“Argentina and Burma. I have been to most of the countries in the world, but not those two. I want to shoot doves in Argentina. Burma, of course, because no one has really been there.”

– Jeremy Clarkson perfectly describing my Bucket List –

London, Stonehenge
Stonehenge during typical British weather, England, May 2004

Growing up in a small town in Ohio, I grew up with the mentality that everything I’ve ever seen in books or on TV I’ll never see in real life. That all of these incredible places, beautiful settings and scenes, historic monuments, were all out of reach and completely unthinkable. My family, save a few trips down to Florida for vacation, never traveled. No one ever had any stories of adventure in my small town, save one friend who traveled on a youth program to Australia (and he was immediately the coolest guy in my school!). As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to travel to England and visit the places we had studied during our readings of Shakespeare and Chaucer. It planted a seed in me that would eventually grow and lead from my university in Columbus, Ohio to the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and counting.

One of the seminal moments of my life was seeing Stonehenge for the first time. Located on the rolling hills in the countryside of London near Amesbury and Salisbury, I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. This was more than 10 years ago, and still remember the tears coming down my face as I finally realized that there was a world outside of Ohio and that I could really experience and see any place that existed, even in my wildest dreams! This small, terrible photo is the only one I still have from this trip (camera phones weren’t the norm back in the day) and it means more to me than any other I have. As Ibn Battuta said “Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” I hope you’ll join me as I aspire to reach all of these places. Here’s to the next adventure!

Bucket List
Mountains overlooking Vang Vienne and the Mekong River, Laos, October 2014
  1. Visit the Pacific Islands
  2. Attend Ohio State play Michigan in the Horseshoe (4 times)
  3. The Taj Mahal, India
  4. Mount Everest, Nepal/Tibet
  5. The Great Wall of China, China
  6. See the Northern Lights
  7. Trek around Scandinavia
  8. Ride a horse Gaucho-style from North Patagonia to South Argentina and Drake’s Passage
  9. Make it to Antarctica
  10. Visit the South Pole
  11. Temples of Bagan, Burma/Myanmar
  12. Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar
  13. Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma/Myanmar
  14. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  15. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  16. Clubbing in Bangkok, Thailand
  17. Ko Pi Pi, Ko Tao, Ko Phangon, Ko Samui, Thailand
  18. The Coliseum of Rome, Italy
  19. The Statue of Liberty, USA
  20. Machu Pichu, Peru
  21. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  22. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
  23. The Kremlin, Russia
  24. Cristo Redento, Brazil
  25. Explore the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky
  26. Travel in a Winnebago from the Grand Canyon through the National Parks and up to British Columbia
  27. Attend the World Cup
  28. The Terracotta Army, China
  29. The Forbidden City, China
  30. The White House, USA
  31. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  32. The Amazon Rainforest
  33. Travel and Trek Bhutan
  34. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  35. Easter Island, Chile
  36. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  37. Boat down the Nile River
  38. The Serengeti/Masai Mara, Tanzania/Kenya
  39. Gondar, Ethiopia
  40. Timbuktu, Mali
  41. The Sistine Chapel, The Vatican
  42. The Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  43. The Golden Pavilion, Japan
  44. The Tower of London, England
  45. Stonehenge, England
  46. Visit the legendary castles of England
  47. The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  48. Visit the whisky distilleries, Scotland
  49. Attend a Manchester United vs. Arsenal game at Old Trafford
  50. The Golan Heights, Israel
  51. The Western Wall, Israel
  52. Clubbing in Tel Aviv, Israel
  53. Visit the Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan
  54. Travel the Steppes of Mongolia
  55. Take a Gondola in Venice, Italy
  56. Oktoberfest, Germany
  57. Climb Table Mountain, South Africa
  58. Uluru, Australia
  59. Salt Flats of Bolivia
  60. Hollywood Sign, USA
  61. Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway
  62. Attend the Champion’s League Final
  63. Attend the World Cup Final
  64. Cappadocia, Turkey
  65. Float in the Dead Sea, Israel
  66. Lalibela, Ethiopia
  67. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
  68. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  69. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
  70. Attend the NFL Super Bowl
  71. Reed Flute Caves, China
  72. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  73. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
  74. Tianzi Mountains, China
  75. Northern Lights in Highlands, Iceland
  76. The Infinite Pool, Singapore
  77. Tubing down the Mekong River, Vang Vieng, Laos
  78. Kuangsi Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos
  79. Carrera Lake, Argentina
  80. Mount Roraima, Venezuela
  81. Attend El Clasico, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
  82. Hardanger Bridge, Norway
  83. Heart Sea Arch, Portugal
  84. Sea Cliffs in Varadero, Cuba
  85. Kawasan Falls, Philippines
  86. Make the trip to North Korea
  87. Kotor Bay, Montenegro
  88. Fairy Pools at the Top, Isle of Skye in Scotland
  89. Waterfall Castle, Poland
  90. Stay in the Glass Igloo Village Hotels, Finland
  91. Udaipur, India
  92. Tasmania, Australia
  93. and counting…

Did I miss anything? What are your recommendations? Where do you aspire to go? Leave ’em in the comments.

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, April 2015

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