In honor of Valentine's Day coming up, I thought I'd share a few countries that I've been crushing on lately. Of course, my travel bucket-list is never-ending, but these three destinations have especially stuck out to me in the last few months: Iceland, Cuba, and Japan. Read on to find out why I think these countries are so special.
Iceland has become a popular destination over the last year, and I have to admit that I have contentedly hopped on that bandwagon, daydreaming of the Blue Lagoon, Kirkjufell Mountain, the famous Ring Road, and the Northern Lights.
Although located right in the middle of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, Iceland is surprisingly easy to reach by plane, as it is only a 5-hour flight from New York, or a 3-hour flight from London. I've found some reasonable, and often times even cheap tickets via Skyscanner, making travel there even more possible. This country's natural beauty looks enchanting.
Photos courtesy of Travel Pockets: 10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Travel to Iceland
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Cuba has recently opened up to Americans for travel, and I'm anxious to visit this colorful country while it still has its authentic culture. My collaborative post on "13 Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations for 2017" includes a section on the city of Trinidad, which looks gorgeous, although Havana, Varadero, and other spots in Cuba interest me as well.
Latin America will forever hold a special place in my heart, as I began my life abroad by living in Honduras for 3 years. I would love to practice my Spanish in Cuba and hear the accent there. Maybe I could practice the "Salsa Cubana" that I learned in my dance classes in Cartagena, too.
Photos courtesy of Travels of a Bookpacker: Top Five Spots in Cuba
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Japan's ancient history and culture intrigue me, especially since I have never been to Asia before (apart from layovers on my way to Australia and from New Zealand.) I'd love to spend time learning about Harajuku culture, tasting sushi and typical Japanese dishes, visiting the temples and shrines, and admiring the Sakura bloom.
I think Tokyo would be a fun city to explore, and I'd love to learn about places like Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima. As I'm currently studying to be a teacher, maybe I'll get the chance to work abroad here someday - although it might be a toss-up between Japan and Korea.
Are you in love with a country or city you haven't yet been to? Tell me what your dream destination is in the comments below! Also, I will be visiting one of these three countries this June! :) If you follow Pages of My Passport on Instagram, then you will know which one!
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.