My Pinterest Travel Wish List

On my 16th birthday, my friend Heather came home from a trip to Europe with three postcards: one of the Eiffel Tower, one of the Trevi Fountain, and one of the Cinque Terre. These postcards were on my bulletin board for six years before I finally hopped on a plane to Europe to see all three places.

The feeling you get when you come face-to-face with the real-life “picture” after staring at it for years is priceless. That exact feeling inspired my love for travel.

Now I save photos of places I want to visit on Pinterest. It sounds ridiculous, but I’ve planned so many great trips from my “Places I want to go” board.

Here are 5 places that are on my Pinterest travel wishlist.

1. Devil’s Punchbowl, Oregon Coast

Devil's Punchbowl, Oregon Photo:  Blue Castle Blog   Pinterest Inspiration

Devil's Punchbowl, Oregon
Photo: Blue Castle Blog
Pinterest Inspiration

The Devil's Punchbowl is just one of the many landmarks that I want to tackle on a road trip down the Oregon Coast. Last summer, I was set on doing a California road trip. Instead, we ended up staying in Long Beach and checking out LA and all the surrounding beaches before driving to San Diego, which already involved more than enough driving.

I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon, and when I looked into it further it seemed like the perfect place to take a road trip, for real this time. There are great stops all along the way making it easier to take your time and enjoy every step of the way.

Neskowin Ghost Forest, Oregon Photo:  Race Jones/Outlive Creative  Source:  Via Magazine   Pinterest Inspiration

Neskowin Ghost Forest, Oregon
Photo: Race Jones/Outlive Creative
Source: Via Magazine
Pinterest Inspiration

You’ll find me at the Neskowin Ghost Forest (see above) because how cool is that!? I also have a bit of an obsession with lighthouses which means we will be stopping at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

2. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland Source:  Top Travel Trends   Pinterest Inspiration

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Source: Top Travel Trends
Pinterest Inspiration

If you haven’t noticed the trend yet, I’m obsessed with water. Ocean, lakes, hot springs, you name it. Going to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland would be a dream come true. I’ve never seen such a cool shade of blue, and I’ve never been to a 100% natural hot springs. Iceland has been a recent addition to a lot of people’s must-see list, and I totally get why.

Another “must-see” for me is Brúarfoss, "Bridge Falls". It makes me want to brush up on some photography skills before I go so that I can capture amazing places like this.

3. Chicago, Illinois

Downtown Chicago Photo:  Josué Goge   Pinterest Inspiration

Downtown Chicago
Photo: Josué Goge
Pinterest Inspiration

I am definitely a big city girl and I could actually see myself living in Chicago (based on what I know from a far) and I want to see if I’m right!  Chicago piqued my interest when I started following The Everygirl, a Chicago-based online resource for creative, career-driven women. When I started blogging, I realized how many writers are based in Chicago and started to see how vibrant the city is.

Navy Pier, Chicago Photo:  Marco Verch   Pinterest Inspiration

Navy Pier, Chicago
Photo: Marco Verch
Pinterest Inspiration

As a writer and book nerd, I’ll definitely be checking out the Harold Washington Library Center. You’ll also find me checking out Navy Pier, captured above. I would love to combine this trip with a trip to Toronto or New York.

4. Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso, Chile Photo:  Mitch Altman   Pinterest Inspiration

Valparaíso, Chile
Photo: Mitch Altman
Pinterest Inspiration

This little piece of inspo is thanks to Javy who stayed with my mom while she was going to high school here in Calgary. Javy is from Santiago and spent time showing me why I had to visit Chile! These colourful little houses in Valparaíso instantly caught my eye, and tend to catch my eye in any city.

Piano Stairs, Valparaíso Photo:  Lynda   Pinterest Inspiration

Piano Stairs, Valparaíso
Photo: Lynda
Pinterest Inspiration

Valparaíso is known for its street art including this super cool piano staircase. Between the street art and the colourful houses, this city seems like a massive art project and I can’t wait to check it out!

5. Halstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria Photo:  Nick Csakany   Pinterest Inspiration

Hallstatt, Austria
Photo: Nick Csakany
Pinterest Inspiration

My main struggle when I travel to Europe is the overwhelmed feeling I get when I realize how close together everything is, and I want to stop everywhere. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t always work. Planning definitely pays off because I thought I could cram much more into a few days that I actually could (or should). I went from Salzburg to Vienna and didn’t stop in Halstatt like I wanted to. I was travelling alone it was a bit out of the way since I was planning to travel by train.

Hallstatt, Austria Photo:  Dahee Son   Pinterest Inspiration

Hallstatt, Austria
Photo: Dahee Son
Pinterest Inspiration

I know I have to go at some point, but when? How could you possibly decide between seeing this place in summer or winter?! I’m now on the lookout for road trip ideas for my next trip to Europe that fit in this amazing destination. I think a road trip will help a bit with my fear of missing out... We’ll call it Euro Trip 2020 (I need at least a two year break to see other places).

Which destinations are on your travel wish list? Tell me in the comments below!