Well hidey-ho! I’m now just over one week out from my departure for Thailand and man, am I getting itchy feet. This is due in no small part to the difficult adjustment that is returning to my childhood home in the suburbs after living independently in Boston for over a year. Going from a 40 hour work week and weekends spent exploring the bars of Boston with friends to spending ~24 hours a day in my house has been a rough transition to say the least. It’s always nice to visit, but there’s a limit on how much downtime I can handle before going crazy. On the bright side, I finally have enough time to workout as much as I want and am incredibly lucky have found a bikram yoga studio nearby which offers a 30 day trial for $30. I barely survived my first class (read: I saw stars. Lots of them. Despite what the website told me, skipping breakfast before class was NOT a good idea), but somehow I managed to drag my butt back for a second attempt and I’ve been hooked ever since. This has been the highlight of 2013 thus far. …
Anyways, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I have what almost every working “young professional” wishes they could have: a winter break reminiscent of those golden college days. Sleep is nice, as is grocery shopping on my parents’ dime, but I miss my independence and am counting the minutes until I take off for Thailand. Thankfully my passport arrived back safely in the mail the other day, complete with a Thai double tourist entry visa! I never tire of flipping through my passport, being reminded of all the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I can’t wait to see how many more stamps I can add over the next five months and years to come… which brings me to the original intention of this post (hey, it’s me. superfluous stories are what this blog is all about, yo.)
I’ve been perusing many a travel blog over the past couple of weeks, and I keep running across various travel bucket lists. As one afflicted with a particularly insatiable case of wanderlust, I have quite the mental list, but have never put it formally in writing. With all my free time these days, I suppose there’s no time like the present. So here goes attempt #1, subject to (frequent) additions as I continue to be inspired…. After #1, these are in no particular order:
- Travel to all seven continents. This is my #1 life goal. (North America, Europe, Australia and soon to be Asia down; Africa, South America and Antarctica to go!)
- See the temples of Angkor Wat.
- Watch the sunset in Santorini, Greece.
- Go to Kiribati, preferably before it sinks under rising oceans.
- Gorge myself on Italian food in Rome, Venice, Tuscany… really just take a foodie tour of Italy. And not care when I come home 10 lbs heavier.
- Actually tour Hobbiton. I’ve been lucky (erm, nerdy?) enough to visit several LotR filming locations in New Zealand, and while I’ve been to Mata Mata twice, I have yet to do the actual farm tour of the Hobbiton set. Next time I’m in NZ, it’s happening.
- See the pyramids in Egypt.
- Explore Machu Picchu.
- Travel solo for an extended period of time.
- Take a hot air balloon ride over a gorgeous landscape.
- Conquer my fear of scuba diving and dive an old shipwreck somewhere.
- Visit Petra, Jordan.
- Travel to all four countries of my ancestry (Ireland, check. Lithuania, Sweden and Poland to go!)
- Learn how to surf. Like, really learn how to surf. Not take a lesson or two. Become proficient.
- Fill up my whole passport with stamps before it expires. Actually have to apply for more pages (I didn’t know this was a thing until last week!)
- Visit at least one country that everyone thinks I’m crazy for doing so (I look to Miss Anna B for inspiration on this one.)
- See Niagara Falls.
- Go on a cruise! Especially to Alaska.
- Just visit Alaska in general.
- Walk on the Great Wall of China.
- Climb one legit mountain. (I don’t count my brave summits of Baldy, as awesome as those hikes were.)
- Climb Mt Whitney in a day.
- Go on a safari somewhere in Africa!
- Oktoberfest. ‘Nuff said.
- Go skydiving.
- Visit all 50 U.S. states.
- Tour a vineyard and stomp grapes to make wine and then drink said wine. 🙂
- Visit Paris with a significant other.
- Learn how to salsa from someone sexy (trick statement: anyone that is proficient enough in salsa to teach it is, by definition, sexy.)
- Ride a tuk tuk in Asia!
- Visit Russia. Buy one of these and take photos in front of prominent Russian landmarks wearing it.
- Drive the length of the PCH in California. (Somehow in my four years out there, I never managed to make it to Big Sur. That’s the one national park that I regret not visiting while at Pomona.)
- Tour Alcatraz.
- Watch the northern lights from one of those ice hotels.
- Become fluent in a second language.
- Actually do that thing where you throw a dart at a map and go wherever it lands. Unless it lands in the middle of the ocean (likely). Then I’d throw it again.
I’m sure there’s more, but this is a start (ideas? epic adventures I’ve neglected? please share!). If I could accomplishment everything on this list, I could die a very happy woman. This list ignores all of the items that I’ve already checked off my bucket list, but I’ll save those for another, more reminiscent post someday. I’m going to try really, really hard to keep up with this blog once I land in Chiang Mai and actually have interesting adventures to report. I promise.
Until next time, ❤ J