Travelling and Poking About

My travel bucket list

April 24, 2015

Travel Bucket List

When I read that the folks over at Transun were running a blog competition with first prize being a trip to see the Northern Lights I figured I may as well throw my hat in the ring. I like sparkly stuff, bright colours and the night sky as much as the next Macbook owner. The point of the game is to list your three ‘bucket list’ travel destinations. As my travel partner is most often my husband Mark, a man who has travelled much more extensively than I have, I decided to list the three places we would most like to go together. As we share the same bank account travel compromise is very much a necessity. One day we shall get our lives sorted out and nuke this travel list, but for now I’ll just have to do some blog based daydreaming.

1. Mark’s pic: Reykjavik, Iceland
We’re both eager to visit Iceland, but Mark especially. You may be wondering why. For the hot pools? The landscape? The penis museum? No. Mark wants to go because that’s where the 1972 World Championship Chess match featuring Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky was held. Apparently this struck a chord with him, and opened a hole in his soul that can now only be filled by strolling along streets that may or may not have once contained people who were really, really good at chess. I on the other hand am rather more interested in the phallological museum, but there you go.


2. My pick: Venice, Italy
I want to go to Venice. Mark on the other hand has already been to Venice, numerous times. But I still need to go. Mark’s told me how overpriced it is, how he was once almost charged for listening to live music from a nearby restaurant as he wandered through Piazza San Marco. In case you’re wondering, there’s no discount for being called Mark when wandering through St Mark’s Square. He asked. Then there are the mosquitoes. Mark was eaten alive by the feckers. My mother was eaten alive by the feckers when she went. Her reaction was so bad she swelled up to twice her normal size and needed to be taken to hospital. Yet still I want to go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost booked a trip, only to have it ruined by some bill or unforeseen bank account draining incident appearing moments before doing all the final clicking on the booking site. Sigh. I think this obsession probably all stems from too many afternoons playing Tomb Raider 2 in my youth, but I have to see those canals!


3. We both pick: Havana, Cuba
It seems that everyone I know has been to Havana, Cuba and they all say the same thing to us: go and go now, before it changes and loses its character. We did actually almost go, many, many moons ago. (Notice a pattern here?) However, it’s a tricky little place to get to, so we had to abandon that idea. But we both still yearn to go there, drink rum, smile at cigars even though we’re both non smokers and skulk around the bars where Hemingway used to hang out. We may even enjoy some sunshine!


So there you have it. My couple travel bucket list. I’ve never been good at spontaneity so I really should start planning these jaunts now. In fact, I’m totally going to do that. As soon as I watch three cat videos.

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  • Iceland is on my list, too. We were going to go last new year until we saw the price of flights. And with a move to Switzerland coming up it had to be postponed. I WILL get there though.

    • I know what you mean. Why can’t i dream about going somewhere cheap? Like Croydon!

  • adales8

    I really want to go to Venice to and whenever I say that some says something terrible about Venice. “too smelly” “too many pigeons”. What’s up with all the Venice hate? x

    • adales8

      someone* cold medicine is making my brain not understand words… x

      • I know! If it’s so terrible why is it still so expensive to go there? Huh? Why! (also, I love that fact that someone out there is basing their travel plans on whether or not there will be pigeons ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  • I have been to Venice and had a horrible mosquito incident as well but I still want to go back and wander along and be all mushy gushy romantic.

    • I think if I go I will finally find out the answer to the big question that has been plaguing my relationship with my husband: who is more delicious? Mosquitoes seem to love both of us, but there can only be one victor!

  • ofbeautyand

    Venice is one of my fave cities in italy! I want to visit iceland and norway x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

    • Yeah, I’m interested in Norway too – my husband has Norwegian heritage ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lovely choices, with some brilliant reasons to want to go (Mark wins with the chess I think). I haven’t been to any of these places but Rich has written Cuba off our list since we visited ‘Little Havana’ in Miami and he didn’t like it…I tried to explain that I don’t think they’re quite the same thing but he’s having none of it.

    Polly xx

    • Little Havana in Miami! Hahaha, I lolled. Yeah Mark had a maths teacher that, instead of actually teaching maths, would drone on about chess all the time. I think everyone failed the maths class but they all still love chess….

  • I love all these choices! Posts like these make me instantly dreamy for a new adventure. I need to update my travel list….Penis museum you say? Well, I do say Iceland is looking mighty interesting…

    • Hehe, yep. There’s a documentary on it on Netflix. Just don’t watch it with a boy in the room. They’ll have nightmares.

  • I ve been to Venice, lovely place.
    I really want to vista someday Cuba & Iceland too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Yes! Finally, someone who approves of Venice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cuba is definitely on my bucket List and South America in general, I really want to head into Brazil ๐Ÿ™‚ & then I really want to go to Japan, been a dream to head into Tokyo for a good while now!

    Serene xoxo

  • I can vouch for two of those being awesome places! Yes, Venice is a little smelly and the pigeons are gross but it’s still a must see. In fact I pride myself on being to all three Venices in the world- the real one in Italy, the faux Venice of the Venetian Vegas, and then the faux-faux Venice of the Venetian Macau! Woop woop for the trifecta!

    • I did not know the Venetian Macau existed. Wowza. That’s quite a Venetian commitment you’ve got going there…

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Great list Frankie! I can report that the first and the third shalt not disappoint and as for Venice, I too had been rather put off time and again by all the criticisms but have finally decided there’s only one way to find out. I’m going this summer so I will report back! And I have to say, I was dragged to the phallological museum by a husband who thought it would be “funny” – of course that was before we walked in and he realised it’s room full of animal specimens ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck with the competition!

    • Haha, there is at least one human specimen! Hope Venice is everything we believe it to be ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve never heard all the anti-Venice info before. Are these things restricted to Venice, b/c I still have Italian travel desires and can easily skirt around Venice (just over the city border so no one can charge me for any music I happen to hear). Reykjavik, Iceland is a good one! It looks like a beautiful place (and the penis museum doesn’t hurt either).

  • Venice is beautiful but preferred Rome. But there is something romantic about both. Iceland has been a highlight and if outside of Europe Maui Lucy x

    • I’ve been to Rome – I think I just want to explore Italy some more! ๐Ÿ™‚