My Travel Bucket List

If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know I love traveling. I’m a big fan of domestic travel, but international destinations are my absolute favorites! Some of my top places have been Cuba, Paris, Italy, the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

2018 was a pretty good travel year for me – as I visited Cancún, Washington D.C., and of course Paris and Italy. While I absolutely loved 2018, I’m hoping that 2019 will be even better, and luckily I already have some fun things planned! So, today I thought I’d share some trips I already have booked, along with other destinations on my 2019 travel bucket list for the year.



What a surprise! I’ve been to Mexico quite a bit (mostly to Cancun, but also Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta), and it never gets old. It’s such a quick trip and just so beautiful. This time I’ll be heading to new-to-me Nuevo Vallarta for my 25th birthday! I’ll be going with some girlfriends, and cannot wait. It’s all I’ve been thinking about lately. Sun, the ocean and tequila. Does it get any better than that?


This trip I’m super excited about, because for the first time I’ll be going to the US Open! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge tennis fan, so this is a dream come true. My mom and I are going over Labor Day weekend, so there will be plenty of time to explore the city, try fun restaurants and shop… lots of shopping!


Off the bat this doesn’t sound that exciting because I just moved from Chicago, but it is for me! Particularly because some of my best friends live there, and I’m so thrilled to visit them! I’m supposed to head there in the summer, and can’t wait. I absolutely loved living in Chicago (and I wrote about my experiences here and here), and love being there. It’s such a fun, lively city – and there’s nothing better than #summertimechi.



I don’t know what it is – but I have been obsessing over London for months! London seems so beautiful and fresh, and I must go there! Spring seems like the most ideal time to visit, but I’m totally open to a fall visit. Hopefully by the time I head there, Big Ben will be close to finished!


This is definitely an unexpected destination for me, but it’s been so trendy lately as I’m sure you all have seen. The Blue Lagoon is at the top of my list, but also the pretty waterfalls and landscape! I’m not really a hiking person, but would definitely go hiking in Iceland.


In addition to Paris again, my mom and I are talking about coupling Amsterdam into our trip. Amsterdam seems like such an awesome place with a really cool night life, and I would love to cross it off my bucket list. Plus, I hear there’s great shopping!

What’s on your 2019 travel bucket list?!

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  1. 4.9.19
    Cate said:

    wow!! cancun is a beach place I am so eager to visit!
    I would then highly suggest you to go to amsterdam e visit it by bike (:

    Cate // 35mminstyle

  2. 4.7.19
    Shirley said:

    oh my goshhh you’re going to love NYC and Mexico is going to be such a blast, especially for your birthday!! Iceland is definitely on my list to travel to next- it’s just so beautiful!!
    Also just found your blog today and I’m completely obsessed, so don’t mind me as I comment on a couple of other posts hahaha


    • 4.7.19
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Shirley! Really looking forward to those trips, and hoping I can cross off Iceland too 🙂 And that makes me so happy!! THANK YOU!!

  3. 3.30.19
    Mai said:

    You’re going to love NYC! I live here, but I feel like I don’t take advantage of it as much as I should.

    I’m planning on stopping by Japan and Paris this year :)!

    Mai ✰

    • 4.7.19
      Lauren O. said:

      Yes, I haven’t been to NYC in so many years, so I’m really looking forward to it 🙂 And I felt the same in Chicago… now that I’m not there anymore it’s like I want to go back ASAP and do all the things haha!

      Hope you have the best time in Japan and Paris!!

  4. 3.29.19

    London and Amsterdam are on my list too!! As for my list, I basically want to explore all of Europe!

    • 4.7.19
      Lauren O. said:

      Same here! There’s so many beautiful places in Europe I want to visit! I wish I had unlimited vacation time haha!

  5. 3.28.19
    Logan said:

    Oh my goodness, you are going to have such an amazing time in NYC! There are so many great places to see and eat at. Definitely pinterest before you go! Also, you should neck out @thenamestesa on Instagram for nyc photo locations!

    xo Logan

    • 4.4.19
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you! That’s such an excellent idea on Pinterest, because I have no clue about how to choose where to see and eat! And following that account now!

  6. 3.26.19
    Kate said:

    I’m going to NYC twice in April, once for work & once for play, & am so excited about it. I’m also trying to plan a trip to Chicago to meet up with friends who live there; any recs while I’m in town?! I’m also got a week in D.C. (half work/half play) in May, & a woodsy weekend in PA in June,. Can’t complain!

    • 3.27.19
      Lauren O. said:

      Wow, so many fun trips! Totally feeling DC and a woodsy weekend 🙂 Hopefully it’l l be warm when you visit Chicago, so I highly recommend Hampton Social, Summer House Santa Monica, Havana, Mercadito, 3 Arts Cafe and head to Wicker Park for some fun cocktails!

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