MY BUCKET LIST 2017-12-26T15:37:06+00:00

By Cacinda Maloney

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 about where the term Bucket List originated? Surely the term did not come from the Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman film from 2007?

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

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

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

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How many things on my bucket list are on yours?