The other day, my dad emailed me this great list of 50 Trips to Take in the United States. I pretty much need to take every single once since I am SO poorly traveled when it comes to my home country. I did not discover my desire to really travel until my college years and instead spent my summers happily in Texas on the Guadalupe River. Then I moved out, lived “on my own”, and realized that I needed to see the world. My childhood was wonderfully sheltered growing up in one tight bubble. Genuinely, I hope the same stable, safe childhood for my own children. However, it was time to see more and a trip to Guatemala and then my first Eurotrip embedded a travel bug deep within my gut.
From the previous list, I discovered a similar list of 100 Trips You Must Take in Your Lifetime and obsessively began clicking through every slide. It made me realize how much I’ve seen and experienced in the last three years, but also how much of the world I have yet to see, only igniting my travel urges even more.
Taste some of the best pizza in the world in Italy
Cruise the Las Vegas strip
I got to experience Vegas in full for my best friend’s 21st birthday. We saw “O” at the Bellagio, ate on the balcony at the Bellagio Fountains, partied at The Bank, casino browsed, shopped, played beer pong, gambled a bit on Black Jack and hours of craps (and even came out on top until my wallet go stolen). I love Vegas and don’t even want to speak of my FOMO come my bestie’s Bachelorette party there in a couple of weeks #expatproblems.
Stroll along the banks of the river Seine in Paris, France.
Paris on a sunny day is hard to beat sometimes. I’ve also done a boat tour. Not highly suggested to pile yourself on one with the hundreds of other tourists but if you can fancy it up, by all means!
Get lost inside Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
The Grand Bazaar is like none other. It is massive. If you decide to go back and purchase something, good luck finding it again. If you have perfected the art of bargaining, you’re sure to have an even better time and walk away with all sorts of treats. Definitely go to the spice market too and take all the Turkish Delight and apple tea offers you get!
Drink beer from a Stein during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Ha, have I been to Oktoberfest? It’s only the love of my life. Beer, roasted chicken, singalong songs, men in Lederhosen, the happiest-go-lucky people in the world… I’m giddy just thinking about it.
Sip hot mulled wine at a Christmas Market in Germany.
The Christmas Markets in Germany are the three week highlight of a four month winter and pretty much the only thing that can get me outdoors during the season. Mulled wine, or Glühwein as it’s called in German, is nothing short of heart-warming and delicious.
Check out the Art Deco architecture in South Beach, Miami.
Ok, so the photo isn’t exactly South Beach, but I did spend my college senior Spring Break in Miami and you bet we explored South Beach. Miami is seriously like visiting another country.
Get lost in the maze of gardens at the Palace of Versailles.
Honestly, the whole time all I could think about is the maintenance, but they are pretty dang beautiful. And we did in fact get lost on the way to other chateaus. I’d be all right living there. And as a kid? Oh could one epic game of hide-and-seek go down there.
Picnic Antoni Gaudi’s surreal Parc Güell in Barcelona.
Gaudi is all over Barcelona, but this is one spot not to be missed on a warm day. It is such a unique, free public space to spend an afternoon relaxing.
Catch some colored beads at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
Growing up so close to New Orleans (ok 6 hrs from NOLA, so close by US standards), I had multiple opportunities to visit the lively city for foodies, cultural enthusiasts, partiers, jazz lovers, and gamblers alike. I conviently fall into all 5 categories, and Mardi Gras is an experience of a lifetime (unless you are one of those people incapable of letting loose, then I suggest visiting during another time of year).
Visit each of the five villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre.
The five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarolla, and Riomaggiore, are all connected by old trails that were used to transport grapes and other goods from village to village. You pay to hike the trails since it is considered a national park, but it is worth every penny for the amazing coastal views. They even have one handicap accessible path.
Stroll around the megayacht-filled Port de Monaco.
We visited Monaco for the sole purpose of yacht watching. As appealing as the Monte Carlo Casino sounds, the 200€ betting minimum was not so appealing.
Walk around the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik.
Croatia was the first stop on my first solo trip and Split and Dubrovnik both were spectacularly charming and beautiful. The deep blue waters and the red roofs, islands, and boats galore just can’t disappoint.
13 out of 100 ain’t SO bad.
What are your travel dream spots?