I hope you are spending quality time with family and friends this holiday. We are hunkering down at home this Christmas and will call everyone on the phone or Skype. We already went down to see families a couple of weeks ago so we don’t have to travel this holidays. This year I’m starting a new Christmas tradition – the Christmas Bucket List! I turned 40 this year and nothing makes you feel the passage of time like the big Four-O. I don’t want to wake up at 80 and start a bucket list. It will be too late to do a lot of things I want to do. I’ll update the list and add more to it every Christmas. Why don’t you join me? Here is what I have so far.
I 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 more.
- Visit Japan again. Japan is so easy to travel around in and the food was 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 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! - Take my mom on an overseas trip.
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.
- Eat Sichuan food in Sichuan.
- Try Shanghai crab. Our local Dungeness crabs are awesome, but I have heard a lot of good things about the Chinese mitten crabs.
- Sushi at Jiro’s. If you haven’t seen Jiro dreams of sushi yet, you have to check it out. See the review of the movie on Amazon.
- Visit Argentina and eat some good steak and chocolate.
- Eat Churrasco in Brazil.
- Pizza in NY. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to the Big Apple yet. Someday…
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! – Helicopter ride near an active Volcano. I want to see molten lava. We took a helicopter tour on the Big Island.
- Join in a Songkran festival. It was a ton of fun when I was a kid and it would be great if RB40 Jr. can experience this.
- Be in a movie. Shouldn’t be that hard. They are always looking for extras.
- Done! Swim with dolphins (already swam with reef sharks in Belize, they are scary…) Lucked out in Hawaii.
- Ride in hot air balloon.
- Zip line.
- 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…
- Cut our own Christmas trees
- 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.
- 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.