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Our family travel bucket list

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Have you ever sat down to make a family travel bucket list of everywhere you want to travel in your lifetime, and just gotten completely overwhelmed (and perhaps a bit discouraged) at just how many places there are you’d like to visit? This happened to me a few years ago, and I admit that I was a little bit frustrated – I want to travel and see so many places, but there’s never enough time or money, and I know there’s no chance I’ll get everywhere.

So I created a family travel bucket list, with the self-imposed caveat that I would only allow 50 places to be on there at a time. Over the past couple of years, places have gone from the list or been added, and both my husband and kids have contributed places that they’ve come across on TV or read about. I like the list because it feels doable; seeing 50 places in my lifetime seems manageable, I like that I can add to the list as I cross other places off, and I love looking through it when planning new trips.

So I thought I’d share our family travel bucket list with you guys in case it’s helpful to you, and maybe there’s somewhere on there that you haven’t been to yet!

I’ve added notes for the things we’ve managed to cross off our list so far, along with posts I’ve written about those places. 

Our family travel bucket list

1. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London (read how to see London in 3 days here)

2. See the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington DC (read a self guided tour of Washington D.C with kids here)

3. Stand on a glacier in Alaska

4. Visit a spice market in Turkey

5. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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6. Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia

7. Hunt for Nessie at Loch Ness in Scotland

8. Eat key lime pie at the Southern most point in the US in Key West, Florida (read a 3 day weekend itinerary for Key West here)

9. Take the ultimate California road trip from San Francisco to San Diego (read what to do in San Diego with toddlers here)

10. Visit the home of Lego in Copenhagen, Denmark

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11. Spot the Northern Lights in Iceland  (read how to spend 24 hours in Reykjavik here)

12. View the amazing wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

13. Admire the ancient history while eating gelato in Rome

14. See the Matterhorn in Switzerland

15. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru, Australia

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16. Visit the amazing malls and theme parks of Dubai, United Arab Emirites

17. Take in the splendor of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

18. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef

19. Take a gondola ride in Venice

20. Shop at a Christmas Market in Germany

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21. Eat sushi and explore Harajuku Street in Tokyo, Japan

22. Search for dolphins in the wild in Fiji

23. Take a family friendly hike in Yosemite National Park (read my Yosemite National Park family guide here)

24. Get wet on a boat at Niagara Falls (read what to do in Niagara Falls with kids here

25. Ride horses on the beach in the Outer Banks, North Carolina

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26. Hit the slopes in Park City, Utah

27. Stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam

28. Walk the San Antonio River Walk in Texas (read about the best things to do in Texas here)

29. Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica

30. Stay in a villa over the water in Bora Bora

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31. Spot orcas off the coast of Washington

32. Explore New York City at Christmas (read what to do in NYC at Christmas with kids here)

33. Take a road trip through the National Parks of Utah

34. Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand

35. Ride the rollercoaster at the New York, New York Resort in Las Vegas

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36. See the white cliffs of Dover on the English coast

37. Collect sea shells in Amelia Island, Florida (read what to do in Amelia Island with kids here)

38. Explore on foot in Prague, Czech Republic

39. See the brilliant blue waters of Crater Lake in Oregon

40. Dig in the white sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Florida

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41. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

42. Sail the Greek Islands

43. See a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California

44. Watch a flying fish at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

45. Visit Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

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46. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

47. Set a lantern afloat at the Lantern Festival in Thailand

48. Eat beignets in New Orleans, Louisiana

49. Step back in time in Havana, Cuba

50. Visit every single Disney park in the world including Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.

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What’s on your family travel bucket list?

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Meg

Monday 1st of May 2017

I love the idea of a travel bucket list! Some of these I've done, but so many of them I have not. So many cool places in the world I want to visit!

Kate

Monday 1st of May 2017

That was my problem, too many awesome places I want to see, I was getting so overwhelmed! This at least puts a somewhat doable list down on paper!

Ola

Monday 1st of May 2017

What a great list! I'd really love to go to Morocco one day.

Kate

Monday 1st of May 2017

Morocco is somewhere I'm dying to go, it looks like the food and the people and the culture would be so amazing to experience!

Harmony, Momma To Go

Thursday 6th of April 2017

I love this post so hard, partly because I've done some of the stuff on this list, like sanibel shells, eiffel tower and bora bora. But there are so many places I want to go. I live in NY and have never been inside the State of Liberty!

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