Travel bloggers like myself commonly have a long list of countries they’d love to visit, and usually the top 10 varies from person to person, but I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about my personal picks for the top 10 places I want to visit before I die.
NUMBER 10- Japan
What’s not to like? Fascinating culture, amazing views, and easy access to the rest of Asia- Japan has a lot going for it, and since I’m studying Japanese myself, I can think of no better place to practice my language skills. One of the major obstacles standing in the way of me personally visiting Japan is the distance factor, but visiting Japan is still on the list, and someday I’ll be able to make time to officially visit.
NUMBER 9- Thailand
Another Asian country, and this one is something of a hub for travel bloggers and digital nomads, in part due to Thailand’s extraordinarily low cost of living- they say Chiang Mai is where all the cool kids hang out. But beyond just how easy it is to live there, Thailand has a lot of natural beauty, and the culture is so much more different than America’s that that alone would make it worth a visit or two.
NUMBER 8- New Zealand
I’ve already been to Australia, why not visit New Zealand as well? Part of why I really want to visit New Zealand is because of the amazing views that were featured in Lord of the Rings, and the other part is me wanting to see how much different Kiwi culture is from Aussie culture, since the two are so close and share so much in common. Like Thailand, New Zealand is also expat paradise for many, and it’s not hard to see why.
NUMBER 7- Canada
Since Canada’s our next-door neighbor, it’d be rude not to visit at least once. Canada has a lot to offer travelers, from the glitz and glamour of Vancouver, to the beaches on the coast, to the city of Calgary, which has been consistently rated as one of the best cities to live in. Another compelling reason why Canada is on my bucket list is that some of my close online friends hail from there, and having them show me around would make for a fun trip.
NUMBER 6- Mexico
I know that relatively speaking, it’s not the safest, but places like Cancun are still on my radar because of how fun they appear to be from tourist accounts, and although it’s true that gang violence has plagued Mexico over the years, there’s still a lot to see there, and I hope to get the chance to safely visit at some point in the next few years.
NUMBER 5- The Bahamas
Everyone holds up the Bahamas as the ideal vacation destination, and people post so many amazing photos of beaches and tourist traps over there that it’s not hard to see why. Planning a travel trip to the Bahamas would be a lot of fun because in some ways it’d be a vacation as well as a travel blogging trip, and I dream sometimes about doing a luxury travel trip to the Bahamas and enjoying the tourist destinations in style. Maybe someday.
NUMBER 4- The United Kingdom
The UK’s influence can be felt pretty much anywhere, and since British actors and British celebrities are so well placed in American pop culture, the idea of actually visiting the UK can seem almost dreamlike. Nevertheless, Europe in general is high on my future priority list, and the UK in particular would make for a fascinating trip, partially because of the foreign culture, and partially because going there would be my very first journey to Europe, which is exciting in and of itself.
NUMBER 3- Australia (Melbourne + The Gold Coast)
I know I’ve already been to Australia, but Melbourne and the Gold Coast are areas I haven’t specifically been to; I tried to get people to go with me there when I was doing study abroad, but nobody had any interest in it except me. Still, they say great things about both the Gold Coast and Melbourne’s fantastic coffee, and I’d be more than happy to see why myself at some point in the future.
NUMBER 2- France
I’m actually toying with the idea of going to France sometime next year if I can swing it, but even if it doesn’t pan out in 2020, France is very high on the list, and the idea of going to the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks is a great motivator when it comes to planning. Some of the best travel blogging posts I’ve seen come from Paris, and since I speak enough French to get by, going there is an enticing possibility.
NUMBER 1- Hawaii
This idea is actually a recent idea, since in the past few months I’ve talked to people about the possibility of actually going to Hawaii, but Hawaii pretty much speaks for itself, since it’s the go-to vacation destination for most people in my country, and everything I’ve seen from tourism and promotional materials suggests that you can get some top-notch photos from Hawaii, with all the beaches and natural beauty. I don’t know how long exactly it’s going to take to get there, but as with the others, it’s high on the list.
And that’s the list! It’s possible that over the next year this list will be updated since some items will hopefully have been visited, but until then, that’s my travel bucket list for the time being.