At this point, everyone has given up on trying to guess when exactly we’ll be able to fly abroad hassle-free again.

But we’re still dreaming of it a little bit.

In hope that it be sooner rather than later, our Dining Writer sat down with our Managing Editor to chat and swoon a little about where they’d travel if they could travel, and which places they can’t wait to visit again. Consider it our post-pandemic travel bucket list, and let it inspire yours.

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First I’d go see my family

Lisa Gries: For me, that’s Germany. My family lives a little outside Frankfurt and I think that would be my first trip abroad. I’m dying for my mother’s cooking and my father’s dad jokes and even my sister stealing all my clothes. It’ll be nice to be back in a country where seasons are a real thing. I could also do with a big, fat, German pork knuckle.

First, I’d go somewhere peaceful to get some calm after all of this

Kankanit Wichiantanon: There’s something about Switzerland that brings out a sense of zen in me. Perhaps it was how the sunshine danced with the surface of the lake. It’s calming and makes me want to go back there and feel it all over again.

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I’d revisit my childhood, too

LG: I grew up in Spain and still hold the Spanish way of life above all others. I mean, a mandatory nap after lunch known as a siesta? Amazing. I’d probably visit the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, which is where I spent most of my childhood. Late summer was always magical here. There’s a spot in Ibiza called the Sunset Ashram on Cala Conta beach, and it is home to the most magical sunset I’ve ever witnessed.

KW: I can wax poetic about Peruvian food all day. Having lived there for a short summer as a teenager, I really got to know the country’s real landmarks. These are the markets that are dotted around town. Once I left the Inca land, it seems like the pristine produce and scrumptious fare of Peru has been calling me back ever since.

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Then I’d go somewhere close to my heart

LG: London holds a very special place in my heart. It’s the first place I ever moved to live alone, back when I was a university student. I’d love to see what’s changed but also what has stayed the same. I think I’d just spend all my days walking around the city. I miss walking around London a lot.

KW: Brazil, to me, tastes like chilli-speckled watermelon. It’s sweet yet sassy and is packed with a little kick that creates just enough crave-able excitement to make me want to go back and taste this city over and over again. Although my heart belongs to Rio de Janeiro, next time I’m there, Salvador and Curitiba are definitely on my top-three list of must-visit cities.

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Thanks to Netflix

LG: I binge-watched Taco Chronicles during our first lockdown so eating my weight in Mexico has been on my mind ever since. I also happen to really like tequila. Am I a walking cliche? I apologise if so, but I’m super curious. Mexico seems like such a vibrant country.

KW: The thought of going to Cape Town has been stuck in my head for 3 summers straight now and I blame Phil Rosenthal for it. Why? Watch the Somebody Feed Phil Cape Town episode on Netflix and you’ll understand. From his show, it just seems like the city is packed with a truckload of all drool-inducing things. I just must go and try all of them.

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And then somewhere we’ve never been

LG: Japan ranks high on my list. I’m one of those very few Bangkokians who has never been there. I want to go there just to eat, really. Also I’m typically quite a shy person but I have decided I would get naked for the onsen, too.

KW: Turkey, ah, the bread haven. What could you not love about this place? Having tried my hand at baking sesame-studded simit, pita and pide ekmek, it’s time to go to the homeland and taste the real Turkish bread. It’s my dream. We can dream.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.