My Travel Bucket List ✈

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On my 17th birthday, I received an old typewriting machine. I started writing 100 things that I would like to do during my life, and this includes a lot of traveling. Like an old typewriting machine, I have always been attracted to non-common travel destinations and places that reveal some mysticism. So in today’s post, I am sharing with you my ultimate travel bucket list, and some beautiful wonders I hope one day I will get the chance to discover. Enjoy!

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is in Nepal. There is something mythical and spiritual about Nepal and the Annapurna Trek that hopefully, one day I could discover. The incredible beauty of mountains, the wildlife, and the different unique tea houses situated along the trail are some of the things that caught my interest in this place.

Photography by Jack Brauer

According to treckroute.com, the highest altitude reached is 4190 m. You walk about 4 to 6 hours a day for about 13 days, depending on the itinerary you choose. It is a pretty big challenge, but knowing that it is one of the most popular trails in Nepal, I wish that with enough training, I could cross it off from my bucket list one day.

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing nation that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, there are 18 islands for a total population of 52,703 (Wikipedia).

What interests me about this place is the breathtaking landscape. The Múlafossur Waterfall (see picture one) is one of the places I would like to see if I go there, as well as Sørvágsvatn, which is the largest lake of the islands but situated just above the sea (see picture two). Finally, I would also love to discover the unique culture of this island, and learn more about its history.

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Hoshinoya Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto is a beautiful hotel in Kyoto, Japan. The resort is situated between the mountains along the Oi River. This place seems so peaceful and full of serenity. To get to the hotel, the tourists need to take a boat, which, in my opinion, makes this place even more magical. Japanese gardens, the sound of water, the mountains, and the whole Japanese experience is what make me want to visit this place.

Picture credit: Hoshinoya Kyoto

Moreover, the resort also offers unique experiences such as a Digital Detox Stay, Exploring Kyoto in Kimono, Morning Zen Meditation, and more. For more information about this beautiful Resort Hotel, click here.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

I have always had an interest in Nordic countries. I prefer cold weather over warm, so as you may notice, this post mostly includes destinations where it is not too hot;). Iceland is a country that I would like to visit for many reasons, but especially for its impressive and powerful nature.

There are some places around the world where we, humans, have taken over the territory, if you think of big cities, for example. However, I feel like there are also some places, like Iceland, where nature is the primary force and where humans had to set their lives around nature, molded their lifestyle to it. That is what I mean by powerful nature.

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The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa. That means that the water comes directly from the earth. With pressure, the water goes to the surface and brings at the same time benefits for the skin such as algae, minerals, and silica.

The Blue Lagoon is man-made, therefore demonstrating that human intelligence and of the power nature can create together unique wonder. Moreover, did you know it was named as one of the 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic?

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Hot Air Baloon Tour in Cappadocia

Before COVID-19, my grandma and I used to travel to conferences together. A few times during the year, we would choose destinations that picked our interest and we would attend those presentations where travelers shared their experiences. One of those presentations was about Turkey, and this is when I discovered (and fell in love!) for Cappadocia.

Cappadocia is situated in central Turkey. What makes this place so mythical are the fairy chimneys which are volcanic rocks shaped into unique forms. During the 10th and 11th centuries, churches, monasteries, and tunnel complexes were built into those rocks, and these wonders of the past are still accessible to tourists today.

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What also makes Cappadocia such a magical place are the hot air balloons. According to globalcasteway.com, the balloons fly on average 250-280 days per year. Many hot air balloons companies offer to tourists to experience the hot air balloon experience, so this is something that I would love to do if I get the chance to go to Turkey.

Floating in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a salt lake located between Israel and Jordan. The salt concentration in the Dead Sea is around 31.5% (Wikipedia), which makes it one of the saltiest lakes in the world. It is because of this high concentration of salt that humans float in it, therefore making this place so unique. The high level of salt in this lake is also known for its healing properties, such as skin problems or muscle aches. It’s like a giant natural Epsom salt bath! Who would not want to try?

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Bavaria, Germany

The last destination for this post is Bavaria, Germany. Bavaria is situated in the southeast of Germany and is famous for its local culture and stunning medieval architecture. Bavaria is also the home of the famous German festival Oktoberfest. Food, beer, and the unique Bavarian culture are what bring 6 million visitors each year to this festival.

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Bavaria is also where one of the most photographed castles in the world is: Neuschwanstein castle. The castle was built on a hill, which offers an enchanting landscape worthy of a Disney Movie. Did you know that the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella castles are based on the Neuschwanstein Castle (discovery.com)?

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Of course, this is only just a sample of the places I would like to visit. There are so many more, but the destinations presented in this post are pretty much on the top of my travel bucket list.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you would like a part 2, let me know in the comments section. The world is full of wonders, and sometimes I wish we had more than one life in order to visit all the mythical places that exist.

What about you? What are some of the places you would like to visit?

À bientôt!

Juliette

References

Annapurna Base Campt Trek: https://trekroute.com/trekking-in-nepal/annapurna-base-camp-trek/#Trip_Highlights

Hoshinoya Kyoto: https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/en/

Blue Lagoon: https://grayline.is/blog/about-blue

Cappadocia: https://www.britannica.com/place/Cappadocia

https://globalcastaway.com/cappadocia-hot-air-balloons-bucket-list/

Dead Sea: https://www.onthegotours.com/blog/2019/05/facts-about-the-dead-sea/

Bavaria: https://ca.hotels.com/go/germany/best-things-to-do-bavaria

https://www.discovery.com/exploration/neuschwanstein-castle-is-a-disney-inspiration-designed-by-a-mad-

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