If you’re like any other avid traveler, you have a mental list of the next few places you’d like to go, even planning out trips up to a year in advance. I’m no different. I’m already thinking about a Spain, Portugal and Morocco trip for next fall, and maybe hopping over to the Canary Islands just for kicks. I’ve always had a bucket list of “must visit” places, although it changes slightly from year to year. Here’s my top 5 dream destinations right now:
I’m more than a little obsessed with the idea of going to Greece. When I do get there, preferably on my honeymoon, I want to spend two full weeks island hopping and exploring every little detail of every place I go. Of course, I plan on going in the summer, so I can bask in the sun and float in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. I plan on visiting Santorini and Mykonos, seeing Crete, Athens ,and the Acropolis, and even travel to Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos. Greece has been at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember, and I don’t think the top spot will be vacated anytime soon.
I’ve been planning a South America trip for the past year or so, and at the top of my list is a 4 day hike on the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu. Hiking those 26 miles at such a high elevation and experiencing sights and ruins that not many other people will ever get to see in their lifetime, is much more appealing to me than taking a train to Machu Picchu for the day with hundreds of other tourists. I’d also love to visit Lake Titicaca and hike a portion of the Andes.
Now I know what you’re thinking- haven’t they already gone to Mexico? But when I asked Julio what his number one bucket list location was, he said, “Mexico, because there’s so much more we haven’t seen there.” And it’s true! I was just looking up the New 7 Wonders of the World today and saw that Chichen Itza in the Yucatan outside of Cancun is on the list. Who knew that by going to Playa del Carmen I could check off a New Wonder? Also, Julio mentioned the culture and just learning more about the different areas of Mexico. There’s also snorkeling, white sand beaches, and jungle paradises, what more could you ask for?
Obviously this is one of the more dangerous and questionable locations on my list, but I’m still dying to go. My main priority would be to take a trek into the jungle and see the gorillas. Gorillas are on the endangered species list with only about 900 left in the wild. It would be amazing to see these magnificent creatures in the wild before the only time we do get to see them is in the zoo. It’s unbelievable to me how people continue to hunt these animals, and destroy their habitats. Several of my future trips are planned around viewing different wild animals that we as humans are still driving to extinction.
Paris (and France in general) has always fascinated me since I took French in high school. In fact, I would have already checked this off my bucket list when a class trip had been planned for my junior year, but then 9/11 occurred and all overseas trips were cancelled. So I was left with a strong desire to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and travel down to Nice and visit the beaches of the Mediterranean. My best friend Katie and I have always said that we wanted to do the France trip together, so maybe when I see her in June I can convince her to plan a trip!
My Bucket List of travel destinations is constantly changing, updating, and growing. But that just means I have the rest of my life to make sure I see it all! Where is your number one dream travel spot?