Travel Bucket List

Wanderlust.  That tragically hip term every teenager and twenty-something has emblazoned across their Tumblrs and Pinterest boards (not to mention countless t-shirts at Urban Outfitters etc), yet perfectly sums up the feeling.  Wanting to hop on a plane and explore a new city, do something that scares the shit out of you, and discover something amazing.  Is it overused?  Probably.  But I can't think of a better word so I'm sticking with it.

When you have wanderlust as bad as I do, there are a few things that happen:

  • I'm always looking at flights to various places, looking for deals.
  • To the point I've subscribed to a few websites that notify me every time there's an error deal or cheap flight available.
  • Plotting my next adventure is a continuous process.  Even when I've booked one I'm planning for the next, or constantly changing my mind about where to go.
  • BLOGS.  I read so many blogs about different places to go, and save posts so one day when I make it there I'll have a guide of the best restaurants, coffee shops, tourist destinations, and off-the-beaten-path places to check out.

It's been so long since I had the chance to really get out and explore, and two weekend trips to San Deigo and San Francisco didn't do much besides make my desire to travel even worse.  Curse you school and my inability to go anywhere for more than two days!!!  So when I ran across a contest to win a trip to see the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle by blogging about your top three bucket list destinations, how could I resist?  I have such a long list it will be a good exercise to narrow down a top three.

Photo credit Katherine Sawyer. Carmel, CA 2015

Photo credit Katherine Sawyer. Carmel, CA 2015

  1. Northern Lights aurora borealis I have always dreamed of seeing the sky light up with colors dancing across the horizon.  I love nothing more than laying out staring at the stars looking for meteors, especially out in the back country where there is so little light pollution the sky is practically white with stars.  I've tried several times to make it to Iceland or Scandinavia to brave the cold to see the natural wonder, but I was never able to make it work.  If you know me, you know I HATE the cold- one of the curses/blessings of growing up in California so being willing to visit severe cold is a big deal for me.  Even the Southern Lights aurora australis would be incredible (and warmer)!  I've read you can sometimes see it from Australia if the conditions are right!  I imagine it's one of those moments when you struggle between wanting to document the experience and leaving your camera aside to just take it all in.  
  2. Visit All Seven Continents  I know this is a cliche and everyone wants to achieve this, but ever since I hit three in the same year last year (North America, Asia, Europe) I've wanted to try to step foot on all seven in one calendar year.  It is a crazy goal?  Probably.  But a girl can dream, right?  I've always had a ridiculous amount of ambition and welcome a challenge so I'm hoping the incredulity of it will motivate me to make it happen.  The only challenge I foresee is  Antarctica.  Partly due to the cold (see previous.  I REALLY don't like being cold) and the cost of getting there.  I've already strategized a few possibilities, so we'll have to see how it goes.  2016 may be the year!
  3. Bioluminescent Waves  Freshman year of college my best friend was going to school in San Diego and was there when the red tide came.  Strange name right?  Well apparently the water turns red because of a specific algae bloom containing phytoplankton that biolumineces that comes together every few years.  At night the waves glow blue and you can swim and surf in glowing water!  Ever since she told me about it I have wanted desperately to witness it and swim in the magical water.  It's a natural wonder that is so rare and incredible I want to experience it first hand.  It only happens a few places in the world and with one so close to me in California, it's only a matter of time.

So there are my top three bucket list items!  If you want to enter the Transun contest check out all the details here!

What are your top bucket list items?