I always feel a little jealous when someone tells me about their wonderful vacation. I love to travel - and there are so many places I want to see.
But it gets me thinking. Ever since that movie came out everyone’s suddenly got a ‘bucket list.’ They have the top 10 or 100 or 5,001 places to visit before you die. I’ve come up with a ‘bucket list’ of my own - for travelers. But it’s not about picking which places to visit, sometimes it’s not so much WHERE you go but how you experience the journey.
Kind of like life.
Kind of like life.
1. Visit your nation’s capitol. It is amazing in ways you never imagined.
|Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
2. Visit a foreign country. Whether it’s one city or a tour through the countryside, experiencing another culture is a great experience. And what better way to bring people together than to reach across barriers.
|Bartering in Kenya
|Grand Canyon view
4. Do something outside your comfort zone. Hang glide, Zip line, Hike or go on a Rafting trip. If you can overcome a fear, be it of water, heights, or birds, it’s worthwhile and makes it easer to do the second time around.
5. Learn a foreign language. There is no better feeling of accomplishment than being able to converse with someone in their native tongue, ask for directions, or just confidently order a meal!
7. Take a train trip. In this day of hurry up, it’s such a relaxing way to travel. It's a great way to meet people, have conversations with interesting strangers, relax - and enjoy the view!
|View from the train window
8. Experience luxury. Splurge at least once and be pampered. A great hotel room, a gourmet experience, a spa treatment or a round of golf at a world class course. Treat yourself! Just be warned – it’s hard to go back to average.
9. Taste something you normally turn up your nose at! Squid? Chocolate covered grasshoppers? Mudbugs? For me it was Black Pudding. It wasn’t bad and at least I can say I tried it!
10. Veer off the beaten path. Sticking to the itinerary is great, but you could miss the world’s most fabulous museum or a spectacular sunrise or a chance encounter with – who knows? It’s good to be spontaneous once in a while.
11. Take at least one of the trips on your bucket list! On the cheap if you have to, in style if you can afford to. But just GO! You won't be sorry. And oh, the stories you'll have to tell.
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