MY BUCKET LIST 2017-06-21T22:27:43+00:00

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

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

  156. Take my son Christian to Italy
  157. Take my son Diego to Morocco
  158. Take my son Diego to Africa
  159. Hang out with Beluga whales in Vancouver, Canada
  160. Hang out with stingrays at the Stingray sandbar and stingray city in the Cayman Islands
  161. Stay at the Four Seasons in Sharm el Sheikh and then go diving!
  162. Go to Berlin (and see where the wall used to be and Checkpoint Charlie)
  163. Walk among the giant Redwoods of California
  164. Visiting the tip of the continent of the USA in Key West, FL
  165. Visit Dry Tortuga on a day trip
  166. Stay at the Four Seasons in my own hometown of Scottsdale, AZ
  167. Stepping into the Rome Coliseum
  168. Take my Dad to Hershey, PA for the car show
  169. Walk down Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  170. Seeing Sydney harbor and the opera house
  171. Be on the “Amazing  Race” with my son Diego (or Competitours)
  172. See the Windmills in Holland
  173. Visit the Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City, Mexico
  174. Visit Hotel California in Baja, Mexico
  175. Bo to Myanmar (Burma)
  176. Go to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
  177. See Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain
  178. Visit New Zealand
  179. Visit a castle in Scotland
  180. Go to New Orleans (Trip #3 coming up November 2015)
  181. Standing in Tienanmen Square
  182. Go to Tahiti
  183. Riding a longtail boat to James Bond Island, Thailand
  184. Rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica (not)
  185. Take in the city lights of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  186. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  187. Go sail fishing in Guatemala 
  188. Visit the markets of Chichicastenagno, Guatemala
  189. Drive Route 66
  190. See the Kinderdijak Windmills in the Netherlands
  191. Visit Four Corners 
  192. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  193. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  194. Drive the Road to Hana, Hawaii
  195. Climb the Big Budda in Hong Kong
  196. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
  197. See a glacier
  198. Stay at an Ice Hotel
  199. Fly Premium First Class on Lufthansa, ThaiAirways, AirFrance
  200. Bali please!
  201. Experience the beauty of Santorini, Greece (again please!)
  202. Ski in Portillo, Chile
  203. Tango in Argentina
  204. Spa in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  205. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  206. 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?