The Ultimate Travel Bucket List

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As you may already have guessed, travelling is a huge goal for me, I’ve been on some amazing holidays but I would truly hate to not see the rest of this world before it’s too late. I hate being confined to one place! SO, I’ve compiled this blogpost as a (sort of) list for me and anyone else who wants to travel, but aren’t sure where they want to go. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tick off every single country in the near future. I’ve combined a range of different aspects for everyone, as I guess we don’t all travel for the same reasons. I’ve tried to include; culture, food, wildlife, exploring, walking, cities and many more. Enjoy!

NB: None of the below images are my own. Images courtesy of Google and Pinterest, I will link the source of each photo.

CULTURE

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1. China

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China is at the very top of my list to see for the culture. It’s traditions, myths and festivals fascinate me. I’d even love to try the food over there too, as it is famous for it’s acquired tastes. There are many specific places to see in China, some of the places I’d love to visit while there are; Xi’an (full of ancient artefacts including the Terracotta Army), The Great Wall of China, Huangshan (mountain range) and The Forbidden City. Not forgetting the Giant Panda reserve either.

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2. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Said to be one of the world’s wonders, the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the best known archaeological sites on the continent. The treks to the site sounds amazing in itself and I would especially love to trek the Inca trail! Although it may be given the name ‘lost city’, it was once a part of an amazing culture which is why I have put it down in my list.

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3. Havana, Cuba

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‘A city trapped in time’ is the perfect way to describe Havana. It is the capital of Cuba and is one of those places I just know I’d fall in love with. Vintage cars, cigars, pops of colours on every street, crisp white beaches, wacky neighbourhoods, palm trees and jazz music filling your ears. It is overflowing with culture on every corner you turn!

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4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

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‘Gateway to an ancient world’ I feel for culture Cambodia offers so much. Siem Reap showcases the ruins of Angkor and has a vast majority of intricate stone buildings which includes the Angkor Wat, the main temple. I would love to have a guide show me round and take in all that history. Such. A. Geek.

Wildlife

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1. Tanzania, Africa

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I have a huge passion for wildlife and to be able to see these animals in the wild would be absolutely breathtaking. I think Africa is the perfect place to go as you are guaranteed a glimpse of some kind of animal whilst you’re out there. I’d love to stay in one of the tree huts they have too, with all the twinkly fairy lights! Imagine all the sounds you’d hear at night! That’d creep me out in all fairness and I probably wouldn’t sleep at all in fear of a monkey clawing my face off. Too much?

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock is one of Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks. Uluru is a sacred site to the Anangu, the aboriginal people of this area. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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2. Australia

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Literally there is no way I am going anywhere until I’ve held a Koala bear. They are my favourite animals EVER. There are so so many animals to see in Australia which is why I’d love to go (the beach side is a plus too). One of my childhood heroes as I grew up was Steve Irwin, whose home was the Australia Zoo. Sadly as he passed, i’ve made it the top of my bucket list to go and see it! Ever since watching Kangaroo Jack I’ve always wanted to see the Australian Outback too!

EXPLORE

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1. Hobbiton, New Zealand

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I’ve been to New Zealand before when I was young as I have a relative over there. BUT… this was before my Lord Of The Rings obsession began. Seriously it’s unhealthy how many times I’ve seen the films and read the books. Even if you aren’t a LOTR fan, how can you not want to go see tiny little hobbit holes under the ground? The set is in a place called ‘Matamata’ and the reason I’m saying set, is because it was the real set used in the movies! Even in The Hobbit! Okay geekiness aside, New Zealand has some breathtaking views and there are so many hidden gems too; waterfalls, hikes, greenery, white beaches, national parks, caves, bungee jumping, shopping and so much more. The people are crazy friendly too. Will defo be retiring and immigrating here!

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2. New York City

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‘The City of Dreams’ as they call it. Ever since I was young it has been a place I’ve dreamed about and non stop talked about to my family. ‘One day I’ll live in New York’ gets me through the day, even if it is never going to happen. Even to just visit this city is enough for me. There is not one thing that doesn’t attract me; the shopping malls full of makeup brands you can’t get hold of here, the subways, the food, rooftop bars, Central Park, visit the Empire State building and see the skyline, Brooklyn bridge, yellow cabs, Manhattan. Your mind goes crazy when you think about all the films that have been based around New York. An absolute must-go-to destination!

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1. Thailand

A very popular one with the youngsters and backpackers at the moment, but you can absolutely see why. Sparkling turquoise waters and white beaches. Need I see anymore? I thought about putting this one down as culture, which it fits perfectly into as well. For me, this would be the ultimate relaxing holiday. There is plenty to do; botanical gardens, museums, hikes, temples, Siam Water Park, zoo’s and all that kinda stuff. I think to just sit on the beach all day, a cheap beer in hand, would be good enough for me. Trying different cuisines and exploring the nightlife side would be an eye opener too!

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2. Bali, Indonesia

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Everytime someone mentions Bali the only thought that provokes my mind is paradise. One of the most popular and romantic honeymoon destinations, I think this would be the perfect escape away. Relaxing by the beach, a cocktail in hand with the sun beaming down on your face. Ooooh, perrrrrrr-fection! I’d even stretch that far to do a spot of yoga.

FOOD

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1. Paris, France

I can’t wait to go back to Paris, one main reason being the food. It’s a well known gourmet capital, a croissant and a cup of coffee seems like a must when in France. All the yummy patisseries and little cafes on every corner! I still can’t believe I have never tried their famous macaroons either. I can just imagine sitting in a little restaurant with Jack with a glass of wine or champagne, to true French standards!

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2. Venice, Italy

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Not only would I like to visit Italy, I would seriously love to live there too. Italian food is not just the centre of attention (okay, it just might be), but also it’s a culture that fascinates me the most. Jack has visited before and he’s always saying how much it’s up my street, I definitely agree! It looks magical, especially at night with all the lights and canals!

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3. Santorini, Greece

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A city of pure white paradise. It looks like something you could only create in your imagination. Here, one can indulge in the finest dining experience since the island also happens to be a fantastic culinary heaven. There are so many popular traditional products and dishes such as; cherry tomatoes, fava, capers as well as ‘hloro tyri’, which is a fresh and special goat cheese that’s found over the island. I’ve never tried greek food but I would love to give it a try. Along with some of the most famous wines too… now if that doesn’t tick your boxes, I don’t know what will!

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Where’s on your travel bucket list?

Nadia x

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