Ultimate Travel Bucket List

Top view of travel accessories for a mountain tripWhen we rounded the corner into 2020 and looked at our travel plans for the year, we noticed we had inadvertently front-loaded a number of trips early on followed by more weekend adventures and roadtrips the rest of the year.

Reflecting back in light of COVID-19, it seems divine intervention was at work. By the time we were understanding we had a global pandemic on our hands, I had enjoyed time snowshoeing in British Columbia, hiking around the Channel Islands, driving the Big Sur coastline in California, snowmobiling in the Cascade Mountains, relaxing with my girlfriends in Florida, and exploring Iceland with Brian and my parents.

Obviously everything has been flipped on its head since then– our weekend hikes have been on hold, our concert tickets have been refunded, and we just found out the ferry system we were relying on for my birthday motorcycle trip to Bella Coola in July has been canceled for the entire summer. No one knows how long the severity of this virus will carry on, but you can bet that I’m spending the weekends I’m not working revisiting the trips we already had booked and exploring safe ways to get back on the road as soon as possible.

All of this reflection and daydreaming about the days ahead has resulted in two bucket lists: 50 things to inspire your travel planning–all of which I have personally done and endorse!– and 50 things that are guiding my travel planning moving forward.

50 Things for Your Travel Bucket List

  1. Dance in a ceili in Ireland
  2. Backpack around Europe with your siblings
  3. Giggle at the Manneken Pis in Brussels
  4. Eat haggis in Scotland
  5. Get a Thai massage in Thailand
  6. White water raft in West Virginia
  7. Walk the Great Wall of China
  8. Ride a camel to the Egyptian pyramids
  9. Explore the labyrinths under Budapest
  10. Visit one of the world’s four green sand beaches
  11. Attend mass at Notre Dame Cathedral
  12. Wonder as ice bergs calve in Glacier Bay
  13. Visit the southernmost point of Europe
  14. Watch for wildlife in Banff National Park
  15. Overlook the activity in Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech
  16. Take a cruise on the Nile River
  17. Ride a tuktuk in Thailand
  18. Watch the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery
  19. Have high tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria
  20. Meet Judy Bloom in her Key West bookstore
  21. Explore the bazaar in Istanbul
  22. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in another country
  23. Attend Easter service at Winchester Cathedral
  24. Tour a WWII concentration camp in Germany
  25. Taste champagne in Reims
  26. Go on a gondola ride in Venice
  27. Take a wine tour in Napa/Sonoma
  28. Roadtrip across the U.S.
  29. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  30. Taste olive oil in Greece
  31. Ride a funicular in Lisbon
  32. Hike Yosemite National Park in the snow
  33. See the bears in Bern
  34. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to Neuschwanstein Castle
  35. Eat pierogi in Poland
  36. Watch lava flow in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  37. Spend the night in a Tuscan villa
  38. Walk the harbor in Denmark
  39. Touch the falling priest in Prague
  40. Look for Dracula at Bram Castle
  41. Explore Vancouver Island by motorcycle
  42. Hike the ice caves and glaciers in Iceland
  43. Go whale watching in Cabo
  44. Walk the royal mile in Edinburgh
  45. Eat Pasteis de Nata in Lisbon
  46. Drive through the redwood forests in California
  47. Take a boat ride through the Amsterdam canals
  48. Watch a drag show in Bangkok
  49. Smoke a hookah in Egypt
  50. Reflect at the Atomic Bomb Memorial in Hiroshima

50 Things On My Travel Bucket List

  1. Visit all 50 states
  2. Experience the seven wonders of the world
  3. Watch the Northern Lights
  4. Travel first class overseas
  5. Learn a foreign language
  6. Go on an African safari
  7. Explore Cuba in an antique car
  8. Hike through the Alps
  9. Vacation on a houseboat
  10. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  11. Walk with the tortoise on the Galapagos Islands
  12. Hike in Patagonia
  13. Watch the Macy’s Day Parade live in NYC
  14. Visit Easter Island
  15. Take an icebreaker to Antarctica
  16. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia
  17. Hike the Incan Trail at Macchu Picchu
  18. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadoccia
  19. Visit all 61 national parks
  20. Eat pasta alla Norma in Sicily
  21. Ride a donkey in Santorini
  22. Float in the Dead Sea
  23. Enjoy jazz music in New Orleans
  24. Slow travel all of Scandinavia
  25. Drink tea in the Cotswolds
  26. Go glamping in the Sahara
  27. Ride a motorcycle to Alaska
  28. Read Anne of Green Gables on PEI
  29. Experience Petra
  30. Walk inside the Taj Mahal
  31. Take a Rhine River cruise
  32. Drive Route 66
  33. Admire the Bellagio fountain at night
  34. Tour Normandy Beach
  35. Look for puffins along the Wild Atlantic Way
  36. Drive to the top of Pikes Peak
  37. Relax in a cafe at Lake Como
  38. Learn about Maori culture in New Zealand
  39. Experience a performance at the Sydney Opera House
  40. Eat pho and banh mi in Hanoi
  41. Learn about crystals in Sedona
  42. Spend the night in a U.K. Great House
  43. Take a dogsled ride in Greenland
  44. Spot a moose in Denali
  45. Admire St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
  46. Follow the tides at the Bay of Fundy
  47. Visit the San Diego Zoo
  48. Stay at the Fife and Arms in the Scottish Highlands
  49. Head to the mountains in Cumbres de Monterrey national park
  50. Enjoy an outdoor concert at The Gorge or Red Rocks Amphitheater

What else is on your list for when we can safely travel again?

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