My travel bucket list

Once you catch the travel bug, there is no going back. There is just something incredibly special about packing your suitcase and escaping the world as you know it for a couple of days. It feels so refreshing to dive into a different culture, to gain a new perspective on things and to just wander around exploring streets you have never walked before. And since I love travelling I have had a travel bucket list for ages, one that keeps changing as I cross of places and hear about new ones. Today I thought I would share this bucket list with you. Not the complete version because that would be a very long post and you’d probably get tired by the end of it but instead I’m sharing my top 10. So here are the top 10 places I would love to travel to, in no particular order (apart from Canada).

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Canada. If I had to choose only place to travel to I would pick Canada without hesitation. I would love to visit all the different parts to the country, especially Victoria, Vancouver and Québec. I want to visit Butchart Gardens in Victoria, take a stroll through the old Chinatown, shop at the unique bookshops and sit in one of the quirky coffeeshops and read a book while sipping on a hot chocolate. Vancouver is a must on my list – I have heard so many people say that it’s their favourite city and I would love to see it with my own eyes and take a walk along the water. Québec is probably the number one on my list – I want to explore the old town, visit the Petit-Champlain district and try all the restaurants. Last but not least, I’d also love to see the Niagara Falls – I have always loved waterfalls and visiting Yosemite has seriously sparked my interest. Would someone mind buying me a ticket to Canada?

Iceland. As a person who basically spent her childhood on the back of a horse, I have always dreamed of exploring Iceland on the back of an Icelandic horse. I just want to take in the beauty of the nature and I’d also love to visit the Blue Lagoon and enjoy the hot water – I have been to a hot water lagoon before (a really tiny one though) and it was such an amazing experience. One of my friends has recently visited Iceland and her pictures were just stunning (and I have to admit, filled me with a bit of jealousy). I am not sure which the best season for visiting Iceland is – recommendations would be appreciated!

Mauritius. Something quite different from the two above but if you’d ask me about my perfect beach holiday I’d say Mauritius. Sure, I’d love to visit the Caribbean but for some reason Mauritius has always fascinated me the most. It might be because I have seen so many vlogs about it, not gonna lie. I would love to go diving and visit the Black River Gorges National Park but mostly, I would like to spend time at the beach and take in the beautiful scenery.

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Namibia. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I was living in Cape Town about two years ago (crazy how time has flown by!) and that my time there one of the best times of my life. I loved the people, the beautiful landscape and visiting Krüger National Park was possibly the best experience of my life. And although I always wanted to visit Namibia (which is only a short flight away) I never got the opportunity. So that’s why I would love to go back to South Africa and combine it with a trip to Namibia this time – I’d love to go on a safari and admire the wildlife and I’d also love to visit the desert.

Galapagos Islands. These island aren’t only home to stunning beaches, they are also home to many exotic animal species, some of them can only be found there and nowhere else. I don’t think you can be that close to nature anywhere else and I’d love to see the turtles and sea lions – oh and the Galapagos penguins.

New Orleans. Although I have been to the United States there are a lot of cities I haven’t seen yet (obviously) and that I’d love to visit. The number 1 on my list is New Orleans – after watching TVD and the Originals I was fascinated by the charm of the city and I have heard a lot about their vibrant music scene. I’d also like to explore the museums and street markets and some of the famous restaurants.

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Thailand. I have always wanted to experience the buzzing city life of Bangkok, visit the Phi Phi Islands and have a break at one of their stunning beaches. Every time I see a blog post about Thailand the photos look like straight out of a catalogue. I’d  also love to see a floating market and the Khao Yai National Park. Plus the culture really fascinates me and well, I won’t say no to Thai food either.

Norway. I have heard that Norway is the small Canada (someone correct me) so it’s no wonder that Norway makes my top 10. My interest in Norway has especially grown since I moved to London which makes no sense but listen, I have a flatmate who studied there for half a year and who keeps telling me stories about it and showing me pictures. Oslo looks like a beautiful city and I would love to visit the Norwegian countryside, especially the fjords, the national parks and – surprise – the waterfalls. The landscape in Norway looks absolutely breathtaking and I would love to drive around for a few weeks to explore its beauty. Oh and before I forget, how amazing would it be to see the Northern lights, am I right?

Budapest. Another European country, well, city. Although I have seen quite a lot of Western and Southern Europe I haven’t seen much of the east and I’d like to change that. I’d love to see the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle and so much more and I’ve heard that they have really good pubs and night life. Plus I’ve also heard that it’s not too expensive so maybe that’s a trip my student budget would allow for.

New Zealand. Last but not least, New Zealand is on my list. Mainly for the beautiful nature. I have heard that the sky is so clear that you can see the Milky Way. When I was younger me and my dad used to look at the stars together and learn constellations; although I don’t know much about astronomy I find it incredibly fascinating and I think there is nothing more peaceful than lying on the ground and looking at the stars. But that’s not the only reason I want to visit New Zealand – I’d love to see the beaches and try surfing again (maybe I’ll be more successful this time!). Oh and I’d love to go hiking.

These are the top 10 places I’d love to visit. I would do a complete list but I’d sit here for a week. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? xx