My Travel Bucketlist


My husband really likes Anthony Bourdain. He’s a bit too snarky for my taste, but I try not to complain about the episodes of Parts Unknown that seem to be on an endless loop in my house most Saturdays. I do love watching some of the crazy places that he goes. And the food—oh, the food. One of the most recent episodes on the Basque Country inspired me to think about my travel bucket list at this point in my life.

I studied Latin in high school and learned a lot of Greek and Roman history as part of that, so I’ve always loved the idea of visiting Athens and the Greek Islands. The Parthenon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and even though I know it’s mostly a shell, I really want to stand there in the presence of all that history. When it comes to the islands, I feel like Santorini is calling my name. Just looking at photos of those whitewashed buildings with the blue domes intrigues me so much.

Several years ago, I got to go on a business trip to Paris and absolutely fell in love with France. I’m sure I’ve over-romanticized it, but I’d really love to go back to France to visit Provence this time. I have visions of lavender fields and sunflowers and all the places Van Gogh painted just before he died. Plus, there’s kind of amazing wine along the Cotes du Rhone.

Basically everything about Amsterdam appeals to me. OK, maybe not the Red Light district and all the pot…but everything else. The canals look amazing, and I’m obsessed with the architecture of the 16th and 17th century canal houses. There are also windmills, tulips, and tons of cheese. What’s not to love.

South Africa
I’ve wanted to go on a safari as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine how it would feel to see an elephant just a few feet away or watch a lion stalking its prey. I’ve been to plenty of nature parks in my life, but to see the animals up-close and personal in their natural habitat would be a dream come true.

I feel like when Barcelona comes up in conversations, it’s always one of those things where people sigh and say, “Oh, I love Barcelona!” I want to find out why! I’ve read that the Sagrada Familia might actually be completed in the next few years, and I think it would be spectacular to see that. Plus there’s the amazing Gothic Quarter. And tapas. One must never overlook tapas.

New Orleans
Everything I’ve ever seen of New Orleans looks like it’s nothing but fun. Of course there’s the craziness of Bourbon Street but also the fun of the Mardi Gras decorations and the pretty church downtown. I love the old-style porches and even the cemeteries look kind of cool. Mostly I love that it looks like a marriage of Europe and parts of the South. Hopefully I’ll get there one day!