THIS IS MY DREAM LIST.  IT WILL PROBABLY CHANGE.  But for now, these are the things I’d love to do before I die.  The ones I’ve crossed off are the things I’ve already done… 🙂

Adventure and Travel

  1. Live in Venice like Rosalba in the Italian movie, Bread & Tulips
  2. Stomp grapes at a vineyard in Italy to make wine
  3. Visit all “Wonders of the World” at New 7 Wonders
  4. Tango in Argentina
  5. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil.
  6. Go on safari in Africa
  7. Participate in La Tomatina (last Wednesday in August) Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain
  8. Do the pilgrim’s journey to Camino de Santiago de Compostela. (Camino de Santiago)
  9. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermines
  10. Participate in Australia Day (January 26)
  11. Play a didgeridoo with aborigines in the Australian Outback
  12. Sit in a hot tub outdoors in Banff, Canada and look at the stars
  13. Eat the most AMAZING ice cream in the World at the Taiwanese night market
  14. Eat fresh fruit at the Floating Market in Thailand
  15. Hike in the Amazon Rainforest.
  16. Walk all through Petra, Jordan and ride a camel, a horse and a donkey.
  17. Take a boat to an island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey
  18. Go out in a boat on the Ganges at sunrise in Varanasi, India
  19. Visit a fortune-teller/guru
  20. Take a tour of a fortune cookie factory
  21. Climb an active volcano (Santorini and the Big Island, Hawaii)
  22. Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
  23. Shower in a waterfall
  24. See the Northern Lights
  25. Take a camel safari in Jaisalmer, India
  26. Live and work in South Korea
  27. Live and work in Oman
  28. Learn how to make a national dish
  29. Go to a yoga retreat in India
  30. Attend a music festival in another country
  31. Visit the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  32. Take a junk on Halong Bay in northern Vietnam
  33. Ride a donkey at the Grand Canyon
  34. Go white water rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho.  And the Colorado River.
  35. Climb Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine
  36. Go Parasailing
  37. Go water skiing
  38. Go snow skiing
  39. Run a half marathon
  40. Fly in First Class
  41. Sit at a cafe in Paris and write like my hero Ernest Hemingway
  42. Ride a motorbike in Hanoi, Vietnam
  43. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  44. Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
  45. Visit the Greek islands: Crete & Santorini
  46. Go hang gliding
  47. Go to the hanging monastery in China
  48. Take a boat ride in Guilin, China
  49. Go shopping and touring in Hong Kong
  50. Take a whale watching boat trip
  51. Spend New Years in an exotic location
  52. Spend New Years in Time Square, NYC
  53. Live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  54. Take a streetcar in San Francisco, CA
  55. Hike in Yellowstone National Park
  56. Ride a camel in the desert
  57. See the Old Faithful geyser erupt
  58. Hike in Glacier National Park
  59. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  60. Using the ordnance maps in Great Britain, hike in the Cotswolds and the Lake District
  61. Do something you should regret, but don’t
  62. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
  63. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  64. Climb to the top of Notre Dame in Paris
  65. Jump off a cliff into a natural body of water in an exotic location
  66. Take a tour of the Favellas in Rio de Janeiro
  67. Drink beer in a pub in Cornwall, England
  68. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  69. Trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant
  70. Visit the souq in Marrakesh, Morocco
  71. Stay in a tiki hut on an exotic beach
  72. See the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and Aswan Dam in Egypt
  73. See the Pyramids of Giza
  74. Visit the Great Wall of China
  75. See the Mayan temples
  76. Spend 3 months in Japan doing Buddhist practice
  77. Ride a tandem bike
  78. Go to the Kentucky Derby
  79. Climb to the top of St. Catherine’s monastery in Egypt
  80. Live like a local for at least a month in another country (Egypt, South Korea, Oman).
  81. Live and work in Cairo, Egypt.
  82. Take a 3 month trip around the USA and into Canada.
  83. Jump out of an airplane in a parachute
  84. Visit Iguazu National Park in Argentina (see Celebrating The Wonder Of Iguassu!)
  85. Go boating on the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan, Philippines: Boating Underground: One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
  86. Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park (Shutter Bug: Croatia Photo of the Day: Plitvice Lakes National Park)
  87. Take a balloon safari over the Serengeti in Tanzania.  Tanzania Serengeti Balloon Safaris
  88. Go tent camping in the Serengeti: On the Go with Lynne: Tanzanian Bucket List: Tent Camping in the Serengeti
  89. Visit the rice terraces in Sa Pa, northern Vietnam: Janaline’s World Journey: Weekly Photo Challenge: Green
  90. Visit Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and Lake Langano.
  91. Do a 5 week Moorish tour of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
  92. Visit United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  93. Do the 88 Temple Pilgrimage, a 1,647-kilometer Buddhist pilgrimage circuit around the island of Shikoku, Japan: artist. hippie. cali chic.: Wanderlust Wednesday: The 88 Temple Pilgrimage


  1. New Zealand (Katikati: Jo Bryant)
  2. Australia
  3. Bali
  4. Belize
  5. Greece (Especially Santorini, Mykenos, Crete, Meteora, Athens, Nafplio, Delphi)
  6. Loch Ness, Scotland
  7. Ibiza, Spain
  8. Himalayas – Nepal
  9. Galapagos Islands
  10. Easter Island
  11. Barbados
  12. Hawaii
  13. Moorea Island in French Polynesia
  14. Angel Falls – Venezuela
  15. Uruguay
  16. Argentina
  17. Peru
  18. Berlin, Germany
  19. Frankfurt, Germany
  20. Zurich, Switzerland
  21. Cozumel, Mexico
  22. Niagara Falls
  23. Paris, France
  24. Canary Islands, Spain
  25. Phuket, Thailand
  26. Koh Samui, Thailand
  27. Bangkok, Thailand
  28. Taipei, Taiwan
  29. Antigua, Guatemala
  30. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  31. Tikal, Guatemala
  32. Barcelona, Spain
  33. Madrid, Spain
  34. Pamplona, Spain
  35. NYC, NY
  36. Boston, MA
  37. Seattle, WA
  38. San Jose, CA
  39. Carmel, CA
  40. San Francisco, CA
  41. Beirut, Lebanon
  42. Savannah, GA
  43. Grand Tetons, Wyoming
  44. Orlando, FL
  45. Morocco
  46. Belgium
  47. Ireland
  48. Kyoto, Japan
  49. London, UK
  50. Rome, Italy
  51. Florence, Italy
  52. Venice, Italy
  53. Tuscany, Italy
  54. Nice, France
  55. Normandy, France
  56. Alsace, France
  57. Cordes Sur Ciel and Montsegur in France
  58. Norway
  59. Sweden
  60. Portugal
  61. Stonehenge in England
  62. Holland
  63. Machu Pichu, Peru
  64. Nepal
  65. Croatia
  66. South Africa
  67. Madagascar
  68. Indonesia
  69. Malaysia
  70. India – north
  71. India – south
  72. Philippines
  73. Chile
  74. Tibet
  75. Burma
  76. China (again)
  77. Hong Kong
  78. Russia
  79. Damascus, Syria
  80. Israel
  81. Tunisia
  82. Ethiopia
  83. Tanzania
  84. Brazil
  85. Costa Rica
  86. Alaska
  87. Prague, Czech Republic (Prague’s Astronomical Clock)
  88. Singapore
  89. Laos
  90. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  91. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  92. More of Japan
  93. Utah deserts
  94. Big Bend, Texas
  95. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  96. Faroe Islands, Denmark (Edge of the World ~ Faroe Islands, Denmark)
  97. Zanzibar
  98. Sri Lanka
  99. Southern India (Goa, Kerala)
  100. Kenya



  1. Take quilting classes and make artsy quilts
  2. Take jewelry-making classes and make jewelry
  3. Communicate with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  4. Learn to Belly Dance
  5. Take photography classes
  6. Get Scuba certified
  7. Take creative writing classes


  1. Find True Love ~ a fellow adventurer through life
  2. Go back to the USA when my kids get married and start their families

Big Ideas…

  1. Write a book of my travels
  2. Finish my novel, publish it, and then write another
  3. Become a travel journalist


  1. Teach English in a foreign country
  2. Volunteer abroad for a month.
  3. Make a major difference in the life of a complete stranger
  4. Save someone’s life
  5. Work on democracy-building and freedom of the press in the Middle East (someday)


  1. Become fluent in 2 other languages (Arabic and French).
  2. Get an article about my travels published.
  3. Practice yoga.
  4. Keep a current blog
  5. Practice meditation
  6. Pray
  7. Read the Bible and the Quran to educate myself about world religions
  8. Start running again