My Top 10 Travel List


My husband and I at the airport, waiting for our flight to Montego Bay.

Inspired by the book Pins on a Map, I decided to make a top 10 list of places I would like to visit. I have already been to a lot of places in the US and several places in Europe, so that is why a lot of the obvious places may not show up on this list. I have also chosen to make the list based on places I may never actually get to go to (some for obvious reasons). If money was no object and there were no travel concerns with travel anywhere in the world, this would be my top 10 list:

1. Santiago, Chile – I love countries in which the people speak Spanish, because it means I get to practice my Spanish. Plus, not far from Santiago, there is a winery where our favorite wine is made (Concha y Toro).

2. Easter Island – All the pictures I’ve seen of this place look so amazing, and it sounds like there is nothing like it in the world. It is a long flight from Santiago and probably one of the hardest (and most expensive) places to get to.

3. Cairo, Egypt – I have always wanted to see the pyramids of Egypt, but unless they get all of their affairs in order, it will probably never happen.

4. Cuba – There have been rumors of allowing US citizens to visit Cuba at some point in the future. I don’t think I want to be on the first plane to Havana, but if it ever actually happens that we could visit, it would be awesome.

5. India – Our families think we are crazy to want to go to India, but there are some really amazing sites in this country. In addition, it is the birthplace of yoga.

6. Turkey – This is another place that I have heard positive things about, but it is a little close to all of the conflict in the Middle East. Hopefully, all of that will be resolved someday and I will feel more comfortable visiting.

7. Australia – Though it’s not at the top of my list, there is so much to see in Australia, especially the beauty of the country. If I could talk myself into such a long flight, I would love to visit.

8. Africa (African safari) – It is one of Eric’s dreams to take an African safari. While it sounds a little scary to me, it would be really neat to stay in a treehouse among the animals and to see the wildlife up close. This may actually happen, but not until the kids are old enough to go with us.

9. Peru (Machu Picchu) – I’m not sure we will ever be able to hike to Machu Picchu, but I would love to see this ancient site.

10. China (The Great Wall) – I know it is probably unnecessary, but China being communist makes me a little nervous. That being said, China has a lot to see, and the culture alone would be a great experience.

Check out my First Impressions series on European cities we have already been to, including London, Paris, Barcelona, RomeDublin, and Prague. I also have some travel planning info.

What would be on your top 10 list?




  1. Felicia says:

    There are so many places around the world that I would love to visit one day. I want to visit all the states of the USA one day, so far, I’ve pretty much been only up and down the east coast. I’d also love to go back to Canada and I really want to go to the UK one day. So many places to visit, if only I had the money to do it!

  2. There are many exotic places I’d love to go. For now though, I’d happily go for a trip to an all inclusive in Mexico to relive my honeymoon and have someone else do the cooking for a week (oh and this trip would be without the kids:) Heck, right now I’d happily settle for a night in a hotel without the kids just to sleep! And then order breakfast in bed:)

  3. Lots of interesting places on your list! I don’t see myself being able to travel much. There are places in the US I would like to visit such as the Grand Canyon and New York City but I also would like to go to England, New Zeeland and Italy.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, the US has a lot of places we hope to take the kids someday. We have been to several of those places with our families growing up and are excited to share similar experiences with our children.

  4. Cindy Howell says:

    What a very diverse list! I would love to visit many of the places you mention someday if things in our world become more peaceful. As for now, I think the #1 place I would like to visit is Great Britain. Specifically Highclere Castle, so I could walk the halls of Downton Abbey. 🙂

  5. Kelly says:

    We love traveling and did a lot of it pre-baby! I love anywhere there is a beach! Hawaii is on my list as well as Costa Rica. Europe is another place that is on my bucket list as well as a cruise to Alaska. Do you take your kids? It seems like those traveling days are long gone for us, but I think I just fear taking a baby on the plane more than anything!

    • Rachel says:

      We did take our daughter to Europe with us last year. She was almost two and she did really well. We did some things to help prepare her for it beforehand, though.

  6. Carol Z says:

    Great post! I love all things travel. I’ve been to Turkey — fabulous — India and Egypt. I was in Egypt a long time ago and thought the Pyramids and the Temple at Luxor extraordinary, but things are too unsettled now. I’ve got a long list…Laos, Bali and Burma. I’d like to return to India and see the south and Sri Lanka. I’m planning on Iceland next summer (!) and also want to see more of Scotland and make a first trip to Ireland. Another goal is to visit all fifty states and I’ve got eight more to do.

    • Rachel says:

      I’m jealous you have already been to Egypt. Maybe someday things will be more peaceful and I will feel more comfortable visiting. I don’t know much about Asia yet but the more I read about it, the most I think some of those places need to be added to my list.

  7. Irene Soh says:

    🙂 Singapore is a beautiful place too. You might like to visit us someday…..

  8. Amy says:

    I want to go all over the East Coast since I recently moved here from California. I have a lot of places I want to go! New York, Nashville, Virginia, Boston, etc!!! If I could go to out of the country I want to go to Germany or Portugal.

  9. Heather C says:

    Most of the places I want to visit are in America. I truly believe our country is beautiful and so underappreciated. Are there other countries I want to see? Yes but like you said, so many aren’t even attainable.

  10. Australia was always on my list, too, until I found out about all their poisonous bugs, etc. Now, I’ve got New York City on my must-see list and Nashville.

  11. Monica says:

    Nice list! We actually travelled from Canada to Australia in 2008… With FOUR kids! We’re not sure if we could do it again…at least while or 5th kid is a busy toddler, but it was awesome and SO worth the long flight! We only saw Sydney and the Gold Coast, but we had a blast!

  12. I have always wanted to visit Monte Carlo! It looks like a beautiful place! 🙂

  13. I love your list! I have always been extremely found of Egypt although I don’t see a trip there in my near future either 🙁

  14. I’m heading to China next month…I’ll let ya know on that one!

    I’m dying to go to Italy, but I’d love to go to Greece, Spain, Morocco and all the Mediterranean countries too!

  15. Cecilia says:

    Yes! I’ve never included a travel wish list into a journal. This is definitely the new wish list that will be added to the journal. It is amazing when one can enjoy life and I certainly hope you get to make the safari to Africa with the children. It should be thrilling and quite memorable.

  16. Dawn says:

    What a GREAT idea to have a travel wish list, I am going to create one with my husband 🙂 Australia and Paris would be towards the top!

    Dawn from

  17. Wren says:

    On my top 10 list: Paris, the UK, Canada, Russia….and as many beaches as possible. Oh, AND China!

  18. Linda says:

    I’d love to take my husband to Alaska, and we dream of visiting Scotland and Germany (the countries of both our heritage).
    Happy travels and dreaming!

    • Rachel says:

      My parents went to Alaska a few years ago and loved it. It is on our list as well but we will probably wait a few years to do that.

  19. Hi Rachel. Thanks for sharing your love of traveling with us. I guess I am kind of a ‘homebody’. I would love to take an Alaskan Cruise, I would like to go to England and Germany to meet some of my husband’s family. Aside from that, I don’t have any great desires to travel.

    But I do appreciate reading about other places. What is it that takes you all over the world?

  20. Jennifer S. says:

    I’ve travelled quite bit in the States and Canada and been to Venezuela. I would like to go to the British Isles (my husband is British). I’d also like to go to Israel, Europe and China. My husband would also like to go to India.

  21. I live in Australia, and everything is so far to get to! I’d love to visit Oman, Tanzania, Thailand (love the food), India, Bordeaux, the Greek Islands, the Maldives and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, I don’t think overseas travel is on the cards for us any time soon…

  22. Heather says:

    I live in sunny South Africa, it’s a lovely place to visit and there’s lots to see. Come and visit!
    I have also traveled quite a bit so I think I would like to visit more of the west coast of America (my sister is in Seattle) and also Vegas. Would also like to do Europe again. With my hubby of course, he hasn’t left the country ever!

    • Rachel says:

      South Africa sounds wonderful! I actually have not seen much of the west coast in the US. I have been as far as Vegas, but that’s about it. One day, I’d like to get to California and Seattle. My husband went to Seattle on a business trip and wants to go back someday.

  23. Kerry says:

    I’d love to visit all those places as well. I’m not a seasoned traveler, but it’s definitely one of my bucket list items.

    • Rachel says:

      We don’t travel as much as we’d like, due to the usual (money, time, kids, etc.), but we definitely enjoy it when we do.

  24. Wonderful list! I would have Austrailia and South Africa on my list. The Amalfi coast in Italy would be wonderful too.

    Have you been to Ireland yet?!!

    • Rachel says:

      We have been to Dublin and some of the surrounding areas nearby. We have yet to see the west coast, which is where a lot of the sights are…

  25. Amanda Smith says:

    I would go to Isreal and Hawaii. I would need money and to overcome my fear of flying first. Lol. Wishing you and your husband safe travels.

    • Rachel says:

      Oh, Israel would be awesome! I wish things over there would settle down a little so I would feel more comfortable going places there.

      And yes, money is a must to buy the ticket. I don’t like long flights, but it is so worth it when we finally land in an awesome location:)

  26. Kerry Ann says:

    I’d love to hit every place on your list. I’d also love to see more of Europe (only experienced Italy) and the Galapagos Islands. Someday ::sigh::

  27. Wow you have some of the same of places I have on my list but i’ll add; Maldives, Bora Bora, South Africa (beautiful spa/resorts), Rio, Ibiza, Santorini Greece, Thailand, Take a train ride from London to Scotland, Iceland and a trip on the QE2…whew…I was visualizing as I writing these out…

    Thanks for the post got me really thinking!

    Kimberly Ann Haws

  28. Australia is in my top 10 for sure too. Not sure about the others.

  29. My husband and I have our dream travel list. On it are: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, England, and Aruba. We also want to travel cross-country by car or RV one summer.

    I love thinking about and planning travel. There’s so much to see and it’s fun to map out trips.

    • Rachel says:

      I love planning trips as well. Have you heard about tripit? I wrote a post on it. It’s an awesome tool to use so you can visually see your trip and how it should play out. All the places on your list sound wonderful, as well as travelling cross-country. We joke about selling our house and buying an RV when we retire;)

  30. Laura says:

    That’s quite a list. I too wish travel wasn’t so expensive and plane rides weren’t so long! I really want to get to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to see Christ the Redeemer. It just looks so awesome that I want to see it in person.

  31. Hi Rachel! You are quite the traveler! I would love to do some more European travel. I’ve been to France, but we didn’t travel to any of the surrounding countries. I’d love to see Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Ireland!

    • Rachel says:

      We love to travel, and I wish we could do more, but one can only dream! Italy, Germany, England, and Ireland are all wonderful, but there is so much to see in each. We have only been to a few places in each country and have yet to completely explore them all. Switzerland has not happened yet, but hopefully we will make it there; I’ve heard the Swiss Alps are beautiful.

  32. Nancy W says:

    Great list of places to see! I was also intrigued by the book you mentioned, Pins On a Map. I love hearing about books that have been an inspiration! I would love to travel to Italy!

    • Rachel says:

      Where would you go in Italy? We have been to Rome and Venice, but hope to visit other places at some point (Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento, etc.) The book was good (you should check out my post in the link), but I also found Travels by Michael Crichton and The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner to be other good reads. They are all autobiographical in a way and really don’t do much to squash the travel bug;)

  33. I love your list! You have chosen some wonderful places. I would love to visit so many of the places you described–the Pyramids, India, Machu Pichu, the Great Wall. The history of these places, where cultures have existed for centuries as opposed to our cities here in the U.S., is intriguing to me. My dream is to take a long cruise in Northern Europe and see places like Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Russia. ~ Bobbi

  34. I’ve traveled to France, Italy, and Greece and they all were wonderful. I would happily return to any of them (especially Greece; even through they are going through some hard times, they had some of the friendliest people and be bluest water I’ve ever seen!) I have plans to vacation in Mexico early next year and I’m excited!

    Some other places that are up at the top of my list are:
    ~Turkey. Despite it location, it is supposed to be a very stable country with a ton to offer.
    ~Dubai. Some BEAUTIFUL architecture, and very safe according to my hubby after his business trip there recently.
    ~Bahamas (a girls gotta take a vacation after all that traveling, you know?)

    • Rachel says:

      I have read that Dubai is actually putting a lot of money into tourism, which I think is really smart. From the pictures I have seen, it actually looks like a really unique place to visit. It is also on my list but I had to cut myself off at 10:)

  35. Holly H says:

    In no particular order: Greece, Cyprus, Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Istanbul, Iceland, Buenos Aires, Bermuda, Nova Scotia and Machu Picchu.

  36. Tamara B. says:

    I would visit Ireland. I have Irish ancestors, and from the pictures I’ve seen, I think it looks very beautiful!

    • Rachel says:

      Ireland is wonderful! We have been to Dublin and some of the areas nearby (Howth, Malahide, Glendalough). It is a beautiful country and I never even made it to the west coast, which is supposed to be even more scenic. We hope to visit that area sometime in the future.

  37. Sandra says:

    Hmmm, let’s see if money were no object where would I go?

    #1 on my list is Morroco. The rest in no particular are: Brazil, Tanzania, Paris, Milan, Tuscany, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Kenya, Bali. As long as I’m wishing I would buy clothes when I got there. A girl can dream can’t she!?

    • Rachel says:

      My husband always jokes that he would never go to Morocco because of the Moroccans surrounding big European cities (like Paris) who pressure you into buying stuff, but I wouldn’t mind visiting:) I totally forgot about Bali, too. Have you read Eat, Pray, Love? Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about her time there…

  38. Keirth Stull says:

    My family of origin (childhood family) traveled a lot and I loved it. As the mother of a 17 year old with moderate cerebral palsy, we had to put traveling on the back burner for a very long time. it was just too difficult to travel with our daughter. In recent years, it has become (thankfully) MUCH easier and we starting to get out and about. We still need to make travel a priority or it simply gets forgotten in favor of simply visiting family. But, I love your choices! Would add Greece and Italy to it though!

    • Rachel says:

      I’m glad travel has become easier for you! The only reason Italy isn’t on our list is because we have been to Rome and Venice (though there are other places on our list as well.) Greece is also at the very top of our list, but I think we will get there someday!

  39. Marie Tucker says:

    Easter Island for me! I would love to go there too.

  40. I have never been outside of the United States and I’ve never been to anywhere that I couldn’t drive to. I’ve never flown in a plane. I would love to visit Hawaii, Mexico and Italy. Maybe one day…

  41. P.J. says:

    I have been trying to work on a list something like this, but a little more in-depth for my blog. It’s almost impossible to trim it as there are so many dream places. How great would it be if money were no object? The book looks interesting and I may have to pick it up at sometime. As for my list, there’s actually a couple on yours that would make my top 25, including Africa and Cuba. But at the top of my list is Alaska, which is one I truly plan on doing. As much as I’d love to travel the world, I really would love to travel the U.S. as our country has a ton to offer.

    • You should definitely visit Alaska. I grew up there and it is an AMAZING place. Winter is always an adventure, but I would whole-heartedly suggest going in June. Usually the weather is nice, the flowers are all in bloom, and you can really take in the full beauty.

    • Rachel says:

      The US definitely has a lot to offer; I just didn’t include it in the list because I have visited a lot of places here already. I also feel like US trips are much easier to plan and actually carry out because I live in the US. Trips out of the country require more money and planning.

      My parents went to Alaska a few years ago and loved it. I think we will go at some point as well!

  42. Tammy Doiel says:

    I would like to go to South Africa as my sister’s family lives there–and while we are there go to the wildlife preserves and take a 8 hour drive to Victoria Falls.

    • Rachel says:

      I have known a few people from South Africa. I don’t know much about where we would visit in Africa, but my husband has his heart set on an African safari when the kids are old enough to go with us!

  43. Lisa says:

    I have never been to Hawaii and hope to someday. Although I’ve been to London, I would love to see more of Europe and possibly follow the trail of my ancestors. Also, Boston is on my list.

    • Rachel says:

      Hawaii is gorgeous and so is London:) I have often thought about putting together a kind of heritage trip for our family when the kids are older. We are almost all German with a little Irish on my husband’s side. It would be really neat to see the areas we originated from.

  44. Hmm, I would love to go to Switzerland. Chocolate, need I say more? 🙂 Australia would be on my top 10 also.

    • Rachel says:

      Aw, man! I totally forgot about the chocolate. Switzerland is definitely on our list of places to go, but just didn’t make the top 10.

  45. Katie says:

    I should make a list one of these days! But I know African Safari will be on it. It is my dream trip!

    • Rachel says:

      It is my husband’s dream trip, too. I am a little nervous about doing something like that but it would be an amazing trip, I’m sure!

  46. This is a great list of places, I would like to visit some of these countries too hopefully one day!

  47. I hope that you get to travel to the destinations you have listed. The only place we have in common is Machu Picchu–I visited in 2010.

  48. Erin Hatton says:

    Sounds like a great list of places. I’m not likely to get anywhere outside of Canada and the US, but if I could, top of my list would be Scotland, Ireland, and England. I’d love to see all the places where my family history played out, as well as my favourite epochs of world history. 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      We are considering Scotland next fall. There is just so much to see all over the world. You could spend a lifetime just visiting all the sites in the US and Canada!

  49. Sophie Bowns says:

    I think New Zealand would be on the top of my list!

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