“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

– Ray Bradbury

Top 5 Travel Destinations

Top 5 Travel Destinations

I was recently inspired by this episode of the Location Indie podcast to name my top five travel destination picks. This was harder than you think to narrow down but I'm confident in my final list.   There are a lot of places that aren't listed here and in particular I've left off US destinations. These simply seem more attainable (aka cheaper) to accomplish in even a weekend. Instead, here are my picks from around the world.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

I have been planning this trip with my best friend for well over a year now. To the point where every time I bring it up, my boyfriend just rolls his eyes. They say good things come to those who wait though, right? In reality, it's difficult planning a trip like this with another person (in another state) who are both on a budget. Ultimately though, we are trying to make this happen because who can resist a country nicknamed "the land of fire and ice"? Not me, I'm all in and here's a few reasons why.

  • There is a black sand beach where all my #beachgoth dreams can come true. Yes, it will be freezing but the thought of the Arctic water crashing onto a black beach is pure romance to me.
  • You can snorkel between two tectonic plates or the "Silfra Fissure." 
  • As a craft beer lover, I have to get my hands on this sheep manure smoked IPA.
  • All the lagoons. From the Blue Lagoon to the Secret Lagoon, nothing sounds more relaxing than sliding into warm lagoon on a cold day.

2. Tangier, Morocco

I have always been a huge fan of "the beats" (my dog is named after Jack Kerouac) and Tangier was a popular place for artists and ex-pats to hang out or hide out. William Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch while in Tangier and the writer Paul Bowles was one the pioneers of ex-pat life there. Anthony Bourdain goes into more detail in this episode where he visits Tangier. Mostly though, I want to hang out and enjoy whatever I may find in the city.

  • Hang out in the cafes.
  • Wander the markets.
  • Eat local food.

3. Rome, Italy

Simply put, I love coffee and pastries. There are many historic reasons to visit Rome but for me it simply comes down to drinking espresso and exploring the city. Oh- and wine, delicious wine with pasta. Am I oversimplifying this city? Yes. Do you actually need a hard list of reasons to travel to a city? No. 

  • Espresso.
  • Pasta.
  • Wine.

4. Roadtripping in Australia 

This may be kind of vague but my grandmother always wanted to take me. By the time I was college age, this wasn't something attainable for health and financial reasons. She went there several times with my grandfather though when I was young, always bringing me back fun treats. She would also show me the VHS camcorder recordings they made driving around the country. 

She recently told me "Travel as much and as often as you can. No one can take those memories from you." 

She wasn't able to take me but I can take myself and will.

5. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has been more on my radar since we found out a friend of ours will be studying there next year. Right behind Iceland, this trip is more of a goal within the next year than just a dream trip. Besides the obvious benefit of visiting with someone who actually speaks Spanish, this is a vibrant city with a lot to offer.

Honorable mentions: Peru, Ireland, and Kenya.

I would love to hear you share your top 5 as well! Feel free to leave them in the comments or drop me an email.

Mojo Coffee House- New Orleans, Louisiana

Mojo Coffee House- New Orleans, Louisiana

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Missouri Botanical Gardens- St. Louis, MO