I love bucket lists. Maybe that’s a little odd, but they give me something to hope for and get me excited about all the wonderful adventures ahead of me. Just over a year ago I remember making a recovery bucket list, which included goals such as “Eat a meal out with friends” or “Be able to wear dresses without feeling self-counscious”. These days it’s kind of sad to look back on that and remember what a horrible place I was in – but it also reminds me of how far I’ve come, and how life can and will get better when you decide to allow yourself freedom.
Today, however, I am writing a different kind of bucket list: a travel bucket list. There are so many places I want to go and things I want to see on this planet, I thought it would be lovely to track them and hopefully give you all some inspiration too! I am splitting my lists up into a series of travel bucket list posts according to country, state or city so you’ll be able to find inspiration easily, and to make sure I don’t go on and on in just one post!
Today I am going to start with my beautiful home country; England and the United Kingdom. Despite being fortunate enough to be a well-travelled person, I actually don’t even know my own country that well – I have always been more interested in foreign travelling. Despite that, there are many places I long to visit in the UK, and it’s important that I appreciate where I do live rather than always looking overseas. So here, in no particular order, is my current bucket list for the United Kingdom!
1. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Despite being a city girl I still have a place for nature, and Giant’s Causeway has always seemed to me one of the very finest natural attractions in the world. I have also never been to Northern Ireland, so that would be an added bonus!
2. Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Several of my places on this bucket list are just going to be cities that I haven’t yet had the chance to visit, and Newcastle is the first. It looks like a gorgeous place, plus a cat cafe has just opened there. Thumbs up all round!
3. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
I took my first trip to Edinburgh (and in fact Scotland) earlier this year, and was absolutely amazed by the beauty of it. I fell in love with the city of Edinburgh, but because I only spent one night there I didn’t have the time to actually explore the historic castle which overlooks the city. I hope to go back soon, and this would definitely be on my to-do list if/when I returned!
4. Liverpool, England
Another famous English city that I haven’t visited…sometimes I feel quite ashamed at how little I have seen of my own country! I have heard great things about Liverpool though, especially from my twin sister who adored it when she visited on a university open day. A definite must see for me!
5. Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
A festival of books? Sounds incredible. A place where everyone else loves books and you are surrounded by literature – I honestly couldn’t think of a better weekend. Perfect place to bring out my inner (or perhaps not so inner) English nerd.
6. Manchester, England
Yep, another city I haven’t ever seen that I’d love to visit. I’m not really sure why, I just feel like there’s always going to be an important part of England left to see until I’ve seen Manchester.
7. Brighton Beach and Promenade, Brighton, England
Brighton beach is just one of those quintessentially English places that I feel I simply cannot live in England and not visit. Plus they have the only current Green MP, so it’s an area with good politics too. I like their style.
8. Notting Hill Carnival, London, England
I may have done and seen a lot in London, but I have yet to experience one of the most famous and renowned annual festivals. Notting Hill always looks slightly crazy but a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!
9. Glasgow, Scotland
As previously mentioned, Edinburgh is the only place in Scotland I have had the pleasure of visiting and it was definitely a hit! I’d love to see more of the country and explore another of its famous cities.
Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them! Leave them in the comments below and if I like the sound of them, I’ll add them in. I’ll be constantly adding to this list, so be sure to come back and check it every so often!
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