My Bucket List

My Bucket List

An interesting perspective on bucket lists is that if you don’t write ideas down, they never get accomplished. As people grow older, they tend to find that their lives have been wrapped up in family, work, and obligations. Is it really a life worth living if you don’t know how to live it? So right here, and right now get out a piece of paper and pen or smartphone, tablet, etc. and start your bucket list today.

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 where the term Bucket List originated? Surely the term did not come from the Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman film from 2007? This film is a story of 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 who is actually quite knowledgeable. Edward is a health-care billionaire who is lonely. In 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 bucket list 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:

“Who doesn’t want to go gently into that black, 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. Go on a tour with Abercrombie & Kent
  2. Go on an African Safari
  3. Visit Easter Island, Chile (got closer)
  4. Go to Antarctica
  5. Visit Iceland
  6. Ride a luxury train across India!
  7. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  8. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013)
  9. Polynesian Crossing Cruise
  10. Go on a Crystal Cruises and do a 16-day trip on the Rhine, Main, and Daube Rivers!
  11. Visit Isla Holbox
  12. Visit the Amazon: Went to Guyana!
  13. Visit Ukraine
  14. Go Back to the Maldives!
  15. Go Back to Bali, Indonesia!
  16. Go Back to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but stay for a month!
  17. Go Back to Croatia! This time: Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Vis, Brac, and the Blue Cave
  18. Go Back to Nizuc in Cancun!
  19. Go Back to India
  20. See a tiger in the wilds of India
  21. St. Lucia
  22. Finally visit Sayulita, Mexico: San Pancho was better!
  23. The British Virgin Islands
  24. Tahiti
  25. Porto, Portugal
  26. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  27. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  28. Dive Bonaire
  29. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  30. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  31. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  32. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  33. Visit the Great Wall of China
  34. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  35. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  36. Oaxaca, Mexico
  37. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  38. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  39. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  40. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  41. Live in Santiago, Chile
  42. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  43. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  44. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  45. Take a ride on the London Underground
  46. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  47. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  48. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  49. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  50. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  51. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  52. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  53. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  54. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  55. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  56. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  57. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  58. See Mont Blanc
  59. Attend a European soccer game
  60. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  61. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  62. Visit Japan
  63. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  64. Go on a Crystal Cruise River Cruise in Europe
  65. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  66. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  67. See Positano, Italy
  68. Go to Monaco
  69. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  70. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  71. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  72. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  73. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  74. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  75. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  76. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  77. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  78. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  79. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  80. Galapagos, need I say more?
  81. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  82. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  83. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  84. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg, Russia
  85. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  86. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  87. Roadtrip across the USA
  88. Ride in a richshaw in China
  89. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  90. Go to Sri Lanka
  91. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  92. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  93. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  94. Go to Carnival in Germany
  95. See Adele perform in concert
  96. See Foreigner Live in Austria
  97. See a concert by Marc Anthony in Spain or any Latin American Country
  98. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  99. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  100. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  101. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  102. Visit the fjords in Norway
  103. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  104. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  105. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  106. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  107. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  108. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  109. Float in the Dead Sea
  110. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  111. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  112. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  113. Great Wall of China
  114. Beijing
  115. Hong Kong
  116. Thailand beaches
  117. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  118. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  119. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  120. Fiji Islands
  121. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  122. Machu Picchu, Peru
  123. Float the Dead Sea
  124. Jerusalem, Israel
  125. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  126. Newfoundland, Canada
  127. Acapulco, Mexico
  128. Mexico City, Mexico
  129. Costa Rica
  130. Visit the Panama Canal
  131. Chile wine region
  132. Machu Picchu, Peru
  133. Visit Southeast Asia
  134. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  135. Sleep in a castle
  136. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  137. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  138. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  139. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  140. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  141. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  142. Fly on a private jet
  143. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  144. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  145. Get paid for my photography
  146. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  147. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  148. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  149. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  150. Watch a cricket game in India
  151. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  152. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  153. Become a travel writer
  154. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  155. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  156. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  157. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  158. Take my Mom to Australia
  159. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  160. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  161. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  162. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  163. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  164. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  165. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  166. Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  167. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  168. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  169. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  170. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  171. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  172. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aqaba Jordan)
  173. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  174. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  175. Ride a camel in the desert
  176. My Bucket List Continued

  177. Take my son Christian to Italy
  178. Take my son Diego to Morocco (he went without me!)
  179. Take my son Diego to Africa
  180. Take my son Christian to Japan (He went on his own – June 2019!)
  181. Hang out with Beluga whales in Vancouver, Canada
  182. Hang out with stingrays at the Stingray sandbar and stingray city in the Cayman Islands
  183. Stay at the Four Seasons in Sharm el-Sheikh and then go diving!
  184. Go to Berlin (and see where the wall used to be and Checkpoint Charlie)
  185. Walk among the giant Redwoods of California
  186. Visiting the tip of the continent of the USA in Key West, FL
  187. Visit Dry Tortuga on a day trip
  188. Stay at the Four Seasons in my own hometown of Scottsdale, AZ
  189. Stepping into the Rome Coliseum
  190. Take my Dad to Hershey, PA for the car show
  191. Walk down Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  192. Seeing Sydney harbor and the opera house
  193. Be on the “Amazing  Race” with my son Diego (or Competitours)
  194. See the Windmills in Holland
  195. Visit the Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City, Mexico
  196. Visit Hotel California in Baja, Mexico
  197. Go to Myanmar (Burma)
  198. Go to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
  199. See Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain
  200. Visit New Zealand
  201. Visit a castle in Scotland
  202. Go to New Orleans (Trip #3 coming up November 2015)
  203. Standing in Tienanmen Square
  204. Riding a longtail boat to James Bond Island, Thailand
  205. Rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica (not)
  206. Take in the city lights of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  207. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  208. Go sail fishing in Guatemala 
  209. Visit the markets of Chichicastenango, Guatemala
  210. Drive Route 66
  211. See the Kinderdijak Windmills in the Netherlands
  212. Visit Four Corners 
  213. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  214. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  215. Drive the Road to Hana, Hawaii
  216. Climb the Big Budda in Hong Kong
  217. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
  218. See a glacier
  219. Stay at an Ice Hotel or go to an Ice Bar
  220. Fly Premium First Class on Lufthansa, ThaiAirways, AirFrance, Emirates, Qatar
  221. Bali please!
  222. Experience the beauty of Santorini, Greece (again please!)
  223. Ski in Portillo, Chile
  224. Tango in Argentina
  225. Spa in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  226. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  227. Go on an Alaskan Cruise
  228. To be continued…

For the ultimate in Bucket Lists, go on over to Bucket List Journey, where she has compiled over 1000 ideas for your Bucket List…

How many things on my bucket list are on yours?