MY BUCKET LIST 2018-08-07T18:30:45+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 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:

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

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

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How many things on my bucket list are on yours?