What’s on your bucket list?

I’m pretty sure everyone has some sort of a bucket list/wish list/etc. that they make for the things they want to do or the places they want to visit. No matter what you call it, I think having one of those lists helps you achieve your goals and gives you a purpose. 

In the past, I’ve never had an official list that I actually wrote down and checked off. All those places and experiences were more of a mental to-do that made me feel great when I achieved them.  Since there is a whole bunch of things I still want to do, I thought it was a good time to write some of them down.

Experiences on my bucket list:

The Rocky Mountaineer

This is essentially an amazing train ride through the Canadian Rocky Mountains with stunning views. I could tell you all about why I want to go, but instead I’ll just recommend that you check out the website and Instagram feed.  In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words and I think this experience would definitely make me speechless.

An Alaskan Cruise

I’m not a huge fan of cruising, however, there is something about Alaska and the sheer wilderness, icebergs and water that I really want to see. I would probably prefer a smaller type of a boat (if that is an option), but not too small so that I would be in fear of dying.  As I also have problems with motion sickness, so this one might be some time before it gets crossed off the list.

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

I’m not sure what it is about this place, but everything I have seen makes this look amazing. Is it the landscape? Views? I’m sure it’s all that and more. If there is anyone who has tried it, I would love to hear all about it.

Ride a camel in the desert

To me, the desert is unimaginable. Seeing it in movies and on TV is one thing, but feeling and experiencing it first hand is another. One of my friends was recently in Morocco and I saw her video of riding a camel in the desert. It as unreal and I was hooked. Gotta do it!

White water rafting

For many reasons, this scares the crap out of me while making me want to do it so bad! Since I always try to do things that scare me, this is definitely a must to-do experience!

Chill weekend. Rolled the boat and survived. #class5rapids #goodtimeswithgoodfriends

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Historical places on my bucket list:

There are many places I want to visit, but here are a few that are spectacular enough to take a special place on my list.

Machu Picchu

I can’t recall how old I was when I first learned about Machu Picchu. It seemed like an unreal and magical place that I would never be able to experience. I hoped to visit Machu Picchu this year, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. As it’s the #1 item on my bucket list, this one will happen sooner rather than later.

Pyramids in Egypt

I don’t think there is anyone in the word who isn’t to a certain degree fascinated by the pyramids. The whole ‘how did they build it?’ and when are definitely questions worth investigating. Ancient Egyptian history isn’t my strongest suit, but it fascinates me to no end. The land of pharaohs, the Sphinx and the Nile awaits.

Petra, Jordan

Ah Petra. Such a stunning example of mastery and a place that seems almost unreal. This is the kind of stuff adventure stories are made of. Good enough for me.

Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey

I don’t know what it is about this place.  The history, incredible architecture and the fact that it is a feat of ancient engineering all make this a must see.

Another shot from inside the Hagia Sophia #hagiasophia #istanbul #oneIstanbul @oneistanbul

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Cambodia 

I think I’ve been fascinated with this place since I saw Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to inspire imagination and put things within your grasp. This is one of those places.

I’ve had an opportunity to visit the many places that made up my “list.” Some of these included:

  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Acropolis and Parthenon in Greece
  • The Roman Forum, Pompey and the Vatican in Italy
  • Tower of London, England
  • Versailles, the Louvre and Loire Valley in France
  • Sky diving in Gananoque, Canada
  • Snowboarding at Lake Louise and Sunshine, Canada
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Grand Canyon, USA
  • Northern Lights in Iceland and just about everything about that place
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

I feel like there are so many more places and things that I can’t really remember right now. I’m sure they will come back to me at some point 😉

Why a bucket list

The best thing about having a bucket list, is that you can add items to it all the time. However, the intent of such a list is that you eventually check some of these items off. If you’re just collecting them without a real intent of doing them,  then it really isn’t a goal, is it?

I recently talked to a man who told me that he never been to Europe, but always wanted to. He is an established adult and with the means to travel, yet chose not to. That to me is just sad.

Maybe it’s different viewpoint for those non-travelling types that put off travel till their kids move out, they retire, they finally save up for that trip, etc. They live their lives waiting and hoping to do those things as years pass them by. It is hard for me to understand that kind of thinking, nor can I relate to it.

I don’t want to live my life waiting. I make travel goals and try to achieve them. Some I am able to achieve sooner, and some are more down the line. Plus, I always seem to find new items to add, which makes the list very flexible and fluid.

Do you have a bucket list? Have you finally check off that place/thing you always wanted to do? How do you find new items to add? Let me know!


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