Say yes to new adventures.
One of my favorite questions for fellow travelers: What is your next big trip?
In our family, travel is a priority. We’re at this beautiful point in our lives where we aren’t tied down; one day we will have children and traveling won’t be as simple. That doesn’t mean our adventures will come to an end, but they will look a little different.
This year, my husband and I are going to Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and Seattle. So, what’s next? How will we possibly keep up this momentum? Well, we won’t be doing another month long vacation for awhile, that’s for sure! But we will always have a dream destination on the horizon. It helps keep us to a strict budget and makes the daily 9-5 a little more bearable.
Here’s a glimpse of where we hope to go in our future travels, starting with our next big adventure.
1. Quebec City, Montreal, Boston, New York, Washington D.C.
“There’s no Canada like French Canada. It’s the best Canada in the land!” (50 points to the first person who names that TV show in the comments below.) My husband and I have friends and family on the east coast and we hope to visit them soon. Vacations are always more fun when you have your own personal tour guide showing you the hidden gems. French Canada has been on my list for years. There’s just something so romantic looking about Quebec City. On our to-do list so far is the Petit-Champlain District, La Chateau Frontenac and Érico (a chocolate shop, obviously). Montreal and Boston are natural stops along the way.
“Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na.” I am a sucker for towns with brightly colored buildings. (That’s why Colmar, France and Cinque Terre, Italy are on my must-see list for our Europe trip). Currently, it’s very difficult to visit Cuba, unless it’s for family visits, journalistic activity, public performances, support for Cuban people or humanitarian projects, more about that here. Nevertheless, I still hold hope that I will visit one day and see the incredible Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and walk along Habana Vieja.
3. Australia and New Zealand
While this is near the top of our family travel bucket list, it’s also very high on our “move here permanently” list. Although, I am worried about the Australian spiders the size of dinner plates that I had heard so much about as a child! I would love to visit the national parks throughout Australia, which are so beautifully highlighted on this Adventures and Sunsets blog. I might be too much of a wimp to sit on Wedding Cake Rock, but I could get down with some waterfalls in Barron Gorge National Park.
4. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines
Now this would be quite the adventure. I’ve heard wonders about the famous Grand Palace in Thailand, we want to check that off of our bucket list for sure, plus the Damneon Saduok Floating Market. The Philippines alone would be worth this trip. I’d love to check our the Hinatuan Enchanted River and the Waterfalls Restuarant. The list for this trip goes on and on…it would be filled to the brim with activity and adventure!
5. Spain and Portugal
This would be our first glorious return to Europe! We wanted to add Spain and Portugal to our list of places to visit this summer, but Spain and Portugal deserve more time than we could give them. On our list of things to see is Belem Tower, Benagil Sea Cave, and Basilica del Sagrat Cor de Jesus.
Let’s be honest, at some point in our middle-aged adult lives we are going to be totally stoked to go on an Alaskan Cruise. So here we are, with an Alaskan Cruise on our travel bucket list. It’s definitely our most realistic location. While adding this to our list, we discussed seeing Glacier Bay, whale watching, witnessing aurora borealis and visiting that cute town of Sitka from The Proposal movie, which is actually filmed in Massachusetts. Oops.
Along the same train of thought as Alaska, my husband and I know that we will one day want an all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas. We aren’t big all-inclusive lovers, because we’re stupidly frugal and would end up eating and drinking the entire island just to “get our money’s worth.” But come on, can you believe how blue that water is?! This looks like the perfect place to lay out in the sun, swim with the pigs and go scuba diving.
In my mind, future Emma is very outdoorsy, and future Emma will hike the sh*t out of Machu Picchu. My husband is much more interested in historical sites than I am, so this trip would really be for him. But I have to admit that the photos of Peru are stunning and I would love to witness this natural beauty.
9. Costa Rica
It seems like it’s hard to come by a place in Costa Rica that isn’t perfectly picturesque. My husband and I are big hot springs fans (I mean – who isn’t?) so we will definitely hit up the Arenal Hot Springs near the Arenal volcano. Maybe we’ll even go zip-lining. We haven’t wanted to zip line before, but that would be a marvelous way to see the rain forest. We also have an unhealthy obsession with sloths (think: Kristen Bell on The Ellen Show) – I hear a night tour is the way to spot sloths in the trees.
10. French Polynesia
Bora Bora looks like a dream, but boy, it sure is expensive! This is late on our list only because we need to save up some serious cash to afford a little bungalow perched over the water. If you’re going to Bora Bora, you need to do it right! Once we’re there, we hope to feed sharks, kayak and maybe even skydive. We know we want to skydive at some point in our lives – it might as well be in Bora Bora!
Have you been to any of the places on my list? What would you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts. What’s at the top of your travel bucket list?
Thanks for reading,