10 countries and countless cities made it on my 2013 Bucket List. France, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Jordan, Aruba, Curacao, Canada, USA, Mexico, and Fiji were all part of my whirlwind of adventures and new experiences. I never envisioned such an amazing year of opportunity; my life continues to be a dream come true. I am blessed. Some people create a bucket list because they are dying; I created one because I want to live.
Here are my top ten favorite travel photos from 2013.
Number 9 - The Streets of Marseille
I don’t know the man in the photograph; I didn’t speak to him or get his name. I just felt like it had a story to tell. The buildings are aged and covered in the marks of time and experience. The white-haired man slowly worked his way up the stone street toward the unknown… at least for me.
Where do you think he’s going? Where do you think he’s been?
That’s the size of the hotel property that I’m visiting in the Dominican Republic. Case de Campo is more like a city than a resort. The driver said, “You have arrived at Case de Campo and it was a good 6 minutes later when we reached the lobby. You know that scene in Jurassic Park where the gates open to the park and all of the mouths are agape? That was my expression when I entered the gated paradise of Casa de Campo. Continue reading →
As I moved and wandered about the terrace of Château de l’Empéri in Salon-de-Provence, Felice Varini’s monumental painting danced and came alive, taking on new shapes and forms with each step. It is one of the most unique artistic creations that I’ve seen and it offered a whole new angle on Salon-de-Provence.
Can you tell from the picture that the shapes take on a new form from every angle?
With 300 days of sunshine a year, Marseille is an example of the art of living. Palace and museum visits, inspiring seascapes, sun-kissed afternoons or moonlit evenings on the terrace, leisurely strolls through the cobblestone streets… the joys of exploring are found everywhere, everyday. In the streets of Marseille, 2,600 years of history meet bold new enterprise. Walled, old towns and historic sites are a testament to Marseille’s rich history deeply rooted in the past. Modernity, bursting with energy and growth, is resonated through transportation, culture, and tourism. Marseille is a hub for culture, making it an ideal fit as the European Capital of Culture. The title of European Capital of Culture is a coveted and sought-after distinction that attracts a large number of tourists and visitors. Each year, the title is conferred on two cities chosen through an international contest. For the winning cities, it provides the opportunity to showcase a high concentration of European cultural excellence for a full year. This year, Marseille Provence is sharing the spotlight with Kosice in Slovakia. I’d already ventured through the beaches of Normandy and Nice and the historical landmarks of Paris; now it was time to experience the culture of Marseille. Continue reading →
Awe inspiring, majestic, grand, a vast postcard of natural wonders, The Island of Hawaii has been on my bucket list as long as I had one. On September 24th, Darren and I will board a flight to The Island of Hawaii. It is never about just crossing something off of my list; experiences like this are life-changing and I’m going to make the most of every second. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the world famous Manta Ray Snorkel & Dive with Fair Wind; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; I don’t want to miss a thing on The Island of Hawaii. With only 6 days to explore the dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian Island, we need to plan effectively. Here’s the plan; it reads more like a life list rather than 6 days of activities. Continue reading →
My Bucket List isn’t actually called that. Having spent the last thirteen years surviving nineteen brain surgeries and countless hospital stays, I have come closer to actually kicking said bucket than I have felt comfortable with, so I didn’t want list of ‘things to do before I die’. Bit too close to home. So I changed my list to ‘things to do before I’m forty’ – which is actually in five months time. Continue reading →
“Vast, echoing and God-like” – these are the words T.E. Lawrence used in describing Wadi Rum, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes. As we made our way through the maze of monolithic rockscape by 4×4 into the setting sun, I had finally felt like I was part of Jordan, enjoying the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces. At that point, I had no idea just how much I was going to learn about the land, the culture, and the people. Wadi Rum was a life-changing journey; here, amid the stupendous cliffs, canyons, and endless deserts, Jordanian life took on a different perspective. Continue reading →
I recently published a posted called Independently Wealthy, Right? that reflected on how I got to where I am today and why I think I should win the Biggest Baddest Bucket List contest with My Destination. With several hundred comments and personal emails, I thought a similar post would be the best way to wrap up my entry in the contest and encourage voting one last time. I’m currently in 3rd place with several great entries gaining on me and only two days left to vote. The top five entries with the most votes go on to the next round in London, England to meet the judges. I’m still confident that I can make it… with your help. What will I win? A trip around the world and $50,000 cash! Continue reading →
Voting is intense for the Biggest, Baddest Bucket List contest but I’m still in the top 5 with only 3 days left to vote. Rather than making you go to the site, you can vote on Facebook right here: Just click the link! And vote away. It couldn’t be any easier. What you will be doing – helping me win a trip around the world and $50,000.
If you’ve already voted, thank you! I appreciate your continued support. It will only take two seconds to vote again and you will be making all of my bucket list dreams come true! With just one little click… the world!
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”
For the last two months, I’ve been posting about The Biggest, Baddest Bucket List contest; after all, no contest exists that is more fitting for Bucket List Publications. Following my dreams of traveling and experiencing life to the fullest has taught me that the world is full of endless possibilities and Bucket List Publications is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true. The Biggest Baddest Bucket List contest, though, is like my bucket list on steroids. With only 9 days left to vote, I’m currently in 1st place for a trip around the world and $50,000! I’m going to win… with your help. Continue reading →