Top three countries I want to visit: Japan, Uruguay, and Morocco.
I want to visit Japan because the culture and food fascinate me. I love the language, and to me it seems the furthest away and most different from everything I know, and that interests me greatly. As I sat alone as the only Westerner at the crowded gate in Doha Airport in Qatar, boarding a plane for Dhaka, Bangladesh, it hit me just how absolutely massive the world is. How even the most well-traveled (that’s not me) or well-read individual can head a few thousand miles in a new direction, and suddenly the world is a great, chaotic, mysterious and overwhelming place again. In a good way, of course.
Visiting Urugay appeals to me simply because I adore the food. I’ve never been to South America and I like that it’s so isolated from the rest of the world. Everywhere is globalized these days, of course, but to me Uruguay and Argentina seem like they’re still very strong in their own culture. The architecture, the food and the people, it all seems quite dazzling and I want to experience it as soon as possible. The people there seem so lively and free and happy down there as well. We’ll see.
And as for Morocco, it has always been on my travel list. Rather than being isolated, it’s quite smack in the middle of everything, and must draw influences from Africa, Spain, and the Middle East. Though it may be more appropriate to say that Moroccan culture moreso infuses those places instead. The food is amazing, I’ve never met a person from Morocco who I didn’t immensely enjoy being around, and I find Islamic art and architecture insanely beautiful, specifically the mosaics and bright colors and intricate tile work that fill many streets and villages there.