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This is the first time I’ve actually written down my travel bucket list.  Or any bucket list for that matter!  And once I started compiling it, I realized that it’s never-ending.  I may cross things off, but for every one I accomplish and cross off I seem to add at least 2 more on to the list!  So needless to say, I’ll be revising this on a regular basis.

My Never-Ending Travel Bucket List

Putting this list together also did a few other things for me.

1.  Made me realize how fortunate I am to have accomplished all of the visits I’ve already made on this list.

2.  The action of actually putting together the list required me to focus on my dreams and reminded me of how important it is to not only dream, but to dream big.  Because if you can’t dream of it, you’ll certainly never accomplish it.

And FYI, the items crossed off the list mean I’ve done them, but am not necessarily done with them.  It doesn’t mean I won’t return or repeat the visit many times over.  For me, a cross off is a starting point in a sense.  It simply means I accomplished my first visit there.  I may return to many and not return to some.  For me, it’s a collection of endless possibilities!

I’ll be writing about all of these places as I get time.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”

~Mark Twain

USA, Canada & Mexico

  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Cruise the Inside Passage of Alaska
  • Lake Tahoe in the summer
  • Pay my respects at Pearl Harbor
  • Nantucket Island
  • A spa week @ the Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, NY
  • Experience New England foliage during leaf peep season
  • Visit the largest home in the country
  • Spend a winter month in Mexico
  • Lake Tahoe in the winter
  • Ski in the Rocky Mountains
  • Visit Mount Desert Island, Maine
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Stay at a dude ranch
  • Stay @ the von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT
  • Explore one of North America’s greatest lakes

Central & South America

  • Take a Galapagos Island cruise
  • Stay @ Remota Lodge in Chilean Patagonia
  • Visit Machu Picchu, Peru


  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Kotor Bay, Montenegro
  • Medieval city of Carcassonne, France
  • Walk the Pyrenees GR10
  • Visit Costa Brava, Spain
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Windsor Castle
  • St. Petersburg, Russia in spring summer or autumn
  • Bulgaria
  • Serbia
  • Turquoise Coast, Turkey
  • Explore the entire Croatian coast
  • Live abroad for at least 2 months
  • Dubrovnik
  • Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Live abroad for at least 3 months
  • Cruise the Greek Islands
  • Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
  • The Colosseum, Rome
  • Mezquita de Cordoba, Spain
  • The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Visit Zermatt, Switzerland & view the Matterhorn
  • See the Mona Lisa
  • Eat free tapas in Granada, Spain
  • Taste wine in the Douro Valley of Portugal
  • Cruise thru the Norwegian Fjords
  • See the Sistine Chapel
  • Hike the Cinque Terre path between all the villages
  • Live abroad for at least 6 months
  • Visit the Chateau de Chenanceau, Loire Valley, France
  • Find solitude in the Scottish Hebrides
  • Drive the Hardangervidda Route, Bergen to Oslo
  • Visit the ancient city of Ephesus
  • Visit Highclere Castle, England
  • Learn what a pintxos is and eat one in the place it comes from
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Albania
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Mostar to Sarajevo train
  • Hike in the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia/Poland
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Spend extended time in Poland
  • Get run down (almost) by a donkey in Santorini
  • Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
  • Drink scotch in the Scottish highlands
  • Live abroad for at least a month
  • Rent a Duchy of Cornwall cottage for an extended visit
  • Make a new friend in a Scottish pub
  • Highgate Cemetary, London
  • Attend a wedding at Hampton Court Palace
  • View Athens from the Acropolis
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Live abroad for at least 4 months
  • Tour the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Walk Dubrovnik’s famous medieval city walls
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Live abroad for at least 5 months
  • Cruise on the Rhone River in France
  • Soak in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
  • Zipline from Spain to Portugal
  • See the Cinque Terre towns
  • Sainte Chapelle, Paris
  • Red Square, Moscow
  • Walk in the footsteps of giants @ Giant’s Causeway
  • Visit Pere Lachaise Cemetary, Paris
  • Make your grocery list in the language of the country you’re staying in
  • Discover the country (in depth) where you’re family comes from
  • Meteora Monasteries in Greece


  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Temples & gardens of Kyoto, Japan
  • Night in a boutique hotel beside the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Forbidden City, Beijing


  • Embark on a 134-Nt World Cruise on the Queen Mary 2
  • Surprise someone in need with a personal gift of currency
  • Surprise an organization in need with a donation

So what’s on your travel bucket list?  Drop me a comment and tell me about some of your travel bucket list destinations.  I’d love to know if I’ll be seeing you at any of these places!

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Mary Emmer
Mary Emmer

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Mary is an online entrepreneur here at Still en Route where she uses her knowledge from a travel industry career beginning in 1984 to write about everything travel-related, sometimes with a baby boomer twist!  Read more.

4 thoughts on “My Travel Bucket List”

  1. To read this bucket list is very inspiring. In fact, to the point that I will put my own travel list together. I have a few crossed off already but many more to go. Like you say just because you have been a place doesn’t mean you won’t go back. I have places I visited before I had my family that I now want to go back and visit again, and share that experience with them.

    One thing that I see that you crossed off your list is skiing in the rocky mountains, that will definitely be on my list as well, love skiing.

    Where do you find inspirations for your trips? Also, is this a live document that you constantly add new destinations to?

    • Hi Veronica, I’m glad that I’ve inspired you to put together you’re own travel bucket list!

      I would say that the inspiration for my trips really comes from a lifelong career in the travel agency business to start with. Planning so many trips for clients always brings my attention so somewhere else that I need to add to my travel bucket list.

      And of course, it also comes from our winters abroad when we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a place for multiple weeks at a time. One trip always leads to another, and to another, and so on.

      And yes, this is a live document in the form of this blog post. You can see that the last update I made to it was in January of this year and I usually update it at least 2-3 times per year or whenever I get another idea to add to my “vision” of where I’m going to travel.


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