Life is too short not to explore. The world is full of seemingly endless new places to discover, and it features a broad range of cultures and opportunities. This is why my parents took me on vacation while growing up, as they wanted to show me there is a world outside of small town, USA. This sense of adventure has always been inside of me. In a way, this is what fueled my interest in anthropology and my future profession as a museum curator. I’ve combined a bucket list of where I would love to go on vacation one day. I’m almost certain in the next couple of years I’ll be accomplishing a few of these.

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Madrid, Spain

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I’d love to visit Europe, but who wouldn’t? I think I wouldn’t love London or Paris because they are overcrowded and just a little too touristy for me. Madrid is beautiful all year round and has breathtaking architecture. The only issue is that my Spanish skills are VERY rusty.

 

Sydney, Australia

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Ever since I was a kid watching the Crocodile Hunter, I’ve wanted to go to Austrailia. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be a fan of the outback, but I’d die just to spend a day hanging out at the harbor watching the ships come and go.

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Much like Las Vegas, Dubai sits in a middle of a desert. The modern day cosmopolitan city has the world’s tallest building, has great shopping, and seems to know how to provide a good time.

 

Austin, Texas

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In past years, Austin has turned into the hipster paradise of the south. One of the biggest hipster conventions in the world is held there every March and is called South by Southwest. I’ve always wanted to go to the week-long event that takes over the whole city. Hopefully one year it will be held during Spring Break so I can drive down with some friends for the week.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

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Name one other place in the world where you can see mountains, beaches full of penguins, and wild giraffes in the same day. You can’t!

 

Vancouver, Canada

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If you didn’t know already, I LOVE CANADA. Earlier in the summer, I got to visit a few spots in British Columbia, and ever since then I’ve been trying to persuade my parents to go back. For me, it’s perfect because it never gets too hot. Vancouver has incredible nature life, and the Canadian people are just the best.

 

Chicago, Illinois

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John Hughes’s films of the 80s made me fall madly in love with Chicago. Maybe it’s something about the endless skyscrapers, or something about me just wanting to visit the Field Museum. All I know is that Chicago is a must visit for me in the next few years.

 

Havana, Cuba

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It’s just crazy to think only 300 miles away from Miami, there is a place that was off limits for years. I don’t think I’d like to spend a whole week there, but possibly visit on a three-day cruise instead.

 

Seattle, Washington

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Another hipster hotspot is Seattle, Washington. I’ve been to Seattle once this summer, but only for four hours while driving to the harbor for our cruise. Just like Vancouver, I love the weather. Honestly, I love rainy days and it rains there almost every day.