If I could pack my bags right now and travel the world, I would 🌎 Sadly the responsible adult in me consistently reminds me that I have other things on my plate that I need to take care of first. But as the semester winds down and I have this summer break ahead of me, I cannot help but dream about the traveling I could do if I didn’t have those adult commitments holding me back.
So here are my top 10 places that it is my goal to travel to, by let’s say… 30? 🤔 That may be pushing it, but a girl can dream, right? Let’s dream together and get on with the list!
Greece has been at the top of my list for years! I cannot wait to get there one day. Ideally, I would have time to travel to places like Athens, Delphi, Santorini, Crete, Thessaloniki, among many of the stunning places Greece has to offer. The history of these places is so incredibly rich. And to be honest, I would love to relive some Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants moments! Oh and the food… I cannot wait to have authentic Greek food! 😍
2. UNITED KINGDOM
The UK has also been on my list for a while! London holds the first position in the list of all I would like to see while there. I would obviously have to try and get a peek at the Queen and her family! 👑 I was one of those girls who got up at 4 a.m. to see the royal wedding a few years ago, just to give you an impression of how much I enjoy royalty. I also have dreamt of getting a pair of Hunter Boots, straight from the source. Then I would meander through the English countryside wearing them to see some true English estates! And of course, I would be on the hunt for the best fish and chips! I would finish up my UK trip with a tour of Scotland with all of the insider tips from my lovely Scottish aunt!
A Guinness, an authentic Claddagh ring and seeing the Cliffs of Moher would make for a great trip to Ireland. Here too, ideally would be able to travel around the country and explore the countryside, experience true Irish pubs and read some books in a cozy B&B. Luckily, it looks like seeing the Cliffs of Moher and maybe getting an authentic Claddagh ring are not too far away as I have a dear friend studying abroad in Galway this fall! As a weekend trip will not suffice, I will most likely have to drag Jonathan back to come explore more with me! 🤗
4. NEW ZEALAND
The distance alone makes New Zealand so far away, but also the wildlife and nature make it seem even farther away because it is something I have never ever seen before. And for just those reasons, I cannot wait to travel to New Zealand. This trip is actually happening in February, together with Jonathan for a conference that he is attending and I am SO excited to see this part of the world. I have seen many documentaries about the country and look forward to experiencing both the North and South Island!
I love experiencing nature around the world. Yes, big cities are stunning too, but I cannot get over the beauty Mother Nature created for us. Each and every one of these places I crave to travel too is a stunning masterpiece of Mother Natures creation, but I think Alaska could take the cake.
A friend of mine, Frank (check out his Instagram his pictures are amazing!) is currently spending his second summer in Alaska and I blame his stunning photos for my desire to go explore this beautiful state! I envision this trip All-American style – a big pick-up truck, loaded with camping supplies, a map and all the time in the world to appreciate the beauty in front of me 😌
A glass of wine, a plate full of pasta and gelato for everyone! With all of the history, Italy has to offer, it is hard to imagine that I could cover Rome, Vatican City, Pisa, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, among all of the other stunning places in one trip. Plus my pants would probably combust if I were there so long eating so many delicious things 😂 I see a few different trips in my future, covering various regions of Italy. At the top of my list at the moment is the Lake Como region. In the future, I would work my way through the boot and you bet your bottom dollar I will ride a Vespa through the streets of Rome and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain (Lizzie Mcguire anyone?!) 😍
Since moving to Europe, it has been my dream to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris, and Jonathan and I agreed to make that a goal for 2017-2018! The fireworks and the Eifel Tower together seem like one majestic combination. I also want to experience the art, the history and a croissant or 20. I have never been somewhere as chic as Paris and would love to explore the city. And one day when I am in need of a glamorous vacation to relax and recharge, Southern France will be calling my name 😘
Ask Jonathan where he wants to travel too and he will say Hawaii, and I agree. Sitting on a beach somewhere sipping a fruity cocktail and hearing the waves crash against the shore… That would be so lovely! But, Jonathan and I are not ones to just waste an entire day away. We would quickly find ourselves hiking to a volcano or taking surfing lessons. And exploring the Hawaiin countryside while driving around in a convertible would be pretty dang amazing too 😃
9. SOUTH AFRICA
After coincidentally making friends with 2 wonderful ladies from South Africa, Carla, and Nadia, I have been even more curious to explore this seemingly beautiful country! At the top of my list is Cape Town. But, from my understanding, South Africa also has an incredible wine country! And you know I want to test that out. I will also be sure to make a list of all of the insider tips Carla and Nadia give me! 😉
A day relaxing at the Blue Lagoon, seeing Icelandic ponies running in the wild, finding the perfect Icelandic sweater, and hiking through the wonders of Iceland’s nature… That would make this the perfect trip. This too would be a trip with a simple list of sights I want to see, but no schedule, because I just don’t want rush from place to place, but instead see as much as I can!
Traveling is something I want and need to take advantage of throughout my life. I love getting to see new sights and interact with new cultures. This world has so many incredible hidden corners and I cannot wait to explore some of them!🤗 And you know that as soon as I explore somewhere new, I will take you along!
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would it be?
Lena Marie 💕