I hope you are enjoying your holidays with family and friends. This year we drove down to the Bay Area to spend time with my mom and brothers. Christmas is a lot more fun now that we have more kids in our family. RB40Jr is almost 5 and he has 2 little cousins age 3 and 1. Kids appreciate Christmas a lot more than grownups do. It’s great to see them opening their gifts and playing all day. We’ll be back in Portland on Sunday.
Anyway, I’m updating my Christmas Bucket List! I started this Christmas tradition in 2014 when I turned 40. I didn’t want to wake up at 65 and start a bucket list. Life is short so we need to live it now. You don’t want to wait until retirement to enjoy life.
My Christmas Bucket List
We love to travel. I have been to over 20 countries and savor every memorable experience. We spent a few nights two blocks away from San Marcos in Venice. I drove around New Zealand’s North Island in a camper van. Traveling is a ton of fun and I want to do a lot more. Now that RB40Jr is old enough to travel, we’ll visit other countries at least once a year.
- Visit Japan again. Japan is so easy to travel around in and the food is great.
- Visit China again. China is a huge country and we only saw a tiny slice of it.
- Visit the UK – England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. We were in London for a few days and loved it. This would have to be a much longer trip…
- Take 6 months and drive around the US. My parents did this and they had a great time.
- Take Mrs. RB40 to New Zealand and visit the South Island.
- Go in space. Hopefully, the price of space tourism will come down before I get too old to go.
- Visit Eastern Europe. I have to research more, but I’d like to see the Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. Mrs. RB40 visited Turkey and she loved it.
- Visit Egypt to see the pyramids.
- Take a trip around the world.
- Done in 2014! – Take my mom on an “overseas” trip. We went to Hawaii in 2014.
We love good food. The highlight of our gastronomic adventure so far was the French Laundry (almost 10 years ago) in Napa and sushi at the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. Dim sum in Hong Kong was good too.
*I’m removing this category (Christmas 2015.) We’ll just enjoy good food whereever we go.
Adventures and Fun Experiences
Let’s see… I already tried skydiving, bungee jumping, snowboarding, surfing lessons, riding an elephant, and white water rafting. We’d probably have to get a lot of these things done before we get too old.
- Have a 20th anniversary vow renewal. We just went to the courthouse when we got married 15 years ago. We need to have a big celebration and invite all our friends and family since we never had a wedding.
- Done in 2014! – Helicopter ride near an active Volcano. We did this on the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Join in a Songkran festival. It was a ton of fun when I was a kid and it would be great if RB40 Jr. could experience this.
- Added in 2015 – Visit Chiang Mai during Loy Kratong festival.
- Be in a movie. Shouldn’t be that hard. They are always looking for extras.
- Done in 2014! Swim with dolphins (already swam with reef sharks in Belize, they are scary…) Lucked out in Hawaii.
- Ride in hot air balloon.
- Zip line. So close in 2015…
- Ride a steam train with the kid. We are a big fan of Thomas.
- Ride a fighter jet.
- Go to the Olympics.
- See the Portland Trailblazers in a playoff game in a championship year. Yeah, right…
- Skinny dip in the ocean.
- Ride a Segway.
- Take a photography class.
- Take a writing class.
- Join Peace Corps.
- Have egg laying hens.
- Join Toastmasters for a year.
- Become a decent photographer.
- Become a Buddhist monk for 4 weeks.
- Learn to speak Mandarin with the kid.
- Build an outdoor pizza oven.
- Build a tree house.
- Learn Kung Fu. Might have to go with Tai Chi at my age.
- Volunteer to help recent immigrants.
Long term goals
The long term goal category can be quite difficult. The big one I achieved so far is my goal of leaving the corporate job before 40. The rest of the stuff on this list will take a long time to complete.
- Debt free. We have mortgages on several properties. At some point, it’d be great to be debt free.
- Live in Thailand for 6 months and travel around South East Asia.
- Live in South/Central America for 6 months and travel around the area.
- Help RB40 Jr. graduate from a 4 year public college with no debt. If he wants to go to Harvard, he’ll have to get some student loans. I’m rethinking this one since I found out about the student loan forgiveness programs.
- Invent a gadget.
- Live within a 10 minute walk to a nice beach.
- Own a convertible again in a warm climate so I can drive with the top down.
- Live in Santa Barbara for a while.
Whew! This turned out to be a huge list, but hopefully I have at least 40 years to accomplish it. What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Don’t wait until you’re 60 to make one because cliff jumping at Rick’s Café in Jamaica (check) won’t sound so appealing anymore.
Happy Holidays! Please share some of the items on your Bucket List.