Traveling Outside of the USA
Traveling Outside of the USA — Top 5 Countries I Want to Visit Before I Die
Don’t you ever just dream about the places in the world that you have always wanted to travel to? I know I do! Especially the countries that I would love to visit before I die. Ever since my trip to London during my first year of college, it has definitely changed my perspective on traveling. I have learned how finally visiting and experiencing those places can have an impact on your life. So, I have decided that for today I will write a blog post sharing the five countries I personally would love to visit before I leave this earth (I know so dramatic right? LOL).
Cuba is just one of those places that seem magical and mysterious at the same time. The colors, music, art, food, and of course the people are what make Cuba! From what I have seen online and on TV, convinced me that this would be one of the places I would visit as an adult. Learning about the country that was once banned for American travelers, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Celia Cruz and Fidel Castro and his views on communism in high school interested me.
Fortunately, while Barack Obama was in office in 2015 it was made possible for travelers to officially travel to Cuba for the first time. Currently, there are new rules for Americans like myself that would like to travel to Cuba. It's going to be a little more difficult now, so I have to plan soon, so I can visit there! I would be so bummed out if I was not able to because of the new rules. Hopefully, I will be able to travel there and get to see all the amazing and the not so amazing things in Cuba to gain that experience I was craving in high school.
The holiest city in the middle east, the home of the three Abrahamic faiths, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is somewhat special to me because of my “relationship” with the city. And by relationship, I mean that one class in high school that I just so happened to take being called “The History of Jerusalem”. In all honesty, I wasn’t really interested in taking the class; I thought it would be boring. But, fortunately for me, it wasn’t. I have always heard of this city because of my religious background. According to the Christian Bible, this is where Jesus grew up and became a prophet for God. Not only that, I did not know that the three main religions all coexist in this one city. That was an eye-opener for me! It’s just so interesting to see the many juxtapositions while you are walking through the city. Not only that, it is an old city that has preserved so many things such as art, food, and traditions. The only negative is the feud between the people of Palestine and Jerusalem. Looking past that, I would love to go in the future and experience what Jerusalem has to offer.
The last three countries that I would like to visit just so happen to be the three of “The Ancient Wonders of the Worlds”. Again, I learned about these places during my time in high school. Interesting enough, the school that I went to was a college prep institution that focused on classical education and one of the requirements was to take Latin for two years each in the Lower and Upper school. I took it for five years in hopes to go to Rome, Italy with my Honors Latin class. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go, due to my class being deemed “immature”.
But, in hindsight, I did learn a lot while learning about the language and culture of the ancient world. Even though these are different countries, they all have a history with one another. For instance, Rome and Greece both believed in polytheism, based on Greek mythology. In Rome's case, the people of Rome changed the names of the gods. Such as Zeus and Hera being Greek to it being changed to Jupiter and Juno.
And with Egypt, everyone knows about Caesar, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony. Not only that, I wrote a paper highlighting the three most influential Egyptian queens in history. Cleopatra, of course, Nefertiti, and Hatshepsut all have played a role in ancient Egypt. Knowing the information that I know now, I have always longed to see these places that I learned in school. Seeing the statues, art, and architecture as well as the people would really be the icing on the cake!
There are so many places in the world that are definitely worth visiting. But the places that you are drawn to are the ones that matter the most. Even though this is my list right now, it doesn't mean it won't change. As we grow as individuals our ideas, opinions, and thoughts change — I know mine has! With that being said, I enjoyed sharing this with you all and I wanted to know what are your top five places that you would love to visit before you die? Let me know in the comment section, and I will talk with you guys next time!