It’s no secret that I’ve got wanderlust coursing through my veins. It’s been part of my DNA, and ever since I was a young little girl my greatest dream was to travel the world; aside from being French, obviously. But due to certain circumstances (hello, finances, how are you doing?) traveling hasn’t really been the easiest thing to achieve. But I’m making changes. And while I’m in the process of making changes, I’ve decided to gather my bucketlist of things I want to do in each country I plan to visit one day.
My current goal is making my Great Britain trip happen this coming October. After doing days of research of touristy/non-touristy things to do in Great Britain, I’ve narrowed down all the things I think are do-able, and definitely something I want to experience.
Great Britain (not to be mistaken for the entire UK) is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. The UK however is made up of all three plus Northern Ireland. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t bother just doing a bucketlist for the UK entirely to include N.Ireland; it’s because I want a separate list for the entire Ireland instead. It’s less confusing that way, considering the UK is already quite confusing to begin with. I mean just the thing about Ireland NOT being part of the UK yet Northern Ireland IS part of the UK already makes me want to punch someone in the throat. I also would need a separate visa for Ireland, because the UK visa doesn’t cover it… I’m rambling. Let’s get on with my list!
1.View the city of London through the London Eye
2. Do a Jack the Ripper walking tour — The entire story still interests me, despite reading about it over and over!
3. Eat fish & chips by the seaside or pier
4. Visit the Borough food market & buy food to cook during my stay, instead of eating out everyday
5. Visit Kings Cross Station & Platform 9 3/4
6. Obviously do a Harry Potter Studio tour and try not to bawl like a baby
7. Tour Highclere Castle because Downton Abbey
8. Spend the day at the beach in Southwold, Sussex
9. Dine in Gordon Ramsay’s or Jamie Oliver’s restaurant — because these two chefs are fricken amazing
10. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan but it’s absolutely beautiful. Who doesn’t want to see where Anne Hathaway (NOT the actress) lived?
11. The Crooked House of Windsor. It’s a crooked house. How can you not want to visit something so quirky and full of character?
12. Visit Arundel, Sussex. A charming market town in the English countryside.
13. Have a real English breakfast
14. Walk the lavender fields of Banstead
15. Have tea and scones at Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate
1. Take the West Highland Line Train passing Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is the famous Hogwarts Train as seen in the Harry Potter movies.
2. Visit Loch Ness and search for Nessie (haha I’m joking about Nessie)
3. Hear a real Scotsman play the bag pipes
4. Do a bike tour of Isle of Mull
5. Visit the Ardalanish Isle of Mull weavers
6. Witness the beautiful autumn season at the Scottish Highlands
7. Get lost in Old Aberdeen
8. Spend the night in a medieval style bed & breakfast
9. Have some coffee or tea at the Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling spent most of her time writing Harry Potter
10. Explore Edinburgh Castle
11. Learn to do a proper Scottish accent
13. Prance around green Scottish fields with my naturally curly Merida-like hair bouncing in the wind while speaking in my Scottish accent — ala Merida from Brave. Haha
14. Try 5-8 Scottish dishes
4. Have a picnic or kayak across the Blue Lagoon near the beach of Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire
5. Stuff my face at the Monmouthshire Food Festival
6. Go fossil hunting at Glamorgan Heritage Coast
7. Eat a legit Welsh breakfast
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this travel bucketlist. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to start living a life of travel! It helps motivate you and keep you focused on your goals. After doing research, tons of reading and going through countless reviews/photos in one week, I’m now more determined than ever to see this bucketlist be crossed off later this year. :)