Raise your hands if you have a bucket list. I have a bucket list. Actually, I have a few bucket lists, but, I want to talk about my travel bucket list.
I’ve always loved to travel and over the past few years, me, my wife and two sons have done a fair amount of traveling. I’ve knocked some things off the list like going to Hawaii. I’ve always had this nebulous list in my head when it comes to seeing the world. When I’ve seen pictures or read about certain places, I’ve known, beyond the shadow of a doubt, I want to go there.
Today, I am going to finally put down my travel bucket list. This list will consist of countries, islands and cities. I’ll have another list of specific places and things.
Making a list is good for the soul. To see your objectives in writing helps you achieve said goals. It gives you something tangible to refer to. If you want to check your progress, you can just pull out your trusty ol’ bucket list and see what you’ve accomplished or need to get to.
Today, I swear, before my life is done, I will visit each of these places. I will bless them with my presence. And in return, they will bless me. I will be able to say I did the things I wanted to in my life and I just didn’t live a dreary life within the #9to5Matrix. #emancipation.
There are more than 100 islands that makeup French Polynesia located in the South Pacific. The most well known are Bora Bora and Tahiti. I want to go to both of them, so, I lumped the entire region together. It is a must to stay in the overwater bungalows that have been made famous by Bora Bora. There is a familiar mountain peak that is every picture of Bora Bora that I must see in person. I don’t know if there’s another spot on earth more beautiful than French Polynesia. This is my number one, top of the list.
A slightly less expensive alternative to getting to French Polynesia. I live on the East Coast of the United States. It’s a little bit easier to get to the Maldives, which are located in the Indian Ocean of Asia. They also have overwater bungalows that you have to stay in when you go there.
Who hasn’t seen the pictures of all the white villas and hotels perched on the cliff hovering above the amazingly blue Aegean Sea? There are other places in Greece I want to go to, like Athens, but, Santorini is the stand out when it comes to having the ultimate Greek vacation.
South Africa is a country located at the southernmost tip of the African continent. There are very different ecosystems. Must sees are Kruger National Park, the beaches of the Western Cape, lush Winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain. I think a trip to South Africa would have to be for an entire month to take in as much as possible.
I do have an objective of setting foot on all 7 continents and Antartica is not out of the question. It will be the seventh one I get to because all of the other continents are easier to get to, but, I will go there.
The nature boy in me calls. The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. This is where Charles Darwin came up with his Theory of Evolution. It would be nice to see a place where man’s impact hasn’t ruined things.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. If you want to see how the 1% live and shop, this place is more than enough motivation to keep doing what you do.
I know you don’t hear this one often, but, I’ve been fascinated with this city since I heard it was on the equator and there is some unusual phenomenon going on there.
Come on, who doesn’t love Australia. There seem to be so many things that could kill you there. And it’s also a beautiful country.
The ever so exotic Bali. Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple.
The just as exotic and beautiful Phuket. Phuket is a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea. Here you will find Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore.
This could go on and on, but, I’m stopping here for now. These are the top. The ones I think of the most and want to do first. More to come.