We will travel again – but for now we’ll just dream

by Jan

The world is on lock down and we have all been told to stay home.  We know we won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.  However, travel will eventually resume and at some point, we will travel again.  Meanwhile,  we have plenty of time to dream and plan our travel wish list.

Here at Chimptrips HQ, the family pooled our ideas of dream travel destinations, if money and time were no object.  We had the Lonely Planet’s “Ultimate Travel List” as our inspiration for our mini bucket list.

Here are the 6 favourite dream destinations on our travel wish list and why we want to go:-



Northern lights of Norway village

Norway was a unanimous family decision for top place on our travel wish list.  It has something to offer everyone.

Norway is a Scandinavian country in Northwestern Europe.  On one side it shares its borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia, but most of the country borders water.  It is here that you can find over 1000 fjords, for which the country is most famous.  These beautiful fjords are long, narrow inlets in the water, which have been created over many years by glaciers.

Why do we want to visit Norway?


view of Collosseum, Italy

Italy is in Southern Europe and shares it borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.  It is easily spotted on the map, as it famously looks like a boot.

We got as far as booking a trip to Rome for the Easter holidays, before Covid-19 devastated the country.  We planned to start in Rome and then travel by train to Pompeii.  Our hearts go out to the Italian people who have already suffered so much at the hands of this pandemic.

Why do we want to visit Italy?

  • Breathtaking, historical attractions in Rome – the Colosseum and the Pantheon
  • Climb a living volcano – Mount Vesuvius
  • A visit to the spectacular ruins and artefacts of Pompeii and Herculeum
  • Go kayaking near the stunning island of Capri and its Blue Grotto
  • Fine architecture and art of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City


Temple Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is a kingdom in Southeast Asia.  It shares its borders with Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia and is renowned as a popular destination for travelers, particularly backpackers.  However, it is a great location for family holidays too.

Thailand is a country of many contrasts, offering its visitors a rich mix of history, cultural, beaches and nature.  I travelled to Thailand several times as a solo backpacker and am now keen to return to share the delight with the Chimptrips family.

Why do we want to visit Thailand?


Snowdonia sheep on railway line

Snowdonia is a region in the West coast of Britain and is Wales’ largest National Park.  It is a very natural, mountainous area and proudly boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon.

We have spent many fabulous holidays in the Pembrokeshire towns of Saundersfoot and Tenby, where we make the most of the fabulous beaches, great bike rides and coastal walks.  However, we have never ventured further North.

Why do we want to visit Snowdonia?


View of sea, boats and harbour at Kotor Montenegro

Montenegro is a Balkan country in Southern Europe.  It sits on the Adriatic Sea and has borders with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania.  Montenegro is home to breath-taking National Parks, majestic mountains and ancient fortified town.

Having been to the neighbouring country of Croatia several times, to visit Dubrovnik and Split, we are keen to explore more of this part of the world.

Why do we want to visit Montenegro?


Cuba old cars and architecture

Cuba is a Caribbean island, just South of Key West, Florida in the US.  Although it only has one major city, Havana, it is mainly urban and very multi-cultural.  The country comprises of an archipelago of about 1,600 islands, islets, and cays.

Cuba was the travel wish list choice of one of the Chimptrips kids, who had researched it as part of a Spanish project at school.  Above all, he was tempted by the golden beaches and clear seas for snorkelling.

Why do we want to go to Cuba?

Thanks for reading

Thank you for sharing our travel wish list.  What’s on your travel wish list?  Where do you dream of going when we can travel again?

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Sarah 14th October 2020 - 9:48 pm

The viking museum in Oslo is awesome. I definitely want to go back to Norway during northern lights season in the hope of seeing them. And to go husky sledding again which was great fun.

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Todd at Visit50 6th June 2020 - 7:23 pm

I loved Thailand and Italy, and am happy to share any info! I want to visit the rest too.


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