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. Dive Galapagos (Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands) (Scheduled March 2020)
  4. Visit Easter Island, Chile (got closer)
  5. Go to Antarctica
  6. Visit Iceland
  7. Ride a luxury train across India!
  8. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  9. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013)
  10. Polynesian Crossing Cruise
  11. Go on a Crystal Cruises and do a 16-day trip on the Rhine, Main, and Daube Rivers!
  12. Visit Isla Holbox, Mexico
  13. Visit the Amazon: Went to Guyana!
  14. Visit Ukraine
  15. Go Back to the Maldives!
  16. Go Back to Bali, Indonesia!
  17. Go Back to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but stay for a month!
  18. Go Back to Croatia! This time: Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Vis, Brac, and the Blue Cave
  19. Go Back to Nizuc in Cancun!
  20. Go Back to India
  21. See a tiger in the wilds of India
  22. Visit St. Lucia in the Caribbean
  23. Finally visit Sayulita, Mexico: San Pancho was better!
  24. Visit the British Virgin Islands
  25. Tahiti
  26. Go to Porto, Portugal
  27. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  28. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  29. Dive Bonaire
  30. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  31. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  32. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  33. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  34. Visit the Great Wall of China
  35. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  36. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  37. Oaxaca, Mexico
  38. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  39. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat?)
  40. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  41. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  42. Live in Santiago, Chile
  43. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  44. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  45. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  46. Take a ride on the London Underground
  47. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  48. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  49. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  50. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  51. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  52. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  53. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  54. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  55. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  56. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  57. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  58. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  59. See Mont Blanc
  60. Attend a European soccer game
  61. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris, and Vienna
  62. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  63. Visit Japan
  64. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  65. Go on a Crystal Cruise River Cruise in Europe
  66. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  67. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  68. See Positano, Italy
  69. Go to Monaco
  70. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  71. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  72. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  73. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  74. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  75. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  76. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  77. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  78. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  79. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  80. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  81. Galapagos, need I say more?
  82. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  83. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  84. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  85. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg, Russia
  86. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  87. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  88. Roadtrip across the USA  (Montanan is planned for May 2020)
  89. Ride in a rickshaw in China
  90. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  91. Go to Sri Lanka
  92. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  93. Go to Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  94. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  95. Go to Carnival in Germany
  96. See Kaleo perform in concert
  97. See Foreigner Live in Austria
  98. See a concert by Marc Anthony in Spain or any Latin American Country
  99. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  100. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  101. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  102. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  103. Visit the fjords in Norway
  104. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  105. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  106. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  107. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  108. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  109. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  110. Float in the Dead Sea
  111. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  112. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  113. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  114. Great Wall of China
  115. Beijing
  116. Hong Kong
  117. Thailand beaches
  118. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  119. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  120. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  121. Fiji Islands
  122. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  123. Machu Picchu, Peru
  124. Float the Dead Sea
  125. Jerusalem, Israel
  126. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  127. Newfoundland, Canada
  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 Soccer 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 Janeiro
  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. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  156. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  157. Take my Mom to Australia
  158. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  159. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  160. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  161. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  162. Go to see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  163. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  164. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  165. Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  166. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  167. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  168. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  169. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  170. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  171. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aqaba Jordan)
  172. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  173. Ski-in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  174. Ride a camel in the desert
  175. My Bucket List Continued

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