This article was submitted by Nick Steven.
Even though us travelers are constantly on the go and always trying to experience the best of each place we visit, we’re not completely cut off from what’s happening in the world. Whether it’s sightseeing, snorkeling, or sunbathing, we’ll sometimes return to our dwelling and browse the internet to relax just like everyone else (plus, we kind of need an internet connection to be a travel blogger!).
So after I upload the pictures, write the blog posts, assure all my family and friends that I’m doing okay and catch up on the news, it’s nice to simply browse the web and add lots of lovely things to my traveling wish list.
With cost being irrelevant, some are physical items, some are particular experiences, but all are worthy of addition to an ancient, mystical scroll of requirement (fine, a Word doc, but still).
So what exactly are things that my heart desires right now, aside from world peace, a never-ending round trip plane ticket, and a marriage proposal from Scarlett Johannsson? Read on…
Spend time in Hobbiton
Just like Bilbo Baggins does in The Hobbit movie, you won’t be able to stop me shouting “I’m going on an adventure!” To say that I’m a huge Tolkien fan is putting it lightly; I’ve watched the films and read the books more times than I’m comfortable saying. The idea of walking around the set of Hobbiton used in the movies would be a dream come true, as the New Zealand town looks like it has such a tranquil and peaceful feeling. I can already picture my tweet: “Just having some ales in The Green Dragon, brb.”
Secret Compartment Sandals
Speaking from experience, it’s not fun to go swimming in the sea, only to return to my spot on the beach to find my belongings scattered and money stolen. Granted, there wasn’t much to steal and my important stuff was in my hostel room, but the thought that someone had gone through my things was unpleasant.
To combat this, I’d love to pick up some of these sandals, as long as potential thieves aren’t reading this, I could stash any cash or cards in my sandals and go off swimming without a care.
Wear a Mask at the Venice Carnival
I’ve seen the beautiful sights of Venice several years ago, but that was in April and I unfortunately missed the carnival time. Next year, the carnival runs from 11th to 28th February, and it looks like an actual trip back in time. Costumes, lights, displays, parades, and masks is why I’d love to see Venice during this festival. I’m not really one to dress up much for Halloween, but I like the idea of just letting go and wearing all the old and eccentric garb for a few days.
A Durable Watch
To think of all the money I’ve spent on watches that I’ve either lost, broken, or believed were waterproof when swimming, I could have easily bought just one good and sturdy wristwatch. I’m still an old-school person when it comes to checking the time, preferring not to get out my phone every moment I need to know, and I feel like I would take better care of my watch if it had a price tag over $30.
One day, I’d love a waterproof Rolex that I would ideally keep for the rest of my life, so I’ve found myself regularly checking this category on Chrono24.co.uk, to hopefully find a second-hand watch that fits my needs and budget.
Riding on a dog sled in Lapland
I adore dogs and love the Scandinavian forests… but I hate the cold. So this is a mixed bag! That said, I’m sure I could handle a week or so of trekking through the snow with a team of huskies in Lapland. I’ve spotted a few excursions that have the equipment and accommodation already prepared, so if all I have to do is say “mush, mush!” to a team of dogs, enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery, and wear 20 layers of clothing, then I think this could be one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
These are available from pretty much anywhere these days, but I still haven’t gotten around to picking one up yet. Basically, a mophie is a rechargeable battery case that can be attached to your smartphone and gives extra power when the internal battery is getting low. As someone who always uses too much battery and has hours go by with a dead smartphone, I think this is one item that would be a real game-changer.
Nick Steven has done his fair share of world traveling, but now has a calmer life as a freelance journalist living in London (if you can call London calm).