my bucket list

THIS IS MY DREAM LIST.  IT WILL PROBABLY CHANGE.  But for now, these are the things I’d love to do before I die.  The ones I’ve crossed off are the things I’ve already done… 🙂

Adventure and Travel

  1. Live in Venice like Rosalba in the Italian movie, Bread & Tulips
  2. Stomp grapes at a vineyard in Italy to make wine
  3. Visit all “Wonders of the World” at New 7 Wonders
  4. Tango in Argentina
  5. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil.
  6. Go on safari in Africa
  7. Participate in La Tomatina (last Wednesday in August) Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain
  8. Do the pilgrim’s journey to Camino de Santiago de Compostela. (Camino de Santiago)
  9. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermines
  10. Participate in Australia Day (January 26)
  11. Play a didgeridoo with aborigines in the Australian Outback
  12. Sit in a hot tub outdoors in Banff, Canada and look at the stars
  13. Eat the most AMAZING ice cream in the World at the Taiwanese night market
  14. Eat fresh fruit at the Floating Market in Thailand
  15. Hike in the Amazon Rainforest.
  16. Walk all through Petra, Jordan, and ride a camel, a horse and a donkey.

    me in Petra ~ 2011
    me in Petra ~ 2011
  17. Take a boat to an island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey
  18. Go out in a boat on the Ganges at sunrise in Varanasi, India
  19. Visit a fortune-teller/guru
  20. Take a tour of a fortune cookie factory
  21. Climb an active volcano (Santorini and the Big Island, Hawaii)
  22. Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
  23. Shower in a waterfall
  24. See the Northern Lights
  25. Take a camel safari in Jaisalmer, India
  26. Live and work in South Korea
  27. Live and work in Oman
  28. Live and work in Turkey.
  29. Live and work in China/Hong Kong.
  30. Learn how to make a national dish
  31. Go to a yoga retreat in India
  32. Attend a music festival in another country
  33. Visit the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  34. Take a junk on Halong Bay in northern Vietnam
  35. Ride a donkey at the Grand Canyon
  36. Go white water rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho.  And the Colorado River.
  37. Climb Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine
  38. Go Parasailing
  39. Go water skiing
  40. Go snow skiing
  41. Run or walk a half marathon
  42. Fly in First Class
  43. Sit at a cafe in Paris and write like my hero Ernest Hemingway
  44. Ride a motorbike in Hanoi, Vietnam
  45. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  46. Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
  47. Visit the Greek islands: Crete & Santorini
  48. Go hang gliding
  49. Go to the hanging monastery in China
  50. Take a boat ride in Guilin, China
  51. Go shopping and touring in Hong Kong
  52. Take a whale watching boat trip
  53. Spend New Years in an exotic location
  54. Live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  55. Take a streetcar in San Francisco, CA
  56. Hike in Yellowstone National Park
  57. Ride a camel in the desert
  58. See the Old Faithful geyser erupt
  59. Hike in Glacier National Park
  60. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  61. Using the ordnance maps in Great Britain, hike in the Cotswolds and the Lake District
  62. Do something you should regret, but don’t (this one shall stay open-ended!)
  63. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
  64. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  65. Climb to the top of Notre Dame in Paris
  66. Jump off a cliff into a natural body of water in an exotic location
  67. Take a tour of the Favellas in Rio de Janeiro
  68. Drink beer in a pub in Cornwall, England
  69. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  70. Trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant
  71. Visit the souq in Marrakesh, Morocco
  72. Stay in a tiki hut on an exotic beach
  73. See the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and Aswan Dam in Egypt
  74. See the Pyramids of Giza
  75. Visit the Great Wall of China
  76. See the Mayan temples
  77. Spend 3 months in Japan doing Buddhist practice
  78. Ride a tandem bike
  79. Go to the Kentucky Derby
  80. Climb to the top of St. Catherine’s monastery in Egypt
  81. Live like a local for at least a month in another country (Egypt, South Korea, Oman).
  82. Live and work in Cairo, Egypt.
  83. Take a 3 month trip around the USA and into Canada.
  84. Jump out of an airplane in a parachute
  85. Visit Iguazu National Park in Argentina (see Celebrating The Wonder Of Iguassu!)
  86. Go boating on the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan,
  87. Philippines: Boating Underground: One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
  88. Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park (Shutter Bug: Croatia Photo of the Day: Plitvice Lakes National Park)
  89. Take a balloon safari over the Serengeti in Tanzania.  Tanzania Serengeti Balloon Safaris
  90. Go tent camping in the Serengeti: On the Go with Lynne: Tanzanian Bucket List: Tent Camping in the Serengeti
  91. Visit the rice terraces in Sa Pa, northern Vietnam: Janaline’s World Journey: Weekly Photo Challenge: Green
  92. Visit Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and Lake Langano.
  93. Do a 4 week Moorish tour of Spain, & Portugal.  Add Morocco at another time.
  94. Visit United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  95. Ride a bicycle through Kyoto, Japan.
  96. Visit Kathamandu and Pokhara, Nepal, and take a long hike through terraced fields.
  97. Do the 88 Temple Pilgrimage, a 1,647-kilometer Buddhist pilgrimage circuit around the island of Shikoku, Japan: artist. hippie. cali chic.: Wanderlust Wednesday: The 88 Temple Pilgrimage
  98. Take a 1 month road trip in the USA.
  99. Explore Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina.
  100. Go trekking in Nepal.
  101. Go to the Channel Islands and Hearst Castle in California.


  1. New Zealand (Katikati: Jo Bryant)
  2. Australia
  3. Bali
  4. Belize
  5. Himalayas – Nepal
  6. Greece (Especially Santorini, Mykenos, Crete, Meteora, Athens, Nafplio, Delphi)
  7. Loch Ness, Scotland
  8. Ibiza, Spain
  9. Porto, Portugal
  10. Galapagos Islands
  11. Easter Island
  12. Barbados
  13. Hawaii
  14. Moorea Island in French Polynesia
  15. Angel Falls – Venezuela
  16. Uruguay
  17. Argentina
  18. Berlin, Germany
  19. Frankfurt, Germany
  20. Zurich, Switzerland
  21. Cozumel, Mexico
  22. Niagara Falls
  23. Paris, France
  24. Canary Islands, Spain
  25. Phuket, Thailand
  26. Koh Samui, Thailand
  27. Bangkok, Thailand
  28. Taipei, Taiwan
  29. Antigua, Guatemala
  30. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  31. Tikal, Guatemala
  32. Barcelona, Spain
  33. Andalucia, Spain: Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Mijas, Torrox, Frigiliana
  34. Toledo and Consuegra, Spain
  35. Madrid, Spain
  36. Pamplona, Spain
  37. NYC, NY
  38. Boston, MA
  39. Seattle, WA
  40. San Jose, CA
  41. Carmel, CA
  42. San Francisco, CA
  43. Beirut, Lebanon
  44. Savannah, GA
  45. Grand Tetons, Wyoming
  46. Orlando, FL
  47. Morocco
  48. Belgium
  49. Ireland
  50. Kyoto, Japan
  51. London, UK
  52. Rome, Italy
  53. Florence, Italy
  54. Venice, Italy
  55. Tuscany, Italy
  56. Matera, Italy (THE TRAVELBUNNY: Matera and Secrets of the Sassi)
  57. Nice, France
  58. Normandy, France
  59. Alsace, France
  60. Cordes Sur Ciel and Montsegur in France
  61. Norway
  62. Sweden
  63. Portugal – Sintra, Lisbon, Evora, the Algarve
  64. Stonehenge in England
  65. Holland
  66. Machu Picchu, Peru
  67. Nepal
  68. Croatia
  69. South Africa
  70. Madagascar
  71. Indonesia
  72. Malaysia
  73. India – north
  74. India – south
  75. Philippines
  76. Chile
  77. Tibet
  78. Burma
  79. China (again)
  80. Hong Kong
  81. Russia
  82. Damascus, Syria
  83. Israel
  84. Tunisia
  85. Ethiopia
  86. Tanzania
  87. Brazil
  88. Costa Rica
  89. Alaska
  90. Prague, Czech Republic (Prague’s Astronomical Clock)
  91. Singapore
  92. Laos
  93. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  94. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  95. More of Japan
  96. Utah deserts
  97. Big Bend, Texas
  98. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  99. Faroe Islands, Denmark (Edge of the World ~ Faroe Islands, Denmark)
  100. Zanzibar
  101. Sri Lanka
  102. Southern India (Goa, Kerala)
  103. Kenya


  1. Take quilting classes and make artsy quilts
  2. Take jewelry-making classes and make jewelry
  3. Communicate with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  4. Learn to Belly Dance
  5. Take photography classes
  6. Take a Travel Writing course
  7. Take creative writing classes


  1. Find True Love ~ a fellow adventurer through life
  2. Go back to the USA

Big Ideas…

  1. Write a book of my travels
  2. Finish my novel, publish it, and then write another
  3. Become a travel journalist


  1. Teach English in a foreign country
  2. Volunteer abroad for a month.
  3. Make a major difference in the life of a complete stranger
  4. Save someone’s life
  5. Work on democracy-building and freedom of the press in the Middle East (someday)


  1. Become fluent in 2 other languages (Arabic and French).
  2. Get an article about my travels published.
  3. Practice yoga.
  4. Join a hiking group.
  5. Keep a current blog
  6. Practice meditation
  7. Pray
  8. Read the Bible and the Quran to educate myself about world religions
  9. Start running again

6 thoughts on “my bucket list

    1. Thanks wisemonkeysabroad. It is quite an ambitious list, but if we don’t have dreams, how will we ever accomplish anything? I like to aim high, even if half of them won’t be realized. I’m glad I’ve given you some ideas! 🙂

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