Astrology. It’s one of those topics that always seems to divide people. Whether you think it’s a lot of old rubbish or you read your star sign every day and follow the advice to the absolute letter, everyone seems to have an opinion on it.
Me? I’m not sure if I’m convinced about it. It’s my birthday next week (and I’d rather not talk about how the big 3-0 is looming closer and closer!) I certainly don’t read my horoscope often, but I do have to admit that a lot of the attributes of my star sign are fairly true for me. I’m a Virgo and apparently we’re the sensible, organised bunch of the zodiac. If I’m honest, I am a big fan of routine and having a system for everything and one of the things I really like doing is planning and making lists. I feel like if I have everything written down, it makes it easier for me to achieve it.
I know some people think that the idea of having a “bucket list” is morbid. I know that becoming too focused on one means often you get so wrapped up in ticking things off that you don’t actually stop to enjoy the moment. But I love the idea of having a travel bucket list. It gives me a goal to work towards, something that I really want to do and that I can aim for. So I thought I’d do a post to share what is on my list and see if anyone else has the same ones as me.
1. Go for a ride in a vintage car in Cuba
Cuba is one of those countries that completely fascinates me. The bright colours, the music, the history. It’s one of those places that seems stuck in a time warp, with its classic cars and historical architecture. I recently read about Ernest Hemingway and his life in Cuba and it cemented my desire to visit one day. Plus, who wouldn’t want the chance to try a proper Cuba Libre in the country where they originated from?
2. Walk through the rainforest in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has been number one on the list of countries I want to visit for a few years now. The sheer amount of wildlife and natural beauty is stunning and it’s still a place that’s relatively unspoilt by tourism. Costa Rica is said to be one of the happiest countries in the world and it’s the location of the University for Peace, something which I am really interested in. I’ve also heard that it has some of the best coffee in the world, and as anyone who knows me knows, I’m a huge coffee addict so I’d love to see if it’s true!
3. Take Max to visit Santa in Lapland
This one is more something I want to do for Max than for me, as it’s something I would have loved to do as a child and I want him to have the experiences that I didn’t. Is there anything more magical for a child than to visit Santa at the North Pole and go for a real sleigh ride with reindeer in the snow? This is something I’d like to achieve over the next couple of years, as there is only so long that children believe in Santa for so it’s high up on my list.
4. Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of the water. I don’t like swimming and I don’t like being out of my depth. But a chance to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and see all the beautiful tropical fish and ocean wildlife has been a dream of mine for years. Australia feels like another world away and to have the chance to visit would be a once in a lifetime experience.
5. See the cherry blossoms in Japan in spring
Japan is one of those countries that is such an eclectic mix of traditional and modern that it fascinates me. It’s a place that seems to be constantly ahead of its time, always inventing something new and yet rooted in deep traditional values. The cherry blossoms in springtime are iconic and I’d love to see them in person. I’ve read that the blossoms symbolise new beginnings and that the locals have cherry blossom parties called “hanami.” I think it would be a fantastic experience.
6. Go on a road trip along Route 66
When I say road trip, I mean with somebody else driving because unfortunately after the 2 lessons I had I realised that I was a complete disaster on the road and should probably stay off it! I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the USA but there’s no denying that a trip along the iconic route 66 to see some of its famous landmarks would be amazing. There’s so much to see in such a big diverse country.
7. See the northern lights and visit the hot springs in Iceland
The land of ice and fire. Volcanoes and hot springs surrounded by snow and glaciers, Iceland is truly one of the most magical places in the world. It’s an adventure destination, not somewhere you’re going to lay on the beach and sunbathe for 2 weeks but somewhere you can explore and discover new things every day which is why it appeals to me so much. Seeing the northern lights is never a guarantee but I’m hoping that one day I’ll get lucky!
8. Visit the pyramids in Egypt
Egypt is a paradise for those who are interested in history and architecture. Dating back to the time of the ancient kings and pharaohs, it’s apparently one of the oldest tourist destinations on earth. There is so much that I want to experience – the pyramids, the sphinx, a river cruise along the Nile. I could be ticking this one off my list pretty soon as I’ve found a great tour deal that doesn’t cost the earth, so watch this space!
9. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti
If someone were to ask me what my vision of paradise would look like, Tahiti is the place that immediately springs to mind. Far away on the other side of the world, complete isolation with nothing but sugar white sand, huts on stilts and beautiful turquoise water surrounding you as far as the eye can see. Tahiti is somewhere I’d go for complete relaxation, to get away from the drudgery of everyday life and escape from the world for a little while. Heaven.
10. Do yoga on the beach in Bali
Bali is apparently a backpackers paradise, and while I’m not really the kind of girl who enjoys travelling light and sleeping under the stars the idea of Bali brings out the adventurer in me. Stunning temples, beaches and nature, I can understand why so many people travel there to get back to themselves, do yoga and meditate. Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment and just appreciate the simple things we have and I feel that it would be a wonderful spiritual journey.
Have you been to any of these places? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!