This is essentially a wish list of trips I’ve had on my mind, posted here so that I don’t forget them and perhaps it will give inspiration to or draw inspiration from others.
Some trips are closer or further off in the future than others. Some might just be downright crazy! Ideally I’d like to go on all of them eventually.
The Great North American National Parks
As a landscape photographer, I’ve always been inspired by the scenes captured in these places by famous photographers of the past like Ansel Adams.
Starting in Alberta, Canada, I’d like to travel down from Banff NP to Glaciers NP in Montana, USA. From there to Yellowstone in Wyoming and on to Utah for Arches NP, Zion NP and Monument Valley. I’ve seen the Grand Canyon before, so from there maybe cut across to Death Valley and Yosemite in California. And if there’s still time, up to Oregon to see Crater Lakes, on to Washington for Mt Rainier and who knows maybe through to Alaska via British Colombia.
There are just far too many great national parks to see on the West Coast!
Mt Kilimanjaro and Safari in Africa
I’d love to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and as part of the same trip do some safaris in Kenya and/or Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro (5,895m) would boost my highest mountain climb a few hundred metres above Mt Vallunaraju (5,686m) in Peru and it could be a good training step towards the highest mountain outside the Himalayas, Aconcagua (6,961m) in Chile.
I once met a photographer in his mid-20s who had been to Antarctica. I could never understand how he could fund that so early in life, but the photos he took looked captivating.
I think this will be a place best left until a bit later in life because:
a) it’ll be really expensive and there are other places to see, and
b) it hopefully wouldn’t be too demanding.
The Arctic Circle to the Himalayas
Just a crazy idea at this point. I’d really like to go to Svalbard right up at the top of the world and see the northern lights during winter. It may sound crazy, but I feel those Scandinavian countries really need to be experienced in winter in their true nature.
I’ve also always wanted to go to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and Tibet. Maybe there’s a way to travel by land from Scandinavia, down through Eastern Europe, across some of the Stans and loop around through China before finally ending the journey in Nepal.
Where else in the world is there to go?
I’m always interested to hear about exciting new ideas on places to go!
Note: The images above are obviously photostock since I haven’t been to these places yet 🙂