I’m long overdue to post the stories and photos from my last few trips on here – Portugal, Spain, Tulum, and now Iceland. I loved all of them! I’ve been posting on Instagram regularly and will include more extensive posts here.
Now that I’ve reached 50, I’ll look back at some of my top experiences, Some of the requests I’ve received to reflect on include my craziest adventures, most beautiful views, best beaches, most delicious foods, scariest moments, and more! What would you like me to weigh in on?
Below is from the announcement that I reached my 50th –
Top 10 trips that are still on my travel bucket list
Which countries are on your travel bucket list? Now that I’m getting so close to my Visit 50 goal (the Visit50 Travel Challenge – I’ve visited 47 countries already!), people have been asking, where’s next? Where haven’t you visited yet? Here’s a list of the top 10 trips that are still on my travel bucket list.
Warning, viewing this post may give you wanderlust!
African Safari in Tanzania/Kenya/South Africa
Wildlife is among of my favorite things to travel to see (and photograph) – that includes lions, leopards, rhinoceros, cheetahs, elephants, and more. Sign me up!
My ideal trip: I want to visit the Serengeti during the Great Zebra & Wildebeest Migration.
Every year, 300,000 zebras, and 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. Watching them cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) is supposed to be a spectacular site!
I’d also love to do a safari in Namibia or Botswana. All of them sound awesome!
2. Galapagos Islands / Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands have wildlife that’s unique to their little islands. It’s so close and sounds so amazing. I have to get there!
3. Iceland – Aurora Borealis!
The Aurora Borealis is supposed to be amazingly beautiful. Imagine the sky turning bright green, or even a rainbow of colors!
While you can see the “Northern Lights” from all over the world in northern locations, Iceland’s been on my list for a while. They also have so much natural beauty in a little country.
There’s so much to love: the Sahara, the architecture, the culture, and more. I still haven’t been to Africa, and if I don’t go to a country with a safari, Morocco might be next.
5. New Zealand
NZ is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. It’s also the adventure capital of the world. Travelers dedicate weeks to exploring New Zealand and
still wish they had more time.
This is cheating a little – I was in Tokyo for 48 hours. There’s so much more to explore. I need at least a week more to explore Tokyo, but more importantly, I want to get to Kyoto and other regions. There’s so much more to see, like this below bamboo forest:
7 Argentina – Iguazu Falls & Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is “Paris of the South” – it’s on of the best cities in South America. Mendoza is wine country. Patagonia is incredibly beautiful and offers all kinds of great hiking. Speaking of natural beauty – Iguazu Falls looks awesome! [photo below]
8. Spain – Barcelona, Mallorca, Madrid, Valencia
The food, the culture, yes sign me up! This might be my next trip. I’ll keep this brief, as I’m about to write a longer post dedicated to Spain.
Egypt looks surreal, starting with the pyramids…but there’s way more to this country. Like Israel, it’s been stuck on my top countries to visit list for a while due to current conditions. Lots of travel bloggers report going recently and finding it to be wonderful (with very few lines!).
Havana looks frozen in time due, and is finally accessible. You’ll want to visit before a cruise docks – it’ll change the country.
Travel Bucket List Honorable Mentions –
The next 10 includes Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Chile, and others. There’s also lots of places in the world with one amazing place – like the Salt Flats in Bolivia.
In every country I’ve been to, there’s at least one place that I didn’t get to but am excited to visit. Each travel conversation gets me a little more excited for my next trip.
Which trips are on your travel bucket list?
Have you been to any of these? Any and all advice is welcome! What’s at the top of your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments below.
I love the whole world, and all its sights and sounds.
The world is awesome, and this one-minute video helps capture that sentiment. If you have a passion for exploring the globe, you’ll love it as much as I did. Keep exploring and appreciating this awesome world! Boomdeyada!
Thank you Discovery Channel – the world IS awesome!
The more you travel, the more you agree – the world is just awesome! I just went on my 10-country Eurotrip; every country provided new reasons to agree. As I visit new countries, I find more and more moments that reinforce this. Do you agree?
What are the most popular tourist attractions in the world? This infographic shows all kinds of interesting numbers.
Times Square is easily the most popular tourist destination in the world, according to this travel infographic.
More people visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, than visit the Vatican or the Coliseum in Rome
Disneyland Tokyo is more popular than the Great Wall of China, and Disney World in Florida is far more popular than both.
Infographic by Forbes Traveler. (Click on image to enlarge)
Niagara Falls is the most visited natural tourist destination in the world, by far, according to this chart. But – there’s no way it’s more highly visited than Central Park in NYC.
Theme parks are incredibly popular – Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, etc.
Most Popular does NOT = Best!
Keep in mind that lists and graphics like this aren’t showing the best places to go, but rather the ones that are most visited. The amount of visits is often influenced by how many people are nearby to visit (and can afford to). For example, local New Yorkers do not get excited by Times Square. If you visit me in NYC, my tour will focus on areas that didn’t make this list.
This 50 Most Popular Tourist Destinations Infographic was created by Forbes Traveler. Thanks to the excellent travel magazine Wild Junket for inspiring this post. (Click on image to enlarge)
Amazing underwater shark photographs, plus photos of mantas, whales, and dolphins
Bull shark closeup, in Fiji. I’m terrified just looking at it! Photo by Alexander Safonov
Underwater photographer Alexander Safonov took some amazing photos – close-up shots of sharks, dolphins, gigantic manta rays, sperm whales, and more. Buy these photos here
Check out the full slideshow of Alexander Safonov’s impressive underwater photography.
Photographer Alexander Safonov is originally from Voronezh, Russia. He’s lived in eastern Asia since 1998, spending a decade in Japan first and currently residing in Hong Kong, according to a profile in the Telegraph. Buy a copy of his photographs here.
The Marianas Trench is located just northeast of Indonesia.
The world’s deepest point in the oceans is the Challenger Deep which is found within the Marianas Trench. The Marianas Trench is a depression (deep cracks) in the floor of the western Pacific Ocean. Marianas Trench is formed (as other ocean trenches) as a result of the oceanic plate being pushed against a continental plate whereby causing the oceanic plate to pushed downward making deep fissure. Its location is east of the Mariana Islands and is 1,554 miles long and averages 44 miles wide (see diagrams below). The Marianas Trench depth is 36,200 feet (11,033 m or 11.03 km).
Imagine being surrounded by Grey Reef Sharks while SCUBA diving – it’s all captured in this awesome 5-minute diving video of Grey Reef Sharks in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Ray of Hope shipwreck. I love the ominous music too. Check out the video of SCUBA diving with these “Apex Predators” below:
Happy 2013! Ahhh, the new year. Each and every year, millions of people decide they need to get in better shape. Sometimes this is travel related, to look great for your next trip. Do you want to get ready for the tons of travel photos and bathing suit weather for your winter getaway? How do you do it? Start by setting a goal, and then focus on both the fitness and nutrition. Most people ignore the nutrition part, and then get discouraged with the lack of results. I made some small changes with big results, and you can too.
Check out this post on the 7.5 steps to get in shape for your next trip. Most lists focus on the fitness, so I’m going to focus on the nutrition, which could be even more important. These are little adjustments in your diet that make a huge difference – they did for me. I’ll show you how!
The New York Times just posted their annual travel destinations article, The 46 Places to Go in 2013 – love it! Which should we visit next??
Of these, Nicaragua, Rio, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Paris, and Casablanca Morocco are already on my list. The Falkland Islands sound really interesting – a “Galápagos-like spot swarming with penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife” off the coast of Argentina.
I loved Singapore, Hvar, Philippines, Jackson Hole Wyoming. I also liked Chichen Itza, Bangkok, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico
The introduce some interesting places, like an arid mountainous area in China called Ningxia that’s been transformed to a wine region that LVMH is investing in.
I’ll be posting about these locations in upcoming weeks…