Anyone who knows me well, knows I love making lists. Neat, organized lines; scratching each item off with a flourish when completed. To-do lists, shopping lists, email lists, life’s other mundane filled lists but none are as exciting as creating a travel bucket list! I’ve learned that the more you travel, the more you want to see. So here is Dan and I’s list of top ten trips that we will hopefully one day get to the bottom of!
Camel Trekking in Morocco
The colors and bustle of the Marrakech souks and spice markets, trekking around on camels, getting lost in the maze-like medinas, bathing in the hammans, dining on rich tajines, admiring the blue hued city of Chefchaouen, sleeping under an endless canopy of stars while camping in the High Atlas Mountains, who doesn’t dream of a relaxing, sensory heightened Moroccan holiday?
Hiking Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast
Hiking is one of our favorite activities and nothing tops a hike with a view! Especially a coastal hike with endless views of the Mediterranean Ocean and colorful houses tumbling down the cliffs toward the azure blue waters below. Not to mention pizza, wine, and tiramisu as a reward for the day’s efforts. Oh and someone else to do the heavy lifting of transporting your luggage around from hotel to hotel so all you have to be burdened with is enjoying the views as you hike to each destination. There are quite a few companies out there who specialize in walking holidays such as Headwater, Inn Travel, and Ramblers and I start dreaming of gelato every time one of their catalogs arrives in the mail.
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast
Dan has fond childhood memories of sailing trips with his family and what better way to relive those good times than a chartered boat trip along the Dalmatian coast to the beautiful and historic Adriatic towns and islands of Croatia and Montenegro.
Elephant Sighting on an African Safari
I am a HUGE elephant fan. I have had to curtail my collection of elephant themed knickknacks for fear of my house turning into a weird shrine gallery dedicated to all things elephant, of which Dan is thankful. Though my hometown of San Diego boasts one of the best zoos in the world, nothing competes with seeing animals in their natural habitat. Since Swiss Family Robinson is also one of my favorite books and I have fantasized about tree house living for years so staying in a tree house resort looking out over the plains of the Serengeti is also a definite must!
Hiking Machu Picchu
You’ve probably started to notice a trend in our bucket list. Yep, another hiking excursion! Set in a spectacular location, high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. The sophisticated design, awe-inspiring panoramic views, and mystery surrounding its former use both intrigues and fascinates the history lover in me!
Cruising Down the Mekong River
Speaking of wanderlust inspiring catalogs arriving in the mail, doesn’t the below description from the Viking River Cruises’ latest catalog of their Magnificent Mekong tour make you want to immediately pack your suitcase and settle into one of the river-view staterooms and slowly admire the ever-changing landscapes and scenery passing by? Oh and the best part? Smooth sailing with no seasickness!
Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruisetour, from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments at Angkor Wat and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old quarter and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.
Where do I sign me up?!
Ferry-camping in Alaska’s Inside Passage
Dan and I are also camping enthusiasts and the moment I found out a few years ago that you can bring your tent and sleeping bag and camp out under the stars on the deck of the commuter ferrys that run inside the 3,500 mile Alaska Marine Highway from Bellingham, Washington to Haines, Alaska this unique camping/cruising experience has been on my list. Not too mention you get a front row seat to the slowly passing stunning scenery and the pods of orcas, dancing dolphins, and humpback whales in the nearby waters.
Relaxing in Thailand
Pineapple for days, endless foot massages, clear blue water tropical beach paradises, rice paddies, cluttered cities and markets, glittering temples and ancient ruins. Do I need to go on? Dan has been to Thailand a few times already for work (I know, tough gig right?) but I have yet to explore this exotic, cultured slice of the world and I need to catch up!
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and Yosemite’s High Sierras
Even before I read Cheryl Strayed’s Wild I had wanted to hike the portion of the PCT that stretches from Yosemite National Park in California up to the Canadian border. I’m not much of a desert, hot weather hiker so I will gladly forgo the southern California portion of the trail! I think Dan and I would slowly scratch this destination off our bucket list by hiking a portion of the trail each year over a few years. Before we head up north to Canada though, we first want to make the six day, 50 mile High Sierra Camps loop in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry hiking from hut to hut. The loop is so popular with hikers that reservations are only available through a lottery basis.
Seeing the Aurora Australis in New Zealand
New Zealand in itself is worthy of any bucket list but pair it with seeing the Aurora Australis aka Southern Lights? Now that’s an awe-inspiring, adventure-driven good time that I can’t wait to experience. Glaciers, geysers, ancient rain forests, active volcanoes, dazzling blue water, sky diving, canyon swinging, I want to see and do it all!
And the ultimate bucket list trip for those whom the world just isn’t big enough? The moon of course! So tell me, what destination(s) are on your bucket list? Looking for some ideas? Check out the free printable itineraries I’ve recently added under the menu tab! With the holidays coming up how about the festive and oh so delightful Christmas markets in Germany?