For as long as I can remember, I have been absolutely fascinated by different locations around the world. Most specifically, Europe, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I didn’t necessarily open my mind up to the idea of other locations around the world until recently. Just like a majority of you, I would absolutely love to travel to a million different locations in my lifetime.
Of course, I think a large amount of my traveling is going to happen later on in life. Reason being, because I truly believe in the statement “work now play later”. Meaning, I want to have a family and make money and be comfortable now. Then, once my kids are off to college and we are doing well business wise we can travel the world. I know a lot of people might disagree with me and say travel first and that’s okay because at the end of the day we all have to do things the way we want to do them. Who am I to say that the way I mapped out my life should work best for you?
Understandably, we still plan to travel throughout our lives. It’s not like I am writing it off completely until we are doing well business wise and empty nesters. I still would like to explore at least one new place every year or two years not to mention the little weekend getaways and other trips I am sure we will embark on over the years with family and friends.
There are so many places I want to go and countries I would love to explore. I don’t think anyone can truly see enough of the world in their lifetime. If you have or will, well, I sure do envy you! I have such a long list of cities I want to see and really who doesn’t? Today, we have social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram amongst others that are flooded with gorgeous photos of places that are so perfect we can’t help but want to get on a plane and fly there instantly.
So, when I sat down to write this post, I truly had the longest ongoing list of places I wanted to add to my travel bucket list. But, I felt that if I really went through all of those, I would be sitting at my computer for hours on end writing this post. With that being said, narrowing it down to my top 5 was no easy task. However, I managed and as you can probably imagine…none of them are in the United States. I think naturally most of us are increasingly intrigued in countries we don’t live it. The different culture fascinates and excites us.
Bora Bora is number one in the running for our honeymoon destination later this year. Exciting that there might be an actual plan to explore one of my bucket list locations in 2017! From the crystal clear turquoise ocean, over the water bungalows, volcanoes and jungles this little 6 mile island seems so incredibly romantic.
The first place I want to explore when I get the chance to go to Europe (yes, I still have never been anywhere in Europe although my entire family has) is Italy. I am utterly in awe of Italy. Every single picture I see is absolutely gorgeous and truthfully there isn’t a corner I don’t want to explore. I would love the opportunity to see every single city. However, if I had to choose a place to go first it would be either Tuscany or Amalfi Coast. Visiting vineyards in Tuscany was my top choice for our honeymoon but I was overruled for the tropical beachy honeymoon.
Greece is very high on the list as well. Again with the beautiful turquoise oceans but also the intriguing cities and all of the iconic white buildings with royal blue roofs. Absolutely stunning. I would love to go to Santorini first (I think I have had my eye on this city since Sisterhood and the Traveling Pants years ago) but Mykonos and of course Cyprus Island are high on that list as well.
South Africa is a location that many people probably haven’t even thought twice about. Truthfully, I have only ever heard one other person as excited as me to visit and that’s my dad. However, I think if you were to look into it and if you are as fascinated by animals as I am, it would quickly make it onto your travel bucket list as well. Not only do they have some gorgeous aesthetically pleasing beaches but they also have safaris and a ton of wildlife. My dad and I would love to actually stay at a hotel located on a safari/wildlife reservation (yes that’s an option and yes we might be crazy).
A country I feel has become increasingly popular and well talked about in the past few years is Indonesia. Specifically Bali. Every since Eat Pray Love…this location has been at the top of my list. Just seeing how in touch with buddhism and how truly blissful the city looks for relaxation is intriguing enough for me to want to spend some serious R&R here refreshing my mind and body. Another location in Indonesia I would love to visit is Borneo. I have always wanted to visit a rainforest and this city has some absolutely draw dropping ones.
Have you traveled to any of these places? Where should I make sure to go when I do? What are your travel bucket list destinations? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe to receive the newsletter on the right of my blog home page.