Remarkable Travel Bucket List
Since 2007, traveling is my thing and full-time focus. My Best Solo Travel Destinations and Best Travel Destinations for everyone reading, are listed here. Let me share why, where I have been, and what I want to see this year. I hope it inspires travelers to make a bucket list. If you can’t travel, I hope you will join me by reading my tales and looking at my photos. Travel virtually with me. Traveling alone is hard but together, it makes it more fun. I love it when you join me. Join me by commenting on my posts!
As of January 2017, these are the countries in the world and the ones I have visited. Today, I believe there are 212 countries in the world. When people hear I’m a travel blogger, the first question they ask me is how many countries have I visited. My answer is 49 countries (not including layovers).
Solo Travelers and Travelers of All Stages of Life
Next, I am asked which location is my favorite. Usually, I answer there isn’t one favorite destination. I have several favorites. Vietnam, Australia and Churchill, Arctic, Northern Territories.
Favorite Time to Travel
The third question people ask is when is my favorite time of year to travel.
My favorite time of year to travel is during all the seasons. Countries change based on the seasons. I love Latvia and St Petersberg in the Winter. The English Countryside is sweet and smells luscious in the Spring. In the Summer, I love Southern Turkey, Antalya. Finally, but not least is the Fall. I love my home, the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, USA, and Tuscany, Italy in the Fall.
Most Beautiful Locations
Finally, the fourth question people ask is which is most beautiful? As far as the most beautiful countries, I believe nature defines beauty. Therefore, I think the most stunning natural beauty is in Tanzania, Australia, and Iceland. To me, these are the most beautiful countries, destinations, and they all look very different.
What’s Your Favorite Country on your Bucket List
More Favorite Categories
Most Romantic – Italy, the Amalfi Coast, and France, specifically Paris
Most Luxurious – Monaco
Sexiest Destination – Turkey
Best Value and Easiest Trip – Romania, Bucharest and Vietnam, Hanoi, and Sapa, and the surrounding towns, with outstanding natural beauty, are perfect for hiking and are great values.
Why Have I Traveled so Many Times to the Same Place?
I have been to Turkey more times, than any other country. Probably, because I have more friends there. Turkey is a favorite location because of the people and why I have gone there so many times. Traveling to see friends makes my trips especially fun for me. But, I have to say; I am very comfortable making new friends, in new destinations.
My Top 4 Travel Bucket List Experiences
World Heritage UNESCO Sites – Places and locations from History
Bible Sites – Historical Locations – Ancient Civilizations
Hiking – Water, Ocean, Waterfalls, and Lakes
What is Next on my Bucket List
Nevertheless, when I think about travel, I reflect on the countries but also think about specific cities. To me, sometimes the cities draw me to the country because they reflect a community and lifestyle.
Hopefully, this year Hungary, Poland, and Cuba are on my bucket list. I want to visit these cities: Budapest, Kraków, and Havana. The important word is hope because I don’t know my consulting schedule. My consulting supports my travel schedule, fortunately, I believe I will see them. These are fantastic locations in 2017.
Where do you think I should visit?
Upcoming Travel Bucket List
Top USA Destination
Love this city! If all goes well, I will see these places too. Therefore, on my Bucket List for 2017 is DC again.
Top International Destination
Done! – Belize first on my Bucket List. Went on a Mission Trip with my church to build a home.
Budapest, Hungary, plus Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg with some new friends
Discovered my ancestry and roots, in Germany, then on to Austria, and to Budapest, divided by the River Danube, Hungary’s capital.
Budapest – The 19th-century Chain Bridge connects hilly Buda district to flat Pest area. Now the two districts are united as one city, Budapest. A funicular goes to Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum. The city captures life from Roman times. Trinity Square is home to a 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion is where I can stand and see sweeping views.
In the city of Kraków, Poland, I want to see the 14th-century Wawel Castle above the medieval old town. Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny (market square). Poland, an Eastern European country on the Baltic Sea is known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage.
I always visit Holocaust memorials wherever I travel, Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum must be seen, so we never forget especially in today’s political climate.
In Warsaw, the capital, I want to see history, the Jewish Ghetto, art, and the old city. Most importantly to me is the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and Polin museum, honoring the city’s WWII-era resistance against German occupation.
Havana, Cuba – this could be hard with Trumps changes in 2017
Havana is Cuba’s capital city. The 16th-century Old Havana and Spanish colonial architecture are like stepping back in time and I can’t wait to see it. Havanna includes the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fort, and maritime museum. The iconic 1920’s landmark, National Capitol Building is famous for being a movie backdrop. Old Havana’s baroque Cathedral de San Cristóbal and Plaza Vieja reflect the city’s vibrant architectural mix.