My Travel Bucket List

I thought I’d share with you a bit what’s on my travel bucket list both locally and globally. A LOT of these goals are actually places I’ve wanted to see, or events I’ve wanted to attend since I was a kid (or at least a teenager). This is more a list of things I want to do rather than specific countries I want to see, which is a whole other list. There are SOOO many things I could add but I thought I’d keep it simple for now. 🙂

Canadian Goals

1. Visit every province and at least one territory

I’ve been to 9 out of 10 provinces in Canada and have only have left to see Newfoundland and Labrador (which is one province with two names just to confuse you).

2. See the Northern Lights from north of the arctic circle

This is something I’d want to do when I visit one of the territories or Scandinavia. Although I have already see Aurora Borealis growing up in central Alberta I can only imagine how much more spectacular that close to them.

Person in the distance looking at a blue green Aurora Borealis with snow on ground

3. Visit L’anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland

This is where Vikings first landed in Canada long before anyone else knew how to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Even thought this wasn’t how the Canada that we know today was founded, it feels like a really cool step in the history of our country.

4. Take a Train Trip through the Rocky Mountains

This is something my sister and I have talked about doing as a fun vacation when were in our 40’s and all our (hypothetical) kids are teenagers who longer need adult supervision. I actually met quite a few people who did this when I was working in tourism. They all raved about how amazing it was, and how I absolutely HAD to do it.  The problem is, it’s REALLY pricey, so for now, it’s just a dream.

Rocky Moutain range with clouds

5. Hike the Grouse Grind in Vancouver

I have lived in Vancouver for 3 years, and the Greater Vancouver Area for 6 and still have yet to do this ever-so-popular hike.

6. Do a Polar Bear Swim

Every new year in Vancouver hundreds of people run into the freezing cold waters of English Bay and I have yet to join them. These type of events happen all across Canada in the winter, we just like to prove how Canadian we are I guess.

7. Spend an entire Summer Camping

I’m not actually sure I still want to do this but it was on my list as a teenager, and hey if I ever don’t have a place to live I’m totally down to sleep in a tent for a while.

Yellow camping tent in forest


International Goals

1. Spend a year living in another country (or multiple countries)

This just seems like the best way to really experience a new place.

2. Do an overnight hike

I’ve only ever done day hikes, but there are so many amazing places to see in this world that involve hiking more than one day. The top of my list would be Mount Kilimajora, but I think I’ll work my way up to that.

Sign and flags at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

3.  Visit every continent

So far I’ve visited every continent except South America if don’t count Antartica but definitely plan on going back to each one again just to hit the other cities and countries on my list.

4. Learn how to surf

I’m not sure if I’ll be good at it but it’s something I’ve been wanted to try for years now.

5. Hug a koala in Australia

There just so darn cute.

Koala Bear sleeping on a tree branch

6. Attend La Tomatina Festival in Madrid

This is definitely one of those things I found out about as a kid and immediately decided was the coolest thing ever. A huge group of people throwing tomatoes at one another? Why not?

7. Visit the Hobbits in New Zealand

I was obsessed with Lord of the Rings as a teenager, and if I could be any creature from Middle Earth it would be a Hobbit for sure.

Blue round door in side of hill. Hobbit house in New Zealand

8. Visit the island of Skellig Michael in Ireland

This was a monastery nearly 1,500 years ago and I’m hopefully (weather permitting) going to be visiting here on my trip in September so stay tuned for that!

Do you plan on doing any of these? What’s on your travel bucket list?

10 Comment

  1. I really liked this! I’m currently writing one myself but it needs a bit of work. Definitely inspired reading yours though.

    Bryony –

    1. Rachel Simmet says: Reply

      Let me know when you finish it, I’d love to read it. 🙂

  2. I think everyone should have a bucket list, and I love yours! I gave a feeling you’ll work your way through these in no time. Course, you’ll inevitably keep finding things to add. Happy travels!

    1. Rachel Simmet says: Reply

      I already have. haha. I remembered a few I forgot to include already.

  3. Fun goals. I am working on a 100 things list. One of those things was traveling across the USA by train, which I always considered romantic. But I just read a post that made me re-assess that one. A journalist described in detail how gross it is to be surrounded by unwashed hordes for days on end! Maybe a smaller trip, like the Rocky Mountain one you are planning would be better!

    1. Rachel Simmet says: Reply

      I’ve never heard that about train travel. Oh no. Maybe just stick with a short trip then.

  4. Sophia says: Reply

    This is such a great list! I would also totally add whale watching in Quebec or the East Coast to the Canadian portion of your travel list! A lot of our travel goals are similair, I can totally relate to wanting to hug a koala (they’re SO cute)!

    1. Rachel Simmet says: Reply

      I’ve tried Whale watching in Halifax but it was a bad time of year so didn’t see anything. Would definitely love to try again. 🙂

  5. Flo says: Reply

    What a great list! After reading this I’ve added a few things to my own bucket list!

    You should definitely, definitely learn to surf. If you ever make it to Sri Lanka, check out Talalla Surf Camp. I’ve been there a few times for surf camp and love the waves in southern Sri Lanka!

    1. Rachel Simmet says: Reply

      Thanks for the tip! I’m sure I’ll get to south-east Asia eventually. 🙂

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