Today I write to you from a hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains, hours from home. I’m here for a few days of work. And I spent the previous weekend in a different city traveling for the job.
Sometimes it sounds pretty glamorous, but this week between work trips (and personal travel), I’ll spend five nights away from home. And that can be really hard. For instance, today I’m missing my husband on our wedding anniversary. (Happy 2 years, honey! And here’s to many more years spent together!)
You know you truly love to travel when it is totally, 100% worth it, even in these difficult moments.
For instance, I know that the office travel this week that takes me away from home will ultimately allow us to take another trip together in the future. It is a careful balancing game of staying grounded, building a home life we love, while also spending our lives exploring the world.
So I’m here today dreaming up a Bucket List of places to explore. Edit that – I want to explore the whole darn globe. So I’d better limit this particular Bucket List to the European destinations that are currently at the tippy top of my list.
In no particular order (hey, if you’re offering I’ll go any time!):
When planning our recent trip to France, going to Greece was a strong alternative. I’m hardly the first person to be taken in by the promise of white rooftops built into cliffs surrounded by rippling blue seas…. I want to visit Athens for the history, but mostly I want to drink in the beauty of the islands.
In general, I do not bike. But for some reason I think I would bike in Amsterdam. Doesn’t biking along a canal just sound like the loveliest way to pass an afternoon? Oh, and I would also bike to a windmill in a field surrounded by tulips. Yes, I think I could pass a few pleasant days that way.
Stockholm is a frontrunner, but I’d be fine with visiting any of the Scandinavian cities. For one, we had such a good time when we went north to Iceland in 2013. Cold-weather destinations don’t often make the top of my lists, but that trip opened my eyes to a different type of travel. That, coupled with a fascination with Scandinavian design, makes Stockholm a top contender for my bucket list.
Cardiff being the capital city, I’ll surely visit it when I travel to Wales. But I want to spend most of my time exploring the countryside. I studied abroad in London, and regretted not visiting other nations in Great Britain while I was there. Ireland and Scotland, of course. They’re on the list too. But Wales seems to hold its own little mystery, and I’d like to make sure it remains on my bucket list.
The musical history of this city is definitely a draw for me. I would dream of attending a classical evening performance, followed by an elegant meal of many delicious courses, and then practically dancing home on the trails of moonlight that sweep across this gorgeous city.
Bon Voyage, mes amis!
P.S. How adorable are these illustrations? All images in this post via loosepetals can be found on Etsy!