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My travel bucket list

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Some may say that the best part of traveling is looking forward to the next trip! At times like these when we’re stuck indoors it definitely brings some comfort to plan our next travels. Here are some of the places I most want to visit, and how I plan on seeing them.

1. Central and South America

I realise that this is about as vague as possible. South America is the biggest part of my to-do list in terms of travelling and I know that I will take many years to complete it. During my Spanish A Level I learned about various aspects of the history and culture of this amazing continent as well as a little bit about the variation in language, and I just have to see it for myself.

I was chatting to a friend the other day who had just returned from Bolivia after several months in South America, and together we wondered what kind of country we’ll return to visit after this outbreak is over. So many areas rely on tourism for income and it pains me that between businesses closing, strained hospitals and no travel, the local populations will be really suffering.

The Galapagos Islands

After spending a week on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, I fell head over heels with life there and am desperate to go back as soon as I possibly can. I want to spend a few weeks on the same volunteering project, and visit all of the islands while I’m there, seeing all the sights and wildlife that the different areas have to offer. I’ll definitely know to invest in an waterproof or action camera for the next time I’m there, as the underwater views rival those above water!

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno San Cristobal

Ecuador

On that note, I really should give the rest of Ecuador another visit. I liked the city of Quito while I was there but didn’t get much time to explore and, as the culture capital and surrounded by volcanoes, it sounds like I’ve missed some real gems! I’d also want to go to back Guayaquil (where I spent 24 hours stuck in a hotel room), Baños the Quilotoa lagoon.

Peru

Peru has always been on my list. I was due to travel there but due to border closures I wasn’t able to (which was obviously for the best). That’s only made me all the more eager to visit though! I want to stay in Cuzco for a while and trek the Inca Trail, and after that who knows. The country has a wealth of incredible sights to offer and I wouldn’t know where to start!

Mexico

Oh, to swim in a cenote in Mexico! I don’t ask for much.

In seriousness, Mexico is a country that a lot of people are wary of, and for good reason, but it also hides some amazing places. Mexico city looks incredible, as does San Cristobal de las Casas and the Mayan ruins dotted around.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has amazing reviews from everyone I’ve chatted to – hotel tourists and backpackers alike. I think I’d like to volunteer a bit there too, perhaps with wildlife or small communities, before heading off to travel – I’m thinking San Jose, volcanoes and Monteverde reserve.

2. Iceland

Next on the list is to return to Iceland. I was lucky enough to visit Reykjavik on a school trip some years ago and it was brilliant. The atmosphere of the city was so similar to England in some ways and yet so different. I felt really relaxed there. Having ticked off many of the more ‘touristy’ spots like Eyjafjallajökull (which I can still pronounce), the black beach at Reynisfjara and the blue lagoon (every bit as amazing as the photos), I’d love to go back and soak up more of local life and the incredible views.

3. Spain

I’ll say now I just love Spain, so as long as I have the time and money I will always revisit. I could happily live there. And I say that only partly wistfully, and partly completely serious; as part of my travels I’d love to be able to live in Spain for a longer period of time.

Revisit some firm favourites

My favourite Spanish place so far is the gorgeous city of Salamanca, and I hope one day to bring my family back there to visit. I also went to Barcelona for the first time for 4 days in July and it was incredible. We already have a list of things we didn’t get to do that we want to tick off so another trip there is a must. I’d love to go back to see the completion of the Sagrada Familia (estimated 2026) as it’s hoped it will coincide with the centenary of Anthony Gaudi’s death and I can imagine there will be some sort of celebration. Also on the list is a visit to Montjuic Castle and a trip on the cable cars! I also loved visiting Nerja and Malaga and I’d like to explore Andalusia some more – soak up the lifestyle and see the Arabic influences.

Salamanca cathedral

City hopping

I’ve already priced up a two week trip visiting some of the towns and cities in Spain that I’ve never seen or that I want to go back to. It covers Madrid, Salamanca, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Malaga and potentially Ceuta too, as well as hostels and buses or trains inbetween each city. I’m really excited because when I’ve been to Spain I’ve only ever stayed in one place so to travel around the country would be amazing.

Costa del Sol

I always incorrectly assumed that the South coast of Spain is just full of beaches for tourists to drink and burn on, but it’s so much for than that. The mix of influences, both architecturally and culturally, is fascinating and some of the historic towns are simply beautiful. I’d love to hire a car and drive around the region, starting with the coastal road and exploring North a bit up to places like Ronda.

Gibralfara Malaga

4. Diving and surfing

If I’m going to visit all these places it seems only right to enjoy them to their full – especially the gorgeous oceans. To that end, I’d definitely like to learn to dive and maybe give surfing ago.

5. The UK

If I’ve learnt anything this year, it’s never to ignore the beauty on your own doorstep. As soon as I can, I’m going to take a trip around the National Parks of the UK, staying in a mixture of hostels and campsites. I live in North Yorkshire so I’m perfectly situated to start in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, before moving on to the Lake District, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorns in Scotland. Coming back down, I’d visit Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Peak District in that order before heading into Wales to see Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. It would only be right after all that to finish with Exmoor and Dartmouth, of course.

Not that I’ve already planned it, or anything.

Thanks for reading! I definitely think I’ll live my life constantly adding places to this list, but whenever I find somewhere else to visit I’ll be sure to update it! Which country is at the top of your list?


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27 comments

Sartenada 11/08/2019 - 07:08

Excellent post. I suggest You Finland. Can You imagine how it would be, to spend a night inside of the world’s biggest snow castle?

Best Snow Castle photos

What about meeting Santa and having a reindeer ride?

Reindeer rides and Santa

There is also once in the life time adventure in Finland which do not exist elsewhere. It is participating in a reindeer race, which is free for everybody?

Reindeer race 3

Happy and safe travels!

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bloggingonthefly 13/08/2019 - 09:33

Wow! What amazing photos! Thank you for your recommendations and for reading my post! I definitely want to go to Finland now!

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babateam 12/08/2019 - 15:50

Iceland is amazing! Landscapes and people they’re just wonderful.
What about coming to Poland? 🙈
Greetings 💜

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bloggingonthefly 13/08/2019 - 09:28

Ooh I’d love to! Where in Poland do you think I should visit?
Thanks for reading <3

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babateam 13/08/2019 - 16:40

Cracow definitely!

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bloggingonthefly 19/08/2019 - 08:31

I’m definitely going to have a look at visiting sometime!

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beeabetteryou1 18/08/2019 - 12:14

Hi there, great post! I’m heading to America (NY, Houston, Orlando are some of the places I’ll visit) so this will be a great post to follow!

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bloggingonthefly 19/08/2019 - 08:29

Thanks for reading!

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Becca Harris 28/08/2019 - 19:35

Oooh this is very exciting! My main bucket list of places to visit are Spain, Italy and Switzerland (mainly more of Europe). I would love to live in Canada for some months, maybe on a horse ranch in the Rockies (dream job) and then when I’m older (eg can afford it) would love to travel Aisa particularly India, Sri Lanka and China. Basically anywhere that will have me! Even though I’m probably not going to be travelling much on my gap year due to medical issues, I may have one after uni or anytime really! Becca xx

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bloggingonthefly 28/08/2019 - 19:57

Sounds amazing! Thanks so much for reading xx

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Carole Prestedge 09/03/2020 - 08:24

I look forward to following your adventures in South America! F
The way you write I believe I am right there next to you

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ginger blogger 14/04/2020 - 21:19

I loved this post so much… I really, really want to go to Costa Rica 🇨🇷 😍

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Leigh 15/04/2020 - 19:21

Oh some great choices, I would love to visit Iceland too & Liverpool is on the list!

Re Spain, adore the culture & have been so many times, favourite coastal town Tossa De Mar! Beautiful! Here’s to exploring after lockdown!

Leigh x

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On The Fly Blog 17/04/2020 - 23:01

Absolutely! Can’t wait to travel some more x

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adventuresxlil 15/04/2020 - 22:05

I’d love to visit Iceland too!! 😍i was so close to booking a trip for this March!

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On The Fly Blog 17/04/2020 - 23:00

Aw shame it couldn’t happen! Hopefully sometime in the future x

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darinaiv 20/04/2020 - 11:37

I think we might have similar bucket list with the exception that mine includes the whole world 😊. I am ambitious like that😂. I hope you manage to visit all the places mentioned as soon as positive 😊. Thank you for sharing
Darina from daramiblog

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On The Fly Blog 20/04/2020 - 14:45

That’s a perfect ambition to have!

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Carole Prestedge 20/04/2020 - 18:27

just looked up cenotes hadn’t heard of them before – wow, it would be quite an experience swimming in one. Imagine finding one that isn’t touristy too. Some great places to travel to I can almost feel you chomping at the bit. Hope you can resume your travelling soon.

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On The Fly Blog 20/04/2020 - 20:40

A quiet one without too many tourists would be amazing 😍

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April was no better – On The Fly 01/05/2020 - 09:18

[…] updated version of My travel bucket list, which is always bound to change, but definitely expanded somewhat after my recent trip to Ecuador […]

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@EmNomads 07/05/2020 - 16:37

Love your list 🙂 We have the goal of Central and South America also. It will take us a while – we have the plan to start in Mexico and work our way down 🙂

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On The Fly Blog 09/05/2020 - 12:51

That sounds like a good way to do it! I’d definitely like to do some long-term travel there, not just short trips!

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margnunes 07/05/2020 - 19:52

i LOVED this post, really useful. I also love Spain and I’m currently learning Spanish

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On The Fly Blog 09/05/2020 - 12:50

That’s so cool! I love Spanish so much! I’m actually working to add a section of Spanish language resources to my site in the coming months!

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Briana 07/05/2020 - 22:20

These are some great places to include on a bucket list! Iceland is definitely up there for me! And I had no idea about the underwater views at the Galapagos Islands. Thanks for sharing! – Briana | https://www.NextDestinationUnknown.com/

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On The Fly Blog 09/05/2020 - 12:49

Thanks for reading! I can’t rave about the Galápagos enough!

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