Travel Bucket List or no travel bucket list? I am always torn. I’m not a big fan of having a huge travel bucket list. I actually think they can stop you from having amazing experiences. Given the chance, I would probably travel anywhere. If time, money, commitments weren’t obstacles.
But there are a lot of places that really don’t hold a lot of interest for me. They draw me to them.
And over time a few places have firmly planted themselves in my mind where I cannot stop thinking about them, and now more than ever I keep thinking how the hell can I travel there soon.
I find these places inspiring. They intrigue me. And I am itching to go and explore them.
I have been content for the last year not travelling because other things have been happening, like moving to the mountains.
And in all honesty, moving cost a lot of money. But I don’t really mind that I have had to forgo travelling because we have created something very special for ourselves.
People talk about creating a life they love, living in a place that feels they are on a holiday every day. And we have done that. We wake up feeling blessed every day and for that I am grateful.
BUT once bitten by the travel bug the longing to explore and discover new places and just be in another country, never leaves.
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And the urge to travel is pushing hard.
Recently I asked some friends what places they really wanted to travel to? What their heart of hearts travel bucket list was? I wanted to know what they really wanted out of travel.
Because I don’t believe in a huge bucket list. I believe in visiting places that you are drawn to. And I believe in revisiting places that I have fallen for and finding out more, exploring further and connecting on a deeper level.
I understand that for some that the act of travelling provides them with a sense of freedom.
But for a lot of us, we don’t have the luxury of full-time travel. So, when I do get the chance to travel I want it to mean something.
And now the unknown is calling. Not from a multitude of places, just from a few. Funnily enough, as I write this post I realise there are a lot of similarities between them!
My Dream Bucket List
I desperately want to explore Scotland. I will confess that I am a fan of Outlander, more the books than the series, but having said that I have no desire to travel around a country just looking at filming locations.
What reading the Outlander books has done is sparked an interest in Scottish history and it’s landscape, the stories of the past and the Scottish Highlands.
And my partner, Dan is a huge fan of castles, so I think this would be the perfect place for us to embark on a road trip. I’m thinking two weeks, maybe three.
Here is my article on Scotland - Scotland Road Trip Itinerary. A Bucket List Destination.
What Travel Bloggers have to say
And here are also some great articles written by travel bloggers on Scotland.
This post from Avenly Lane Travel will definitely inspire you to travel to Scotland – 28 Photos that will make you fall in love with Scotland.
Being a HUGE fan of Slow Travel, I was really drawn to this article by Slow Vegan Travel. It is a wealth of knowledge for those who like to take their time travelling and want the “living like a local” experience – Slow Travel Guide To Scotland.
I have earmarked Scotland for the end of next year. I wish it could be sooner, but life just isn’t that obliging of my travel dreams so I have to take what I can when I can. Fingers crossed! And rest assured I will be blogging my little heart out about it.
What can you say about Iceland? I mean have you seen photos? The place looks amazing!
I want to go and experience its unique landscapes, connect with its people, visit remote villages and experience the unique sites that I will only ever see in Iceland. I am leaning towards visiting in the colder months, less daylight but far fewer tourists.
The secret is out and tourists are flocking to Iceland in droves. But like everyone else, I too am captivated by this beautiful, dramatic country.
I think I might be heading to Iceland on my own though especially if I go in winter because everyone looks at me like I have lost my marbles when I tell them my plans. It seems the majority of Australians are not fans of the cold (unlike me who seems enticed by it).
There are no plans in the foreseeable future to travel there, but you never know. I am a great believer in dreams becoming reality so I read about Iceland often and keep the belief that it won’t be too long.
I would love to do this trip with my kids who are 22 and 18. I’m not sure why but I think we would have a great time and that Iceland would offer something unique for each of us. I'm not sure they would feel the same way though.
Here is my article – Why I need to visit Iceland in Winter. A Bucket List Destination.
What Travel Bloggers have to say
And here are some great blog posts that have been instrumental in me wanting to travel to Iceland.
Another great post from Avenly Lane Travel (are you getting the feeling that I like their articles?) – Top 10 Things to Do in Iceland.
This post by Every Footstep an Adventure will inspire you to travel to Iceland with their gorgeous photos – 30 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Iceland.
And for everything you need to know when planning a Road Trip around Iceland, take a look at this guide by ZigZag on Earth (their guides are amazing!!) – Destination Guide Iceland.
Alaska has been on my bucket list for a long, long time.
Funny though I didn’t have a Pinterest board created for Alaska. I do now! But it is a place that has always been in the back of my mind.
I am in no hurry to visit, but I am determined that I will eventually.
My partner is keen to see Alaska as well so this will most definitely be one of those trips that I plan for us, and seeing that he really, really wants to travel to Canada it makes sense to add that to the same itinerary.
Not being a fan of cruises I think I will have to compromise here and do a cruise to see the Fjords and Glaciers, but other than that I would prefer to make my own way around. I will keep an open mind. Seattle has always been a place I would like to visit so it makes some sense to fly into Seattle and pick up a cruise from there.
What Travel Bloggers have to say
Here are some articles by Travel Bloggers that I have found useful in researching Alaska.
I love YTravel Blog. I read a lot of their posts and they are full of great destination information. This one is one of their bucket list posts so the “gold nuggets” of information are in the comments section. YTravel Blog has a HUGE following and their community is amazing. So for all the personal recommendations make sure you go all the way to the bottom and read the comments – Our Things to Do in Alaska Bucket List.
This is a great post by Fascinating Places to Visit giving an overall outlook on the places to visit in Alaska – 11 Amazing Places to Visit in Alaska.
I really like this post by Adventures of Lil Nicki. It gives heaps of good practical information for planning a trip to Alaska and includes links to more specific articles on particular areas – Travel Alaska on a Budget.
Ok, Ok you got me! I just had to sneak one more in.
The Faroe Islands is a recent addition to my bucket list. I have to say I saw their tourism video and I was hooked. It certainly did its job!
I have no idea what it is, but I keep getting drawn to these colder, out of the way, jaw-droppingly scenic places.
I find I am being pulled more and more to cold, mountainous areas (well I did move to the Blue Mountains!), something I believe could have something to do with my introverted personality.
Here is the video that got me hooked
Clever don’t you think?
And so I did what I always do when a place takes my fancy I got onto Pinterest, created a board and started pinning away and then I read and read and read all the blog posts that appealed to me. And yes it is definitely staying on that bucket list.
What Travel Bloggers have to say
Here are some articles I particularly like about the Faroe Islands.
If you were wondering what was so special about the Faroe Islands take a look at this article by Watch Me See. I particularly love the photos of the locals from the Islands, and of course, the amazing scenery – 30 Photos that will make you Fall in Love with the Faroe Islands.
This article by The Tourist of Life gives a great overview of the Faroe Islands and a one-week itinerary – One Week Itinerary for the Faroe Islands.
Now I just need to find some time to get there (maybe I could sneak it in after my trip to Scotland?)
I have other places I want to travel to, and ones I will most certainly return to. But these four destinations are calling loudly. So these will be the ones I focus on the most.
For those of you who have a Travel Bucket List and wonder how the heck you are going to ever make it happen, remember my 2.5 month trip to Europe was once a dream. A huge dream. And yes it took me three years to make it happen. But it did happen.
And since then I have kept travelling.
If travel is something you really, really want to do, don’t give up. Take every step you can to get there, because the journey is so worth it.
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