Welcome to The Ultimate Travel Blogger Bucket List Challenge!
To participate, all you need to do is:
- List your top 10 bucket list destinations within the country you live in.
- List your top 10 bucket list destinations destinations outside the country you live in.
- Tag your five favorite travel bloggers to participate in the challenge, too.
- Travel to the places on your travel blogger bucket list and blog about it!
- Note: You can include places you’ve already visited, if you would like to visit them again.
I decided to create the Travel Blogger Bucket List Challenge because my family and I are always trying to decide where we want to travel next. Now that I’ve created a list of the top 20 places we want to visit the most, maybe it will make it easier to plan our vacations.
Hopefully, this will help you, too! Seeing everyone else’s lists could also be a fun way to discover new places to visit (and add to your list).
I’ll explain why I chose these places below, but I have listed a few places that I’ve already visited. Mostly because I want to make sure our kids visit these places, too.
My Ultimate Travel Blogger Bucket List
In my home country (United States):
- Orlando, FL
- Cape Cod, Maine
- New York City, NY
- Hilton Head, SC
- Santa Monica, CA
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Miami, FL
- The Hamptons, NY
- Gatlinburg, TN
Outside the United States:
- London, England
- Cinque Terre, Italy
- Dublin, Ireland
- Sydney, Australia
- Santorini, Greece
- Paris, France
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Bora Bora
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Glasgow, Scotland
Our kids are 3 ½ and 15 months old. Walt Disney World is quite possibly the best place we could take them at this point in their lives. I still remember the first time I went to Disney World, and haven’t been since I was really little. Apart from that, I’m obsessed with Harry Potter and haven’t been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter since they added Diagon Alley. I know my kids will love it, too, because we let Liam watch walk through videos of the park on YouTube, and he wanted to go so bad that he was crying all night afterwards.
I’ve never been to Hawaii, but if I could go anywhere within the United States, it would be here. I am a huge LOST fanatic, and the show was filmed there, but that obviously isn’t the only reason I want to go. Have you seen pictures of Hawaii? It doesn’t even look real. I need to go there to know that it actually exists.
CAPE COD, MAINE
My mom always wanted to go to Maine when I was little, but when I was little, all I wanted to do was go to Disney World and the beach. Now that I’m old(er), I see the appeal. I want to eat fish and chips at a restaurant where I can see the ocean, and then go out on a boat to see giant whales. It sounds amazing to be at a beach, but also being so far up north that I’m not on the verge of a heat stroke the entire time.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
I have been here twice, but my kids have never been. New York City is one of those places that I feel like you have to visit at least once, if you live in the United States. Ideally, I would like to go during December and stay at The Plaza Hotel, so that I can feel like the modern day, adult, female Kevin McCallister. It would be even better if we could go during New Year’s Eve, for obvious reasons.
HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
This looks like one of those relaxing beach towns, but I’ve never been. I actually don’t think I’ve ever stayed anywhere in South Carolina, which is a problem, since it’s really not that far from Ohio. It also seems like golfing is a big thing in Hilton Head. Cameron loves golf, and as I’m an aspiring professional foot golfer, I will be all for it if I can find a place to kick balls into holes.
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
I have been to a lot of places in the United States, and Santa Monica has by far the best weather I have ever experienced in my life. It is perfect. I love Third Street Promenade. I almost moved to Los Angeles for a job when I was in my 20’s, but now I’ve not been to California since I was 18. It is also within driving distance to Disneyland, and as if all the beaches in California aren’t enough, they kids will also love Disneyland.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Throughout my entire childhood and adult life, nearly everyone I know has gone to Myrtle Beach for vacation every single year. For some reason, my family never went there. We always went to Florida or Georgia or California or some place that was actually further away than Myrtle Beach. I need to see what it’s all about.
I’ve been to Miami, but I barely remember it. I went on a New Kids On The Block Cruise that departed from and returned to Miami, but I was always so sleep deprived that I was just struggling to stay awake the entire time I was in Miami. From what I do remember, it was amazing and I had my first ever beerita in Miami. Bayside seemed really cool, but since we had very limited time there, I didn’t get to see as much of Miami as I would have liked to. I didn’t even have time to go to any beaches in Miami, but I got on a cruise ship!
THE HAMPTONS, NEW YORK
If you watched Gossip Girl religiously like I did, you will understand why I feel the need to go to the Hamptons. I can’t imagine anything better than tricking my brain into believing I am a rich Upper Eastsider that is on a beach vacation. Again, like Maine, I think of it as a great place to experience the beach without wondering if I’m going to pass out from heat exhaustion the entire time.
Gatlinburg is one of those places that is definitely within driving distance to us and is a great family vacation option. It’s also perfect if Ohio is freezing, because Gatlinburg is always going to be at least a little bit warmer. Our kids have never been, though, but I think they would like it. It would be fun to have a long weekend there.
This is my favorite place that I’ve ever been to in the entire world, and I will go here as often as I possibly can. However, as of today, I’ve only traveled to London once. My daughter, who is named London, has never been there (neither have Cameron and Liam, for that matter). Clearly, that is an issue. She is only 15 months old now, but eventually, people will say, “Hey, London. Have you ever been to London?” I want her to be able to say “yes,” and show everyone photos of herself standing in front of Buckingham Palace. Mind the gap.
CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
You could probably drop me off anywhere in Italy, and I’d be okay with it, but Cinque Terre looks amazing. I like any place that has a bunch of beaches and colorful buildings. Not to mention that pizza is my favorite food of all time, and I can’t possibly live my entire life without having pizza in Italy. I also love spaghetti. I love all Italian food. I want to learn to speak Italian. Someone teach me.
I’ve read a book series that takes place in Dublin, so I’ve spent a lot of time picturing it in my head. I need to see it in real life to know if I’m producing the right images in my mind. I’ve also done an Ancestry DNA test, so I know that I’m a big part Irish (and English and Welsh). I have to visit an Irish pub at least 17 times in my life (preferably while watching football).
When I think of Australia, I think of surfing. I feel like if I grew up anywhere near a beach with waves, I probably would’ve really been into surfing. I, however, grew up in Ohio, so my options were the Ohio River and East Fork Lake, both of which are disgusting and produce no waves. That being said, I stuck to soccer. I really want to see the Sydney Opera House. And a kangaroo, since we don’t have them at the Cincinnati Zoo and I’ve never seen one.
Like Hawaii, this is another place that doesn’t look real. I think if I was ever standing in the middle of Santorini, I still wouldn’t believe it. It looks like a postcard. It doesn’t look like a place that I could actually visit. However, I am a little afraid that once I visited Santorini, I would come back home and feel like our entire house needed to be painted white with a blue roof.
How can I go my entire life without seeing the Eiffel Tower? So far, the closest I’ve come is the Eiffel Tower at Kings Island, which I’m sure doesn’t compare at all to the real one in Paris. I think Paris will be on a lot of people’s travel blogger bucket lists. There is also Chateau De Versailles, which looks cool. Especially the gardens. I need a picture for my Instagram feed.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
My husband, Cameron, loves museums. I still haven’t taken him to any in Cincinnati, but that’s because I’m secretly waiting to take him to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. That’s a better idea, right? There’s also the Rijksmuseum, The Anne Frank House, and the Stedelijk Museum. After we hit all the museums, we can go see the Herengracht. I practically have the entire vacation planned already.
Anyone who says they don’t want to stay in an overwater bungalow is lying. To me, this seems like the most relaxing place in the world, and I imagine the water has to be some of the clearest on earth. From what I’ve read, it’s a great place for scuba diving, which I’ve never done.
Another place with colorful buildings is Stockholm, and I’ve already talked about how much I want to see those. I also just found out there’s an amusement park in Sweden called Grona Lund, so that would be a fun place to take the kids. Last but not least, I know there are parts of Sweden where you can see the northern lights, so I’d make sure we traveled there, too.
I love Queen Mary of Scots, and the Scottish accent is my favorite. To be honest, as you can probably tell, I just want to go everywhere in the UK.
Whew. That was a lot.
There are loads of other places I’d like to travel to, but 20 travel bucket list ideas seem like a pretty good list for now. Feel free to keep checking back to see when/if we visit these places!
If you’ve been tagged for the Ultimate Travel Blogger Bucket List Challenge, let me know in the comments below. I want to find out what some of your bucket list vacation spots are!