Photo of medieval city streets with white walls lined with flowers

And We’re Off: My 2018 Travel Bucket List

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

John Muir

For someone who spent a good portion of their weekends in Copenhagen, I made a dent in my travel bucket list. So far I have been to:

  • Århus, Denmark
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jelling, Denmark
  • Kolding, Denmark
  • Flåm, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Turku, Finland
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Paris, France
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • London, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Lyon, France
  • Chamonix, France
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Budapest, Hungary

So not too shabby! I’m trying to keep the rest of my to-go list reasonable, seeing as how its not really feasible for me to get to Thailand, Japan, Bali, or anywhere around Australia. I’ll save those for other trips (and I promise this isn’t self-pity, I still get to go to some pretty cool places). Without further ado, here’s my travel bucket list for the next semester!

Spain

Man fishing on the rocks in front of the ocean.
Garachico in the Canary Islands

Though I went in high school, I definitely want to return (and preferably to the places I haven’t been yet, though I’m open to more in-depth exploration of the places I’ve been). More specifically, I want to hit up Ibiza, the Canary Islands and Gibraltar, simply because I’ve had my fill of the winter gloom. Besides, these seem to be the warmest locations in “Europe” (though they’re practically on top of Africa) and they look astounding.

Photo of medieval city streets with white walls lined with flowers
Mijas, Spain (in the south)

The only parts of Spain I have explored at this point are Zaragoza, Madrid, and Barcelona, so I need to branch out a bit and explore Málaga, Córdoba, and Sevilla in the south, as well as San Sebastian and A Coruña in the north. I have friends spread about so I definitely need to get out there and socialize a wee bit.

 

Greece

Multicolored Greece city next to the sea

Visiting Greece has always been a dream of mine, so I’m hoping to be able to tour around it during one of my school’s travel breaks. I’ve had a minor obsession with Greek food since high school (and a dream of traveling there since childhood) to it’s time to cross something off of my life-long bucket list. I plan on island hopping with a few detours to ancient Greek ruins, simply because I think the coast is the most beautiful part. Besides, who can say no to these views?

Blue roofed dome with bougainvillea against the sea
Santorini

Morocco

Pale blue streets with steps
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Though I’m obsessed with Moroccan food, style, and vibes, I’m a bit hesitant about traveling here. I’ve heard a few too many horror stories to be comfortable traveling there even in a small group (though my wanderlust is slowly stifling that fear). If I do travel there, I will require a crew (or a tour group to guarantee I don’t get murdered or stalked).

People on Camels in the Sahara
Sahara dessert tours

The main places I want to hit up are Chefchaouen, Marrakech, and Essaouira, though you bet you’re buttons I’m not about to miss the Sahara. If Morocco falls through, Tunisia is touted as a safer alternative that looks similar to Santorini…

 

Croatia

People on boats in a pale blue bay against a backdrop of a red-roofed city.
Though not Dubrovnik, it’s similar vibes.

Though I’ve already been to Dubrovnik, I really want to see what it looks like in the high season. Going in January was a bit boring considering almost everywhere was closed, and I’d love to see how crazy (and nice) the beaches become when the tourists flock in. I can never get enough of exploring beaches, and I’m not about to say no to another opportunity to visit.

Scotland

Waterfall off mossy rocks against sunset
Fintry, Scotland

Though my winter break originally consisted of a visit to Isle of Skye, that plan had to be scrapped. Now, I get an even better opportunity to hike through the highlands in the spring. Also, scrambling along cliffs in a wetsuit might be a bit more fun when it’s not snowing. Same goes for white-water rafting and cliff jumping.

Cloudy views of a green valley with silver water below
Isle of Skye
In other news, my family is moving back to Colorado (Golden this time), and I’m sure my family is elated. Other than that, life is normal. I’m back in Copenhagen for the semester, so let the chilling commence.  

 

Maybe this can inspire some of y’all to travel a bit more, wherever you are. What places are on your travel bucket list?

Hej Hej!

Phrase of the… month?
God rejse!
(gohd rye-suh)
Meaning “have a good trip,” it’s on par with saying bon voyage.

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