My Travel Bucket List

Hello everyone!

Traveling is my favorite. For years when I was younger, I wanted to be a travel writer but it turns out that’s kind of a hard job to score. So instead, I’ll sit on my couch at home and share some of the beautiful places I hope to visit one day…just waiting on that raise, ya feel me?

  • New Zealand

I mean, who doesn’t want to go to New Zealand? Yeah, I am a Lord of the Rings fan but I’m pretty sure New Zealand is a place anyone could enjoy.

Some things I’ve been dying to see in New Zealand are the Te Waihou Walkway & the Blue Spring, the Waitomo Glowworm caves, hike the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, and a half million other things.

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Te Waihou Walkway [credit: http://cropcraftcreate.com/day-trippin-from-auckland-blue-springs-te-waihou-walkway/%5D
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Glowworm Caves [credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FoyEnWHzao%5D
Would I be ballsy enough to go on the “world’s biggest swing?” Not sure. I would definitely hang out and watch other people do it though.

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Nevis Swing [credit: https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-tv/would-you-try-the-worlds-biggest-swing-six-daredevil-trips-for-travel-junkies-36694838.html%5D
  • Japan

This one is kind of new on my list. My appreciation for Japan has grown in the past few years. Their culture is so beautifully unique and respectful and I would love the change of pace that it would offer from the United States.

For one, I would absolutely plan my trip, March to April, in order to see the Cherry Blossoms. There is no way I could miss that. I also love world history so I would definitely be visiting Kyoto to see some of the dozens of historical landmarks there. One being the Kiyomizu-dera Temple that was founded in 778!

It’s hard for me to skip a hike so I would hike some parts of the northern Alps near Kamikochi.

Lastly, I would love to spend some time learning and paying my respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

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[credit:https://blog.hotelscombined.com/10-best-places-to-catch-cherry-blossoms-in-japan/%5D
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple [credit: https://en.japantravel.com/kyoto/platform-of-kiyomizu-dera-temple/12789%5D
 

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[credit: https://www.backroads.com/trips/WJNI/japan-walking-hiking-tour%5D
  • Australia

I’m not even going to try to lie to you…this one is mainly influenced by the accent. It’s just so dreamy. Almost as good as the Irish accent 😉. However, the attractive people and their lovely accents aside, I think we can all agree that Australia is just one of those places you have to see.

Would I really be an American tourist if I didn’t flock to Sydney and take a stereotypical photo at the iconic Opera house? Of course not.

Something that has been on my bucket list since I was 7 and I thought I was for sure going to be a Marine Biologist/Firefighter/world traveler (Oh, to be a kid) is to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef. Just thinking about it now makes me want to pack my bags and max out my credit cards. I would also make time to visit Melbourne, Byron Bay, and Kakadu National Park.

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Great Barrier Reef [credit: https://greatbarrierreeftourscairns.com.au/tours/great-barrier-reef-snorkelling-tour/%5D
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Byron Bay [credit: http://www.flygyro.com.au/flights-byron-bay-activities/byron-bay-lighthouse-flight/%5D
 

  • Machu Picchu

I’m not sure why this place has been on my mind for the past 10 or so years. I almost got to visit Machu Picchu in high school for a mission trip but it fell through at the last minute and I was heartbroken. I think getting to see physical embodiments of history is one of my favorite things and this place is one of the world’s greatest historical sites, in my opinion.

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[credit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/peru/machu-picchu%5D
  • Serengeti National Park

Have you ever heard of a balloon safari? For some reason, I didn’t know this was a thing and now I feel like I need to experience this before I die. It also gave me flashbacks to an episode of The Wild Thornberries where Eliza fell out of a hot air balloon. Did I make that episode up? Who knows.

It would also be amazing to witness the Great Migration at Serengeti where a million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and other animals travel across the Serengeti annually in search of food and breeding grounds. To my understanding, this happens from December to June.

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[credit: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g293751-d735121-i246580768-Serengeti_Balloon_Safaris-Serengeti_National_Park.html%5D

Sitting down and attempting to make this list just made me realize that I want to go everywhere. That makes it kind of hard to make a list.

Sure, there are places that hold more experiences than others but I even like traveling to “boring” places. I like seeing new culture, new traditions, new sites. I just wanna see it all.

Hope you enjoyed! What travel destination is at the top of your list?

 

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