Forest Lake, Minnesota Travel Agent
What's on My Bucket List?
According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, travel is the top aspiration of Americans of all ages. Whether Baby Boomers, Millennials, Gen Xers, or folks – like me – who fall somewhere in between, the average person has eight destinations or travel experiences on their bucket list. And, let’s be honest, once we check off all eight items on the bucket list, it’s sure pretty easy to add eight more back on!
What’s on my bucket list for 2018 and beyond? Read on.
Iceland: The land of fire and ice, Iceland is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between North America and Europe. Known for its rugged natural beauty, friendly residents, and Nordic cuisine, Iceland is home to waterfalls, volcanoes, and unbelievable views of the Northern Lights in the winter. Fermented shark is a local delicacy – not sure if I’ll be brave enough to try it!
Antarctica: Keeping with the colder-than-Minnesota theme, Antarctica has been on my bucket list since I was a child. The opportunity to see unique wildlife – penguins, whales, seals, and birds – up close and personal intrigues me. An expedition cruise, from southern Argentina or Chile, is the best way to experience this remote continent.
The Orient Express: One of the world’s quintessential luxury travel experiences, the Orient Express today consists of perfectly restored rail cars from the ‘20s and ‘30s that travel between London and Venice every week or so. The train’s heritage, beautiful alpine scenery and gourmet cuisine make this a must-do bucket list experience for me.
Croatia: Even though I’ve already been there twice, the European nation of Croatia and its neighbors, Slovenia and Montenegro, continue to beckon me. The sea is crystal clear, the welcome warm, and the blend of history, culture, food and drink, and natural beauty are unbeatable. Next time, I plan to spend more time exploring the Istrian Peninsula, which includes the Venetian city of Rovinj, Roman ruins of Pula, and the beautiful Kamenjak National Park.
Queen Mary 2: Another of the world’s must-do travel experiences is a transatlantic crossing on the luxury liner Queen Mary 2. Seven glorious, uninterrupted days at sea to relax, unwind, disconnect, and enjoy the myriad of onboard activities sounds delightful. Plus...no jet lag!
Hawaii: Hawaii is a perennially-popular destination, and many travelers never venture off the beaten bath and discover the real Hawaii. Every fall and winter, UnCruise Adventures operates a week-long cruise on the 36 guest Safari Explorer, visiting smaller islands, unique villages, and offering the chance to view the islands from the sea. Add in snorkeling, sea kayaking, and farm-to-table (or sea-to-table) cuisine, and I’m in!
Japan: When I was young, I had a chance to see the cherry blossom trees blooming in Washington, DC. These trees, which are native to Japan, were given to the United States to celebrate the friendship between the two nations. I’ve always looked forward to visiting Japan itself during spring, when these beautiful trees bloom all across the island. Japan is an island of natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage, and some very interesting foods to sample.
Quebec City: Much closer to home, Quebec City is a slice of France in the heart of Canada. From historic battlefields to the charming Old Town, Quebec City is full of interesting sights and unique cultural experiences. The nearby Ile d’Orleans, known as the “Garden of Quebec,” is a rural place that is still home to artisan producers of maple syrup, cheese, wine, and more.
What’s on your bucket list? Share it with me and other travelers at facebook.com/ingenioustravels!