Bucket List

Between back to back Austin City Limits festivals (which I didn’t get to attend) and the plethora of rain storms rolling through the area, I haven’t done much of anything worthy of the world travel. The absence of excitement in my life did however give me plenty of free time to update my travel bucket list. WAY back on something like my third post, I announced my trip to Southeast Asia and shared a list of the places that topped my travel bucket list (which in reality is too long to list in any reasonably sized post). It use to look something like this:

  1. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Peru
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap & Ta Prohm – Cambodia
  4. The Great Pyramids – Egypt
  5. Petra – Jordan
  6. The Taj Mahal – Agra India
  7. Thailand
  8. Scotland

While my trip only eliminated two places off the old Top 8 list (don’t ask me why I didn’t just make it 10), it left me with the opportunity to rework not only my list, but also the thought process behind creating it. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the old list mostly consisted of places rather than countries, and didn’t take into account the full scope or weight of a bucket list, so I threw the entire thing out and came up with a new one:

  1. Machu Picchu & The Inca Trail, Peru
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Morocco
  4. The Great Wall of China, Beijing
  5. Havana, Cuba
  6. Santorini, Greece
  7. India
  8. Italy
  9. Scotland
  10. Ireland
  11. Indonesia

As you can see the list now contains 11 places and countries to visit (not sure what my issue with the number 10 is). I couldn’t be happier with the selection and felt that Indonesia needed to be tacked on as number 11 after the way we left one another back in July. It was a tough decision, but the above list finally covers all the places I’ve truly been dreaming of visiting, and finally embodies the true spirit of a bucket list. While a few places like Petra, Jordan and the Pyramids in Egypt have disappeared, they are still very much a part of the larger and longer list I’m forever adding to. I seriously need to win the lottery, but with the likelihood of that happening being on the more realistic side of never, I’ll at least have something to strive towards.

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