We all have dreams. Things we want to do in our lifetime. Things we want to see. Places we want to go. For me, it is important to write these dreams down so I can keep them in focus. I like my Bucket List to be a long-term to do list and not a list of things I will never do.
Below I have written down some of the trips I would like to take in the coming years. I hope that one day I can make an entry on this blog and cross off these items. By then I will have tons more.
Take a Train From San Francisco to New York
I first heard of this by Derek Low when his article about his coast to coast trip by train took the internet by storm. I was surprised you can travel across the United States without a car or a plane. The US isn’t exactly known for its great railway system nowadays. You can do the entire trip in only 4 days if do it all without a single stopover. I wouldn’t really recommend that. I imagine I would like to do a trip somewhere between two to three weeks.
If you are interest in this kind of travel, I highly recommend checking out Derek’s piece about his trip.
Iceland Road Trip
I don’t know where I have heard of this for the first time. But I guess it was a long time ago since visiting Iceland has been a long dream of mine. If you follow me on social media you will have noticed how excited I get about photos from Iceland. Unlike the United States, Iceland does not have a public railway system, a road trip is the way to go up there. The Ring Road in Iceland is a 1’332km long road and goes around a big part of Iceland. A lot of the famous sights in Iceland are next to the Ring Road. That’s why they’re famous I guess. From what I’ve read on the countless blogs about Iceland, about seven days seems to be the sweet spot for this trip. I’d love to pack my bags right now, fly to Iceland, rent a camper van and just start driving. I don’t think there is anything that even compares to Iceland. Aurora, whales and dat landscape. Iceland belongs onto everyone’s bucket list.
Kristin from Be My Travel Muse has a great article about her trip to Iceland if you would like to get any more information.
Snowmobile Safari in Finland
This is rather new entry on my bucket list. I have heard of this a few years ago when a co-worker of mine did a trip like this. But it came up again last week when I saw that one of my old school buddies was in Finland right now doing this. What I gathered from my short research I did on this you can trips lasting only hours or safaris that last days. I’d definitely be down for the latter.
For someone who isn’t a big fan of cold climates, my list definitely includes a lot of cold places.
Coast to Coast Road Trip in The United States
This pretty much the same as the train trip mentioned at the top, but in a car. Well, the destinations are the same but the trip is entirely different and there are various routes to choose from. You can also enjoy more freedom and pretty much go wherever and do whatever you want.
South African Safari
Africa is still one of those continents untouched by my feet. I would like to change that rather sooner than later. It is huge and there are so many different places to explore. A safari in Southern Africa sounds especially appealing to me because that is the only Africa I’ve known as a child. Because all the things I knew about Africa came from The Lion King. My dad has done a trip around South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana and I’d definitely like to do something along those lines as well.
Another train trip! The longest in the world, in fact. It is 9’289 km long and connects Moscow with Mongolia, China and even North Korea! The most popular route is from Moscow to Beijing. It will take about 6 days to complete this journey. You will spend 6 nights on the train. Unfortunately there are no hop on hop off tickets or anything the like. If you buy a ticket you have to take the entire journey on the same train. The thought that I can walk out of my door and get a train to China fascinates me. I can take a train to Paris, from where I can get a train to Moscow and then I can get to Beijing. Yes please!
If you have never heard of Interrail (or Eurail for non-Europeans) you are missing out. It is basically one train ticket that is valid in 30 European countries. There is a wide variety of different kinds of tickets depending how long and how often you want to travel during a certain period. The most expensive one, the one that will get you unlimited travel during one month, will cost you €419 ($444). This is still a pretty good deal in my opinion. I would especially like to explore the Scandinavian countries, which unfortunately also happen to be among the most expensive in Europe. I don’t think one month is enough though. If I were to embark on such a trip I’d like to get as much out of it as possible and visit all of the 30 countries. That would mean I could only stay one day in every country. Definitely not enough!
I could go on and on but if I were to write down all the countries I wanted to visit you would never finish reading this.
By the time that I have published this I have probably come up with another bunch of ideas to add to my list. What is on your travel bucket list? What are places that you HAVE TO see in your lifetime?