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Travel bucket list

Here’s my travel bucket list – first shared in a post on Sept 12, 2014.

Before I die, here are 50 things to do and places to visit on my travel bucket list in the USA, Europe and beyond.  Wanderlust... achieved!

IDCategoryBucket List NameProgress
1Road-geek / map-geekVisit all 50 states in the United States48/50 - just need Alaska And Hawaii
2Road-geek / map-geekVisit all 3143 counties in the United StatesCurrently at 1751 out or 3143, or 55.7%
5Road-geek / map-geekTravel the entire Route 66
6Road-geek / map-geekVisit every subway station in New York City
8Road-geek / map-geekVisit 6 continentsStill need South America, Africa and Australia / Oceania
9Road-geek / map-geekCross the two Bosphorus Bridges in Istanbul
10Road-geek / map-geekVisit Baarle-Hertog, Belgium / Baarle-Nassau Netherlands
11Road-geek / map-geekVisit the southernmost point of the US (Key West)
12Road-geek / map-geekDrive on every Interstate - currently at 111 / 345
15See the sightsSee Angkor Wat
16See the sightsSee Macchu Picchu
18See the sightsSee the Great Wall of China
19See the sightsVisit Galapagos Island
20See the sightsSee Northern Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar
22See the sightsSee the Pyramids
23See the sightsTake a ride through the Panama Canal
24See the sightsTravel on a canal boat in Venice
25See the sightsDrive through a redwood tree
26See the sightsSee the Moai Statues on Easter Island
27See the sightsSee Victoria Falls in Zambia / Zimbabwe
30Outdoor adventuresHike a 14er in Coloradowe took the railroad up Pikes Peak but I'm not counting that
31Outdoor adventuresWatch the Kentucky Derby
32Outdoor adventuresHike the Appalachian Trail
33Outdoor adventuresTake an African Safari
34Outdoor adventuresHike Y Mountain
35Outdoor adventuresSee the northern lights (Aurora Borealis)
36Outdoor adventuresWatch the sunrise on the east coast of Maine
37Outdoor adventuresExperience 24 hours of sunlight in the Arctic Circle
39Outdoor adventuresVisit all 50 state highpoints
40Vendomy-style travel goalsStay a night in an overwater bungalow
43Vendomy-style travel goalsSwim in the highest swimming pool - Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
45Vendomy-style travel goalsStay a night in an ice hotel
47Vendomy-style travel goalsTake the Island Hopper
48Vendomy-style travel goalsSee the fireworks in France on Bastille Day
49Things specific to who I am / where I liveVisit Wiesbaden, Germany (birthplace but I left as a toddler)
50Things specific to who I am / where I liveSee the birthplace of Benjamin Miller in Ireland (my first ancestor to come to the US in the mid 1700s)
51Things specific to who I am / where I liveVisit Madeira Island in Portugal (my hometown shares its name, though it was actually named for a guy named John Madeira)
52Outdoor adventuresFloat in the Dead Sea
53See the sightsVisit the Olympics

Completed travel bucket list items

IDCategoryBucket List NameProgress
4Road-geek / map-geekVisit all 88 counties in Ohio in 24 hoursCOMPLETED in 2006 in 23 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds
3Road-geek / map-geekRide my bike on every street in Madeira, OhioCOMPLETED in 2006 (and then again in 2007)
38Outdoor adventuresJump in all 5 Great Lakes in one dayCOMPLETED in August 2012 (YouTube video)
14See the sightsVisit 4 cornersCOMPLETED: March 4, 2015
44Vendomy-style travel goalsTake an overnight train rideCOMPLETED: June 10, 2015
21See the sightsSee Old FaithfulCOMPLETED: June 14, 2015
28See the sightsSee Mt. RushmoreCOMPLETED: June 17, 2015
7Road-geek / map-geekTake a ride on the London UndergroundCompleted September 2016
17See the sightsSee StonehengeCompleted September 2015
13See the sightsSee the Grand CanyonCompleted November 10, 2015
29See the sightsVisit the 11/11 11:11:11 themed Veterans Memorial in Anthem, ArizonaCOMPLETED: November 11, 2015
42Vendomy-style travel goalsFly first class on an overnight flightCompleted 3 times, starting March 8th, 2016 - (JAL first class, ORD-NRT, Emirates first class SIN-DXB, Emirates first class DXB-JFK)
41Vendomy-style travel goalsVisit the world's tallest building (currently the Burj Khalifa)COMPLETED: March 15, 2016
46Vendomy-style travel goalsTake a round the world plane itineraryCOMPLETED: March 2016


Sept. 2014 – Removed Hike Appalachian Trail as I had it on there twice – added Drive on every US Interstate

June 2015 – Crossed off see an overnight train ride, see Old Faithful and see Mt. Rushmore


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  1. AMBER

    Great list! I would love to visit some of these places too. I really want to go to Key west…. and watching the northern lights would be amazing.


  2. Leticia Alleyne

    I love your travel bucket list. You have inspired me to write mine down I have it in my head. But one of my mane goals is to now visit Antarctica it will be my last continent to visit. Not sure when I will get there because is so expensive and the main way you can get there is by cruising and that’s completely off limits for awhile. Also I live in Barbados so getting there is also complicated. One day I hope to tick this off my list!

  3. Malika Gabrielle

    Great bucket list! I definitely would love to visit these places too. Thank you for this article.


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