Places I Want To Experience

Travel Bucket List 

Here are the places that I am planning to visit and the experiences that I dream of having. I am always editing and revising my list. I like to keep my bucket list manageable and make it as specific and focused as possible, in order to make it easier for me to plan and accomplish my goals. I have broken my list down into the countries I desire to explore in bold letters, along with the things I want to do underneath that header.

Explore Guatemala

Admire the natural beauty of Semuc Champey and Lanquin

Stay at a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlan

Visit the villages of Panajachel, San Pedro La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Santiago, San Juan La Laguna, and Jaibalito

Study Spanish at Lake Atitlan and/or Antigua

Stay at a local family homestay while studying Spanish

Explore colonial Antigua

Visit Xela (Quetzaltenango)

See Rio Dulce and Livingston

See the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Yaxha, Nakum, Uaxactun, Iximche, El Mirador,

Visit the island of Flores

Hike up an active volcano (Pacaya, San Pedro, etc.)

Explore Mexico 

Visit Merida

Visit Oaxaca

Visit Mexico City

Visit Leon

Visit Guanajuato

Visit small Mayan villages in the Yucatan (Temozon, Chichimila, Santa Elena, Oxkutzcab, Ticul, Muna, etc.)

See the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, Labna, Kabah, Sayil. Mayapan, Dzibilchaltun, Becan, Palenque

Visit San Cristobal de las Casas

See the waterfalls of Misol-Ha and Agua Azul in Chiapas

Visit the Mayan ruins of Coba [Done – January 2015]

Explore the ruins of Ek Balam [Done – May 2015]

See Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza [Done – May 2015]

Swim in a cenote [Done – May 2015] – Gran Cenote, Casa Cenote, Cenote Ik’Kil, San Lorenzo Oxman Cenote, Cenotes Xkeken and Samula, Cenote X’Canche, Cenote Zaci

Explore Nicaragua 

Explore colonial Granada

Visit Leon

Visit San Juan del Sur

Visit Ometepe Island and Volcano

Go volcano boarding

Visit the Masaya Market

Explore Peru 

Hike the Inca Trail

Admire the beauty of Machu Picchu

Visit Cusco

Explore Ecuador 

Explore Colombia

Explore Bolivia 

See the Bolivian Salt Flats

Explore San Francisco

Admire the views from Bernel Heights, Twin Peaks, Corona Heights Park

Explore Muir Woods

Visit Yosemite National Park

See the Hidden Garden Steps

Eat brunch at Mamma’s Restaurant in North Beach

Have dessert at Ghirardelli Square

Visit the wave organ

Catch a movie at the independent Castro Theatre or Roxie Theatre

Go for a walk along Land’s End

Visit Baker Beach

Hike the trails in the Marin Headlands

Take in the view from the top of Russian Hill (1000 block of Vallejo Street)

Check out the Sutro Baths

Explore the neighbourhoods of Noe Valley, Cole Valley, Nob Hill and Russian Hill

Visit Alcatraz [Done – July 2015]

Ride the cable cars [Done – July 2015]

Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge [Done – July 2015]

Admire the views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field and Fort Point [Done – July 2015]

See Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies [Done – July 2015]

Climb the Greenwich and Filbert Street Steps [Done – July 2015]

Climb to the top of Mosaic Steps [Done – July 2015]

See the house from Mrs. Doubtfire in Pacific Heights [Done – July 2015]

Explore the Mission District [Done – July 2015]

Explore the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood [Done – July 2015]

Hike up the crooked portion of Lombard Street [Done – July 2015]

Admire the views from Buena Vista Park [Done – July 2015]

Explore Chinatown [Done – July 2015]

Walk through Golden Gate Park [Done – July 2015]

Relax in Mission Dolores Park [Done – July 2015]

Wander around the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market [Done – July 2015]

Explore British Columbia, Canada

Explore Glacier National Park in Montana 

Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta 

Explore South East Asia 

Visit the countries of Laos, Thailand and Cambodia

Explore Asia

Visit the countries of South Korea and Japan

Explore My Home City and Province of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Check out the multicultural festival Folklorama [Done]

Visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights [Done]

Visit Fort Whyte Alive

Visit the Manitoba Museum [Done]

Eat ice cream at the Bridge Drive-In [Done]

Check out the Forks Market [Done]

Check out the Witch’s Hut in Kildonan Park

Explore inside the Manitoba Legislative Building [Done]

Walk across the Esplanade Riel/Provencher Bridge [Done]

Go hiking at Spuce Woods Provincial Park, Hecla Island, Riding Mountain and Bird’s Hill [Done]

Visit Union Station/VIA Rail Station [Done]

See a concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre [Done]

Check out Old Market Square and wander around the Exchange District [Done]

Visit the St. Norbert Farmers Market [Done]

Participate in the Doors Open Winnipeg annual event [Done]

Attend Winnipeg Folk Festival

Explore Osborne Village [Done]

Explore Corydon/Academy Streets [Done]

Walk through the Wolsely neighbourhood [Done]

Walk in the Assiniboine Forest and Park [Done]

Walk along the peaceful riverwalk at The Forks [Done]

Take a walking tour of the West End Murals

Participate in a local food tour

Take a Haunted Bus Tour

Ride the Prairie Dog Central Railway to Grosse Isle

See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Take a day trip to Winnipeg Beach, Grand Beach and Gimli [Done]

Ice-skate at The Forks on the river trails [Done]

U-Pick saskatoon berries (popular Manitoba grown berry)

Visit the Lower Fort Garry Historic Site

Check out the food truck festival/competition

See a free outdoor movie at Assiniboine Park or Memorial Park


Develop the level of fluency to be able to maintain conversations (in various tenses and contexts, be able to communicate my needs and desires) in Spanish

Use the website Couchsurfing while traveling

Work and/or volunteer in another country

House-sit in another country

Start a business

Become location-independent through working online

Stay in a hostel dorm [Done – May 2015]

2 thoughts on “Places I Want To Experience

  1. Renée Browning says:

    Go to Guatemala!

    My heart, all the places you wish to see are breathtaking and I hope that you get to see them, I know when I first set sight on Rio Dulce and on Antigua and climbed the volcano and everywhere in between I was speechless.

    I hope that you get to go soon.

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