My Travel Bucketlist 2023


I’ve been to 75 countries and I’m happiest when I’m heading out on an adventure into the unknown. I think you should search relentlessly until you find what lights you up inside, what makes you smile your most genuine and happy smile and then never, ever let it go. For me, that’s travel and I’ve always prioritized it in my budget. My last couple international trips have been solo trips and I truly believe that cool energy brings cool people into your life. When you're fearless and open to anything it attracts the best things possible. When you get outside of your bubble and travel alone magical things start to happen because there's nothing to interrupt the flow, thus you bump into people more easily. As a solo traveler you're able to follow intuition about what to do and where to go next. I try to see all situations in a positive light rather than in a negative way. Good energy attracts good energy!

Writing down my travel bucketlist is a reminder of everywhere I want to go but the only problem is that this travel bucketlist grows faster than I can tick off the destinations. While I have been to many places there are so many places left to travel. At the bottom of this post I’ve linked my previous travel bucketlists so it’s fun to see what I have accomplished and what is still on the list. You can use the Travel drop down menu at the top of my blog to see all of my travel posts. I continue to play the points game with travel credit cards so I can spend less while I travel more. Here's my top 10 list!

Puglia, Italy


I’ve wanted to go to Puglia ever since my first trip to Italy in high school. I’ve been to Italy three times but never been to this heel of the boot. In the past 5 years it has become a popular vacation destination as I’ve seen lots of people going there now so I was scheduled to go in 2020 but as you know that didn’t happen. Puglia is most famous for their conical houses called trulli around Alberobello.

Qatar & Oman

 

I few years ago I saw that Qatar airlines was rated as having the best business class suite and since they are partners with American Airlines I have been building up my AA miles as Qatar Airlines flies direct from DC. Qatar hosted the World Cup last year. As you can see on the map it’s a tiny country in orange, so if I’m going to fly for 15 hours to get there I want to spend more than a few days in the region so I thought I would also go to Oman which is a beautiful country as I’ve already been to Dubai. Doha, Qatar is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design. While in Muscat, Oman, tall buildings are prohibited by law so that you can always see the mountains.

Mallorca


Mallorca is a Spanish island and I’ve already been to Madeira island and the Canary Islands, so this was next on the list. It's known for its beaches and sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. This interest has nothing to do with Hilaria Baldwin claiming to be from Mallorca. lol 

French Christmas Markets (December)


On the eastern side of France on the border with Switzerland is the charming town of Colmar with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. It's on the Alsace Wine Route with local vineyards specializing in Riesling and Gew├╝rztraminer wines. The neighboring towns all have Christmas markets and each radiate the warmth and magic of Christmas in a fairytale setting. 

French Riviera (Summer)

I’ve been to Nice and Monaco, but where I really want to go is the whole Cote D’Azur region: Menton, Saint Tropez, Villefranche, Roussillon, and the lavender fields.

Antelope Canyon

Is a slot canyon in the American Southwest, on Navajo land east of Lechee, Arizona. This keeps getting pushed back because you have to rent a car to visit.

Banff, Canada


Located in Canada it’s known for its beautiful lakes and mountains. This keeps getting pushed back on the list because it costs the same as going somewhere far and exotic and can only be done in the summertime. 

Gdansk, Poland



My mother is Polish, born and raised so I've been to Poland a many times but never to the northern cities. Like Warsaw, the town was reconstructed after WWII as it was the starting place of the war. It resembles Amsterdam with its architecture and has the largest brick church in Europe. Gdansk is known as the amber capital of the Baltic Sea region as the majority of amber stones wash up along the beaches.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


A charming, colorful small town in  Mexico’s central highlands known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene, cultural festivals, and vibrant wine scene. I spent a week in Oaxaca a few years ago which was magical with its colorful buildings, incredible food, beautiful art, and warm locals so I would like to go back to Mexico. I'll either fly into Mexico City or Queretaro and combine the two cities.

Namibia


My next trip this year is to Namibia! I fly into Cape Town then join a safari in Namibia. I went to South Africa when I was junior high so I'm excited to go back to see the penguins and the colorful neighborhood of Bo Kaap.

Namibia is famous for its Namib Desert and high dunes along with diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population and flamingos. I'll spend a few nights camping in the Etosha National Park so we can do early morning and moonlit safari drives. Victoria Secret model Behati Prinsloo and wife to Adam Levine is from Namibia. She is the Global Ambassador for Save The Rhino Trust.


Related posts:

2015 Travel Bucketlist

2016 Travel Bucketlist

7 Travel Resolutions

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