I create a travel bucket list every single year, but after last year’s crazy turn of events, I contemplated even creating one for 2021. Travel almost feels out of the question, but I decided to make one anyway, just for fun. And although some of the travel plans on this list might not go exactly as planned or might not happen at all, I’m deciding to remain optimistic and hopeful!
My love of travel is so deeply rooted in my DNA and it is a huge part of who I am, so, naturally, last year was very hard for me. It felt like a huge chunk of my being had been ripped away, so this year I’m crossing my fingers and I’m going to do my best to cross off as many items on this list as I possibly can. Of course, I’ll be doing this while practicing safety precautions and taking part of all COVID regulations.
And, as always, I hope you gather some travel inspiration from this blog post for your own bucket list!
2021 Travel Bucket List
1. Climb Mount Everest
Crazy, I know! But I want to hike to Everest Base Camp, which is a far less difficult trek and doesn’t reach the Mt. Everest summit. Everest Base Camp sits at 18,000 feet while the summit is found at 29,000 feet. It has always been my dream to hike Mt. Everest, and one day I will reach the summit, but for now, I’d love to reach Base Camp. It’s just one of those things that I imagine to feel like I’m invincible, and if I can accomplish that, I can accomplish anything.
2. See the Northern Lights in Alaska
OMG!! The Northern Lights in Alaska has been on our bucket list for ages now! My boyfriend and I made plans to visit Alaska several times and had to cancel for various reasons. But hopefully we can make it happen this year!
4. Roadtrip to Tamul Waterfall, Mexico
Luckily, my dad currently lives in Mexico so I can base myself out of his place and take lots of road trips to some of the most beautiful places in Mexico, like the Tamul Waterfall in the La Husteca Potosina region!
3. Visit Tulum and Chichen Itza
I had this trip planned out for last year but it’s been on my bucket list for quite a while now. I’ve been to the Riviera Maya and to Cancun, but never to Tulum or Chichen Itza. I want to swim in all of the cenotes and visit all the Mayan ruins!
5. Spend 2 Weeks in Manhattan, New York
My boyfriend and I have been talking about traveling to a place where we would love to live and staying long enough that we capture the feels of being a local. So, of course, we chose New York! We’re planning out on renting an Airbnb for two weeks and living like a local day-to-day. I’m super excited for this one!
Check out last year’s Budget-Friendly Travel Bucket List here for more inspo and destinations!
6. Explore Death Valley
I’ve traveled up and down and all over California and I’ve never visited Death Valley. Here, you can find the lowest elevation point in North America along with some of the hottest and driest weather. Not to mention the breathtaking badlands! I can’t wait to take a road trip out there!
7. Stay at a Cabin in Mount Shasta
Another California destination that I haven’t explored is Mt. Shasta. I’ve driven by so many times but I’ve never actually stayed to explore, so this will have to be the year! I’m thinking a cozy cabin and lots of hiking!
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8. Backpack through Panama and Colombia
This one is a little out there but both of these countries are open to travel and I’ve been dying to visit Colombia! But if I fly all the way out there then I might as well turn it into a little backpacking trip! I really hope I can make this one happen!
9. Visit Oaxaca, Mexico
Can you tell I miss Mexico? For those of you who don’t know me, I lived in Mexico for two years when I was in middle school so it holds a very special place in my heart and I love to visit as often as I can.
Oaxaca is the state with the greatest percentage of indigenous population, which means lots of rich culture, history, tradition and arts, which sounds like a total dream to me!
10. Travel to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is another trip we had planned and had to cancel last year, but they have recently reopened the island and I am so ready to explore through their lush tropical rainforests and swim in their stunning blue-water beaches!
11. Go Back to Europe
Out of everything on this list, this one is possibly the most unrealistic. Most of Europe has closed their borders to US citizens (with the exception of some countries like Ireland, UK, and Albania) but I’m still dreaming of a European getaway! Crossing my fingers that more countries reopen…like Italy…or Spain…or Austria or Portugal or France or Croatia! Hahaha!