.
3. Athens, Greece
Something about Greece has always intrigued me. Whether it be the breathtaking views or the historical landmarks spread within the city, Athens looks like an amazing place to be. Over the summer, a mutual friend of mine visited Greece and all of her Instagram posts were incredible. Her posts were definitely what sparked my interest in visiting Greece.
Athens actually has something secretive called a “tree room,” which consists of an old tree encased in brick walls, but you have to find the owners to rent out this small but enchanting room.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
As you can probably tell already, I’m primarily interested in visiting places with an extensive history behind it. I think it’s so fascinating to be able to visit places that I’ve learned about in school or have the potential to study abroad in. That’s why I would love to visit Argentina; filled with a rich culture and festivities, Buenos Aires, Argentina is somewhere I need to visit at least once!
Something not may people know lies in Argentina are its puertas cerradas, or closed door restaurants. These closed door restaurants are restaurants run in people’s own homes, where the host cooks you a full course meal.
5. The Maldives
Can I just say: WOW! After scrolling through Murad Osman’s multiple Instagram posts while he traveled to the Maldives, I fell in love. The clear waters and beautiful scenery is out of this world, and something I’ve never seen before. The Maldives has an exquisite resort where you can actually sleep under the sea in an underwater bedroom — talk about priceless views.
Someone please book my flight already! Like, how can you not want to visit this!?
The world has so much to offer, and even if you have slight travel anxiety like me, finding a way to breach out of your comfort zone and explore the world will expose you to things you’ve probably never even imagined.