Since we’ve all been living in this travel-less lock-down, there’s nothing I’ve been thinking about more than going away. You always want something more when you can’t have it, don’t you?
This bizarre period in our lives has got me thinking about where I’d love to travel to in the next few years – and let’s face it – it’s not like I don’t have the time to plan out some incredible trips! Better still, I’m actually managing to save for them.
Cramming my dream bucket list destinations into a list of only 10 was tough, but in no particular order, here they are!
I cannot tell you how long Morocco has been on my bucket list. We had actually booked to go to Marrakech in December 2019 for my birthday, but ended up cancelling because the flights rocketed in price nearer the time. Instead we went to Edinburgh for a fraction of the cost.
I don’t know what it is about Morocco but I’m fascinated by all of it, to the point where I’ve chosen Morocco as a decor theme for our bedroom. The food, the hustle and bustle, the weather, the architecture, the markets. Everything.
I’m desperate to go and stay in a Riad in Marrakech, maybe with a few days out in the desert too. Perhaps this could be a 2021 destination?
2 Mexico City, Mexico
This isn’t somewhere I’d ever considered visiting until I saw Jess from The Layover Life go there, and now it’s sat firmly in my bucket list!
We visited Akumal in 2018 and on that trip I fell head over heels in love with Mexico. But apart from a couple of day trips to Tulum, the Chichen Itza and a cenote on route, we didn’t get to see much more of Mexico.
Mexican is also one of my favourite cuisines, so the thought of going to Mexico City and eating tacos, drinking margaritas and cactus spotting sounds like the ultimate dream. It would be a 50/50 split of stuffing my face and snapping photos.
The goal would be to do this trip as part of a tour, so we can really explore this city inside out in the safest way possible.
3 Costa Rica
When we were looking at our 2020 travel, it was between Costa Rica and the Philippines. The only reason we picked the Philippines over Costa Rica at the time was because of Asia’s cheaper day to day costs of food, hotels, etc.
But Costa Rica still remains firmly on my bucket list! Mainly for the wildlife, beaches and of course – chocolate and coffee.
We also love adventure holidays, and there’s tons of adventure happening in this part of the world. From ziplining to white water rafting, we’d never be bored!
4 Amalfi Coast, Italy
Who doesn’t want to go here? It looks incredible. Ever since we visited Rome we’ve both been desperate to go back to Italy. We were actually supposed to go back next month, but Coronavirus had other ideas!
We love the look of the Amalfi Coast so much that we considered booking our wedding there at one point, but the various marriage laws and difficulty of getting everyone there to celebrate with us meant this was a no go. Read more on that here.
I can just imagine us strolling along the streets of Positano in the hot summer sun, on the hunt for a chilled Aperol Spritz and pizza the size of a table.
5 Tromsø, Norway
Ever since we saw the Northern Lights in Iceland, I’ve been desperate to see them again. And Tromsø in Norway is one of the best aurora spotting destinations!
I’d love to book one of those fancy glass cabins and spend every night drinking wine with the aurora swirling above us into the early hours of the morning.
But I can almost hear my bank account shrieking at the thought of this trip!
6 Kerala, India
India has always been a country that I’ve been obsessed with from a very young age – who knows where that started – but as of yet I’ve never made it there. The closest I’ve got to it was when we flew over on our way home from Sri Lanka.
I want to visit so many places in India, but Kerala is the place that I can’t stop thinking about. It looks so peaceful, the people are said to be incredibly friendly and of course the Indian food is as fresh as it gets.
Part of me has always been nervous to go to India after hearing of so many people becoming unwell, but I really shouldn’t let that stop me from visiting one day – hopefully soon.
7 The Philippines
We were supposed to be going to the Philippines in May for our anniversary – but it’s another trip that got cancelled due to Coronavirus.
When we eventually get to go, I want to visit Siargao, Bohol, Palawan and Coron. The photos I’ve seen are out of this world and those who I know have been have nothing but good things to say about their trip.
It’s one hell of a journey to get there – but the thought of sipping a fresh coconut on a palm fringed beach as the sun sets makes it well worth the trip.
8 Alberta, Canada
Banff and Jasper in Alberta appear to be two of the most photogenic destinations in the world. Like so many places in Canada, they look like they’d be incredible to visit in every season.
My mum visited both destinations in 2019 when it was covered in a thick layer of snow and ice and absolutely loved her time there. Hiking across Lake Louise in your snow boots isn’t something you’ll forget anytime soon!
I would love to stay at a log cabin for part of the trip, and a few nights at the famous Fairmont Chateau beside Lake Louise would be a serious luxury.
My debit card has left the chat at this point.
9 The Maldives
Another destination that I’m sure sits on many people’s bucket lists! This is a very strong honeymoon contender, but it is also extremely expensive.
Our honeymoon budget would get us approximately one week here in one of the lower spec five star resorts. Whilst I know it would be one hell of a week, I’d love to long out the honeymoon for a week longer, so we’ll have to see on that one.
But one day I will go – and I’ll spend the whole trip drinking frozen cocktails, cycling around the island and snorkelling until sundown!
10 Oman, Middle East
Technically I have already been to Oman, but it was not an experience I want to have ever again! You can read what happened in this post.
I’ve been obsessed with going (a second time) ever since I saw a documentary which featured their Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. The resort was world class, but seeing its surroundings sold it to me.
From the day I first visited Dubai, I’ve had a special place in my heart for the Middle East. So I really hope I can visit Oman one day soon!
This is a hefty bucket list – and still it doesn’t capture even a fraction of where I want to travel to – but if I can visit any of these destinations in my lifetime I’ll be one very happy traveller.
What destinations are on your bucket list? Let me know below!