Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Travel Bucket List

Are there places you've always wanted to go to or sites you've always wanted to see? Me too! So I have decided to make my Travel Bucket List - a list of places I want to see and experience before, well, I kick the bucket.

Travel Makes One Modest - You See What A Tiny Place You Occupy In The World - Gustave Flaubert



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To write this I had to think of the type of traveller I am. Well I love travelling and adventure but I'm not the sort of person to go backpacking around the world, I love my comfort too much, and the security of knowing where I am sleeping every night.  However I want to dip my toes into the slightly more off beat places yet still have the security of knowing I am getting the best out of my journey, so to this idea I am considering guided tours. I think to get the best out of a place, sometimes you need a bit of guidance and advice, and need it planned for you. This will be a great departure for me as I am a big planner and love the control aspect, and some of the planning will be taken out of my hands but I think it will be worth it.  

My current dream destination is Japan. I would love to see the neon landscape of Tokyo, the temples and history of Kyoto and to ride the bullet train on my explorations. To immerse myself in the Japanese culture - eating at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, taking a dip in the Onsen spring water and singing karaoke in a bar would be wonderful experiences.  It's amazing to think that by getting on an aeroplane I can be there in half a day. Did you know that this year is the celebration of 100 years of commercial flight? The freedom and opportunity to see interesting and intriguing places that air travel has brought the modern traveller is outstanding. 

So this is my travel bucket list.

See the spectacle of the Northern Lights in Iceland
Stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel
Take a wine tour of the Napa Valley
Soak up the atmosphere of Berlin's Christmas markets
Pap a Hollywood star in LA
Visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Sorrento and see cities and people frozen in time
Admire the architecture at Red Square, Moscow
Stay in a ice hotel



Ice Hotel Sweden


See a show on Broadway and take the Sex in The City Tour
Take a boat trip to Alcatraz and see where the 'birdman' spent his time
Drive along the beautiful Almafi coast
Swim in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Admire the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona
Stay in The Hamptons
Ride on the bullet train in Japan
Witness the power of Niagra Falls
Visit Oxford, Windsor and Bray and eat at the Fat Duck
Ride a cable car up Lombard St, San Francisco



San Franciso

Stay in a white washed house in Lindos
Visit Cuba and have a mojito in a bar Hemingway visited
Tour the temples and gardens of Kyoto
Revisit Gretna Green where my husband and I were married
Enjoy the glamour of the F1 in Monaco or Singapore
Take a dip in the Therma Spa in Bath
Watch a magic show in Vegas
Journey from London to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient Express 
Visit New England in the fall
See the pyramids of Egypt
Tour the Deep South of America including New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville
Walk the great wall of China



Tokyo 

You may have noticed I'm not bungee jumping in New Zealand or trekking in the Himalayas but this bucket list is personal to me. 

I have been lucky enough to already do some amazing things on my travels. I have visited the tallest building in the world The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and had afternoon tea at a "7 star" hotel, the Burj Al Arab, also in Dubai. I have laughed at the hilarious comedians at the Edinburgh comedy festival and visited where major Hollywood films are made at the Warner Brother's Studios in LA. I have been to the southern most point of the United States in Key West, where I also ate lobster and Key Lime Pie on the beach overlooking the sunset. 



making memories in Dubai, Rome, LA, Vegas, Prague and Edinburgh

I have sat and watched the world go by in St Mark's Square, Venice and seen the gondolas in St Mark's Square, at The Venetian, Las Vegas. I have driven through the desert from Las Vegas to Santa Monica and driven through the mountains to Loch Lomond, in Scotland. I have climbed every mountain like Julie Andrews in Zell am Zee, Austria and seen the Colosseum in Rome and imagined the horror and the spectacle of gladiators fighting. I have drunk mulled wine in the Christmas markets in Prague, and seen Banksy paintings in the streets of Bristol.  I have admired the wonders of Stonehenge and the shrine to Ianto Jones in Cardiff Bay... ok maybe I should leave that last one off my list.

So tell me readers, what is on your bucket list and why?
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  1. I would also love to see the the Northern Lights in Iceland, it has been one of my dreams since I was small. I am very jealous about your travels to America, I would love to visit there and hope to in the future.

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    1. Hopefully you will get to visit the US one day. The Northern Lights in Iceland would be amazing.

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  2. The Terracotta Army in China, Route 66 and New England in autumn for me at the top and then everywhere else in between hehe.

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    1. I have done part of Route 66 and you are right I should have put the Terracotta Army on there! New England looks beautiful.

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  3. Reading this list wants me to want to go travelling right away. I love all your ideas and places you have suggested.

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    1. Thank you, I hope I have given you some inspiration.

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  4. I'd love to explore a lot more of the USA and the Caribbean islands I really love the sun in the Caribbean and there is still so much I've not seen there and the USA is massive and so different in each part so it would be an epic adventure

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    1. I haven't put the Caribbean on my list, I used to want to go to Jamaica when I was younger, but I am not sure any more.

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  5. An impressive travel bucket list. I would love to take the kids exploring more

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    1. I took my son abroad for the first time when he was 5 months. Hope you get the chance to go exploring more.

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  6. I love your list, and how varied it is. I'd also love to see the Northern Lights, as well as eat at the Fat Duck and so many more, but my top is to visit the Rockies in Canada, and one day I am determined to do so!

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    1. The Fat Duck would be be so amazing, hopefully we will both get the chance to visit one day.

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  7. I don't have a very extensive travel wish list but I would like to visit Santa in Iceland, return to Miami and go to Russia. Your list is very varied and interesting.

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    1. I wasn't that impressed with Miami but I would love to go to Russia.

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  8. A good friend stayed in the Ice Hotel and said it was spectacular!

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  9. Wow, what a list. There is lots of things I would like to do and what makes them special is the people I want to do them with!

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    1. You are right Jen. It doesn't seem so much fun on your own, but I know many people do travel without companions.

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  10. What a great list! I would also love to stay in an ice hotel, but I am such a cold person I am not sure I could cope! :) x

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    1. I think they give you very warm clothing to wear :)

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  11. I've been to Barcelona, Pompeii and Red Square. I would love to see the Northern Lights even if it is in this country as I know they are visible at times.

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    1. Yes they are visible in the North of Scotland, but I would really love to see them in Iceland or Sweden.

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  12. lovely list - I'd love to do some traveling - one day!

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  13. Northern lights and the ice hotel,would feature on mine too x

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    1. They seem to feature on many people's list.

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  14. The ice hotel looks so good would be fun.

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    1. It does look amazing. There are a few around the world I think.

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  15. That is a really great bucket list! I haven't done one because there is so much to see and experience and my bucket list would just be too long :)

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    1. There is so much to see and experience in the world isn't there?

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  16. I have just started a travel bucket list myself.......northern lights are top of my wish list

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    1. They seem to be on lots of lists, such a wonderful natural sight.

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  17. I'd love to stay in an ice hotel. x

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  18. Super list! I have to make my own, I'm sure there is few places I would love to visit too!

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    1. I would love to see other peoples lists!

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  19. I have a bucket list too...it's a bit crazily long and I find new experiences and places I add to it all the time! I think it's a great thing to do...oh and the Blue Lagoon is gorgeous, I hope you get to swim there too.

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    1. I am so jealous that you have been Globalmouse :)

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    1. It does, one day I will stay there I hope.

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  21. The ice hotel is a must! It was amazing and really peaceful

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  22. I LOVED this post! Gave me itchy feet to go travelling again!
    From this list, I've been to Venice, seen Niagara falls and visited Alcatraz - it's so interesting there and San Fran is such a friendly place :)

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    1. I've just come back from a road trip to California. I hope you get the chance to travel more soon Nic!

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