Bucket Lists – Travel and Inspiration

RachelleIt’s taken me awhile to get the first post up this month.  Partially because I’ve been on the road and also because this month’s theme is Bucket Lists and I realized my own list could go on for infinity!  Every time I sat down to write during the brief quiet moments I could squeeze out of my schedule, I thought of even more adventures and experiences to add.  While I’m inspired by the possibility of future adventures, I also feel a warm sense of gratitude for all the things I’ve already done.  It’s a never ending project that includes a little planning as well as room for spontaneity to welcome opportunities as they come.

Bucket lists are one of my favorite subjects to discuss.  I find it uplifting to watch an enthusiastic spark light up in someone’s eye when they talk about their goals.  Ever since the movie was released in 2007, bucket lists have become a cultural credo.  As the world was effected by failing economies and natural disasters, it became a wake up call for individuals to take action in the Paris, The Lourvemoment and not wait until “someday” to make daring leaps.  More often then not, these lists did not include material things, but instead were focused on life experiences such as an exhilarating adventure to be had, a fear to be concurred, learning something new, and nurturing personal relationships.

So, just to get things started, I’ve included an abbreviated version of my list at the end of the post.   In addition, I’m really excited to share with you some inspiring stories throughout month from other travel bloggers that have crossed off a few experiences on their bucket list.  Everything from hiking Mont Blanc, taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, and one that even faced her fear of heights and participated in a flying trapeze lessons.

Tell me, what does YOUR bucket list include?  Seeing the great pyramids?  Going on safari in Africa?  Whether it’s as simple as finding joy in your daily life … or as elaborate as getting your picture in front of all 7 wonders of the world … share with me your bucket list ideas below in the comments.

By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process

of becoming the person you most want to be.

– Mark Victor Hansen

Items on my bucket list that I’ve COMPLETED …

FOOD

Drink Kopi Luwak coffee (yes, that’s monkey butt coffee)

Taste Absinthe

Learn and appreciate the complexity of wine

Eat something daring (crickets) (lamb fries) (monk fish liver) (frog legs)

TRAVEL

Take in the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Get lost in the streets of Rome

Smile back at the Mona Lisa in person

Sleep in a rain forest (Costa Rica)

Drive through Napa Valley

Catch a show on Broadway in NYC

See a glacier in Alaska

Walk through a castle in England

Drive along Route 66

LIFE

Be an innkeeper

Working from home in my pajamas

Learn to snow ski

Learn to tango

Do video work for the Travel Channel

Run a marathon (NYC 2010)

ADVENTURE

Swim with stingrays

Ride a snowmobile to the top of a mountain

Kayak with manatees

Zip line through the tops of trees

Take a pole dancing class (I was fully clothed)

This list is always evolving and growing, but here’s a snapshot of items still on my Bucket List …

FOOD

Indulging in Serendipity III’s $1000 Sundae

Enjoy a Malbec and churrasco in Argentina

Shop for produce in the floating markets in Thailand

Picnic in Lavender fields in Provence

Take a cooking class in Italy

Visit Willamette Valley wine country

TRAVEL

Go on safari in Africa

Sleep in an Ice Hotel

Be in awe of the Northern Lights in person

Walk on the Great Wall of China

Visit New Zealand

Sailing the Greek Isles

Work on my tan in Seychelles and Figi

Take a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

Sleep in a luxury train

LIFE

Publish a book with my travel recipes

Mash through a century ride

Bike from Inn to Inn in Vermont

Learn to speak French fluently (je compa a pur me je pal pa tre bien)

Go on a volun-tourism trip and make a difference

ADVENTURE

Learn to surf and scuba (this is concurring a fear)

Hiking through Mt. Ranier National Park

Swim with dolphins (can you believe I haven’t done this yet? And I live in Florida!)

Walk on the Great Wall of China

Stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon

Fly in a hot air balloon

Hike around Macchu Pichu

Share with us your Bucket List travel wishes below in the comments!

About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.

Comments

  1. Wow this is awesome!!! I’m definitely inspired by your bucket list. A few of mine are snorkeling in an underground cavern in Mexico and parasailing in Key West. Fun!

  2. That’s a very inspiring bucket list you have there. Great idea to sort them by theme! I like these kinds of list because they not only help you stay inspired, they also help other people stay inspired too. The world is quite overwhelming and sometimes, all you need is a few ideas to create a trip that will forever be cherished.

    I particularly love the $1000 sundae idea! :)

  3. I’m just in the process of forming my bucket list. One that I’m currently working on is “being able to solve a rubex cube.” Not sure I’ll ever cross that one off :P.

    You wanna hike Macchu Picchu you said. You should know that it is currently celebrating it’s hundredth year anniversary of discovery. I just made a bog post on the subject actually. http://blog.bikehike.com/?p=788

    Good luck on your bucket list!

  4. Great list! You definitely have to scuba and get to machu picchu – two of my favorite things in terms of travel and adventure. For me:

    Travel
    1. See the northern lights (hopefully during my trip to Iceland in June)
    2. Kayak through the caribbean
    3. Scuba in Indonesia

    Adventure:
    1. Skydive
    2. Motorcycle from Shanghai to Paris (is it even possible?)

  5. Wow, great list! I’ve had a mental bucket list for a while (recently ziplined in Costa Rica and got to check off one item!)

    This post has inspired me to write it all down all my goals to keep me motivated :)

  6. I love this! I have to get mine dumped from my brain to my blog.

  7. Fly fishing~ I want to learn how to fly fish and then cook my catch right on the shore ….

  8. admin says:

    @Sandra … that would be awesome! I want to do a salmon fishing (and cooking!) adventure in Alaska.

  9. admin says:

    @Kerrin … those are awesome! That motorcycle tour would be one heckuva ride!

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