Bucket List

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Introduction to Bucket List

Another bucket list blog? Well, kinda.

I used to be against these lists, thinking them boastful at best, the spirit of travel misrepresented at worst. Like country counters or passport stamp collectors, lists felt icky. I’ve changed my mind for two reasons.

One, bucket lists organize memories. This list isn’t about one-upping others’ travel experiences, it’s about tracking, sharing, and recording my own. While writing out pre-blog travel travel accomplishments (for lack of a better word) I realized I had to think long and hard in order to remember even the most incredible moments. What about a decade from now? Will I remember them at all? Bucket lists are sticky notes for the brain.

Two, bucket lists are useful for sharing blog posts. Stroll down, click around. Hopefully the how-tos on using frequent flyer miles and hotel points to visit the same destinations will inspire you to action.

Green equals done.
Red equals to-do.

Countries Visited (And Countries to Which Flights Are Booked)

Trevor countries visited

Trevor MileMethod travels

Pre-MileMethod Blog Travel

  • Live with host family in Barcelona (Catalonia)
  • Swim with wild manatee (Florida)
  • Dive 510-foot former Navy ship Spiegal Grovel (Florida Keys)
  • Take university-level courses with Costa Rican students (Costa Rica)
  • Spot poison dart frog in jungle (Costa Rica)
  • Take university-level courses with Mexican students (Mexico)
  • Watch wild sea turtles hatch (Costa Rica)
  • Sleep on uninhabited Caribbean island (Panama)
  • Bicycle across South America (Colombia to Argentina)
  • Sleep in hammock on Amazon river barge (Ecuador/Peru)
  • Drink ayahuasca with shaman (Ecuador)
  • Practice Quechua with non-Spanish-speaker (Peru)
  • Bicycle Death Road with own bike (Bolivia)
  • Rent an apartment in Florianopolis for one month (Brazil)
  • Walk through Rio de Janeiro favela alone (Brazil)
  • Rent apartment in Buenos Aires for one month (Argentina)
  • Feel mist from below Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
  • Live and work on sailboat (Florida Keys)
  • Watch wild sea turtles lay eggs (Trinidad)
  • Attend cricket match in Port-of-Spain (Trinidad)
  • Attend baseball game in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

North America

  • Hike Kalalau Trail in Na Pali Coast State Park (Kauai)

  • Book mom trip for a long weekend of Broadway Shows (New York)
  • Book mom and her friends trip to The Ellen DeGeneres Show (California)
  • Camp inside Arches National Park (Utah)
  • Rent apartment in New York City for one month (New York)
  • Attend Mike Doughty concert (Anywhere)
  • Meet Todd Colby in New York City (New York)
  • Canoe Boundary Waters with girlfriend (USA/Canada)
  • Attend hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque (New Mexico)
  • See wild grizzly bears in Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Book family all-inclusive Banff National Park trip (Canada)
  • Rent apartment in Montreal for one month (Canada)

Latin America

  • Get drunk with friends on Mendoza wine tour (Argentina)
  • Visit Joshua’s mountain home in San Marcos (Guatemala)
  • Sit where Charles Darwin sat in Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
  • Travel overland across Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana

  • Camp atop Mt. Roraima (Venezuela)
  • Stand below Angel Falls with father (Venezuela)
  • Walk naked on beach in Fernando de Noronha (Brazil)
  • View Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu peak (Peru)
  • Cave dive the Yucatan cenotes (Mexico)
  • Share yerba mate with tareferos who harvested it (Argentina)
  • Obtain residency in MERCOSUL country (South America)
  • Build shipping container house (South America)

Caribbean

  • Speak French in Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Drink rum where Captain Morgan sat
  • Attend locals-only reggae show (Jamaica)
  • Surprise friend with last-minute Caribbean trip

Europe

  • Live in Kiev for at least one month (Ukraine)
  • Cross Atlantic by cruise ship (Spain to Brazil)
  • Eat authentic gyro in Athens (Greece)
  • Drink Turkish coffee in Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Ride Trans-Siberian railroad (Moscow to Beijing)
  • Visit village in Albanian Alps (Albania)

  • Book one-month of InterContinental PointBreaks in expensive capital
  • Attend secret Manu Chao concert (Spain)
  • Snowboard in Austrian Alps (Austria)
  • Soak in volcanic hot springs (Iceland)
  • See Aurora Borealis Northern Lights (Scandinavia)
  • Get invited to family dinner in Sicily (Italy)
  • Gift miles to fulfill someone’s dream of visiting Europe

Africa

  • Attend Hamar tribe ceremony (Ethiopia)
  • Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • See wild mountain Gorillas (Rwanda)
  • Go on river safari in Okavango Delta (Botswana)

Middle East

  • Fly Etihad The Residence Suite (London to Abu Dhabi)
  • Share meal with Iranian family in Tehran (Iran)
  • Rent an apartment in Tel Aviv for one month (Israel)
  • Scuba dive shipwreck in Dead Sea (Egypt)
  • Walk where Jesus walked in Jerusalem (Israel)

Indian Subcontinent

  • Backpack overland with girlfriend (India)
  • Drink tea harvested fresh from plantation (Sri Lanka)
  • Observe funeral ceremony on Ganges River (India)

  • Rent apartment in Mumbai for one month (India)
  • Meet Gregory David Roberts (India)
  • Fly propeller plane over atolls (Maldives)

Eurasia

  • Roadtrip The ‘Stans (Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan)
  • Share meal with Georgian family in Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Cross Caspian Sea by ferry (Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan)

Asia

  • Explore world’s largest cave Sơn Đoòng (Vietnam)
  • Attend Canton Fair with interpreter (China)
  • Ride moped around Brunei (Brunei)

Oceania

  • Dance with hill tribes (Papua New Guinea)
  • Island hop with fishermen (Solomon Islands)
  • Scubadive with sharks (Vanuatu)
  • Sail between South Pacific islands

Australia and New Zealand

  • Ride Indian Pacific railroad (Perth to Sydney)
  • Rent apartment in Melbourne for one month (Australia)
  • Bicycle tour South Island (New Zealand)
  • Share meal with Maori family (New Zealand)
  • Attend rugby match (New Zealand)

Antarctica

  • Sail from Argentina to Antarctica
  • See stars from Antarctica

Last updated: March 25th, 2017


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