I recently read Wild by Cheryl Strayed so I’m on a bit of a hiking-daydreamer kick. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an avid hiker. I’m not even a good hiker. I’m slow and take a lot of breaks and have never even done an overnight camping hike. But look at how much room for improvement I have! I definitely want to get better and learn more skills, so the next time I go to Europe I can do more outdoorsy things and avoid the big cities.
1. Old Rag Mountain, Virginia
This was my first intense day hike that I did at the end of my freshman year of college (see picture of me above, too afraid to actually stand on the edge so I just crawled to it). It would be fun to do after I graduate this year, just to see how I’ve changed.
2. The Jordan Trail, Jordan
I remember reading an article in National Geographic about the “new” trail that spans the length of the country of Jordan. Jordan isn’t one of the most popular countries to travel to, so it would be cool to say that I’ve hiked the entire length of it.
3. Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
Mainly because it’s in Tasmania and it looks pretty. It doesn’t take much to get me excited for a hike!
4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India
Because who wouldn’t want to walk through a place called the valley of flowers???
5. Hallelujah Mountain, China
- Because I like anything with spiritual/gospel references
- LOOK HOW COOL THOSE MOUNTAINS ARE
6. a “wild hike” on the Great Wall of China
This is apparently a thing I didn’t know about until I started googling for this post. I also have a friend who camped (which is slightly illegal) on the Great Wall and she said it’s one of her favorite experiences.
7. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
This hike leads to one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. Imagine the soul-crushing amount of awe you would feel by witnessing that in person.
This isn’t specific to anywhere in Canada because, even though I haven’t been to Canada at all, I can already tell that it’s one of the most gorgeous places on Earth so I’d be happy hiking ANYWHERE.
9. West Highland Way, Scotland
Since I lived in Glasgow for 5 months, I heard people talking about this trail all the time. I wish I had planned better while in Glasgow so I could’ve done the trail while I was there, but sadly I didn’t have any proper hiking gear with me. Hiking the West Highland Way would allow me to appreciate the beauty of Scotland in a whole new way.
10. The Appalachian Trail, USA
Okay, definitely not the whole thing. I don’t think I’d ever dedicate 6 months to a single activity, especially a hike. But I would love to do a portion of the AT. Ideally I’d do the entire Virginia section, since it’s my home state and is the most beautiful in my humble opinion.
Researching for this post reminded me how there are SO MANY HIKES in the world yet SO LITTLE TIME. I need to get started!
This post is a part of the monthly Travel Link Up!