Many productivity blogs, websites, books or social media pages will give you a checklist on how best to tackle things you’re looking to do.
- Write it down
- Keep moving
- Is it necessary to do it this way as opposed to that way…
So, last week I’m sitting on the couch and I pull up Pinterest on my phone, I come across a pin that says “The Best Hikes Bucket List Challenge.” I started to look at the list, look up some of the sites and saw that many of the trails were close to areas I’ve wanted to visit even before I knew the hiking trails nearby.
- W Circuit: Patagonia
- Inca Trail: Machu Picchu
- Appalachian Trail: Mt. Katahdin, Lake Kesar, The Berkshires
- Pacific Crest Trail: Seattle, Portland, Glacier National Park
- Tonquin Valley Loop: Banff National Park
- Tour Du Mont Blanc: Zermatt, Turin, Geneva
The list was a great start. I remember thinking about doing more serious camping and backpacking, and I hadn’t a clue where to start. I was visiting REI, with my brother and soon checked out their site. I came across the REI Essentials checklist, printed it out, and started to get to work prioritizing what I would need most first on a regular day hike. Things like…
I’ve since completed the list and tried out several of the pieces I have, without successfully putting the tent together as of yet (still need practice).
I do have a travel bucket list of Tokyo, Auckland, Marrakech, and Geneva. Not everything needs to revolve around hiking and the Hiking Bucket List isn’t accomplished in a day, but it’s a great start.
I do have an activity bucket list while traveling…
- Eat ramen and sushi in Tokyo
- Cliff dive into the water
- Kayak in international ocean waters (I’ve kayaked every state in New England, as well as Colorado, Arizona, California, and New York)
- Drive on the Autobahn
- Watch Formula 1 racing in Monaco
- Skateboard down a deserted highway like Walter Mitty
- Shear sheep in New Zealand
- Watch a soccer game in the UK
There’s a lot to get to, and the Hiking Bucket List is a good start, perhaps it will lead me to kayak in international waters, or cliff diving off a waterfall, or my favorite shearing sheep.
Where should I start? I was thinking between Machu Picchu or Patagonia aka W Circuit. Let me know if you’ve done any of these trips, and perhaps there’s something exciting on your bucket list you would like to share.