30 Amazing Trips To Put On Your Bucket List

30 Bucket List Trips You MUST Take Before You Kick The Bucket

Write these down, because you're going to want to remember them.

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I absolutely love to travel, and constantly think up incredible trips I hope to take in the future. I'm lucky to have already visited places like Iceland and Tunisia in my lifetime, but there's still so much more I hope to see around the world. I read a variety of travel blogs, and from them comprised a list of 30 bucket list trips to take before you die.

1. Iceland Road Trip

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Iceland is known for its breathtaking natural beauty with volcanos and waterfalls, and is also home to the Blue Lagoon, quaint cities like Reykjavik, and views of the northern lights.

2. A Tour Through Italy

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Italy is full of history, and is home to must-see cities like Venice, Milan, Rome, and Florence. Not to mention the beautiful Amalfi Coast and coastal towns like Cinque Terre.

3. Australia and New Zealand

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There's so much to see in these countries that it might be better to split it up into multiple trips! New Zealand is known for its awe-inspiring nature, and Sydney is full of beautiful beaches and delicious food. The Great Ocean Road and the Great Barrier Reef are also a must.

4. California Coast Road Trip

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From Southern California beaches to spots like Big Sur and San Francisco, a road trip up the coast would allow you to take in all of California's beauty and interesting cities.

5. Backpack Through Europe

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There's so much to see in Europe that backpacking to take in as many sites and countries as possible is a great option. From Greece to the Netherlands to Switzerland, you can travel through Europe while still staying on a budget.

6. Sites of Central Africa

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Another area that may require multiple trips! From Victoria Falls to Serengeti National Park to gorilla trekking in Rwanda, there's so much to do.

7. Cape Town and a Safari

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Cape Town is known for breathtaking beaches and incredible hiking, and Kruger National Park is home to a variety of wildlife.

8. London and Paris

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It's easy to travel from London to Paris via Chunnel, and both cities are two of the world's most famous, known for their history and culture.

9. India

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A trip to India is something everyone should take at least once in their life. The Taj Mahal is an obvious must, as well as trips to the country's various temples and beaches.

10. China

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From the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army to the Forbidden City, China is full of history and has incredible food and cities.

11. A Visit to New York and Boston

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These two major East Coast cities are around 4 hours apart and contain plenty of sightseeing, delicious food, and unique architecture.

12. Alaska

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Alaska is known for its natural beauty and is full of national parks, incredible hiking, wildlife, and a chance to see the northern lights during winter months.

13. Dubai

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Dubai is full of beauty and is almost futuristic, containing large-scale waterparks, hotels, aquariums, and the world's tallest building.

14. Japan

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Japan is home to the bright and bustling Tokyo, as well as Mount Fuji, peaceful shrines and temples, and delicious food.

15. A Tour of Southeast Asia


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Countries like Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam are home to some of the world's most beautiful temples and natural sites like Ha Long Bay.

16. Brazil

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Brazil is home to Rio de Janeiro, as well as world-famous beaches, wildlife, and sites like Christ the Redeemer.

17. Peru

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With exciting cities like Cusco and Lima, history in Inca ruins, and natural beauty in sites like the Rainbow mountains, Peru is a must-see destination.

18. A Trip Up the Na Pali Coast

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Kauai's northwest shore is full of beautiful cliffs, hiking trails, beaches, and waterfalls, and is a must when visiting the Hawaiian islands.

19. Israel and Jordan

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Both Israel and Jordan have deep historical significance, especially for those interested in religion. Jordan's Petra and Israel's Sea of Galilee and sites in Jerusalem are definitely bucket list locations.

20. Costa Rica

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With wildlife, volcanos, beaches, and plenty of national parks, Costa Rica is full of natural beauty and incredible sites.

21. Bora Bora

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This small island in Tahiti is home to crystal clear waters, beautiful hikes, and, of course, the water bungalows.

22. Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia

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These three South American nations have undeniable natural beauty, including the massive salt flats, Iguazu Falls, and breathtaking beaches. Not to mention Buenos Aires.

23. Canada

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Seeing all Canada has to offer would take many, many trips, but parks like Jasper and Banff are must-sees, along with cities like Vancouver and Montreal.

24. Caribbean Island Hopping

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From swimming with pigs in Exuma to experiencing the clear waters and white sands of Turks and Caicos, there's much to see and take in within the islands of the Caribbean.

25. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco

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Spain is home to cultural hubs like Madrid and Barcelona, as well as beaches and food. Plus, Morocco is only an hour ferry ride away!

26. Egypt

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Egypt is full of bucket list locations, the Great Pyramids being only one of many. The Valley of Kings and Abu Simbel temples, as well as other historical sites, are must-sees.

27. Ecuador and the Galapagos

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Ecuador is home to volcanos, incredible hiking, and the famous Galapagos Islands, known for their unique wildlife and natural beauty.

28. Ireland/Scotland Road Trip

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Dublin, the cliffs of Moher, Edinburgh- the list goes on. Beautiful landscapes, castles, and quaint towns await on this journey.

29. Scandinavia

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Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark are all fairly easy to navigate and are known to be beautiful, as well as full of culture in cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. Russia and Estonia are also close by!

30. Mexico

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Taking in all Mexico has to offer would require many trips, but Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta are must-sees, as well as the nation's beaches and temples.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say, "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing.

My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from "Shameless."

"Shameless" is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out of place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum, it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone, however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by "Shameless."

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10 Vacation Destinations That Are Worth Hopping Over To During Easter Break

Colored eggs and chocolate are not the only treats you can get for Easter Break.

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Easter is a time to spend with family, have time away from school, go out with friends, and remember the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, it is also an opportunity to visit many fun and exciting locations. Whether you love swimming, dancing at clubs, indulging in five-star restaurants, or getting a massage, there are a variety of activities that will make anyone's Easter more enjoyable. Here are 10 vacation locations that will meet the needs of any family this Easter.

1. The Royal Hawaiian

Hawaii is one of the best places to visit for vacation. Families will love walking along the shore, getting delicious food or drinks at one of the many bars, and even stopping by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for a massage at the Abhasa Waikiki Spa. If you are courageous enough, head out to the beach for surfing or just to relax. With so many sites to explore, this is a vacation that will bring lasting memories.

2. Berry Springs Lodge

Here is a nice and quiet location that is definitely a treat if you want to experience a less hectic vacation. The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is great for anyone who loves taking photos or exploring landscapes. There are two Whirlpool Suites with a fireplace, deck, and whirlpool that gives you an awesome view of the mountains. Activities include playing a game of pool and going on a mountain bike through the nearby trail, so try to stay observant and take in the environment.

3. Lake Austin Spa Resort

If you plan on traveling to a much warmer state for the holiday break, then this would a good choice. This resort is just a short drive away from Austin and is an excellent place to take it easy. Here you can stay at one of the cottages, take a nap by the fireplace, stroll through the outdoor garden, get a massage at the spa or have a seat in the hot tub. This is a vacation that will certainly take your stress away.

4. Fredericksburg

This is another city located in the state of Texas that features a special Easter tradition that families will love. Dress up for the Easter pageant and have a fun time. Visitors can see the Easter fires in the surrounded area that light up the night. There are plenty of food, drinks, and activities to keep everyone occupied, and ensure that they will have a happy Easter.

5. Bay St. Louis

Here is a vacation spot in Mississippi to celebrate Easter. All families will enjoy watching the sunrise and hunting for Easter eggs. Other activities to check out include the Stella, Blues and Barbecue festival for some tasty food and fun. There is also a yelling contest in which participants scream "Stella!" which is a reference to "A Streetcar Named Desire." No matter what you choose to do, this location will result in plenty of excitement, laughter, and possibly a sore throat.

6. Flagstaff

If you are traveling with a small or big family and do not mind the heat, then head down to this destination located in the very hot state of Arizona. The land is beautiful and gives photographers a chance to capture the amazing forests and mountains there. If you are feeling adventurous, check out the Snowbowl Ski Resort or if you want to take it slow, there is always Humphreys Peak where you will see gorgeous landscapes. Lastly, make sure to visit one of the restaurants that they have to offer for a delicious breakfast for an amazing start to the day ahead.

7. Lake Powell

This destination features cool rock landscapes and is located on the border of Utah and Arizona. Despite the place being surrounded by boulders, families can still have a fun time. You can take photos of the environment or visit a petting zoo. Take a walk around the land, find a spot to catch some fish for dinner, and you will agree this vacation definitely rocks.

8. Santa Monica

Here is an awesome vacation spot for anyone who loves working out and engaging in various outdoor activities. This is the place where you will find the Half Marathon for Easter. There are other options like the 5k, 10k, or 15k run, as well. The weather is sunny and it's a nice place to go for a swim, visit a farmer's market or participate in other Easter themed events.

9. Savannah

Do not let the heat discourage you from visiting this location. There are multiple gardens and parks to check out, along with markets and a music festival. If you are looking for additional fun, there is a Savannah Riverboat Cruise for families to travel around the city. There are a variety of delicious options for brunch or dinner, and other surprises for your holiday.

10. St. Augustine

During Easter vacation, there are so many things to do with family and friends. If you decide to travel to this location, you will enjoy the Easter parade known as the Parada de los Caballos y Coches or the Parade of Horses and Coaches. If you are looking for a nice family event, head on down to the parade and listen to the music. The horses and carriages are great to see as well, and there are multiple restaurants located around the city when you need a break from the festivities.

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