When a travel idea pops out, we normally note it on our phones then check if for later. As we are not distracted anymore of anything apart from staying at home due to COVID lockdown, we had more time of unleashing these notes! We discovered that we have many creative plans set for this wonderful blog. We just need more money and more time. Some of these might be weird for you, but I guess below goals reflect what we are as a person… Feel free to comment what you think on our plans, suggest other things you think we should do, add insights if you are more familiar to the place, boast if you have been there, and just say hi if you like what we are doing as a sign of support.
Here are Our 35 Travel Goals once the restriction to travel has been lifted! (Note: we checked out some instagram photos and posted below for inspiration.)
1.) Bulacan Eiffel Tower
It may take about a year before we go back to Europe and visit the iconic Eiffel Tower. Good thing Adventure Resort located in Norzagaray, Bulacan here in the Philippines has the shorter-version-replica of the Eiffel Tower. There are two options we can take. Option 1: From Edsa-Cubao, take any bus with route going to FVR Sapang Palay, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. After arriving in Santrans or Metrobus terminal in FVR Sapang Palay, take a tricycle going to the Tigbe Adventure Resort. Option 2: In front of Ayala Mall Cloverleaf, there are buses going to FVR Sapang Palay. Once you are in the FVR Sapang Palay, take a tricycle going to Tigbe Adventure Resort.
For a comfortable IG photoshoot, we are planning to leave Cubao around 5:00am so we can be in the Adventure Resort around 6am. It is very uncomfy to have a photo shoot at a later time because of the humid weather in the Philippines. We will just send a message to the resort’s management that we will be blogging about their resort so they can let us in earlier than the expected 8am opening of the establishment.
2.) Easter Island Adventure
I heard about the Easter Island on the Travel and Adventure Channel before in our Cable TV. It is famous for the moai (sculptures you see on above picture). It was called Easter Island because it was first discovered by the outside world in 1722, on Easter Sunday when Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen chanced upon it during his search for the Great Southern Continent.
You can get into the Easter Island either through Chile (8 flights per week) or French Polynesia (only every Tuesday). From a Filipino perspective, considering visa restrictions and connecting flights hassle, taking a flight from Santiago, Chile through LatAm Airlines would be the best option.
3.) UK Country Tour
Read our blog: https://travellingpeoples.com/2020/04/19/uk-itinerary/ In the comment section on that blog though, I think I would definitely try the comments from Travellingpeoples’ followers.
4.) Things To Do in Alsace
I first heard about Alsace during the Media Lunch of Heart of Alsace a year ago. There is an increasing middle class in the Philippines and the need to try global experiences such as wine tasting. I heard Alsace is not a crowded tourist market yet and it would be nice to experience the 7 Alsatian Grape Varieties.
5.) Find Toblerone Mountain in Switzerland
Toblerone is one our favorite chocolates. Wouldn’t it be cool to find the match of the toblerone mountain in Switzerland?
6.) Pay Respect to Aguinaldo Shrine
This is the shrine where our independence was declared. I am already reaching 30 but I haven’t been to this place yet. I will visit this after the COVID lockdown!
7.) Swim in Panama Caribbean in the morning then Panama Pacific Ocean in the afternoon, as these are only 1 hour away from each other
It will only take an hour to reach both shores of the Pacific and the Carribean. We would definitely love to try that!
8.) Visit Spanish Speaking Countries
We have a B1 Spanish Language Certificate after passing Diploma Espanol como Lengua Extranjera. We would love to explore Spanish Speaking Countries speaking in Spanish. Vamos Dora! See you soon Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, and Spain.
9.) Visit French Speaking Countries
We have enrolled before in Alliance Francaise and bought a lot of materials for French Language learning. We only finished level 1 due to our busy schedules. We are currently learning again French through duolingo app. It would be nice to explore these French speaking countries/territories with a sabre in French language. So we counted on that map, there are a total of 38. 19 speaks it as their maternal and official language while 19 use it as their official language in politics and education.
Using it as their Maternal and Official Language: French Polynesia, Clipperton, Canada-Quebec, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Haiti, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, France, Mayotte, Reunion, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Amsterdam Island, Saint Paul, New Caledonia, Wallis-et-Futuna.
Using it as their Official Language in Politics and/or Education: Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Burikina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Vanuatu.
10.) Trans-Siberian Railway
It is the longest railway in the world connecting the far east of Russia (Vladivostok) to Moscow. This would be a nice way to explore Russian scenery and culture. We will try to stay at least 2 days per station starting from Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Birobidzhan, Chita, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Tayshet, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Kirov, Yaroslavl, and Moscow.
11.) ZarenGold Railway
After trying the Trans-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok to Moscow, going home, we will try the luxury train Zarengold where it will traverse different countries such as Russia, Kazakshstan, Mongolia, and China. It starts from Moscow, then Kazan, the Yekaterinburg, then Novosibirsk, then Irkutsk, then Ulan Ude, then Ulan Bator, and finally Beijing. From Beijing, there are already cheap flights going to the Philippines.
12.) Rovos Rail
It can be a bit difficult to explore Africa so we thought of earning some dime and avail the Rovos Rail Luxury experience. You will start from Cape Town, then Kimberley, then Pretoria, then Madikwe Game Reserve, then Victoria Falls, then Chobe National Park, then Makambako, then Lusaka, then Selous Game Reserve, and finally, Dar-es-salaam. In total, you have traversed 5 countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bootswana, Zambia and Tanzania.
13.) Re-enactment of Thirty Seven Views of Mount Fuji- Hokusai
We would like to re-enact the 37 Views of Mount Fuji by the ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. We would love to depict Mount Fuji from different locations and in various seasons and weather conditions.
14.) Re-enactment of Fifty Three post stations on the Tokaido- Hiroshige
We are excited to give a modern twist to the 53 stations of the Tokaido, revisiting the journey of Utagawa Hiroshige along the Tokaido. We would love to visit modern Nihonbashi, Hiratsuka, Hakone, Numazu, Kanbara, Okitsu, Fuchu, Arai, Shirasuka, and Sanjo Ohashi.
15.) Europe’s Orient Express
Who wants to ride in a luxury train traversing Europe? Us!
16.) Burj-al Arab
I first saw the beauty of the Burj Al-Arab in National Georgraphic Magazine when I was in Grade 6. Up to now, almost 15 years ago, I am still looking forward to see this wonderful architecture.
17.) Amtrak Chicago to Los Angeles
Travel in the grandeur of the fabled American West between Chicago and Los Angeles. We can’t wait to be mesmerized by the region’s beauty and allure. We’ll take you across the mighty Mississippi through eight states- past wheat fields, ranches, pueblos, mountains, and deserts. We will see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways. The Amtrak route from Chicago to LA has 5 main stops: Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Los Angeles. You can definitely do a lot of things in every city.
Places to Visit in Chicago: Millenium Park, Willis Tower, Navy Pier, The Art Institute of Chicago, Cloud Gate, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park, Field Museum, Skydeck Chicago, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park Zoo, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Wrigley Field, Buckingham Fountain, 360 Chicago, Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Cultural Center, Crown Fountain, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, The Chicago Theatre, Soldier Field, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Architecture Center.
Places to Visit in Kansas City: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Crown Center, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, American Jazz Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Union Station Kansas City.
Places to Visit in Albuquerque: Old Town, Sandia Peak Tramway, Petroglyph National Monument, ABQ BioPark Zoo, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque Museum, National Museum of Nuclear Science.
Places to Visit in Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona Snowbowl, Lowell Observatory, Sunset Crater, Museum of Northern Arizona, Coconino National Forest, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, Wupatki National Monument.
Places to Visit in Los Angeles: Disneyland Park, Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park, The Getty, Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theater, and Rodeo Drive.
18.) Places to Visit in California
Places to Visit in California are Yosemite National Park, Disneyland Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Joshua Tree National Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Universal Studios Hollywood, Balboa Park, Golden Gate Park, Hollywood Sign, Union Square, Griffith Observatory, Yosemite Valley, Santa Monica Pier, Half Dome, Lombard Street, The Getty, Hearst Castle, Santa Catalina Island, China Town, King Canyon National Park, Coit Tower, Legoland, Ferry Building, USS Midway Museum, The Palace of Fine Arts, Mojave Dessert, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cabrillo National Monument, Universal Studio Tour, Baker Beach.
19.) Macchu Pichu
20.) Different View of Caspian Sea from Different Caspian Countries
The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the whole world. It is bordered by Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia. We wish to visit at least one resort town per country. Based on our research, Ramsar would be the best choice for Iran, Awaza for Turkmenistan, Aktau for Kazakhstan, Bilgah for Azerbaijan, Makhachkala, Izberbash, and Derbent for Russia.
21.) India Triangle
My friend Irene Bel who has been a scholar in India recommended us this route.
Places to Visit in Delhi: Red Fort, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, Humayun’s Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Chattarpur Temple, ISKCON Temple, Lotus Temple, Purana Quila, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara , Raj Ghat, Hauz Khas Fort, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Nehru Park , Crafts Museum, National Rail Museum, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Chandni Chowk , Karol Bagh Market, Dilli Haat, National Museum, The Educational National Gallery Of Modern Art, Kunzum Travel Cafe , Tomb Of Safdarjung, Feroz Shah Kotla Fort , Pragati Maidan, Nehru Planetarium, India Habitat Centre, Indian War Memorial Museum, Tibet House Museum , Hijron Ka Khanqah, Mehrauli Archaeological Park , Atgah Khan’s Tomb, Indian Air Force Museum.
Places to Visit in Agra: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Tomb of Akbar, Jama Masjid, Chini Ka Rauza, Anguri Bagh, Taj Museum.
Places to Visit in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigargh Fort, Tiger Fort, Udaipur, Monkey Temple, Jal Mahal, Stepwell.
22.) Guildford to Oxford
23.) Things To See Near London Train Stations
24.) Things To See Through UK’s South Western Railway (Cornwall and Devon)
25.) Things To Do Near Taipei Metro Stations
26.) Things To Do Near Sydney Train Stations
27.) Things To Do Near Singapore Train Stations
28.) Things To Do Near Bangkok Train Stations
29.) Things To Do Near Metro Manila MRT Stations
30.) Things To Do Near Metro Manila LRT1 Stations
31.) Things To Do Near Metro Manila LRT2 Stations
32.) Near Copenhagen Train Stations
33.) Visit All Visa Free Countries for Filipinos
34.) Visit Additional Countries you can visit if you are a Filipino with a US Visa
35.) Excursions to the World’s Top Universities
So, that’s it pancit! I will be doing separate articles for Item 23-35. We really hope we complete these goals in five years time! Please comment down below what are your travel goals. When we reach one million subscribers in this blog, we can definitely pick one person to join us to at least one travel destination for free.