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Over the last few weeks, I was looking through and editing old photographs when I started thinking about our bucket list for families that I made. When I was in college, my friends and I used to watch a television show about these families that were traveling around the world. They were marking things off their bucket list as they voted within the family to do the different adventures that they went on. After I finished my doctorate degree, my husband and I started doing the same thing with our family. Since I think it is vital to make, keep, and cross off bucket lists for our family, I have created a bucket list for families of my readers.

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Maloney Family in Ballon, France

We do it, not to just be doing it, but to experience it. For me, most of my cross-offs have been in travel, but there is so much more to life. So I decided to add to our bucket list for families more types of bucket list ideas. I think you should make one too, and even though some things our bucket list may only interest me or my family. I think it is important to have a bucket list so that you can look back on your life and remember the good times you had with yourself and your family, as well as marking them off your list.

Two Rules Family Bucket List

I decided to have two rules when adding anything NEW ideas to my bucket list:

  1. Nothing is too big or small to put on it. Whether it be something difficult to achieve or easy, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is something I or my family wants to do.
  2. I don’t delete anything from the list that I have created! This way I don’t impulsively add something to the list that I may never do. This also helps remind me of the things my and my family want to do at different times in our lives. Hopefully, my family’s bucket list will inspire you as much as it has inspired me to keep on doing it!

Bucket List Categories for Families

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I have broken our family’s bucket list ideas into category ideas and then added photographs to them. I did this mostly because it makes it more entertaining for me to create and easier for me to follow along. On the other hand, it has also allowed me to show the ones which I or my family have done (which will be in parenthesis) and which ones we still need to do (no parenthesis).


Here are my categories of ideas for a bucket list for families:

Adventure Travel

Education

Fitness with Sports

Gives Life Meaning to Me

National Parks

Road Trips

Talent

Travel

Why not?


Bucket List for Families

Adventure Bucket List

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Elephant Safari, Sri Lanka, Photo by Hai Huynh


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Education

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Diplomas

Drs. Cacinda and Patrick Maloney

  • Graduate High School – Pampa High and Notre Dame International School (Texas and Italy)
  • Graduate from undergrad college with a BS – University of Houston (Texas, both)
  • Get our Doctorate degrees (California, both) Cleveland Chiropractic and Los Angeles School of Chiropractic
  • Learn to Blog (2012) (Cacinda)

Diego Maloney

  • Graduate High School – Brophy College Prep (Arizona)
  • Graduate from undergrad College – Arizona State University (Arizona)
  • Working on Masters Degree – Johns Hopkins (Washington DC) 

Christian Maloney

  • Graduate High School – Brophy College Prep (Arizona)
  • Graduate from undergrad College – Montana State (Montana)

Maloney Family

  • Never stop learning new things (Forever) √√

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Fitness & Sports

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Galapagos Islands, Photo by Gillian Marsh

  • Attend the Olympic games
  • Attend Kentucky Derby
  • Attend a Cricket game
  • Become scuba certified (Hawaii)
  • Go Hang Gliding
  • Go sky diving
  • Hike Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
  • Hike Prekistolen (Pulpit Rock) (Norway)
  • Learn a martial art
  • Learn to ski (California)
  • Learn to surf (sort of, California)
  • Learn to sail
  • Lose weight (2017)
  • River raft down the Green River (Utah, USA)
  • River raft down the Petrohue River (Chile)
  • See a Soccer World Cup Game
  • See the Super Bowl
  • See a World Series Final Game (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • See an NBA Final Game
  • Scuba the Galapagos Islands to Wolf and Darwin (2020)
  • Scuba the Great Barrier Reef (2004)
  • Scuba dive Raja Ampat (2018)
  • Scuba a shipwreck (2012, 2015)
  • Scuba with sharks (Roatan, Honduras)
  • Scuba with dolphins (Roatan, Honduras)
  • Ski Alta (Utah, USA)
  • Ski Aspen  (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Beaver Creek (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Big Bear (California, USA)
  • Ski Big Sky (Montana, USA)
  • Ski Durango (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Jackson Hole (Wyoming, USA)
  • Ski Pagosa Springs (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Park City (Utah, USA)
  • Ski Portillo (Portillo, Chile)
  • Ski Red River (New Mexico, USA)
  • Ski Taos Ski Valley (New Mexico, USA)
  • Ski Telluride (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Vail (Colorado, USA)
  • Ski Whistler Blackcomb (Whistler, Canada)
  • Ski Wolf Creek (Colorado, USA)
  • Swim with dolphins (Roatan, Honduras)
  • Swim with Beluga whales (Canada)
  • Swim with whale sharks 
  • Take up boxing (Phoenix 2020)
  • Take a spin class in the dark (Phoenix, 1995-2020)
  • Race a car on a real race track
  • Run a 5k, (maybe)
  • Visit the BOCA stadium (Argentina)
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
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Cenote Kulkulkan, Mexico


Give Life Meaning

  • Find my passion (Travel, Interior Design, Cacinda) (Boxing, Chiropractic, Patrick)
  • Be well-read and cultured
  • Quit a job. Travel and make memories (2012-2020)
  • Have the love and respect of my friends and family
  • Learn to overcome my fears and self-doubts
  • Be someone’s Best Friend (Annette)
  • Give a memorable Toast
  • Find the love of my life (Patrick)
  • Know that I’ve inspired someone for the better
  • Be a mentor to someone
  • Be someone’s shoulder to cry on
  • Visit a new country every year until I die
  • Write hand-written love letters to the love of my life (Patrick)
  • Donate anonymously to a great cause
  • Start collecting something that fascinates me (1999 Christmas ornaments)
  • Have friends all over the world (2012- current) 
  • Attend the TED conference
  • Help a large group of people in need
  • Have a wall to wall bookshelf in my study filled with books I’ve read
  • Have a wall to wall bookshelf in my study filled with books I want to read
  • Write hand-written notes to those who’ve impacted my life
  • See the world’s most beautiful cemetery (Argentina)
  • Enjoy a white Christmas (1986, 2013)
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Cacinda Maloney in Australia


National Parks

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Africa


Road Tripping

  • Amalfi Coast Road in Italy (2017)
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona to Moab, Utah (2000)
  • Highway 101 California to Oregon (2019)
  • Route 66, Illinois to California
  • Through the Red Center, Australia
  • The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland (2015)
  • The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
  • The Great Ocean Road in Australia, Melbourne to Adelaide
  • Ring Road, Iceland
  • The Dalton Highway, Alaska
  • Miami to Key West Florida  (2018)
  • Milford Road, New Zealand
  • North Coast 500, Scotland
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Southern Most Point in the USA, Florida, US

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Talent & Skills

  • Get ridiculously good at interior design (Cacinda)
  • Get ridiculously good at Chiropractic (Patrick)
  • Get ridiculously good at detailed research (Diego)
  • Learn a second language (Patrick, Diego)
  • Learn to dance: flamenco, tango, salsa
  • Learn to fly an airplane or helicopter
  • Learn how to drive a motorcycle
  • Learn to drive a stick shift (1980, Cacinda, Texas)
  • Sing solo in front of a large group
  • Learn to play an instrument (1976, Piano, Cacinda, Texas)
  • Take a cooking class (2015, Thailand, Cacinda)
  • Have a “signature dish” or two (Arizona, Cacinda)
  • Have one hobby that I’m known for (Travel, 2012, Cacinda)
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Solve a Rubik’s Cube (Christian)

Travel (and ALL the places my family has been!)

Africa

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Tanzania

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Tanzania

Related: Seduced by the Serengeti


Asia

Related: An Off-Road Experience in Bandung, Indonesia

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Canoes in Indonesia

               Kerala

              Bali

              Gili Islands

              Lombok              

              Komodo Island

             Raja Ampat

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Dehli, India

Related: An Off-Road Experience in Bandung, Indonesia


Canada

Related: Swimming with Beluga Whales in the Wild

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Quebec, Canada

Related: 15 Exciting Things to do in Quebec City in the Winter


Caribbean

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Guadeloupe

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Diego volunteering at a Lacrosse Camp in Jamaica for an entire summer

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Central America

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Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua, Guatemala

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Europe

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Sicily, Italy

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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France


Mexico

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Pyramid of the Niches, El Tajin, Mexico

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Morelia, Mexico

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Middle East

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Dr. Cacinda Maloney in Doha, Qatar

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Petra, Jordan

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Oceania

  • Australia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Cook Islands
  • Moorea, French Polynesia
  • Fiji
  • Tahiti French Polynesia
  • Raiatea, French Polynesia
  • Avatoru, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
  • Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
  • Fakarava, Tuamotu  Archipelago, French Polynesia
  • Rotoava, Tuamotu  Archipelago, French Polynesia
  • Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • New Zealand
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Diego Maloney in Tonga

Related: 10 Adventurous Things to do in Bora Bora


South America

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Iguazu Falls (Both Sides)

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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Maloney Family in Quito, Ecuador

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United States

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona USA

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Wormesloe Historic Site, Georgia

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Travel Goals

                                                                 
See the “New 7 Wonders of the World”

  • See Petra (Jordan) √
  • See the Great Wall of China (China) √
  • See the Taj Mahal (India)
  • See the Colosseum (Italy) √
  • See Chichen Itza (Mexico) √
  • See Machu Pichu (Peru) √
  • See Christ the Redemer – only one more to go!
  • Join the Travelers Century Club– Visit 100 countries (93/100) (close)
  • Go to the Stats Opera (Vienna, 2009)
  • Ride the Rocky Mountaineer (2013-2020)
  • See the sunrise from Mount Sinai
  • See the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy)
  • See the Eiffel Tower (France)
  • See Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London (England)
  • See the Pyramids in Egypt
  • See Easter Island in Chile
  • Visit Antelope Canyon and the Wave, Arizona
  • Visit Havasu Falls
  • Visit every continent (One more to go!)
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit Istria, Croatia
  • Visit Chiloe, Chile
  • Visit Cuba
  • Visit Scotland
  • Visit Isla Holbox, Mexico
  • Visit St. Lucia, Caribbean
  • Visit Porto, Portugal
  • Visit Puebla, Mexico
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Dr. Cacinda Maloney at the Taj Mahal, India

Because, Why Not?

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Tuscany, Italy

  • Become really knowledgeable about whiskey, vodka, tequila, mescal
  • Be present
  • Buy a Burberry Coat in London
  • Get a custom made dress
  • Get over 1 million views on PointsandTravel
  • Have over 1 million followers on PointsandTravel
  • Live in San Miguel de Allende for two weeks
  • Move to the West Coast of America (California, 1990)
  • Make a Campfire and stay the night on the beach (1990)
  • Own my own car and pay cash (2015)
  • Plant a tree and watch it grow over time (1997)
  • Rent a lake or beach house for a month
  • Start a blog (2012)
  • Start my own company, (Maloney Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, PointsandTravel in 2012)
  • Vacation in a place without internet for at least a week (Galapagos 2020)

There you have it, That’s my bucket list for families! 

I know this family bucket list will never be finished because I’m constantly adding to it and updating it as I go to new places. Reading and meeting new people always allows me to add new things to this list. The world is an incredible place and there is so much out there for each of us to do and see.

I’ve found that by writing this bucket list for families and myself that of things that it is easier for us to do them. As we review the list and make decisions based upon it. It may sound cliché, but life is really about the journey and not the destination. It is about creating family memories for all to enjoy. Sometimes I go alone, sometimes with girlfriends, many times with just my husband, but also many times with my entire family, and even once in a while, I get to spend time with my extended family!

What are some of the coolest things you’ve done? More importantly, what things do you still want to do? Is there anything not on this list that you want to do? Am I missing something? Tell me in the comments!

Keep Dreaming!

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Cusco, Ecuador

 

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