By Cacinda Maloney

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

I have heard a bit of controversy about whether or not a bucket list is something that travelers should make. Many don’t like it because it implies ticking things off just for the sake of a tick. Others because the term implies death (“to kick the bucket”). Still others argue that it is not appropriate to associate it with death and should be more like a Dream List or a  Wish List of Things to do.

My Bucket ListI was wondering about where the term Bucket List originated? Surely the term did not come from the Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman film from 2007?

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

This film is a story between two older gentlemen- Carter Chambers and Edward Cole who live in the same hospital room for terminal lung cancer. Carter is a blue-collar mechanic, but is actually quite knowledgeable. Edward is a health-care billionaire who is lonely. At the beginning, Edward was very reluctant to live in the same room with Carter. But they became friends during treatment. By accident, Edward found Carter’s bucket list, or “things to do before he kicked the bucket”. He encouraged Carter to realize his dreams by financing the trip for both of them.

With a bit of Google search, I found out that the context in which we use it in 2015 was first mentioned in 2004, in a book: Unfair & Unbalanced: The Lunatic Magniloquence of Henry E. Panky, by Patrick M. Carlisle. It includes these sentences:

“So, anyway, a Great Panjandrum, in his querulous twilight years, who doesn’t want to go gently into that blacky black night. He wants to cut loose, dance on the razor’s edge, pry the lid off his bucket list!”

Which is exactly what I want to do!  So without further adieu, I present:

My Bucket List

  1. Visit Croatia, please!
  2. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  3. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  4. Iceland
  5. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  6. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  7. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  8. Cuernavaca, Mexico (April 2017)
  9. Puebla, Mexico
  10. Oaxaca, Mexico
  11. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  12. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  13. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  14. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  15. Live in Santiago, Chile
  16. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  17. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  18. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico again, yes please!
  19. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  20. Take a ride on the London Underground
  21. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  22. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  23. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  24. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  25. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  26. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  27. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  28. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  29. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  30. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  31. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  32. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  33. See Mont Blanc
  34. Attend a European soccer game
  35. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  36. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  37. Visit Japan
  38. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  39. Go on an AMA Waterways River cruise in Europe
  40. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  41. See Positano, Italy
  42. Go to Monaco
  43. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  44. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  45. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  46. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  47. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  48. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  49. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  50. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  51. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  52. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  53. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  54. Galapagos, need I say more?
  55. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  56. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  57. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  58. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg,Russia
  59. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  60. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  61. Visit the Great Wall of China
  62. Ride in a richshaw in China
  63. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  64. Go to Sri Lanka
  65. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  66. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  67. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  68. Go to Carnival in Germany
  69. See Adele perform in concert
  70. See a concert of Marc Anthony in Spain or a Latin American Country
  71. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  72. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  73. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  74. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  75. Visit the fjords in Norway
  76. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  77. Visit Merida, Oaxaca, and Puebla, Mexico
  78. Go to Madagascar (brother in law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mauritius
  79. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  80. My Bucket List continued

  81. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  82. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  83. Float in the Dead Sea
  84. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  85. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  86. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  87. Great Wall of China
  88. Beijing
  89. Hong Kong
  90. Thailand beaches
  91. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  92. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  93. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  94. Fiji Islands
  95. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  96. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
  97. Machu Picchu, Peru
  98. Float the Dead Sea
  99. Jerusalem, Israel
  100. African safari
  101. Montreal
  102. Newfoundland
  103. Acapulco
  104. Mexico City
  105. Costa Rica
  106. Panama Canal
  107. Chile wine region
  108. Machu Picchu, Peru
  109. Visit southeast Asia
  110. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  111. Sleep in a castle
  112. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  113. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  114. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  115. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  116. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  117. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  118. Fly on a private jet
  119. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  120. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  121. Get paid for my photography
  122. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  123. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  124. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  125. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  126. Watch a cricket game in India
  127. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  128. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  129. Become a travel writer
  130. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  131. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  132. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  133. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  134. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013) visit the tequila trail
  135. Take my Mom to Australia
  136. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  137. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  138. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  139. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  140. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (kids did in 08/16)
  141. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  142. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico and Portugal
  143. Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazil and Argentina side and stay at the Sheraton on the falls.
  144. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  145. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  146. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  147. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  148. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  149. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aquaba Jordan)
  150. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  151. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  152. Ride a camel in the desert
  153. My Bucket List Continued

  154. Take my son Christian to Italy
  155. Take my son Diego to Morocco
  156. Take my son Diego to Africa for an African safari
  157. Hang out with Beluga whales in Vancouver, Canada
  158. Hang out with stingrays at the Stingray sandbar and stingray city in the Cayman Islands
  159. Stay at the Four Seasons in Sharm el Sheikh and then go diving!
  160. Go to Berlin (and see where the wall used to be and Checkpoint Charlie)
  161. Walk among the giant Redwoods of California
  162. Visiting the tip of the continent of the USA in Key West, FL
  163. Visit Dry Tortuga on a day trip
  164. Stay at the Four Seasons in my own hometown of Scottsdale, AZ
  165. Stepping into the Rome Coliseum
  166. Take my Dad to Hershey, PA for the car show
  167. Walk down Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  168. Seeing Sydney harbor and the opera house
  169. Be on the “Amazing  Race” with my son Diego (or Competitours)
  170. See the Windmills in Holland
  171. Visit the Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City, Mexico
  172. Visit Hotel California in Baja, Mexico
  173. Bo to Myanmar (Burma)
  174. Go to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
  175. See Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain
  176. Visit New Zealand
  177. Visit a castle in Scotland
  178. Go to New Orleans (Trip #3 coming up November 2015)
  179. Standing in Tienanmen Square
  180. Go to Tahiti
  181. Riding a longtail boat to James Bond Island, Thailand
  182. Rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica (not)
  183. Take in the city lights of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  184. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  185. Go sail fishing in Guatemala 
  186. Visit the markets of Chichicastenagno, Guatemala
  187. Drive Route 66
  188. See the Kinderdijak Windmills in the Netherlands
  189. Visit Four Corners 
  190. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  191. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  192. Drive the Road to Hana, Hawaii
  193. Climb the Big Budda in Hong Kong
  194. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
  195. See a glacier
  196. Stay at an Ice Hotel
  197. Fly Premium First Class on Lufthansa, ThaiAirways, AirFrance
  198. Bali please!
  199. Experience the beauty of Santorini, Greece (again please!)
  200. Ski in Portillo, Chile
  201. Tango in Argentina
  202. Spa in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  203. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  204. To be continued…

For the ultimate in Bucket Lists, go on over to Bucket List Journey, where she has compiled over 882 things for your Bucket List…

How many things on my bucket list are on yours?