I have one of those scratch-off maps in my room, always reminding me of one of my biggest desires in life. I have wanted to travel the world as long as I can remember. As a child, I explored encyclopedias and read all about history and different countries. I originally wanted to study archaeology and anthropology! I haven't had the chance to study abroad, but I know I have my whole life ahead of me to make things happen.
Here are some of my top destinations:
1. Machu Picchu, Perú
Nestled high in the slopes of the Andes, the ruins of Machu Picchu continue to reveal the mysteries of the Inca Empire. (nationalgeographic.com)
Machu Picchu is one of the amazing creations left behind by the Inca Empire. I love history, especially ancient cultures, so I am really drawn to this place. I would love to hike the trail and see this place in all its splendor.
From the hustle and bustle of Oahu to the romance of Maui and off-the-beaten-path pursuits on Lanai and Molokai, the Hawaiian Islands offer enough to see. (visittheusa.com)
Hawai'i seems kind of like a cliche tourist destination, but I'm dying to visit the islands. I really want to explore the beaches and hiking trails here.
Park Güell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. The park is located in Barcelona and was designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi. (parkguell.org)
I feel like France would be an art lover's dream. I really want to go to Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France, and the Louvre and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.
México is one place I really hope to be able to visit. I'd love to go to la Ciudad de México, where my significant other grew up. One of the attractions there that I would like to visit is Frida Kahlo's home (I really love famous painters). I'd also love to go see the Mayan ruins and visit the cities of Merida in the Yucatán and Oaxaca.
6. California, USA
I have not been to California yet, but I definitely feel like I would love it there. Of course, it'd be nice to see some of the places in southern California, but northern California really calls to me. I'm dying to visit the Redwoods National Park and drive the Pacific Coast Highway.
Towering heights and crashing waves, ageless legends and endless flurrying birds: the Cliffs of Moher are a natural masterpiece. (ireland.com)
As the home of my ancestors, I would really love to visit this beautiful country. I'm just fascinated by Europe because there is so much recorded history on these lands.
8. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is an eco-tourist's dream. There are national parks, volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests, underground cave systems, beaches, animal sanctuaries, exquisite diving destinations, and adventure parks. I would love to go here and soak up all of the amazing natural attractions Costa Rica has to offer.
I have always loved learning about ancient Greece, so this country has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Not only would it be amazing to view the ancient ruins scattered around the country, but I would also love to visit the Santorini islands.
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
With world-class museums, quirky festivals, theatre, live music, laid-back bars, and delightful restaurants, there's never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam. (iamamsterdam.com)
11. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni is a salt flat, and it is known as one of the most unique views on Earth. The reflective properties of the expanses of salt can make the sky look endless.
A complicated but fascinating country with some of the most enduring historical monuments on Earth, Egypt stands as an unforgettable travel destination. (worldtravelguide.net)
My mom and I always talked about going to Egypt together one day, as we both love to learn about the ancient civilizations there.
Ever since I was young, I have wanted to visit China. Seeing the Great Wall is definitely something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I'd also like to see the Forbidden City in Beijing and the terracotta army in Xī'ān.
15. Petra, Jordan
Another archaeological wonder, I would really enjoy visiting the spectacular sandstone city Petra in Jordan.
16. Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador
I think it would be fun to visit the equator line in Ecuador. They also have interesting demonstrations, such as of the Coriolis effect.
17. New York City, USA
view from the Staten Island ferry.
I haven't explored NYC yet, but I have ridden through it on the way to Massachusetts. I hope to cross this off my list soon!
18. Miami, Florida, USA
home of Dexter.
I've been to Orlando several times, but haven't made it down to Miami yet.
19. Colorado, USA
As an avid concert-goer, I'd really love to visit Colorado and see a show at Red Rocks.
20. Tromsø, Norway
According to Travel + Leisure, Tromsø is in an area that offers the highest chance of seeing the lights. There's also whale-watching tours. I hate the cold, but it definitely would be amazing to see the lights one day.