Banff National Park

The Travel Bucket List

If you don’t have a travel bucket list, make one now! Because, without a dream, life would be boring. I decided to put together this bucket list out of a need for escape; escape from the dull, nine-to-five life that consumes this country.

If you don’t have a travel bucket list, make one now!  Because, without a dream, life would be boring.

I decided to put together this bucket list out of a need for escape; escape from the dull, nine-to-five life that consumes this country.  

I want to travel.  I want to experience.  I want to find a little trouble and visit other cultures.  I want to become educated about how the rest of the world lives.

Early each year I try to figure out where I want to travel.  Some years it’s just a handful of small trips and some years I head to places like Europe.  But I’ve never sat down and made a list.  

So, here are the top 10 places on my bucket list!

I’ve been trolling Bikepacking.com for some time now and I’ve fallen in love with a handful of routes listed on the site.  One of the first I came across was the Alpine Loop in Colorado.  It’s a moderate two day trek on the bike with lung-busting climbs and fast downhill.  But the views look spectacular.

Backpacking Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Capitol Reef National Parks

I have been to Utah exactly once: on a layover heading home from a job where the company just laid off every single person.  This was pre-SLC Olympics and there was no booze anywhere in SLC.  

I’m sure this time things will be better.  I will pack some very good bourbon and head into three of the most spectacular parks on the planet with a backpack and my camera.

Glacier National Park (Montana) and Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada)

Glacier National Park, Montana
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

After researching numerous places I want to see in North America, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only place more beautiful than Glacier National Park is Banff in Canada.

I will hit these two spectacular places in one trip.

Paris

Do I really need to explain why I want to visit one of the most romantic cities on earth? 

Amsterdam & Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles, pot, history, etc.  No need to explain.

Rijeka, Croatia

In the early 2000s, I was chin-deep into photography and I met a woman named Tamara Loncar on a photo contest website.  She and I became friends and I’ve been dreaming of visiting her hometown ever since.  This place just looks magical.  After all, it’s the coast of Croatia!

Tamara...

Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish

I actually had a nice trip to Seattle and Vancouver planned last May but it suddenly got canceled.  I’m looking forward to heading up there with my bike in tow and playing around some majestic trails through the entire region.

Vietnam

I spent a year in South Korea.  It was an experience I will never forget.  It wasn’t an experience I cherish, but I will never forget it.

That was 28 years ago.  One of my best friends is Vietnamese and she has sold me on wanting to vacation in this spectacular part of the world so I’m giving it a try.  

Sicily, Italy

It all comes down to friends, doesn’t it?

I spent a semester in college at the University of Exeter in southwest England.  While there, I met a woman named Rosaria and we have been friends ever since.  I’ve been dying to visit her in her hometown of Catania, Sicily, Italy.  

More importantly, I’m half Italian and my family is from the north side of Sicily in Palermo.

Rosaria...

What’s on your bucket list?

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