My Europe Bucket List

Hello lovely people!

Can I get political for a second? Fuck Brexit. I hate it and everything it stands for, whether that be nationalism, anti-immigrant sentiment or economic liberalism. I hate that it stands in the way of defining myself first and foremost as a European citizen, and I hate that it’s almost certainly going to restrict my future. I absolutely adore Europe with all my heart, and I want to continue roaming around it’s streets forever.

My trip to Milan this week has inspired me to keep travelling, regardless of what my government want to do to stand in my way. Travelling alone has helped me find my feet and discover some amazing things and places; if I’m honest I just want to drop everything right now and disappear across Europe on my own for a while. I’ve spoken to people doing round-the-world trips, interrails, or travelling for work, and I want to do it all. So, this is where I want to go.

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1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Milan was very nearly Copenhagen. The flights were just as cheap and even more convenient, but accommodation and mere existing was a little out of my budget for this trip. Scandinavia isn’t an area I’ve ventured into as yet due to the aforementioned high prices, but for some reason I’m drawn to Denmark. Perhaps it’s the canals, perhaps it’s the Scandi lifestyle; whatever it is I’m determined to make it there.

copenhagen

2. Rome, Italy
Having visited Milan, Como, Verona and Venice I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Italian culture. The people are always welcoming, aperativo is the best idea anyone ever came up with, and their relaxed approach to life is something I hugely envy. I’ve chosen Rome because I’ve been recommended it a thousand times over, and it’s historical sights look amazing. Perhaps this is a linguistic trip for if I ever learn Italian…

rome

3. Andalusia, Spain
Considering Spanish is my third language I’m honestly ashamed that the only time I’ve ever visited Spain was to a holiday resort when I was about 12. It’s just never quite made it; too far off-route for my 2017 interrailing trip and too expensive for this month. My current vibe is for the region of Andalusia. After studying Frederico Garcia-Lorca in first year and getting deep into Andalusian history and culture it’s been somewhere I’ve been dying to visit.

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4. Bordeaux, France
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that my heart is firmly in France. I aim to settle there and after 3 years of exchanges over in Brittany I have a huge group of friends in that area. However, I’ve never been further south than La Rochelle, which is a huge regret of mine. Add my love of wine into the mix and Bordeaux just seems logical to me. It’s near the coast and next to a national park too so I’d love to do a more relaxed holiday there someday.

bordeaux

5. Moscow, Russia
This is the only place on this list that I’m not wholeheartedly down for. Russia (quite understandably I think) absolutely terrifies me. As an overt member of the LGBTQ+ community I’m not sure if I want to visit a country that still persecutes people like me everyday. However, I’m also big into my cold war/communist history, and Moscow really is the centre of that. Maybe someday.

Moscow

7. Cologne, Germany
I loved visiting both Munich and Berlin, but I’ve never been further west in Germany. I’d really love to see how that compares to the Bavarian culture of Munich and the heavily modernised Berlin, as well as explore the Rhine valley whilst there.

cologne

8. Barcelona, Spain
I keep saying that I don’t need to go to Barcelona, because as a linguist it’s pretty useless to me, being that its inhabitants speak Catalan. However, I don’t speak the languages of most of the countries on this list, and that doesn’t make them any less viable as destinations. I really want to see the sights of Barcelona, and after hearing stories from countless friends and family members I’d love to see how great it is for myself.

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9. Kosovo
Kosovo is politically quite turbulent, which I think is a great shame. It has a pretty negative image as a result of its civil war in the late 90s and self-declaration of independence from Serbia (which, as an aside, Serbia still doesn’t recognise, that’s nuts), but if you take just one look at it’s geography all of this blurs into insignificance. The countryside of Kosovo is absolutely stunning, and whilst it’s not the conventional walking route I’d love to hike in it’s mountains.

kosovo

10. Paris, France
9 is an annoying number so I’m adding Paris because it’s my favourite city in the world and I constantly want to be back there.

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This is by no means an exhaustive list, as given the chance I’d love to visit every corner of Europe. It’s just the places I’m dreaming of right now, as year abroad saving has pretty much halted all my travel plans until summer 2019. Have you visited anywhere on my list? Where do you want to visit next?

-Megan, listening to the new The Story So Far album (hint, it’s awesome) in Milan airport (guess who got inspired after a week off)

 

*all pictures in this post were sourced from Google Images, except the final image which is my own

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51 thoughts on “My Europe Bucket List

  1. allthingsalexx says:

    Take me with you to one of them pls๐Ÿ˜ we used to go to Bordeaux and it was honestly a beautiful city, they also have the best vineyards around!! Rome is also amazing but I found it stunk of wee๐Ÿ˜‚ you make me want to book many a holiday, STOP ENABLING ME

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  2. Georgia says:

    I was in Barcelona and it is really a nice and pictoresque city. I would love to visit Madrid because I am a Real Madrid fan and Paris because it is the city of Haute Couture!๐Ÿ˜Š
    spleendecouture.blogspot.com

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  3. Bexa says:

    Wow, yes! Travelling around Europe sounds amazing! Iโ€™d love to explore more of Italy, I went to Sicily in April this year and fell in love with everything (especially the food!). Venice, Rome and Milan are on my travel wish list. Copenhagen is another place which looks awesome, those colourful houses along the water are so pretty! Great list Megan, this makes me want to book a holiday! Have a fantastic time in Milan too! โค xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  4. Melis says:

    Ahh reading this makes me desperate to jump on a plane! Just returned from living in Asia so planning to spend the next few years exploring Europe. Copenhagen looks fantastic and is definitely next on my list! What a great list – I want to visit everywhere you have mentioned.
    http://www.melisliving.com

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  5. Michelle (@dressingwstyles) says:

    I think my top place I’ve been wanting to visit in Europe is Portugal and I have plans on going there in the summer of 2019. You have chosen such amazing places (Spain is gorgeous) and I hope you get to go to ALL of them.

    Thanks for sharing! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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  6. Kim says:

    I hate Brexit too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ *sigh*
    There are so many beautiful cities I want to explore in Europe including Rome. ๐Ÿ˜ I’ve been to both Paris and Cologne before and I love both of those cities, I went back to Paris this time last year but haven’t been back to Cologne in 6(!) years.

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