I’m pretty sure everyone has some sort of 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 meet 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 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.
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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? The 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.
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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!
Here's the first post from @mary_quincy who is hosting this weekend's #lpInstaTakeover! 'It was 5AM when a couple of friends and I arrived in the desert of #Dubaï. I was sitting in the sand, waiting for the sun to rise and that's when it appeared. This incredible moment of being in the middle of nowhere and seeing the sun slowly rise. It made me realise how fulfilling and life-changing simple things can be.' – @mary_quincy #lpPathfinders #travel #lonelyplanet
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!
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.
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 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.
Sometimes all you need is a bit of perspective… #lonelyplanet writer, @heather_carswell, recently took this shot of one of the mighty Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. For nearly 4000 years, the extraordinary shape, impeccable geometry and sheer bulk of the these structures have invited the obvious question: ‘How were they built, and why?’ Centuries of research have given us parts of the answer, but the pyramids are still the source of much debate. Whatever you believe, there's no denying they are impressive! #travel
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. Also, a photographer’s paradise. Good enough for me.
#LonelyPlanet photographer, @kylieam, snapped this shot of a couple of locals hanging out in front of The Treasury, in the spectacular sandstone city of #Petra, #Jordan. The Treasury is known locally as Al-Khazneh. Carved out of iron-laden sandstone to serve as a tomb, the Treasury gets its name from the misguided local belief that an Egyptian pharaoh hid his treasure in the top urn. The Greek-style pillars, alcoves and plinths are truly masterpieces of masonry work. #travel
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. Plus, I do love history.
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.
'Ranked no. 1 in #LonelyPlanet's Ultimate Travelist – Temples of #Angkor, Siem Reap, #Cambodia — One of the famous temples of Angkor is Ta Prohm. Also known as the 'Tomb Raider temple' as it has been identified as an iconic location in the popular film Tomb Raider. While exploring Ta Prohm and the other temples of Angkor, it was amusing to see how trees grow out of the ruins over time. It was a fascinating experience to witness this natural wonder in person – no wonder why it got the number one spot in @lonelyplanet's #UltimateTravelist!' – @theawesomekev #travel #lpInstaTakeover
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 meet them. Some I am able to make them come true 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!