My travel bucket list – Top 20

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

-Michael Palin

I have always loved to travel, ever since I went on my first overseas trip at the age of 8. Then, after going on my first holiday as an adult at the age of 19, my interest in travel has seemed to grow and grow. Whenever I went somewhere new, my desire to see more of the world grew more and more intense. Recently, all I seem to think about is how and when I can squeeze in another trip. I have become obsessed with travel.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

-Susan Sontag

Just like many people who have caught the travel bug, I would like to visit pretty much everywhere in the world. However, there are some countries and cities that I want to explore more than others. Over the next few years, I would love to check these places and experiences off my extremely long bucket list…

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, USA

#1 A trip to New York

A trip to New York has been number one on my travel bucket list for quite a few years now. In June, I will be heading to the USA for the first time and on this trip, I will be visiting Boston, New Orleans, Nashville and New York. Although I can’t wait to visit everywhere else, I am so excited to hop off my plane at JFK airport and spend five days exploring the big apple.

If you have any recommendations for places to visit or things to do during my trip to America, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

#2 Inter-railing in Italy

Since I visited Venice last March, Italy has become my favourite country in Europe. There is so much that I want to see and do there including, discovering the Colosseum in Rome, shopping in Milan and chilling out on a beach in Positano. As there is so much that I want to see in Italy, I would love to spend a couple of weeks inter-railing around the country, fitting in as many stops as possible.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

#3 Admire the beauty of India 

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with the idea of visiting India. It is a beautiful country which is rich in culture, with lots of stunning places to visit and explore. Visiting Agra and the Taj Mahal is top of my India bucket list, followed closely by trips to Jaipur, Goa and Mumbai.

Riding camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

#4 Explore Morocco and tour the Sahara Desert 

A Moroccan adventure has been on my bucket list for quite a while now. My ideal trip to Morocco would start with a few days exploring the countries most visited city, Marrakesh where I would also go on a day trip to the Atlas mountains.

From Marrakesh, I would then book this four-day tour and travel to Fes via the Sahara Desert. After a night in Fes, I would end my trip in Chefchaouen, which has apparently become a travel hotspot in Morocco. After a quick google image search, it is not hard to see why. It looks like a beautiful place!

#5 Discover Cambodia 

There are several cities that I would love to visit in Cambodia, including Phnom Penh, Pailin and Oudong, but the city I want to visit the most is Siem Reap. Thanks to the Angkor temples, Siem Reap is a popular location for tourists and travellers and I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t the main reason I want to visit.

I would love to go on safari in Kenya

#6 African safari 

Who doesn’t want to go on safari in Africa? Imagine being so close to amazing animals such as lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes in their natural habitat. I envision it being such a brilliant life experience, which is why this is ranked so high on this list.

#7 Learn the history of Athens

Athens is Greece’s capital and largest city, as well as being one of the oldest cities in the whole world. I would love to visit Athens and learn all there is to know about the history of the city. There are also a lot of possibilities for day trips from Athens, which to me is a big bonus!

Santorini, Greece

#8 Relax and watch the sunset in Santorini 

A trip to Santorini has been on my bucket list for quite a while now, ever since I stumbled across photographs of the Greek island on Pinterest. Ideally, I would head to Santorini to relax and admire the beautiful sunsets after a busy few days of sightseeing in Athens.

Colmar, France

#9 Spend a weekend in Colmar

Up until recently, Colmar was a place that I had never considered visiting and honestly, a place I had never even heard of. A few months ago, I stumbled across photographs of Colmar on Instagram and was instantly drawn to the charming architecture and colourful streets. In my opinion, it looks like the perfect place to wind down and relax. Just look at how pretty this town is, it looks like something out of a fairy-tale!

#10 A trip to Russia

The main reason I want to visit Russia is to admire the interesting architecture, churches and cathedrals in cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. Visiting The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg is number one on my “things I want to do in Russia” list. The exterior and interior of this church look incredible. I also want to visit Winter Palace and Peter & Paul Cathedral which are also in St. Petersburg, and Red Square in Moscow.

Reykjavik, Iceland

#11 Golden Circle tour in Iceland

Back in September 2015, my sister and I spent two nights in Iceland before heading over to Canada to visit our Auntie. As I explained in this post, two nights was definitely not enough. I would love to go back to Iceland and this time, focus on going on excursions such as The Golden Circle tour, which you can read about here. I also hope that I get to see the Northern Lights on my next trip to Iceland, after not seeing them during my first visit.

#12 Explore the beauty of Petra, Jordan 

Petra is another city that I have only recently discovered, thanks to the wonders of the internet. After looking at photographs of this historical and archaeological city online, I feel a massive desire to visit and explore the fascinating beauty of Petra. So much so, that it made it to number 12 on this list.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

#13 Bungee jump in Dubai

Although I am sure I will be terrified when it actually comes down to it, experiencing crazy things like sky diving and bungee jumping have been on my bucket list for years. Yes – it would be scary, but isn’t travel suppose to be about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to create wonderful memories?

#14 Spend a weekend in Whitby

Whenever I think about any future travel plans, I seem to forget that I don’t always need to hop on a place to discover somewhere new. If you can’t afford to pay for adventures to far away places, or you’ve used all of your holidays at work – why not explore somewhere closer to home? Whitby looks stunning and there is a lot to do to keep you busy for a whole weekend. I plan on visiting Whitby within the next few months and I can’t wait!

Berlin, Germany

#15 Explore Berlin

I am so obsessed with travel that I have a bucket list for each continent and another city that has been ranked rather high on my European bucket list for a while now is Berlin. I will be visiting for a weekend in March and I am looking forward to learning more about the cities history.

Do you have any tips for my trip to Berlin? Please leave them in the comments below!

The Hollywood sign, Los Angeles

#16 A trip to Los Angeles 

There is so much that I want to do in Los Angeles, including a hike up to the Hollywood sign, a stroll along the Hollywood walk of fame and admiring the views from the Griffith Observatory. A trip to LA also wouldn’t be complete without a few days at Disney Land and Universal Studios.

#17 Admire the architecture in Ghent

According to Lonely Planet, Ghent is Belgium’s best-kept secret. The main reason I want to visit is to admire the stunning architecture, but I also want to visit the Castel of the Counts and browse the unique and interesting shops in the city.

#18 Temple hopping in Bangkok

Exploring temples is the main reason I want to visit Bangkok, Thailand. I am intrigued by the culture, the patterns and the stunning exteriors of temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew.

#19 Visit the Amazon rain forest

I would love to visit the Amazon rain forest in Brazil to admire stunning scenery and landscapes, as well as to spot cool animals such as parrots and monkeys. I am all for great photograph opportunities while I am travelling, and I bet there are TONS in the Amazon rain forest.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

#20 Admire the Grand Canyon 

I’m pretty sure the Grand Canyon is on most people’s travel bucket list, and although I am yet to experience a visit here myself, I can see why. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon attracts approximately five million visitors each year. These visitors head to Arizona, USA to admire stunning views and hike the picturesque trails.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.  I would love to know what is on your bucket list, so please feel free to comment below!


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