My Destination Bucket List
May 6th, 2009

A week or so ago, I posted a blog that listed the three top questions I get when people find out what I do for a living.  In that blog, I also attempted to answer one of those questions (my favorite destinations). As promised, here is part two of that answer – my travel-themed bucket list. (If you are not familiar with the term, it is your list of things to do, see, experience, etc, before you die (aka “kick the bucket”). Despite the name, I am hoping to get to most or all of these places well before that time approaches! 

Before I continue, let me point out that if I were to attempt to write my full destination wish list, I’d probably kick the bucket before I completed it. Therefore, in keeping with the format of part one of this post, I have listed the 10 that pop into my mind as the most desirable – at least at the current moment. Again, they are in no particular order, as certain destinations appeal more during certain moods, situations, seasons. These can change quickly – and hopefully will, as I get to each – so it is a working list.

  • Spain and Portugal – Despite my many travels in Europe, these countries have eluded me. Everything from their culture, to their arts, history, food, wine and beaches draw me. I have combined them here, because I would most likely combine them in a trip.  
  • Vietnam and Cambodia – Another duo that I would most likely do together. I am enthralled by their natural beauty and history (and once again, their food – you may notice a theme as you read on). 
  • Hawaii – I’m sure this surprises some people on several levels …  the fact that it’s a more traditional destination, the fact that I’ve not been there and the fact that it’s a United State.  I have heard so many wonderful things and would like to see for myself. 
  • Europe’s Christmas markets – Ok so it’s not a city, it’s an an event. I still couldn’t leave it out. Those who know me personally know my excitement around the Christmas holiday and from all reports the markets are simply magical. While I do not have a particular country in mind, perhaps Germany as it would be a new destination for me and its markets are supposed to be among the best. 
  • India – for too many reasons to list, though they include culture, history and influence in Buddhism, yoga and meditation. And yes, the food. Any country whose menu is often 50 percent or more vegetarian has to be on my list! 
  • Belize – for the natural beauty, beaches and culture. 
  • Scandinavia –To experience the cutting edge cities, natural beauty and just the overall vibe that I have read about so often.
  • Morocco – The unique culture and atmosphere and simply the rave reviews it gets from everyone who’s been.  I’ve not been to northern Africa, and am interested to see this region and how compares and contrasts with Southern Africa. 
  • Madagascar -I saw a special on the primates of this island and between the animals and the scenery, I was hooked! 
  • Iceland – Again, its reputation of a fun, one-of-a-kind destination. I probably could have included this in Scandinavia, though thought it was different enough to add on its own and I’ve wanted to visit for a long time.  

I am sure that the minute I post this, I will think of another destination that I would like to visit more than one of the ones on here. Not because these are not all high on my list. Simply because I am intrigued by so many places that it is difficult to think of my absolute favorites off the top of my head. Have your own bucket list of destinations?  I’d love to hear and compare!

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