Friday, June 10, 2011

My Bucket List

More than once on this blog I have mentioned the concept of the bucket list – that list of must see places you want to visit before you depart this world for the next. So today, I thought I’d share my bucket list with you. My list includes places I’ve already visited (marked with a strike through line).
Canada (need I say more?)


  • New York City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Niagara Falls
  • Far too much to list individually


  • Vietnam
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan (Tokyo)
  • China (Great Wall, Forbidden City, etc)
  • Cambodia

South America

  • Peru (Machu Picchu)
  • Brazil (Rio)

·    Italy (Venice, Rome, etc)

  • England (London)
  • Ireland (Dublin)
  • Spain (Barcelona)
  • France (Paris,)
  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • Germany (-)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Switzerland (-)
North Africa

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
Not Only – But Also

  • Egypt (Pyramids of Giza)
  • India (Taj Mahal)
  • Jordan (Petra)
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Easter Island
  • Cuba
Places I’d like to return to:

  • New York City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Paris, France
  • Athens, Greece
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Venice, Italy

Scraping The Bottom of The Bucket

Most of Africa
Russia (although Moscow might be interesting)

Phew! That’s some list. At 62, I guess I’m being optimistic, but what the heck. The only thing I’m really lacking is money. My enthusiasm and desire is there – even if the years may not be, but I still think I can knock quite a few of those countries and locations off my list.

Besides, while I was travelling in Cambodia during February, I met people in their late 70s and early 80s who were still happily travelling the world – so why not me? Why not indeed.

What’s on your  bucket list?

Here are a few books on America's National Parks that may be of interest. All are available via Amazon.Com. 

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States, 6th Edition The National Parks: America's Best Idea The National Parks: Our American Landscape


  1. Hello, I also started traveling seriously at your age. Now I am 71 and have seen more than 60 countries. When you get to Bangkok, where I live, let me know. In the meantime check out my website:, Jan

  2. Hi Jan, Wow, 60 countries! Where do you find the time (and money)? You must be permanently on the move. I've met travellers in their 70s and 80s, which gives me hope that I too will still be travelling well into my 'senior' years.

    I'll definately keep you in mind if I visit Bangkok.


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