Travel Goals

I don’t really have a bucket list. I used to call it a bucket list for the sake of this site, but then realised that it’s not a bucket list – it’s a list of goals. Over the years I’ve managed to accomplish many of my travel goals, but I can’t seem to stop adding to the list!

Some of my goals include visiting countries that I’ve never been to and have always wanted to visit, checking out new places in countries I’ve already visited, activities, tours, places, people, and probably a lot more.  As you can probably guess, things I’ve already done are crossed off – hurrah!  Let the work in progress begin!

– travel up and down Japan, chilling with locals, eating sushi, learning the language, and seeing the cherry blossoms

– spend an extended period of time in New Zealand, hiking the Franz Josef Glacier, kayaking in Milford Sound, touring the vineyards, and indulging at the Wine Marlborough Festival

– Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

– overcome my dislike of long-term trains and travel on the Trans-Mongolian Railway (Beijing to St. Petersburg via Ulaanbataar)

– kayak in Antarctica

– hike the Comapedrosa Peak in Andorra

– see lions on an African safari

– hike through Patagonia

Climb a mountain (Mt. Kinabalu, October 2011)

Climbing Mt Kinabalu

Atop Mt. Kinabalu in October 2011.

– Iguazu Falls

– see the Northern Lights, preferably from my home country of Canada

– go to Point Roberts, WA, the geopolitical anomaly that’s part of a state it doesn’t border (nerd alert!) (summer 2009)

– go to an Olympic Games and World Cup (London 2012, baby!)

– spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney under the Harbour Bridge

– go to Madagascar to see the baobabs and stay at Lambahoany Ecotourism Centre

Iceland and the Blue Lagoon (January/February 2010)

Blue Lagoon Iceland

A truly wonderful photo of me in the Blue Lagoon. Oh well.

drive the Ring Road in Iceland and stay in local cottages along the way (November 2012)

– scuba dive somewhere tropical (not freezing cold Vancouver, where I did my PADI certification) (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, October 2011)

– achieve my PADI Open Water Diver status (after I failed in Vancouver in 2005 and only got my PADI Scuba Diver certification)

– drink Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter(!)

– discover Soomaa, Estonia, during the “fifth season” of spring floods, kayaking and exploring the wilderness and cooking traditions

Machu Picchu (September 2007)

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu. Don’t even get my started on my horrible outfit.

– visit the Salt Flats of Bolivia

– visit all eight “regions” (North AmericaSouth AmericaEuropeAsia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Antarctica)

– learn Spanish, German, and Japanese or Mandarin (update: in my third year of Spanish lessons and starting German in January 2014)

– regain fluency in French

– experience the outdoors of Scotland with Wilderness Scotland, an ecotourism company

– visit the idyllic islands of Mozambique

the Galapagos (September 2007)


The Galapagos are still one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited.

– take cooking lessons with locals, somewhere like Thailand, Morocco, or Italy

– stand on the equator (I came thisclose in Ecuador in 2007 but didn’t quite get there)

stand on the Prime Meridian (Greenwich, London, sometime in the 1990s)

– go dog-sledding in the Yukon, Canada

drive across Canada (August/September 2009)

Driving across Canada


party it up in Vegas (March 2008, August 2008)

live in a foreign country (England, 2009-2010)

– live in another foreign country and immerse myself in the language, customs, and daily life

– visit Gros Morne National Park and L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland & Labrador

– check out every Canadian province and territory: Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut

– cross off my current top 10 countries to visit: Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong (October 2011), Australia, Argentina, Russia (June 2013), Thailand, Chile, Bhutan, Jordan

get paid for my travel writing (

– Greenland…any way possible

– work for the UNWTO or UNDP on sustainable tourism development projects

– tick off two new countries each year:

  • 2010 – Iceland, Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Bermuda
  • 2011 – Hong Kong, Malaysia
  • 2012 – Panama … nothing else…ah well!
  • 2013 – Denmark, Russia, Sweden
  • 2014 – …potentially Vietnam and Australia, but who knows!

– visit at least one of Canada’s National and/or Provincial Parks in each province/territory:

  • British Columbia (Wells Gray Provincial Park, Yoho National Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Glacier National Park, Mt. Revelstoke National Park)
  • Alberta (Banff National Park)
  • Ontario (Algonquin Provincial Park)
  • Quebec (Parc national de Mont Tremblant)
  • Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territory, Nunavut

Lake Louise in Banff National Park

Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta. One of my favourite places in Canada.

7 thoughts on “Travel Goals

  1. We have so many similar goals! I’m definitely interested in a few of these that I hadn’t thought of, or hadn’t remembered to put on my own bucket list, like getting paid to write about travel, go to Harry Potter World, and the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Cheers and good luck!

    • Thanks, you too! I’d forgotten about a couple of goals as well, until other people talked about similar ones and I was like, “oh yeahhhhh I really want to do this and this and that!”. Sometimes we have so many ideas, we forget some :) Maybe I’ll see you on the railway, or at Hogwarts!

  2. Hey you have some good goals some that I have not thought of and will add to mines lol. I have been to Japan 6 times already so if u need any questions about it ill be glad to help with what I can.

    Mt. Kinabalu must have been beautiful. I been too KK but didn’t get to go up the mountain cuz I got sick. oh well next time I guess. Cooking lessons in Thailand are great. Its pretty cheap and fun, not to mention that all the meals we made were fast to make and tasted great.

    If you go to Thailand you can also get your PADI there. Koh Tao is the cheapest in the world to get certified. If you go around the full moon time you can hit up the full moon party on Koh Phangan.

    You can drop by my blog to check out some stories I have and travel tips I posted. Just kinda started it so not much on there yet, but I still have tons of backlogs of my travels to write. My blog is I’ll be subscribing to yours to see how you adventures turn out. Keep adventuring and safe travels =)

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