My Travel Bucket List

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In the middle of next month I turn 49.5. That might seem like an odd milestone to mark but I had 2 of my 4 grandparents live until they were almost 99 years old. The other two grandparents made it to their 80s so I score pretty well on the actuary tables, but even if I am very optimistic I am at best half way done with this life. That is not to say that I am approaching this date with dread or remorse but it has made me a bit introspective.

I love to travel and many of my friends think that I have been “everywhere”. I have certainly been to more places than the average American but there are so many places left to travel. I decided it was time to start my bucket list. These are the places I would like to see and the activities I would like to do before I kick the proverbial bucket.

– Chris Christensen 2010

ClichΓ© Places

Some places are so well known that putting them on this list seems a bit obvious:

Experience

Cultural

Historic

  • Visit the site of all 7 wonders of the ancient world… Babylon might be a problem (Iraq)
    • the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt.
    • the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
    • the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.
    • the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
    • the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
    • the Colossus of Rhodes.
    • the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt.
  • Visit all the battlefields where the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac faced off
    • Bull Run /Β Manassas
    • Peninsula Campaign, including the Seven Days Battles
    • Antietam or Sharpsburg
    • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania
    • Chancellorsville
    • Gettysburg
    • The Wilderness
    • Cold Harbor
    • Richmond-& Petersburg
    • Appomattox
  • Visit Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vitoria and Waterloo (Wellington’s victories in Spain, Portugal and Belgium)
  • Walk Hadrian’s Wall, England
  • Travel the Silk Road
  • Ruins Pompeii, Italy
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela Ethiopia
  • Palace on Wheels train journey, India
  • Normandy beaches, France
  • Persepolis, Iran

How many places do you get to put on your bucket list? What about all the capitals of Eastern Europe, Great Zimbabwe, Eastern Canada, Antarctica, How Long Bay, Sana’a, Mont Saint Michel, Damascus, Buenos Aires?

What am I missing?

I think I should have started sooner.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

28 Responses to “My Travel Bucket List”

Brett

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I’ve done exactly none of those things. πŸ™

…although, I have slept in a yurt in North Carolina. That has to count for something, right? Right? πŸ™‚

chris2x

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That’s one yurt up on me πŸ™‚

Ray

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I am living in Inner Mongolia and you could accomplish several of your list desires here. I have been in a yurt and gone to the Mongolian grasslands. Let me know if your travel plans are going to bring you this way some time soon and we can hook up and I can show you around.

Crissy

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I’ve been to the Winter Palace, the Pyramids and Hadrians Wall will probably happen this year. I’ve also crossed the Arctic Circle. I think the experience of crossing the Arctic Circle left the biggest impact on me.
And now I have some new ideas for trip, not that I needed them.

Gary Arndt

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I love lists. They are fun.

I’ve been to 5 of the cliche places you listed.

If you want to visit all the wonders of the ancient world, learn to SCUBA dive so you can see the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was a very cool experience.

Craig

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Interesting list, Chris. There’s stuff on here I’ve never heard of!

chris2x

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Gary, yes that had occurred to me that I could see the light house better if I dove. Hmmmm.

Craig, baseball is kind of like cricket πŸ˜‰

chris2x

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Ray, sounds like fun, I am not sure when the trip to Mongolia will happen

Matt | YearAroundTheWorld

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Swimming in a cenote has been one of my highlights of the Yucatan so far. I highly recommend Dzitnup cenote, you swim with black fish as bats fly over your head and a stream of sunlight comes in through a hole in the roof… I have a photo of it on my site.

chris2x

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Matt, how would you like to write a blog post for the Amateur Traveler about the experience?

Agagooga

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What would be more interesting is what you HAVE done πŸ˜‰

chris2x

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Agagooga, I would hope what I have done is more interesting… as that’s sort of what this blog is about πŸ™‚

Christian

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The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is definitely very high on my list! Hopefully that one can be crossed off next year…

Ray

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You can get all the Mongolian experiences you need with lots more safety in Inner Mongolia, China. I have friends who speak Mongolian and have been assaulted in Mongolia just for being non-Mongols. Inner Mongolia is more like what you think Mongolia is anyway. Believe me it is worth a trip.

chris2x

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I forgot visiting the Galapagos Islands and biking the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

Darrell Hickman

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Wow extensive list, can’t believe I been to one of your places and you haven’t. You have to go to Buenos Aires cool place and once you are there you are close to Uruguay. It is not really a bucket list of mine but I have been to 8 baseball stadiums. good luck on your incredible bucket list

chris2x

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I am well behind on the baseball stadiums. I have not even made it to Fenway despite being in Boston one week a month. Been to the Bob, AT&T Park, Wrigley and Oakland.

Gary

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Hey Chris,

And a wonderful bucket list you have. Thanks for sharing.

You asked, “What am I missing?”

I would like to recommend my Hidden Island Paradise (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Here is the link. http://www.tourismpei.com/index.php3

Wishing you an Awesome day!

smiles πŸ™‚

Laura

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Sometimes I think it’d be easier (not to mention shorter) to make a list of places I don’t want to go! I’ve done exactly zero of the items on your list but a lot of them would be on mine too. It doesn’t matter how “cliche” some of them might be. They’re all unique to you when you experience them πŸ™‚

Antarctica, Nepal, Indonesia, New Zealand and travelling overland from Nairobi to Cape Town would be some of my great white whales. Keeps life interesting πŸ˜‰

chris2x

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Good list. I need to get back to New Zealand when I have time and weather to explore the South Island.

chuck

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Not sure why I am just getting around reading this list, but would suggest adding a 2 battlefields from the Western Campaign. Shiloh National Military Park and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Great sites that show dramatically different stories of the U.S Civil War.

chris2x

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Good additions Chuck!

Peter

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I’ll comment on the only one of those I’ve done, and I’ve done three times three different ways. Flying in an airplane over the Arctic Circle is the least interesting. Hurtigruten was fun and I would suggest a few days Northbound and probably including Tromso. However, the most fun I had crossing the Arctic Circle was in Finland. We rented bikes in Rovaniemi, rode through the forest, past pine trees with lingonberry and blueberry ground cover, and across the circle at Santa’s Village, which itself is a little cheesy. A fun day. Though we didn’t get to see any reindeer, I think you have to go further north for that.

Chuck

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I guess you need to mark off the Invitation to the White House now. πŸ™‚

chris2x

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oooh, good point!

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Thank you for sharing this awesome list, Chris! You’ve inspired me to add more places on mine. Looking forward to read/hear about your stay in a yurt in Mongolia! Angkor Wat is a beautiful cliche place, well worth the detour. I would also suggest a visit to the crescent lake in China, quite breathtaking!
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chris2x

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I will have to look up the crescent lake, thanks!

MAry

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Bali, Indonesia. I went back in 2014 after a 27 year absence. While the beaches are now overbuilt and less spectacular, the interior is still magical.

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