I keep a travel spreadsheet. I’m orderly like that and I enjoy recording interesting places that I learn about in the hope that I can get there someday. Fundamentally, it feels optimistic, which is nice.
Some of my entries are on the vague side, “Morocco” for instance, while others specify an exact museum, restaurant, or some other locale.
Here are some of my favorite, most highly anticipated, and specific choices.
Do you keep a spreadsheet? If so, what’s on it?
1. Hobbiton Set – New Zealand
I love Tolkien. I’ve read nearly everything published from Smith of Wooten Major to the The Book of Unfinished Tales to The Silmarillion, and of course The Hobbit and the trilogy. The trilogy movies had some good moments (let’s not even talk about The Hobbit films), and getting to see the Hobbiton set would be some serious childhood wish fulfillment.
2. The Literary Man Hotel – Obidos, Portugal
I love to read and this place doubles as a bookstore, with books lining the walls throughout. They also offer some literary-themed programs and a bar with drinks named after authors. It’s just an environment I know I will like.
3. The Mountain Hostel – Gimmelwald, Switzerland
Just look at the pictures and video. I can’t fathom not wanting to be there. In truth, I could easily made a list of 10 places in Switzerland alone, but decided to spread it out.
4. The Isle of Skye – Scotland
Another spectacular setting full of adventure and photographic opportunities. Mountain biking, axe throwing, hiking, and kayaking? Yes, please.
5. H.R. Giger Museum Bar – Gruyeres, Switzerland
Fundamentally because it seems a neat place to have a drink. Giger is probably most well known for his work on Alien and the look of this bar has a similar feel. I want to visit Switzerland for the mountains and stunning vistas, so why not have a beer here as well.
6. Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory – Japan
I love sweets and the work of Hiyao Miyazaki. It’s hard to resist a cream filled Totoro.
7. Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
It just looks really neat and I want to get a closer look. I’m a sucker for natural beauty, especially when it’s as unique as this.
8. The Mobil – Lee Vining, CA
Why, indeed. This is a gas station in California, but by all reports, it’s as much gathering place for outdoor adventurers as it is gas station. There’s also live music and a deli, making it much more than your average gas station.
9. West Highland Way – Scotland
I love traveling in non-motorized ways, so the notion of backpacking through Scotland is exactly my type of thing. Plus, it looks at though there are options to stay under a roof certain nights, which will appeal to my husband. In general, I need to explore Europe’s hut-to-hut backpacking system more. I’m happy to start here.
10. Anne Frank Museum – Amsterdam
Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it and I’m pretty concerned that a repeat may be imminent. For all I know, it’s being repeated in my own country as I type this. The situation is sobering.
So, that’s my current 10. It’s a list I’m sure will change.
Scotland and Switzerland are repeated, so I guess that means one of those places needs to be our next destination. It also means that I need to research some other areas more thoroughly.