Bucket Lists & Inspirational Travel

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The beautiful view of a rainbow over Honolulu as seen from the top of Diamond Head.
The beautiful view of a rainbow over Honolulu as seen from the top of Diamond Head.

We were climbing up Diamond Head this morning and I overheard someone talk about how this hike was on their “Bucket List”.  That statement got Jasmine, Shawn Reece and I talking about “bucket lists”.  For those that don’t know, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die.

During our conversation, I had a realization.  A lot of the things I dreamed of doing as a kid have now been checked off of my imaginary list.  Growing up I daydreamed often about attending the Olympics, walking on the Great Wall, climbing up the Eiffel Tower and visiting the amazing ruins of Angkor Wat.  I also remember seeing exotic places on television like Bangkok and Hong Kong and telling myself that I would, “Visit there” some day.

The three of us watching Beach Volleyball at the 208 Beijing Olympics.
The three of us watching Beach Volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As I grew older more items found their way on my bucket list.  For example, as my love of roller coasters and theme parks grew, I dreamed of some day going to Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.  While this may sound silly, the day I visited each of those parks was a huge realization of a dream.  Recently I visited Universal Studios Singapore which I had lusted over ever since seeing the construction of the park in 2007.

Every person has these obsessions and dreams.  The best part is that they are all different.  We all know how fantastic and wonderful it is to be doing that “thing” that we have always wanted to do.  For me, most of them are related to travel, but that does not have to be the case.  A bucket list should be full of anything and everything YOU want to do.

Visiting Niagara Falls was one of the first items checked off of my "bucket list".
Visiting Niagara Falls was one of the first items checked off of my “bucket list”.

The real point of this article/rant is to say that the world is a better and happier place when people check items off of their lists.  One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from The Shawshank Redemption.  As Red said in that movie, “Get busy living or get busy dying.”  The truth is I don’t often think of my “bucket list”.  I simply think of the things that I want to do and do them.  When that person mentioned their bucket list this morning, I realized that seeing Diamond Head was on my bucket list as well.  WIN!

Now I am not perfect and neither is my life.  Over the years I have learned that in comparison to others, I do some things better and some things worse.  I have also learned that when I set out to do something that inspires me, it tends to get done.  For example, five days ago I decided that a last minute trip to Honolulu would be fun and yesterday we landed here.  Learning about “travel hacking” not only allowed me to take this trip for next to nothing, but it allowed me to continue to check things off of my bucket list.  For that I am grateful.

One of the "Seven Wonders of the World."  How could visiting Chichen Itza not be on any good traveler's bucket list?
One of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” How could visiting Chichen Itza not be on any good traveler’s bucket list?

Please tell me about your bucket list in the comments!


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