Mar 6, 2015

A Travel Bucket List with Laughter is Catching

My name is Laura, and I have a confession. I’m addicted to travelling, and as I get older its got worse. The more money I earn the more places I want to visit, and despite being newly married (under three weeks ago) we aren’t dreaming of houses with gardens, but extended honeymoons in South East Asia. If the world is your oyster, please can you fill my handbag with them?

So, I thought that today I would share with you my two favourite places to travel, and two places I am desperate to get to this year. In the last twelve months I have seen the sunshine in San Diego, been a native in New York (well, for six weeks at least!), visited Vancouver, fallen in love with Iceland, navigated Norway, popped my Paris cherry and adored Matera in Italy, all while holding down a full time job working with bloggers all over the world (check us out here!)

Reykjavik
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Iceland was like nothing I expected and everything I imagined all rolled into one. The sun rose at eleven am and set at four pm, and in those sparse daylight hours the rugged, volcanic landscape astounded me. We hunted for the Northern lights, tripped the Golden Circle and visited a geothermal power plant to see how the islanders get their heating. I love the fact that the island has polar opposites; volcanic mountains in the middle with flowing lava and ice caves and glaciers. My favourite part? I’m not going to say the Blue Lagoon, although amazing, but the geysers and Thingvellir (where the two tectonic plates are pulling apart). Iceland, we will meet again.

Matera, Italy

Another one on the not expecting it to be so fantastic sheet, Matera blew my mind. We stayed in the UNESCO protected Sassi in a cave hotel, complete with air conditioning and wifi, and spend a long weekend checking out the set for the remake of Ben Hur and exploring abandoned caves. If you need a European break steeped in history, then try Matera. (read my original post here). But in the spirit of a thirty before thirty list, there are a few places I would love to get to:

Bora Bora
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Said to be an ancient geological phenomenon, Bora Bora looks like paradise to me. The white sandy beaches and clear blue waters would be a great place to get through my reading list but at a 26 hour trip from London, I might wait till we move to the States and get a little closer!

Macchu Pichu, Peru
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Oh goodness, this one is getting to me. My Dad is off there in June and my sister is due to visit later on in the year, and I have a massive case of the green eyed monster. The Aztecs have always had me enthralled, and so Macchu Pichu is a must see before I die.

How about you? What country sits at the top of your travel bucket list?

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Thailand and Chile are high atop my list!
Thanks for inciting a little wanderlust in us all today, Laura!
Happy Friday, everyone!

--Visit Laura over at Laughter is Catching--

21 comments:

  1. I would really like to do the whole London, Paris & Rome trip. Macchu Pichu is on my list also!
    Iceland looks like a fascinating trip.

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    1. I live in London, and there is always something to keep you occupied. I found Paris a bit of a let down but we didnt spend long there so i think I need to go back. Rome is on my list, we are off to Tuscany in a month to see Naples and Pisa plus some vineyards!

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  2. I too am travel obsessed, so much so that my husband and I have chosen to sell our things, pack up our treasures and move abroad. We made that choice so we could travel for years before settling down somewhere, and having kids. Bora Bora is on my top five must visits, but Thailand is my number 1.

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  3. I am dying to go to Bora Bora too! My sister and brother-in-law went in May, and they obviously had the most amazing time of their lives. I did an extensive interview with them about their trip in order to help others who may be planning, so if you ever need a little help, feel free to pop over and give it a read!! :-) As far as my own travel wishlist, I'm DYING to go to Paris and London! Dying! Hoping to sometime in the next year.

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    1. If you need London recommendations just shout, I'm a Londoner!

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  4. Nice list, I share your obsession! Next rip for me is South of France, can't wait!

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  5. Ahhh Iceland! I want to go there so badly! I think it is my next out of the country adventure after Canada (again) this summer! What time of year did you go and did you actually see the Northern Lights?

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    1. e went in November and we didnt, although apparently they did the week before. it totally depends on the visibility and it was really rainy when we were there so lots of cloud coverage.

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  6. Dying to visit Iceland, every photo I see is breath taking! I would like to go to Bora Bora too, but yes it's a very long flight just to get there!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  8. Yay, love reading about people who love my adopted home Iceland, it really is a fascinating place! At the top of my travel bucket list is South Africa and Thailand!

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    1. Your blog makes me want to go back all over again, I love reading it!

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  9. Great list! My travel bucket list seems to grow rather than shrink no matter how much I travel! India is at the top of mine, lucky for me I'm going this summer!

    http://thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh me too, its crazy! For every one I knock off I swear three more jump in its place!

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  10. This list looks great! Bora Bora seems very tempting during the ice cold winter here in Reykjavík :)

    If you are planning a trip to Iceland check out my site, www.goldencircledaytours.com and be sure to visit some of these beautiful attractions my country has to offer!

    We would gladly help you with unrelated, local insight if you are interested :)

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    1. I went in November so I probably wont get back there this year and my Auntie is married to an Icelandic guy, but if I go back soon Ill be in touch. Its always lovely to get some local recommendations!

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  11. Not trying to be snarky but Machu Picchu was inhabited by the Inca not Aztecs :)
    And it is definitely on my bucket list along with Bora Bora!!!

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  12. A lot of these places are on my list and your pictures make me want to go there even more.

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  13. So many on my list. The top two are wherever I can get to first! Love that you are living this life. I think I may have to do a 50 after 50 list. or maybe a 70 before 70, lol! Enjoy.

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