Bucket List Travel
What fills your travel dreams?
Was your New Year's Resolution to travel more? If you're like me, traveling more lives at the top of your resolution list. While some must-visit-places are on my list year after year, there's always new ones to add. I want travel to change me, to teach me more about myself and the world I live in - and every year is a chance to do that a little better than the last.
Not too much to ask, is it?
When I'm looking for travel inspiration, I'll Google "Bucket List Travel" just for fun. But what I find is usually a disappointment. Most ideas aren't specific enough and they're other people's ideas. One person's bucket list might be another's never-gonna-do-that list. Going on an African Safari isn't for everyone, nor is crushing on all things luxury in Dubai.
My bucket list isn't your bucket list
Because Google let me down, I hopped over to my social media channels to see what my friends had to say about their travel dreams. The amount of people who answered my call astounded me and reinforced my belief that travel is a universal language.
I've shared their comments below but I'd also like to share a few of the constants on my travel bucket list. And I'd like to encourage you to write your travel dreams too. Writing our dreams down helps them become reality. Don't believe me? How do you think GoGirlfriend came into being?
My bucket list
St Petersburg, Russia - There's so much of Russia's cultural captial that I long to experience firsthand. Since I was a child, I've dreamed of enjoying a ballet at the Mariinsky Opera Theater, drinking in the beauty of Smolny Cathedral or The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood and strolling quietly through the gardens of Peter the Great.
Ireland - I have a thing for castles. Dunluce Castle in County Antrim, perched on the precipice of a cliff fills my dreams with haunting tales of loves and battles lost and won over the centuries. The proximity of shipwreck site and ancient graveyard makes it even more intriguing.
Camino de Santiago: The Way to Santiago de Compostela - A student of mine inspired this dream. He took a month off work, packed up his teenage son and walked his way to new sense of being. When he returned home, he built the Haccienda Sarria in Kitchener, Ontario. I dream of walking the route with my lover, rediscovering ourselves along the ancient cobblestones.
Istanbul - Whether you know it as City of the World's Desire or capital of the fallen Roman Empire (Constantinople), Istanbul is rich with ancient treasures. The Blue Mosque, the Byzantine mosaics in Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace (largest and oldest palace in the world) - these are just my starting points.
A little island off the coast of Greece - I'm not going to tell you which one but it's where I envision spending the end days of my life...
This is just a sampling of where I want to go. My bigger list is filled with pyramids and safaris and crowded markets in countries like Afghanistan, Argentina and Madagascar. If you have any ideas on how I can get there, I can be packed and at the airport in an hour.
What's in your bucket list?
Everyone's bucket list is different and I love how many people shared their travel dreams with us on Twitter and Facebook. Read through what some of our friends had to say and then go ahead and write your own. And if you need somewhere to share them, we'd love to help. Check out our writer's guidelines and let's talk!.
@JennAnnis ~ Australia. Hands down. Second place is back to the Battlefields of France and Belgium. I'm a tad obsessed with koalas. So a wildlife sanctuary. Also Surfer's paradise for the race there. :) a third destination would be Monaco for the Formula one race- they race through the streets of the city! I've heard wonderful things about the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. http://www.koala.net/
@ChickyMara ~ Probably Indonesia. Or India. Or across the American West. Indonesia /India because I love to explore cultures & natural beauty. The West? I've romanticized it forever, horses, cowboys
@YashYanthi Bora Bora, Istanbul, Kabul , Fiji , Easter Island , Vienna ...my list goes on.. #traveljunkie good food, amazing people and strong cultures usually lure me...and now.. spots that I can visit with a baby on the hip!
@IraKates ~ Global travel for a year, not have to worry about money just travel and experience! I only got bitten by travel bug when I met my fiance. She's prompted me to go to Israel, we've been to Paris and have big plans. Also getting into speaking on SEM this year so I would love to do some travel around that. 1st one is NOLA in April #pubcon We've settled on Africa for our honeymoon but @Aircanada has some great world travel passes we're looking at.
@MyFunctionalFam ~ So many places! Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Fiji, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Africa. If I had to pick just one, I would say Ireland because that is where my family is from and I have never been.
@WojosWorldtm ~ I would go back to Hawaii. Brad and I went there for our honeymoon 17 years ago, and I got the worst stomach virus of my life. Had to miss a lot of fun there. We would go for two weeks, and spend a few days on Oahu, then most of the time on Maui. The day I started getting sick when we were there, we also took a plane ride over to The Big Island, which was beautiful. I would do it all. Brad was funny, though--because it was our honeymoon, the hotel upgraded us to an oceanfront view. When I was so sick, he said, "Well, if you had to get sick, this is the room to have." Because at least I could look out on the ocean.
@Those2Girls ~ Go to Epcot & visit a bunch of countries at once! (Yes I love Disney way too much)
@Balmeras ~ New Zealand, hands-down. Have to see the amazing landscape and wildlife.
@CajunMama I only have two things left on mine -- Scotland, and seeing the Aurora Borealis with my own eyes. Will check Scotland off March 16. I think I'll add Machu Picchu to my list just so I have another goal.
@Steph_Montreuil ~ I would love to do the Inca Trail in Peru... Been a dream of mine for a long time. I haven't been on a plane since December, starting to get the itch J
@lttlewys ~ Currently, Ireland is top of my list, with France and Italy following close behind!!
@izmirdelights ~ Turkey:) It's a fascinating country and very safe. I am Turkish yes I grew up in izmir, my house overlooks Greek islands, it's gorgeous there I am not kidding:) My husband is American and he loves it, we are moving there very soon. Come visit us:) Our suitcases are packed, we're waiting for Aaron's release from the air force. I can't wait to go to bazaars to get organis groceries and eat fresh seafood everyday! I also backpacked to Srilanka and oh my gosh what an amazing trip that was! But it's a very poor country so it's very limited even food wise. I was starving in India so I highly suggest you take cereal bars as a snack if you go:)
@FacingTheStreet ~ Bhutan. It just sounds so different. But it also sounds like it's changing fast.