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The concept of a travel “bucket” list is not unheard of.  Most people have them, but people don’t always have them written down or defined.  While I do think that it isn’t great to have a rigid list that never changes, I do follow the adage:

Goals that are not written down are just wishful thinking

So I took a few moments over the past few weeks to write down some of the things that are on my travel bucket list (at least for now!)  I’ve attempted to categorize them into a few categories, in no particular order.  I did try to give a range of difficulties – some are definitely easier than others.  I also totally cheated and put down some thing that were bucket-list LIKE that I’ve already done :-).

I hope that you’ll share with me some things on your bucket list and more importantly take the time to write them down!

Road-geek / map-geek

  1. Visit all 50 states in the United States – 45/50 just need AK, HI, MT, ND, SD

    Here's my county map

    Progress on United States counties

  2. Visit all 3143 counties in the United States – currently at 1382 or 44.0%
  3. Ride my bike on every street in Madeira, OhioCOMPLETED in 2006 (and then again in 2007)
  4. Visit all 88 counties in Ohio in 24 hours – COMPLETED in 2006 in 23 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds
  5. Travel the entire Route 66
  6. Visit every subway station in New York City
  7. Take a ride on the London Underground
  8. Visit 6 continents
  9. Cross the two Bosphorus Bridges in Istanbul
  10. Visit Baarle-Hertog, Belgium / Baarle-Nassau Netherlands
  11. Visit the southernmost point of the US (Key West)
  12. Drive on every Interstate – currently at 104 / 345

See the sights

  1. See the Grand Canyon
  2. Visit 4 cornersfour-corners
  3. See Angkor Wat
  4. See Macchu Picchu
  5. See Stonehenge
  6. See the Great Wall of China
  7. Visit Galapagos Island
  8. See Northern Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar
  9. See Old Faithful
  10. See the Pyramids
  11. Take a ride through the Panama Canal
  12. Travel on a canal boat in Venice
  13. Drive through a redwood tree
  14. See the Moai Statues on Easter Island
  15. See Victoria Falls in Zambia / Zimbabwe
  16. See Mt. Rushmore

Outdoor adventures

  1. Hike a 14er in Colorado – we took the railroad up Pikes Peak but I’m not counting that
  2. Watch the Kentucky Derby
  3. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  4. Take an African Safari
  5. Hike Y Mountain
  6. See the northern lights (Aurora Borealis)
  7. Watch the sunrise on the east coast of Maine
  8. Experience 24 hours of sunlight in the Arctic Circle
  9. Jump in all 5 Great Lakes in one day – COMPLETED in August 2012 (YouTube video)

    Dive in All Five! August 10, 2012 (click for Youtube video)

    Dive in All Five! August 10, 2012 (click for Youtube video)

  10. Visit all 50 state highpoints

Vendomy-style travel goals

  1. Stay a night in an overwater bungalow


    Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora

  2. Visit the world’s tallest building (currently the Burj Khalifa)
  3. Fly first class on an overnight flight
  4. Swim in the highest swimming pool – Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
  5. Take an overnight train ride
  6. Stay a night in an ice hotel
  7. Take a round the world plane itinerary
  8. Take the Island Hopper
  9. See the fireworks in France on Bastille Day

 Things specific to who I am / where I live

  1. Visit Wiesbaden, Germany (birthplace but I left as a toddler)
  2. See the birthplace of Benjamin Miller in Ireland (my first ancestor to come to the US in the mid 1700s)
  3. Visit Madeira Island in Portugal (my hometown shares its name, though it was actually named for a guy named John Madeira)

I stopped at 50, though I had a few more on my list that I could have added.  Which of these have you done?  What did I miss?


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