Something surprising happened after I visited Istanbul in April 2013…I came back feeling like a more empowered traveler! Even through I’ve been traveling for years, it was a trip filled with “firsts.” My first time traveling to a Muslim country, first time visiting a mosque, first time staying in one city for a whole week and my first time having two days all to myself. It’s my life’s mission to get the word out on how absolutely AMAZING this city is.
To get inspired, visit my Istanbul Pinterest Board “Turkish Delight!”
Here’s another “first” for me, and again it involves Istanbul! My first Custom Travel Map! I’ve pinned the highlights from my trip including Hotels, Tourist Attractions, Food/Beverage Recommendations and Important Transportation stops. My hope is that you’ll use this as a visual guide for when you book your future trip to Istanbul.
This week I decided to look through some of the blogs I follow as a activity given to me from WordPress via ‘Zero to Hero’ Challenge (30 days to a better blog in 2014). I stumbled on something that really caught my eye – 30 Tested Adventures for your 2014 Bucket List from Bucket List Publications. It’s a collection of pictures to inspire you while you’re creating your 2014 Bucket List and you should all check it out ’cause it’s pretty amazing! (Thanks Lesley!)
There’s only one little problem to this….I don’t actually have an official Bucket List! ….Gasp!!
I like to think that I’m a very organized person and I travel quite a bit so I should technically have one, but I don’t. I’m more of a traveling free spirit and have some ideas on where I would like to go but most of my trips just kinda…happen. I’m officially changing this for 2014 and going to focus on something more…official. Check out my newly expanded Andiamo Pinterest Page! For 2014 I’m hoping to cross off Carlsberg Visiting Center for a Brew Tour, Pulpit Rock in Norway, Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Tivoli Park in Copenhagen, stay in the town of Bergen to view the fjords of Norway and see all the amazing architecture in Dubai!
For a recap of what I crossed off my non-existent Bucket List in 2013…see below!
If you have a ‘Bucket List’ Pinterest Page, I want to follow it! Let me know the address and I’ll be sure to check it out!
Find the largest Fig Tree in the US (Moreton Fig Tree, Santa Barbara, California)
See a sunset in Santorini, Greece
Visit ‘Little Venice’ in Mykonos, Greece
Visit the Harem at Topkapi Palace
Visit my first mosque – Sultan Ahmed (Blue Mosque)
Bike ride to Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska
See what a real Alaskan town looks like!
Visit Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle!
Zip Line in Skagway, Alaska
Walk along the Boardwalk on the Toronto Islands
Take a cruise through Glacier Bay National Park
Buy something at St. Lawrence Market (one of the worlds best markets)in Toronto, Canada
Try Turkish Tea with a Turkish Delight Treat
Join a new Wine Club!
Stay in a cozy cottage for wine tasting in Paso Robles, California
Find the blue domed buildings in Oia – Santorini, Greece
Wine Tasting in Niagara Falls Region
View the Bosphorus Bridge (Connecting Europe and Asia)