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My Travel Bucket List – 70 and Counting!

I sat down this morning to take some time to explore my personal life values and the desires I have for my life. I really took the time to dig deep, creating a super long list of all the values that are important to me. Narrowing them down to a handful and I discovered that there are some things I really want in my life, that I talk about all the time, but I haven’t been making as many actionable steps towards them that I should be making:

1. Adventure

2. Exploration

3. Discovery

In my younger years I didn’t really take the opportunity to explore the world as much as I would have liked to. When I look back at some of my happiest moments it was when I was traveling and exploring new places…like Maine, like North Carolina, Canada…my list is kind of short…but if you look at my Bucket List it is filled with places to visit and adventures to be had. This past year, after watching an interesting Netflix show called No Tomorrow, I bought a little black book and got to work really nailing down some bucket list essential stuff…even though I’ve been crossing some goodies off of it, I’ve only knocked one travel goal off of it – visit New Orleans. I got distracted from building my dream of travel and this morning during my self-discovery and reflection sess I was reminded of it…which let me honest, some of the adventures are pretty specific…oh and it’s a bit long too…but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas too! 

My Travel Bucket List

  1. Ride The Great Wheel in Seattle
  2. Visit Boliva’s Witches’ Market
  3. Cape May, New Jersey
  4. Visit Ulrich’s (that’s my maiden name so that’s why it’s super appealing to me) Biergarten in Germany
  5. See the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
  6. Get a picture on the steps from ‘The Exorcism’ in Georgetown
  7. Visit Kauai – go on a helicopter waterfall tour & hike, go mountain tubing in Waihai Stream, go on a Napali Coast raft tour, see the Open Ceiling Cave
  8. Go to the Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef
  9. Float in the Dead Sea in Israel, Jordan, Palestine
  10. Visit Lego Land (they happened to build one in Philadelphia which is a bit closer to my home!)
  11. Visit a rainforest
  12. See the Northern Lights – and sleep in a glass igloo
  13. Go ice skating in Central Park, NYC
  14. See Light City in Baltimore, MD
  15. Visit Thailand (this is an ultimate item for me!) – visit an elephants sanctuary, volunteer and help the elephants, visit a temple
  16. Go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game
  17. Salem, Massachussetts – tour and learn more about the witch trials
  18. The Fiji Islands
  19. Venice, Italy – ride a water taxi, visit Aqualandia waterpark, walk inside St. Mark’s Basilica, see The Bridge of Sighs, eat a gelato, climb the Campanile
  20. Attend Solistice in Times Square, NYC
  21. Go to the Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica
  22. Camp on the beach
  23. Drink tea in England
  24. Egypt
  25. Sleep in an overwater bungalow
  26. Swim with manta rays
  27. Visit a monastery
  28. Swim with pigs at Pig Island in Exuma, Bahamas
  29. Visit a castle
  30. Go on a Disney Cruise
  31. Go to Disney World (can you believe that I’m in my thirties and I’ve never been!)
  32. Go back and see my hometown – Norfolk, VA
  33. Hike the Inca Trail
  34. Visit California (I have lots of stuff I want to do here!) – wine tasting in Napa, ride a trolley in San Francisco, hug a redwood, visit Mont`ana de Oro State Park, visit Chinatown, Jake (L.A.), visit Catalina Island, visit The Glass Beach at Fort Bragg, visit The Point Reyes Lighthouse, walk under The Cypress Tree Tunnel, visit Yosemite National Park, visit Victoria’s Beach historic pirate tower in Laguna Beach, visit Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, hike to the Hollywood sign, see The Golden Gate Bridge, visit Griffith Observatory, visit the Santa Monica Pier
  35. The Baltimore Zoo (I live so close yet I’ve never been!)
  36. Africa
  37. See a bullfight in Spain (kinda hate how these can be a bit inhumane but I did a big study on them when I was a kid so I’ve always been curious to see an official one)
  38. Visit a volcano
  39. Punalu`u Beach in Hawaii – a black sand beach
  40. Visit a pink sand beach
  41. Attend Firefly Music Festival in Delaware
  42. Visit The Niagara Falls
  43. Japan – visit the bamboo forest in Arashiyama
  44. Ireland
  45. Visit Colorado (this is another ultimate item!) – visit the Four Corners (where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet), visit Crystal Mills, The Garden of Gods, see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, go hiking in Colorado, visit Pagosa Hot Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park
  46. Take my son to Dylan’s Candy Store in NYC (his name is Dylan, wink wink)
  47. Visit Antelope Canyon in Arizona
  48. Go to Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, DE
  49. Run in the Surf City (Half) Marathon in Huntington Beach, California
  50. Attend Sloth Sleepover at The Zoological Wildlife Conservation in Rainer, Oregon
  51. Go to The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama
  52. Visit The Artic Circle
  53. Take cooking classes at Ill Fontanano in Umbria, Italy
  54. Take a luxury train ride on the Belmond Royal Scotsman
  55. See the tulips at Keukenhof Park, Holland
  56. See the dragon’s blood trees in Socotra, Yemen
  57. Visit The Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia
  58. Visit the Glowworm Caves (The Waitomo Caves) in New Zealand
  59. New Hope, PA
  60. Visit The Betty and Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas
  61. Visit Puma Punku
  62. Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos
  63. Bethlehem, PA
  64. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
  65. See The Great Smoky Mountains
  66. Go to a seahorse farm in Hawaii
  67. Shenandoah National Park
  68. Visit Cathedrals Beach in Galacia, Spain
  69. Go to a Titanic Museum
  70. Stay at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lair in Tribeca, NYC

I’m at seventy for my travel bucket and wish list and the list keeps growing! What’s on your travel bucket list? Share your ideas. I want to go out of this world with a book full of adventures! 

My Bucket List

During my 2017 Goals & Intentions Planning, I sat and revisited my Bucket List…this has been growing and transforming over the years realigning me with what I feel is a purpose in my life. 

Let’s start by taking a look at what I checked off at my 2016 Bucket List:

Make a bucket list. Have some paintings in an art show (woot, was in three this year!), paint a self-portrait…okay so I didn’t do too much checking off in 2016 but I did still have some amazing other adventures – rode in a bi-plane, went to Chincoteague, VA, smashed a car (like in a car smash event, not in a crash kind of way – which was surprisingly invigorating!) to name a few.

2016 became about finding myself again, a year of discovery and a lot about building strength and healing and that’s what I needed. I set two very key words for myself for 2017 – Completion and Adventure; action words. 

 I broke off  my Bucket List into two groups: Things to Happen This Year and Long Term Things.

Things to Happen In 2017: 

Run three 5ks.

See a broadway show in NYC. (This one is already booked – seeing Wicked in March, so excited!)

Own a boutique/art gallery. (Plan on launching my e-boutique this year.)

Make a dream-catcher.

Go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game.

Finish writing my fantasy novel and publish it.

See snow on the beach.

Become a Certified Life Coach.

Try rock climbing.

Go on a cruise.

Take dance lessons.

Publish an article on Elephant Journal.

Visit New Orleans.

Have artwork in five shows.

Make a Christmas Song album. (Because I love singing Christmas songs lol)

Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Learn to belly-dance.

Long Term:

Go horseback riding on the beach.

Go in a sensory deprivation tank.

Catch a marlin.

Become a Certified Crystal Healer.

Go on a mission trip.

Visit Thailand.

Visit an Elephant Reservation.

Go to a World Cup Game.

Visit California.

Visit Colorado.

See The Northern Lights.

Visit a monastery.

Go on a mural tour trip.

There’s a lot on there! I chose to set high goals and make long lists because I expect to gain a lot of life. We were put here to explore and experience and I intend to get as much as I can out of life. I may not make all of these in a year or even in the next five years but I’m okay with that. If I don’t at least set the intent then I’ll never try and I’ll never know. I believe in reaching for the moon, and even if I fail I will still fall among the stars! 

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” ~ Dr. Edwin Land

The Feeling of Flight

Today I did something unexpected, something that would surprise the folks that have known me for so long. Today I climbed into a bi-plane, a plane that had no windows or doors on it today, and I went for a flight. The feelings of freedom I had being in the air overcame my fear of heights. There was no fear of anything being up among the clouds. I felt invigorated, I felt calm, I felt at home. My mind was filled with amazement, my heart filled with courage and strength. It was breathtaking, bringing tears to my eyes. I had never felt so free and alive in my life as I did in those fifteen minutes! I knew in those moments that I had made the change, turned the leaf that I had been fighting to do for so many years. In the air I was struck with the idea, the thought, that this is the life I want to life, the life I’m living, the life in which I can seize every day and love every moment of the rest of my life. This was my freedom. Today I was a bird, flying high and above any troubles. Today I was a warrior. Today I was reminded how beautiful adventure is. The feeling of flight is freedom and freedom is my life!

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