According to an analysis of 100,000 users' most coveted places, spaces and experiences by BUCKITDREAM's app and reported by USA SNAPSHOTS (in today's USA TODAY LIFE section of the newspaper), "the No.1 wish among travelers is to experience the Northern Lights in person. No.2 is visiting the Eiffel Tower."
What are the top destinations on your bucket list?
razorbackfan, Well i have done both of those. The northern lights unobstructed by any air pollution in both Armstrong northern Ontario and at a mine site in the northwest Territories. i have seen the Eiffel Tower, but would not put that very high. I think my two are a bit odd but come from my childhood both in america. The Masters which i will go to this year and the Rose Bowl.
By the way, tonight is supposed to be one of the best viewings of the northern lights.
Wow, really!? That many people want to see the Eiffel Tower. Huh! Well it is pretty iconic.
The Northern Lights is on my list!
The beaches of Normandy have been high on my list for many many years. When I was in 4th grade my uncle took me to see a B-17 that was in Beaumont for the 50th anniversary of D-day. I was a lover of history before my visit and interested in the second world war, but this was something tangible that really made an impact. My great uncle was a tailgunner in a B-17 that was shot down 5 months before the invasion. He lived and became a prisoner of war. It is huge on my bucket list because those beaches are very significant. The willpower, courage and sacrifice that crossed the beaches is incredibly moving. I want to pay my respects to those serving that didn't return home.
I will finally get to do this in May. If any of you have friends or relatives you wish me to visit and pay my respects to, please let me know.
There are several more I will visit one day like the Ardennes American Cemetery, Netherlands, Saipan American Memorial, and the one on Guadalcanal.
On a lighter note... Salzburg so I can twirl in the mountains like Maria (not even kidding).
Since I have so many places I want to go, my number one 'bucket list' wish is to be healthy enough to travel for the next 25 years! One trip I'd like to take is the train through the Canadian Rockies, but it is much too expensive at this time (similar to riverboat cruises in the US).
superchief1, The romantic idea of the train through the Canadian rocky mountains far pre dates the current tour group that is doing this at a very high cost. We did it on "The Canadian" when it was run by CP, and while i enjoyed it, i much preferred driving through the Rocky Mountains. There is only so much rock and snow that you can see before it becomes same old, but there are a lot of cool places to see and stay along the way.
Being a train buff, I'd like to take a train trip across the USA or Canada and then hop on a cruise ship to Alaska. Once in Alaska I'd like to sight see, hike, fish, and yes golf. Like bejacob collecting counties, I collect golf courses in each state.
If you haven't taken these trips yet, I highly recommend the California Zephry from Denver to Oakland (especially to SLC), and the Coast Starlight from LA to Portland or Seattle. I found these to be the most scenic that I've taken. I've also traveled on the Empire Builder, but the most scenic portions of the trip were when it was dark. The Cardinal through West Virginia is also a very nice journey.
We try to take a long distance train one way each year. It is our way to decompress on our way to our destination.
Oh, yes superchief1! I really want to do the Coast Starlight one day!! Dying to take a ride on the SP 4449 on day, too.
We actually did an excursion on SP 4449 from Sacramento to Portland in 1984 when we lived in Walnut Creek. Even though we had mechanical issues delays on the first day of our trip, this was one of my lifetime highlight trips. Steam engines are amazing and almost living beings. I hope to do an excursion on NW 611 in the next couple of years.
Fantastic superchief1. Steam engines definitely are amazing, some of my favorite machines period. I have yet to experience large steam, though. I've only ever rode on small, industrial steam in Hawaii. SP 4449 is definitely on the top of my list, though the NW 611 and even the UP Challenger would be awesome too. And definitely the Durango Silverton one day.
I think Snail5930 hit it exactly on the head for me. Purely from a tourist point of view, Angor Wat and the Egyption Pyramids would likely top a list that would also include the temples of Bagan in Myanmar (thanks jasper100), an African game drive on a private reserve (thanks to ssindc) and the Mayan temples. (And Kyoto gardens and Iguassa Falls and, and, .) More than any of that however, my eyes have begun to be firmly drawn towards Hispaniola, for reasons other than tourism. Something is a foot with me, though I'm not yet sure jusy what. Will see where this all leads...
Gosh, Cuba would be great, would it not? I can't believe how cheap flights are!
Great question razorbackfan ! The Northern Lights are definitely on my list.... However, Pompeii and Herculaneum are at the top of our list! We've been talking about this Italy trip for years, and simply need to make it.
Well, razorbackfan, you raise a great point.
My problem is that my bucket list keeps getting longer, not shorter! Fortunately, I've been (very) lucky with living abroad and enjoying extensive work-related travel opportunities for many years. But... but ... there are SO MANY place I haven't been to.... So, here's 10 - in alphabetical order (but it could just as easily be 20, or 30)....
Granted, it's maddening how close I've been to many of these. But you can't do everything. Or can you?
Still at this point, there's plenty of time...
For international travel, China is a country I am eager to visit, with Greece, Switzerland and Austria close contenders. Domestically, I want to visit all of the 13 presidential libraries. Started in 2016 with visits to the Johnson library in Austin, TX, Reagan in Simi Valley, CA, and Nixon in Yorba Linda, CA. In March will spend some time in the midwest and should be able to get to Truman in Independence, MO, Clinton in Little Rock, AK, and possibly Eisenhower in Abilene, KS.
Her Majesty's Theatre in the City of Westminster.
The show has been there since the beginning, 1986.
I can't find the info any more, but I remember reading or hearing about a special anniversary edition that was (to be?) played at the Garnier Opera in Paris, where the myth of the actual Phantom of Gaston Leroux's book comes from. Having already visited Garnier in the past, I'd pay good money to see the musical rendition in that venue!
I was able to clear 4 major trips in 2016 from my bucket list as follows:
1. Trip in January 2016 to Australia to the Australian Tennis open in Melbourne. This completed my bucket list to attend all four major tennis titles. On this visit, also went to Tasmania, Perth, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Sydney and Perth.
2. Trip in May 2016 to Japan (our 40th Wedding Aniversary) including Tokyo and Kyoto and the bullet train.
3.Trip in August/September 2016 to Uganda including making treks to see the Gorilla's
4. Trip in November/December 2016 to Antartica including 4 landings on the continent and 2 Zodiac tours on a 21 Day cruise on Seabourn.
By the way, I posted videos of all the trips above. So if you are thinking about adding any of these to your bucket list, feel free to visit my videos to see if they my be places you will want to add to your bucket list!!!
In May 2017 my wife and I will be visiting Borneo, another place on our bucket list.
Looking to do WOWAIR to Reykjavik sometime this year or next. Whether or not we get to scope out the lights will be mostly luck, but either way the geothermal springs and city would be extremely fun.
My top bucket list item is to own a second home/apartment in Rome some day. I've studied and worked over in Rome and love everything about the city, so having a place over there is the dream.
Yeah, these Euro-low-cost operators sound good, but they're all a squash and a squeeze... but cheap, real cheap. I fly all over Europe with them and never pay more than £100 return. The principle ones I use are RyanScare (Ryanair), SqueezyJet (EasyJet), SwizzAir (WizzAir) and OwwAir (WowAir). I've even flown transatlantic with JetLoo (Jet2) - called JetLoo as frankly the plastic toilet seat is more comfortable than their new "slim profile" no-padding, 29" pitch, non-reclining seats. It's brutal...
I've tried RyanAir in the past. It's like you're strapped in some oversized children's car seat and forced to watch commercials performed live for the entire duration of the flight.
After my London stay, I'll probably take the Stena Line to The Netherlands... a little bit for the budget (30 GBP ticket?) and a little bit for the nostalgia. Really sad that the Stena HSS Discovery doesn't exist any more, I really loved that machine!
Great discussion topic, razorbackfan! My bucket list has been in a constant state of change lately, thanks to shifting priorities. Most of it revolves around travel, and while many center around what I want to do, in recent years the items that moved to the top of my list are insuring my grandparents get to see/experience what they want while they're still able to. I'm hoping to cross a big piece of that later this year.
But, still my number one bucket list item is a little out there... It is to see the Earth from orbit, or perhaps even the moon. Right now thats an insanely expensive endeavor, with Space Adventures quoting at least $10 million for an orbital visit, but as technology continues to evolve, I'm hoping this goal will become attainable within my lifetime.
YYes, kharada46, earth-rise! Alas, like you, it's way out my budget but Sir Richard Branson reckons Virgin Galactic will be doing it for $30,000 by 2030... I will be on board at that price!
brightlybob, let's see if he can do it! And if his competitors can do it as well. There a handful of options in development now that look promising. And $30,000? That's attainable! Perhaps not by that time for me, but better than $10 million lol
kharada46 Never in a million years would I have thought about adding your #1 bucket list destination to my list even though I would have loved to be an astronaut. I was so impressed when Christa McAuliffe was chosen to go up in space. Unfortunately, I knew I was not smart enough. Let's see, in 2030, if I still have $30,000 in my retirement account, I may join @brightlybob on board.
razorbackfan, that was a tragic event for sure. But in the same way that terror activity in France won't deter from going there, the risks inherent in space flight wouldn't deter me from jumping at the opportunity if I got it!