I tend to shy away from bucketlists…purely because most of the time people feel as though putting their words to paper means what they want to do will happen – without actually taking any action. I’m all about actions not words. But obviously, there are many places throughout the world that I want to visit that are permanently stuck in the back of my mind.
So here is my travel bucketlist where I intend to tick off all these destinations within the next 5 years – so not everywhere I want to go, and I’m sure I’ll visit other places in the next few years, but locations I’m dying to see which I see doable in the near future. So read on if you’re feeling nosey or want some travel inspiration <3

Disclaimer: Of course not having gone to these places, I do not have any photographs that are my own. I have used the site Pexels to source my images as all images come with a free to use license. but the library was very limited. I of course did not want to steal any work without permission. I deeply encourage you to google these destinations for more of a better understanding <3

Exploring Hokkaido, Japan by rail

As you all know, I am OBSESSED with this country and have been since I was little. Ever since I got a part time job at 17 I’ve always saved to visit and so far have visited twice since last August and I’m visiting a third time this September. (Three times in just over a year – trust me I’m not kidding with you when I say I’m obsessed, Japan has always taken priority over other destinations). However, I’ve only ever visited the main large cities and have spent most of my time in Tokyo. This is why I want to explore more of Japan, and Hokkaido is first on my list. Why? It’s stunningly beautiful. It’s the second biggest island of Japan but it’s also the most natural and unspoilt. It’s much less densely populated compared to the rest of the country also, providing a beautiful place to visit. The mountains, the flowers, and the stunning views of lakes and waterfalls. How could you not be attracted to this place? In addition to this, the smaller population and less infrastructure = less tourists and more locals. I’m not saying native Japanese people aren’t living throughout the rest of the country, of course not! But visiting Hokkaido will most likely give me a more raw and authentic feel of Japan, plus I’m always a fan of being the only ‘tourist’ about. I would also like to tick the Japanese city of Sapporo off my list. Essentially because I adored the small-city feel of Hiroshima and feel as though Sapporo would be similar, just with a few different local customs and cultural twists. Finally it has to be by rail as the Japanese rail system is by far the best in the world, and I have such fond memories of travelling the country for the first time via the Shinkansen.

Vietnam – Notably Hanoi and Da-Nang

Now this is a very recent addition to the list. For months or maybe even years my Dad has always wanted to visit Vietnam. He was fortunate enough to travel the world on a ship for months at a time with the merchant navy, but he didn’t reach all the Asian countries in the Pacific. Ever since he’s always been interested but never made the trip to that part of the world. However recently both of us have been caught up in watching vlog after vlog of peoples’ various trips to Vietnam, Hanoi and Da-Nang have caught our interest. Why? It’s stunningly beautiful, equally as beautiful as Bali, the Maldives and Fiji but it’s not ridiculously expensive. Furthermore, unlike the various resorts in the aforementioned places, Vietnam offers much more history, culture and interaction with people. Being a history student who adores US/Cold War history, visiting here would be insane. Whenever I visit anywhere and I know its history,  I always feel so taken aback. Visiting places just fills my mind with more experience and more understanding. I adore Asia already, but visiting Vietnam would be a more adventurous trek for me. I know for some it would be easy as anything, but I know although Asian, Vietnam is a totally different ball-game to Tokyo’s clean and efficient way of life. But it’s one of which I would like to discover, the laid-back, calm, simple way of life.

Seeing the Fjords of Norway the easy way – Via rail from Oslo to Bergen

Now when you think of Norway, you think of the spectacular fjords. Those pictures you find on pintrest of people standing on the tip of a high vantage point staring down at the water below – that’s what I’m talking about. However being someone who cannot drive, I wouldn’t be able to drive somewhere close enough to then begin a hike. But I am dying to see the beauty, and there is another destination in Norway that I want to see, and I can kill two birds with one stone – the Norwegian railway. By taking the railway from Oslo to Bergen and stopping in Flam, I get to see the wonders of Norway and visit the beautiful seaside town of Bergen which is honestly one of the most picturesque spots in Scandinavia. Plus I’ll be able to re-visit Oslo, and I adored that city. Why on my bucketlist? I’ve already mentioned the scenery, plus I already love Norway. Adding some natural beauty and a more authentic old-style Norwegian fishing town to my travel experience would be pretty splendid in deed! I need some Hygge essentially, and this is a good way to start.

Transylvania, Romania – Sibiu and Brasov

Cue the best picture of a map that doesn’t even have Romania on it, because there were no relevant photos on Pexels = good job :’)

Eastern Europe is a big winner in my books, it’s nice on the wallet, underrated and full of culture and beauty. This meaning, Romania was of course on my travel list. However, Bucharest alone wasn’t enough to drag me to go to this country, as beautiful a capital as it is. Transylvania however, yes! I learnt a lot about Transylvania’s position in Europe in the Middle Ages up until the Enlightenment and have always been interested in Dracula/vampire folklore. Plus who wasn’t obsessed with vampires in their pre-teen years? (I’m looking at you Twilight, The Lost Boys and Vampire Knight!). Plus the locations themselves are very scenic and somewhat secluded. Of course they are small cities and have pretty large populations, but looking at photographs of these two cities just puts into perspective how secluded they are. Surrounded my greenery and mountains. Also, who wouldn’t want to climb up to Dracula’s infamous castle? Plus it seems like they would suit me up with what I would love on a city break: history, culture and a great atmosphere. Good food and it’s a cheap destination – clearly a winner and doable as not all my trips can be long-haul. Thank you Dracula Untold for re-igniting my love for this area of the world again <3

Well, that’s a little window into some of the places I desperately want to visit very soon, I hope this post has either inspired you to take a look at these places or plan some travels to new destinations yourself. (Or fulfilled any inquisitiveness you may have had in my tastes in locations…) The world has so much to offer, and home will always be there, so get yourself out there, I’ve already explained here how it’s easy as pie <3


    • sophieannetaylor
      August 10, 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Aw I'm glad you like it thank you so much 🙂 and yes I use bloglovin no end!

  1. Nicola
    August 10, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Hi there! <3 I just couldn't keep myself from stalking your blog a little bit just now – wonderful work, I love your writing style!And in terms of travel bucket list, Vietnam and Cambodia are right on top of mine too! I went to Hokkaido last year, but only made my way to Hakodate, but the food up there was SO good, I'll be back soon for sure! 🙂

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 10, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Ah thank you! Coming from you Nicola is a huge compliment! <3 Yes I saw your blog post about Hakodate and would love to visit there too, Hokkaido just has so much to offer doesn't it? Again thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 it really means a lot ^_^

  2. Anoushka P
    August 10, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Loved this, the background behind wanting to go to all these places is so interesting! Vietnam is definitely on my list too, and I'd love to see Transylvania as I only got as far as Bucharest on a recent trip, but the castles sounded amazing!Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion Blog

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 10, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Aw I'm glad you did! I'm happy you liked being able to read why I wanted to go to these places as well <3 Well, Bucharest is certainly a start, I've not even been to Romania at all so I'm very jealous! If you're ever in Bucharest again, Brasov is only 2 hours away by rail or car 🙂 Probably the easier of the two cities to visit. Thank you for your nice comment 🙂

  3. ThoughtsbyAli x
    August 29, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I think I have just fallen in love with Asia, going to have to add it to my list of wanderlust – I already wanted to explore Japan being a lover of all things kawaii but Vietnam is now on the hit list too! Such a good blog post :)- Ali (

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 31, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Aw I'm glad you enjoyed my post, yes Japan is certainly very good for being Kawaii in places! Tokyo would be your best bet for that though 😉 But yes Vietnam and the rest of Asia need exploring too!Thanks for your lovely comment <3

  4. kirsty-rose
    October 15, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    I have never been to any of these places but I actually have Norwegian roots so I would definitely like to go there one day!

  5. Natalia.
    November 11, 2016 / 1:02 am

    What a great and original list. I'm finally ticking Tokyo off my list next month and am beyond excited!

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