8 Destinations on my Return-to Bucket List

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Some travelers prefer to spend their time traveling to new places they haven’t visited previously. This is certainly not a bad strategy as you never know which destination is going to be your next new favorite. Whenever I think I’ve had the best trip ever, the next one tops it for a totally different reason. Occasionally, like today however, I reflect on some of the places I’ve been and remember how much I enjoyed myself. Here are some of those destinations to which I’d like to return.

Explore More of Northern Cambodia

I reluctantly said yes when asked to go to Cambodia. I had no idea I would enjoy it so much. I thought it would be humid, hot, and very uncomfortable but the temperature wasn’t the only thing that surprised me. Five-star lodging at two-star prices and service that spoiled just made the destination more appealing. Exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat and other area temples, feasting on delicious local dishes, and being able to afford daily inexpensive spa services sealed the deal. I was hooked. I want to return and spend more time in Siem Reap as well as head to visit the bamboo railroad and surrounding sights.

Northern and Southern Ireland

I’ve been to Dublin more times than I can count but I had one incredible journey to the southern coast via train. I’d love to explore Northern Ireland and more of the southern coast of Ireland, including Cork. I really enjoyed traveling by train in Ireland.

Split, and its Surroundings in Croatia

On one of my latest trips I explored Dubrovnik, Croatia, Split, Hvar, and Trogir but there are so many places I’d still like to visit in Croatia. It’s highly affordable and outside of Dubrovnik, it’s not yet over populated with tourists during the shoulder season. There are several more islands I’d like to visit and a return to Split to use it as a base for exploring would be the plan.

Stresa, in Northern Italy

I’ve visited Stresa in Northern Italy twice. Situated at the base of Lake Maggiore, I took the train from Venice for a day trip, and another visit for just a long weekend. I’d like to go back and make the trip to Switzerland by train and return by boat through the Swiss/Italian Alps. It is just a day trip and cost only 20 Euro. I did it many years ago and long to return. I’d also like to get over to Lake Como in the same area as I only just passed through it previously.

Riga, Latvia and Belarus

I loved the Baltic States for their retro Soviet flare, the affordability, and the wonderful people. I’d like to return to Riga which I thought was the more charming cities I had ever visited. Since Belarus has lifted visa requirements, I’d supplement my visit to Riga with a stop in Belarus next door.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a different experience each time I go but I haven’t been there in several years. I know the environment is not totally stable there right now but if a good airfare surfaced, I’d probably go anyway. Istanbul offers such a unique environment of mosques, hammams, bazaars, textiles, and all things ancient combined with the modern world. I want to make a trip up to the Pierre Late Café and stare out at the Golden Horn one more time.

Lisbon, Portugal

Go to Porto, Portugal everyone suggested, “You’ll love it”. And I did but I loved Lisbon more and that is the city to which I’d like to return. Although I saw many of the major sights of the city, I’d like to linger a while, take in the city vibe, catch some fado and explore a few of the neighborhoods. I’d also like to make a day trip to the magical and colorful city of Sintra from Lisbon.

London, England

It’s been at least 15 years since I visited London. I previously wrote about all the things I would do when I return and due to a terrific airfare appearing recently, my travel friend and I booked a return trip for later this year. I am looking forward to getting to know the city again.

I’m always traveling on a budget so utilizing points and miles to offset the cost of lodging and airfare is paramount to me being able to travel frequently. Chase Ultimate Rewards Points are one of my favorite ways to book flights. I built a bank of points by using my Chase Sapphire Preferred card, my Chase Freedom card, and my Chase Ink Business Preferred card. For lodging, I utilize my IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card and points from my Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. It’s my way of seeing the world at prices I can afford.

If any of these destinations interest you, you can click on the links provided throughout this post to read articles about my previous trips and get tips for planning your own adventure.

Christine Krzyszton

Christine Krzyszton lives in Northern Michigan and travels the world with no predetermined destination in mind, letting airfare prices dictate where she will travel. A points and miles junkie, she prefers to utilize points to offset the cost…
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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
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  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
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  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions – as long as there’s a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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Earn (pt.)

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First 3 months

50,000

$4,000


Travel Purchases

2.00

$1


Restaurants Purchases

2.00

$1


Coffee Shops Purchases

2.00

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Fast Food Purchases

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