Travel Bucket List Update 2017

Travel Bucket List Update 2017

Last year (2016) was a crazy busy year of travel and I checked several things off my bucket list. Bucket lists seem to get a bad rep this days, evoking the image of someone rushing around the world it pursuit of checking off sites on a to-do list. That is not the case with my list. My bucket list is a result of being an inveterate list maker. I make lists, I use lists, and I refer to lists often.

There’s nothing rush-rush about my list and that should be evident by a few guidelines I follow in making it. My list is capped at 100 and is an assortment of destinations, things to do or see, and experiences. When something is accomplished, or I’ve changed my mind about it, it gets crossed off the list and something new is added. The continual nature of how the list evolves means that I will never accomplish everything on this list. And I’m just fine with that.

Here are the things I’m crossing off this year (my 2016 bucket list update is here):

  • In May 2016 I spent several days in Providence, Rhode Island. It was an artisan experience, including a look at the design, fashion, style, and culinary scene of this classic New England city. If you’re looking for an enjoyable stay, a getaway to Providence may fit your interests.
  • I visited St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of my Viking Ocean Cruise, which ranks as my top travel experience for the year. My political science degree had an emphasis on Soviet Studies (yes, I’m old and it was still the USSR back then) and visiting has been something that I’ve wanted to do since back then. Part of the reason for being so excited about the Viking Homelands itinerary was the days we spent in St. Petersburg.
  • I explored history in Poland with a visit to Malbork Castle (that’s it in the photo). When I put this on my list, I had no idea what this experience would look like or what type of history I’d be able to dig into. I left it all open to whatever developed. We had time in Poland as part of the Viking Ocean Cruise and I decided to take the tour to Malbork Castle and learn more about its Teutonic Order history. There are fascinating stories and I’ll be doing more reading to learn which of them are fact and which are more legend.
  • I saw the glitz of Macau with a last minute opportunity to head back to China in December, along with Macau and Hong Kong. (I leave it to you to wrestle with the issue of whether those locations are part of, or separate from, China.) The glitz is pretty amazing, perhaps more so since it was decked out for Christmas, and my short visit convinced me that it’s worth a return visit to see more – beyond the glitz, so to speak.

Here goes with the updated MJ 100 Travel Bucket List, with an additional four items added to the bottom, replacing those I crossed off this year. If you want to join me or help in checking off any of these things in 2017, get in touch!

  1. Malta
  2. Iceland
  3. Cuba
  4. Safari in Africa
  5. Visit the White House
  6. Turkey
  7. Visit a lighthouse in Maine (and eat lobster, too)
  8. Montgomery, Alabama
  9. Go to a Red Sox game in Boston
  10. Visit the great pyramids in Egypt
  11. Transatlantic crossing by ship sailing into New York Harbor
  12. London
  13. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  14. Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
  15. Molokai
  16. Trace some roots in Madrid
  17. Nashville, Tennessee
  18. Enjoy a weekend on Cape Cod
  19. Tunisia
  20. Barging in France
  21. Wear a fabulous hat at the Kentucky Derby
  22. See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba
  23. Press olives in Italy
  24. Spend a weekend on the Jersey shore
  25. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  26. Sunbathing on Daytona Beach
  27. Ride a camel
  28. Spend a weekend on a dude ranch
  29. Gibraltar
  30. Stay in a room on stilts over the water somewhere in French Polynesia
  31. Montreal
  32. Enjoy chili in New Mexico
  33. Driving trip in Wales
  34. Learn to cook Cajun/Creole food in Louisiana
  35. Swim in the Dead Sea
  36. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
  37. Morocco
  38. Catalina Island
  39. Spend a week at the Golden Door spa
  40. Eat at Rao’s in Harlem
  41. Sardinia, Italy
  42. Ride in a blimp
  43. Paddleboat cruise
  44. Have a steak in Argentina
  45. Barbados
  46. Vacation on a houseboat
  47. Sail in the British Virgin Islands
  48. Gettysburg
  49. Have a signature scent formulated in Paris
  50. Experience the First Class treatment on Emirates
  51. Take a train ride across the United States
  52. Yellowstone and Old Faithful
  53. Take a cooking class in Italy
  54. Charleston, South Carolina
  55. Mexico City
  56. Round the world cruise
  57. Lay down a bet in Monte Carlo
  58. Whale watching in Hawaii
  59. Stay in a castle
  60. Visit Graceland
  61. Visit a real life ghost town
  62. Great Barrier Reef
  63. Sedona
  64. Go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  65. Stay in a penthouse suite in NYC
  66. Have an audience with the Pope in Vatican City
  67. Learn to throw a boomerang Down Under
  68. Bali
  69. Take a road trip to the Florida Keys
  70. Open a Swiss bank account
  71. Niagara Falls (from the U.S. side)
  72. Watch tennis at Wimbledon
  73. Visit Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
  74. Take an RV trip
  75. Laugh it up at Second City in Chicago
  76. Walk on the Great Wall in China
  77. See the Northern Lights in Lapland
  78. Enjoy tea culture on a tea trail
  79. Toast the New Year in Paris
  80. Take a ghost tour in Savannah
  81. See the snow monkeys in Nagano
  82. Wine tasting in South Africa
  83. Luxury train trip
  84. Eat street food in Vietnam
  85. Visit a European Christmas Market
  86. Visit all 50 states (current count 36)
  87. Antarctica
  88. Drink wine in Chile
  89. Prague
  90. View wildlife on Borneo
  91. Discover the food of Taiwan
  92. Step back in time at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
  93. Stay in a treehouse
  94. Hungary – both Buda and Pest
  95. Visit the Space Port in New Mexico
  96. Slurp up champagne in Champagne
  97. Galapagos
  98. Enjoy high tea in Hong Kong
  99. Nile cruise
  100. Sleep in a castle

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My list is capped at 100 and is an assortment of destinations, things to do or see, and experiences. When something is accomplished, or I’ve changed my mind about it, it gets crossed off the list and something new is added. The continual nature of how the list evolves means that I will never accomplish everything on this list. And I’m just fine with that.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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