I’ve had a bucket list for years, and don’t understand the derision that the concept often receives.

I’m not rushing around trying to see things before I die (kick the bucket) – I’m making lists (I LOVE lists) to serve as a roadmap to living the very best life that I can with the years I have left. Lists help keep me on track, plan efficiently, and make sure my life priorities – travel is one of them – are kept front and center.

I do realize, however, that simply saying “see and do everything” isn’t really a practical approach. So, instead, I started writing down places I wanted to go, things I wanted to see and do, and experiences that caught my eye. I set a top limit of 100 things that could be on the list because, let’s face it, otherwise it would go on forever. My list includes big dream bucket list items like having an audience with the Pope and staying in a penthouse in New York City, as well as more practical experiences like seeing a Red Sox game and going whale watching in Hawaii. I even include some off-the-wall ideas like riding a camel and having an audience with the Pope.

My bucket list is ever-changing – 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 bucket list evolves means that I will never accomplish everything on the list. And that’s just fine with me!

Here are the things that I crossed off my bucket list in the last two years (it’s been that long since I’ve updated it, you can see it here.) It’s a paltry check-off this time. And I’m fine with that, too!

  • Last year, we finally got to the top of the Empire State Building and I can’t believe that it took us so long to get there. You can read about our visit using the NYC CityPASS here).
  • We took a barge cruise in the Burgundy region of France and loved it. You can read my take on it here and Tony wrote about it here.
  • We visited Israel and went to the Dead Sea in November. And although it was floating, not swimming, I ticked this one off the list.
  • We sipped Champagne in Champagne as part of a shore excursion on our barge cruise in July and picked up a bottle to enjoy with friends when we returned to Paris.

Here is my newly updated Travel Bucket List, a total of 100 items with new items replacing those I have crossed off. I already have some tentative travel plans that will cross a couple off the list and there are a few more that could easily be arranged. If you want to join me or help in checking off any of these things in 2019, get in touch!

Note that this list is in no particular order.

  1. Malta
  2. Iceland
  3. Cuba
  4. Safari in Africa (not a country-specific item)
  5. Visit the White House
  6. Montgomery, Alabama
  7. Visit a lighthouse in Maine (and eat lobster, too) July 2023
  8. Go to a Red Sox game in Boston
  9. Visit the great pyramids in Egypt
  10. Transatlantic crossing by ship sailing into New York Harbor
  11. Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
  12. Molokai
  13. Trace some roots in Madrid
  14. Enjoy a weekend on Cape Cod
  15. Tunisia
  16. Wear a fabulous hat at the Kentucky Derby
  17. See polar bears in their native habitat
  18. Press olives in Italy
  19. Spend a weekend on the Jersey shore
  20. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  21. Sunbathing on Daytona Beach
  22. Ride a camelFebruary 2022
  23. Spend a weekend on a dude ranch
  24. Gibraltar
  25. Stay in a room on stilts over the water somewhere in French Polynesia
  26. Montreal
  27. Enjoy chili in New Mexico
  28. Driving trip in Wales
  29. Learn to cook Cajun/Creole food in Louisiana
  30. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
  31. Morocco
  32. Catalina Island
  33. Spend a week at the Golden Door Spa
  34. Eat at Rao’s in Harlem
  35. Sardinia, Italy
  36. Ride in a blimp
  37. Paddleboat cruise
  38. Have a steak in Argentina
  39. BarbadosDecember 2023
  40. Vacation on a houseboat
  41. Sail in the British Virgin Islands
  42. Gettysburg
  43. Have a signature scent formulated in Paris
  44. Experience the suite treatment on Emirates
  45. Take a train ride across the United States
  46. Yellowstone and Old Faithful
  47. Take a cooking class in Italy
  48. Mexico City
  49. Round the world cruise
  50. Lay down a bet in Monte CarloDecember 2022
  51. Whale watching in Hawaii
  52. Stay in a castle
  53. Visit Graceland
  54. Petra, JordanFebruary 2022
  55. Great Barrier Reef
  56. Sedona
  57. Go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  58. Stay in a penthouse suite in NYC
  59. Have an audience with the Pope in Vatican City
  60. Learn to throw a boomerang Down Under
  61. Bali
  62. Take a road trip to the Florida Keys
  63. Open a Swiss bank account
  64. Niagara Falls (from the U.S. side)
  65. Watch tennis at Wimbledon
  66. Visit Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
  67. Take an RV trip
  68. Laugh it up at Second City in Chicago
  69. Walk on the Great Wall in China
  70. See the Northern Lights in Lapland
  71. Enjoy tea culture on a tea trail
  72. Toast the New Year in Paris
  73. Take a ghost tour in Savannah
  74. See the snow monkeys in Nagano
  75. Wine tasting in South Africa
  76. Luxury train trip
  77. Eat street food in Vietnam
  78. Visit a European Christmas Market (my friend Ciaran has some great hashtag research for me to follow and plan) – December 2022
  79. Visit all 50 states (current count 38, including D.C.)
    – see map below
  80. Antarctica
  81. Drink Chilean wine in ChileNovember 2022
  82. Prague
  83. View wildlife on Borneo
  84. Discover the food of Taiwan
  85. Step back in time at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
  86. Stay in a treehouse June 2023
  87. Hungary – both Buda and Pest June 2023
  88. Visit the Space Port in New Mexico
  89. Nile cruise
  90. Cheer at a World Series game
  91. See koalas and kangaroos in Australia
  92. Wander in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
  93. Cross the EquatorOctober 2022
  94. Listen to music in Vienna
  95. Gibraltar
  96. Improve my snorkeling in a warm water destination
  97. Stay in a hostel
  98. Enjoy lobster in Nova Scotia
  99. Hall of Fame visits – Cooperstown (baseball) and Canton (football)
  100. Mt Rushmore

Checked off in 2021:

  • Visit a real-life ghost town – September 2021 (read about my visit to Bodie Ghost Town here)