When it comes to vacation, I prefer exploring a new city to lounging on a beach chair at a resort (though, I wouldn’t exactly say no to that!). I’ve been lucky enough to be able to explore quite a few European cities over the past few years, zig-zagging my way from Paris to Stockholm to Zagreb to Riga and more, but there’s one fairly common destination that still sits on my travel to-do list: London.
Admittedly, it’s not the most exciting dream vacation, but with a not-so-secret obsession with the Royal Family stemming from Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry and an interest in European history and literature (mainly British monarchy-based historical fiction, if I’m being honest), I can’t get London out of my head. Here’s what’s on my dream vacation itinerary.
What trip to London would be complete without a trip to the Queen’s house? Ideally, I’d love to be able to go when the Queen is out and the state rooms are open to visitors so I can catch a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Windsor.
I’ve seen this place in so many social media posts over the past year and I am determined to experience their high tea (with Champagne!) and futuristic bathroom pods for myself. I imagine I’ll feel like a very fancy British lady.
The library’s catalog has over 150 million items in it, making it one of the largest in the world. Special items include two copies of the Magna Carta, Jane Austen’s childhood notebook, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook, and more.
Though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have likely moved on to the Windsor Estate by the time I make it there, I’d still like to drop by and pay my respects to Will and Kate (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). It's been a royal residence since the 17th century.
The Abbey has seen so much history! All coronations of English and British monarchs have taken place here as well as 16 royal marriages, including Prince Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana and Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton (which I woke up at 5 a.m. to watch live!).
If I manage to make this dream a reality in 2019 like I hope to, Tokyo will quickly take its place! What’s your dream vacation itinerary? Tell us in the comments below!