Ever since I traveled to Europe last summer, I've been focusing an embarrassing amount of time planning trips that I may or may not go on. I've even been toying with getting a second job so I could pay for future trips and fuel my wanderlust. There are just so many beautiful places to go in the world that it would be a tragedy for me to not travel to as many of them as possible.
These are a few things that are on my travel bucket list:
// Visit the Sydney Opera House
Australia is the #1 travel destination on my bucket list, and no trip to Australia is complete without visiting this gorgeous marvel of a building. Gosh, I would love to see it in real life!
// Volunteer abroad
I love volunteering, and I feel like doing it abroad would just make my heart burst (in a good way). I would love to volunteer in Bali, Fiji, Thailand, China, Morocco, and so many other places!
// Go backpacking in Europe
It doesn't even matter where I backpack to; I just want to go. I want to fly to Europe with just one bag (or two if one of them is smaller) and take busses and trains and planes to different areas of Europe. I want to stay in hostels and visit with locals and live a nomadic lifestyle, even if it's just for a month or two weeks.
// Experience Oktoberfest in Germany
Even though I was born in Germany, it's hard for me to count the country as one that I've legitimately visited since I can't remember a thing. I would love to visit my homeland and experience one of the world's most epic festivals, Oktoberfest. I want dress up and drink beer that I'll most likely hate and have no worries.
// Let the wand choose me at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida
Even though I've visited the set of Harry Potter, I still need to go to Orlando and experience Harry Potter in a completely different way, including buying a wand at Ollivander's.
// Ring in the new year in Times Square in New York
I know I wasn't exactly build for the cold, but I would still bundle up to have this experience. I know natives may say the experience is overrated, but I don't care. I just want to do it to say that I've done it. And while I've already been to the big apple twice, I've never gone during the holiday season.
// Leave a letter on Casa di Giuletta in Verona
You can thank Letters to Juliet for this one.
// Stick a piece of gum on the Market Theater Wall in Seattle
Equal parts gross and awesome.
// Ride a camel in Egypt
There are two main things I want to do when I visit Egypt: 1) Visit the Pyramids, because if you didn't see the pyramids, did you even go to Egypt? and 2) ride a camel. I feel like riding a camel would be the ultimate way to explore the country.
// Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
I guess I just have rotten luck because when I went to Rome this summer, they were doing construction on the fountain, and I didn't get the chance to throw a coin in. I'm sure I'll make it back to my favorite city in the world to throw a coin in and make a wish.
// Visit all seven continents
And yes, I'm including Antarctica in this one. How incredible would it be to say that I've been to Antarctica? I've seen tons of Antarctic cruises that seem both crazy and awesome. I would love to take one one day, but first, I'd need to get a proper coat (or five).
// Walk on the Great Wall of China
So much history and so much beauty. I would love to experience this.
// Take a road trip across the United States
I feel like that would be the most epic road trip ever. I love road trips, and it would be so great to stop and see the highlights and important stops in each state.
// Visit the Berlin Wall
I feel like I spent so much time learning about Berlin and this infamous wall that it would be a shame to live my life without seeing it in person.
// Ride a gondola in Venice
Even if it's not a romantic ride, I would love to ride a gondola in the canals of Venice.
// Go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
I would say scuba diving, but I am clearly not good at trying to breathe through my mouth. I loved snorkeling in Cayman Islands, so I could only imagine the beauty waiting for me in the Great Barrier Reef.
// Ride an elephant in Thailand
After reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, my love for elephants has turned into an obsession. I would love to see these beautiful creatures up close (and we're not talking behind the cages in a zoo) and ride on their backs.
// Go sailing in the Galapagos Islands
I've read that sailing through the water around the Galapagos Islands is a surefire way to appreciate the islands' beauty.
// Swim with manatees in Florida
I've always loved manatees, because I really feel like we could be friends. It would be so fun to swim with these friendly and fun creatures.
// Stand on the equator
Because, why not?
// Stand in the sky deck in Chicago
Literally the only thing on this list that I'm 100% sure I'm going to be able to do. When I visit my friend and former roommate, Anamaria, with my friend and also former roommate, Mandy, we'll be going to the Taylor Swift concert and exploring Chicago. It'll be my first time, and I can't wait!
This isn't even close to everything on my travel bucket list, but these are a few of the main things I would love to do. Really, I just want to travel and go everywhere I can.