Do you have a bucket list? 

I’ve been thinking about mine a lot lately. Maybe because it’s a new year, maybe because I turned 50 this year, or maybe because I checked several things off this past year and I’m inspired.

I started mine about 10 yrs ago and thought of it in categories – DO, GO, HAVE, BE. To me, this has been a logical way to organize my goals. Since then, I quit my corporate job and started my own business, and have figured out how to integrate worldwide travel into my life as a regular occurrence, I got to dance on stage during a Zumba class and help lead a song, learned a ton more about world history, joined two boards of directors, and have established a regular meditation practice. Would I have done it all without a bucket list? Maybe. Probably at some point. But I think having it on paper and declaring my intentions helped me to get there. Plus it’s fun to check things off a list. 🙂

In 2018, I checked off several things – I got a tattoo, I visited a monastery, I learned a lot more world history, and… drumroll….. my favorite…. I saw the northern lights!! This last one was just a month ago when we went to Iceland for the express purpose of seeing the lights, which can only be seen in the winter. Let me tell you – it’s REALLY cold in Iceland in December! But so worth it. The lights are one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, and we saw them not once, but three times on that trip. I’m told by Icelanders that’s nothing short of a miracle. One sighting was from the plane as we flew in (which is amazing over the pitch black ocean), then we saw them on tours two different nights. It’s best to go out with someone who knows how to read the solar flare and weather reports because it’s different every night, and you literally drive around chasing them, sometimes until 2 am. It’s also really cold in Iceland in December at 2 am. We had two great experiences, but our last night there was the winner, as evidenced by this photographic proof.

I have a lot left on my list – about 60 things at the moment, and it’s always changing. Some of the things at the top of the list include:

  • African safari
  • Train trip across the Canadian Rockies
  • Visit the redwoods of California
  • Thailand (scheduled in 2019!)
  • See the monarch butterfly migration
  • Stay overnight in a treehouse
  • Machu Picchu

If you have done any of these and have tips for me, I’d love to hear them! Or any suggestions on places you’ve been that shouldn’t be missed?

And if you haven’t put a list together but think you might want to get started, here are a couple good sites to get you thinking, at least about the travel side of things:

19 places to travel this year

40 places to see

Happy bucket listing!