This isn’t a bucket list. Because a bucket list seems very final and concrete, and I don’t believe my dreams should be tied down like that.
This is my Adventure Wishlist Top 10 as it stands right now. It will change. I will add new adventures. I might even bump things off the list if I change my mind (it’s a girl’s prerogative, right?).
I’ve also included some links to some fabulous articles about these adventures by other bloggers I’ve found – if you’ve got some of the same things on your wishlist, maybe their posts will inspire you!
1 – Hire a camper-van and drive around New Zealand
It’s hard to explain the reason behind this one – but New Zealand just looks like the most beautiful place, so why wouldn’t I want to explore? Lotte over at Phenomenal Globe illustrates this beautifully in her post “23 photos that show why I love New Zealand so much!“.
Another place I’ve found inspiration is “Roadtrip Diairies: A Magical Journey through Middle Earth” by Nicola at Polkadot Passport – Unlike a lot of blog’s I’ve read through, Nicola’s trip was just 9 days, which seems entirely achievable for someone struggling with just 20 days holiday a year!!
2 – Wild Swimming in the UK
No, I’ve not lost my mind. I really do want to go wild swimming in the chilly waters of Lancashire! Well, I say “swimming”. What I really mean is I want to go and splash about a bit in a lake or a river!
Ever since I got my paws on the Wild Guide (Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland) I’ve been determined to go wild swimming.
But my big question – Wetsuit or no wetsuit?!
3 – Hawaii
I’m not sure where the decision came from – but Rich and I instantly agreed that our Honeymoon destination of choice would be… HAWAII!! In all honestly, our verging-on-unhealthy obsession with Hawaii Five-0 probably played a huge part in that decision.
I’m so excited to say we’re booked in and ready to fly – we’ll be jetting off to tour the four main islands this Autumn – so watch this space for some Hawaii updates!
Rich seems to think this will be a relaxing holiday… whereas I have other ideas. I mean, after reading Exploration Hawaii’s “7 reasons why hiking in Hawaii is awesome” – why would I want to sit still for even a minute? In fact, everything on the Exploration Hawaii website has me counting down the days!
4 – Norway
The fjords, the mountains, the scenery. The more remote the better. Oh, and the Northern Lights I guess. Someone please just book me a ticket already.
Ultimate inspiration comes from the Culture Map’s Scandinavia section. With “20 things that instantly make Norway cool” and countless other posts, prepare to be enchanted by this Scandinavia-lover’s blog!
5 – Dubrovnik
This was Rich’s suggestion. I asked him what else he’d add to my wishlist, and he said he’s always wanted to explore Dubrovnik… so here it is! I’m hoping this is one we can get crossed off pretty soon, as it’s not too far to travel and flights are pretty reasonable at the moment.
Looking for inspiration it seems it’s all about those City Walls, so that’s gone straight to the top of my Dubrovnik-Must-Do-List, along with the majority of things listed in Ed’s “15 ways to make the most of seeing Dubrovnik in Summer”
6 – Southern Africa
12 years ago I did a month long trek through Zambia and Botswana and I fell in love. My Botswana travels in 2005 were dreamy – evening strolls through the bush and lazy mokoro trips on the delta. Take me back, please?
I’ve listed this as “Southern Africa”, as I’m totally torn over whether to visit South Africa, Botswana or Namibia… or maybe all three!
Let’s cut to the chase here… The World Pursuit’s “Ultimate Southern Africa Bucket List” is pretty much everything I’ve ever hoped or dreamed of doing in Africa.
7 – Oregon
I’m not really sure when this became a dream, but something about the stunning scenery in Oregon just calls to me. Seriously, how can one state have so much to offer?
Big shout out to Keara at Viva Lifestyle & Travel for fitting everything that’s beautiful about Oregon into one post – “The Explorer’s Bucket List: 8 Natural Wonders in Oregon”
Oh, there’s also the fact I really love their tourism website – the tone of voice they’ve adopted is fantastic (that’s the marketing geek talking).
8 – New Orleans and the Deep South
This is a trip we’ve been talking about doing for a while now. Ever since our trip to California we’ve been bitten by the USA Road Trip bug. My folks have a place in Orlando, so we’re thinking about starting out there, then driving to New Orleans with some stops along the way.
Nomadic Matt sums up the Deep South pretty well with his “7 things I learned while driving through the American South“.
9 – Lake Garda
Another one of Rich’s suggestions, and another one I completely agree on! There’s something so tempting about Italy. I’ve only ever been to Sardinia, so I’d love to explore mainland Italy, and Lake Garda seems like such a beautiful place to start.
I’m struggling to put into words why we want to visit Lake Garda, so I’ll let Global Grasshopper explain “Why you should add Lake Garda, Italy to your 2016 travel list”
10 – Scotland… All of it
We spent Easter Weekend 2016 in a beautiful little Airbnb in the Trossachs National Park, which was our base camp as we explored the shores of Loch Lomond and the heights of Ben Venue. That weekend I fell in love with Scotland. We’re only 2 hours south of the border, so a trip to Scotland isn’t the long distance drive it once was.
This was going to be about how I want to visit Oban, but in all honesty, my research for this wishlist has revealed that in fact I want to explore ALL of Scotland.
Thanks Adventures around Scotland. I’m going to blame you for this one (in a good way).
Just putting together my Adventure Wishlist has taught me some important things about myself –
- I seem to be drawn to mountains. At least 7/10 of the things on this list revolve heavily around mountains.
- Turns out I REALLY like a list post. 15 ways, 20 things, ultimate bucket list… In a nutshell, if you write your blog in list form, I’m yours.
So, go on then… what’s at the top of YOUR Adventure Wishlist? Let me know in the comments below or chat with me on Twitter or Instagram!
* All photos have been found on Pixabay.com and are licensed for use without attribution under Creative Commons CC0.