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 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)
Try new ethnic Chinese dishes in the San Gabriel Valley – tried two restaurants last year but want to try more
Take the ferry to Balboa Island (Newport Beach)
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
Close to Home
Explore different areas of San Diego – just been to Old Town, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter and the zoo
Go to San Juan Capistrano
Go to Laguna Beach
See wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert or on the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
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
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
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.)