wanderlust wednesday [travel list challenge].

11 Apr

One of my favorite healthy living bloggers, Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers, crossed genres today when she posted her responses to the Travel List Challenge that is floating around the web these days.

I love to travel, and it’s hard to believe that a year ago I was in-between trips to Mallorca and Ibiza, and planning one with a friend to Munich. It seems like a lifetime ago sometimes, and when I daydream I miss the ability to jaunt to another country for a couple of nights (cheaply, of course) and to stroll Madrid’s broad boulevards at all hours of the day. So, since the only traveling I’m doing anytime soon is between West Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, I thought I’d follow Julie’s lead and post my answers to the Travel List Challenge.

The pink locations are the places I’ve checked off the old bucket list:

1. Alamo
San Antonio, Texas, USA

2. Alhambra 
Granada, Spain

january 2011.

3. Andros Island
Bahamas

4. Angel Falls
Venezuela

5. Angkor Wat
Angkor, Cambodia

6. Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

7. Ayers Rock
Australia

8. Big Ben 
London, England

june 2006. (first trip abroad!)

9. Bora Bora
Polynesia

10. British Museum
London, England

11. Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

12. Cathedral of Seville 
Seville, Spain

january 2009. (cristobal colon's tomb is here...epic).

13. Cave of Crystals
Mexico

14. Christ the Redeemer
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

15. Cinque Terre National Park
Italy

16. Colosseum
Rome, Italy

with my friend hannes, june 2006.

becca and me, april 2009.

17. Crater Lake National Park
Oregon, USA

18. Dead Sea
Israel/Jordan

19. Death Valley National Park
California, USA

20. Devil’s Tower
Wyoming, USA

21. Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem, Israel

22. Easter Island Statues
Polynesia

23. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Scotland

24. Eiffel Tower
Paris, France

July 2009.

the city of light.

25. Empire State Building,
New York City, New York (I’ve been to NYC twice and just realized I have never been to the top of the Empire State Building! My mom and brother have, though, so there’s that). 

26. Forbidden City
Beijing, China

27. French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

28. Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

29. Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

30. Gettysburg Battlefield
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

31. Glacier Bay Basin
Alaska, USA

32. Glacier National Park
Montana, USA

33. Glowworm Cave
New Zealand

34. Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California, USA

walking across with my friend Lily, May 2010.

35. Grand Canal
Venice, Italy

angela and i, july 2006. 🙂

36. Grand Canyon
Arizona, USA

37. Grand Mosque in Mecca
Saudi Arabia

38. Great Barrier Reef
Queensland, Australia

39. Great Mosque of Córdoba
Córdoba, Spain

roadtrip from Madrid, november 2010.

40. Great Wall of China
China

41. Hagia Sophia
Istanbul, Turkey

42. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii, USA

43. Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California, USA

44. Iguazu Falls
Argentina and Brazil

45. Kiyomizu-dera
Kyoto, Japan

46. Kremlin
Moscow, Russia

47. Lake Titicaca
Peru

48. Las Ramblas
Barcelona, Spain

first stoll, January 2009.

drinks at a rooftop hotel off las ramblas with my aunt, june 2011.

49. Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, Nevada

january 2010. one visit of many.

50. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa, Italy

51. Louvre Museum
Paris, France

july 2006.

52. Macchu Picchu
Peru

53. Matterhorn
Switzerland

54. Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

55. Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York, USA

56. Mount Everest
Nepal

57. Mount Fuji
Japan

58. Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania

59. Mount Rushmore
Keystone, South Dakota, USA

60. Napa Valley
California, USA

with my a-chi-os april 2010.

61. Ngorongoro Crater
Tanzania

62. Niagara Falls
New York, USA

63. Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris, France

july 2009.

64. Pacific Rim National Park
British Columbia, Canada

65. Pebble Beaches of Nice
Nice, France

66. Petra
Jordan

67. Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

68. Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

69. Puerta Del Sol
Madrid, Spain

moved to madrid! september 2010.

70. Pyramids of Giza
Egypt

71. Redwood National Park
California, USA

72. Rock of Gibraltar
Gibraltar

73. Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado, USA

74. Ruins of Athens
Athens, Greece

75. Ruins of Pompeii
Pompei, Italy

76. Sagrada Famila
Barcelona, Spain

my home for four months. jan-april 2009.

revisited. april 2011.

77. Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

78. Sedlec Ossuary
Czech Republic

79. Sistine Chapel
Vatican City, Italy

80. Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C., USA

81. Space Needle
Seattle, Washington, USA

family trip, june 2007.

82. St. Peter’s Basilica
Vatican City, Italy

83. Statue of Liberty
New York City, New York, USA

trip with my dad, summer 2008.

84. Stonehenge
Wiltshire County, England

85. Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

86. Taj Mahal
Agra, India

87. Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Kyoto, Japan

88. Teotihuacan
Mexico

89. Tian Tan Buddha
Hong Kong, China

90. Times Square
New York City, New York, USA

summer 2008.

91. Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh, India

92. Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe

93. Wailing Wall
Jerusalem, Israel

94. Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida

95. Washington Monument
Washington, D.C., USA

summer 2010.

96. White Cliffs of Dover
Dover, England

june 2006.

97. White House
Washington, D.C., USA

98. Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire, England

99. Yosemite National Park
California, USA

100. Zion National Park
Utah, USA

How many of the 100 have YOU been to? Leave your number in the comments!
I’ve made it to 30 places on the list! Not too shabby…but lots more to check out.

And top 3 places you haven’t been to that you’d like to make it to?

Mine are Christ the Redemeer in Rio de Janeiro, the French Quarter in New Orleans, and the Pyramids in Egypt!
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15 Responses to “wanderlust wednesday [travel list challenge].”

  1. Kaley April 11, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I’ll have to do this! I’m not sure right now! I loved this post.

    • gillian April 11, 2012 at 8:09 am #

      Thanks, Kaley!! Looking forward to reading yours 🙂

  2. JENNeralities April 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I thought about doing this… then realized I don’t think I have pictures from most of the places I’ve been. We need to work on that.

    Also I’m embarrassed you’ve been to places in England I haven’t. #studyabroadproblems

    • gillian April 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Hahaha! How many have you been to??

      Sent from my iPhone

      • JENNeralities April 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

        Haha only 28. Though it’s my own fault for not going to Stonehenge or Dover while I was in England.

        Also how have you not been to Disney World?!!?!?!?… Maybe a little trip this summer?

      • gillian April 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

        Lol I’ve never been to Florida!!

        Sent from my iPhone

      • JENNeralities April 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

        I’m not questioning Val and Steve’s rearing of you.

      • JENNeralities April 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

        ** now

  3. Tricia Minnick April 12, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    The Alamo on there is kinda making me giggle.Didn’t realize its a tourist destination. Most people don’t believe its the *real* Alamo when they see it because its so darn tiny 🙂

    • gillian April 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Is it? I had no idea! I’ve never been to Texas but it isn’t necessarily the first place I’d think of to go, either!

  4. Alex @ ifs ands & butts April 13, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Oddly frustrating looking at this list and having been to the city but not to the monument, anyway, I’ve done 14 and will hit the Hagia Sophia in May, can’t even wait. I’m surprised more important places in Europe aren’t on this list.

    • gillian April 13, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      I’m with you on the lack of European places – I checked off a ton because Spain dominates…but there’s definitely a few places on Germany that should have made the cut!

  5. Lily April 13, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Hell yeah we hit the GG Bridge!! This is probably why I have nothing left on my Berkeley bucket list except for Dollar Days… haha

    • gillian April 13, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Hahah omg I never went there either!! Please go. And take pics.

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. Nathan Waters May 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Have you heard of the Local Challenge? It creates a 50 list challenge of places in your local area or somewhere like London or New York: https://apps.facebook.com/localchallenge/

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