Recently, I was asked by a writer at Refinery29 to answer the question, “Where would you go if your next trip was your last?” Or in other words, “What is the number one destination on your bucket list right now?”
I find questions like this extremely difficult to answer as the list of places I want to see and experience is a mile long. But I mulled it over and realized there is one destination that, for the past few years, has popped into my head over and over. So, I gave Refinery29 a short answer (the one they published) and a slightly extended answer (which you can see below). It’s packed with some bookmark-worthy spots — all of which I recommend saving for your future travel planning — and all of which I hope to experience one day soon.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
My Extended Answer: I’ve never been to Vancouver Island, but experiencing its quiet, misty rainforests, untouched interior and rugged coastlines has been at the top of my bucket list for years. And while I’d normally be happy to rough it, if it were to be my last trip, I’d want to go out in style! That’s where Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxury glamping outpost, comes in. During the day, I’d fish for king salmon, go whitewater kayaking and hike nearby mountains. At night, I’d shack up at Clayoquot’s ultra-secluded Cloud Camp — a private tented camp, accessible only via helicopter and serviced by a private chef and guide.
While in the region, I’d also pig out on fresh seafood and hone my surfing skills in the nearby town of Tofino (The Wickaninnish Inn or one of the area’s cozy home rentals — exhibit A, B, C, D and E — would serve as home base). And finally, to really go out in style, I’d rather my family and friends on the Pacific Yellowfin, a beautifully restored research vessel turned floating wilderness lodge available for private charter adventures.
(You you find my answer on slide #8)
Photo Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort