Wish I was there

04 Sep

Me in Saint Petersburg, Russia, outside the Church of the Savior (2008, aged 17)

Just after my birthday I had one of those day dreams about my life goals. One of my goals has always been to travel and I’ve been quite lucky so far. I’ve been on quite a few school trips and my parents took me on holiday one a year as a child.

To travel is something a lot of people say they want to do but before they know it the time has passed. They have other responsibilities which restrict where they can go and for how long.

I’m not saying I want to go away for a whole year but there are places I want to go and sights I want to see. They range from places in the UK to islands on the other side of the world.

So far my travelling journey has taken me to four different continents (including Europe). I’ve waited out a blizzard in Russia, walked up a volcano in Malta, met Mickey Mouse in Florida, got stuck up the Eiffel tower in France, gone sea fishing in Ireland, eaten chocolate in Belgium, fallen off a banana boat in Tunisia and unfortunately, vomited at the foot of the sphinx after contracting stomach flu in Egypt.

Places I’ve been to so far:

  • Malta
  • France
  • Bulgaria
  • Portugal
  • Zante
  • Cyprus
  • Turkey
  • Kos
  • Crete
  • Corfu
  • Tenerife
  • Tunisia
  • Italy
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Florida
  • Ireland
  • Wales

Making bubbles in Epcot, Florida (2002, aged 11)

I have also had my travelling set backs. Other than getting trapped over night in airports due to delays I’ve also never even made it to some destinations. In 2010 I had arranged to go to New York on a university trip only to have a certain volcano erupt around the same time. The whole trip was cancelled. Then there was India, a place I’ve wanted to go to since I was a child. A trip was held annually for students in the UK. Every year I applied for one of their limited placements and every year I failed to get the place.

But there is still so much more to see…

“Are you not entertained?” Me in the amphitheatre of El Djem, Tunisia (2007, aged 17)

I want to do the hula in Hawaii, celebrate the new year in Sydney, visit the breath-taking national park in Croatia, and walk in the footsteps of the stars in Hollywood.

Places I want to visit:

  • Hawaii
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • New York
  • California
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Croatia

Hopefully I will reach these places and more during my life and have some special and crazy stories to tell.


Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Personal


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5 responses to “Wish I was there

  1. Olivia Ashe, writer

    October 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

    There are heaps of places I want to visit as well. Its funny how we want to visit each others countries.

    • meganchapple

      October 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I know. I’ve got friends in other countries who are desperate to visit the UK, meanwhile I’m desperate to travel to their country.

      • Olivia Ashe, writer

        October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

        I want to visit Britain and Europe because I have distant relatives there. Other places are just for interest. Hopefully one day I’ll sell my book and have enough money for travel.

      • meganchapple

        October 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        Where are you from? Yes, you could travel on a book tour then.

  2. meganchapple

    November 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Ah! Thanks to “related posts” I found this old post of mine and I can cross Australia off my list!


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