My Multiple Choice 2015 Bucket List

It’s only September, so chances are you’re still rounding out the 2014 travel calendar with only a twinkling of thought toward 2015 plans. But there’s really no better time to start daydreaming about the next journey than right now, while procrastinating on other projects. 😉

Today I decided to spend a little time brainstorming some bucket-list worthy destinations for next year. While I’ve had the great fortune to check off quite a few of my most legendary bucket list wishes over the past few years of perpetual travel, many more remain. It’ll always be a list with no end, so I’d better get to it.

I’m hoping you can help me decide where I should go and what I should do. Let me know your choice in the comments!

A. Cruising the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

I’ve been to Croatia once before, for about three days, and all I did was get lost wandering around Zagreb, so I want to give it another chance where I can really get to know the country and to experience the beauty of the coast. Contiki offers a weeklong group sailing trip around Hvar, Korcula (home of Marco Polo) and Sipan, which I imagine is legendary as most Contiki adventures are!

Cruisers flock to the coast during the warm summer months and everyone makes friends from boat to boat. I’d really like to have a photo of me jumping off a sailboat with a gorgeous Croatian town glistening in the afternoon sun in the background. That’s not too much to ask from a bucket list item, is it?

B. Snorkeling with Beluga Whales in Manitoba

Canada is one of those destinations that requires a whole supplemental bucket list addendum of its own. What other country in the world offers puffin watching, cavorting with polar bears in Churchill and great views of the Northern Lights?

Manitoba in particular is calling to me for 2015, particularly because you can snorkel with those gorgeous white beluga whales. Yes, the water is freezing, but who cares? This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance! And animal encounters have always been my favorite, so this activity is definitely a contender for next year.

C. The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England

“But Ange, you’ve been to the UK so many times!”

That’s true, but on my next visit I want to focus on the countryside, not just my beloved London. There are so many festivals and literature and film locations to experience outside of the city, so I’m thinking 2015 might be the year to get out there and wander pensively like a Jane Austen heroine.

Jane & Lizzie… Angie & RaeRae

Fittingly, my most long-standing bucket list item is the Jane Austen Festival which takes place every September in Bath. My dream would be to take my little sister so we can dress in Regency-era attire, sporting bonnets and parasols, and search for our own handsome men with large fortunes and extensive property. (Yes, I just switched to a British accent.) We’ll be just like Lizzie & Jane Bennet and the pictures will be priceless.

D. Camping in Wyoming

I was just in Wyoming in June, and I can’t stop talking about the experience to anyone who’ll listen. We spent time driving along the southern part of the state through the Snowy Mountain Range, and for my next visit I’m itching to head north to Yellowstone National Park.

Angie Orth Wyoming Ford Road TripI’ve never been camping in the real wilderness, so I think Wyoming might just be the perfect place to give it a go. I’ve got the gear… I just need some tips on protecting myself from the wild animals!


So what would be your bucket list choice out of these four travel options? Croatia, Manitoba, the UK or Wyoming? It’s not an easy decision, but I likely won’t have time to experience them all so your help and guidance, especially if you’ve ever done any of these yourself, is most appreciated!

Thanks to Contiki for sponsoring this post! All opinions and daydreams are my own.
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  • September 15, 2014

    I recently heard about the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, and I think it sounds fantastic. I’d love to go to that (and it would give me an excuse to reread some Jane Austen too.
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    • October 01, 2014

      Oooh, you make a great point – if I do end up going to the Jane Austen Festival, I’ll need to reread all the novels and watch all the movies and BBC miniseries. Not a bad addition to my to do list…

  • September 16, 2014

    Ok so my husband and I are doing some extensive travels ourselves. We just finished a 3 week trip to Croatia. I can not believe how beautiful it is! And we had just traveled the French and Italian Rivera. Go girl go!
    Also we spent 2 nights in Bath last year and while sitting in a hot pool on the roof top, over looking the beautiful town, we listened to the bells ring out and watched the sunset! Go girl go!
    I’ve spent a few days on Wyomming from the Grand Teatons, Yellowstone, to the Devils Tower. Saw bears roaming around and had some of the best USA travels there.
    Go girl go!
    Canada, well we drive from Seattle to Homer Spit and had a drink in the Salty Dawg, then drive back through the Ukon. I can only imagion anywhere in Canada is fantastic.
    Go girl go!
    Sorry not much help 🙂 you will have a blast no matter what the postcode is 🙂

  • September 16, 2014

    I vote Croatia or Jane Austen! 🙂

  • September 16, 2014
    Steven will

    Go with Wyoming/Yellowstone….I’ll give you a laundry list of things to see and do. If you haven’t seen Americas natural wonders, start there. Then again, maybe go further while you can…

    • October 01, 2014

      I’d LOVE the laundry list. Can’t wait to get back to Wyoming, seriously.

  • September 16, 2014

    WYOMING! And take a friend… (*hint hint*)

    • October 01, 2014

      Pack your bags! We’re going camping!

      • October 01, 2014

        YES!!!! When?

  • September 16, 2014
    Natalie T.

    You said “Long standing bucket list item” and “always been my dream” with the Jane Austen festival in Bath. So I say that. Ask: what trip is going to make you happiest? The one you would take without hesitation? So my vote is for the UK. I’ve never heard of the festival and to be able to do so with your sister will make for a unique trip and story. Then maybe hop over to Croatia afterwards? 🙂 (Croatia is on MY list!)

    • October 01, 2014

      I definitely think you hit the nail on the head. The festival is something I’ve always wanted to do so perhaps next year is THE year. Thanks for weighing in !

  • September 16, 2014

    I hear so much about Croatia and seeing it in the Game of Thrones, the set was there, makes me want to go more. I think the Contiki trip would be a great long one to take and add Wyoming in there too! I just went to Jackson Hole two weeks ago and understand the beauty of Wyoming even more now that I’ve experienced it myself.
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  • September 16, 2014

    If you do decide on Churchill to see belugas, I recommend you look into Churchill Northern Studies Centre for a “learning vacation”. The session does not include snorkeling, but is still fantastic. Visibility in the river is not always *ideal* . So I heard…didn’t try it myself, though.

  • September 17, 2014
    Angie Orth

    As a fellow Angie Orth I think you need to do the Jane Austen Festival. It is on my bucket list as well but you have a much greater chance of being able to make it happen than I ever will. At least that way I can look at pictures and live vicariously! :):)

    • October 01, 2014

      You should come with me! We’d have a heckuva time introducing ourselves at parties…

      • October 01, 2014
        Angie Orth

        Haha. Wouldn’t that be fun? Lol! I would actually consider taking you up on that if I wasn’t pregnant. That is a whole other kind of adventure though 🙂

  • September 19, 2014

    Croatia, Croatia, Croatia!!!!

  • September 19, 2014

    We are headed out on our 8 day Croatian cruise tomorrow morning from Dubrovnik will let you know our thoughts!

    • October 01, 2014

      Definitely do! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • September 19, 2014

    As long as B. is done in an ethical way and doesn’t harm or disturb the wales then I’d so do B.

  • September 19, 2014

    I LOVE this idea! I’m definitely going to think of something similar.

    Snorkeling with beluga whales was one of the best things I have done in my life – everything else is awesome too but nothing beats being in the wild.

  • September 20, 2014

    What a tough choice! I think I’d go with Croatia.
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  • September 20, 2014

    Croatia, but I would skip the cruise aspect and do it on your own. Ferries make it super easy to island hop, or hire your own boat and do it. So amazing.
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    • October 01, 2014

      Oooh I like the idea of hiring my own boat. That could be a real adventure!

  • September 22, 2014

    UK! A) Because it’s one of your dreams and B) Because I’d love it if people realised there was life outside London!
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    • October 01, 2014

      I LOVE THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE! But I am almost always in London with no time to pop out for explorations. In 2015, I’m going to work on that…

  • September 23, 2014

    I vote for Jane Austen festival! But it’s always been my dream to go camping in Wyoming as well….tough decision!

  • September 27, 2014

    We would choose the first two, but they all sound like fun! 🙂
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  • September 27, 2014

    If the timing is right for the Jane Austen festival, go for it! That would be so much fun!! The others will be there any old time, but the long-standing goal ought to take priority, methinks 🙂
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    • October 01, 2014

      I think I agree with you, Leah. The Jane Austen Festival is at the top of the list…

  • October 03, 2014

    I vote Canada mainly because I think it’s beautiful anywhere and I’m biased. Also Croatia because it’s on my list as well

  • November 12, 2014

    Croatia, Croatia, Croatia! (Sorry for the crazy amounts of enthusiasm.) I did a sailing trip there a couple of years back and it was absolutely, mind-blowingly brilliant! And I’m friends with some of the peeps I met on the boat still to this day. I highly recommend it.
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  • December 08, 2014

    Out of the 4… probably Croatia! Orebić? Zadar? And if you’d like to try camping in the real wilderness… why not come to Tanzania? You’ll get to hear lions and hyenas at night from your tent. 🙂
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  • May 29, 2015
    Kim Henrichs

    Wyoming!! I grew up there and miss it. But while at Yellowstone, take a few days and go up to Glacier in Montana. GORGEOUS.

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