I have a serious case of wanderlust and this has been the case my whole life. Ever since I was a small child I have wanted to travel the world with my family and talk to animals LOL.
From a young age, I have always wanted to explore the Amazonian rain forests, learning the language of the locals, exploring the ever-changing landscape of the lush jungles of the Brazilian basin. I dream of cherry blossoms framing the picturesque Mount Fuji in Japan. I pine for the switchbacks of the big island, the black sands of the Aleutian chain, the trickling of streams feeding fjords glistening under the midnight sun.
Unfortunately, due to chronic illness and infection risk, I have not been able to travel as much as I would like. I have not been able to go 8 months without hospitalization for serious concerns and the idea of traveling to a place outside of the country with this risk is irresponsible and unfathomable.
To combat this concern, I spend a lot of time watching documentaries about other continents, countries, and cultures so that in a way, I can live vicariously through them. I do feel sad sometimes that I cannot travel as much as I would prefer, but it is important to remember that I am blessed to be on this earth, and even more blessed to be able to have the chance to experience the world in this manner.
I really want to try the new VR masks/ devices that are out there to see if that will enhance the vicarious experience in such a way that I will feel immersed enough to feel like I have truly traveled there.
One place I would love to visit is the Middle East. It is such a beautiful part of the world that people often avoid due to the constant conflicts between warring countries and the stress between the US and specific countries in the ME. I personally am a very open and accepting person. I would take any and all precautions to ensure that I do not offend the local population nor commit an illegal act by mistake. I am deeply interested in other cultures, and have the utmost respect for their traditions even if I do not personally agree.
Truthfully, I would love to travel anywhere. The world beckons, and I must go.