Are you a fan of bucket lists? I try not to “goal set” too hard, but I find it so much easier to remember all of the epic things I plan on doing when I write them down in the form of a list (I have mom brain to thank for my lack of short-term memory). I recently turned 33, and I completed a travel bucket list that I’ve had in the works for the past few years.
Ever since I hit 30, it’s like a quasi-mid-life crisis is upon me, and I’m verrryy aware of the fact that I will NOT live forever. I’m proud to say that because of this, I have quelled my people pleasing tendencies to become MUCH better at saying no to shit I don’t want to do. I’ve started making bucket lists, which include things like traveling, eating healthy food, exploring, and spending time with my friends and family. The rest? I choose to leave it.
If you know me, it’s no secret that I love traveling. It’s one of the biggest things that lights me up, helps me grow as a person, and seriously fuels my creativity.
I think my passion for travel started with my voracious reading habits as a kid. I would either live in the fantasy land inside my head, or find a book with an exotic, foreign setting and become completed engrossed in the story (didn’t all 10 year olds spend their summers burning through adult-level reading lists?! No?! Just me?).
We never traveled long distances as a family, but as I got older the urge to go exploring was ever-present. I was a bit of a chickensh*t and told myself I was too shy to go on grand adventures on my own. Which is hilarious now, because I will fly literally anywhere by myself if it means I can:
a. stay in a hotel room or airbnb by my lonesome (bed to myself? Ummmm, yes please!)
b. read a book on the flight there, or
c. go do WHATEVER I WANT IN A NEW PLACE.
While yes, I do love traveling solo, I also love meeting new people and traveling with friends and family. A lot of the places I’ve traveled to so far in my life have been with people I love, and I’m so fortunate to even have the possibility of traveling to some of the places on this list in the future.
If you’re planning a wedding, elopement, couples or anniversary session in any of these locations and are looking for a photographer – HIT. ME. UP. If you’re a vendor looking for amazing photos or promotion for your accommodation space or business – again, HIT. ME. UP. 35 is fast approaching and I’ve got a lot of epic places to cross off my list!
My Travel Bucket List
35 PLACES BEFORE 35
- Costa Rica
- Hawaii ✅
- India ✅
- Mexico ✅
- Cuba ✅
- Jamaica ✅
- Ireland ✅
- Haida Gwaii Rainforest, BC, Canada
- Joshua Tree, California
- Maine, USA ✅
- Vermont, USA ✅
- Dominican Republic ✅
- New Zealand
- Florida ✅
- San Francisco, California ✅
- Napa Valley, California ✅
- Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada
- Golden, BC, Canada ✅
- Moab, Utah, USA
- East Coast, Canada
- Banff, AB, Canada ✅
- PNW, USA
My fave trips in the past year were Mexico and Hawaii!