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Our Travel Bucket List

A running list of places we want to go and experiences we want to have. If we’ve already done it, then it’s not on the list. 🙂 Nothing is in any particular order. Most are high-level ideas. Details come when we start planning.


  • Safaris – lots of them and eco/culturally-friendly
  • Lemurs in Madagascar
  • Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides
  • Hike the Otter Trail, South Africa


  • Tibet
  • Southern India
  • Wild One-Horned rhinoceros in Assam, India
  • Myanmar
  • Sapporo, Japan
  • Hike the Kumano Kodo, Japan
  • More time in Mongolia
  • Sleep in the underwater hotel in the Maldives (right after we win the lottery…)
  • Visit the orangutang sanctuary in Borneo
  • Azerbaijan
  • Uzbekistan

North America

  • Earn every Junior Ranger badge (we’re addicts 🙂 ), which conveniently means that we would also visit almost every National Park Service-managed site.
  • Through-hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Calgary Stampede
  • New Mexico…maybe for the balloon festival?
  • Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
  • Rocky Mountain Explorer rail journey
  • Disney World (only Disney park we haven’t visited)
  • Hike the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island
  • Library of Congress

Central America

  • Lake Nicaragua
  • “The Mayan Route” – start in SE Mexico and travel down through Central America (Palenque, Comalcalco, Calakmul, Uxmal, Chichen Itzá, Tulum in Mexico; Caracol and Lubaantun in Belize; Bonampak, Tikal, Yaxha and Xunantunich in Guatemala; Copán in Honduras; Joya de Cerén in El Salvador)
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama

South America

  • Bolivian salt flats
  • Easter Island
  • Ecuador
  • Peru: hike to Machu Picchu (via the Lares & Royal Inca Trail?); Lake Titicaca; Amazon River & rainforest; Humboldt penguins; drink Inca Kola; eat tacu tacu and queso helado.
  • Galapagos Islands

Middle East

  • Oman
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lebanon…we need to see those cedar trees!


  • Trans-Siberian rail journey
  • Canal boat trip – one we sail ourselves, not a tour. Not sure which canal…
  • Hiking in Wales
  • Hiking in Scotland
  • Hogwarts Express train ride
  • Bike the Danube Cycle Path from Germany to the Black Sea
  • Hike Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Always more castles! Anywhere!
  • Italy: Rome & Pompeii
  • Greece
  • Eat lunch at the picnic table on the Austria/Hungary/Slovakia tripoint
  • Myriad of hikes in Iceland

Australia / Oceania

  • Explore Western Australia by driving from Perth to Darwin
  • Longreach, QLD, Australia
  • Sail the Whitsundays
  • Fraser Island Great Walk, QLD
  • Overland Track, TAS (Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair)
  • India Pacific rail journey
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