You will often hear the term “bucket list” being thrown about. A plan for what someone wishes to see in the next year, 5 years, even 80 years, before they retire, after they retire, before kids, after graduation or before they die.
This list may be 5 items or 500; it all depends on the person.
Jumping out of an airplane, climbing a mountain and visiting all 7 continents usually finds its way on to such lists, especially when it comes to travel dreaming.
I don’t have a list. Does that make me a bad traveler?
No. I don’t think so.
Our travels are more whimsical than a list can allow. Oh sure we have places we dream of going. Greece and Buenos Aires have been on my top 5 list for at least 8 years. I’ve still never been. Other opportunities came up.
When my old job wanted me to learn how to press check books I jumped at the chance to go to Singapore. I’d be never really given travel to Asia much thought. We had started to focus on Europe and I figured we would hit South America next.
Asia was calling and I was more than willing to answer.
For the next 4 years I would find myself traveling back and forth to Asia for my job. At first I traveled solo to Singapore. After Dek was born both he and Mike joined me on trips to China. It opened up a world of travel Mike and I had never dreamed would be a part of our lives.
Now we are headed back to Europe, except we still aren’t going to Greece.
I have friends living in Switzerland, Italy, Sicily and the UK. With a free place to stay we are able to hop around for over a month and save thousands in hotel and rental fees.
We could certainly use this savings to go to Greece and maybe we will on a future trip. For now our schedule is so jam-packed I can’t even imagine adding another country to our itinerary.
Websters Dictionary definition:
a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.
The idea of a bucket list is intriguing to me. I love lists. I like crossing things off of them even more. For some reason I just can’t write a list for our travels. I always have one in my head. I like that it stays fluid and ever changing.
If I did have a bucket list there is only one thing I can think of at the moment that would be on it. The rest would be transitory.
What is the one thing that makes up my bucket list you ask? Ride an elephant of course.
Do you have a bucket list?
If so, what’s on it?
If not, why not?
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