MY BUCKET LIST 2018-10-05T13:02:17+00:00


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 Crystal Cruises and do a 16-day trip on the Rhine, Main, and Daube Rivers!
  2. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  3. Go to Antarctica
  4. Go on an African Safari
  5. Ride a luxury train across India!
  6. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  7. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013)
  8. Visit Iceland
  9. Visit Isla Holbox
  10. Visit the Amazon: Went to Guyana!
  11. Visit Ukraine
  12. Go on a tour with Abercrombie & Kent
  13. Go Back to the Maldives!
  14. Go Back to Bali, Indonesia!
  15. Go Back to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but stay for a month!
  16. Go Back to Croatia!
  17. Go Back to Nizuc in Cancun!
  18. See a tiger in the wilds of India
  19. Visit Croatia, please!
  20. St. Lucia
  21. The British Virgin Islands
  22. Tahiti
  23. Porto, Portugal
  24. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  25. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  26. Dive Bonaire
  27. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  28. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  29. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  30. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  31. Visit the Great Wall of China
  32. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  33. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  34. Oaxaca, Mexico
  35. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  36. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  37. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  38. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  39. Live in Santiago, Chile
  40. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  41. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  42. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  43. Take a ride on the London Underground
  44. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  45. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  46. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  47. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  48. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  49. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  50. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  51. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  52. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  53. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  54. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  55. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  56. See Mont Blanc
  57. Attend a European soccer game
  58. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  59. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  60. Visit Japan
  61. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  62. Go on a Crystal Cruise River Cruise in Europe
  63. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  64. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  65. See Positano, Italy
  66. Go to Monaco
  67. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  68. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  69. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  70. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  71. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  72. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  73. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  74. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  75. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  76. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  77. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  78. Galapagos, need I say more?
  79. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  80. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  81. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  82. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg,Russia
  83. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  84. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  85. Roadtrip across the USA in a 2018 Kia Stinger!
  86. Ride in a richshaw in China
  87. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  88. Go to Sri Lanka
  89. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  90. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  91. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  92. Go to Carnival in Germany
  93. See Adele perform in concert
  94. See a concert by Marc Anthony in Spain or any Latin American Country
  95. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  96. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  97. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  98. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  99. Visit the fjords in Norway
  100. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  101. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  102. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  103. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  104. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  105. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  106. Float in the Dead Sea
  107. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  108. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  109. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  110. Great Wall of China
  111. Beijing
  112. Hong Kong
  113. Thailand beaches
  114. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  115. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  116. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  117. Fiji Islands
  118. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  119. Machu Picchu, Peru
  120. Float the Dead Sea
  121. Jerusalem, Israel
  122. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada (on the books for Jan 2019!)
  123. Newfoundland, Canada
  124. Acapulco, Mexico
  125. Mexico City, Mexico
  126. Costa Rica
  127. Visit the Panama Canal
  128. Chile wine region
  129. Machu Picchu, Peru
  130. Visit Southeast Asia
  131. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  132. Sleep in a castle
  133. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  134. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  135. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  136. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  137. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  138. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  139. Fly on a private jet
  140. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  141. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  142. Get paid for my photography
  143. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  144. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  145. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  146. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  147. Watch a cricket game in India
  148. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  149. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  150. Become a travel writer
  151. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  152. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  153. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  154. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  155. Take my Mom to Australia
  156. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  157. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  158. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  159. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  160. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  161. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  162. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  163. Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazil and Argentina side and stay at the Sheraton on the falls.
  164. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  165. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  166. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  167. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  168. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  169. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aquaba Jordan)
  170. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  171. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  172. Ride a camel in the desert
  173. My Bucket List Continued

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