Wednesday, 11 October 2017

My European Travel Wish List

A little while ago I wrote a blog post about my ultimate travel wish list. I included big, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, that I hope to visit but realise they probably won't all happen for a while. But it got me thinking about how much I love Europe. As much as I love travelling to Asia I don't feel the need to sit on a plane for 10+ hours to have a 'big holiday'. Heck, my recent two week road trip around Denmark was a huge holiday and that was less than two hours away.

Ever since I went inter railing around Europe in 2009 I've been love with this part of the world. Despite being European myself, I still find the thought of travelling around my own continent exciting, and full of adventure. I've been to 33 different European countries (34 by the end of the year once I visit Liechtenstein) and each place has been a unique and rewarding opportunity to experience a new culture.

Next year I was planning a two week trip around the Balkans, an area of Europe I'm not very familiar with, but now we're heading to Indonesia to visit my little sister, so the Balkans will have to wait. I'd like to visit every country in Europe but I'm not into visiting places just to tick them off a list, so it's going to take a while. Especially as I like to revisit countries I've already been to.

Whilst technically part of Europe and Asia, Russia is high on my list. I am desperate to visit Moscow and St Petersburg but I keep putting them off until Steve and I manage to do the Trans-Mongolian Express. Moscow is full of history and St Petersburg looks so incredibly beautiful. I want to watch the Russian ballet, visit the beautiful palaces, and partake in some traditional vodka celebrations.

Italy is a country I spent a lot of time in when I was inter railing and I managed to visit most major cities. But I'd like to go back and visit some of the more unconventional destinations. Sicily looks beautiful and whilst it would be nice to experience some warm weather on holiday I'd really love to visit Mount Etna, the Valley of the Temples, and spend a few days in Palmero. There's a lot of great last minute holidays to Sicily so hopefully I can find a good deal.


I visited the Greek island Kos back when I was little so it's really time for another visit to Greece. I'd love to visit Athens for all the Greek history, the Acropolis and Parthenon look incredible, but I'd also like to head back to the islands for a little r and r, the white washed buildings of Santorini sure look pretty.

Faroe Islands

Of course I had to choose something Scandinavian for the list and of course I knew it would be the Faroe Islands. I've travelled pretty extensively around the Nordic countries but the Faroe Islands still elude me. Maybe it's because there are currently no direct flights from London, or because I've been keen to revisit some of my favourite cities with Steve in tow, but this is a destination I absolutely want to visit soon. The scenery looks stunning, with it's dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and cute villages.

Despite being from Northern Ireland, I've seen very little of the Republic of Ireland. A weekend in Dublin when I was 18, family trips to Donegal, and a few other random locations thrown in, there is still so much left of the country for me to discover. Steve and I have a little road trip of the south planned but I'm not sure when we'll get around to doing it. We want to start in Dublin, driving south along the coast to Waterford, Cork, Kerry, and back up to Limerick and Galway. I know we'll get around to doing it one day.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm a real lover of Europe too and want to visit Seville, Porto, Amsterdam and Bruges. My ideal would be to taken a couple of city breaks every year but alas this doesn't always work out. Sicily and Santorini are also on my list and I've never been to either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland at all which seems pretty shameful when they're only a quick hop away.


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