Whether or not we like them, we all have a bucketlist or two – for life and in this case for travel. Mine is subject to an annual update as horizons widen or tastes change.
I’ve just looked back at my 2014 and 2015 lists and it’s fantastic to see how the travel bug has developed. This year we ticked off Israel, with a big tick. We also went to India – I was sure this was on my list, but clearly only in my mind.
I’ve already written my wishlist for 2017, and to accompany it here is my mid-30’s bucket list, enjoy.
New bucketlist entries
Shimla and Kerala
The sign of a good trip is coming back wanting to see more. India is enormous and we only scratched the surface. Top of our list (aside from more of Rajasthan) is Shimla – in the Himalayas and the former summer capital of the British Empire. We’d love to pair exploring there with time in the backwaters and beaches of Kerala.
I’ve seen so many photos of temples in the mist and I’m coming round to the idea of heading further east. It looks like a truly magical part of the world. I suspect we’d pair it with some time in Thailand – firmly at the top of Mr P’s own bucketlist.
Petra is a must-visit l. This wasn’t an area I’d given much thought to, until we visited Israel and I started wondering what was on the other side of the Dead Sea. For starters there are some peaceful hotels but most importantly the stunning rock architecture of Petra is somewhere I would love to visit.
The place most likely to get ticked in the next few months. Mr P went work and fell in love with the island charm, in particular the sleepy Porto Santo island. I’ve eyed up a Design Hotels abode on the main island and there are some charming guest houses on Porto Santo calling out to us.
Stubborn bucketlist entries
A quick glance at my instagram will confirm I like watching the sun go up and down. I would love to watch the almost-setting in Norway or nearby.
The pinnacles are magnificent and exploring the Torres del Paine National Park would be a real treat as well as a trip to Tierra del Fuego. I’d like to throw in the salt pans in Bolivia and wine tasting in Argentina.
Still on the list for my 40th, and approaching faster than I would like. With our new found love of India I can see a lovely two-part March holiday forming already!
Mr P and his best friend researched this thoroughly in October as they clinked their way around Lanzarote by boat. Next, they need to take their girls with them!
The sand dunes are too stunning to ignore. Our foray into the desert gave me a little taster but I would love to explore Namibia – Etosha, fish river canyon, Sossusvlei, the skeleton coast and Damaraland would mark out my trip.
Isles of Scilly
Our little trip to Cornwall this Christmas reminded me I still want to explore the balmy climes of the Scillies in spring. The daffodils are already blooming down there and on sunny spring days the bays will be akin to the Maldives.
Far too much more to explore – Golan heights, down south in the desert, more of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and perhaps adventuring to Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee.
Apparently there are 227 inhabited islands in Greece. So far all I have seen is the mainland (which I loved), so there’s a fair bit more still to see. Whitewashed buildings, stunning sunsets, beautiful azure sea.
I want to explore the city with Mr P. Visiting with work and in a hurry is fine, but there is so much to see, slowly. And with Baltimore and Philadelphia nearby, plenty to explore.
This years bucket list post has been written as part of the fabulous travel linkup. We’ve gone back to basics for January and to bring the New Year in with a bang we are talking Travel Wishlists and plans for the year of adventures ahead. Just pop your post up over the first week of the month (the 1st – 7th January), add it to the link up widget – found on either Angie‘s, Emma’s or Polly’s blog – from the 1st of the month. There are no rules – basically all we ask is that you check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; make a few comments here and there and tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love. It’s a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!