What's on your bucket list? It's a common question people ask as they begin to look at their lives and want to make sure they can feel that they've accomplished something by checking it off their list. What's on your travel bucket however, isn't so much about going somewhere to cross it off a list, it's more about the experience and adventure.
One of my favorite questions to ask is where in the world would you want to go? I've heard people say they wanted to: dive in the Great Barrier Reef, run with the bulls, climb to the Mount Everest base camp, walk the Great Wall of China or at least part of it, sail down the Nile, visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, ski the Swiss Alps.
There's a fantastic article in Fast Company by Jay Cassano that scientifically supports why a bucket list should be about experiences and not just things. Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University says " Our experinces are bigger part of ourselves than our material goods." He also adds "You can even think part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain seperate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences." Wonder what experience is on his bucket list?
As for myself, I want to trek the Great Inca Trail in Peru and visit Machu Picchu, followed by a week in the jungle with a shaman and just to round it off a few days surfing Chicama, one of the longest waves in the world. All and all an epic adventure to Peru is in the making very soon!
So if the travel bucket list is all about doing, then get busy living!
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New Years: The day we get to look back at the year that past and plan for the one to come. We can create a fresh start for the New Year and do our best to stay on that path until we find ourselves back at the New Year looking for resolutions & intentions ahead. New Year celebrations always seem to have an extra hype on them.
I can remember as a little kid asking a baby sitter to wake me up to watch the ball in Times Square drop. My Bar Mitzvah party was on New Year’s Eve and will go down as one of the best parties ever with my family. My millennium New Year’s Eve was spent working at an upscale supper club and will always be one of my more epic nights that lasted a few days into the New Year.
I've had some mellow New Year’s Eves and crazy ones as well. Two of the most impactful New Years celebrations I've had in past four years was watching fireworks over the Harbor Bridge in Sydney. Something about being in this iconic spot to bring in New Years before the rest of the world with incredible fireworks that everyone should experience.
The second is something I hope no one ever experinces. I was driving a truck back to my friends house in New Zealand around two thirty in the morning on the first. My friend had a house that was very remote and down at the end of a long narrow dirt driveway. I was two hundred feet from the house when the truck slide off the road, I got thrown in the air from the driver side (which is the other side from American vehicles). It all happened so fast. The truck was wedged between two trees with another tree holding the truck from falling down a step thirty foot drop to a creek. Part of the dirt driveway had washed away from the large amount of rain for the past week. It was dark when I was driving back and didn't see the washed out road. I was so shaken up and in shock. It wasn't until I walked back the next morning to figure out my plan of action I realized how lucky and grateful I was to be alive. The third tree holding the truck from rolling down the hill saved my life. With help from neighbors we were able to get the truck out and with minor damage.
I'll be bringing in 2015 in Baja this year just like I have the past two years with friends; surfing, dancing, drinking, eating good food, laughing and smiling. Sunset surf sessions with all your friends in Mexico is the perfect way to end and start the year.
With a clean slate on the year ahead, I'm committed to making this be my best year yet for creating what's truly possibly.
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year! Onward!