Most of you know that I have a huge appetite for travel (and food of course haha!) I live by Dalai Lama’s mantra, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”.
As I read Follow your Sunshine’s post, I began to look back at all the places I have been. The concept is to create a three-course travel menu, a starter (short haul), a main course (long haul) and a dessert (a place with a lasting impression).
So choosing only three out of all the destinations I have been is challenging! How can I possibly pick only a few when each place has something to offer? It somehow makes all other destinations seem less fascinating. Anyway, let the challenge begin!
To start off this three-course menu, I choose Spain. It isn’t a short travel from Qatar but just like an appetizer, Spain stimulated my desire to travel around Europe. Stepping in Europe for the first time, this country impressed me a lot and gave me an appetite for more. From their delectable foods & wines, fun-filled festivals, beautiful botanical gardens, famous beaches, deluxe shopping, to Antoni Gaudí’s amazing works, it truly is one of the countries you’d fall instantly in love with. Here are some highlights during my 9 days travel around Spain’s lovely cities.
Just like a main course, Iceland is what I consider a gastronomic climax. This Nordic country is known for it’s unpredictable weather, dramatic landscape, geysers, geothermal hot springs, massive glaciers, lava fields, Icelandic horses, and the Aurora Borealis. Driving around, chasing the Northern lights then see it dancing right above you is surreal. No words can describe the magic it brings. It is one of the most amazing and so far one of my favorite countries in the world. What I love about Iceland the most is the beauty everywhere… natural beauty that is. Here are some highlights during my 8 days travel around Iceland.
Lastly, the pièce de résistance. I choose Japan for dessert. From a bustling high-tech world to it’s traditional side, you can see that this fast-paced modern city still values their culture and embraces its traditional roots. It’s a life-long dream to see the Sakura (Cherry blossoms), eat lots of mouth-watering Japanese food, stroll along their national parks, majestic temples and shrines. Japan has lived up to my expectations, well actually more. It isn’t as expensive as most people think, as long as there’s proper planning, there are ways to make your visit affordable. It’s one of those places that leaves an imprint for the rest of your life. Here are some highlights during my 4 days travel in Japan.
What about you, how would your travel menu look like? Looking forward to reading yours! Happy travels! 🙂