Truthfully friends and fellow readers, I think I have a bad case of wanderlust. Travelling and living abroad this summer gave me a taste of it and I just really crave more. Something is so enthralling about visiting a new place, people, and stepping out of the familiar. The world is really quite huge and we only have one life and chance to explore it! Anyway, in between reading beauty blogs/makeup tutorials I’ve started reading travel blogs for fun too, since I am in school and working towards my degree. I am not sure where my next trip is yet, but check out below 10 places I want to travel to! (This list is perhaps ever evolving and changing but hey- might as well make one now). I’d love to hear where you want to visit or places you’ve recently fell in love with so let me know in the comment section 🙂
Hmm..I don’t think there’s any secret why Paris is on my list. I really do think the enchantment, romance, and charm of Paris might not be paralleled anywhere else, or at least from what I have seen! Exploring Paris is 100% on my bucketlist and one of my top travel destinations at some point. I sort of feel like, despite the tourists, this city is one not to miss. As Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.”
Truthfully, I don’t have an exact reason why I want to visit Barcelona. I just think the combination of culture and liveliness put it on my list. With beaches, top notch sangria, authentic Spanish food, and overall fun looking environment I am itching to visit Spain in the near future as well!
Florence (+ Tuscany), Italy:
There is good reason all of my friends come back from studying abroad in Florence with hearts in their eyes for this city. It just looks so beautiful and I love the warmth of Italian culture….plus the food and wine never hurt. I visited Venice in August, which was so much fun but very touristy. I would love to go back to Italy to get a truer sense of the country and explore a city so rich in culture and beauty.
See the Northern Lights:
While there is not one specific country or place to do it, another bucketlist goal is to view the beautiful Northern lights. Of course it would be the opposite of a warm getaway but it’s one of the most beautiful natural things the world offers. Personally, I would totally love to combine this with a chance to ride with sled dogs at some point. Perhaps it’s my age old love of Balto saying this, but that would be a must do in that climate!
Another destination on my list on the other side of the world in Beijing. I was born in China, about 600 miles south of the capital city, but I do not remember the country at all! Beijing is definitely the most appealing given all the attractions -from the Great Wall to Tienanmen square to visiting ancient Asian parks and palaces. Additionally, I think it would be interesting to travel to an Asian country, given that I’m Asian. How fascinating would it be to be surrounded by the language I heard for the first 4 months and people who look like me?!
The Grand Canyon, Arizona (USA):
I admit…I have been up and down the East Coast (from Florida to Maine) but never out to the West Coast. Considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon exists right here in my home country. Ok, granted, the USA is gigantic. However, I would love to visit Arizona and see the spectacle for myself in the near future!
Las Vegas, Nevada (USA):
Admittedly, Las Vegas did not make the list for its rich history or stunning architecture. But you can get rich there (kidding!). Honestly, I’ve wanted to visit LV since I turned 21. It seems like the place you gotta go once while young/in your 20’s. Because really after my 20’s I don’t think drinking by the pool, dartying, and gambling would appeal quite as much. But for now, Sin City remains on the list! As Cindy Lauper said, “girls just wanna have fun” and LV is the true embodiment of that.
Actually, Morocco is a somewhat recent addition to this list. After seeing the rich and vibrant colors of the country from friends and travel blogs, I definitely have it on my travel list. Furthermore, it would be a whole totally new experience in terms of language/culture/scenery. Even more so than visiting say a Western European country. I have never been to Africa either and it’s pretty accessible from Spain as well.
St. Petersburg, Russia:
Perhaps because of my interest in Russian history, more specifically the early 20th century, I find Russia would be such an interesting place to visit. No doubt the gigantic country holds an immense amount of history and culture- think: Dostoevsky to the Romanovs to Tchaikovsky. I have heard from many people St. Petersburg is definitely the city to visit Hopefully one day I can make it over there! Although the way politics are looking my country’s “President Elect” is bffs with Putin so perhaps we will all get free visas to visit. *jokes nervously about this*
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:
It would be remiss if I did not include at least one South American city on here! Personally, Rio appeals the most with the lively warm people, beautiful beaches, and Brazil itself as such a melting pot. My roommate when I lived abroad came from Rio so I heard interesting stories about the city as well! I do think going there would be such an enriching experience. (Close runner up places within South America include Buenos Aires and Machu Picchu.)
“If something good happens, travel to celebrate it, if something bad happens, travel to forget it, if nothing happens, travel to make it happen.”
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