Bucket lists have gotten a bad rap, too often seen as a rush to check off experiences without any thought or meaning. I don’t think of it that way – perhaps because I’ve always been a list maker. My travel bucket list doesn’t represent a race to accomplish, far from it. Some of the items on my list are practical and will eventually be checked off. Others are beyond my current budget and abilities, but a girl’s gotta dream. so they’re on the list.

Powerscourt Fountain Ireland

I haven’t updated my list for two years, so it’s time. Here are the items that have been crossed off in those two years. There aren’t a lot, so no one will be accusing me of racing through the list.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Ride in a gondola in Venice – This was changed to a motor boat because of conditions existing in Venice when I was there. Checked off in June 2011.
  • Visit Quebec City – I was drawn to visit Quebec City by its reputation as the Paris of North America. The visit didn’t disappoint. Checked off November 2011.
  • Speak Spanish in Barcelona – This was modified to speak Catalan, the language spoken in this region of Spain, and while I stumbled about with it, I gave it a go. Checked of September 2012.
  • Visit Brussels – On my list because it’s the capital of the European Union, I visited and checked this off in March 2013.
  • Drink beer in Berlin – I did a lot of this when I was in Berlin for ITB. Thanks to friends Rick Calvert, Patti Hosking, and Chris Gray Faust for encouraging it.

Interior of Vantage River Cruise

  • River cruise in Europe – I’ve done many ocean cruises, but wanted to wanted to branch out and try a slower style. This opportunity came up with an invitation from friend Chris Gray Faust and an inaugural sailing out of Antwerp on the River Splendor. Checked off March 2013.
  • Visit Amsterdam – This was should have been done earlier since Amsterdam is a major hub in Europe, but my travels somehow have missed it. This was the ending location of the river cruise and I had a day and half to explore. Checked off March 2013.
  • Drive around Ireland – This was done in the week following TBEX. Checked off October 2013.
  • Massage in Thailand – Originally I thought it would be a beach massage, but when I had the opportunity to experience several different kinds of massages in Thailand, I modified the list item. They were all heavenly. Checked off November 2013.
  • Ride an elephant – This item is being removed from the list as a result of learning more about how these beautiful beasts are often mistreated and abused in order to please tourists who want to ride. A big thanks to Diana for helping me learn more about this. Removing this from my list is more in keeping with my values.

With those checked off, it’s now time to add a few more things. Remember, my limit is 100 items, a combination of general destinations as well as specific experiences, and a mix of domestic and international locations. And, perhaps the hardest one, no self editing – the list reflects my interests as of today. And, if you read the entire list, you’ll see some pretty basic things that I just haven’t gotten around to. Yet.

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. Greece March 2014
  10. Go to a Red Sox game in Boston
  11. Visit the Everglades June 2015
  12. Visit the great pyramids in Egypt
  13. Transatlantic crossing by ship sailing into New York Harbor
  14. London
  15. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  16. Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
  17. Molokai
  18. Trace some roots in Madrid
  19. Nashville, Tennessee
  20. Enjoy a weekend on Cape Cod
  21. Tunisia
  22. Barging in France
  23. Wear a fabulous hat at the Kentucky Derby
  24. See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba
  25. Press olives in Italy
  26. Spend a weekend on the Jersey shore
  27. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  28. Sunbathing on Daytona Beach
  29. Buenos Aires
  30. Ride a camel
  31. Spend a weekend on a dude ranch
  32. Providence, Rhode Island
  33. Gibraltar
  34. Stay in a room on stilts over the water somewhere in French Polynesia
  35. Montreal
  36. Enjoy chili in New Mexico
  37. Driving trip in Wales
  38. Learn to cook Cajun/Creole food in Louisiana
  39. Swim in the Dead Sea
  40. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
  41. Morocco
  42. Catalina Island
  43. Spend a week at the Golden Door spa
  44. Eat at Rao’s in Harlem
  45. Sardinia, Italy
  46. Ride in a blimp
  47. Paddleboat cruise
  48. Make wine in Argentina
  49. Barbados
  50. Vacation on a houseboat
  51. Sail in the British Virgin Islands
  52. Gettysburg
  53. Have a signature scent formulated in Paris
  54. Experience the First Class treatment on Emirates
  55. Savannah, Georgia
  56. Take a train ride across the United States
  57. Yellowstone and Old Faithful
  58. Take a cooking class in Italy
  59. Charleston, South Carolina
  60. Custom made clothes from Hong Kong Changed this to made in Thailand. October 2015
  61. Mexico City
  62. Round the world cruise
  63. Lay down a bet in Monte Carlo
  64. Whale watching in Hawaii
  65. Stay in a castle
  66. Visit Graceland
  67. Visit a real life ghost town
  68. Great Barrier Reef
  69. Sedona
  70. Go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  71. St. Maarten/Sint Martin November 2015
  72. Stay in a penthouse suite in NYC
  73. Have an audience with the Pope in Vatican City
  74. Learn to throw a boomerang Down Under
  75. Bali
  76. Take a road trip to the Florida Keys
  77. Open a Swiss bank account
  78. Niagara Falls (from the U.S. side)
  79. Spend a night in a yurt  Stayed in a teepee (sort of like a yurt), August 2014
  80. Watch tennis at Wimbledon
  81. Martha’s Vineyard
  82. Visit Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
  83. Eat barbecue in Kansas City   Summer 2015
  84. Take an RV trip
  85. Laugh it up at Second City in Chicago
  86. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  87. See the Northern Lights in Lapland
  88. Enjoy tea culture on a tea trail
  89. Toast the New Year in Paris
  90. Take a ghost tour in Savannah
  91. See the snow monkeys in Nagano
  92. Wine tasting in South Africa
  93. Luxury train trip
  94. Eat street food in Vietnam
  95. Visit a European Christmas Market
  96. Russia, by land or by sea
  97. Visit all 50 states (current count 36)
  98. Antarctica
  99. Explore Charleston
  100. Drink wine in South Africa

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