New Year, New Places, New List)

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I love lists.  I’ve made them all my life, from things to do, to resolutions and goals, books to read, and just things to think about.  I was a fan of the various book of lists that have been published over the years, and love looking at list that others have made to see how they compare to mine.

With the coming of a new year, I decided to sit down and write my travel bucket list.  I had to limit it to 100 items – without a limit I would still be listing and this post would never get published.  I had a few other self-imposed rules:  the list could include specific experiences or general destinations; there had to be a mix of domestic and international locations and experiences; I could not include anything that I knew for certain would be happening this year; and the list had to include a mix of ordinary and easy experiences along with the exotic and expensive.  Also, no self-editing was allowed – again, because I’d never finish the list.

So here is my list, in no particular order other than stream of conscious.  I’ll be using the list to plan some discretionary trips, as well as using it for a research guide for travels in the future.

MJ’s 100 Travel Bucket List:

  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. Ride in a gondola in Venice (modified to a boat ride; June 2011)
  10. Greece  March 2014
  11. Go to a Red Sox game in Boston
  12. Visit the Everglades
  13. Visit the great pyramids in Egypt
  14. Transatlantic crossing by ship sailing into New York Harbor
  15. London
  16. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  17. Brussels March 2013
  18. Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
  19. Molokai
  20. Trace some roots in Madrid
  21. Nashville, Tennessee
  22. Enjoy a weekend on Cape Cod
  23. Tunisia
  24. Barging in France
  25. Wear a fabulous hat at the Kentucky Derby
  26. St. Petersburg, Russia
  27. See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba
  28. Press olives in Italy
  29. Spend a weekend on the Jersey shore
  30. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  31. Sunbathing on Daytona Beach
  32. Buenos Aires
  33. Ride a camel
  34. River cruise in Europe March 2013
  35. Spend a weekend on a dude ranch
  36. Providence, Rhode Island
  37. Gibraltar
  38. Stay in a room on stilts over the water somewhere in French Polynesia
  39. Montreal
  40. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  41. Driving trip in Wales
  42. Amsterdam  March 2013
  43. Learn to cook Cajun/Creole food in Louisiana
  44. Swim in the Dead Sea
  45. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
  46. Morocco
  47. Get a massage on a beach in Thailand (modified as to beach location; November 2013)
  48. Catalina Island
  49. Spend a week at the Golden Door spa
  50. Eat at Rao’s in Harlem
  51. Sardinia, Italy
  52. Ride in a blimp
  53. Paddleboat cruise
  54. Make wine in Argentina
  55. Zipline in a tropical forest
  56. Barbados
  57. Vacation on a houseboat
  58. Sail in the British Virgin Islands
  59. Gettysburg
  60. Have a signature scent formulated in Paris
  61. Experience the First Class treatment on Emirates
  62. Savannah, Georgia
  63. Take a train ride across the United States
  64. Yellowstone and Old Faithful
  65. Take a cooking class in Italy
  66. Charleston, South Carolina
  67. Custom made clothes from Hong Kong
  68. Mexico City
  69. Round the world cruise
  70. Take a child to Atlantis in the Bahamas
  71. Lay down a bet in Monte Carlo
  72. Whale watching in Hawaii
  73. Drive around Ireland  October 2013
  74. Stay in a castle
  75. Visit Graceland
  76. Speak Spanish in Barcelona (modified to be Catalan, the language spoken in that part of Spain  September 2012 )
  77. Visit a real life ghost town
  78. Great Barrier Reef
  79. Sedona
  80. Go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  81. St. Maarten/Sint Martin
  82. Quebec City  November 2011
  83. Ride an elephant (removed 2013, learned more about the practice and it doesn’t mesh with my values)
  84. Stay in a penthouse suite in NYC
  85. Have an audience with the Pope in Vatican City
  86. Learn to throw a boomerang Down Under
  87. Monterrey Aquarium
  88. Bali
  89. Take a road trip to the Florida Keys
  90. Drink beer in Germany March 2013
  91. Open a Swiss bank account
  92. Niagara Falls (from the U.S. side)
  93. Spend a night in a yurt
  94. Watch tennis at Wimbledon
  95. Martha’s Vineyard
  96. Visit Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
  97. Eat barbecue in Kansas City
  98. Take an RV trip
  99. Laugh it up at Second City in Chicago
  100. Walk on the Great Wall of China

Do you have a Travel Bucket list?  Do we share any of the same travel dreams?

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Shutterstock

I’m proud to join with some fabulous travel bloggers talking about new plans for travel for 2011.  See what the rest of the Travel Blog Mob has to say:



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 Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

20 Responses to “New Year, New Places, New List)”

  1. January 17, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    i love this list, and am inspired by it!

    did you know in minnesota, just north of duluth on the north shore (lake superior), you can STAY in a lighthouse? I loved it!!

    • January 17, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      @wandering educators,

      I’ll have to check that out! It’s been awhile since I’ve been anywhere in Minnesota other Minneapolis.

  2. January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Holy Wow! If you accomplish even 10% of your bucket list, you’ll have had an amazing, amazing year!

  3. January 18, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    We do share a lot of our bucket list items. For one, Iceland is at the top of my list, too. Let me know when you’re in MN visiting the lighthouse!

    • January 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      @Beth Blair,

      Iceland has been on my to-visit list since long before it became hip and trendy — it probably goes back to college for me. There’s something compelling about it, I guess.

      I’ll be sure to let you know when I get back MN way!

  4. January 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I’d settle for 5%! I have a bunch of new plans already scheduled, so I took them off the list, but I’m hoping to keep VERY busy this year!

  5. January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Many of these sound fun! I think my favorites on the list are the ghost town, lighthouse in Maine, and Yellowstone. All places I haven’t been but would love to go. Of course a beer in Germany sounds good right now too:-)

  6. January 19, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    Great list :). Few of them I’ve done (being a Brit & a Welsh one at that!), and a few of them I want to do.

    Trying to plan my next trip abroad, thinking the States & Canada. Done States a couple of years ago & loved it, so want to do it again 🙂

  7. January 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Great and compelling list of travel destinations, Mary Jo.

    I need to pull out my Bucket List iPhone app and make one for travel, I think. And I’m going to steal some of your list too since most of mine align with yours 🙂

    • January 22, 2011 at 8:02 am #

      @Martin Cooney,

      Ooooh, I didn’t know there was a bucket list app. I’m off to go find it now.

  8. January 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Great list. When you say “drive around Ireland”, do you mean drive around Ireland, or drive Oround Ireland? Also you are going to eat BBQ in KC, you should add eat at the Paterson House in Nashville. Grab an Elvis panni with Waylon jennings on the side.

  9. January 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Excuse me for quoting Anne Shirley, but I love the “scope for the imagination” in your bucket list. Your list has gotten me thinking of making my own list, with “see Northern/Southern lights” at the top of it.


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