Europe, Travel

The bucket list: Where will my next adventure take me?

It’s no secret that I am continuously planning my next trip away. I use my 28 days per year annual leave from work very cautiously – I will never use a holiday if I don’t intend to go somewhere, because wouldn’t that just be a waste? With it now being over half way through the year, 2017 has been average for travelling. I’ve ventured back to Eastern Europe to Budapest, I’ve just returned from a much needed break abroad to Lanzarote, and have explored the UK southern coast.

A couple of years ago, I made a goal to myself to visit at least two new countries every year, so I could scratch them from my travel map, which is currently staring at me from my wall, un-touched for the past three months. Thus, this year, I have only managed to visit one new country (Hungary), leaving my ambitions to run wild and start planning the next destination. So where has grabbed my attention the most?

Rome, Italy

I’ve wanted to go to Rome for as long as I can remember. Perhaps I was inspired by the romantic scenes of Lizzie McGuire at the Trevi Fountain (if you’re old enough to remember this movie) – who knows? I always been set on a huge Italian road trip including Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Venice and Milan, which as magnificent as it may be, is certainly not feasible for some time due to work, time-off and money. So why Rome? Rome is full of world-famous attractions, and I intend to cover every inch of them. My biggest must-see on my itinerary is arguably Italy’s most famous sight, a 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater, the Colosseum, followed by the Pantheon, at least one of the Catacombs Rome has to offer, and throwing my two coins into the Trevi Fountain. Another definite-do is to visit Vatican City. The Italian Renaissance Church of St. Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo being the primary sights, however there are always fantastic museums to see in this area. Let’s not forget the food though, I think we all love the Italian cuisine with its breads, pastas and of course the pizza. When in Rome, it would be rude not to indulge in ridiculous amounts of fine foods. With only four days to spare for this trip, I’m nervous that it may potentially be a rush to squeeze everything in, and with the trip potentially being in October, I’m sure the rain will come to ruin it.. despite this I still think this is top of my 2017 list!

I’m pretty much sold on Italy being my second country to visit in 2017, although nothing is booked quite yet so perhaps another eastern Europe trip or a venture into Scandinavian could steal the title. With this, I’ve also been taking the next year into consideration, there’s so many places to go that it’s a shame I can’t have an unlimited pot of money and time. Here’s the other places that are top of my list:

Caribbean Coast, Mexico

For the past two years, we’ve been saying ‘next year we’ll go to Mexico’, and 2018 is the year that I’m determined to make this happen. I’m not entirely sure where about as of yet – somewhere with nice Mexican food and a pool is always a winner, but I’d like it to be the Caribbean Coast. Not only for the crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sands that I’m dying to revisit, but it must be within travelling distance of the Chichén Itzá. Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins, originally an ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan peninsula, which is around 1500 years old – if there is any trip that I wish to take in Mexico, it will be this!

Scandinavia

I’ve left this one pretty open for the reason that I’m dying to visit all three countries and I just can’t decide which one I want to visit more. I’ve always wanted to visit Copenhagen in Denmark because it looks truly unique and beautiful, Sweden has won me over recently, not only for the cities but because of the glacier mountains and vast lakes, and of course Norway for the Northern Lights. I will definitely be making which ever place I choose a winter break, so still plenty of time to decide on this one!

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Vienna, Austira and Bratislava, Slovakia

Originally, this trip was planned for April 2017 where I’d planned a 10 night trip to take me across three countries. Realising this was a little too ambitious in the time allocated, off we went to Budapest instead. Prior to booking that trip, I’d read all about what to do, see and eat in Vienna and Bratislava, and have since been excited ever since, which is why it is definitely on my list for next year.

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So this is what I’ve so far planned for the next year. Read my blog in a couple of months, and I’m sure I will have added much much more to this, but for now I’m trying to keep it realistic. I’d be interested to see where you have planned for the next year, maybe it’ll inspire me and I could end up changing my entire list around, so, where is it that you’re going?

Love Amie

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33 thoughts on “The bucket list: Where will my next adventure take me?”

  1. I’ve been to all of these places and I can tell you that it is worth visiting each one. My favorite is Rome, though. Been there a few times now and I always enjoy having been there, especially since I love ruins!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog Amie! Really pleased you did, as now I’ve found yours – you have a new follower 🙂

    I couldn’t agree more with you about using leave wisely! I take exactly the same approach and can never understand the benefits of what they call a ‘staycation’!
    Italy was my main country ‘goal’ in 2017 and ended up spending 3 weeks travelling north to south. Rome’s Forum and Pantheon were definite highlights!

    Happy travels!

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  3. Thanks for following my blog, which covers so much yours leaves unexplored. Wondering why Spain, with so much history and art and landscape to offer, does not make your top 10. See my travels in Extramedura, with all the history which has shaped our world, and scenery and art to match… allysonjohnson.com

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  4. WOW! I hope that I can have the opportunity to travel like that one day it is truly amazing that you have seen so much and on most days it’s hard for me to get out the house great article Queen!

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    1. I honestly think I live for visiting new places! I’ll go every opportunity and spend all my wages on it! I hope you get the chance to see the world, it really is an amazing place!

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    1. I’d love to go to Asia! I pretty much have my asia trip (including various countries) planned out, I just need enough time off work so hopefully in a couple of years I’ll be heading there!

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  5. Love your post. This year we are taking our longest Italy trip yet, Seven weeks beginning in Cefalú and wandering to Siracusa before heading over to the mainland. Originally we booked an apartment in Roma for a month but cut it back to three weeks as we saw the heat wave coming through most of southern Europe. Now we will be in Lago di Garda for two weeks in early September before arriving in Roma from 17 September to 5, October.

    Like you we plan our trips carefully but much time to ramble and non fare niente.

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Rome, my wife and I may run into you.
    PS, my last visit was in the rain, but it was still wonderful.

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    1. Wow it sounds like you have a lovely trip planned, I am very envious. Italy has so many beautiful places that I can’t wait to visit one day. Have a lovely time on your adventure, and I hope the rain is kind to me too 🙂

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  6. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! You should add The Bahamas to your list if you haven’t been here yet. 😉 I’d love to go to Italy and to see the Northern Lights as well.

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  7. The Scandinavia journey is one that interests me much. Similar to you. All 3 countries. Maybe 4 throwing Finland in there as well are places I wish to visit as well

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