Just over a year ago, at the beginning of last summer, I wrote a post about our ‘To Do While in Europe’ list, a priority list of what Lucas and I wanted to see while we were living overseas. Now that we’ve got just over a guaranteed year left (and a year since we compiled our list), I’m revisiting it to see how well we’ve done, and what vacations are still left to plan!
Croatia – Plitvice National Park, Dubrovnik and the Dalmation Coast.-still in the works! We tried to plan a trip, but realized that the flights/ferries were too complicated for a long weekend and we’re now trying to dedicate an entire week to Croatia in Spring 2017!
skiing the alps (not particular about where!) Success! We visited Innsbruck in February for a 4 day weekend of eating delicious Austrian food and skiing the old Olympic slopes. The views weren’t bad either!
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland road trip! Belfast was probably our most spontaneous trip to date. We managed to meet up with friends, explore the city and take in the Giants Causeway and the terrifying rope bridge!
-Greece- Athens and some beautiful islands -Still on the list!
-Rome- because how could you not?
-Cinque Terre- cliffside towns, hiking and wine? Yes please.
Russia- St Petersburg and Moscow. Hopefully will be partially accomplished with a Baltic cruise next summer! We took the Baltic Cruise! It was an amazing 12 days of beautiful cities and not so beautiful weather… St. Petersburg was great to visit, but we didn’t make it to Moscow, maybe with the world cup in 2018?? -Norway-the fjords! (Visiting in July!)-We had an amazing time in Norway (aside from learning in the Fjords that we are terrible kayakers). We managed to visit Oslo, Bergen and Flam, and to take in some of the most epic views of our lives!
-Iceland- a road trip around the ring road!-Realistically a post-Europe trip, since it’s so easily accessible from the US!
Germany- Berlin and Munich (headed to Munich this summer!) Check and check! We spent a long summer weekend in Munich last summer, and drank even more beer when friends joined us for the late May bank holiday weekend in Berlin!
Prague: there’s a Beer spa, ok? Haha.=We spent 5 days in Plzen and Prague over the Easter weekend, consuming lots of beer and delicious food. And yes, we managed to make it to the beer spa, one of the highlights of the trip!
Scottish highlands/Isle of Skye My parents joined us for a road trip around Scotland, where we visited the Isle of Skye, Inverness, Oban, Glasgow and Edinburgh-it was a busy week!
7 out of 12 isn’t too bad! Some trips, like Italy and Iceland seem to merit a few weeks, and may be best taken later, when we can really take the time to explore the country, rather than rushing in and out the way you can with a city break.
What’s new on the list?
-Krakow-the history, architecture and food!
-Ben Nevis-It’s the only one of the three peaks we still haven’t summited (we hit the highest in Wales and England, only Scotland remains!)
-Madrid-Because who can say no to art, churros and tapas?
-Nice and Monaco
What’s on your travel bucket list? How do you choose where to go next?