MY BUCKET LIST 2018-12-29T22:32:11+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. Finally visit Sayulita, Mexico: San Pancho was better!
  22. The British Virgin Islands
  23. Tahiti
  24. Porto, Portugal
  25. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  26. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  27. Dive Bonaire
  28. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  29. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  30. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  31. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  32. Visit the Great Wall of China
  33. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  34. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  35. Oaxaca, Mexico
  36. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  37. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  38. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  39. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  40. Live in Santiago, Chile
  41. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  42. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  43. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  44. Take a ride on the London Underground
  45. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  46. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  47. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  48. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  49. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  50. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  51. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  52. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  53. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  54. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  55. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  56. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  57. See Mont Blanc
  58. Attend a European soccer game
  59. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  60. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  61. Visit Japan
  62. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  63. Go on a Crystal Cruise River Cruise in Europe
  64. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  65. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  66. See Positano, Italy
  67. Go to Monaco
  68. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  69. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  70. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  71. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  72. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  73. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  74. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  75. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  76. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  77. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  78. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  79. Galapagos, need I say more?
  80. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  81. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  82. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  83. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg,Russia
  84. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  85. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  86. Roadtrip across the USA in a 2018 Kia Stinger!
  87. Ride in a richshaw in China
  88. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  89. Go to Sri Lanka
  90. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  91. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  92. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  93. Go to Carnival in Germany
  94. See Adele perform in concert
  95. See a concert by Marc Anthony in Spain or any Latin American Country
  96. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  97. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  98. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  99. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  100. Visit the fjords in Norway
  101. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  102. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  103. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  104. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  105. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  106. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  107. Float in the Dead Sea
  108. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  109. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  110. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  111. Great Wall of China
  112. Beijing
  113. Hong Kong
  114. Thailand beaches
  115. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  116. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  117. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  118. Fiji Islands
  119. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  120. Machu Picchu, Peru
  121. Float the Dead Sea
  122. Jerusalem, Israel
  123. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada (on the books for Jan 2019!)
  124. Newfoundland, Canada
  125. Acapulco, Mexico
  126. Mexico City, Mexico
  127. Costa Rica
  128. Visit the Panama Canal
  129. Chile wine region
  130. Machu Picchu, Peru
  131. Visit Southeast Asia
  132. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  133. Sleep in a castle
  134. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  135. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  136. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  137. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  138. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  139. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  140. Fly on a private jet
  141. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  142. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  143. Get paid for my photography
  144. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  145. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  146. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  147. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  148. Watch a cricket game in India
  149. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  150. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  151. Become a travel writer
  152. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  153. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  154. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  155. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  156. Take my Mom to Australia
  157. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  158. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  159. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  160. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  161. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  162. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  163. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  164. Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazil and Argentina side and stay at the Sheraton on the falls.
  165. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  166. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  167. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  168. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  169. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  170. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aquaba Jordan)
  171. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  172. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  173. Ride a camel in the desert
  174. My Bucket List Continued

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