The Bucket List

The PyramidsEvery travel-lover has a list.  Whether written down and internal it’s a record of the things we want to do and what we’ve already accomplished.

I personally love reading bucket lists from other travelers, comparing my desires and seeing what on their lists that I have completed.  It’s fun.

For years I’ve kept my bucket list in my head, mentally checking things off as I go along.  Reading through other travelers bucket lists I thought, why don’t I just sit down and write everything down?  That way I won’t forget anything and maybe I’ll even inspire some others a long the way.

So here you go, my Bucket List!

Total: 78/212

Personal Goals


Become fluent in a second language
Learn to snowboard (Washington 2001)
Learn to surf (Hawaii 1999, Bali 2009, Peru 2011) 
Learn how to drive a manual car
Learn to play the guitar


Live abroad for at least a year (Thailand 2008-2010)
Fill up my passport (2009)
Go barefoot for a week (Vietnam 2009)
Read 10 books in one month
Fall in love
Have a family
Have a photo in National Geographic
Be in the audience for a TV show (The X Factor, 2011)
Build a travel blog
Attend an NFL game
Go to the opera
Be in a flashmob
Visit all 7 continents (5/7)
Circumnavigate the World (2006, 2011/2012)
Pay off my student loans
Change someones life
Learn to play golf
Get a piercing somewhere other than my ears
Get a degree
Experience an earthquake (Wasington 2001)
Complete Project 365 (2010)



Ride in a hot air balloon
Hike on a Glacier (Canada, Mount Rainier)
Climb a REAL mountain
Go Skydiving
Go white water rafting (Canada, Laos)
Climb and active volcano
Drive in a country where they drive on the opposite side (Thailand)
Go zip-lining (Thailand 2010)
See an Olympic event live
Go on a cruise (Bahamas 2005)
Go skinny dipping (Malaysia 2010)
Jump off a waterfall
Learn to Flamenco and Salsa (2006)
Go shark diving
Eat something scary (Pigeon, Gui, Stingray, Rat)
Get higher than 16,000 feet (not in an airplane) (Bolivia 2011)
Ride in a helicopter
See the Northern Lights (Alberta 2004)
Visit Antarctica
Swim with dolphins
Swim with seals (South Africa 2011)
Sleep in a castle

North America


Visit all 50 states
Roadtrip from coast to coast
Visit Prudhoe Bay and touch the Arctic
Tour the White House
Ride a Cable Car in San Francisco
Surf in Hawaii (1999)
Climb Diamond Head
Climb to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier (2005)
Visit all US Disney Parks
Ride the coasters at Cedar Point
Climb Half Dome
Drive Californias Hwy 101 (2004)
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
See a musical on Broadway (42nd Street, Hairspray)


National Mall, Washington DC (2005, 2006, 2007)
New York City (2004, 2005, 2010)
Mount Rushmore
Pearl Harbor
Las Vegas
Glacier Bay
The Grand Canyon (2004)
Canyon Lands National Park
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Central Park
Montreal, Quebec
Prince Edward Island
Lake Louise, Alberta (1999, 2007)
Saint Louis Arch, Missouri (2011)
Statue of Liberty, New York (2004)
Yosemite National Park (1996)
Yellowstone National Park
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Alcatraz, San Francisco
The Bean, Chicago
Crater Lake, Oregon
The Alamo, Texas
Savannah, GA (2007)



Eat pizza in Naples
Witness the Running of Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Get messy at La Tomatina
Drive the Amalfi Coast
Go canyoning in Interlaken
Sail around the Greek Isles
Visit the country of my ancestors in Romania (2011)
Sing “The Hills are Alive” in Salzburg
Ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey
Ride the train to the Jungfraujoch
Explore the Scottish Highlands
Photograph Norweigen Fjords
See the sites of Paris (Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triumph, Luvre…)
See the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Soak it up in Icelands Blue Lagoon


Ruins & sites of Rome (The Forum, Colleseum, Spanish Steps, etc.)
Vatican City
The Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain (2006)
Florence, Italy
Lake Como, Italy
London, England
Neuschwanstien Castle, Germany
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (2006)
Stonehenge, UK
Mont St. Michael, France
Pompeii, Italy
The Acropolis, Athens
Red Square, Moscow
Auschwitz, Poland
Walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia (2006)
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Giants Causeway, N. Ireland
Remnants of Guadi, Barcelona
The ruins of Ephesus, Turkey

South/Central America


Sail on Lake Titicaca (2011)
See a Llama in South America (Peru and Bolivia 2011)
Soak up the sun on Copacabana
Explore the Amazon
Stand on the Equator (Ecuador 2011)
Trek the Torres del Paine
Eplore Mayan ruins
Attend a soccer game


Machu Picchu, Peru
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
Iguazu Fall, Brazil/Argentina
Teotihuacan, Mexico
Salaar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Atacama Desert, Chile
Easter Island, Chile
The Galapogos Islands



Trek the Milford Sound
Go on a Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand
Go Zorbing in New Zealand
Drive Australias Great Ocean Road
Have fun at Sydney’s Luna Park
Climb Sydney’s Harbor Bridge
Hold a Koala
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Stay in an over the water bungalow
Hike around Uluru in the Australian Outback


Sydney Opera House, Australia
The Gold Coast, Australia
The Outback, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
The South Island, New Zealand



Drive the Cairo to Capetown route
Climb South Africas Table Mountain
Go on a Safari (Swaziland 2012)
Pet a Zebra (Swaziland 2012)
Swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
Walk the Avenue of Baobobs in Madagascar
Ride an ostrich
Drive South Africas Garden Route (2012)
Visit the Great Zimbabwe
Climb Kilimanjaro
SEarch for animals in Ngorongoro Crater
Go inside the Great Pyramids (2006)
See a mummy (2006)
Sail on the Nile (2006)
Ride a camel (Egypt, 2006)


Sahara Desert (2006)
Sites of Cairo, Egypt (2006)
Valley of the Kings, Egypt (2006)
Statues at Aswan, Egypt
Temples in Luxor, Egypt (2006)
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The Middle East


Climb Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise
Scuba dive in the Red Sea
Tour the Holy Sites in Israel
Float in the Dead Sea


Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan
Masada, Israel
Dubai, UAE



Climb the Great Wall of China (2006)
Photograph the Taj Mahal (2006)
Take part in the Holi Festival
Throw water in Thailands Songkran (Chiang Mai 2010)
Ride the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing
Ride an elephant (Thailand 2009, 2012; India 2006)
Pet a tiger (Thailand 2009)
Hike the Everest Trail (2008)
Ride on the Singapore Flier (2010)
Surf in Bali (2009)
Stay in a Ryokan in Japan (2006)
Stay in a capsule hotel in Japan (2006)
Sleep in a Mongolian Ger


The Great Wall of China (2006)
The Forbidden City, Beijing (2006)
Temple of Heaven, Beijing (2006)
Mount Everest (2008)
Guilin, China
Temples of Angkor, Cambodia (2009, 2012)
The Taj Mahal, India (2006)
Temples of Bangkok, Thailand (2008, 2012)
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto (2006)
Temples of Nara, Japan (2006)
Cross the street at Shibuya, Tokyo (2006)
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Petronas Towers, Malaysia (2010)
Luang Prabang, Laos
Temples of Bagan, Burma
The Mekong River (2006, 2009)
Potala Palace, Tibet


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