My Travel Wish List

Studying in Europe, I’m only a few hours away from a myriad of cultures. I want to travel to quite a few places. Even though I’m sure I won’t make it to all of them, I figure can try a few. Here’s my travel wish list of countries and highlights of top places.

Germany

Since I am studying here, I obviously want to explore and see all that I can see. My Germany wish list currently includes:

  • Munich
  • Stuttgart: Made it here for a day over Christmas break 2015.
  • Lindau
  • Berlin
  • Hallstatt
  • The Black Forest
  • Ulm Cathedral
  • Esslingen
  • Frankfurt
  • Freiburg
  • Heidelburg
  • Nuremburg

Austria

I’ve hopped the border while hiking, but I haven’t formally explored this country. My top destination here would be Innsbruck.

Bulgaria

I have read a few articles about the Seven Rila Lakes in Rila National Park. There seems to be an intense hike there in the mountains, and even a little remaining snow in summer.

Croatia

After reading Beer Time with Wagner’s post, I’d love to go hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Czech Republic

Accomplished in May 2015. I finally(!) made it to Prague (see parts I, II, and III).

Denmark

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Copenhagen, and it seems to me that this is a must! Add in the fact that I binge-watched Rita, and I now am extra excited to visit.

Faroe Islands

There’s so much about these Danish islands on the internet right now. It looks like a dream and a lovely hiking destination!

Finland

Yes, it’s cold there, I know. But it’s Finland! I also looked at graduate schools here before deciding on Germany. They have some really nice programs, but that aside, they also have nice hiking. I think I’d really like to travel to Finland to see the Northern Lights. Top destinations: Lapland and Helsinki.

France

I don’t have a huge interest in going to Paris, but since I read a post on Submerged Oaks about the Catacombs of Paris, I definitely want to go at least for a day!

I went to France to visit my friends in the summer of 2016. We explored the south, including Lyon and Marseille.

Greece

Okay, since basically every history class I’ve ever taken talks about how awesome Ancient Greece was, I feel like Modern Greece deserves some kind of recognition. From all the photos I’ve seen, I definitely want to catch at least one sunset at Oia.

Iceland

This one is fueled purely by the amazing stories and photos from blogs around the web, most notably Unlocking Kiki. Top destinations: Reykjanes Nature Reserve and Vatnajökull National Park.

Ireland

I think I will always want to come back here. Since I studied in Northern Ireland, I never really got the chance to go further south than Dublin or the Cliffs of Moher. I’d like to return and explore the southern part of the Republic. I also made a goal to climb Mweelrea Mountain, but I never was able to realize it while I was there.

Italy

Alright, who doesn’t want to go to Italy at least once, and at least for the food if nothing else? I keep seeing pictures of the Amalfi Coast and it looks gorgeous. Additionally, Dr. James’ art history course was early, but seeing all the Italian architecture was enough to make me want to go. Add in my love for good wines and I’m there. Top cities: Milan, Bergamo, and Florence.

Netherlands

I’m a quarter Dutch in my ancestry, so I think a visit back to my grandmother’s motherland is in order. Plus, all the Americans I know who have been to Amsterdam are a tad obsessed. Better see what it’s all about.

Norway

While it is basically the most expensive place to travel to, it’s still on my list. Seeing a polar bear in the wild in one of my life goals, and this is a country I’d consider doing it in. Top destinations: Oslo, Preikestolen, and the Lofoten Islands.

Portugal

They say the cheapest city in Europe is Lisbon. I’m pretty cheap, and Lisbon seems to have a soulful coastal culture, complete with architecture that I happen to find very attractive. Yep, it’s definitely on the list.

Scotland

I’ve been to Scotland before, but I haven’t made it to the Isle of Skye. From what I hear, it’s gorgeous. I’d really like to visit in summer while everything is a bright shade of green and the rains are (hopefully) at bay. I also wouldn’t mind returning to Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.

Spain

As someone who has studied Spanish, how can I not want to go to Spain? I want to go check out some of the sights and foods that have been brought up in my Spanish classes, along with attempting to communicate with the locals. Top destinations: Sagrada Familia, Seville, and the Basque Coast.

Sweden

Yes, I really do want to visit every Scandinavian country, not to mention hike some Swedish country. More Northern Lights, please. Can you see a hiking theme with these Scandinavian countries?… Top destinations: Stockholm, Uppsala, and Sarek National Park.

Switzerland

Konstanz is on the border with Switzerland, so I could basically walk to Swiss soil. (I have indeed walked there to visit Kreuzlingen. I also attended the wedding of some friends at Olten in summer 2016.) But I want to also experience the natural wonders this country has to offer. Top destinations: Thun, the Matterhorn, and Lauterbrunnen.

Other Places in the World…

I’ll be studying in Europe, and therefore will probably stay fairly contained in Europe. However, there are quite a few other places I would like to travel in the world that are worth mentioning:

  • Bhutan
  • Morocco
  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Egypt
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Ecuador
  • Peru (Rainbow Mountain, anyone?)
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Antarctica
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