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    Have you got a Bucket List?

    It’s a mighty big world and there’s so much to see and do! Creating a Bucket List is a great place to start. Once you’ve made one, simply add to the list as you go. Easy? Maybe for some, but if you’re like me I found it difficult to decide on where to go.

    Everytime I watch a movie that’s filmed in an exotic or dreamy place, reading a book set in another country, see newspaper travel articles boasting about the beauties of a far away land, scan online blogs about the “Top Ten” this and “Best of” I’ve already mentally packed our bags. our airfare. Just as I’m mentally locked in, we meet up with friends who talk of places they have travelled and my travel ideas are thrown in the air like a pack of cards.

    The Bucket List is definitely the best way to start.

    Remember when making the list, add a note next to each place or destination the best time to visit. It’s important to consider the season as it can be a deal breaker both budget-wise and avoiding masses of tourists.

    How to start your bucket list.

    It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed when creating the list; there are so many different places, cultures, and experiences to consider. Time to tackle this list head on and don’t put it on the back burner for another day!

    An easy place to start is finding a travel book that lists top destinations. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List featuring 500 best places on the planet will certainly point you in the right direction. And, although I hate to admit it, I do love a travel book that’s loaded with photos so the DK Eyewitness Travel books are a favourite of mine. They’re an excellent resource once you’ve decided on where you’re going to go.

    Lonely Planet’s bucket lists are constantly edited and updated. I have their weighty tome published in 2015 and that’s fine place to start. But remember, if you’ve taken the time and effort to travel to these wondrous destinations, there are always plenty of unlisted treasures just around the corner, in the next neighbourhood, state or country. So do make sure you research the regions you are travelling to ensuring you will up the ante on your travel experiences.

    Ticking off Lonely Planet’s top ranked places, we’ve visited 56 of them and added some of our own, including Venice, Italy. China is more than just Beijing and Shanghai. And what about northwestern France’s Reims with her beautiful cathedral and champagne houses… yes this world is truly wondrous!

    1. Great Wall (China)
    2. Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
    3. Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
    4. Medina (Fez, Morocco)
    5. Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
    6. Highline (New York, USA)
    7. Piazza San Marco (Rome, Italy)
    8. Chateau de Versailles (Versailles near Paris, France)
    9. Djemaa El-Fna (Marrakesh, Morocco)10. Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)
    10. The Louvre (Paris, France)
    11. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
    12. Old Town Square (Prague, Czech Republic)
    13. Pantheon (Rome, Italy)
    14. Tate Modern (London, England)
    15. Notre Dame (Paris, France)
    16. Opera House (Sydney, Australia)
    17. Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland)
    18. Anne Frank Huis (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    19. Duomo Santa Maria di Fiore (Florence, Italy)
    20. Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, New York, USA)
    21. St Peter’s Basilica (Vatican, Rome, Italy)
    22. Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
    23. The Uffizi (Florence, Italy)
    24. Lake Wanaka (Queenstown, New Zealand)
    25. Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Paris, France)
    26. Gamla Stan (Stockholm, Sweden)
    27. Niagara Falls (Canada and America)
    28. Empire State Building (NYC, New York, USA)
    29. Vatican Museums (Rome, Italy)
    30. St Paul’s Cathedral (London, England)
    31. The Walled City (Carcassonne, France)
    32. Statue of Liberty + Ellis Island (NYC, New York, USA)
    33. Terracotta Warriors (X’ian, China)
    34. PražskÝ hrad – Prague Castle (Prague, Czech Republic)
    35. Gardens by the Bay (Singapore city, Singapore)
    36. Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    37. Historic Centre of San Gimignano (San Gimi, Italy)
    38. Vasamuseet (Stockholm, Sweden)
    39. Times Square (NYC, New York, USA)
    40. Summer Palace (Beijing, China)
    41. Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
    42. Piazza del Campo (Siena, Italy)
    43. The Bund (Shanghai, China)
    44. Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    45. Real Alcázar (Seville, Spain)
    46. Cinque Terre (Riviera, Italy)
    47. Duomo (Milan, Italy)
    48. Burj Khalifa (Dubai, UAE)
    49. Lincoln Memorial (Washington DC, USA)
    50. Château de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux, France)
    51. Chatuchak Weekend Market (Bangkok, Thailand)
    52. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
    53. Port Arthur (Tasmania)
    54. Tower of London (London, England)
    55. Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Not in Lonely Planet’s list but definitely on ours

    1. Rialto Bridge (Venice, Italy)

    2. Mezquita (Cordoba, Spain)

    3. Roman Bridge & Calahorra Tower (Cordoba, Spain)

    4. Central Park (NYC, New York, USA)




    Currently on the list for our next journey:
    1. Egypt
    2. Jordan
    3. Turkey
    4. Greece
    5. Croatia

    And the following trip will be focussing on Italy – Amalfi Coast, Positano…

    Join us on our journey. Have questions? Email us (….) We’d love to hear from you.
    We don’t fly Business Class. We don’t stay in Five Star Hotels. We don’t rough it. We don’t luxe it (unless a fabulous “special price” opportunity pops its pretty head up.

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