One year later and a list of desired experiences

Travelin’ the globe is now a year old. Yes, it’s really been around since the spring of 2008, but this after-college version just turned one.

In honor of this day, I’ve compiled a list of 25 things I want to experience before I die.

I have been thinking about such a list for a month or so now, after reading a small book called “Life’s Little Instruction Book” by H. Jackson Brown Jr. This list is instruction No. 436, and the author suggests you carry this list in your wallet and refer to it often.

Now I could easily make a list of 25 travel destinations, but an experience is so much more to me than just a spot on the map. I listed a few of these in My Dream Trips, a post from March 2010. Since then, I have accomplished some things from my list of dream trips and some other things I did not know were on my list. These include the Colosseum in Rome and the redwoods of California and skiing the mountains of Utah, which I just did this past weekend.

As I learn more about the world I am introduced to more and more places and events and my list of places and experiences will always be evolving, so making this list was difficult. It was also easy to skip over other types of experiences than travel adventures, but then my list would be lacking.

So without further ado, my top 25 things to experience before I die:

  1. A tour of Egypt with stops at Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings
  2. Seeing more of America, especially its national parks, such as
  3. The Grand Canyon
  4. Grand Teton National Park
  5. The charm of the south in cities like Savannah, Ga. and
  6. New Orleans
  7. Auschwitz
  8. Lake Nakuru, Kenya, covered in flamingos
  9. Curling on a lake, preferably in my kilt
  10. Cultural celebrations like Carnival in Venice
  11. Holidays unique to a small area, like Krampus events in Austria
  12. Living abroad learning a new language
  13. Watching the Northern Lights in Norway
  14. Haggling in a market in Morocco
  15. Relaxing through Spain, Italy and France
  16. Learning more about unfamiliar places, particularly in Central and South America
  17. Dancing in the street to the songs of roving musicians
  18. Trying more things that take me out of my comfort zone, like canyoneering
  19. Being less resistant to new foods
  20. Contributing to a worldly cause and making a difference
  21. Doing what I love
  22. Love, marriage and a family
  23. Living with less
  24. Writing a book
  25. Living out my dreams
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1 Response to One year later and a list of desired experiences

  1. Caitlin M says:

    Do we get to hear about Utah/skiing soon?? I suppose I could just call you to find out how it went;)

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