My Top 10 Ultimate Travel Bucketlist
We all dream of the places we would love to go. A mental bucket list of dream destinations and a place to lose ourselves, for even just a little while. I read a quote once which stayed with me “if we were meant to stay still we would have had roots for feet”. I firmly believe in making the most of the time we have alive, and for me that means seeing as much as possible in the world. There is no better self education than the experiences you hold yourself.
I’ve been fortunate enough to already visit several places in my life, often on others travel bucket lists. From walking the neon streets of Tokyo, to feeling the intense heat of summer in Hong Kong, or driving down Route 66 in Arizona. So here’s my dream list of locations I’m yet to venture to, and hope that one day – I will.
Drive Along the Great Ocean Road
I first fell in love with the idea of travelling to Australia, when an old school friend – originally from Sydney, returned home after spending her high school in the UK. She told us all about evenings spent on the beach, relaxing weekends feeling the sand in your toes, swimming along the great barrier reef, and driving along the views of the Great Ocean Road. She sold me a dream and I was in love. Ever since I’ve been busy dreaming up the idea of a road trip along the Great Ocean Road.
Hike to Machu Picchu
Peru had never really crossed my mind, until one day, one of my best friends in high school upped-sticks and moved across the world to live there. After getting over the initial shock, I fell in love with the photographs she would share and tales of the people she met along the way, and of course the llamas! It looks so culturally different to what life is like here in the UK, and it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to experience for myself. Hiking to Machu Picchu is one of the worlds great wonders, and definitely a sight I’d love to behold.
Go On a South African Safari
Ever since seeing the delights of Giraffe Manor, I fell in love with the idea of going to South Africa and experiencing a real life safari. To see animals in the wild out on the open plains and not in a zoo is something that would be a dream. I’d love to visit a conservation project and see how differences are being made in the wild to preserve species. That and who wouldn’t love to watch an African sunset go down?
See the Northern Lights in Iceland
So this one is a little bit of a cheat, as we are actually intending on going to Iceland this winter! Seeing the Northern Lights has been a dream of mine ever since learning about them as a child. A beautiful natural phenomenon, I think I might actually shed a little tear if we get to experience it!
Explore Island Life in French Polynesia
Who wouldn’t love the idea of having a practically empty beach to yourself whilst you watch the waves roll in? Island life in French Polynesia looks so idyllic, I fear I might never want to come home. Although it’s one of the furthest places to get to from the UK, don’t you think it would all be worth it?
Trek Through the Himalayas
As much as I’m a feet planted firmly on the ground kinda girl, there’s no denying the beauty of the mountains and the breathtaking views they offer. There’s a certain secret element to the Himalayas which makes things feel still untouched ready to be discovered. I’d love to head into Tibet and experience the cultures and bright colours of all the temples.
Experience the Colours of Cuba
I’m fascinated by the history of Cuba and the way everything appears to be stopped still in time. From the vintage cars and bright colours of the crumbling buildings, everything feels like a much slower pace of life. Not to mention their vibrant music scene and fabulous food, yes please!
See the Changing Landscapes of New Zealand
Someone once told me that New Zealand is like the UK, only with more pronounced seasons and actual nice sunshine from time to time. I don’t know how right they are about that, but it looks beautiful all the same. I’d love to visit the locations for Lord of the Rings and see the Hobbit houses too for an alternative tour of the country. A while back I also shared a guest post from Abbi who’s talking about all the best things to do in Christchurch.
Walk Along the Golden Gate Bridge
I spent a lot of my childhood back and forth to the USA. And although I have been to California once before, to San Diego, I would absolutely love to go to San Francisco. Everything just looks so damn cool, and to make matters worse – my parents visited without me one year and I’ve never let them live it down.
Sit in Front of the Taj Mahal
When my grandad was young he was in the second world war. Here he was stationed in India, and when I was a child and he was still alive – he showed me a tiny black and white photograph of him sat in front of the Taj Mahal on that famous seat. I’d love to one day take that photograph with me and recreate that same photograph and experience all the wonderful colours and culture of India.
What’s on your ultimate travel bucket list?