Without even knowing it, Scotland was the tenth country I’ve been to (*pause for celebration!*). In 2017, I added countries 11 and 12. While many travelers are counting upwards of 50 destinations, I’m happy to share the few places where I’ve been.
Because I come from a landlocked, middle-of-nowhere kind-of place, traveling anywhere costs can be expensive and quite time consuming. It’s a one hour flight just to the next city let alone going out of country!
I’ve linked all my old posts if you want to read the in-depth stories on where I’ve been. Beware that some posts were written in the early beginnings of my blogging career (haha). I’ve also included the links to other bloggers’ posts if I don’t have a guide on a particular location.
As I hope to continue to travel more and more,
here’s my list of where I’ve been:
While some people won’t count their home and native land, I do. This place is huge! I’ve only been to British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, so I hope to visit the rest of my country soon. Quebec City and the Maritimes are top on my list!
My first trip down south was to Florida, and I’ve been back a few times. In 2009, I visited Texas and New Mexico on a school trip. Three states down, only 47 more to go. The list of States I want to go to is fairly long; if you have any recommendations for the West Coast, I’m looking for tips and ideas.
2008 was a big year for me: I visited Ukraine with my Baba, inspiring my love for travel. Cobblestones, castles, and churches will always hold a special place in my forever-Europe-bound heart. I started checking off places from my heritage here. Have you ever travelled anywhere to discover your families heritage?
This is one place I would love to go back. The rainforest jungle is so incredible that it’s difficult to describe. The Arenal volcano region is just so lush, and has a lot of biodiversity. During my family’s hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, I probably took 50 pictures of different animals and insects. Waking up in the morning to a monkey on my balcony will always be one of my favourie memories.
The minute I landed in London, the city stole my heart. It’s my favourite place for a layover; there’s just something about there that is so magical. While I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the rest of the country, I would like to as soon as I can. Cotswolds here I come!
Yet another place I would go back to, particularly to the north, to Lake Como or Garda. Italy is the classic European holiday destination for a reason; there is just so much to do and discover. Florence was my favourite city.
The isles are the real gems; I didn’t enjoy my time on the mainland nearly as much. The food, the architecture, the beaches, and the culture. Sign me up for more island time!
A short stop in this country had me longing for more. If you read this post you’ll know I’m always on the hunt for a delicious Turkish restaurant. One of my top travel dreams: buying a Turkish rug in the market there.
This tiny little country in the heart of Rome is one you could spend days in, soaking up all the history and art along the way. A country’s a country, no matter how small.
Out of all the places on this last, Scotland makes me want to relocate the most. It’s a country that I could truly call home because I love everything about it. I’m so excited to head back there this spring and explore some of the places I missed. A year there wouldn’t be enough!
Netherlands to me is a synonym for spring. It’s the most adorable country on this list. It also has the best flowers and butter…two things that I love.
Next up: Ireland
I can’t wait to share all the details of my Ireland trip with you. Every trip I plan is better planned than all the rest!
Germany – family and fairytales (last on my heritage list)
Scandinavia – I’m all about that hygge life! You can read all my friend Victoria’s posts of her time studying abroad in Copenhagen here.
Mexico – it’s kind of weird that I haven’t been there…? My girl Kay, the Awkward Traveller, has a fantastic review as a first-timer on an all-inclusive.
Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia – temples and jungles will a total change of scenery. Joelle from Riding around the Globe has a great post on traveling Southeast Asia on a budget.
Having a list is great and all, but I’m never quite sure where I’ll be off to next. I go when and where the opportunity presents itself.
So that’s my list of where I’ve been, and I hope to share with you all the places I go. While I’m not a travel-box-checker, it’s always a joy to look back.