I know that bucket list is an overused term these days, but I did not know what else to call it.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to take decent vacations in the last 5-7 or so. My wife and I have gotten in a bit of a rut though between Walt Disney World and cruising. So, I am rethinking our vacation strategies. We have been taking approximately two moderate type vacations per year. I am thinking towards one “staycation” and one big vacation.
Both my wife and I have spent some time (before we met) in Western Europe. I was fortunate to spend a semester in England and was able to visit Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy. That was 15 years ago. Getting old stinks. So, here is my list of things I would like to see. Some may be more realistic than others at this time in my life both in cost and time.
- Galapagos Islands – Thinking of taking a Celebrity cruise on the Xpedition. It is a 100 passenger cruise ship. It is all inclusive. Considering our last cruise ship had 6200 passengers, it would be quite a change.
- Machu Pichu – It is possible to wrap this in with a Galapagos Islands tour. However, that may be too much for me at this time. I would also like to see some of the lesser known ancient cities that are away from the tourists.
- The Great Pyramids and cruise the Nile – I think that this one will have to wait with the unrest in the Middle East currently.
- The Great Wall of China – I would also try to tie in a cruise down the Yangtze river.
- River cruise through Europe – I would love to do a barge, but that is way out of my price range. I would like to see part of Eastern Europe and Germany.
- Grand Canyon – I have flown over it and visited some minor canyons as well as Monument Valley. I would really love to white water raft it.
- New Zealand – The Lord of the Rings movies really showcased some beautiful scenery.
- The French Polynesian – Whether it is a small cruise ship or just doing a little island hopping, I do not think it matters.
- Angkor Wat – Looks pretty amazing. I would try to tie this in with other Eastern items such as Thailand.
- India and the Taj Mahal – It would be pretty hard to go to India and not see the Taj Mahal while there.
- The Panama Canal – This one is relatively easy to do. I am just fascinated by the idea of the engineering of it.
So what say you? What is on your list to see and do? What else should I add?
Ultimately, I am a bargain shopper. So, I will go where I can get a great deal. However, I am certainly expanding my horizons in the future. Of course, if I win the lottery than I will hit all of the above plus more.