Do you have a bucket list? A list of all the things you want to do in life before you cash out? Sailing around the world was one of ours and we just ticked it off. Hurrah and hallelujah for that, but there are still lots of things I'd like to do and see before I take the big dirt nap. Though we share some bucket list items, like the circumnavigation, David's list differs from mine (e.g. Northwest Passage?) and I'll leave it to him to expound on his own list at some point. Though our bucket list items may differ, it doesn't mean we don't want to do them all together.
Part of compiling the bucket list is also trying to figure out when and how you'll manage to accomplish all those things you've decided are important to do. Admittedly, most of my bucket list items revolve around travel … it's my passion. And yes, some items might have to wait until political unrest has settled in an area.
The world's so big and it was difficult to whittle down the list. Here's my top 10 list … not in any particular order.
View the Northern Lights and maybe even the Southern Lights.
Live for at least a month in every US state.
We've already visited all of the US states, but living in a state and really touring around is different than just visiting or driving through. You can explore and find all the little nooks and crannies and try to figure out why people live there. We've lived in 11 states for 30 days or longer, so we've got a head start. Some states might be difficult by boat and some of the already visited 11 states just might need a bit more exploring. This would be an ongoing project that would take nearly four years and require some sort of land vehicle.
One of the oldest civilizations in the world. I want to walk on the Great Wall, see the Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden City, float on the Li and Yangtze Rivers.
Backpack through Western and Eastern Europe.
There's so much to see and do and walking part of the way, stopping in little towns and hamlets, would allow us to see so much more than zipping past in a car or train. This is a pretty broad item because it includes so much territory and so much time, but hey, it's MY bucket list. I'll get more specific when we get there.
Take a barge trip down the Nile, ride a camel in the desert and see the Great Pyramids of Giza.
See polar bears in the wild (not on a Northwest Passage) … maybe a trip to Spitzbergen or the Svalbard Islands in summer?)
Take one of the world's great train trips … the Orient Express, the Trans-Siberian, The Ghan?
Walk the Thames Trail/Path … 184 miles from the Cotswolds to the sea … with lots of pubs along the way.
Kiss the blarney stone … you can never have too much blarney. This would probably entail spending a significant amount of time roaming around in Ireland and perhaps sleeping in a castle.
Visit and explore St. Petersburg. This city has always fascinated me.
That's 10, but really there's so much more I want to see ... tigers in the wild and a visit to Loch Ness, preferably when Nessie is in residence and I want to see elephants swimming in the Andaman Islands and the Taj Mahal and …
Though we've done so much, there's still so much world out there. I can't imagine my bucket will ever be empty. As soon as I take one item off the list, two more pop on. Hope David and I live a long, long time.
So … what's on YOUR bucket list?