One of my top tips on the subject of getting what you want is tell as many people as you can. So, I'm sharing my Travel Bucket List with the good people of the world wide web. Though I can admit a few of these were inspired by articles on Buzzfeed, most of them have been in my thoughts for years and I am dead serious when I say that I will see all of these places. I actually made it to #10 this year, so I'm 10% done! Go me! It's an ambitious list, but deciding what you want is the first step to getting it, and telling someone is the second. This my commitment to all of you, and more importantly to myself that I will scratch all of these places off before I move on.
So, in no particular order, I present to you... my travel bucket list.
1. Taj Mahal, India - The story of the Taj Mahal is what attracts me to it the most. Shah Jahan built this amazing structure as a monument and mausoleum for his third wife. The construction of the Taj Mahal bankrupted the government, and resulted in Shah Jahan's overthrow. He was then imprisoned for life in a tower with a window facing the Taj Mahal, so that he might look upon the monument to his great love for the remainder of his days.
2. Great Wall of China - Everyone I know who has made it to the Great Wall says that it is truly breathtaking, and a must see for anyone travelling in Asia. It's one of the largest man-made structures on the planet, parts of it are almost two thousand years old, and it's said you can see it from space.
3. Venice, Italy - This city holds a special place in my heart, despite the fact that I have never been there. It was the first place I heard of where I instantly thought, "I have to go there!" It is the spark that ignited my wanderlust. I have a deep love for the ocean and something about a floating city just speaks to me. I have heard many people say it's overrated, which makes me kind of sad, but I don't really care. I still want to see if for myself.
4. Antelope Canyon, U.S.A. - The pictures I've seen of this canyon prove to me once again that nature is the ultimate artist. The soft, winding curves of this canyon come from the steady erosion generated by wind whipping through. Also, since my home state is just above Arizona, it seems like a relatively easy destination to knock off the list.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru - Before coming to Asia, South America was my original destination and when I'm done here it will be my next stop. I have always found Machu Picchu to be very intriguing because the entire city was built at the top of a very tall mountain, it went unnoticed by the Spanish Conquest, and it was "lost" for hundreds of years before being rediscovered in the early 20th century.
5. Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats), Bolivia - I have heard that standing on the salt flats is the closest comparison that most people will get to standing on the moon... so seeing as I'm much too tall to be an astronaut, I think that's pretty cool. Also, during the rainy season the flats become highly reflective and are said to be the worlds largest natural mirror.
6. Tulip Fields, Netherlands - I'm a sucker for bright colorful things... Also, tulips are my favorite flower so seeing thousands of them in one place seems like a dream come true.
7. Zanghye Danxia Landform, China - Just look at that picture... It looks as though it should be some sort of crazy acid trip painting, but it's not. Nature made that, and it's extremely awesome.
8. Petra, Jordan - What can I say? I just have a thing for lost cities.
9. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Isalnd, Maldives - The "stars" on this beach are actually phytoplankton called dinoflagellates, which generate a marine bioluminescence. The Maldives are located relatively far off the coast of India, so this place might be a little more difficult to get to; however, it simply looks too poetically beautiful to pass up.
10. Arayshima Bamboo Grove, Japan - Very proud to say I scratched this one off in March during my short trip to Osaka and Kyoto. If you're heading to that area, I would absolutely make this time for this place. It is uniquely beautiful, utterly serene, and unlike anything I have seen before.
Do you have tips or tricks for visiting any of these places? What's on your travel bucket list? Find me on Facebook, tweet to me @abeautifulview0, or tag me (abeautifulview0) in your photos on Instagram! I would definitely love to hear from you :)
Enjoy the beautiful view!