Travel Bucket List: Asia and Oceania
The furthest points of destination are up next in my Travel Bucket List series: Asia and Oceania. I know these are pretty self-explanatory and common, but there are reasons for those. On today's list: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
I've wanted to travel to Australia for a few reasons: to visit the beautiful landscape and beaches and to meet and visit with some family.
We've all seen photos of the stunning coasts and beaches that Australia has to offer, and I want to have a chance to swim in the Great Barrier Reef. I think it would be awe-inspiring and just an incredible experience to swim there.
I also happen to have family there. My Yiayia (dad's mom) was born in Greece and she had a few siblings. They all decided they wanted to move out of Greece but needed to get approval from countries they wanted to move to before they could go. My Yiayia's older sister already had approval and moved there when they were in their 20's. She had her entire family there meaning I have cousins my age that I have met online, but not in person. They live in Melbourne or around that area so I hope I can get out there soon.
My grandparents had actually applied to Australia too, but had gotten approval for Canada first, which is why my dad's side ended up here.
I have wanted to travel to New Zealand since I first watched "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" for the first time in 2001. Not only was I mesmerized with the story (seriously, I can watch the series over and over), but I loved the scenery. It was green, lush, and just all kinds of spectacular.
I have seen (with envy) some friends of mine who have gone over to visit the country, and have been to the scene of many hobbits: Hobbiton. Ever since the movies came out, as well as the follow-up trilogy of "The Hobbit," Hobbiton was turned into a real place for fans of the movies to visit. There are LOTR-specific tours and I am sure as heck planning on going on one.
Ideally, I would make my trips to Australia and New Zealand at the same time as it takes 24 hours+ to travel to that part of the world from where I am, and I can't wait to go!
I've been wanting to visit Japan for a number of years. From both culinary and history sides. After reading "Memoirs of a Geisha" a few years ago, I really wanted to see what this beautiful country has to offer. The images I've seen of both the major cities as well as the countryside has inspired me to try and visit as much of the country as I possibly can. Also, I love a lot of Japanese foods, so being able to something like proper sushi in Japan would be incredible.