Don’t get me wrong, if it were up to me I’d travel the whole wide world. But I am trying to be realistic here so I created an actual plan of travel attack. Listed below is my travel bucket list that I am hoping to complete by my 40’s. Like I said, I’m being realistic and these are some big (and by big I also mean expensive) trips.
As much as I hate to think about aging, these are the places in the world I want to see first and foremost so setting 40 as my age frame seems doable. Seeing as I will be a completely different person in a year, not to mention, 16 (ew I’ll be 40 in 16 years…. gross) this list is subject to change as is all else in life. I also tend to gravitate more towards travel with an extreme marine life and that is why for my next trip in just 30 days, I will be traveling with my boyfriend to Utila, Honduras to get scuba certified! That should come in handy in more than a few of the places listed below-
- Machu Picchu, Peru- This trip will consist of a multi-day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
- Tahiti- The largest island in French Polynesia, the South Pacific archipelago. Shaped like a figure-8, it’s divided into Tahiti Nui (the larger, western section) and Tahiti Iti (the eastern peninsula). With black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and 2 extinct volcanoes, it’s a popular and exciting vacation destination.
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador- These 19 islands formed by ongoing seismic and volcanic activity and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Affected by three different ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon- Although I have already traveled to the Grand Canyon, it was during the rare occurrence of a snow storm and we did minimal exploration due to the weather conditions. The next time I go, I plan on hiking down into the canyon for a few days and exploring the waterfalls of the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
- Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia- Housing the largest salt flat in the world that resembles a giant reflective canvas which creates the most heavenly atmosphere on Earth. Check out one of my favorite travel blog: The Road Les Traveled to follow Lesley Murphy on her luxury travel adventures.
- Florianopolis & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Located in the Southern region of Brazil. It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina and small surrounding islands.
- The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan- Probably the creepiest and most distinct destination on the list. This natural gas field has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petroleum engineers in 1971. Located in Turkmenistan which is a country in Central Asia that is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.