Update!

Hey guys!

I know, I know I haven’t posted in a couple of months I’m sorry! But also how has it been a couple of months? Where has the time gone? But I’ve missed you all so much and this lovely community ❤️

Basically I’ve been so busy with uni and work and life that I’ve struggled to find the motivation to sit and write anything basically! But here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few months!

Things have been great and I’ve been on my first uni teaching placement which was so amazing and I honestly enjoyed it so much and can’t wait for the next 4 years of uni to be over so I can get into a career I actually enjoy!

We’ve also put our names down with a breeder for an Airedale puppy which I’m so excited and if you guys don’t know what sort of dog airedales are have a look they’re so cute! Omg! The breeder isn’t planning for any litters until mid next year, which actually works out so perfect for us because we should’ve been back in our house a for little bit and be more settled and able to give this little puppy all the love and affection it deserves!

We leave for Fiji in just under two weeks, I’m so excited, I’ve so realised how blessed I was in London to be travelling at least once a month and getting away! I don’t know what I’m gonna do after Fiji when I actually have no idea when our next holiday is! But keep posted for updates on that!

And yeah that’s essentially what’s been going on, spending my weekends walking the dog at the beach, enjoying the sunshine and boosting my vitamin D levels after two years in the UK!

Love you all and I promise I’ll be posting more regularly hahah!

23 Things I’ve Learnt in 23 Years.

Hey Guys!

Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
  2. Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
  3. No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
  4. Travel as much as you can!
  5. Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
  6. Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
  7. Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
  9. Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
  10. Drink water, all of the water
  11. A good skincare routine will change your life
  12. Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
  13. Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
  14. Always be nice to the people serving you
  15. Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
  16. Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
  17. Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
  18. Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
  19. Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
  20. Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
  21. Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
  22.  If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
  23. Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!

It’s My Blogs FIRST Birthday!

So here’s how much I was paying attention, I swore this was next month, but no I was wrong it’s now, which means it has been a year since I decided to start this baby up!

I guess I wanted to make this post about what blogging has taught me after a year and how I feel about it, how my blog has changed and progressed and yeah. I guess, honestly for the first 10 months of this blog I was very inconsistent, I didn’t post regularly and it wasn’t something I made time for, but after a rather long train journey over Easter long weekend, I sat there a I thought about what I wanted from it, if I wanted to continue and what direction I wanted this blog to be.  At that point I was really only writing travel related stuff but I was looking ahead into the furture and while yes now I am travelling and have been for 6 weeks, eventually, once I’m back in Aus I’m going to run out of content and to be honest, I didn’t want this to just be a travel blog even though that’s why I started this. When I started it, I really only had the intentions of this being for my Mum and my Grandparents to read so they could keep up with our adventures, but as I thought more and more about it, I wanted this to become something else. So on that train journey, I made the decision to do a 30 Day Blogging Challenge  and if I kept up with that, and if I enjoyed it then I would make the move to blogging about my life, what products I enjoy and just general lifetsyle topics. Once I started that I realised how much more motivated I was to come on here and how much I enjoyed it. I started joining groups on Facebook, I even created a Twitter account (which isn’t something I’ve had since my hardcore 1D fan days in 2012) and I’ve even found myself in an amazing Whatsapp group with a whole heap of super amazing and helpful bloggers!

I’ve found myslef learning new skills, learning how to use photoshop, actually taking my camera out and wanting to photograph things, I want to create content that people want to read and that people find useful or motivating or just enjoy. I wanted to create a space where people could feel like they could come and someone would understand, and I’m not scared to write about my anxiety or anything else I have going on in life because I want others to know they’re not alone, and yes, while right now, my blog is essenitally all travel posts, that’s because I am away, I am travelling and that’s what’s going on in my life right now, when I get back to Aus and I am back at uni, it’s probably going to change a little bit but thats okay because it’s my blog.

I keep reading so many things online and they all say “in order to have a successful blog you need to find your neiche, you need to have one thing” and for so long I believed that, but and I think this is the most important thing I’ve learnt, is that it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. I think when it comes to bloggin you get what you put in, the more effort, the more hours you spend, the more you’ll get back but in the end unless you’re trying to make a living from it, numbers and just number and you can get so much more from it than that, you can find yourself in such an amazing community full of people and so far I think that’s what my favourite thing about blogging is.

So happy first birthday to this little baby of mine! Let’s see what the next year of being together holds!

 

Topdeck – Dubrovnik Dreams Review

Rightio Guys,

I’ve been MIA for a little while and that’s because I’ve been sailing the Adriatic Sea on a Topdeck tour. Lazing around in the sun, cruising island to island on one of the oldest boats still working in the Adriatic, Petrina, she is 130 years old, which is quite cool when you think about it.

Petrina

We were the first tour out for the season which meant we had weren’t a full boat and we did have three “shadow leaders” (essentially they were in training) on our boat, there were about 24 of us including the tour leader and shadow leaders. I honestly can’t imagine what those boats are like at the height of the season with like 35 people on board, it must be crazy.

Starting in Dubrovnik, the first island you head to is Mljet which you have the option to do a walk through the national park, we decided not to because we had already done Plitvice and Krka and Gemma said really it doesn’t compare to those so there’s no point. The town itself is quite small and not much to see so we headed round to a little cafe and grabbed ourselves a beer and just chilled out until it was time for dinner. The one thing I will say about this tour was the food, we were provided with breakfast and lunch every day (Inc in price) with the option of two onboard dinners at an additional cost of 150kn each (about £17ish) but the food was always amazing. The first night was just the onboard dinner and then a few drinks and drinking games not much else.

The second day we cruised into Markaska, which was just beautiful, we had a few hours of free time before heading out to dinner as a group to a restaurant called Riva – which obviously have some sort of deal with Topdeck as do most places they take you on the tour. The food was good, probably slightly overpriced for what it was but yeah. That night was the pirate party and let me start by saying this, I am not a partier, I could count the number of times I went out in the last two years on one hand, I much prefer drinking at a pub or at home or something and so Lachy and I lasted about half an hour before we ditched the clubs and went and got some food (a reoccurring theme throughout the week). However, the place we went to get food, honestly, the burger I had was the most amazingly fresh chicken burger and it was actually more enjoyable than the fancy dinner.

Markaska

Our next day had us sail into Omis briefly for a swim stop and so we could head out to our ziplining (an optional extra activity 400kn each). Don’t let the price put you off, it was definitely worth it, as someone who is terrified of heights I manned up and actually found myself volunteering to go first in my group, mostly to get it over with and after the initial shock of hurtling over nothing at 70-80km it was kind of nice,  I did find myself shaking as I got off the first line but really I got better over the next 7, Lachy and I even got to do one together which was really fun! After the zip lining, we got a bus to meet the boat which had now docked in Split. I think the group did a little walk around the city and had some drinks but Lachy and I chose to spend the afternoon/evening on our own exploring as we went and we ended up finding this amazing little family run restaurant called “Kod Sfinge Vaneuropske”. The Grandmother who owned the place was sitting outside when we came to look at the menu and she was so sweet we decided that we would eat here, the waitress, which I think was the granddaughter was so sweet and when we couldn’t decide on a starter she said we could get half serves of the ones we wanted so it wasn’t too much food and we could try everything! EVERYONE I mean everyone if you’re in Split it’s worth going here for just the truffle salami itself! That was amazing.

The next day we headed into Hvar which is another huge party night, I was calling it the Ios of Croatia and yeah that’s essentially what it is. We spent our afternoon walking up to the fortress for the view but to be honest I think the view as you’re pulling into the port on a boat is better. Hvar is also famous for its lavender fields, which means there is so much lavender throughout the place, they even have lavender gelato, it’s such a pretty colour and it tastes like I think the best way to describe it, is that it tastes like lavender smells.  Later in the afternoon we headed to Hula Hula bar which is a beachside bar where you can swim and whatnot, the drinks are kinda expensive, but also European free pour means that your mojito will be 90% rum and 10% everything else so like buy one and you’ll be drunk, as we all were when we left two hours later and headed to dinner! Later in the evening we all we to Kiva bar where we were provided with free shots (to be honest, everywhere Topdeck takes you you’ll most likely be given a free shot). Moving on to the next bar, which for the life of me I can’t remember the name of but they did do an amazing espresso martini, however, Lachy and I lasted one drink before ditching the group and heading back to the boat for bed.

The next day we headed to my favourite island, Korcula. It was absolutely beautiful and had the relaxed, chilled out vibe that we love. We sat in a cafe for 2 hours just looking at the crystal clear waters drinking coffee and just relaxing. That night we all went for a group dinner and had a traditional Croatian meal called Peka, which is a baked dish which can either be meat or seafood, we had a meat one with pork, chicken and veal, it was amazing, the meal also included a glass of wine or a beer which actually ended up making it quite a cheap dinner! That night everyone went out drinking but Lachy and I just ended up walking around the city, getting some gelato and just chilling on the beach because as I said we really don’t go out partying an awful lot and just wanted to chill out for a bit just the two of us.

The following day we headed to an even smaller island called Sipan, there really isn’t much there but a few restaurants, cafes and bars, so we spent our afternoon just hanging out at a cafe with an iced coffee because man it was hot! Before heading back to the boat for the Captains dinner, which was again, like all meals we had on the boat amazing, dinner was Pasticada, which is beef with gnocchi and it was delicious (you can also get this at the restaurant I mentioned above in Split, it looked amazing!) Sipan also provided one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen!

And now we’re on to the last day which we ended back in Dubrovnik! There were two optional extras for Dubrovnik which were sea kayaking or a Game of Thrones walking tour. We did the sea kayaking and yes it was really good, but oh my gosh I’ve never kayaked before and this was not easy. The kayaking went out and around an island and back it was 7.5km total and took us 3 hours, it’s been two days and my arms are still sore! Later in the evening, Gemma had organised a last group dinner, which she was kind enough to organise as an early dinner so Lachy and I could come because we actually had to be on our ferry that night which meant we were leaving earlier than everybody else.

Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik

Overall, I did enjoy the tour, this was my second sailing tour with Topdeck and it was interesting to see the difference between this one and the Greece one I did last year. I don’t think you’ll find me on another tour really ever again and there are a couple of reasons, one being, on this boat and same with Greece, the rooms had no air-conditioning, it was incredibly hard to sleep, like almost impossible. I even resorted to taking my super strong antihistamines, that literally knock me out for 10 hours just so I could get a decent nights sleep. Another reason is really the pressure to drink and go out, I don’t mind a drink but I’m just really not the going out and partying type, like drinking on the boat outside just chilling with some good music, but small clubs full of people just not for me.

Also a huge shoutout to our tour leader Gemma, she was honestly amazing and none of the pressure to party or anything came from her, she actually gave us recommendations of things to do instead when we said we were gonna pass on some of the nights out. She knew so much about every place we went to and put so much effort into making sure everyone was having a good time and just genuinely seemed to care.

The Anxiety of Self Promotion

Just a quick post today, about something I really struggle with and honestly any advice anyone has to deal with this would be amazing.

They say in order to create a successful blog you need to promote it, here’s the thing though what happens, if like me you have such high anxiety about what people would think. It’s almost like I don’t want people I know to know about this blog in case they judge me or they make fun of me or something along those lines. I mean though this anxiety extends further like I honestly struggle to do things like posting on facebook groups I am apart of, I am constantly worried about someone saying something or upsetting someone or being wrong that I just stay silent and lurk.

I watch people who can just constantly promote themselves with what seems like no issue, whereas I’ve had to create a separate Instagram and Twitter in order to promote myself, accounts that no one I know, knows about which means I am starting entirely from scratch on all social platforms, instead of being able to use the following I’ve already got. I know that blog growth isn’t the main goal and I don’t need 100s of readers, but I mean, I guess it would be nice if someone read it hahaha.

I feel like this blog has helped me get over a slight amount of anxiety when it comes to posting on facebook groups or on a public forum space and I love being able to sit down and post on here, I could just never post it somewhere people I know could easily find me.

How do you guys deal with this sort of anxiety? Do you guys even get this?

Plitvice National Park – A Must See When In Croatia…

When visiting this Unesco World Heritage site, and yes because it is on the world heritage list it is busy, prepare yourself for crowds, slow walkers and people who will take up an entire path just to take a photo, you may even be tempted to push them into the water for laughs (or maybe that’s just me), but do not let that put you off visiting this absolutely stunning piece of nature.

We took the bus from Zagreb, which was about 2.5 hours and we went early, leaving at 7:30 and arrive just before 10, the bus company was unorganised, to say the least, people were being swapped around buses etc but once we got going it was all good, the bus was clean and comfy and super easy, it dropped you off right at the front of entrance one into the waiting line to enter… To be honest, I think the later in the day you go the shorter the lines will be, just because most people get there early to give themselves time to walk the park, it just depends on how much time you want really. Entrance into the park was 150kn (£17ish) per person but that price does cover the electric ferry and the bus service they have within the park and so if you’ve bought your own food and water that’ll be the only money you shell out for the day.

There are 6 main walks each with a different walking time, depending on what entrance you start from and what you’re after from the park.
The walks starting from entrance 1 are as followed:

  • A (2-3h) is lower parts of the national park, only walking
  • B (3-4h) is the lower part of national park including sailing on lake Kozjak
  • C (4-6h) Walking, bus to upper parts of the national park and sailing on lake Kozjak
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the Whole national park.

And the walks from entrance 2 are as followed:

  • E (2-3h) Upper parts of the national park, only walking
  • F (3-4h) Like B tour. The only different starting point
  • H (4-6h) Like C tour. The only different starting point
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the whole national park.

We did walk C, which they recommend 4-6 hours from but really Lachy and I had finished it in just over 3 hours and we most definitely are not the fittest humans on this earth by any means, and this included a forced stop by me for food and coffee because I could definitely not handle a 3 hour walk uncaffinated and hungry. We had bought our own lunch but ended up buying a few things throughout the day, a couple of coffees, an ice cream each and some drinks but really other than the entrance fee we didn’t spend more than £10 the whole day…

Starting at entrance 1 you head immediately towards the big waterfall, let me tell you it was busy, there was a line curving around just to view the waterfall so we decided to skip it first up and come back if we had time (we did, it was much quieter at about 2pm).

 

As I said above your ticket includes the electric ferry that will take you from point 3 to point 2 or vice versa (depending on which entrance you take), you don’t need to take the ferry, you can walk the path but for people like me, the ferry was a welcome change. It was nice to sit and look around at the scenery, and if you can try and get a seat up the front for ultimate waterfall views, I, however, was one of the last people on the boat and so was stuck sitting in the middle of a row at the back 😦

Electric Ferry at Plitvice

As you walk around the park every few metres you come across a new waterfall, an incredible view or just something that will make you stop and appreciate how truly beautiful nature really can be, and as you get away from the shorter paths, the crowds get less and it gets quieter and you can actually hear the animals and breathe the fresh air and just enjoy it. The water is an absolutely incredible colour blue and ridiculously clear, honestly, it will make you want to jump right it, but don’t! Swimming is not allowed when at the park, which is slightly unfortunate because I can imagine on a hot day after walking for so long it’s all you’d wanna do!

 

As I said above we spent just over 3 hours walking. which left us with 3 hours to kill and so we went back and saw a few things we missed (like the big waterfall), hopped on the bus and rode it back to entrance one and then back again to entrance two. About 3pm it totally started pouring down with rain and so we took shelter in the little restaurant they had at entrance two and just killed time until it was time to get the bus back.

The journey back was about an hour longer than the journey there, we seemed to have gotten on a public bus that seemed to stop absolutely everywhere, which was a little annoying because by that point I just wanted dinner and to go to sleep, nevertheless, the trip out to Plitvice National Park was honestly amazing and something that you must do when coming to Croatia!

Update – Holiday/Life/Slovenia

I feel like I’ve been lucky enough to experience so many different places and cultures in my life, I’ve lived in different countries, I’ve spent my time being hosted by a family in Italy when I was in high school, there are so many places I have been but also there are so many more to see! I’m currently on probably the most amazing holiday in Europe I’ve ever been on and so far we’ve done so much and seen so much. As I’m writing this, I’m laying in our Airbnb in Zagreb with the window open, listening to the conversations from the people at the cafe below with 50’s music playing, I’ve just been at a wine and food tasting with Croatian produce and I am just genuinely so happy.

I’m not really sure in which direction this post is going to go, I just really got in the mood to jump on and write, it’s been just over a week since I’ve been on my blog and even had the motivation to write. The past week has just been kinda busy, we’re in our 4th city since last Friday so we haven’t had a lot of downtime, but it has been really good. The last post I posted about our holiday we had just left Budapest, since then we’ve been to Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Bled, Ljubljana and now as I said above we’re in Zagreb.

I will post a more in-depth post about the cities and my general take on them, how I found them and what I liked and didn’t like about them, but for now, I really wanna talk about Slovenia (guess I figured out where I wanted this post to go haha!), it really is probably one of the most underrated countries, I never heard much about it, we really only went to see Lake Bled and we didn’t really know much about the country and what it had to offer, but my gosh were we surprised! We had a total of 4 nights in the country and that wasn’t enough and if I could go back and re-plan our trip I would take time out of Austria and put it into Slovenia! The country is beautiful, but the people, they’re honestly some of the nicest, most welcoming, will go out of their way to help you and make sure you’re happy kind of people, and coming from Austria it was most definitely so nice to not feel like an annoyance.

If I could recommend any place we’ve been so far it would be Slovenia, Lake Bled in particular, I think because I prefer the laid back, chilled vibes of smaller towns, I really enjoy any place that is quiet, but really Lake Bled was so incredibly peaceful, and probably one of the few places I have ever been where the reality is better than any photo anyone has shown me. We’ve been quite lucky with weather since starting our trip, however, the one day we had to explore Bled and the lake it was raining, even so, it was still incredible and by about 5pm the rain had cleared and we could venture out for a walk around the lake.

 

I don’t think any of the pictures I have taken do the lake any justice but it really is one place I would tell everyone the need to see!

We spent the next day on a 12-hour tour of Triglav National Park (which is Slovenia’s only national park). It was a long, tiring day but it was incredible. We did our tour through 3glav Adventures and our guide who was Jaka was just so good! Lachy and I aren’t really huge on hikes and walks etc.. but this was amazing, the views, the scenery, absolutely worth it. I mean it wasn’t hard hiking, there was a little but if scaling rocks on the side with nothing next to you, but there were wires to hold on to and honestly if I can make it out of there alive, anyone can do it – just perhaps wear better shoes than I did Adidas Stan Smiths look good but they’re a bit too slippery for scaling rocks!

 

We also got to do white water rafting, and oh my gosh if that wasn’t the most fun ever. I am such a water person, just being by it makes me happy but by the end of the rafting, I had a grin the entire length of my face on show.

Slovenia has really been such a stand out place and I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but it’s got to be one of my top 3 places I’ve been in my life so far! Anyone planning a trip to Europe you need to put Slovenia in and make it a priority, you will not be disappointed.

As I said above, a post about our experiences in Slovakia, Austria, and a lil more about Slovenia to come in the next week!

Let me know if you’ve been to any of the countries I’ve mentioned and what your experiences have been with them!

Bye guys! xxxxx

My Current Favourite Mobile Apps!

I am guilty, I probably addicted to my phone, but what apps am I always using? Let’s find out! I usually only swap between a few apps, despite the fact I have a crazy amount on my phone!

Instagram

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Instagram

Instagram obviously, I spend a crazy amount of time scrolling through my feed, however, I feel like I don’t have enough new content on my feed to satisfy my Instagram obsession so guys leave you insta handles in the comments and I’ll give you a follow!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

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Harry Potter

Okay, so me being the massive HP fan that I am, I found this game and honestly it’s making me feel like I personally got my Hogwarts acceptance letter and am currently in my first year at Hogwarts. The game itself is set before Harry’s time at Hogwarts, and from what I’ve gathered it’s just after Voldemort has been defeated (which is briefly referred to in Dumbledore’s first speech in the game). It’s based on the premise of you being accepted into Hogwarts after your brother has been expelled and gone missing after becoming obsessed with the vaults in Hogwarts and you’re basically setting up to figure out what is down there… I’m about 3/4 of the way through my first year and enjoying it so much!

Wood Blocks Puzzle

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Wood Blocks

Wood Blocks is literally one of those games that I play while I’m trying to kill time, it’s just crazy addictive, it’s such a simple game that’s essentially like Tetris but you have more control over where the blocks go, but the idea is the same clear as many rows as you can before you run out of room.

Spotify

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Spotify

And last but not least, of course, Spotify, how else would I get my music fix!

What’s On My Travel Bucket List

A Bucket List, isn’t it a fun thing to think about, a list of things you want to do and places you want to see while you still can.. I feel very lucky to have already crossed a fair bit off of mine already but here’s the list of what’s left!

  • Maldives – Yeah so like the sooner I can go here the better hahaha
  • New Zealand – I would love to road trip both islands, everyone I know who’s been to New Zealand has nothing but good things to say about it, and honestly, it looks so beautiful from all the photos I’ve seen!
  • USA – Lachy and I wanna do a road trip starting in the south, mostly for the food, actually essentially just for the food, but also like to see places like California and Florida.
  • New York City – I’m putting this separately to the rest of the USA because honestly the first opportunity I get I’m gonna go, even if its just a trip for nothing else but New York City.
  • Canada -Doesn’t the landscape of Canada honestly just look incredible, so much to see and do!
  • Iceland – I’m actually really sad we didn’t get to head to Iceland while we were living over here but we ran out of time/it’s pretty expensive but we do plan on coming back to see the Northern Lights
  • South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru) – I think this will be the next big holiday that we do once I’ve finished uni
  • Australia – Yes I am Australian, I live in Aus but I would honestly love to road trip the whole country, there are so many amazing places I have yet to see.
  • Botswana & Namibia – I really want to do a safari trip as well as see the amazing landscape these countries have to offer!
  • Egypt – When I was younger I was obsessed with Egypt and it’s history and I have been begging my boyfriend to go! We also found a really good diving school that we wanna do while we’re there!
  • Dubai/Abu Dhabi/Qatar – Any one of these cities really, I’ve flown through a couple of them and honestly seeing them even from the sky they look incredible!
  • Japan – Japan looks like it has the most incredible things to see and do. I’d actually like to go for the 2020 Olympics but we’ll have to see!

As far as I can think right now that list is full of the places I desperately want to visit, but really someone could be like I booked you a ticket here and I’d be more than happy to go!

What about you guys? Have you been to any of these places? What’s on your travel bucket list?