These days, everyone has a bucket list. You know, that list of things you absolutely want to accomplish before you die…the “bucket list.” I have no idea where the name came from, to be honest, and I don’t even have a list to name, bucket or otherwise. But, this question came up, and it made me think about some major things I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime. Admittedly, most of mine are centered around travel, because it’s such a huge part of J’s and my life. I tend to think in terms of places to see and experience, so these three bucket list items are concerning travel only. I’ll save the rest for another time!
1. Hike Kilimanjaro
J and I have talked about hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for a few years now. Up until now, I’ve never been in good enough shape to even contemplate the hike, but now that I’m more active I’d really like to give it a go. We’d like to fly into Africa, acclimate to the time difference for a few days, and then start the hike up the mountain. After that concludes, we’d like to spend a week on a safari, just seeing the various animals and really experiencing Africa. Plus, I’ve also come across a place in Kenya called the Giraffe Manor, and I’d love to stay there and see all the giraffes! It would nearly wipe out our vacation for the year, but I think this trip would be worth it. Definitely an experience of a lifetime!
2. Visit Israel
I have wanted to visit Israel for as long as I can remember. When we lived overseas, we had discussed booking a “Holy Lands” cruise that hit up a few spots in Israel, but the cruise was eventually cancelled due to unrest in the region. I’ve been fascinated with the Middle East for years, even going so far as to study Arabic for my undergraduate degree, and Israel would be such an amazing place to visit. The history, religion, food, culture…I absolutely cannot wait! I only hope that things settle down there soon and that there is, finally, peace in the region. I have hopes that it’ll happen, at least in my lifetime, and I would love to be able to visit and take our children with us. J is also incredibly interested in seeing this area of the world, plus there are some amazing scuba diving spots in Israel, so it could really be a well-rounded trip (culture, diving, eating – for me, and sightseeing). Plus, J is huge into photography, so I think he could really get lost in the opportunities for amazing pictures in this area of the world.
3. Hike Petra
This goes hand-in-hand with a visit to Israel. Since we no longer live overseas, if we were to take a trip to the Middle East, we’d try to get a lot of things accomplished while there. J and I both love hiking, and we would absolutely love hiking Petra. We’d like to hike in at night, so that we can see the sun rise over the monuments, which I think would be stunning. This was another trip that we had planned while living overseas, but due to instability in the area (though not in Jordan specifically), we cancelled our trip. However, this is at the top of J’s list, so I doubt we’ll have any trouble getting there in our lifetime. I think this would just be a 3-4 day add-on trip to Israel, and along with that we’d probably try to see the Egyptian pyramids, so I’d like to end up spending 3+ weeks in the Middle East, altogether. There are still opportunities for our jobs to take us to Dubai (I’m holding out hope), but so far nothing concrete has come up. If so, I could see so many things that are on my list…it would be fantastic!
So, there are three of my “bucket list” items. Even without a physical list, I feel like as soon as I mark something off my mental list, it’s filled up with five new things. It’s definitely a never-ending list that is constantly changing, but I think I prefer that because if I ran out of things to see in this world, then I’d be at a loss. What are some of your “bucket-list” items?