I have always loved to travel. All I could think about in my late teens and early twenties was traveling. I did manage to get a few places before I found love, settled down and had kids. But I was nowhere near done with travelling so I have a travel bucket list! I am going to start on it once the boys are old enough to either come with us or be shipped off to grandma and granddad’s for a few weeks here and there!
This is a list of cities I would love to visit in no particular order, simply because it would be too difficult, they are all appealing in their own way.
1. Kyoto, Japan
A few of the travel destinations in my list influenced by my spiritual side – Buddhism to be specific. And Kyoto has some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples and shrines in the world. To be able to meditate at a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto would be an absolute dream.
2. New York, United States of America
I think this one is a no-brainer! I think everyone needs to visit New York at least once in their lives. New York is always a good idea as they say!! I would love to eat a bagel in Time Square. Climb to the top of the Empire State Building. Hail a yellow cab. Stroll through Central Park. See the 9/11 memorial. And do a Gossip Girl tour of course!!!!
3. Hobbiton, New Zealand
I know, I know it’s not a really a city! But in Lord of the Rings it was real, so that’s good enough for me. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I have seen all the movies more times than I can count on my hands and feet. That included all three extended editions. Admittedly I am only half way through the Two Towers book. J.R.R. Tolkien is very dry and long-winded so I have never managed to finish his books. That includes The Hobbit, which is only about 300 pages!!! Anyway, I love New Zealand, having visited the south island extensively. So would dearly love to visit the north island and definitely visit Hobbiton.
4. Hue, Vietnam
Once again a city that has a beautiful Buddhist culture and temples, the most notable being the Thien Mu Pagoda and Tu Hieu Pagoda. It is also steeped in history, being the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. And it sustained a lot of damage during the war.
5. Helsinki, Finland
Ever since I discovered my favourite band of all time, H.I.M. (a finnish heavy metal band), I have been obsessed with visiting Finland. I need to visit Helsinki and it needs to be in winter. Call me crazy, but I want to experience something so different from my everyday life. And Helsinki in winter would be REALLY different.
6. Havana, Cuba
I love the old world charm of Cuba. It has an enduring spirit that makes me want to experience what it is about this city that has helped it survive. Plus it’s funky and unique vibe is right up my ally. I can just imagine myself sitting in a free-spirited café, air thick with cigar smoke, drinking a mojito and chowing down on some authentic Cuban cuisine. And that history.. I would love to experience that first hand.
7. Maui, Hawaii
This is a place we can conceivably visit with the boys. When they are a bit older of course. Beautiful beaches and all their aquatic diversions, day trips to see active volcanos and hiking tracks in lush tropical forests. The boys would be in their element!
8. Kathmandu, Nepal
To visit Kathmandu would be like a dream come true. Since beginning my Buddhist journey I have felt a real pull to visit this place. To visit somewhere that is so intertwined with the Buddhist culture would be intoxicating. And to be so close to the Himalayan mountains.. well let’s hope I get fit before I go.
9. Marrakech, Morocco
Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to visit Morocco. I think to a child living in Australia, Morocco felt exotic and mysterious. Now as an adult it still feels like it would be a place you would walk around in awe. I would love to sample its charms by taking off walking through the medina and watch a snake charmer, haggle over an old carpet, eat local delicacies or have a massage in a public bath.
10. Perth, Australia
I had to add a city from my own country of course! I have done a bit of travel up and down the east coast of Australia (I live in Brisbane). But have never ventured over to the west coast of Australia. Perth has a lot going for it. A hip and happening bar scene for the younger crowd. Museums and galleries galore. An abundance of nature and wildlife to please the outdoorsy types. Beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear water with some good surf swells if you like that sort of thing.
I have plenty more on my travel bucket list but those are without a doubt my top 10!
Are any of those on your travel bucket list? Have you already visit one of those cities, what did you think?