I like lists.
From the weekly shopping list; a list of ice cream flavors to try; and a list of languages I’d like to learn in my life time.
I am proud of my lists, and endeavour to complete each while I am still young and able (with the exception of that shopping list, the odd bag of candy and the discounted shoes keep sneaking in between essential items).
There is however, one list that continues to grow exponentially each time I watch another documentary, read a new book and make a new friend… the travel bucket list.
One of the items on my list was to get married in a foreign destination. That was my only requirement for the wedding when my husband proposed.
We tied the knot on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Vanuatu back in 2010 and thus ticking that off the list. At the same time, I was able to tick off “stand on top of an active volcano” when we visited Tanna Island on the same trip, as well as “visit the underwater post office” while snorkeling off Hideaway Island.
READ MORE: Vanuatu’s volcano: Experiencing Tanna’s fury
Here are some of the items that I was lucky enough to be able to tick off: ride an elephant; volunteer in a remote community; visit Machu Picchu; live abroad for a year; and being kissed by a stranger under the Eiffel Tower.
Then, as I slowly work through my list, I discover that there are so much more than my list can ever offer me.
Vanuatu for example, has a lot more to it than just the volcano, the underwater post office and as a romantic getaway.
There’s that tradition of land diving to be witnessed (added to the list), the excellent scuba diving sites to be explored (added to the list), the beautiful blue lake to swim in (added to the list) and World War II relics to visit (added to the list).
The same dilemma would happen over and over again, as I take a one step forward, two steps back approach and the list is getting longer, even as I attempt to travel more than I ever had.
So far, there are still 281 items to do on my travel bucket list, and every time I tick one item off the list, two or three new items get added.
How will I, in such a rapidly changing world full of new discoveries and cultures, ever be able to finish ticking off this list?
I had better figure this out before I kick the bucket.
What’s on your travel bucket list? Tell us about your list and if you have the same problem as our resident Dromomaniac. We’d love to hear your thoughts!