I told my readers about how I knew traveling was my passion (link) and decided for my second post that I should include my travel bucket list!
I have so many places around the world that I want to explore, but I’ll start with my top 15 adventures and why I want to go see these places. I hope you’re inspired by my list and can add a few destinations to your list as well!
France has been a dream for me from a young age, specifically because my horse’s name is Paris so it will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been following Paris In Four Months religiously and the city looks picturesque like a dream! I’m dying to try a macaroon and see the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. Versailles is also high on my list of must-see destinations in the beautiful city along with the Luxembourg gardens. Beyond just Paris, I’ve heard that the France countryside is absolutely lovely and I desperately want to take a road trip too!
Another big city just like Paris! I have sights like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace on my London list. I want to ride the Underground and visit the flower markets in the city. The food in London I’ve heard is fantastic having restaurants like Sketch, Duck & Waffle, Blixen, and the best street food. Churchill Arms is lovely and I want to get plenty of photographs!
This is a destination I never thought would be on my list, but after learning more about this magical place, I knew I had to go! Obviously, the Blue Lagoon is on my list and having a chance to see the Northern Lights is high on my bucket list! I’ve seen that you can stay in a bubble to see the lights, which sounds like the best adventure! After seeing so many images on Pinterest seeing the glacier caves, it’s a sight I must see. There are amazing waterfalls and lava falls with black sand beaches. There are lots of pictures of a natural bridge on the Anastarpi coastline that I must cross!
This island near Greece looks unreal! The white and blue speckled buildings on the rocks are dreamlike and I want to stay in a cave house with an infinity pool so badly. Oia looks like a beautiful city and it looks like an Insta-worthy trip.
Bali is a new place on my list that I discovered recently after reading a blog post about a travel experience to this little piece of heaven in Indonesia. The swings you see just about the water are located in Bali and Heaven’s Gate is a perfect photography spot. The beaches and rice fields are magical and there are so many places to see from a monkey forest to dozens of amazing temples. The villas and airbnbs I’ve seen in Bali are so beautiful and inexpensive, and you can rent a little house in the trees for hardly any money at all. You can also have an elephant experience and be able to care or feed them at different centers
I’ve been wanting to go to Rome for such a long time after listening to my Latin professor’s trips to the city over the years and after seeing all my friend’s photographs when she visited. With sights like St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, there is no lack of places to see. I want to visit Pompeii as well and see Vatican City while trying legendary pizza. I’ve heard that the catacombs are amazing and that Rome’s ice cream is delicious! The city is home to so much art, history, and culture that I just need to go see it all for myself.
Just watch The Fault in Our Stars to see why you must visit Amsterdam! The entire city is colorful and so lovely, the perfect place to bike wherever you go. From the canals to breathtaking street art, there is no lack of sights to see from the Anne Frank museum, the Van Gogh museum, a world-famous flower market, and Rembrandt’s house! This city is one of the most artistic in the world with excellent food and unique places to stop like the iamsterdam sign to the colorful homes lining the streets.
The canals of Venice are famous for their beauty and this city is a must-see for me. You can ride in a gondola and stay right by the water. This place looks like the perfect city to get lost in, and there are so many sights like St. Mark’s Square, Campanile di San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Santa Maria Della Salute, Rialto Bridge, Doges’ Palace, and Bridge of Sighs! With lots of great food and photo-worthy streets, Venice has a spot on my travel bucket list.
Ireland is so beautiful! The Cliffs of Moher are famous just are all the castles that dot the Irish countryside. The Dark Hedges look straight out of a fairytale as does the Giant’s Causeway. Dublin has so much to see including Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. The Long Room at Trinity College is amazing and houses some very old books like the Book of Kells. A book lover’s dream! You can also visit the legendary red Temple Bar along with a large number of other fantastic pubs. Visit the Guinness Factory while you’re at it!
My art teacher went to Prague and raved about his trip. He’s an excellent photographer and the city immediately was added to my bucket list. The city is known for its beautiful architecture and museums, and there are so many places to go like Charles Bridge, the Prague Astronomical Clock, the Museum of Communism, Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Old Town Square, and Wallenstein Garden where you can see white peacocks! The Dancing Buildings are legendary and you can visit the Kafka museum or the John Lennon wall. The city is so colorful and full of personality that it is a must visit. Take your camera and go for a long walk.
I confess, one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Germany was to see the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired the castle in Beauty and The Beast; I always liked Disney. In Berlin, there are so many things to see like the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, East Side Gallery, Museum Island, Holocaust Memorial, Bellevue Palace, French Cathedral, and Victory Column to name a few! The city has fantastic food and colorful murals and this only one city in Germany! There are so many other breathtaking places to visit outside of Berlin as well!
I’m going to Hawaii soon and I am so excited! The islands are a dream destination for any traveler or vacation-goer for so many reasons. The beaches are beautiful and attract surfers from all over the world. You can swim with sea turtles or dolphins and scuba dive in some of the best areas in the world. The Staircase to Heaven is a must-see (and illegal but for the adventure, am I right?) and there are so many fantastic hikes to take to amazing waterfalls, the Pillbox, Crouching Lion and Dead Man’s Catwalk. I want to skydive here and take a helicopter ride so badly!
Helen Owen inspired me to travel here from her beautiful Instagram feed and the picturesque little bungalow she stayed in over the water. You can take a lagoon tour, visit a Motu, snorkel in the Coral Gardens, see lots of sharks, rent a jet ski, and visit the spa to treat yourself! This is a vacation spot I want to visit, especially since you can swim with turtles in their sanctuary.
Thailand landed on my list because of the Elephant Sanctuaries and the amazing experiences you can have with the animals (while not riding them). Also, of course, because of the floating lantern festival that looks straight out of Tangled! Thailand has a variety of beautiful temples like the White Temple or Marble Temple, and you can visit a monkey beach! You can island hop to see all the sights like the Grand Palace and Emaciated Buddha.
I visited Cape Town in the January of 2017 and I absolutely loved it! The city is beautiful with Table Mountain on one side and the beach on the other. The food is delicious and we stayed in Camps Bay, a charming and more touristy area that was in a perfect location. Ride a cable car up the mountain or drive to Cape Point to see the tip of Africa. Head to Boulder Beach to see penguins! Hike Lion’s head and go see the breathtaking botanical garden. You can shark cave dive or take a drive to bungee jump off the highest bridge jump in the world! Walk on the Boomslang aerial walkway to see above the trees. Cape Town is a colorful and magical city in Africa with lots of safari options and I highly recommend it. I’m so ready to return!
Thank you for reading my little bucket list! Comment below some places that are on your list too!