When I added the cute little 'travel' link on my sidebar as a category, it was probably more wishful thinking than anything else. Despite the spectacular lack of traveling in my life over the past few years, I'm very passionate about jet-setting around the world and experiencing new cultures. I mean, how could I not be? I can't imagine "travel more" is absent from any 20-something year olds bucket list.
There are just so many places I want to go. So, I'm going to split this post up. This will be all of the places I want to visit stateside and the second part will be international travel.
Los Angeles, California
A side effect of having run Skylights Magazine with Mae for the past few months is that I've been getting snapshots of LA life, and because of it, I've been longing to see it for myself. Los Angeles is a much more complex city then I ever thought. It's a city full of hopeless dreamers and bright lights, but it's also very calm, residential and in some ways, lonely at times. I need to take the trip to the West Coast, if only to visit Mae, but also to see this infamous city in action.
San Francisco, California
I associate San Francisco with a cool, breezy, sunny atmosphere, and well, with Full House :) But that's not it. San Francisco is the tech hub of the nation and home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Painted Ladies houses (known as "postcard row") and their cable car system, which is the world's last permanently operational manually operated cable car system and a national historic landmark. San Fran just seems like such a quaint, charming place.
Northern Lights, Alaska
There's a song by 30 Seconds To Mars titled "Northern Lights" and it's about as epic as this picture. As soon as I heard the track I had to look it up and Oh My God, this is spectacular. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are best seen during the winter months in Alaska as the dark skies lend to better visibility. I'm so lost for words just looking at this photo that I can't even imagine what it's gonna be like to see it in person, but I can't wait to find out.
Part of my "to travel" list since I was younger, I've always wanted to visit Colorado during the winter months. I can just imagine vacationing in a cute little cabin, learning to ski in the day time and cuddling up with hot cocoa and a movie at night.
New Orleans, Louisiana
I was never really all that keen on traveling to New Orleans (I was never big on Mardi Gras like a lot of other party kids I knew). Then I started watching The Originals on the CW and this city shot to the very top of my list. The culture, the music, the scene. I want to experience it all. It seems so rich and lavish and warm and I want to be a part of it soo bad! Plus, as I've gotten older, I've gotten more and more into jazz, and I've heard the jazz scene down there is out of this world.
Ok, I'm going to admit something potentially, no definitely really embarrassing. Fifty Shades of Grey made me want to visit Seattle. *Cringe* I know! But when I realized that this book was written by a British woman and set in Seattle, it piqued my interest. I'd never seen Seattle as this super popular city that everyone wanted to go to or thought about, so it was weird that someone foreign was setting her story there. When I started researching the city, I realized just how interesting it is and how people consider it a mini-New York.
One of my best friends spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii after school and having lived vicariously through her stories and IG pictures, I decided I wanted to visit as well. Especially, this attraction here, "The Stairway to Heaven." Yeah, it's named after one of my favorite songs ever, but it's also quite miraculous. I mean, look at that view! What an adventure!
The Catskills, New York
Infamous for the place writers, musicians and other creatives go to relax and be inspired, it's definitely a place I want to check out. Being mere hours driving from me, there really is no excuse not to make this trip happen this year. Maybe then I can make some real headway with my novel. *Wishful thinking*. Also, as the vacation spot for tons of New York City residents, there's plenty to do.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
I feel like everyone has seen this natural wonder but me. Apparently, it was a field trip for lots of others. To be quite honest, it's not like I'm over the moon excited to see it, but I hate feeling like I'm the only one who hasn't and I want to check it off my bucket list.
Quebec City, Canada
It's not in the US ok, but I'm counting it. When I was younger, my coach always traveled to Canada for Christmas vacation, but that was pretty much my extent of exposure to the tourism of Canada. Well that and I was practically in love with Drake and Degrassi as a teen, but still, it never made it onto my list. But I began to fall for the European charm, romantic atmosphere and old world feel that it boasts. Also, there's something about this town and the Chateau Frontenac covered in snow that reminds me of Harry Potter. Am I right?