Only 5 New Places to Go … Ever Again
So, I have been to a few places – not so many as some people but I have been very lucky.
I am also returning to a lot of places; I go to Greece every year, I have already been to Sweden this year – and four times last year, and I recently enjoyed my third trip to Paris.
The feeling you get from seeing something new – somewhere you have never been – that feeling is unique and having it once again in Jordan was invigorating.
So I started to think that I need to adventure to more new places instead of just revisiting favourites.
But the world is …. big?
If I could only choose five new countries to see, where would they be?
Any of you who read my post about deciding to go to Egypt, will agree that I might get a little emotional about ancient ruins, pyramids, and history.
Well, Meroe is in Sudan on the East Bank of the Nile. This town was inhabited from about 800 BCE until around 350 CE.
It has more pyramids than Egypt.
Is strikingly beautiful.
And receives almost no visitors.
You also have Jebel Barkel which served as the cemetery for the royals of the Meroitic kingdom, and pyramids are everywhere! As well as Jebel Barkel itself being an absolutely unique geological formation itself, forming a flat topped mountain which is so unique traders used it as a marker point for where it was safe to cross the river.
This is probably a little embarrassing, but I have loved Jamaica since I saw Cool Runnings as a child, found out it was based on a true story, and found out who Bob Marley was.
Now, not only does Jamaica have beaches and mountains, but also some of the coolest creatures on this green earth.
Creatures like birds, turtles, manatees, and iguanas.
Mountains like the Blue Mountain Range
Beaches like Doctors Cove Beach
But that isn’t everything.
There’s the food, which I need to eat copious amounts of then write about here.
But there is also the history, a long and intense history.
The Arawak and Taíno indigenous people, which originally came from South America, settled on the island between 4000 and 1000 BC. When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494, there were more than 200 villages ruled by caciques (chiefs of villages).
The Spanish ruled from 1509–1655, then the British waltzed in and did what the British did in the 17th century – colonised and made money of the native inhabitants.
The Spanish had fled in 1655 when the English invaded, the slaves the Spanish had freed dispersed into the mountains and joined the “Maroons”. The Maroons were those who had previously escaped to live with the Taíno native peoples.
Throughout the centuries of slavery the Maroons established free communities in the mountains and fought the British during the 18th Century. The British actually made a treaty with the Maroons in 1738 and 1739 where they agreed to stop trying to capture them if they ceased harassing the settlements.
There is SO MUCH more Jamaican history I would love to talk about but this is a short section! Let’s leave it here with, Jamaica gained independence from the British in 1962 and if you want to check out more history you can have a look at these books on amazon:
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Speaking of a long an intense history, Colombia has more history in its figurative little toe than a lot of places.
Typically, the most known about history is that of the drug trade – a topic brought to the attention of the western masses by the Netflix phenomenon Narcos.
Epic though this show is, travellers NEED to remember that this isn’t ancient history – it is still very much a living history in Colombia, people who knew Escobar are not only still alive but still young.
Plus, there is so much more to Colombia than what tore it apart.
One thing the Narcos definitely got right was the stunning beauty of the country.
For the Tayrona National Park ALONE I would go to Colombia
It just so happens Colombia has amazing food, art, people, and a vibrant city culture that makes me want to go as well!
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I am not in love with Japan and Japanese culture the way a lot of people are, I have a general (but genuine) interest in the history and popular culture. I appreciate some anime, Japanese history is interesting, and the culture is very cool. The cities are amazing, and the mountains are beautiful.
But these reasons are not why Japan is on this list.
This list of countries to see if I could only ever go to a limited number of new places EVER again.
The answer is … Food.
In particular, sushi.
I fell in love with sushi when I was in university. I’d had sushi of course, in high school from over the counter walk up bars. I went to one “proper” sushi bar when I was interstate visiting a friend but didn’t venture too much outside the standard selection.
But when I went to Uni i found a proper sushi bar, with a train and coloured dishes and everything.
I was going to be brave and try the things I had looked at last time, I got a sashimi mix bowl.
Shredded nori and rice – and I fell head over heels in love with Sushi, one bowl is all it took.
Now, I want to go to Japan for a decent amount of time because if I eat the amount of sushi I desire – I WILL get mercury poisoning.
I want to visit Sukiyabashi Jirō (すきやばし次郎 ) Jiro Ono is 85 and his sushi is the best in the world and I honestly believe that his food is worth the 30,000 Yen (minimum) it costs to get the tasting menu from him.
I will happily sleep in a cupboard and eat nothing but rice to afford this 200 GBP meal, and I would remember it for the rest of my life.
THEN you have the Japanese food that isn’t sushi, which we just don’t have time to get into today.
Now this one is a bit of a special one.
My mum was born in Kenya, she grew up there, only leaving when her father was told that if he contracted malaria one more time they wouldn’t be able to treat it effectively SO GET OUT OF THE MALARIA ZONE.
My mum has such wonderful stories about Kenya, and I know if will have changed since the 1950’s (duh), but I feel that it is such a part of my mothers character, her life, that I want to experience it for myself.
I want to see the flamingos on Lake Nukuru, I want to climb Mt Kilimanjaro!
I also want to go to the Giraffe Manor outside Nairobi, because oh my god Giraffes and 1930’s manor house and gorgeous tea rooms and and and …. I need it.
Regardless of the incredible attractions, the scenery, the giraffes – I would want to go just to experience the place where my Mum grew up.
So, that’s it!
Those are my five countries to see! What about you, if you only had 5 new destinations ever again (you can revisit places you’ve already been and visit these 5 again) Where would you choose, and why?
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