Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having an amazing Sunday so far. It’s a little bit grayish and overcast here, and as much as I’d love to go for a walk, I don’t feel like getting caught in the rain!
So today, as I relax on my couch and avoid laundry, I want to share with you my travel bucket list. It is nowhere near a complete compilation of places I’d like to go, only because it’s a project I like to keep working and expanding upon.
As D and I travel to more and more places, I’ll always come back to update this list with new travel ideas or to finally check off a destination (such a good feeling!) I put my top three reasons for each destination under each picture, so be sure to let me know what you think! This is in no particular order, FYI 🙂
1. Borobudur- the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It would be incredible to be able to visit this feat of architecture and watch the sunrise from the top.
2. The incredible beaches and people. I’ve heard from friends that the locals are very friendly and welcoming to visitors, which is something we look for when traveling. They are very proud of their history, culture and more, and I would love to be able to speak with them about their daily lives (all while lounging on one of those gorgeous beaches!)
3. The wildlife. I’m a HUGE animal lover, and would love to visit some of the sanctuaries to see and help care for some of the animals, like orangutans, tigers, and more. This also applies to Thailand as well (see below).
1. The beautiful temples and gorgeous landscape. I would love to explore the jungles, the national park, and the ruins of Jakarta.
2. The incredible, authentic Thai food
3. It’s a super affordable country to visit if you’re on a budget and want to explore some of the Asian countries.
1. Rome. I want to visit the city so badly; the beautiful mix of modern architecture and historical ruins puts it high on my list. History means a lot to us, and getting the chance to walk where so many famous historical figures have walked before would be an unbelievable experience.
2. The food. I don’t think I need to expand on this further, haha!
3. The Almafi Coast + Tuscany. From the rolling, picture perfect hills in Tuscany to the colorful coast, these are two of my must-visits in Italy.
1. The food. (I think I see a recurring theme here, haha)
2. The nightlife experience in another country. Greeks love to party, and when you’re on the islands you’re never far from a beach bar or nightclubs.
3. The views + the history. I want to see the gorgeous houses, the flowers, the coast, everything. And there are a lot of historical properties in Greece that I would love to visit. I adore Greek mythology and would love to immerse myself in it first hand.
1. My top reason for visiting France is because of my heritage
2. The food, specifically the macarons, fresh baguettes, and the hot chocolate at Angelina’s.
3. The city of Paris. From the Eiffel Tower to the lock bridge, the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, there are so many museums and monuments that we are dying to see. Lucky for us, we get to cross this off the list come July! And side note, I desperately want to visit Disneyland Paris, because I am clearly a child 😉
1. The breathtaking architecture. Romanesque chapels, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces, gardens, and unique Cubist architecture make it a place with no parallel in the world.
2. The music; found everywhere, it can satisfy lovers of classical, rock, pop, or any other genre.
3. The Charles Bridge. It’s a 1700 foot long bridge constructed medieval style. During the day, it’s always crowded with vendors, street artists, musicians, and entertainers.
1. The extreme environment variation. There are deserts in Australia, tropical forests, beaches, and you can even go skiing! It’s hard to picture all of this packed into one place but it is, and would be incredible to see.
2. The kangaroos and other wildlife.
3. It’s a surfer’s paradise, and something I’ve always wanted to try! Australia seems as good a place as any to learn.
1. Beaches, beaches, beaches. I love islands, and I love the beach. Plop me down in the sand with a drink, and good book, and a snack and I’ll be the happiest girl in the world.
2. Fantastic coral reefs for snorkeling.
3. Another Caribbean paradise. I love the Caribbean, and I plan on visiting as many islands as I can here!
1. Aurora Borealis. The northern lights would be so amazing to see, and pictures just don’t do it justice I’m sure. I had a friend go here who loved it, but unfortunately didn’t get a chance to view the lights before she left.
2. Oslo, Norway’s capital and metropolis. Full of modern architecture, chic cafés, the best nightlife and great museums. Recently, the city’s skyline was updated and now looks more modern than ever.
3. They have really interesting rock formations. Ok, this one sounds a bit weird, I know, but I love nature (especially hiking) and the rock formations would make a cool trip. Just look up Trolltunga and Kjerag and you’ll see what I mean!
1. Green, green, green. So the sky is overcast and grey a lot- who cares? This just means that the vegetation in Ireland is a gorgeous, bright green that I definitely don’t see back home.
2. I’m a 1/4 Irish, and like France, would love to follow up on my heritage and just explore where some of my family is from.
3. The castles. I love castles and would love the chance to visit some in Ireland, ruined and still standing. Makes for incredible photographs!
1. The Swiss alps. Those mountains. That view. The rolling green hills. Picture perfect!
2. The waterfalls are some of the best and highest in Europe.
3. SWISS CHOCOLATE.
1. The amazing coffee and espresso is some of the best you’ll find in Europe, and usually cheaper.
2. Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe, and is a trendy, bustling hot spot for stunning architecture, nightlife, and beach days.
3. The food.
1. Sweden is one of the most creative countries in the world. Art is a big part of my life, and there are many museums that I would like to visit.
2. The nature and the wildlife. You’ll find flourishing forests, wild flower fields, lakes, mountains & hills wherever you go. It’s also very common to bump into Moose, deer, rabbits and various birds, but Sweden also has other predators like bear, wolves, lynx and wolverines.
3. The fashion (of course!) It’s easy to find clothes of great quality that are inexpensive, and Swedes are said to be some of the most fashionable people in the world.
1. The glacier tours look stunning.
2. Blue Lagoon spa. What’s not to love about crystal-blue, geothermal water that hovers between 98 and 102 degrees year-round with views of spectacular, snow-covered lava rocks in every direction?
3. The culinary adventure. So many interesting foods to try and Icelandic cuisine certainly doesn’t disappoint! Shark? Maybe…
1. The countryside looks amazing. Sprawling estates, gardens, and more, I would love to explore the countryside and see the villages old and new.
2. London. Buckingham Palace and Big Ben are just some of the monuments I would love to visit.
3. Harry Potter. Let me geek out for a second…one of my absolute favorite book series takes place in England, and London even has a Harry Potter hotel! I would love to visit some of the available sets and see props from the movies.
1. Just look at that picture. White sand, crystal clear water, and coral reefs.
2. The over-the-water bungalows with glass floors. Holy. Crap. So cool!
3. The marine life.
1. Same reason as the Maldives, Bora Bora also has overwater bungalows with glass floors and an incredible view of the marine life.
2. Seclusion. Private, romantic (and expensive) Bora Bora is a great place to getaway from everyday life and just relax.
3. The views just do not compare anywhere else. Sure, Hawaii might look similar and is also stunning, but nothing quite compares to the French Polynesian islands.
1. The island is half French and half Dutch. The French side is known as Saint Martin, the Dutch as Sint Maarten. Yet, they are the same island! You get to experience both cultures in one. And another huge selling point for me is they still accept US currency. Sometimes its too much of a pain in the behind to convert cash!
2. The entire island is tax free, which means shopping, shopping, and more shopping! It’s also arguably one of the safest Caribbean islands to explore, so I wouldn’t be hesitant to leave the resort.
3. The views, the beaches, and the clear bottom kayaks. Makes an awesome daytime excursion! Saint Bart’s is also only a 40 minute ferry ride away and it has one of the most picturesque harbors in the world.
1. The rice terrace fields are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I could stare at them in pictures for hours! So green and so beautiful, it’s something I would love the opportunity to see in person.
2. I love Vietnamese food and would love to try it fresh and 100% authentic.
3. Breathtaking landscapes. Between the rice terraces, mountains, hills, and beaches, Vietnam has a large variety of terrain that makes exploring fun.
All of these destinations look absolutely stunning, and I can’t wait to visit each and every one of them! There are so many reasons I would love to go to these places, and if anyone has ever been before, I would love some “must-do’s” or “must-see’s”!
What’s on your bucket list?