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)
  4. Visit Easter Island, Chile (got closer)
  5. Visit San Miguel de Allende AGAIN, but stay for a month!
  6. Go to Antarctica
  7. Visit Iceland
  8. Explore Wyoming! (scheduled May 2020)
  9. Ride a luxury train across India!
  10. Cuba! I still have NOT been
  11. Visit a castle in Scotland
  12. Go Back to the Greek Islands!
  13. Go to Guadalajara, Mexico
  14. Polynesian Crossing Cruise
  15. Go on a Crystal Cruises and do a 16-day trip on the Rhine, Main, and Daube Rivers!
  16. Visit Isla Holbox, Mexico
  17. Visit the Amazon: Went to Guyana!
  18. Visit Ukraine
  19. Go Back to the Maldives!
  20. Go Back to Bali, Indonesia! 
  21. Go Back to Croatia! This time: Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Vis, Brac, and the Blue Cave
  22. Go Back to Nizuc in Cancun!
  23. Go Back to India
  24. See a tiger in the wilds of India
  25. Visit St. Lucia in the Caribbean
  26. Finally visit Sayulita, Mexico: San Pancho was better!
  27. Visit the British Virgin Islands
  28. Tahiti
  29. Go to Porto, Portugal
  30. Snorkel with jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  31. Photograph the Wave and Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  32. Dive Bonaire
  33. Seek out a luxury wellness spa for a week of relaxing and stillness
  34. Attend a cultural event in Spain – TARRAGONA – IBIZA
  35. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  36. Go to Savannah and Charleston
  37. Visit the Great Wall of China
  38. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  39. Puebla, Mexico (so close)
  40. Oaxaca, Mexico
  41. Eat local food in the oldest city in the Americas – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  42. Dive in Wakatobi, Indonesia (close enough: Raja Ampat?)
  43. Listen to Blues in New Orleans, USA
  44. Go to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  45. Live in Santiago, Chile
  46. Visit Provence, France (coming up Sept 2015!)
  47. Go to the Maldives (dive, swim, relax) and stay in an over the water bungalow
  48. Find the hidden Tiki Bar in New Orleans, LA (I found it! Nov 2015)
  49. Take a ride on the London Underground
  50. Go to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
  51. Go skiing or dog sledding in Montana
  52. Go to Israel, and walk the streets of Jerusalem 
  53. Visit the island of Sicily, Italy
  54. Snorkel with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
  55. Do a night dive in Kona, HI with the giant manta rays
  56. Swim with whale sharks in Mexico (attempt #1:  failed, bad weather)
  57. Go to Castaway Island, Fiji
  58. Go to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
  59. Take a train ride across Canada. (YAY Rocky Mountaineer!)
  60. Go to the Stats Opera in Vienna
  61. Visit the jewelry making town of Chordeleg, Ecuador
  62. See Mont Blanc
  63. Attend a European soccer game
  64. See a Musical in New York, London, Paris, and Vienna
  65. Visit Yellowstone National Park (Scheduled Feb 2017)
  66. Visit Japan
  67. Go on a luxury ocean cruise in the Caribbean 
  68. Go on a Crystal Cruise River Cruise in Europe
  69. Dive the Blue Hole in the Red Sea -Dahab, Egypt
  70. Go see Moulin Rouge in Paris
  71. See Positano, Italy
  72. Go to Monaco
  73. Chasing the Northern Lights in either Iceland or Norway or Canada
  74. Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico again! (Dec 2016!)
  75. Visit the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  76. Walk the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
  77. Take a river cruise down the Rhine River for the Christmas Markets (Yay, Viking River Cruise)
  78. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  79. Visit Istanbul, Turkey
  80. Visit Santorini and Mykonos islands in Greece
  81. Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
  82. Photograph and experience Dia Day Los Muertos (Coming October 2015!)
  83. Visit the Colonia towns of Quito, Cuenca, Antigua
  84. Galapagos, need I say more?
  85. Go sea kayaking in Western Finland
  86. Go see Petra, Jordan (Did this twice!)
  87. Buy a Burberry trench coat at the Burberry flagship store in London.
  88. Visit the Hermitage museum in St, Petersburg, Russia
  89. Visit Red Square in Moscow, Russia
  90. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  91. Roadtrip across the USA  (Montanan is planned for May 2020 – Cancelled)
  92. Ride in a rickshaw in China
  93. Go to Krakow, Poland and visit Auschwitz
  94. Go to Sri Lanka
  95. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  96. Go to Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  97. Go to Octoberfest in Munich (went to Munich, but not in October!)
  98. Go to Carnival in Germany
  99. See Kaleo perform in concert
  100. See Foreigner Live in Austria
  101. See a concert by Marc Anthony in Spain or any Latin American Country
  102. Do the same with Enrique Iglesias
  103. Take a road trip around Ireland.
  104. Go to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland or just Dublin anytime
  105. Go to Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  106. Visit the fjords in Norway
  107. Visit the Atacaman Desert in Chile
  108. Visit Merida and Oaxaca,  Mexico
  109. Go to Madagascar (brother-in-law born there), the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Mauritius
  110. Swim in the blue grotto in Capri, Italy
  111. Dive in Turks & Caicos
  112. Visit  Aqaba, Jordan and Dive the Red Sea 
  113. Float in the Dead Sea
  114. Visit San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  115. Go see the Taj Mahal in India
  116. Go see the Pyramids in Egypt
  117. Great Wall of China
  118. Beijing
  119. Hong Kong
  120. Thailand beaches
  121. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  122. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  123. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  124. Fiji Islands
  125. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific
  126. Machu Picchu, Peru
  127. Float the Dead Sea
  128. Jerusalem, Israel
  129. Visit Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  130. Newfoundland, Canada
  131. Mexico City, Mexico
  132. Costa Rica
  133. Visit the Panama Canal
  134. Chile wine region
  135. Machu Picchu, Peru
  136. Visit Southeast Asia
  137. Visit Thailand beaches and go to James Bond Island
  138. Sleep in a castle
  139. Attend a World Cup Soccer Match with my son Diego
  140. Attend an Indian wedding in India
  141. Get my Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate
  142. Go on a Yoga Retreat in Bali or Costa Rica
  143. Dive the Blue Hole in Belize (1st attempt, bad weather, 2nd attempt: no go)
  144. Take an around the world (RTW) trip
  145. Fly on a private jet
  146. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro
  147. Have a photograph published in a travel magazine or Huff Po
  148. Get paid for my photography
  149. Dive the British Virgin Islands by private yacht
  150. Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
  151. Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Siena – (YAY! Montestigliano!)
  152. See Pink Floyd’s THE WALL concert
  153. Watch a cricket game in India
  154. Go to the jungles of Malaysia
  155. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  156. Become a travel writer
  157. Get hired as a travel photographer!
  158. Go on a luxury cruise through Galapagos
  159. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  160. Take my Mom to Australia
  161. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  162. Send my parents to Canada on a train trip for their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  163. Go on a writer’s retreat in Italy
  164. Visit Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain 
  165. Go to see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (my kids did in 08/16)
  166. Go to the Palio and explore the contrade system of Siena, Italy
  167. Go to a bullfight in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal
  168. Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  169. Visit Uruguay, taking the ferry across from Buenos Aires
  170. Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign, USA
  171. Visit Palawan, Philippines
  172. Dive in a cenote in Mexico
  173. Dive the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico
  174. Go wreck diving (Cayman Islands, Aqaba Jordan)
  175. Buy a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage
  176. Ski-in Portillo, Chile in our summer (their winter)
  177. Ride a camel in the desert
  178. My Bucket List Continued

  179. Take my son Christian to Italy
  180. Take my son Diego to Morocco (he went without me!)
  181. Take my son Diego to Africa
  182. Take my son Christian to Japan (He went on his own – June 2019!)
  183. Hang out with Beluga whales in Vancouver, Canada
  184. Hang out with stingrays at the Stingray sandbar and stingray city in the Cayman Islands
  185. Stay at the Four Seasons in Sharm el-Sheikh and then go diving!
  186. Go to Berlin (and see where the wall used to be and Checkpoint Charlie)
  187. Walk among the giant Redwoods of California
  188. Visiting the tip of the continent of the USA in Key West, FL
  189. Visit Dry Tortuga on a day trip
  190. Stay at the Four Seasons in my own hometown of Scottsdale, AZ
  191. Stepping into the Rome Coliseum
  192. Take my Dad to Hershey, PA for the car show
  193. Walk down Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  194. Seeing Sydney harbor and the opera house
  195. Be on the “Amazing  Race” with my son Diego (or Competitours)
  196. See the Windmills in Holland
  197. Visit the Frida Kahlo House in Mexico City, Mexico
  198. Visit Hotel California in Baja, Mexico
  199. Go to Myanmar (Burma)
  200. Go to Zihuatenejo, Mexico
  201. See Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain
  202. Visit New Zealand
  203. Go to New Orleans (Trip #3 coming up November 2015)
  204. Standing in Tienanmen Square
  205. Riding a longtail boat to James Bond Island, Thailand
  206. Rappel down a 100-foot waterfall in Costa Rica (not)
  207. Take in the city lights of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong 
  208. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  209. Go sail fishing in Guatemala 
  210. Visit the markets of Chichicastenango, Guatemala
  211. Drive Route 66
  212. See the Kinderdijak Windmills in the Netherlands
  213. Visit Four Corners 
  214. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  215. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  216. Drive the Road to Hana, Hawaii
  217. Climb the Big Budda in Hong Kong
  218. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
  219. See a glacier
  220. Stay at an Ice Hotel or go to an Ice Bar
  221. Fly Premium First Class on Lufthansa, ThaiAirways, AirFrance, Emirates, Qatar, Noweigian
  222. Bali, Indonesia
  223. Experience the beauty of Santorini, Greece (again please!)
  224. Ski in Portillo, Chile
  225. Tango in Argentina
  226. Spa in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  227. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  228. Go on an Alaskan Cruise (June 2020 – cancelled)
  229. 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?