Bucket List, Schmucket List!

If you love travel, you most certainly have places around the world that you dream about visiting. Perhaps this is a place you have always longed to go or it may be brand new to you. You also probably have some activities you want to try or some other goal to accomplish in your travels; this could be bungee jumping or sandboarding, or maybe it’s living abroad for a period of time. For me, it’s snorkeling and scuba diving… but more on that in another post! 

I definitely have a list like this, that holds all of my wildest travel dreams. Some folks call this a bucket list while others despise this term! I am not a huge fan of it myself and so have been searching for another way to refer to it. I have lots of to-do lists but those seem like such a drag, so I decided not to call it that. I read some other blogs about this very topic to get some ideas. Bailey from Travel Heals blog makes a strong argument against the term “Bucket List”. In her recent HuffPo article, Sierra Donahue of Take Me With You blog hits the nail on the head with her criticisms of “To-Do List” and Beth of Wanderlust and Lipstick even gives you some alternative ideas to “Bucket List”. Perhaps I should go “Awesome-Kick Ass-Adventures-To-Go-On List” like Tom and Anna from Adventure in You blog!

For now, I will simply settle on Travel Shortlist.

I am a person of action, a creator. I make things happen and “shortlist” feels actionable and intentional. It feels like I can achieve the things on it. And SOON. I am a planner and a visual learner, so putting goals down on paper always helps me to believe I can reach them (and I do as evidenced by the three degrees, home, and successful career!). I’ve decided to put a time frame on the items on the shortlist of 3-5 years. That way I feel I am accountable for reaching those goals in a reasonable amount of time. But because I want to see just about every corner of the Earth and I clearly can’t achieve all that in five years (remember that job and mortgage I was talking about before?), of course I had to create a Longlist for things that are further away for me, or frankly, less important to me. But since all of my goals didn’t fit neatly onto these two lists, there had to be something in-between and that one I call my Midlist.

​So I thought I would give you a peek at what’s on my Shortlist, Midlist, and Longlist – they are not comprehensive because, well, I have to sleep at some point today. I thought sharing them would be even more encouragement for me to complete them. In addition, I’ve decided to start blogging  about the items on my lists to share my research and planning process, as well as the great resources that I find along the way.

​I purposely am not numbering the items on the lists and they are presented below in no particular order (except for being short, mid, or long goals). This is because I am also an opportunist and if the occasion arises for me to go to a place on the Longlist ahead of originally planned, you bet your ass I will do it – and you should too! This is another reason I decided to label these lists as I did: I didn’t want to be tied down by a to-do list or put things on my bucket list off until it’s really too late.


  • Namibia
  • Start heading north on the continent of Africa
  • Start exploring Canada
  • Learn to drive manual transmission vehicles
  • Work on my French
  • Brazil
  • Zipline
  • Learn to snorkel
  • Malta
  • Ireland and Scotland – and tour castles!
  • See a New Orleans Saints game, with Drew Brees as QB, in the Superdome

  • Continue going north in Africa and exploring Canada
  • Germany and France – WWII history (and more castles!)
  • Cuba
  • Norway
  • Croatia
  • Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos
  • Sleep in a castle!
  • India
  • Alaska
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Morocco
  • Spain

  • I will always travel to Africa, so keep going!
  • Live abroad
  • Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal
  • Bora Bora
  • Maldives
  • Madagascar
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Silent retreat
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

What is on your travel list? What do you call your list? Do you assign time frames to the items on your list? Comment below to let me know, I would love to hear your ideas!

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