I finally found my travel bucket list. It was the list that was supposed to remind me to keep living. It consisted of the exotic, the dangerous, and the far off places. It embodied my traveller past and beckoned for me to dust it off, or more to the point to put it to use and get it dusty again.
I shuffled through the list of destinations and experiences. Dive sites. Monuments. Villages. Drawing a line through those I had conquered. Pondering the next secretly, never to be shared. Worried to some a list of this type would seem boastful and privileged, and to others unsophisticated and pedestrian.
To me it was a plan. A purpose. A structured approach to whimsy and spontaneity. An insurance policy to assure myself I wouldn’t lie in my grave wondering if I gave myself completely to using my days on earth well. I lay back, remembering. Perhaps the memory is still an important part of the journey.
But I shouldn’t confuse travelling with the journey. The journey lingers. As I grow from a combination of experiences. The journey lingers through reflection, through a change in perspective. As the past settles and cements, the journey continues. Travelling however can only exist in the today.
I hope my travel bucket list inspires a journey in you and I look forward to your comments and any helpful additions to my journey.
Taj Mahal, India
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Three Games of Man, Mongolia
Blue Hole, Belize Chichen Itza, Mexico Humpback Whales, Niue
Great Wall, China
Machu Picchu, Peru Great Barrier Reef, Australia Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Qin Terracotta Soldiers, China
Angkor Wat, Cambodia Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi Rapids, Zimbabwe Deer Cave, Borneo Foz Du Iguazu, Brazil
Arora Borealis in Tromso, Norway
Tulum, Mexico Cinque Terra, Italy Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania
Island Hop in the Caribbean
Captain a sailboat through the South Pacific
Galapogas Islands, Equador
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Over Water Bungalow, Bora Bora
Havana, Cuba Full Moon Party, Thailand Hogmanay, Scotland Dive with Great White Sharks, South Africa Gorilla Trek, Democratic Republic of Congo
Anzac Day, Turkey
Whale Sharks, Ningaloo Reef, Australia Munich Beer Fest, Germany Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Cruise Route 66, United States
Dive Sipidan, Borneo
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Sky Dive over the Namib, Namibia Bungee Jump Bloukraans, South Africa Running of the Bulls in Pampelona, Spain
Grand Canyon, United States
Sistine Chapel, Vatican City Masaii Mara, Kenya
La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain
Okavango Delta, Botswana Dive the Yucatan Cenotes, Mexico
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
Milford Sound, New Zealand