Since this month is all about Adventure, I’m kicking things off with a more personal post. I consider myself an adventurous kind of gal, with a desire to see the world. I’m sure most of you would categorize yourselves in much the same way (cause who is going to be like “Traveling, ew. Not my thing.” Umm… no one I’m friends with, that’s for sure.) And it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a big trip, which I feel like I’m desperately in need of. The thought of talking about Adventure all month is probably going to have me packing my bags for the next plane headed to an unknown exotic location. That being said, all this daydreaming about traveling and adventuring has me thinking of all the places and things I still want to do. A travel bucketlist, if you will.
Here are just some of the things, in no particular order, that I’m currently daydreaming about. I will probably update this throughout the month as we get further into our Adventure exploration.
1.Go back to Prague
This is something Mike and I have talked about for awhile now. For those of you that don’t know, I studied abroad in Prague and absolutely fell in love with that city and culture. I’ve been itching to go back and take Mike so that he can understand why I still talk about it so much, even 3 years later. Plus, I want to go soon, while I still might remember where everything is…
2. Rent an island
This would take quite a lot of friends chipping in to make this a reality. There’s no way we could rent a private island on our own, but it’s a nice thought. However, getting 20 or so friends to all help pay for say, a week, and you know it would be a crazy/fun time.
3. Set foot in every continent
Obviously one of the more broad items on this list. But there is so much to see in this world, and if I only get to glimpse a small portion of it, I will be happy.
4. Hike the Appalachian Trail
This one is actually kind of funny to me, since I actually grew up with the Appalachian Trail running through my hometown. I’ve been picnicking up to portions of it, but believe it or not, I’ve never hiked any part of it. Granted, to hike the whole thing you basically need to take off a year, but I would love to take a month or two and hike a portion of it.
5. Hike between the villages of Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre looks like one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I would absolutely love to see it in person. It’s made up of small villages down the coast of Italy, literally hanging to the edge of cliffs. Italy in general is on my bucketlist of places to see, but if I ever make it there, Cinque Terre is one of the first places we’ll visit.
6. Walk the Great Wall of China
Being one of the largest man made structures, I feel like it would be a total injustice not to see it in person. With it’s haunting history and impressive views of the surrounding land, I would love to walk the winding ridge of this landmark.
7. Climb to ‘Heaven’s Door’ or Tianmen Cave in China
Quite the steep staircase, but from the photos, it looks totally worth it. Places like this make me completely in awe of mother nature. I have heard it can be very touristy though, so maybe do this on an off season?
8. Hike to Machu Picchu
One of my best friends just went to Peru with year and hearing her talk about Machu Picchu, it quickly has become a traveling priority for me. She said she has never seen mountains as impressive as the ones in Peru, and being from the Appalachian mountains, obviously I’m intrigued. I also personally love ruins as well, and Machu Picchu is probably the most famous set of ruins.
9. Visit the Mayan Temples in Mexico
Again, there’s just something about ruins. Maybe it’s the unknown history that gets my imagination running wild. Or maybe it’s seeing man-made structures returning to the earth that is somehow sad yet fascinating. Whatever the reason, I’m all for exploring these old Mayan cities.
10. Surfing in California
I’ve only been surfing a couple of times and on very small waves, but I could love to take surfing lessons from someone who really knew what they were doing. And being on the California beach wouldn’t be too shabby either.
11. Visit an ancient Buddhist Temple in Asia
These look unbelievable. Religion in different cultures is always very fascinating to me and I would love to see these ancient places of worship. The ones in Bagan or (Pagan) and Borobudur also have the ‘exploring ruins’ effect on me, so these are a must.
12. Seeing the Northern Lights
This is all about timing, location, and weather. But if you did your research and really knew the best place to be, I’m sure this is nothing short of magical.
13. Seeing Mt. Everest in Nepal
I have no desire to climb Mt. Everest, mainly because of my fear of heights and I’m too lazy to put in the training and the time involved. But I would love to see it just once in my lifetime, even at a distance. It is, after all, the highest peak and, weather permitting, would be an incredible site to see.
14. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Okay, so I don’t have my scuba licence, but that can be changed. Australia has so many crazy things to see, and their sea life would not disappoint.
15. Stay in a castle in Ireland
Did you know you can do that? I wish I had thought of it when we went to Scotland. I would probably spend the whole trip pretending to be in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. But so worth it!
16. Sail around Hawaii
Renting a house boat and sailing around the islands of Hawaii would be a little slice of heaven, I’m sure. I’m too much of a baby to travel TOO far from shore (the ocean is scary, okay?) but I’m sure I would get more comfortable with it the longer we stayed. And Mike is quite the sailor, so I know I’d be in good hands.
17. Roadtrip across America
I feel like everyone dreams of doing this at some point. The US is such a big country with so much to see and so many different people to meet. Just throw your stuff in a van and hit the road. When you’ll come back, nobody knows! That kind of rhymed, and I’m okay with it.
18. Go skiing in Alaska
I’m not that great of skier, but I still think it’s fun, as long as I’m not plowing down the mountain head first. A few lessons would definitely help, and then I’d be off! Good luck catching me!
19. Biking through France
I heard there are tours you can take where you bike from vineyard to vineyard. While drinking and biking doesn’t sound the safest, it also sounds very fun. This might need to be added to the itinerary of an all girls trip.
20. Ride a Cable Car through the Swiss Alps
Because, why wouldn’t you?? Oh yeah, I have that fear of heights thing. BUT, if I ever get up the nerve, holy moly would this be amazing! Again, some good friends of mine did this recently, and their photos are breathtaking. However, they did stall in the air for about 30 minutes, but I just try not to think about that.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a little surprised that so many of these are in China, only because I’ve always thought of myself as a European city kind of girl. But it looks like there’s a lot in Asia that I’ve been wanting to do.
However, I’m not surprised that almost all of these are things that are outside and in nature. Very rarely do I daydream about being inside, maybe because I work from home and spend most days inside. But Adventure means getting out there, exploring, and seeing everything there is to see. And isn’t it great that we live in a world where there is literally SO MUCH TO DO!
What sort of things are on your travel bucketlist? Anything I left off that I absolutely need to add?