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We’ve been talking a lot in our family about travel bucket lists, and it’s one thing that I have been working on with some of my children – talking about places that they would like to visit.

I have a travel bucket list as well, but I do not subscribe to the philosophy that these things (or any travel) should wait until you’re about to “kick the bucket”.  Instead, it may be more accurate to think of these as travel IDEAS list.  Miles to Memories had a great article on this (The terrible truth and dangers of a bucket list).  We’ve been busy checking things off of my travel bucket list.  So far in 2015, I’ve crossed off the  following 9 things on my travel bucket list

That’s not to mention making significant progress on my quest to visit all 3,143 counties and all 345 US Interstate highways.  Between finishing up visiting every county in Utah, a Minnesota / Wisconsin / Manitoba / North Dakota / Ontario county trip, my eastern Virginia / Southern Maryland county trip, and my most recent Nevada / California / Arizona County trip, I have visited 210 counties in the United States this year (colored in the darker turquoise – nearly 7% of the country!!).  This is my 2nd highest yearly total ever, only behind 2007’s total of 240.


Actually, it looks like I need to update my travel bucket list page!

My 11 year old son’s travel bucket list

Part of learning the tricks of the miles and points game has been an increased desire for more travel, and for teaching my kids the joys of travel, and helping them realize that the world is so much bigger than the small suburban town that we live in.  So as I have met individually with my kids, one of the things that we’ve worked on is having them come up with their own travel bucket ideas list.

Today, we’ll start with my 11 year old son.  Here’s his list


He decided to just come up with 10 items.  In case you’re having trouble reading it, here it is

  1. 4 corners
  2. Nashville
  3. Salt Lake City
  4. New York City
  5. All the great lakes (he wasn’t with me when my older son and I visited all 5 Great Lakes in one day [VIDEO])
  6. Austin
  7. Oklahoma City
  8. Honolulu
  9. Lincon [sic] (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  10. St. Paul (Minnesota)

He is very interested in geography and maps, and he told me that he was wanting to visit lots of state capitals.  Like I said in the post title – #9 (Lincoln, NE) was the one that cracked me up the most.  I would wager that he would be one of very few people in the world that have Lincoln, Nebraska on a travel bucket list!! 🙂

I did tell him that technically, he has already been to Lincoln, as our California Zephyr Amtrak trip went through Lincoln, but he decided he wanted to visit it when he was actually AWAKE! (we went through in the middle of the night)

Here is my 11 year old kids bucket list - has some great ideas for teens, friends and summer travel

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