It’s time for a little wanderlust. Recently someone asked me what I would do if I have unlimited funds and I said travel. We’ve touched on a few of our trips on the blog, most of which have been super quick for weddings, but it’s one thing Dan and I have expressed interest in doing more of in the future.
Actually, we spend quite a lot of time dreaming up vacations. Late night conversations about food and museums and stories from our separate travels. I’ve been to Europe and Dan hasn’t, though he has traveled more around the states. It’s fun that we’ve been to different spots because down the road if we end up visiting a place that only one of us has been, at least there will be some familiarity.
But on the other hand going on an adventure together to a new place that neither of us have been to and experiencing new food, new sights, sounds and culture is exciting! Which is why it was hard to narrow down the list, but I did manage to cut down to my top five travel destinations, places I’ve yet to visit but are at the top of my wishlist. Better to dream big, right? What are your top five travel destinations?
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ― Anita Desai
Napa, California – I don’t want to romanticize Napa Valley too much but let’s say it’s one of those places where I’ve imagined myself living. From the vineyards to the large estates, it seems like a magical place. Dan and I have been mentally planning trip to Napa for years and we really want to make our first trip there special, though neither of us know enough about the area to have a set list of places to visit. We just know that from the wine to the weather to the valley itself, we need to make a trip there soon. So if you’ve been and have suggestions, we’d love some guidance.
Santorini, Greece – I’ve dreamt about Greece since I was young. Blame the Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, but I became obsessed with Santorini after reading that series. I would ask for a Greek calendar every year, bought travel books on Greece, read novels set in Greece, it was so extreme that relatives who visited Greece would bring me presents from there, which I still cherish to this day. But I was especially obsessed with the blue and white buildings and small town of Oia on Santorini. A relaxing trip complete with gorgeous sunsets sounds perfect.
Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo seems like a total sense overload in the best possible way. I have no idea what to expect but I’ve wanted to go to Tokyo since I saw Lost in Translation (cliché, right?). Back then it was about wanting to experience the culture, but since then my love for Japanese food has grown immensely, and I am very interested in eating my way through Tokyo. Imagining all the delicious sushi and ramen is making my mouth water.
London, England – The shopping! No, no. There are plenty of reasons for wanting to visit London besides the shopping, but as a fashion blogger I’ll admit I am straight up envious of bloggers from England who have easy access to high street shops. But beyond shopping, I would love to see all of the major tourist attractions and visit the museums. Oh, and have afternoon tea. That’s at the top of my list. A day of shopping and high tea in London. Dreamy.
Barcelona, Spain – I’m going to give it to you straight: tapas are the main reason I want to visit Spain. Whenever we put together a plate of finger foods Dan immediately goes for Italian flavors but I’m always trying to recreate Spanish tapas. I’m completely fascinated by their food culture and how they focus on celebrating simple ingredients. As someone who doesn’t enjoy drinking without eating, the Barcelona style is right up my alley.
image sources: Napa (1,2), Santorini (1,2), Tokyo (1,2), London (1, 2) Barcelona (1, 2)