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Bucket List Journey

List Worthy Experiences from Around the World

Play the Real Escape Logic Game. San Francisco.

I have been known to solve a few sudoku puzzles in my day, maybe even excelled at a game of Candy Crush. But, when my escape from being locked in a room with total strangers depended on all of us working together to solve challenging logic puzzles, panic ensued. Would we be one of the average 2% that actually escapes? Real Escape Game is a live puzzle that was brought to San Francisco from Japan. This is not at all surprising since the Japanese are… Read More »

228 Bucket Lists. 10,000 Things To Do Before You Die.

Are you looking for Bucket List ideas? Sometimes it’s best to get inspiration from others and this page is filled with bucket lists for you to peruse, ponder and get inspired by. There are over 200 lists and 10,000 ideas of things to do before you die. Don’t know what a bucket list is or how to create one? Check out The Ultimate Bucket List Resource Guide for help.   Adventure Bucket Lists If flying in a wing suit, scaling a glacier or… Read More »

Eat a Greek Salad in Greece

I have eaten plenty of versions on an Americanized Greek Salad where the ingredients were mixed in, or layer on top of, an assortment of leafy greens. And they were pretty delicious.  But, it wasn’t until actually traveling to Greece that I was introduced to the traditional rendition of this dish. And there has been no turning back ever since. A Greek Salad in Greece is typically made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, kalamata olives, oregano and olive oil. Did you notice that there was… Read More »

20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and filled with quirky things to do that range from adventurous to romantic to just plain weird. It is a mix of scenic landscapes, bustling neighborhoods, microbreweries, distilleries and bucket list worthy adventures for everyone. 20 Bucket List Things to Do in Portland   1. See the Smallest Park in the World At the intersection of two streets in Southwest Portland, located in the center divide, you will find Mill Ends Park. At a whopping 452 square inches it… Read More »

Learn to Make Pasta From a Nonna in Italy

I had many regrets when my adorable Italian Nonna passed away several years ago. But, the one that still haunts me today is that I didn’t give her my undivided attention while she was making all of her traditional recipes that she brought to America from her tiny village in Northern Italy. I vividly remember her sweet, stubby fingers rolling potato gnocchi and stuffing fresh raviolis for hours in the early afternoon. Though I received some sporadic lessons, all of her delicious… Read More »

Go to a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica.

Heading to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica frightened and excited me all at the same time. The intimidating part was that it had been over a year since I had practiced any yoga; my mat was getting dusty in the back of the closet and my downward dog looked more like a lazy cat stretching. The thrilling part was that I would be spending a whole week at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, located on the countries… Read More »

Create a Travel Photo Book

My 40,000+ travel photos are all neatly stored on an external hard drive that is attached to me like a limb. Often times, hours are spent flipping through these pictures on my laptop remembering the adventures like they were yesterday. And even more often, the desire existed to have a physical photograph book to be able to flip real paper pages. There is just something extra special about seeing your photographs in print. So, you can imagine when Milk Books wanted to collaborate with Bucket List Journey, I jumped at the chance. They are a… Read More »

Hike to the top of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos

When you are traveling around the world you quickly realize that many attractions require the need for climbing of some sort (see the Bucket List of 15 Things to Climb in the World for exhausting examples). When I heard that it was 374 steps uphill to the peak of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos, I began having flashbacks of the 463 steps to the top of Florence’s Duomo. Climbing that wasn’t pretty. It was where I learned that a 78-year-old great grandmother was in better… Read More »

Swim With Whale Sharks in Cancun

I am not a huge fan of cilantro, raw tomatoes, spicy food, tequila shots or wearing sombreros, which is why traveling to the touristy towns in Mexico is typically not high on my list. But, there was something in Cancun that I would eat a habanero pepper covered in tomato salsa while wearing a silly hat for. Swimming with whale sharks. I had been intrigued by their massiveness on television and read about their gentleness in magazines. It has been… Read More »

Have a Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Peter and I are not romantic. Cute, yes. Romantic? Not so much. In our 20 years together there has never been rose petals sprinkled on the bed, feeding each other caviar by candlelight or long bubble baths with champagne. Though, while traveling through Santorini, Greece there was an opportunity to get a little romance on and I wasn’t about to let it slip by. Maybe we could be converted to passionate lovey doveys while thousands of miles from home. On the Greek… Read More »