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Travel Bucket list: Great Britain

travel bucketlist - england feat imageIt’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!

England

travel bucketlist - england - london eye1.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

Borough Food Market, London England

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

Southwold Beach, Sussex

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?

Crooked House of Windsor, England

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

Lavender Fields of Banstead

14. Walk the lavender fields of Banstead
15. Have tea and scones at Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate

Scotland

West Highland Line Train passing Glenfinnan Viaduct
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

Scottish Highlands in Autumn
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

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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

Wales

Hotel Portmeirion, North Wales
1. Spend a romantic weekend at Hotel Portmeirion
2. Sample one of Wales’ artisan cheeses
3. Bask in the beauty of the unspoiled tranquility of Elan Valley

Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy Beach
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. :)

(photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7  / 8 / 9 )

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  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 21 March 2015 at 10:31 am

    That’s a lot of things to do! But of course, everything is interesting so I’d like to experience them myself, too. It’s true that Europe is so expensive, I think I’ll have to save up for a couple of months/years to be able to afford the trip (‘coz it would seem anticlimactic to just visit one country when you’re already there).

    Good luck with your trip, Camie! I hope after your Eurotrip, you also get to explore more of the Philippines soon. :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Mikyu :)

      My current travel goals is really to explore more of Europe because it’s really where my heart is. I’ve seen a bit of the Philippines and to be bluntly honest, a lot of it doesn’t “wow!!!” me anymore. I mean, it’s beautiful and I appreciate the beauty this country has to offer, but I crave for more history and culture. Sadly, this country doesn’t have high regard for preserving much of it. When I go to new places, I look for museums, old structures, anything that has history. So I need to do more research for places that offer that here, because mountains and pristine beaches tend to get boring after a while! I think I just crave for something very different from where I grew up :) I hope that makes sense. HAHA.

      I don’t want to offend anyone, since I know a lot of people are always saying to explore your own backyard first and I get that, but I’m not going to pretend it excites me as much as Europe excites me, so my investments for now will go to exploring places that really excites me to my core :)

  • Reply Izzy 21 March 2015 at 11:00 am

    I LOVE this post <3 I'm so tempted to buy a ticket to London hahaha!
    When you go to Jaime Oliver's, you MUST try their epic brownie. It's the BEST brownie + ice cream combo ever. I crave for it to this day.
    The Harry Potter Studio Tour is just all kinds of amazing. My tip is to eat before you enter the tour because you'll spend more than 2 hours (or maybe the whole day!) roaming around.
    Have you heard of the open-air Shakespeare plays in Oxford? It's really fun, and great experience. Though I'm not sure if they still have runs in October. :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 1:14 pm

      I’ll take note! Gab is super into stuff like that (brownie + ice cream combos). I’m pretty sure I’ll be crying at the Harry Potter studio tour…. Im sure it wouldn’t be a first for the people who work there either. They probably have a box of tissues they hand out for the “criers” HAHA

      I heard about the open-air Shakespeare plays! I think Gab would love to go, but he’s already seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican… Maybe when he goes, I can go to Oxford to watch the open-air play :))

      • Reply Izzy 28 March 2015 at 4:04 pm

        If you come across his other restaurant called Recipease–there’s one in Notting Hill–I can recommend their pizza and burgers! So good!
        Aww! Wait ’til you see the life-sized Hogwarts model <3
        Let me know if you need any help with London or Oxford! :)
        You'll have the time of your life! Take loads of photos! :D

  • Reply Corinth 21 March 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m so excited for you!!! You should definitely make this happen!!! <3

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Corinth!!! Everything I’m doing now is all for the Eurotrip. Every. Single. Day. <3

  • Reply Steff 21 March 2015 at 3:30 pm

    All associated with Harry Potter stuff would probably the first thing i would visit when i travel there <3. Wouldn't be awesome if the Wizarding word of harry potter theme park would be in Britain too. I really don't know if they have an HP theme park but I do heard they have one in florida & osaka.
    https://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Yeah I know they’re making one in Japan! Is the one in Osaka done? Cause I’m planning to do Japan next year! :)

  • Reply Daria 21 March 2015 at 6:20 pm

    This was so good to read! Is it sad I didn’t know about half of the things you listed and I live in Great Britain?! Anyway, you definitely need to add Portobello Road in London, if you watch Notting Hill (the movie) you’ll understand why: it’s my favourite place in the whole world! :) x

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 6:28 pm

      I’ll definitely add that! :) I think my England list is too short :( haha I also have another bucketlist for markets in London I want to visit :p

  • Reply Pearl 21 March 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I am so in love with this post Camie! Ahh… to pack up and travel to anywhere you wish to go sounds like paradise! I really wish your Euro trip would happen soon. I wish I could travel with you too hahaha :D kahit through your posts nalang :D

    Good luck, Camie! I wish it would happen real soon! :D

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Pearl! I know, making this list my heart was aching so much! Haha actually the year is passing by real fast so I’m sure before we know it, I’ll be leaving for my Eurotrip

  • Reply Shannon 21 March 2015 at 7:30 pm

    The crooked house of Windsor reminds me of so many houses in Amsterdam lol! Good luck with your travels! Its so exciting :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 March 2015 at 12:25 am

      Come to think of it, they do!! Although the Amsterdam canal houses don’t stand alone… So theyre not as obviously crooked as this crooked house. Haha I also noticed some canal houses would be leaning forward! My friend told me it was because theyre building subways? So I guess that explains a lot!

  • Reply Katy Ferenczy 21 March 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I go to uni near Arundel and it is such a beautiful town, the catholic cathedral up on the hill always looks so picturesque. I also really recommend the Harry Potter studio tour, it was so magical when I went and really just as awesome as you think it will be. Finally, in terms of the fish and chips by the seaside/pier I recommend a day trip to Brighton as it is a cheap train ride from London and that is the classic image of British seaside if you ever wanted one. I go to uni there and the one person wide lanes of independent shops are still fascinating to me now and I’m always discovering a new side street.

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 March 2015 at 12:28 am

      Thanks for recommending Brighton! I think I saw that somewhere while doing research but it completely slipped my mind! Oh, how you make me jealous. I would love to be living in a place where discovering side streets and visiting independent shops is an exciting thing!

  • Reply Paoline 21 March 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is such a fun list! I can’t wait for you ti see through some of the items here (and also view the pictures you’ve taken while crossing each item off). I am also very interested with Jack the Ripper!

    P.S. I read your Scotland list in my head with a pseudo-Scottish accent :))

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 March 2015 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Paoline <3 I'll be sure to Instagram it! Haha

  • Reply Tina 21 March 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Could I suggest to add a full afternoon tea in one of the posh London Hotels to the list? Its not just a tourist thing, but so many in the UK meet friends or mom’s for a afternoon tea treat and its just a totally unique experience – I love doing it and can’t believe I miss out this year :(

    And is it not always and everywhere the same? You live in a stunning country but which to explore other parts of the world, friends & people don’t get why you are not happy with just travelling around your own country.

    PS: And I wasn’t to happy to explore the Philippines until I travelled there and felt in love with it…so always be open for unexpect things!

    • Reply Camie Juan 21 March 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Tina! Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

      Yes I think it’s very normal for people to wish to explore another country… I’m definitely open to exploring other places. I’m just not that excited to tour the Philippines, for now :)

  • Reply Wanderer Juan 22 March 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Too bad you feel that way about the Philippines haha, to find the history and culture here, you’d really have to look and go out of your way to find it. There’s a lot of old churches and houses that go as far back as the 1600s in some parts of the country, and you’d have to go up the Cordilleras or head to Mindanao to learn about pre-Hispanic times in the country. But to each his or her own, wala basagan ng trip haha, I would have loved to go to Great Britain as well but would rather do West and East Europe, hassle kasi na iba pa visa nila e haha

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 March 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Well I’m not completely writing off the Philippines. I’m of course still open to exploring it, thats why in one of my replies to the comments here I said that I just need to do better research to look for these places that are history & culture based. It’s just RIGHT NOW, my main goal is exploring more of Europe because that’s where my heart is.

      So, thank you for respecting my opinion! Some people will go through so much effort to make me feel bad for not wanting to explore more of the PH right now. As if the world will stop turning or it makes me a horrible person. To grow and be more open, you need to experience other cultures, so you can come home and appreciate yours too.

      • Reply Wanderer Juan 22 March 2015 at 5:26 pm

        Yes i’d agree with ‘To grow and be more open, you need to experience other cultures, so you can come home and appreciate yours too.’

  • Reply What Makes Mary 22 March 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I’m going in August and most of the things that are on this list are on mine too! Defs have to do the harry potter tour and ride on one of those red double decker buses haha. Goodluck planning! It’s so much fun! Xx

  • Reply Kim 23 March 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Camie! I just wanna say this bucketlist is nice. I have one question though. How can you say you have “wanderlust coursing through your veins” or that it’s been “part of your DNA”? You’ve never even traveled yet using your own money or that you initiated it? All your travels were either sponsored or paid for by Gab’s family. So I kind of don’t understand why you already claim to have wanderlust or something but have never really acted on it at will.. Just my thoughts. :-)

    • Reply Camie Juan 23 March 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Have you looked up the definition of Wanderlust?

      “Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.”

      It doesn’t mean you only get it or have the right to feel it if you’ve acted on it. As for initiating it, I think I have. The fact that before I graduated college, I joined a competition called The Big Blog Exchange where you could win a 10 day trip to another country, and guess what? I won. I may not have paid for it, but I saved up some of my own money to be able to afford the side traveling I did to Paris and Amsterdam so I could afford my food and other expenses.

      As for acting on it, I’m acting on my wanderlust now, by being positive AND WORKING to make my October Eurotrip happen.

      Anyone can have wanderlust. I hope my answer has enlightened you! :)

  • Reply Trish 25 March 2015 at 5:40 am

    This is so exciting! #2 and #9!11 I hope you get to cross out a lot on this list. I remember making something like this but for Iceland a few years back for the Big Blog Exchange! Good luck, Camie! :)

  • Reply Yshy 25 March 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I love, love, love your blog Camie!! My browsing routine is not complete if I don’t drop by Wild Spirit! I swear I never left since I first discovered this, but leaving comments on posts is one thing that I need to practice more. Haha! Today I just couldn’t help my adoration for your blog which is why I’m here, on your comments’ section! <3

  • Reply Ches 27 March 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Why am I super excited with your adventures! I’m looking forward to your Euro trip Cams! <3

  • Reply MJ 29 March 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve been to UK twice and I recommend you also try Haggis if you go to Edinburgh!! and try eating in Covent Garden :)

  • Reply Jay Abellanosa 31 March 2015 at 6:04 am

    Love this list! You can tell you’ve really looked into all these things. It’s not just a gratuitous list of touristy places that are just like, ‘oh apparently this was good maybe i should go’ but it definitely feels like ‘i will enjoy this and i researched this and heck yeah i’m going’ ! You make me wanna travel more too, except New Zealand has crazy goodness here too so might just aim closer to home. And then maybe Europe. :) Can’t wait to see how you go, Camie! And your photos will be AMAZING!

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Jay <3 It did take a while to research, to pick and choose what appealed to me most and even push back negative tourist reviews and look at the experiences with an unbiased mind -- that was hardest to do! Haha New Zealand is absolutely breathtaking!!! My boyfriend's brother lives there now and I've seen so many photos. Their backyard is the beach *heart eyes* NZ is definitely in my travel bucket list for the future :)

  • Reply manikreigun 31 March 2015 at 10:40 am

    Not too shabby of a plan and fantastic researching. I hope you get to attain your travel-plans soon! I am currently based here in London and I’m a fan of yours. Hoping I could bump into you in the tube when you’re ’round town! ;)

    In London, you must visit and experience Shoreditch/Brick Lane. Tons of food [ala-banchetto] and vintage ukay-ukays, arts & crafts etc. For fantastic views from way above, try either the Shard or the Skygarden.

    In Scotland, I agree you should try Haggis, da best!

    /apir!

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 March 2015 at 10:47 am

      Gab and I were watching the food channel the other night and this guy was making haggis and we KNEW we just HAVE to try it! We were a bit scared though cause European serving sizes are usually huge and what if we end up not liking it? Haha but since two Filipinos have suggested it then I trust you guys! Would you be able to tell me what it sort of tastes like? :)

      Also, thanks for the suggestions! I’m thinking we could definitely do a meet up since you’re the second person from England who has told me they wanted to meet if ever! I believe I have 5-6 days in London/around England! We can make this happen! :)

      • Reply manikreigun 31 March 2015 at 12:39 pm

        Think of haggis as a posh isaw/innards mish-mash meat product. ;) I had a haggis cheeseburger, so it was fantastic!

        Also at Edinburgh, Scotland, there are free walk tours wherein you’d just decide whether to ‘donate’ any amount. And they’re far more entertaining than the regular, more formal ones. Because they swear and spit like a true Scot!

        I think you’ll wish you’d stay longer, but 5-6 days in London is pretty good enough.

  • Reply Katrina Alain 1 April 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I always wanted to be go to Great Britain, ( London and Brighton especially ). I started earning for it now that I’m 14, and I hope I could go to UK when I’m 18. Ireland is one of the places I also want to go and I hope I could visit all the One Direction member’s hometown ( Including Zayn’s ). Don’t mind my inner fangirl showing.

  • Reply Sheen 5 May 2015 at 11:41 am

    Camie! I love your list! Been to London almost every month and been thinking of making a travel blog especially now that I’m a flight attendant :) I think I need to buy A good camera bec I only use go pro and iphone 5 on my travels.:( And a decent laptop or tablet as well ? haha hope to see you on my flights. BTW, I work in PAL :) You INSPIRE me. :)

  • Reply Loura 1 July 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Wow best of luck on your tip to UK, Camie! I wish I can visit again soon. I am in love with the country! I hope you can visit Shoreditch (it has cool street art) and you’ll love Isle of Skye during autumn (or all year round hehe). Breathtaking views :) lovin your blog! (I’m so late, discovered it just a month ago) favorite blogger <3

  • Reply Mika 10 March 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Camie! Did you push through with this trip? I’m really interested to know about your personal travel experience whilst in the U.K. as I’m also going to England, Scotland, and Ireland (as in the Republic) this year. :)

  • Reply delnadecano 2 May 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I love this post. <3 recently just discovered you and you've definitely become an inspiration for when I finally decide to start my own blog. Mind if I ask what font is used in the photos?

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