I love traveling for so many reasons. Learning about other places and cultures is so exciting for me. And I believe that half the fun of traveling is the journey itself — there’s always such a thrill in waking up early to catch that flight, or that bus, or that train.
I caught the travel bug early in life and am fortunate to have gone to some really amazing places. But there are still so many cities and countries I hope to visit before I’m too old to travel, so here they are:
Paris has always been the pinnacle of travel destinations in my mind. I’m a romantic at heart, and I’ve always been allured, charmed, and fascinated by the idea of the city. I read books about Paris; I collect pictures of Paris on my Pinterest; my favorite Disney/Pixar movie takes place in Paris. My entire name is French! And no wonder — my parents honeymooned in France. It would be so special to go to Paris with them and have them show me the places they walked long before I came along.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Continuing on the French vibe, New Orleans is a city I’ve always been curious about. Music is a major part of my life, so going to the “birth place of jazz” is something I’d very much enjoy. My high school’s music department went to NOLA over one of their vacation weeks, and it looked like such a blast. From what I’ve seen through posts and photos, NOLA looks like a colorful, fun, and beautiful place.
I hate to admit it, but I’ve been wanting to travel to Amsterdam ever since I read and saw The Fault In Our Stars my freshman year of high school. It’s such a gorgeous city, and I long to walk down the canals and go in the shops. I’ve watched people vlog about it and get so excited as they talk about how amazing it is.
Yosemite National Park, Wyoming
Almost as much as I love music, I love nature. I want to travel to and hike around Yosemite because after now living predominantly in the city for a while, I crave experiences in nature. The natural world is gorgeous, humbling, and I think everyone needs a reminder once in a while of everything this planet has blessed us with.
San Francisco, California
I’ve been to San Diego and Los Angeles, but not San Francisco. I would so love to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and dip my toes in the water. I remember loving so much about California and it would be awesome to go back.
If you’ve been following my blog you know that I love Fixer Upper, and watching this show incessantly over this past summer has definitely put Waco on the map for me! I’ve never been to Texas before, so this would be an awesome way to spend some time there. I would visit the Silos, eat at Magnolia Table, and drop by the original Magnolia shop that Joanna opened. Who knows — if I’m lucky, maybe they’ll pop by too!
Taking pictures in the red phone booths at Epcot is fun and all, but I can’t help but want to do the real thing. London is such a cool city from what I’ve seen, and I would want to experience it all: the double decker busses, Big Ben, the London Eye…and breathing the same air as Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and the rest of the monarchy would have me fangirling pretty hard as well.
Every time I look down at the constellation of freckles on my arms, or see a wisp of fiery red in my hair, I get an inkling to want to see the land of my ancestors. My maternal great grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland. My best friend studied abroad in Ireland this past summer, and when she returned she shared so much of the country’s beauty with me: the rolling emerald hills, the fiddle music billowing out of pub windows, and lots of sheep. It would be so amazing to go there with my entire family and learn more about where we come from.
Greece/The Greek Islands
Literally just because I want to reenact the Mama Mia choreography there.