MY BUCKET LIST 2017-06-28T10:44:48+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 between 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, but 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 blacky 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 Croatia, please!
  2. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  3. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  4. Got to Guadalajara, Mexico
  5. Iceland
  6. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  7. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  8. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  9. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  10. Visit the Great Wall of China
  11. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  12. Puebla, Mexico
  13. Oaxaca, Mexico
  14. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  15. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat)
  16. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  17. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  18. Live in Santiago, Chile
  19. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  20. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  21. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico again, yes please!
  22. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  23. Take a ride on the London Underground
  24. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  25. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  26. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  27. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  28. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  29. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  30. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  31. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  32. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  33. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  34. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  35. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  36. See Mont Blanc
  37. Attend a European soccer game
  38. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris and Vienna
  39. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  40. Visit Japan
  41. Go on an ocean cruise in the Caribbean
  42. Go on an AMA Waterways River cruise in Europe
  43. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  44. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  45. See Positano, Italy
  46. Go to Monaco
  47. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  48. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  49. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  50. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  51. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  52. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  53. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  54. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  55. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  56. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  57. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  58. Galapagos, need I say more?
  59. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  60. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  61. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  62. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg,Russia
  63. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  64. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  65. Roadtrip across the USA in a 2018 Kia Stinger
  66. Ride in a richshaw in China
  67. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  68. Go to Sri Lanka
  69. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  70. Go to Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  71. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  72. Go to Carnival in Germany
  73. See Adele perform in concert
  74. See a concert of Marc Anthony in Spain or a Latin American Country
  75. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  76. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  77. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  78. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  79. Visit the fjords in Norway
  80. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  81. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  82. Go to Madagascar (brother in law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mauritius
  83. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  84. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  85. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  86. Float in the Dead Sea
  87. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  88. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  89. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  90. Great Wall of China
  91. Beijing
  92. Hong Kong
  93. Thailand beaches
  94. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  95. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  96. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  97. Fiji Islands
  98. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  99. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
  100. Machu Picchu, Peru
  101. Float the Dead Sea
  102. Jerusalem, Israel
  103. Go on a African safari
  104. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  105. Newfoundland, Canada
  106. Acapulco, Mexico
  107. Mexico City, Mexico
  108. Costa Rica
  109. Visit the Panama Canal
  110. Chile wine region
  111. Machu Picchu, Peru
  112. Visit southeast Asia
  113. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  114. Sleep in a castle
  115. Attend a World Cup match with my son Diego
  116. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  117. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  118. Go on a Yoga retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  119. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  120. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  121. Fly on a private jet
  122. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero
  123. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  124. Get paid for my photography
  125. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  126. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  127. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  128. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  129. Watch a cricket game in India
  130. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  131. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  132. Become a travel writer
  133. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  134. Dive Wolf and Darwin, in the Galapagos Islands
  135. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  136. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  137. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico (canceled in Nov 2013) visit the tequila trail
  138. Take my Mom to Australia
  139. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  140. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  141. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  142. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  143. Go see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (kids did in 08/16)
  144. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  145. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico and Portugal
  146. Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazil and Argentina side and stay at the Sheraton on the falls.
  147. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  148. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  149. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  150. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  151. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  152. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aquaba Jordan)
  153. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  154. Ski in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  155. Ride a camel in the desert
  156. My Bucket List Continued

  157. Take my son Christian to Italy
  158. Take my son Diego to Morocco
  159. Take my son Diego to Africa
  160. Hang out with Beluga whales in Vancouver, Canada
  161. Hang out with stingrays at the Stingray sandbar and stingray city in the Cayman Islands
  162. Stay at the Four Seasons in Sharm el Sheikh and then go diving!
  163. Go to Berlin (and see where the wall used to be and Checkpoint Charlie)
  164. Walk among the giant Redwoods of California
  165. Visiting the tip of the continent of the USA in Key West, FL
  166. Visit Dry Tortuga on a day trip
  167. Stay at the Four Seasons in my own hometown of Scottsdale, AZ
  168. Stepping into the Rome Coliseum
  169. Take my Dad to Hershey, PA for the car show
  170. Walk down Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  171. Seeing Sydney harbor and the opera house
  172. Be on the “Amazing  Race” with my son Diego (or Competitours)
  173. See the Windmills in Holland
  174. Visit the Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City, Mexico
  175. Visit Hotel California in Baja, Mexico
  176. Bo to Myanmar (Burma)
  177. Go to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
  178. See Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain
  179. Visit New Zealand
  180. Visit a castle in Scotland
  181. Go to New Orleans (Trip #3 coming up November 2015)
  182. Standing in Tienanmen Square
  183. Go to Tahiti
  184. Riding a longtail boat to James Bond Island, Thailand
  185. Rappel down a 100 foot waterfall in Costa Rica (not)
  186. Take in the city lights of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  187. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  188. Go sail fishing in Guatemala 
  189. Visit the markets of Chichicastenagno, Guatemala
  190. Drive Route 66
  191. See the Kinderdijak Windmills in the Netherlands
  192. Visit Four Corners 
  193. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  194. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  195. Drive the Road to Hana, Hawaii
  196. Climb the Big Budda in Hong Kong
  197. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
  198. See a glacier
  199. Stay at an Ice Hotel
  200. Fly Premium First Class on Lufthansa, ThaiAirways, AirFrance, Emerites
  201. Bali please!
  202. Experience the beauty of Santorini, Greece (again please!)
  203. Ski in Portillo, Chile
  204. Tango in Argentina
  205. Spa in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  206. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  207. To be continued…

For the ultimate in Bucket Lists, go on over to Bucket List Journey, where she has compiled over 882 things for your Bucket List…

How many things on my bucket list are on yours?