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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 | 18 comments

Where Would You Go? Creating A Bucket List

Have you ever wanted to take a round the world trip? What are your travel dreams and aspirations? Where do you most want to go? Is there a historical site, monument, city, a place that you’ve always dreamed of? Or maybe it’s about doing something active like hiking the Great Wall of China, seeing the northern lights in Iceland, or observing wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. If you could go anywhere at all, where would you go? Have you created a bucket list?

Lately it’s become pretty clear to me that travel is going to be a big focal point for the rest of my life. I don’t travel as much as I’d like to, yet, nor have I even begun to scratch the surface of all the places I’d like to see. But most anything is possible if you want it bad enough. It just takes some planning, time, and yes, a bit of cash.

I believe an important step to reaching your goals and making dreams come true is to write them down. In fact, there’s scientific evidence that if you write a goal down on paper, you are more likely to remember it and follow through.

Having said all that, I thought I’d better walk my talk and create my own travel bucket list.

Bucket list travel destinations, Mc Way Falls, Big Sur @PennySadler

McWay Falls by Adventures of a Carry-on

My Current Bucket List (in no particular order)


Where Would you Go? Creating a Travel Bucket List

White Sands of Morar, Photo courtesy of


1. Scotland: I love photography, particularly landscape photography. Scotland definitely fills the bill. History and landscapes in the Scottish Highlands, beautiful cityscapes and architecture in Edinburgh, and the white sands of Morar. That’s just for starters.


Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany, Photo courtesy of

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany, Photo courtesy of David Luong, Flickr Creative Commons

2. Germany: Driving the romantic road beginning in the north at Wurzberg and ending at Neuschwanstein Castle, which I have wanted to see since I was as young girl, though I no longer have romantic fantasies of meeting up with a prince in the Bavarian forest.

3. The Orient Express: I’d like to take the train from London to Venice. The Orient Express is the epitome of elegance and retro travel.

Where will you go? Creating a Travel Bucket List

The Forbidden City, China. Photo by Michael McDonough via flickr creative commons

The Great Wall of China Where would  You go Creating a Travel Bucket List

The Great Wall of China courtesy of

4. China: I read a lot of Pearl S. Buck novels as a kid, and have always had an attraction to the lives of the Chinese emperors. A tour of China including a trip to the Forbidden City is on the list as well as a tour of the Great Wall.

Where Would You go? The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, Arizona, Photo courtesy of

5. USA: The Grand Canyon. I know I went there on a family trip as a kid, but I have no memories of it. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in the USA. Again, landscape photography is a big draw for me here.


Where would you go? Creating a Bucket List.

The Northern Lights, Iceland,  Photo courtesy of

6. Iceland: To see the northern lights. Looks amazing! I’ve seen the Marfa lights out in west Texas, but not exactly the same thing. Iceland is also another area of astounding natural beauty. Plus I hear it’s the ultimate party place. Might be a nice change for me.


Where Would You Go? Creating a Travel Bucket List

Old Montreal, Photo courtesy of

7. Canada: I’ve been to Toronto and Vancouver (only briefly), but I’ve still not been to Montreal. The combination of history, architecture, and French culture intrigues me, plus I love places that have small walkable historic areas. I’d also like to go back to Vancouver.

Where would you go? creating a Travel bucket list

Matera, Italy photo by Andrea Rinaldi from Flickr Creative Commons

vineyard in Italy @PennySadler 2014

Vineyard Emilia Romagna

8. Italy: If you read my blog at all you know Italy has to be on the list. For all the obvious reasons: history, culture, language, wine and food, stunning natural beauty, monuments, beaches. Matera is high on the list as this city is so architecturally interesting. It fascinates me that this is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – I mean people really live there.

Tips for the Ultimate California Road Trip

What a view! Big Sur

Ultimate California Road Trip

Imagine building bridges along this road.

9. USA: California, everywhere, anywhere, because I love California with its endless natural beauty, delicious fresh food, and great museums. I recently crossed one of my California wishes off my list – driving Hwy. 1 and seeing Big Sur. That was epic. Of course I’d like to do it again, but slower this time.


Exploring South Cornwall Where would you go?

Pendennis Castle by Nilfanin, Creative Commons

Exploring South Cornwall

St. Michael’s Mount by Ulli 1105 Creative Commons

10. England: Specifically, the Cornwall coast. For the historic castles built during the time of Henry the VIII, and Mount Saint Michaels, the tidal island.

This is but a small sampling. I could go on and on, but it’s a start. Really I’d like to go pretty much anywhere in Europe: Paris, Provence, Prague, Munich, Budapest… the list is long.

I’d love to hear what’s on your bucket list. After all, we all gain inspiration from each other. Leave a comment below or send me message via my contact page.

  1. China and northern lights are in my list too. But my list is never ending!! I want to go to every place on this earth. Make that in a loop ! 🙂

  2. Love this list. Some of them are on my list, especially seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Definitely go to the Grand Canyon again now that you can keep memories of it. You will be amazed at its beauty!

    • Hi Edith, Thanks for the comments. Time, need more of it!

  3. I love looking at people’s lists like this! Always gives me new ideas. That said, I prefer the term “Dream Travel List” to “Bucket List.”

  4. Funny I never have a bucket list since it always changes, but you have a great list of places to visit

  5. We were lucky enough to visit Iceland a couple of years ago. It is a majestic and eerie landscape that can change from green pasture to black lava fields in just a few metres. If you do get there, I would heartily recommend the Ice Lagoon. I thought it was the most magical place I have ever been! We spent a couple of hours walking a shingle beach that was littered with icebergs, some tiny, some taller than me, and all with sunshine glinting off their blue tinted surfaces. Stunning location!

  6. We have the same taste! I would love to visit all of these destinations especially Iceland! Let’s hope for 2015!

  7. Great list! I’d love to visit all of those places as well. My bucket list has gotten out of control, I’m constantly adding to it. But I’m spending the next six months in Brazil, so I’ve been working on a South American bucket list for while I’m there. I definitely want to go to Buenos Aires and Mendoza in Argentina, Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru and Punta del Este in Uruguay – to start! Bon voyage!

    • Kacy great trip ahead of you! I think it’s a great idea to explore one country as thoroughly as possible. have a great time!

  8. Well that’s quite a list 😉 Mine is oriented more towards the east. Iran, Indian, China, Japan, Korea yo name a few 😉 And yes to Iceland!

    • Thank you for the comment. This is just the beginning. I’m sure my list will grow to include some of your preferred destinations as well. 🙂

  9. I have Iceland on my list – as well as a backpacking trip in Greenland. I’d like to swim with beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba and bike from Norway to Turkey. My list never gets shorter either.

    • You are a lot more active than I! But I like your style! For sure my list is going to grow.

  10. What a nice list! Hope you’ll delete them from your bucket list asap!!

    • Hi Penny.

      Great blog on Bucket List Travel. First I have to say if you ever make it to Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, I’d love to show you around. your passion for travel is insatiable and pairing travel with bucket lists is my new life. I’m kind of like you too. It’s become painfully clear (in a good kind of pain) that travel for me was going to consume the rest of my life too. After travelling the world, ticking off mine and my family’s bucket list(s) for the past 20 or so years and building a business or two at the same time I did it. Sold my business. Got the family on board, traveled around the world a few more times ticked off a few more items and developed a new business that would passionately propel me to new internal and experiential travel heights. My company is a new word using the words bucket list and vacation to create my very own made up word Blaycation. you google it you find me. Love your list. South Africa and Peru are on mine for this year and i’ve already done Zimbabwe, Kenya, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain and Morocco and France, England, Germany and Luxembourg in the past 12 months. Love this new life! feel free to connect i’ll say hi on twitter. Mark

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