You’d think that after a year of non-stop travel, we’d be sick of it. Not the case! In fact, it’s the opposite – we absolutely can’t wait to travel again. There are so many places we still haven’t seen, and with every country we check off our list, we seem to add 5 more. Here are some places that are on our minds as our next potential destinations!
Oceania & French Polynesia
This was never on our radar until we stopped in the airport on our way to and from Palau, another island in Micronesia, but weirdly enough, the Guam airport captured our attention. The island vibe, the clean and expansive airport, and the friendly & efficient staff were all we needed to be convinced of a future trip. Plus, flying here from the U.S. is relatively easy – you just have to connect through HI, you don’t need a visa, and English is widely spoken.
Marshall Islands (Oceania)
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is one of the world’s least-visited countries. I picture a slow-paced, island feel, serene from the lack of tourists and large towns. The whole country is a shark sanctuary, making it the world’s largest. Snorkeling and scuba diving here is supposed to be incredible with great visibility and untainted coral. Bonus: similar to Guam, you don’t need a visa to visit these islands if you have a U.S. passport.
Huahine (French Polynesia)
When we heard this was a fairly inexpensive destination compared to the rest of the islands in French Polynesia, our ears perked up. French Polynesia is one of our favorite places in the world (read about our trips to Bora Bora and Moorea), and its only downside is its expense – so if we could find a more affordable place there, we’d be set! If you want to learn more, this blog post is what inspired me to add this place to our list.
Both Pete and I are intrigued by both Mongolia’s culture and its location – between China and Russia, two extremely distinct places. Mongolia is one of the last places on our planet where being nomadic is still a way of life. It’s also very sparsley populated, so we’d most likely see tons of nature, meet lots of locals, and have some pretty crazy travel experiences going from place to place. Plus, Pete’s itching to try the trans-siberian railway.
Sri Lanka & the Maldives
I lumped these together because Pete and I have been meaning to take a trip to these two places – and
we Pete might actually make it happen in the very near future! The Maldives is an island chain known for its over-water bungalows, and its close to Sri Lanka, which is an island off the tip of India. Speaking of…
This country seems extremely divisive: travelers either love it or hate it. We’d love to find out which category we’ll fall into, but we’re pretty sure we’d love it!
No, we don’t have any interest in climbing Mount Everest. However, trekking in the Himalayas sounds both challenging and rewarding – we’d love to give it a try (on some smaller mountains!). Plus, from our small experience, Nepalese food is incredible.
So technically this isn’t its own country – it’s an island off Malaysia, but this is where we’d want to spend most of our time. Why? For the scuba diving. Most serious divers agree that this is one of the best, if not the best, place to scuba dive on our planet! One of our friends we met in Palau captured our attention when he described his experience staying on an oil rig – you can’t stay on the island itself, so a liveaboard may be our best option.
Namibia & Botswana
Originally we’d planned to travel through these countries during our “world-tour,” but we ended up feeling burnt out and stayed in Cape Town instead. While this was a fabulous idea for us then, we are still itching to road trip around Namibia and safari through Botswana.
Not gonna lie – this is another scuba diving destination. Off the southeast coast of Africa, this is definitely a more off-the-beaten-path destination.
We skipped out on Central America during our year of traveling, which is all the more reason we need to make this region a priority!
For years I’ve heard great things about Nicaragua. I’m especially lusting after San Juan del Sur, a colorful beach town that offers both partying and yoga! I have a feeling I could stay here a while.
Panama would be super easy to get to – just a quick flight from the states, possibly even direct! Many people have suggested I visit Bocas del Toro, a friendly coastal area where, in Lonely Planet’s words, “adventure and relaxation meet.”
During our senior year of college, my friends and I traveled to Costa Rica and to this day it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. There’s something so special about it that I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the country, especially Puerto Viejo, which is a chill/party town with a reggae vibe on the Caribbean coast, and Samara, which is on the Pacific coast & has an amazing beach.
Another destination we decided to forgo from our around-the-world itinerary. The salt flats look like an incredible experience, and given our love for Peru, we’d love to explore its neighbor!
While we did get to Chile during our world tour, we only saw Santiago. We definitely want to see the beautiful nature in this country, especially the Atacama desert and Patagonia.
Have you been to any of these places on our list? What’s on your travel list?