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The Top 5 Adventure Travels on my wish list

March 7, 2010

I wrote a lot about the places I visited over the years, trying to share wonderful memories. However, I’m not only thinking to the past journeys and I spend a lot of time traveling with my imagination, looking at the world map and wondering “where should I go next?”.

World is too big and life too short, so I tried to figure out the most desirable destinations to fix on my wish list. Check out the 5 top adventure trips I dream of, and what attracts me!

Allée des baobabs - Photo by

Madagascar: amazing landscapes and incredibly various, wonderful and mostly untouched nature, culture and traditions. But a few things really struck my imagination: the tsingys, baobabs, lemurs and the Mitsio archipelago. Despite appalling, out of control deforestation, I believe Madagascar still managed to preserve a great lot of its beauty: as far as I know,  tourist flow is still limited, thus also the potential negative impact on environment and secular traditions.

Pakistan - Moonlight over the mountains

Pakistan: I started to think at Pakistan thanks to Mirza Ali, a lovely friend I got in touch with through Facebook. Mirza has a great experience and an incredible knowledge of his country. Some time ago he launched Ket and started organizing   amazing trips, often related to local Festivals. A great way to discover both gorgeous landscapes and local culture. And I dream to admire Hindukush and Karakorum some day…

Painted Ethiopians Boys. Photo by National Geographic

Ethiopia: Africa is overall fascinating, and I fear that Ethiopia is one of those countries that a traveler should visit very soon, before it loses its cultural roots and traditions. I dream of visiting the Omo valley, discovering the rituals of the local tribes, admiring the wonderful decorations created to celebrate traditional ceremonies. It’s a piece of world that risks to be rapidly destroyed and I hope that I’ll be able to admire it while it’s still alive.

Bolivia, Piles of Salt Salar de Uyuni. Photo by Luca Galuzzi

Bolivia/Chile: I’ve already visited a few South American countries – Peru, Venezuela, Brazil – and every time I felt fascinated. Latin America is so rich in culture, traditions, amazing landscapes, wilderness, handicrafts, wonderful people. I’d like to see the endless space on the Salar de Uyuni,  hike in terrific Torres del Paine park, cross the Atacama desert, enjoy the local markets and go back to the awesome Titicaca Lake.

Djenné Mosque. Photo by Luca Belis

Mali: Another place haunting my imagination. The amazing mudbrick architecture in Djenné, Dogon‘s culture, art and traditions, slow navigation along the Niger river. And colors, music, people, ethnic groups trying to preserve their traditions and beliefs. I feel as Mali is one of the wonders of our planet that might soon disappear and I don’t want to miss such an amazing heritage.


I realize right now there’s a common denominator in my wish list: fear and dread. I feel like I’m having little time. Not only because life is short, but because the world is changing rapidly, too rapidly. Lots of wonders are at risk of disappearing soon and my greatest wish is trying not to miss them.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 6:41 pm

    When you go don’t forget to take me with you!

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 9, 2010 9:29 pm

      Done! 🙂 What about starting by Pakistan?

  2. March 10, 2010 3:44 pm

    What a wonderful reminder this post is of all the fabulous, exotic places in the world!

  3. waitinginthedark permalink*
    March 10, 2010 3:53 pm

    You’re right. There are so many… Some far and some very close…

  4. March 12, 2010 6:59 am

    excellent and thanks for stopping by my blog! here are my top 5 have to sees but have yet to see.. here goes. 1. central asia – Kyrgyzstan 2. Tanzania/ Kenya 3. mexico 4. bhutan 5. Madagascar ! can? LOL

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 12, 2010 7:03 am

      Oooh, that’s a great list. Kyrgyzstan sounds fascinating…

  5. March 16, 2010 8:32 pm

    That is no bucket list! You can make it!

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 16, 2010 10:40 pm

      Thanks Mike! 🙂

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