I’ve been using a lot of time thinking about travel plans lately and started feeling like I should honestly think about something else for a while. I had a stage in my life when I stopped dreaming and wishing anything from my life, and now that I’ve gotten my ability to dream back, it’s taking over – big time. But you know what? I can spend my day dreaming about travelling around the world if I want. It’s totally fine. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
It all started with my biggest dream: to do a yoga teacher training in India. I’ve been searching information from internet for so many hours and at the moment it seems like I’m going for Samyak Yoga School. I’ve been sending some emails with them and follow them in Instagram and I truly love their vibe. When it comes to yoga, it’s really important to resonate with your teacher, so you really can’t tell if the place is right for you before you go and see it by yourself.
I tend to change my plans all the time, life happens, everything in this life is in constant movement. So it might be that all this is just a dream and life gives me something else instead, but if it does, that’s just how it’s meant to be. But anyways, I started thinking about pursuing my dream to travel to Mysore, India, to get deeper into my yoga practice. That dream started to grow bigger and bigger and here I am, planning to save enough money to travel for several months. Planning to sell my stuff (which I do not have a lot) and go, travel on a budget, slowly, embracing public transport, sweating and probably losing my mind multiple times. Being poor, spending a lot of time alone, practicing yoga, hiking, reading books, eating street food, getting Delhi belly. Hopefully also meeting some awesome people, learning some valuable lessons and being happy.
Okay so, I’d love to share my dream destinations with you. As I said, everything is changing all the time, and so does my travel plans. I’m seeking all the time for other travellers experiences and reasons why to go or not to go visit some country. I don’t really have those reasons for every country yet but this is where I start. It’s interesting to see how these plans change in the long run.
I haven’t really been interested in travelling in India, ever. And at the beginning my idea was to accomplish the yoga teacher training and maybe spend some time in Mysore practicing yoga after the course. But seriously, if I travel to India, I’m not gonna skip the Taj Mahal. So few days in Agra is kinda necessary.
To be honest I’ve been going back and forth with Nepal, but at the moment it’s definitely a go-to. I’m not so interested in the city of Kathmandu, but I’ve heard that you either love it or hate it. I’d love to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, since it sounds quite accessible and the scenery is definitely breathtaking. And if I do it, I do it by myself without any guides since it should be an easy route although it requires some physical fitness.
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Kep, Ream National Park… There’s a lot to experience in Cambodia plus it’s cheap. Well, basically all the countries in Southeast Asia are cheap. Not sure if I’m eating any tarantulas but my goal (in every country) is to see some of the tourist attractions and hopefully be able to get a taste of local lifestyle.
Thailand is the only country in Asia I’ve visited. The other trip was with my mom when she turned 50 (=a long time ago) and the other one was a backpacking trip for 3 weeks. I remember it being easy, awesome and super hot. I went to Ko Racha Yai in the end of May and there were no other tourists, just me and my boyfriend. That was so awesome. Doing an open water diving course in Thailand would be awesome too. I’ve always been a little bit scared of water element, but I guess that wouldn’t be my biggest fear on this trip, so why the hell not.
Just because it’s insanely beautiful, Pearl of the Indian Ocean. And curry. That’s a great reason too.
Okay okay, I know that Vietnam is beautiful and there’s so much to see, like in all of these countries. But the real reason why I’m so obsessed with Vietnam is Pho soup. My favorite lunch in Helsinki is in this Vietnamese restaurant called Lie Mi, it’s a 5-minute walk away from my home and they serve an amazing Pho soup. I can just imagine how it is in Vietnam.
This is a maybe. My all time favorite yogi, Gokulacandra (Jani Jaatinen, he’s from Finland) lives in Malaysia and it would be a dream come true to participate his courses one day, but we’ll see. His teacher training would be my choice number one if money wasn’t an issue. Anyways, if I learned to dive I would definitely want to dive in Malaysia. And I would absolutely love to see Borneo, the world’s third largest island shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
I guess this is quite obvious. Of course I wanna go to Indonesia. It would be a dream come true to teach yoga for a while there. Just kidding! I’d love to teach yoga for the rest of my life there. Haha, maybe not, ’cause I think that after travelling for a few months I’d start missing home. It actually depends, wintertime is so damn dark here in Finland that it makes people depressed, but summer is nice and there’s light all day AND night long. But back to Indonesia – I guess it’s the backpackers paradise and a geological wonderland. Cheap food, a lot of backpackers, awesome wildlife, active volcanoes (might be a trouble sometimes), Komodo dragons (!!!) and so on.
So that’s 8 countries. I’ve visited 13 different countries so far and I think Poland and USA has been my favorites. But that might be another story, now I’m saying bye bye and good night ❤