A couple of days ago I put a status up on Facebook that said:
!!TELL ME WHAT PLACES ON YOUR TRAVELING BUCKET LIST!!
Please and thank you. I really appreciate your help.
After posting to my own page I also posted to a few other travel groups that I am a part in search of the top ten places that people have on their bucket lists.
I assumed I would receive high numbers in a few places that seemed to be on everyone’s bucket list; London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, etc.
I never expected to receive a list of 100+ places, some of which I had never even heard of until I posted this.
Here are the Top Ten Places on Traveler’s Bucket Lists:
It is no surprise to me that Greece is at the top of this list. After traveling to Greece last May I was able to see first hand just how beautiful this destination truly is. I spent some time in both Athens and on the island of Santorini. The things you read and the pictures you see of the Greek Islands hold up. It is absolutely breathtaking, the water is the most beautiful blue I have ever seen in my entire life, and the island life is enviable. While Athens is not as beautiful as the islands, the history that the city holds is astounding and unbelievable to take in. If Greece wasn’t on your bucket list I highly encourage you to add it. You will not regret it.
While I have only ever been to Florence, if the rest of Italy is similar to that city then Italy. Is. Amazing. The life in Italy is incomparable to anywhere else that I have been. Everyone is easy going, everyone is friendly, everyone encourages you to have a good time. And, of course, the food. The villages are beautiful, the beaches are some of the best in Europe, and just like in Greece, the history in the ruins that you can visit is unreal.
I had never even thought of adding Norway to my traveling bucket list but now that I’ve done some more research on it I can see why it fell so high on this list. Last year, Norway was ranked the Happiest Country in the World. So, if that doesn’t grab your attention I’m not sure what will. Aside from that high honor, during the summer months the sun never sets in Norway! They call this the midnight sun and it happens because the majority of Norway sits above the Arctic circle. Imagine being able to explore the country in daylight the entire time you are visiting! That sounds amazing and exhausting (but mostly amazing) at the same time.
Get me to Norway.
I truly believe that the main reason Germany made this list is because Oktoberfest seems to be on everyone’s bucket list as well. I am totally fine with this. Germany also has an amazing Carnival Season (also known as ‘Fifth Season’) that is supposed to be an explosion of color with decorated floats, outrageous costumes, street dancers, marching bands, etc. Basically, what I’m discovering is that Germans love their parties, and that’s something I can definitely get on board with.
*Bonus – a friend told me she wants to go for their Christmas markets. After looking through all of the Google images of that? I want to go for those too. Double bonus – castles.
Since moving to Los Angeles I have befriended many people from Australia (and we all have our favorite Aussie – Tammin) and the way that they talk about Australia makes me so excited for the day when I finally get to visit. I had a friend recently go with her boyfriend and the pictures she would share were absolutely STUNNING. From my understanding the beaches are unlike anywhere else in the world, the hikes are amazing, and oh yeah, everywhere you go you get to hear people speaking with an Australian accent.
Downside? The bugs, spiders, snakes, wildlife, etc. that just decide to make themselves comfortable anywhere they like.
I am so OCD that when I was researching why people wanted to visit Japan my most favorite thing I read is how clean the city is. I saw that and my heart jumped, I did an audible gasp, and immediately wanted to see for myself just how clean it is. BUT, besides that, Japan is gorgeous. There are beautiful ancient shrines and temples everywhere. There are awesome natural landscapes everywhere you go. The culture is unlike anywhere in the world.
If all of that wasn’t reason enough to visit, Japan is also one of the safest countries in the world – the safest in Asia. Feeling safe is the best.
7. South Africa
From the landscapes to the wildlife to cricket grounds South Africa is gorgeous. In 2016 Cape Town won best city of the year, four years in a row! They must be doing something right in South Africa to continuously earn that title. You can see all kinds of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos. It is also the perfect destination for whale watching and is home to one of the greatest migrations on Earth – The Sardine Run.
Iceland is at the TOP of my personal bucket list. I am dying to go for all of the natural beauty that Iceland has to offer. The Blue Lagoon, the Northern Lights, the Icelandic Glaciers, the Þingvellir National Park, the Black Beaches, all of Iceland is so breathtaking to me I can’t stand it.
9. New Zealand
New Zealand attracts many tourists for a lot of reasons but the few that I keep reading about are all of the incredibly diverse and unspoiled scenery, the wine (yes please), the sparse population, the unique wildlife, and the outdoor adventures that you can go on while in New Zealand. It is also another country that is widely known for it’s safety and we all know I’m a huge fan of safety!
Fun Fact – Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand so if you thought those movies were gorgeous (because they were) now you know where to go to find the real thing!
I can’t wait for the day when I get to go to Ireland. Home to some of the most awe-inspiring drives, the Cliffs of Moher, and Westeros (any Game of Thrones fans reading this?), Ireland is known for it’s beauty. They are also known for their pubs, which are actually full of Irish history, some of them having been around for close to 900 hundred years! The people there are exceptionally friendly and with music being a very big part of their culture you are sure to run into a music scene everywhere you go. It’s understandable why Ireland remains on most everyone’s bucket lists (and also, Guinness).
Here are some bonus places that have now been added to my own bucket list after asking this question Facebook. I encourage you to look into all of them. The world is a beautiful place and I can’t wait to keep exploring it.
Where are your favorite places to travel? Let us know in the comments below!