Travel Bucket List

My husband Seth and I have some pretty serious wanderlust.

We love, love, love to travel. I love packing minimally and exploring the world. We did Zimbabwe this year (you can read about it here and here). We packed minimally because of restrictions on light aircraft, and realized how freeing it is to not overpack. No makeup, no hair dryers or straighteners or jewelry, no extra shoes. We did have to have our laundry done twice while we were away, but it was worth it to not have to haul around all those extra bags….and to see the look on our guide's face when we arrived at our second lodge and could carry all our bags ourselves. Hiiiiilarious.

That said, I have a bucket list of places I want to travel before I die. Some of the places I want to go, I'd like to go before we have kids - in other words, I'm hoping to get there in the next few years.

Redwoods National Forest



Thanks to my awesome in-laws that love to travel just as much as I do, we are knocking this one out THIS WEEKEND! I've always wanted to go to the Redwoods National Forest, but somehow have never (ever) made it out to California. Seriously - like, anywhere in California. I have always prioritized international travel over domestic travel when I had free time away from work or school, so there is a long list of amazing places in the U.S. that I haven't yet seen.

The Redwood National Forest is home to the tallest trees in the world. In 2006, a team of scientists measured the trees and discovered that the tallest tree, named Hyperion, stood at 379.1 feet tall. That's nearly six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty, and 75 times my height. So excited to knock this one out in just a few days!

Thailand
Deepwater soloing off Railay Beach in Thailand

Since I went to China (twice), and started rock climbing two years ago, I've had it on my bucket list to go to Thailand and go deepwater soloing. My husband and I are discussing arranging a trip around Southeast Asia, so we are able to knock out Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in one trip. We found a resort on Railay Beach in Thailand that includes trips to go deepwater soloing off the coast of Krabi Island that seems really affordable, so it's likely if we get to do this trip that that is where we'll be going.


Railay Beach
We'll want to do all the other touristy things in Thailand, too (of course), such as Phuket, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai, but as a rock climber deepwater soloing somewhere this beautiful is way up there on my personal bucket list.

Vietnam

Asia continues to draw me, and will probably always draw me. It is so vastly different from the United States in nearly every way, that I feel like to really dig deep into the parts of your soul that are so comfortable and ingrained in the American culture, you just have to go to Asia.

When we travel to Thailand, we want to stop over in Vietnam - specifically to see Halong Bay, but also some of Vietnam's more touristy destinations (Seth specifically wants to go to its floating fish markets - if someone is going to get psyched about cooking fish on vacation, it would be my husband).

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Cambodia

Cambodia is also super high on my travel bucket list - primarily for this place:

Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is an archeological site that contains the remains of several of the capitals of the Khmer Empire, which spanned from the 9th to 15th centuries. It stretches over 400 square kilometers, and contains both Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, religious temples that have been preserved and protected by UNESCO.

South Africa (Great White shark diving)

For those of you that don't know, my husband and I are both scuba-certified. Seth is actually only a few dives away from receiving his Dive Master's certification, and I received my Advanced Scuba Open Water certification in 2012. One major thing we both want to tick off our bucket list (likely pre-children) is to go Great White dark diving in South Africa.

Yes, really.


There are several other places we want to go, but those are highest on my (and likely our) list right now. We also want to visit Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands and the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica (where I will probably cry a la Kristen Bell).

Where do you want to go, and why? I'd love to hear, I'm always looking for places to add to my travel bucket list!

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