I have an ever-growing mental travel bucket list. It’s quite massive I’m afraid.
Transun, a UK-based travel agency, is challenging bloggers to blog about their top three travel bucket list destinations for a chance to win a trip to see the Northern Lights from the Arctic Circle! I decided this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on where I want to go most. It’s actually a lot harder than it sounds. Nonetheless, I mulled it over and am excited to share with you my top three travel bucket list destinations!
England has been a fascination of mine for many years. I am not only obsessed with the royal family, but I also love the history. Everything from Queen Elizabeth I to Jane Austen to Bletchley Park to Jack the Ripper! I’m like a sponge when I get the chance to learn anything about old Blighty. Did you know I can name all six wives of Henry VIII in order and tell you their fates? Ask me sometime. I dare you! Please.
Both of my grandpas fought in WW2 so naturally that era is of particular interest to me, and the UK is so rich in WW2 history. I should also mention my love for the accents. And the pop culture. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Then there’s the food like fish and chips and scones with jam and clotted cream. I could literally go on and on so I’ll stop now.
Cuba is the land of gorgeous white-sand beaches, historic architecture and classic American cars all stuck in a 1950’s time warp. Farmers still use animals to plow their fields! It’s the largest island in the Caribbean, a tropical haven that hasn’t been overrun by tourists. There are no Walmarts or Golden Arches. Sounds like sheer paradise to me! I’ll relish the lack of commercialism. I’ll maybe even smoke a Cuban cigar (probably not). It’s inevitable that ordinary travel will soon resume to this magical place. No doubt the time to go is now.
3. Luxembourg, Germany and Sweden – the homelands of my ancestors
I love learning about my heritage, and I want to learn more. I dream of visiting the places where my ancestors lived, walking the streets they walked, seeing the landscapes they saw and learning about their traditions. I want to immerse myself in the cultures of my greats.
A land of majestic castles and awe-inspiring views, Luxembourg is like something out of a fairytale. The small village of Kaundorf is the birthplace of my great-grandmother Susanna. I long to go to the Grand Duchy and find Susanna’s family home and her father’s blacksmith shop, which is still in operation today by the family as an auto repair shop. I
hope to will meet my distant Luxembourgian relatives someday.
With it’s charming old towns, enchanting castles, hip capital city and diverse landscapes, Germany is calling to me. I’d love to go at Christmas time for the festive Christkindlesmarkt (German Christmas markets). I’ll sip warm glühwein and munch on weisswurst and giant pretzels. Mmm and now I’m hungry.
Sweden is the land of natural beauty. Thousands of islands, Viking history, little red cottages, an ice hotel, the royal family, Alexander Skarsgård … yes I’m fairly certain if I ever visit Sweden I will never want to leave. My dad told me that my Swedish great-grandmother (his grandma) made the most delicious flatbread. I have since discovered that it’s called tunnbröd. I’m determined to get an authentic recipe and learn how to make it for him. I’m not sure if I still have family there or not, but I’d like to hope I do.
Visiting the Arctic Circle in Lapland would be the trip of a lifetime. To be a speck in the vast Arctic wilderness underneath the dazzling Northern Lights would be incredible! Maybe even life-changing. There’s no denying this would be an experience I would never forget. Holding my thumbs!
Which countries or cities do you have on your travel bucket list?