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Be Inspired By Our Travel Bucket Lists

The new year has most people thinking of resolutions, things that they can do to change their lives in the coming year. When the new year begins, my ambassadors and I think travel. Our writers have put together a list of places that we want to visit. It's a top ten bucket list of each of our dream travel destinations and what inspires our top location. So instead of coming up with a list of resolutions why not sit down like we did and think of all the places you dream of traveling to, it's so much fun.

Gina kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, a destination that is now checked off her bucket list.

Gina's Travel Bucket List: 

1.  Thailand*

2.  New Zealand

3.  Morocco

4.  Cambodia*

5.  Bordeaux, France

6.  Tuscany, Italy

7.  Isle of Skye, Scotland

8.  Santa Fe, New Mexico

9.  Catalunya, Spain

10.  Reykjavik, Iceland

Săwătdee. Koon chèuu ărai? Chán chèuu Gina. I have been learning Thai for about a year and Thailand is at the top of my travel bucket list. When I think of Thailand, I think of some of my favorite things beaches, great food, picturesque scenery, rich culture, and affordable prices. I want to explore Chiang Mai, travel the streets of Bangkok in a tuk tuk, volunteer at the Elephant Conservation Center, shop for bargains on the floating markets, explore breathtaking national parks, visit Thailand's royal palace and majestic temples. There are so many exciting and fun stories waiting to be told on a trip to Thailand.

Stokes’s Travel Bucket List 

1. Scotland*

2. The Grand Tetons

3. Japan, especially Kyoto and Yokusaka

4. New Oreleans, Louisiana*

5. Hawaii

6. Bali

7. Northern Ireland 

8. Greece

9. Egypt

10. Iceland 

When my grandparents first married, my grandfather joined the navy and was deployed to Japan shortly after the wedding. My grandmother joined him, and they spent the beginning of their marriage stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. My dream would be to take my grandmother back to Japan and travel with her, but she is not as enthusiastic about this prospect as I am, yet. If nothing else I’d love to visit some of the places my grandmother has told me about from her time there, and discover some stories of my own to pass on.

Abbi's trip to Chicago, which actually has had less snow than Georgia this season!

10 places Abbi wants to travel to in her lifetime:  

1.  Antarctica

2.  China

3.  Sweden

4.  Colorado*

5.  The Netherlands

6.  Hawaii

7.  Ireland

8.  Mexico

9.  London

10. Australia

One of my dream travel destinations is The Netherlands. Not only have I fallen in love with the culture and atmosphere of The Netherlands, I have also dreamt of studying abroad in The Netherlands when I pursue my higher education. The native language is incredibly complex yet beautiful, and cities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht consist of amazingly diverse and open minded living quarters.  

Julia's favorite place to hang with her friends on Marietta Square.

Julia's Travel Bucket List:

1.Verona, Italy

2. Seattle, Washington

3. LA, California

4. Bangkok, Thailand

5. Queenstown, New Zealand

6. Giza, Egypt

7. Tulum, Mexico

8. Granada, Spain

9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10. Bath, England

When in Verona? Italy has always been a dream of mine since the movie Letters to Juliet. Verona is the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and nothing seems more romantic than the wherefore art thou balcony. Italy’s history, food (pizza and gelato all day please), art, and architecture couldn’t be calling my name any louder. l'italia qui vengo!

Photo taken in Marietta by one of our photographers, Julia Duncan.

Elon's Top 10 Places toTravel Bucket List:

1. Spain *

2. Dubai

3. Croatia 

4. Italy 

5. France 

6. Brazil 

7. Dominican Republic

8. Morocco 

9. Egypt  

10. South Korea

I had such a fun time thinking about the places I would like to travel to! I’m super excited to go to Burgos, Spain this summer through a study abroad program.

Emma's Top 10 Travel Places Bucket List: 

1.  Iceland

2. Australia

3.  Tanzania

4.  England

5.  Finland

6.  Amsterdam

7.  Hawaii

8.  Thailand

9.  Peru

10. Spain

Being a Sagittarius comes with a lot of baggage. I am constantly seeking adventure, so it is hard to write out a list of my top ten places, and then to narrow it down. If I had to choose one place as my all time favorite though, it would be to travel to Tanzania. 

Tanzania is the home to Mount Kilimanjaro, a beast of a mountain to conquer. It is also home to a new way of life and diverse group of people from myself. The idea of immersing myself, as well as conquering the hike of a lifetime, has been a dream of mine for years. 

After college, I plan on traveling abroad for half a year to explore, immerse, and engage in the world around me. The first stop on my list is Tanzania, and I can't wait because it is going to be a hell of a good time. 

Written by Gina Duncan, Stokes O'Shields, Abbi Stickels, Julia Duncan, Elon Graves and Emma Toland

*Indicates places we plan to travel to in 2018.

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