Over the years I’ve kept a mental list of places I “had” to visit some time...one day...you know, when I got around to it. Well, I have to be honest, most of the destinations on that list have become places that I will probably never visit. I have another list of landmarks within Australia and if I can tick them off I will be more than satisfied. I’ve lived in England and France and I’ve travelled through Europe and North Africa, toured New Zealand and visited North America, so I’m happy that I’ve had some great travel experiences and I am hereby striking the following from my bucket list:
1. Driving Route 66
There was a time when this seemed like the ultimate road trip.
2. Trekking to Machu Picchu
I would have felt like Indiana Jones doing the four-day trek across the mountains to the Incan ruins.
3. Hanging with orang-utans in Borneo
There’s no doubt that this would have been a fabulous thing to do. Such lovely creatures.
4. Staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
A stunning location, perfect for the ultimate romantic getaway.
5. Riding the Trans-Siberian railway
From Moscow to Vladivostok across the wide-open Siberian steppes carpeted with summer flowers.
6. Admiring the Aurora Borealis
My plan was to watch this display from Scandinavia and then sail up the coast of Norway through the magnificent fjords.
7. Touring the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
On safari, up close and personal with the wildlife in the wilderness used to sound like fun.
8. Gazing at the great pyramids at Giza
As well as marvelling at Cheops and the others, I planned to visit the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings.
9. Hiking in the Himalayas
To travel on foot in Nepal sounded like such a good idea once upon a time.
10. Staying in an Amazon jungle lodge
Always fancied hearing the sounds of the jungle as I fell asleep, but not from a tent. It had to be something sturdier than that.
What about you? Do you still have a list of places you plan to visit or are you, like me, ready to give up on some of them?
Or have you already had any of the travel experiences on my (former) bucket list? If so, were they fantastic?