Top Travel Adventures

This week’s travel prompt for Travel Tuesday with Bonnie, Kaelene, Sammy & Van

Travel Tuesday

is to share your travel bucket list!

I was particularly excited about this prompt because I love lists, like love. My day doesn’t really feel complete unless I’ve crossed something off some sort of list.  I even have a category on this blog dedicated to lists. Obsessive much?

However, when I sat down to write this post, I realized that to share my entire travel bucket list would take way too long, and, let’s face it, the list grows on the daily (pretty much every time I go online or talk to someone I find a new place to add to that list). That’s just impractical for a blog post, am I right? (You’re welcome. Although you can read my life to-do list here, my places list here, and my 30 by 30 list here, if you’re interested).

Instead, I’m sharing a few of my top travel adventures I’d like to have. While traveling anywhere is it’s own adventure, these are the trips I’ve always wanted to do that involve time, extensive travel, or some kind of unique activity.

Ski in the Alps.

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Ever since I visited Switzerland many moons ago, I’ve wanted to go back to the Alps in the winter to see the beautiful, snowy peaks and to ski down one!

Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef.

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As someone who loves to scuba dive, the Great Barrier Reef has always been one of my top destinations. It seems like the ultimate diving destination (although that’s just to my limited knowledge). But, look at those colors!

Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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This railway, which can take you from Beijing, China, all the way to Moscow, Russia (via Mongolia!) has always been a dream of mine. It’s pretty expensive and not a fast trip, but someday I would love to carve out a large chunk of time to take this train and watch China, Mongolia and Russia pass by out of the window.

Drink a beer at Oktoberfest.

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I mean, look at this girl. This picture says it all! Oktoberfest looks like one big party I’d love to visit. I’ve heard it’s pricey, though, so maybe just for a day, and maybe just for a few beers.

Walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada.

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For some reason this long suspension bridge in British Columbia has always been on my list. It’s just a bridge, but it seems so magical crossing the lush forests and appearing out of the mists.

Stay overnight in a castle in Ireland.

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Who doesn’t want to stay the night in a real-life, ages-old castle? Ireland is full of castles, and since I found the country so charming, I think I would feel the same about staying in one of their castles. (Not that I would say no to staying the night in a castle, anywhere).

Sail in the Caribbean.

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It sounds like such a dream to sail through the clear blue waters of the Caribbean without a care in the world.

Ride a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey.

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It seems like almost an otherworldly experience to float over the strange, alien landscape in this part of Turkey.

Go on a photo safari in Africa.

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I would go on a photo safari even if it meant an elephant hugged my car off the road.

Spend a year traveling around the world.

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This is a BIG dream that I hope to make happen, someday! I would love to spend even longer than a year just gallivanting around the globe. I have so much I want to see, this seems like the only option. Maybe someday when I get paid to travel.

I’d love to hear…what are some of your top travel adventures, either that you’ve done or want to do?

The Oregon Coast {USA}

Even though we are leaving for Prague in under two weeks (excuse me while I squeal for joy and/or throw up a little), we are now in Olympia, Washington, spending time with E’s family and our friends before we leave.

(Also it’s much cheaper to fly out of a big hub like Seattle!).

Right now everything is somewhat overwhelming and stressful (like packing! Every decision, down to underwear, suddenly seems monumental when you don’t know when you’ll be able to wash/find it again!) but we are trying to enjoy our last few weeks in the States.

This will include a visit to one of my favorite spots on Earth: the Oregon Coast! When I’m adult and all my dreams come true, I might just have a house on this coast. It’s not the sunniest area of the world–in fact it’s fairly cloudy or stormy most of the year, including the summer–but something about the green forests, the dramatic cliffs, and the ocean below just tugs at my heartstrings.

Perhaps it’s because I lived on this coast with my family for a few years in my early life. I’m not really sure, though, because we moved away when I was just three years old. Maybe I have subconscious memories of a fond time?

(Actually, my first memory I believe takes place on the Oregon coast. It’s not a great memory, though–I lost my favorite toy horse in the waves, which seems to have been fairly traumatizing for my three-year-old self as I remember this moment so clearly!).

Anyway, the point is, I love this coast and I’m excited for the few hours we can carve out to be there!

I love the coastline, but there are also some amazing towns on this coastal drive–like Cannon Beach! Some are cute, some are quirky, some are a little rundown, some are dedicated to tourism, some are dedicated to the fish in industry.

If you go, plan to spend a leisurely day driving along the coast, stopping for many majestic moments as you go (if you wish). Even in high tourist season, it feels uncrowded there (although I’ve rarely been on a truly sunny day!).

I love getting in times at some of my favorite places before I jet off to many unknown places, people, and things. It’s a little scary, all of this unknown–like not knowing when I will come back and see these people, animals, places or things again–but it eases the transition, somehow.

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Do you try to see all of your favorite places/people/things before you move? Or do you just want to soak it up and prepare for the next step?

I think I like to keep it busy!!

Linking up with Bonnie, Kaelene, Sammy and Van!

Travel Tuesday

 

In My Hometown {USA}

I don’t know about any of you, but I have a love/hate relationship with my hometown.

Bozeman, Montana, is a college town in the southwestern part of the state. It really is a lovely town, ringed by mountains, with a historical downtown, parks and pine trees, rivers and ponds. The sky is almost always blue and the sun is almost always shining, even when there’s snow on the ground. I have a hard time explaining this town because it sounds almost too idyllic to be true.

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Despite its real loveliness, I spent most of my childhood dreaming of other places to go. Really, I spent most of my childhood reading everything I could find, and collecting places and experiences I would someday have. I refused the idea that I might ever come back to this small (not so small anymore!) town and “settle down.”

Yet, because my father is an employee at the university in Bozeman, it was hard for me to not accept the scholarship that goes along with that. There is another school in Montana that I could have gone to in a town about three hours away, but my brother was already at school there, and I was determined to be different.

While I attended college here, I was able to travel and study abroad a little. Traveling helped me appreciate my hometown a little more, but I didn’t really get why people loved it here so much until I moved to Denver.

Almost everyone you meet in Colorado loves it there. Yet, I didn’t, not right away.  It wasn’t my little mountain town where you could go for a quick hike after work and I was very aware of that. Instead, you’d have to battle traffic and oh-so-many people just to find my coveted mountain peace. There were different things about Denver I learned to love, but it helped me learn to love my hometown, too.

I’ve been back in Bozeman for almost two weeks now. While I appreciate the peace and the beauty here so much more, there is still a little bit of a love/hate thing going on.

I love that the pharmacist immediately knew who my parents were and could pull up my information quickly, even though it had been over four years since I’d picked up a prescription there.

I hate that I had an extremely awkward encounter with an old high school crush.

I love going to my favorite coffee shop and knowing it will consistently be delicious.

I don’t like that I cannot stop running into people I’d be okay not seeing again for awhile.

I love running into family friends I haven’t seen in years and catching up quickly.

I don’t like that even in this idyllic place, things seem to grow and change and get more crowded.

Despite this love/hate attitude of mine, It’s been great being back here, and I know the second we leave on Saturday, I will miss it (especially my family! And my dogs! And the great Montana summer!).

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I am looking forward to spending a few weeks in Washington before our August 2nd departure, however. That place (especially E’s hometown) is pretty idyllic, too.

(Can we take a moment to appreciate that we are moving to Prague on August 2nd?! Ahh!!).

Linking up with Nicole!

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