Bucket List

Banff National Park

India’s Golden Triangle

Eat momo in Katmandu, Nepal

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Earn enough Hyatt Rewards points for a free stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives (I use my Hyatt Rewards credit card for just about EVERYTHING)

Highclere Castle (of Downton Abbey fame)

Cartagena, Colombia


Go on a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Panama Canal cruise


Visit all 50 United States (28 down, 22 to go!)

Experience Francophone culture in Dakar, Senegal

Take a Danube River cruise at Christmas

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

D-Day landing beaches, France

Edinburgh and the Scottish highlands

Visit Provence during the summer months, specifically to see the lavender fields in bloom

Visit my great-grandmother’s village in Poland and find out more about her family and siblings

Visit the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i

Get over my fear of altitude sickness and travel to Peru-DONE (2014)

Have a mojito in Cuba

Revisit my former haunts in Spain, Costa Rica-DONE (2018), and South Korea-the three countries I studied abroad in during college

Rent a convertible and drive down the Overseas Highway to Key West

Stay at the Chateau de la Chèvre d’or Eze, a 5 star hotel that is located on the French Riviera

Fly in business or first class…at least once-DONE (British Airways flight from Pittsburgh to London-2019)

Visit the Library of Congress-DONE (2013)

See Victoria Falls and stay at the historic Victoria Falls hotel in Zimbabwe

See Iguazú Falls in Argentina/Brasil

Take a mother-daughter trip.-DONE (2016, 2018)

Visit Monet’s house and garden at Giverny in France. I have wanted to go there ever since I read the book Linnea in Monet’s Garden as a child.

Stay in an overwater bungalow in French Polynesia

Visit all of the Disney theme parks-still to do are Hong Kong Disney, Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disney

Take a balloon ride in the Cappadocia region of Turkey-DONE (2019)

Swim in the Dead Sea

Chase the Northern Lights, preferably in Iceland or see the Midnight Sun there (either or)

Return to Belgium and try moules (mussels). I was too scared the first time I visited.

Visit the World War I battlefield Gallipoli in Turkey. Here would be to you Dr. Rosensweig-DONE (2019)

Visit Petra in Jordan

Do the whole nine yards in Egypt-museums, pyramids, a Nile River cruise

Visit the Auschwitz concentration camp

Tour the Yad Vashem in Israel

Visit the Galapagos Islands, swim with sea lions

Go on an Alaskan cruise-DONE (2017)

Take a cooking class abroad-DONE (2020-Hanoi, Vietnam)

Walk/drive/bike some of the Camino de Santiago

Go on a safari in Africa-any country with prime wildlife will do

Play with pandas in Chengdu, China

Visit Prince Edward Island (huge Anne of Green Gables fan)

Visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail-DONE (2013)

Visit the Grand Canyon

Visit the famed antebellum mansions in Natchez, Mississippi

Anne Frank House-DONE (2019)

Visit San Francisco

See fjords in Norway-DONE (2015)

Visit the Rock of Gibraltar

Have afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong

Visit Acadia National Park

Guatemala-specifically Antigua, Tikal, and Lake Atitlan

Palenque Maya ruins in Mexico

Charleston, South Carolina-DONE (2016)


Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia-any of the above will do)-DONE (2020-visited Vietnam and Cambodia)

Great Barrier Reef

Leaning Tower of Pisa (cheesy and touristy but it would be for Pop Pop)


St. Petersburg, Russia-DONE (2018)

Georgia (the country)-specifically to eat myself silly as I simply adore Georgian cuisine



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