This year I was completely out of my mind when I posted my 2013 Bucket List. I’m sitting here shaking my head at the thought of accomplishing all 50 items before the end of the year. While I’m well on my way with half of the items already checked off, I’m starting to worry about a few lingering ones. People ask me, however, if I feel defeated if I don’t accomplish everything on my yearly list, but my answer is always the same – never! Having a yearly list is constant encouragement to live every single day and every last second as a bucket list day. Life, after all, is worth living. So what’s left on the list? Can I make it all a reality? Stick with me over the next few months and lets see how it all unfolds. What’s the plan? Check it out below.
Items left to accomplish:
I leave for Aruba on Thursday! It’s a quick five day trip but I plan on crossing off 5 items while I’m there. What an adventure it will be to try snuba, off-road ATVing, windsurfing, and a moonlight hike all on the one happy island. My bathing suit and ATC Chameleon video camera are packed and ready to go.
Upcoming trips already in the making-
11. Go on an all-inclusive family vacation
16. Visit St. Kitts
26. Visit Israel
As a family, we head to Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Mexico in less than two weeks. It will be the first all-inclusive, family vacation in three years and the first ever for Athena. With golden beaches, cristaline waves, and pools for days, we’re in for an exciting family experience. Israel and St. Kitts are booked as well, making it only a matter of time before adding the accomplishment mark to numbers 11, 16, and 26.
8. Be in Ottawa on Canada Day
15. Visit my family in Canada
35. Go to a corn maze / hedge maze
I’m in the process of working with Tourism Ontario and Tourism Ottawa to make these three items a reality. Being Canadian, I always imagined spending Canada Day in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. I remember being a child and watching a show on tv about the festivities in Ottawa on Canada’s birthday. The planes, the fireworks, the happy Canadians all dressed in red and white… it was spectacular! Adding to the excitement of Ottawa, I’ve booked tickets for Saunders Farm, a hundred acres of farm, fresh fun and 10 hedge mazes. I don’t want to stop at two items for the week though so while I’m already in the country, I think I’ll make a quick stop in Nova Scotia to see my family.
On my way-
40. Reach 20 million blog views
Today I’m at 18,603,447 page views. I have 7 months left so I’m extremely hopeful about this one, but I still need your support. Thank you for reading and helping make all of my bucket list dreams come true. I feel like the Cinderella of travel and you are my Prince Charming for constantly reading.
3. Go to an NFL game
6. Drive a NASCAR
22. Milk a cow
23. Visit Lazy 5 Ranch
28. Visit Discovery Place Kids
24. Take Athena ice skating
These items can all be accomplished in North Carolina. I may not have them booked or a set plan, but with a little bit of thought and effort, I’m certain they will be part of my completed section. Does anyone know a farm in North Carolina where I can milk a cow? What should I do… just go to a farm and ask? Maybe.
Now for the more difficult challenges-
1. Go on an African Safari
9. Skydive – again (I’m addicted)
13. Cage dive with great white sharks
31. Surprise my husband with a weekend getaway
36. Go to the airport with a bag packed and pick a random weekend adventure
I’ve been dreaming about an African safari my entire life. I’m surprised it took this long to make it on the list, but in all honesty I was afraid to add it. It seems so unrealistic, like something people only do in the movies. If there is one item that I don’t accomplish this year, this will be it, and cage diving too because they go hand-in-hand. I can picture it; it’s within my reach but I don’t know if it will happen this year. Where to begin? Contact tour companies? Speak with the tourism board? Just book a flight and go, hitting number 36 and possibly 31 as well? Or maybe I should go with my brother, Barry, who’s life-long dream has been to go on a safari as well. Maybe they offer skydiving there too and I can hit all five at once.
I have seven months. Can I make it happen?