It’s that time of the year again when hearts and flowers and sentimental soundtracks abound. In celebration of the love month, I thought I’d write about my personal love affair—with traveling, that is. I usually feature places I’ve been to, but I’d like to try something different and talk about my dream destinations. These are the places that kindle my wanderlust and inspire me to work hard and save up.
I’ve got a long, long travel bucket list, but I’ve trimmed it down to my top six. Continue reading to find out more about them!
1. Batanes, Philippines
People call this our local Scotland or Marlboro Country, and for good reason. Rolling hills, crashing waves, fresh air, and uninterrupted space for days? Yes, please! Batanes is one of those places in the Philippines that has remained relatively untouched by commercialization, promising an idyllic, back-to-nature getaway. I can totally picture picnicking up there and channeling my inner Maria a la Sound of Music.
2. Barcelona, Spain
One word: Gaudi. He’s left such a vibrant, unforgettable mark on this city that I can’t imagine Barcelona without his Parc Güell, Casa Batlló, and of course, Sagrada Família, among others. I can’t wait until that breathless moment when I step inside his ultimate masterpiece, which won’t be completed until 2026. And let’s not forget the tapas, churros, art, and football (players). So much win.
3. Moscow, Russia
Most people are surprised that I count this among my ultimate dream destinations, but I seriously do. I’m fascinated by Russia’s culture and history—probably because of Anastasia’s story—and how different it seems from the western countries in Europe. Plus, the architecture! As with Barcelona, Moscow’s buildings are so distinct and compelling. I’d definitely brave the cold for the chance to visit St. Basil’s Cathedral.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
How romantic is this photo? They say that Prague is the Paris of the East, and from everything I’ve seen—unfortunately, not in person—they’re right. It seems to have that magical glow that only a handful of cities possess—a certain allure that inspires stolen kisses and holding hands and cuddling by the riverbank. While it’s a perfect place to travel with a lover, I wouldn’t mind going it solo.
5. Melbourne, Australia
I’ve been to Australia, but unfortunately, I missed out on the cultural hotspot that is Melbourne. Known for its awesome street art, mixture of historic and modern architecture, and thriving third-wave coffee scene, this city’s undoubtedly up my alley. But to be honest, Melbourne has another huge selling point. His name’s Chris Hemsworth. A girl can dream, right?
6. Machu Picchu, Peru
Isn’t that such an awe-inspiring sight? I’ve heard that the trip to get here isn’t the easiest one, but I wouldn’t miss the chance to explore this ancient Incan settlement for myself. Of course, while in Peru, there’s no way I’m not checking out its capital city, Lima. It’s a twin to our Manila, and I’m curious to discover just how many similarities we share.
How about you—what are your top must-visit places?