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My Ultimate Alternative Travel Bucket List

Travel has long been a passion of mine; I love everything about it, from the build up of sheer excitement before the trip to the excitement about returning home to my own bed, and everything in between. Being away from home certainly changes your perspective, and learning about new cultures and traditions, alongside discovering stunning destinations all over the world pairs together for the ultimate experience. As I grow older, my preferences of where I’d like to travel and what I’d like to do have greatly changed, however, there are a few places that have captured my heart and long been on my bucket list:

Alt: Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland

Sleep under the stars in an Igloo

Having stumbled upon this idea whilst browsing through Pinterest some years ago, I’ve fallen in love with the idea! I absolutely love stargazing, and imagine doing this in your very own igloo haven? The picture above is of the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland, and look at how amazing, and cosy, and romantic it looks. My dream is to visit at a time when you can see the Northern Lights as that is something that is also on my bucket list!

Alt: Holiday village in the Maldives

Take a break in an over-water villa in the Maldives

This may be something that is on everyone’s bucket list, but it looks incredible. The inspiration for this came from a Tanya Burr video I once watched where she visited the Maldives, and it looked so relaxing, and like it was quite a unique visit. I’ve even seen some resorts that have slides on the roof so you can skid down straight into the crystal clear sea, then you can head back to your room and watch the fishes below through a glass panel, WHILST enjoying a lovely full body massage! Dreamy right? I have to admit though, I’m saving this trip for a very special occasion (for example when I graduate next year, or my honeymoon if I ever get married)!

Glass Beach in MacKerricher State Park in California

Hunt for treasure on The Glass Beach in California

The Glass Beach in MacKerricher State Park is the result of a terrible tragedy of an astounding amount of rubbish having been dumped, but resulted in something truly beautiful. The sand is made up from gently polished shards of glass, which have been worn away over hundreds of years. Many who visit spend hours searching for the rare ruby-red gems, which would have once been part of pre-1967 car lights, or sapphire stones created from old apothecary bottles which sounds like an exciting experience! I’ve never seen anything quite like this anywhere else in the world, and I imagine it to be a breath-taking experience where picture perfect moments are all that surround!

A group of flamingos spotted in Kenya

Flamingo Spotting in Kenya

Rumour has it that a secret spot in Kenya is the best place to see flamingos migrating, and at peak periods, you can see up to four million birds! They fly in impressive V-shapes and brighten up the sky with their pretty pink feathers. I’ll admit, this is a new addition to my list as my latest obsession (second to Spectrum brushes) are all things tropical themed! Although I imagine they’ll probably scare me half to death, the sight would be incredible, and something I imagine would be ingrained in my memory forever.

The El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Go Geocaching in The El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico

I imagine the rainforest to be a photographers dream, and as an avid fan of exploring new destinations, I would absolutely love to go Geocaching – and set my own sneaky caches, in the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. With a similar biodiversity to the Amazon rainforest, but squeezed into just 28,000 acres, this rainforest certainly doesn’t skimp on interest. It has over 240 different species of trees alone, not to mention the rest of the flora. With around 18 walking/hiking trails I’m sure you could spend years exploring the unique forest! I’ve read online a few times that some of the most amazing caches can be found here and I would simply love to go on the most unique Geocaching adventure of all!

 A National Park located in Croatia

Go on an island-hopping extravaganza in Croatia

If you read my first ever blog on Greece, you’ll know how much I LOVE island hopping, and think it is a fantastic way to explore! With the recent trend for visiting Croatia set aside, it has long been a destination I’ve lusted over visiting, and I can’t think of any better way than through an island hopping extravaganza through the thousands of islands and inlets. I’d love to try the wide variety of sumptuous foods, get the adrenaline flowing on some water sporting activities and explore the wonders of the national parks and cities! There is SO much on offer there that I imagine it’ll be a place I return to time and time again. I’m even considering ticking this off my list in my next in my next holiday planning session!

Girls walking on a catwalk at Fashion Week

Visit the four big Fashion Weeks: London, Paris, Milan & New York

With an interest in fashion having been my passion for the last eight or so years, I’ve dreamt of visiting the prestigious Fashion Week events in places such as Milan, Paris and New York for many years. We visited London Fashion Weekend a couple of years ago, and I loved the experience but just wanted to see more! I would love nothing more than to gaze over the incredible designs, to meet the designers and get a deeper insight into the industry and to write of my experiences – particularly with the sustainability movement that is up and coming! I’m excited to see where the industry goes in the next few years, and hopefully by the time I get an invite to one of these show stopping events we will have seen the changes starting to take place to make the industry more ethical and sustainable!

Image credit: Tarja Mitrovic, Lisa Nottingham, Jeff Gunn

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39 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE flamingos! Did you know they aren’t born pink!? They eat a certain type of shrimp that makes them that colour. Would love to spot them in Kenya, although the glass beach looks real cool as well! Great piece! 🙂

  2. These look like they would be amazing adventures! I hope you manage to tick all of them off your list! The igloo one and the Northern Lights would be top of my list!

  3. There’s a glass beach on the south east coast of Russia too, near Vladivostok, I really want to go there! It’s sad that it’s a result of rubbish but it’s also very beautiful.

  4. Okay okay okay i love this idea! Not only is it a great post but i now have a tonne more things to add to my own bucket list! Good job! I hope you manage to succeed in accomplishing them all!

  5. Wow this was such a fascinating read, I’ve never even heard of half of them (flamingo spotting sounds wonderful!) I’ve always wanted to visit Bora Bora (because it’s similar to the Maldives, and Fiji. I’m heading off to Croatia in a few months time on a one way trip and might do some island hopping along the way! I’ll share my travels with you on Twitter if you’re interested! ❤️❤️ love your blog by the way!!

  6. If money wasn’t an issue a trip to Hawaii would be my first go to trip! This post sparked my wonderlust so much haha 💖

  7. great list! Sleep under the stars in an Igloo has been on mine for some years now, i hope to get around to it sooner rather than later. A great one is to spend a night in the desert with no one around for at least 100 miles 🙂 great read and thanks for your bucket list 😀

  8. wow you got an outgrageous bucketlist over here, I would probably say I’m with you for an island hopping in Croatia, but the rest are not my thing though but I still adore your bucketlist, everyone has their own taste 🙂

  9. Some of these are on my bucket list too! It would be a dream to stay in the igloo and see the Northern lights – we spotted them on Pinterest too! Island hopping the Polynesian islands is on the list – we stayed in Samoa last year and loved it!

  10. I have to admit that your travel list is different to what I’ve seen before and rather short! Mine is like 40 positions, but I guess it’s easier to make it happen this way. btw That igloo thing looks so romantic!

  11. This is an amazing bucket list. I really want to stay in the glass igloos! And experience an over water bungalow in the Maldives. Two very different climates but I’m sure I would love both! Hope you get to tick the items on your list off soon!

  12. Som great destinations on here, it’s funny how the longer we travel how our tastes for destinations change. For me as a long-term budget traveler to sleep in a Igloo stare gazing in Kakslauttanen would just be the icing on this very frosty cake haha.

  13. What a wonderful travel bucket list that you’ve owned. I haven’t been to those places that you’ve mentioned. They are really beautiful and truly worth to be included in my bucket list as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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