MY BUCKET LIST 2018-03-31T10:53:59+00:00


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 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 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 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. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  2. Ride a luxury train across India!
  3. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  4. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013) visit the tequila trail
  5. Iceland
  6. Go Back to Bali, Indonesia!
  7. Visit Croatia, please!
  8. St. Lucia
  9. The British Virgin Islands
  10. Tahiti
  11. Porto, Portugal
  12. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  13. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  14. Dive Bonaire
  15. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  16. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  17. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  18. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  19. Visit the Great Wall of China
  20. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  21. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  22. Oaxaca, Mexico
  23. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  24. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  25. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  26. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  27. Live in Santiago, Chile
  28. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  29. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  30. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico again, yes please!
  31. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  32. Take a ride on the London Underground
  33. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  34. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  35. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  36. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  37. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  38. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  39. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  40. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  41. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  42. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  43. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  44. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  45. See Mont Blanc
  46. Attend a European soccer game
  47. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  48. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  49. Visit Japan
  50. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  51. Go on an AMA Waterways River cruise in Europe
  52. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  53. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  54. See Positano, Italy
  55. Go to Monaco
  56. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  57. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  58. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  59. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  60. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  61. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  62. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  63. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  64. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  65. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  66. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  67. Galapagos, need I say more?
  68. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  69. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  70. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  71. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg,Russia
  72. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  73. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  74. Roadtrip across the USA in a 2018 Kia Stinger!
  75. Ride in a richshaw in China
  76. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  77. Go to Sri Lanka
  78. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  79. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  80. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  81. Go to Carnival in Germany
  82. See Adele perform in concert
  83. See a concert of Marc Anthony in Spain or a Latin American Country
  84. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  85. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  86. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  87. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  88. Visit the fjords in Norway
  89. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  90. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  91. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  92. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  93. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  94. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  95. Float in the Dead Sea
  96. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  97. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  98. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  99. Great Wall of China
  100. Beijing
  101. Hong Kong
  102. Thailand beaches
  103. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  104. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  105. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  106. Fiji Islands
  107. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  108. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
  109. Machu Picchu, Peru
  110. Float the Dead Sea
  111. Jerusalem, Israel
  112. Go on an African safari
  113. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  114. Newfoundland, Canada
  115. Acapulco, Mexico
  116. Mexico City, Mexico
  117. Costa Rica
  118. Visit the Panama Canal
  119. Chile wine region
  120. Machu Picchu, Peru
  121. Visit Southeast Asia
  122. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  123. Sleep in a castle
  124. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  125. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  126. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  127. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  128. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  129. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  130. Fly on a private jet
  131. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  132. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  133. Get paid for my photography
  134. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  135. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  136. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  137. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  138. Watch a cricket game in India
  139. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  140. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  141. Become a travel writer
  142. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  143. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  144. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  145. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  146. Take my Mom to Australia
  147. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  148. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  149. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  150. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  151. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  152. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  153. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  154. Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazil and Argentina side and stay at the Sheraton on the falls.
  155. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  156. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  157. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  158. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  159. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  160. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aquaba Jordan)
  161. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  162. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  163. Ride a camel in the desert
  164. My Bucket List Continued

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

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How many things on my bucket list are on yours?