Top 5 Destinations on My Travel Bucket List

I think we all have bucket (or to-do lists), whether they’re in our head or written down. Some of us may have them more as a wish list rather than a list that we’ll actually cross off. I intend to visit every single one of mine (and document them here, of course). There are many places that I’d love to visit, but these are the destinations at the top of my list. Without further ado, here is my travel bucket list in no particular order.

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Germany, Ireland, and France

I have wanted to visit these three countries for as long as I can remember. My ancestors came from all three of these countries (though I should send a swab to Ancestry or 23andMe to find out where else my people come from). I don’t have a lot of info on where exactly previous generations of family members originate from. My cousin has found out a little bit of information from doing research on Ancestry’s website, so that’d be a good place to start. I know for certain that my maternal great-grandmother came from France. My great-grandfather brought her back with him after the war.

Ideally, I’d like to spend at least a week in each country. I really want to go to the Christmas markets in Germany. I’ve read that Ireland is beautiful in the fall. Is there ever a bad time to go to France?

German Christmas market
German Christmas market (photo credit:


Cliffs in Ireland
It looks like a postcard. (photo credit: National Geographic)


Eiffel Tower
It might be clichΓ©, but I want to go to Paris so bad. (photo credit:


Bora Bora

I first saw a picture of Bora Bora in a calendar in Barnes & Noble as a teenager. I’ve wanted to go since then. I always thought it would be the perfect honeymoon destination (just like many others, but have you seen it?).


Bora Bora
Bora Bora looks stunning.
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Hammock in Bora Bora
I want to spend lazy days in a hammock with unlimited drinks, please.


Northern Lights

This has been a more recent addition to my travel bucket list. I’ve always thought it was beautiful. Over the last couple years, I’ve thought more about going. In fact, I’d like to see them for all the places where the Northern Lights can be viewed. That’s a whole lot of places, but it’s a task I’d like to take on. πŸ™‚


Northern Lights from Alaska
Alaska (photo credit:


Northern Lights in Maine
Maine would probably be the closest place for me to see them. (photo credit:


Northern Lights Iceland
Iceland is one of the new IT travel destinations. (photo credit:


Kakslauttanen igloos in Finland
You’ve probably seen this on Pinterest thousands of times. I would love to stay in one of these igloos in Finland. (photo credit:

MLB Ballparks

I’ve been an avid baseball fan since I was 13. One of my biggest travel bucket list goals is to attend a game at every Major League ballpark. I’ve crossed 3 off my list; 29 more to go.


AT&T Ballpark
AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco is #1 on my list.
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Fenway Park
Fenway Park in Boston is a baseball institution.
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Wrigley Field
Another baseball cathedral, Wrigley Field.
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New Zealand

Like many, I’ve wanted to visit New Zealand since watching theΒ Lord of the RingsΒ trilogy. It’s absolutely stunning! Luckily, fans of the movie can visit Hobbiton to see where the movies were filmed.


Hobbiton in New Zealand
The Shire in Hobbiton
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Abel Tasman National Park
B74C61 New Zealand, South Island, Abel Tasman National Park.
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm caves look so pretty!
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And there you have it. There’s so many places that I’d love to travel to, but I definitely want to make all of these destinations happen. What destinations are on your travel bucket list? Have you crossed of any destinations yet?

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36 thoughts on “Top 5 Destinations on My Travel Bucket List”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how much variety there are on Earth? Love your bucket list ~ they match mine! I’m headed to France (Paris) for the 1st time veer this summer – I’ll be thinking of you and sending you good ju-jus for Paris <3 xo Evelyn, Path of Presence (I almost signed dit as Path of Paris!!)

    • There is so much variety and this is just the top of all of the places I want to see on this Earth. πŸ™‚ Ohhh! How exciting, Evelyn! I can’t wait to hear about your trip and see pictures. Thank you for the good ju-jus and I’m sending them to you for a wonderful trip! πŸ™‚ Path of Paris seems very appropriate!

  2. I am a travel bug too and glad to visit your blog. Northern lights is one of my bucket list too! I cant wait to check out the colorful sky one day! I am not sure how I would feel when I see it!
    Bora bora is new to me, what is one thing you can tell me/educating about Bora bora??

    • I bet the pictures of the Northern Lights don’t do it justice and is even prettier in person. Bora Bora are a group of islands in the French Polynesia. They have gorgeous beaches and you can stay in bungalows right on the water. They also have mountains.

  3. Love your bucket list Samantha. So many beautiful places. Ireland has been on mine too for a very long time. All that greenery and the thought of meeting a leprechaun or two really appeals to me. I’d also really love to see the Northern lights. It must be magical. Oh and the Mayan ruins. I’ve always wanted to take a donkey through the jungle and up the slopes in Tulum and immerse myself in the mysteries of a ancient society.

    • I follow Ireland’s tourism page on Instagram and I’m ready to book a flight every time I see a new post from them. LOL Oh, the Mayan ruins would be really cool to see!

  4. The northern Lights are my ultimate item on the to do list, to be honest! I mean I feel like it really doesn’t need much explanation! It’s just such an amazing and overwhelming experience!

    • Those are good destinations too. I’ve been to NYC and Long Island a few times and it’s wonderful. I really need to go back soon (especially because I have friends there). I hope you get to go to all of your bucket list destinations. πŸ™‚

  5. I would love to visit any one of these destinations! They are all pretty high on my list but I’d also like to visit Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, America,The Maldives… I’m gonna stop here because otherwise I’ll name every place on the map!!

    • You have a great list too! It was hard narrowing it down to five because there are so many more places that I want to travel. I’ll start with these five and then add news ones once these get ticked off. πŸ™‚

  6. Both NZ and the Northern lights are things I want to see. We may go to Iceland this Christmas. My husband lived there for about a year and remembers walking through the Aurora Borealis at ground level.

    • That would be awesome! I’ve found cheap flights there, but I’ve heard it’s expensive to stay, eat, and travel within Iceland. I’m sure there are ways to minimize it though. And it would be worth it!

  7. This is wonderful list of your travel destinations. I have covered my list of preferred destinations but new ones add in the list and do hope to cover this year.

    • Indu, that’s so great to hear. It reminds me that it IS possible to visit all the places that I dream of going to. It’s great that you keep adding new places to visit.

  8. Bora Bora and the northern lights are on my bucket list too. They look so idyllic. I do hope you manage to visit all these wonderful places

  9. I’ve been to Germany, Paris, and Scotland!! (Plus a few others that aren’t on your list…and I know you said Ireland but…it’s close) I would love to go to New Zealand too!! I think I’d like to do a honeymoon in Bali. There is a resort there called the “Ayana” resort and I just feel like it’s LITERALLY calling my name!

    • I’d like to go to Scotland too! So many places that I want to travel to! πŸ™‚ I’m going to have to go look up the Ayana resort now. That’s too much of a coincidence; you better answer Ayana’s call then! πŸ˜€

  10. Bora Bora is such a beautiful place. We have similar bucket lists, as I would like to visit France, see the Northern Lights, Bora Bora, etc. I hope that you get a chance to cross each of these items off your list.

  11. What a fantastic list! I agree that most of us have dreamed to go somewhere but don’t take it as a “serious project.”. I think many people are stuck in a routine, sunk in debts and struggling with everyday life and that’s the main reason why all those “wishes” never get accomplished. It is a great thing to be determined to accomplish one’s wishes instead of seeing them as mere utopias!

    • Thank you, Nati! I agree that most people make them wish list, but always have a reason (or 5) for not following through. I also think many people assume it’s really expensive to travel and don’t realize that with a little bit of research, they can make their dream trips happen. I’m determined to my this bucket list happen! πŸ˜€

  12. Ireland is on my list as well. It’s such a magical place, as a picture from a fairy tale. Visiting Waterloo had been on the top of my bucket list for a while, and last September, I had the opportunity to go there. πŸ™‚

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