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Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 | 23 comments

My Bucket List for 2012

A lot of us have bucket lists.  Somewhere on a piece of paper, on an electronic document or maybe in that little corner of our brain we have taken note of those places we want to visit or those things we want to do.

Well, I have to admit that somewhere among my documents I have written the places I would like to visit.  Of course, they are mostly international destinations or places at the other side of the country.

For this year, however, I wanted to do something different.  You know I am a big advocate of moving, exploring, discovering and learning. I believe you can have a great adventure anywhere.  It doesn’t matter if it is close to your house, in your state or your country.  It just requires a little bit of imagination and creativity (and research, research, research).

Well, for this year I have created a bucket list.  ‘Cause I want to travel outside of the country but the truth is that I have 4 weeks (or less) to do that. Right now, I don’t have concrete plans of how I am going to use my vacation days ( so many possibilities, ahhh).  That doesn’t mean I am going to ground myself for the rest of the year.  That is why I decided to share the things I want to do and the places I want to visit this year.  Yes, this is what I want to do on weekends, holidays and the occasional Friday off.  Most of the things or places are within 2 hours (about 100 miles) from my house.  So, I want to see them as day adventures.

I just included things I haven’t done before.  I didn’t included things like returning to San Francisco or returning to the L.A. County Fair.  It is all about new experiences (I don’t mind repeating some, though).

So, here it goes!!!


Around Los Angeles

Go whale watching

Go on a sea fishing trip

Visit the Museum of Tolerance

Hike around Malibu

Go to El Matador Beach (in Malibu)

Visit and eat at the Redondo Beach Pier – this is the city where I live and haven’t been to the pier area

Eat in Little Ethiopia

Eat in Little Saigon (Orange County)

Explore Los Angeles’ Chinatown

Try new ethnic Chinese dishes in the San Gabriel Valley – tried two restaurants last year but want to try more

Take a culinary tour of downtown Los Angeles

Take the ferry to Balboa Island (Newport Beach)

Explore Old Pasadena

Hike a trail that ends in a waterfall

See birds in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (Huntington Beach)

Go on an Architectural Home Tour of the city I live in

Take a better look of Abbot Kinney Blvd and the canals in Venice Beach


Close to Home

Explore different areas of San Diego – just been to Old Town, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter and the zoo

Go to Santa Barbara – went once for a day, need to explore more, would like to arrive there by train

Go to San Juan Capistrano

Go to Laguna Beach

See wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert or on the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Visit the Safari Park in Escondido

Visit 1 or 2 National Parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon or Channel Islands)


A Little Bit Farther

Go somewhere in California’s Central Coast – went to Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Carpinteria

Day trip to Rosarito and Ensenada in Mexico – mainly to eat around

Would like to visit a new state – preferably one close to California, never been to Arizona, New Mexico or Oregon

Go to the TBEX annual meeting in Keystone, Colorado – not sure about this one


Where I Have to Go

Las Vegas – I have already a package for Las Vegas and have to use it before June.  Will use my time there to hike around Red Rock Canyon and do the Skywalk.

Napa – I have accommodations for October



Not sure yet but at least two international trips


Wow, that is a lot.  Plus, I keep coming with ideas.  It is a given.  The list will change during the year.

I expect to have lots of fun this year.  I am sure you can enjoy the year too by discovering new places, activities and cuisines.  You know what?  Why you don’t create a list like mine?  Write everything you have ever wanted to do in your surrounding area.  It doesn’t matter if you want to try the ice cream at certain place or if you want to kayak in a lake.  I bet you can come up with a fun and interesting list (if you do create a list, let me know, I would like to take a look).

Hope you have a fantastic year.  I would let you know how I scratch entries from my list.

What plans do you have for 2012? Can you suggest something for my list? Let me know in the comments section below.

Note: I have included only travel related things.  I have more plans in other areas of my life (health, relationships, spiritual, etc.)


  1. Great ideas! I guess at this point in my writing career, I have a tentative list of places I would like to visit, but I’m really just open to being sent pretty much anywhere! I also have Vegas on my list, along with a couple of cruises, but after that, it’s all up in the air!!
    Jan Ross recently posted..Swimming and Sunning at the Watercolor Inn & ResortMy Profile

    • Well Jan, I can’t disagree with what you wrote. Sometimes, I have plans but different things come up. Like you, I would take any trip any time,

  2. Ruth, if you’re looking for a nearby state, I highly recommend going to Oregon, especially Portland. Easy and walkable city, great public transportation, excellent food, and plenty of places to walk around and explore. Also, nearby are the Multnomah Falls – you can actually get to a waterfall in about 2 minutes from the parking lot, but there are also several other trails leading to other waterfalls. Multnomah Falls are only about 30 miles from Portland, and right off the freeway.

    And, come October, feel free to check out our website for suggestions on your trip to Napa –

    Happy travels!
    Craig recently posted..Best of 2011 – Sonoma CountyMy Profile

    • Craig,
      I have had Portland in my mind for a long time. I have also heard about Multnomah Falls, they look so tall!!! Thanks for the recommendations. And definetly, I will check your website for suggestions on my October trip.
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  3. Awesome list Ruth! I don’t usually make these sorts of lists, because it feels more like a to-do list with pressure and stress to get everything done. But your list gives me a lot of good ideas, so I’m going to write a bunch of them down 🙂

    Arizona and New Mexico are gorgeous… definitely go to one or both! A lot of people seem to be on the fence about TBEX this year. I’ll be there, so if you make it we’ll have to say hi.
    Scott – Quirky Travel Guy recently posted..Quirky Attraction: Bronze Fonz statue in MilwaukeeMy Profile

    • Scott,
      Like you, I don’t usually do this type of lists. This are just ideas I want to remember. If it is not this year, then it will have to wait. However, I feel a lot of them are kind of simple. It is just a matter of attitude. Plus, I want to show the people who read this blog that there a lot of interesting things to do even if it is close to your house.

      I am still not sure about TBEX. Will think about it. I think I am mostly interested in meeting other bloggers.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

  4. Great list, Ruth. It’s amazing all of the things we can find to see and do that are close to home. I love exploring areas close to my home in the San Francisco area. Glad to see you’ve got Napa on your list If you’ve got time, check out Sonoma wine country, too). Hope to see you at TBEX in Keystone!
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..TWS’s ABCs of TravelMy Profile

    • Cathy,
      Last week, I visited San Francisco for the first time. I just loved it. However, I just feel like I scratched the surface. Need to do more trips to discover more of the region.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

    • Thanks you very much for the info. I took a look at your article. I have heard a lot of the park but never have been there. Going to plan a trip for this spring.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

  5. Great List! You’re going to love Napa (that’s my neck of the woods). I adore spending the day at Oxbow Market eating food from some of the best pruveyors and drinking wine before noon :). It’s my favorite close-to-home getaway.

    At this point my bucket list is a bit out of control, but there are just so many cool things to accomplish! I just wrote this list of 543 goals to add to your bucket list. Hope it gives you a few ideas 🙂
    Annette | Bucket List Journey recently posted..I’ve Been to Yoga Hell. It Was Really Hot.My Profile

    • Thanks for the tip on the Oxbow Market. I love this kind of markets. I recenrly visited San Francisco’s Ferry Building. What a place!

      Wow, your 543 list looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

    • Stephanie,
      Thanks. I saw that you are also in the move. Hope you discover amazing places this year.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

    • David,
      Happy new year to you too. Thanks for all your good wishes. Japan and Borneo? That sounds great. Let me tell you that Malaysia and Singapore are on my tentative travel list. Have a wonderful year.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

  6. Great list! This sounds like a pre “Best of Travel 2012” – local destinations, domestic destinations, international destinations! 🙂

    I really like the idea of exploring places close to home. Years ago, I may not have considered that traveling. Now I love the idea of finding places close to home. Like you, I want to go to far away places as well. However, my time off this year will be spent traveling in the US for the College Football Travel Tour.

    I like how you really planned this out. This way, you have goals and plans you can work towards and something to keep you accountable to doing the things you set out to do. Good luck in these travels! It will be interesting to see how much of these you get done! 🙂
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..A rivalry renewed – a look from the other sideMy Profile

    • Jeremy,
      Thanks for stopping by. There are so many places out there. It is difficult to decide where to go. I just wanted to write down what I have been wanting to do for a long time. Last year, the list was longer but I was able to visit a lot of new places. So this year, I hope I can continue discovering my “local” area.
      Ruth recently posted..My Bucket List for 2012My Profile

  7. 2012 is going to be a busy and exciting year for you! I’m also going to be traveling more domestically, mostly in western states. I have 1 international trip to Ireland in the works, and another international trip to study. I’d love to get to the TBEX meet-up too, but am still trying to figure out if the timing will work. Good luck to you in 2012!
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  8. I never quite believed in bucket lists until I somehow was persuaded to do one this year and actually, I did something pretty similar to you! There are soo many places around me that I have no idea about or take them for granted. So I have decided to visit all those villages around Barcelona and even in Spain!

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