Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, co-owner of Sapphire & Elm Travel Co. Yogi, adventurer, cheese enthusiast and marketer extraordinaire.
Carly and I wanted to share with your our top 10 travel bucket list destinations as a way for you to get to know us a bit better, and to hopefully inspire your next travel love affair!
Thailand has been the very top of my travel bucket list since I was in high school. I even bought a Rosetta Stone for Thai at a mall kiosk, and during college years later, I took two years of Thai lessons at the Language Door San Diego.
The whole country from the white sand beaches and jungle to the hustling cities and ruins. I’ve never been and have such a fascination with the country, the food, the people, the language.
I want to go to Chiang Mai, Pai, Koh Tao, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Phi Phi, Phanom Rung, Koh Mak, Phetchaburi, Hua Hin, Ko Lanta Marine National Park, Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park, Chiang Rai, the list goes on and on!
Morocco is a gateway between Europe, Africa and the Middle East - I just love the mix of cultures! I'm fascinated with the colors, tile, architecture, food, landscape of desert, ocean and lesser known jungles, plus I always love a chance to practice my French!
I can't wait to explore Marrakesh, Sahara dunes, Draa valley, Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Dakhla Lagoon, Fez, Ozoud Waterfalls, Akchour and so many more!
Update: Stephanie visited Belize in January, 2017.
The jungle on the beach, full of history and good food, plus they speak English and it’s only a 2 hour flight from Miami! I dream about island hopping, cave exploration, snorkeling the Blue Hole, and visiting Mayan ruins!
3. Bordeaux, France
My love affair with travel truly began when I studied abroad in college. Typical story, with extraordinary feelings for the country. I lived in Paris and traveled to Normandy, Nice, Montpelier, and Nimes. (By the way Nimes is one of my favorite little towns in Europe! So picturesque.) Yet, I have not been to Bordeaux. As a wine lover, Bordeaux is high on the top of my travel bucket list.
Update: Stephanie visited Costa Rica in April, 2017.
A perfect mix of jungle and beach, adventure and relaxation. They’ve got wildlife (sloths, monkeys and birds galore), hiking, volcanoes, river rafting, coffee, hot springs, zip lining through forest canopies, ATVing (which is one of my favorite memories from Santorini, Greece) and so much more!
4. Tanzania and Zambia
To go on safari, climb mount Kilimanjaro, Maasai Mara, the great migration, Victoria falls, Hwange National Park, the Southern cross.
After the safari, I would zip over to Mauritius for their white sand beaches, rainforests and under the sea waterfall. After all, I am already next to the Indian Ocean!
Update: Stephanie visited Norway in May, 2017.
I want to see, hike and explore the Fjords! Plus all of the towns look so cute and quaint.
Machu Picchu. Need I say more? Ok, I'll say more. I hear amazing things about Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Lima, the desert oasis at Huacachina, Colca Canyon and so much more! Plus I'd love to see some adorable llamas up close and drink authentic Pisco Sours.
The Philippines is comprised of over 7,000 islands, ripe for exploration! Beaches, jungles, volcanoes, waterfalls galore, unique Spanish-Filipino colonial architecture, centuries old stone churches, and happy-go-lucky people make this country a must visit for me!
7. Colorado, USA
Colorado in the summer time just screams my name. I'm not a huge fan of snowboarding or skiing, I prefer spring/summer/fall activities like hiking, river rafting, and drinking a glass of beer or wine outside in the sunshine and chatting with locals. I particularly want to go to Denver to do Yoga on the Rocks at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Little fact about Stephanie: I’m a yogi, have my 200-hour yoga YRS certification
8. Kas, Turkey
Kas is a seaside town in the Mediteranean with incredible turquoise waters, amazing history and food.
Greece is one of my all time favorite places in the world, so I am so curious about seeing different parts of the region!
After spending 4 months traveling Central America, most of the people I had met while traveling had told me Colombia was their favorite place they had visited on that trip. It has beautiful beaches and jungles, cultured cities, and lots of adventure activities!
When people talk about Vietnam, the incredible food comes up first. I can't wait to eat Phở for every meal of the day. Plus the chaotic cities, lush jungles, stunning beaches, floating markets, and scootering around the country make Vietnam high on my travel bucket list!
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