The Bucket List – Big Three in 2016

Bucket List Travel Destinations

Whether you’ve got it written down somewhere or stored in your head, we all have our own versions of a bucket list. For some this list is in the form of life goals, for others it’s focused on worldly experiences and general life adventures. If you take a look at my list, I think you’d probably find a lot of similar items that exist on other avid travelers’ lists, but that doesn’t make any of my experiences like any other travelers’. In fact, I try to make sure they’re the complete opposite of that (for my own personal enjoyment purposes of course).

This is the first year since 2014 that I decided to take my goal of spending as little time as possible in California seriously. I knew it was going to be tough considering I didn’t have studying abroad on my side and I work a full-time job, but I still managed to execute some pretty cool trips.

I visited cities in Europe, the UK and Canada that I had never seen before and crossed off three major travel items on my bucket list in the process. I found a way to enjoy  some common tourist destinations despite the crowds, and made sure a huge bucket list dream of mine finally became a reality.

Take a look at my big three bucket list item accomplishments for 2016. Who knows, you might even add a thing or two to your own list –

Feel The Mist of Niagara Falls

The Mist of Niagara Falls

This has been on my personal list of the 7 natural wonders of the world since I was a kid, and this past August I finally got to see it in person. Seriously, this was one of the most majestical (majestic/magical) moments of my life, and I wish I was being dramatic when I say that. I highly suggest if you plan on going to see the falls, do it from the Canadian side because the 180º view facing the water really is incredible.

As an added bonus, I found the Niagara Brewing Company up the street from the falls.It’s a must try restaurant and brewery with live music daily! I sampled all of their beers over lunch and the lager was my personal favorite, but they had some different beers on tap as well (like a peach flavored ale).

Lean with the Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Probably one of the very few super-touristy destinations on my list but hey, when in Rome right?

I had some time to spare while I was staying in Florence this past April, so I decided to hop on the one-hour train outside of the city to finally cross the leaning tower of Pisa off my bucket list.

Despite the crowds, the tower and it’s surrounding buildings are really cool. I didn’t go inside any of them or climb up the tower, but instead wandered around all of the quaint side streets surrounding the area. There was actually a lot of interesting street art on these streets and it was a nice escape from the crowded main streets.  I even found the super famous Keith Haring mural “Tuttomondo” that’s painted on one of the walls of a church in the center of the city.

See Banksy in Bristol


I’ve always been fascinated with street art, and the story these rogue artists tell with their unconventional medium choices. So it’s no surprise that I was instantly intrigued by the infamous yet unknown street artist, Banksy.

I first heard about Banksy back in 2009, and I’ve been following his work closely ever since. I was gutted when I wasn’t able to see his massive exhibition, Dismaland, in person earlier this year.  But I was struck with a bit of luck in April when I had the opportunity to stay with a friend who just so happens to lives in Bristol (aka Banksy central).

So I finally got to see some of Banksy’s original work in person. Safe to say, life = made.

All in all, it’s been a pretty epic year so far and even though the end seems near, it’s still not even close to being over. While I get ready for some end of year trips, I’m simultaneously plotting for next year’s bucket list travel destinations and I’ve got some really amazing trips in mind.


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