I’ll be the first to admit it: I need to get out more. Maybe instead of using my paid time off to take three day weekends, I can use it to travel. Here’s my list of places I’d love to travel within the United States and abroad!
I want to explore my own backyard more. The New England area offers so much, and I could make day trips on the weekends. I’d like to go back to Newport, Rhode Island, I’m always up for going to Boston, and I’ve never been anywhere in Vermont or Maine. My mom’s aunt lives in New Hampshire, and we go up during the summer to visit every couple of years or so.
I have this extremely weird fascination with Texas. Thanks, Friday Night Lights. I think I’d want to go to Waco and Houston. The story I finished earlier this year took place in Houston, so I did some research into the area to make the story seem more realistic.
North and/or South Carolina
I feel like there are a bunch of cute local places in either state that would be fun to visit. Plus Myrtle Beach is there, too.
I’d want to visit Wrigley but also explore the city and do all of the touristy things.
As a big Alabama fan, I’d love to go to Bryant-Denny Stadium and see a Bama football game. My university was a Division III school, and I spent my Saturdays junior and senior year at home football games in a stand that fit maybe a couple thousand people. Bryant-Denny can hold over 100,000 people, and I think it would definitely be an experience to attend a game with that many people.
I’d love to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. I’ve only been to two so far—Fenway and Yankee Stadium—and seeing the rest of the 28 would be awesome. This is probably something I can chip away at over time.
I’m not going to blame my desire to go to Italy entirely on The Lizzie McGuire Movie but let’s be honest. I’d totally do all of the touristy things in Italy, but also explore little places. One of the girls at the ice cream shop spent the spring semester abroad in Italy, so I’d ask her for any hints, tips, and suggestions of places to visit.
I’m Swedish on my mom’s side, and in fifth grade, we had a “Heritage Day” where you picked a country of your heritage and displayed it at a table during the event. I did a lot of research on traditions in the Swedish culture, and my mom made a ton of Swedish spritz cookies—they’re like little sugar cookies. I had a jar of Swedish fish on the table and people could guess how many were in there.
My mom’s aunt—the one who lives in New Hampshire—was a good resource for all things Swedish in my family, and she sometimes sends us little Swedish trinkets for Christmas. I doubt I’d ever find anything in Sweden linked to my family, but I’d like to go explore the capital of Stockholm and see what the culture is like.
What’s on your travel bucket list? Where have you been, and where do you want to travel?