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Travel Bucket List

Whether it be taking a day trip to Pennsylvania, going on a week vacation to Florida, or even an overnight stay at Atlantic City, traveling is a passion for many people. I always love recommending new travel destinations to friends and family, but am also always looking for new places to visit. There are a few places I feel everyone should travel to at least once in their lifetimes. 

#1. San Diego, CA. 

From amusement parks, to beaches, to casinos, this city is definitely on my travel bucket list. Juliann Fiorentino, a senior communication student, went to San Diego over the summer and absolutely loved every second of it. “There’s an island an hour away called Coronado that is absolutely gorgeous,” Fiorentino said. She described it as a “small little beach town with tremendous history.” It is a relaxing vacation, but also very educational. Fiorentino took a tour of the island while visiting and she said she highly recommends this vacation to anyone. 

#2. Walt Disney World, Fl. 

For those of you who know me personally, you know about my passion for Disney. For those of you who don’t know me, I have been to WDW a number of times, and it never gets old. No matter your age, this is a place you must visit at least once. Disney is not just for families and children.

Downtown Disney, in the process of a name change to Disney Springs, is the perfect spot for adult nightlife. You can experience a movie at the AMC Movie Theatre, go bowling at the Splitsville, go dancing to live music, or enjoy a cocktail at one of the restaurants. 

Cindy Coffey, a history grad student, recommends visiting the Food and Wine Festival that takes place in the fall. “It’s an absolute must because it allows you to taste all different types of foods or drinks from around the world all in one day,” Coffey said. 

Disney’s Boardwalk is also perfect for a night out without any children running around. One of the most popular spots at Disney’s Boardwalk is Jellyrolls, an entertainment venue with live music, dancing, and drinks. It is only for guests 21 and older and stays open most nights until 2am. 

#3. Las Vegas, NV. 

With 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options, you will never get bored. If you’re not into gambling, there are still plenty of options for you to do. With many surrounding entertainment venues, you won’t even miss the casinos. You could be a high-roller, or a low-key traveler, there is always something to do in Vegas. 

#4. Bali. 

Professor Simonelli, Italian and Latin lecturer, has been to several places all around the globe, but recommends Bali as her number one “must visit spot”. She summed up her vacation to Bali in one word; “Enchanting.” While describing her vacation, she mentioned visiting the temples, exploring the caves, enjoying the beautiful flowers that surrounded her, and  interacting with the wonderful people. Overall, Professor Simonelli said visiting Bali once was enough to impact her entire life. 

#5. Bora Bora. 

“I’m definitely an island person,” Professor Simonelli mentioned after she recommended Bora Bora as another vacation destination. “The nature is beautiful, the water is crystal clear, the people are outstanding,” Professor Simonelli described. The island of Bora Bora is the perfect vacation spot if you are looking to sit back and relax.  

#6.  New Orleans, LA. 

Located alongside the Mississippi River, this is one of the most entertainment-filled cities you’ll find. From never ending nightlife to live-music scenery, to the one of a kind cuisine, which reflects its history of French, African, and American cultures, this city won’t bore you. Of course, we can’t forget about Mardi Gras, a festival that takes place in late-winter where you can party all night in colorful costumes and vibrant masks. 

There are so many unique places around the world, but these six are definitely on my bucket list, and I hope they are now on yours as well. As world language and culture lecturer, professor Maria Simonelli said, “this world is absolutely beautiful.” Safe travels everyone.

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