A Swoon Divers Bucket List: Around the World in 80 Ideas

We have quite a few travel-related goals. And there’s something about writing these things down that makes them feel tangible, gives you a sense of purpose, and guides you when choosing the next destination.

Here is our bucket list, as of March 2013. Eventually, we’re going to make this a separate page on this site, and we hope to replace all the placeholder photos below with photos that we take from each experience.

As we travel and learn more about what the world has to offer, we’ll likely be adding to this list.

For now, though, here are 80 things we’d like to do around the world:

1. Ride an elephant in Chiang Mai, Thailand


2. Rent a houseboat in India

3. Camp in Redwood National Park

4. Watch the Northern Lights from Alaska


5. Sleep in a treehouse

6. Drive the original Pan-American Highway from Laredo, Texas, to Buenos Aires, Argentina

7. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

8. Safari in South Africa

9. Stay at an oceanside cabana in the Maldives


10. Eat with the locals in Sardinia

11. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef

12. Visit Machu Picchu

13. Learn to surf in Hawaii


14. Rent a cabin in the Smoky Mountains

15. Go to Cuba before the embargo is lifted

16. Visit Rio during Carnivale


17. See a jazz band in New Orleans

18. Learn to speak Spanish

19. Take a train across Russia

20. Eat pho on the streets of Vietnam


21. Learn to tango in Argentina

22. Stay overnight in the Bowerbirds’ cabin

23. WWOOF in Hawaii

24. Move to the Bay Area

Golden Gate Bridge

25. Visit every continent

26. Take a picture with the heads of Easter Island

27. Hike the Grand Canyon

28. Swim the Hamilton Pool Preserve in Austin, Texas

Hamilton Pool Preserve in Austin, Texas  -Picturesque waterfall tourism destinations

29. Read a book in a Vienna cafe

30. Tour “The Shire” in New Zealand

31. Visit Gdansk, Poland, in 2016, when it is the European Capital of Culture

32. Swim in the pool at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

33. Paddle the canals of Venice

Venice Canals

34. Climb the Great Wall of China

35. See the city of temples at Angkor Wat

36. Stay in Santa Marinella, Italy

37. Gamble in the French Riviera

French Riviera

38. Visit the Kremlin

39. Visit the Colloseum

40. Climb the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

41. Visit the Great Pyramids

42. Picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Picnic

43. Hike to the top of Masada  (Mark completed, still need to do as a couple.)

44. Float in the Dead Sea (Mark completed, still need to do as a couple.)

45. Visit the ancient city of Petra, Jordan

46. Take a picture in front of the Taj Mahal

47. Visit Japan during cherry blossom season


48. Show up at the airport with no destination in mind, get on a flight that looks appealing

49. Start driving with no destination in mind

50. Eat a snake’s heart in Vietnam

51. Try the curry in Bangkok

52. Visit the White Towns of Andalusia


53. Visit all 50 U.S. states

54. Visit Bali

55. Teach English in China

56. Take the train to Montreal

57. Ride a bike in Amsterdam


58. Vacation at Palanga/Yalta

59. Spend a week in Barcelona

60. Spend a week in Prague

61. Camp in the Australian Outback

62. Drink at a gin joint in Casablanca

63. Visit a windmill in Holland


64. Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia

65. Swim in the mineral springs of Italy

66. Eat a Belgian waffle — in Belgium

67. Spend some time in Malta

68. Visit Sarek National Park, Sweden

69. Tour the Palace of Versailles, France


70. Tour a Scottish castle

71. Marvel at the architecture in Brugges, Belgium

72. Get dressed up in Oslo, Norway

73. Ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia in Turkey


74. Sun on the Island of Brac, Croatia

75. Swim at Porto Katsiki, Greece

76. Milk a cow in Switzerland

77. Explore the caves of Slovenia

78. Walk under the Agueda Umbrellas in Beira Litoral, Portugal


79. Visit the Crooked Forest in Poland

80. Road trip from NYC to San Francisco


  1. This is an amazing list!!! I have some of the same things on my list (which I have not gotten around to blogging about yet). I hope you get to experience all of these things and mark them off your list!

    • Well, let’s start getting some of these crossed off, right?! Ready, set, go! 🙂


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