What’s on Your Travel Bucket List? Don’t Have One? You’re Not Alone

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What’s on Your Travel Bucket List? Don’t Have One? You’re Not Alone

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Do you have a travel bucket list?

According to a recent Capital One survey OVER HALF of all Americans don’t. I think this is tragic.

Why should you have a travel bucket list? The first step to making it happen is writing it down. Start writing, you might be surprised at what you find on the page.

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My travel bucket list is the reason I started Luxury Travel Mom, travel isn’t just a vacation for me, it’s my life.

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Not only do I have a list, I have multiple lists and they are long. My children have lists. We recently went around the table at a family dinner and had everyone name the top three destinations on their bucket lists. My youngest is only seven years old, I hope his bucket isn’t coming for a long time, but he is ready with his list.

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Life is short and unpredictable. Waiting until I had enough money, enough time and children who could carry their own luggage wasn’t an option. Four years ago I declared myself Luxury Travel Mom and I haven’t looked back.

What dreams do you tuck away under your pillow at night waiting for the perfect moment to let them out in to the sun?


Do you want to go to Hawaii? It’s number one in the Capital One survey and also my ten year olds’ dream trip, along with learning to surf, visiting Pearl Harbor and climbing a volcano. He’s a serious child. This October he’s going to check it off, shhh, he doesn’t know.

One of my lists is all about tennis. I want to spectate at each of the grand slams. So far I’ve checked the US Open and Wimbledon off my list. I’m working on Australia and Roland Garros.

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It’s not always or glamorous. The first time I went to the US Open I had to sit in the rain for six hours waiting for play to resume. When both of the Williams sisters came on to the court, it was all worth it. I still have the raincoat I bought that day in 1999 and I treasure it.

I want to hear about your bucket list.

Your deep dreams and your silly ones.


I will not judge you for wanting to see the world’s largest ball of string if that’s your dream. Keaton’s lifelong goal was to see the Star Wars stage show at Disneyworld and we recently made it happen with my Venture Card.

Writing down your dreams can make magic happen, that’s why I’m really excited to partner with Capital One on The Venture #BucketList campaign and to start helping make your travel aspirations come true.

Go to http://venture.tumblr.com for some drool worthy inspiration. You may even get your favorite bucket list destinations drawn by one of the amazing Tumblr artists we are working with by tweeting your destination and including @CapitalOne.

Also, send me your bucket list dreams and I’ll feature some of them on the blog.

Most importantly make sure you participate in the Venture #BucketList campaign, I can give you PR, but they might be able to make your dreams a reality

While working on this story I came across video from Macie’s bucket list trip. Every child gets to choose a destination for their 10th birthday, not surprisingly Macie chose Paris. This little video treasure is why I travel, her voice is so  sweet and young, she doesn’t roll her eyes at me … and I’m on a slide under the Eiffel Tower clutching my Chanel bag. Now THAT is bucket list travel.

I can’t imagine a better job than getting paid to write about my passion while helping to make your travel dreams come true.





Baby maker, risk taker, shoe lover, world saver, travel freak.

  • My bucket list is long and ever changing! But I plan on being around for quite some time so I need plenty of things to do! I definitely want to go to Hawaii (although I hate being predictable) and I am crossing one place off the list this September: St. John! Can’t wait. I’m going to go check out http://venture.tumblr.com right now for more ideas! Thanks!

    July 30, 2013 at 11:21 am
  • My personal bucket list is long – Cambodia & Thailand top the list at the moment. My 8 year old has Hawaii on the top of his list. My mom, who is 72, and not well since a lung cancer diagnosis, has a dream to go to Venice, where I went at age 23. It is my dream to fulfill her wish before it’s too late.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am
  • I like your idea of letting the kids choose a trip – I might do it at 15 when they aren’t so sure they want to travel with their parents anymore. A travel bucket list keeps life exciting and means there is always something to look forward to. I just checked off a bucket list item – luxury small boat cruise to Alaska with Un-Cruise Adventures….one of the best travel experiences of my life.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm
  • Ahhh, my bucket list. I’ve been trying to button down the hatches with our finances but my wanderlust nature is always a struggle. Top of my bucket list is Hawaii. Haven’t been since I was 5 and my kids are borderline obsessive about it. A few others I’d love to fit in while my kids are still at home: Europe (Suisse, France; used to live there), Galapagos Islands, Alaska and the NW (Olympic Peninsula, Tofino, etc.) We were thrilled to go to both Disneyland AND World last year; my husband had never been so those were two bucket list items we were able to check off.

    I had a great conversation with my sister-in-law last week. We were spending the week on the lake in B.C. and she said something that really hit home: in the end, when she dies she doesn’t care if she has a lick of money to give to her kids. What she hopes her legacy will be is that she has taught them how to live and has given them a lifetime of memories from all their adventures and travels. I loved this!

    July 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm
  • And Nepal. I can’t believe I forgot to mention Nepal. Doing REI’s Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek with my husband is at the very top of Said Bucket List. 🙂

    July 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm
  • As of this second I have three places- the first two (Corsica and Seychells I’ve had on there for a while) but Croatia- oh my gosh I have got to go. So as of this moment, three places Corsica, Seychelles and Croatia. We have at least another year or so here in Europe and here’s hoping we can fit at lest two of them in.

    July 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  • My 10 year-old daughter likes to keep a list of places that she wants to go as well – and she’s constantly adding to it! She started telling us when she was 3 years old that she wanted to go to Russia and China. We spent two days in St. Petersburg, Russia when she was 6 and she hasn’t let up on China ever since!

    My personal bucket list is very long but I have never written it down and I probably should because you’re right that it is the first step toward making it happen. Many of my bucket list items involve taking my kids to certain places and with one entering 12th grade, I’m afraid I have run out of time on doing everything we wanted to do.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  • My list is always changing. My hubby and I would like to explore the carribean islands more. My daughter wants to get to ComicCon in San Diego one of these days. I was completely surprised this last year when I went to a conference in Amsterdam – never really thought I would want to go there. Now I want to take my entire family to Amsterdam and spend at least a week there ideally in tulip season. I would LOVE to take my mom and dad to Robert Burn’s birthplace in Scotland and then head over St. Andrews and finish up the week with a dinner at the Tower Restaurant in Edinbergh.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • I must admit I need to write a new bucket list, as we have been everywhere on my bucket list! Good problem to have I guess 🙂

    July 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • My bucket list changes-like when I went to the Grand Canyon this year- thinking I could cross it off only to want to add it back on – the next time with a trip to the bottom of the canyon. My biggest personalbucket list item right now is Morocco and Egypt, my health bucket list destination is a trip to Canyon Ranch and my adventure item would be a safari.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  • So funny that you mention the world’s largest ball of string, because that actually IS at the top of my bucket list! Technically, it’s the world’s largest ball of twine, and it’s in Cawker City, Kansas. It’s the most iconic of all American roadside attractions, and since we seek out “world’s largests” on our family road trips, this is the one we have to get to someday!

    Alternatively, Tahiti would be nice. 🙂

    July 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  • My bucket list? Travel Europe by rail. Simple & easy – need about a month to do it. But I WILL do it one day. And that’s just on the top of the list.

    My kids are easy – they love history and want to go to Washington D.C. and do the Civil War trail on the East Coast.

    July 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  • My family and I have a U.S. map on our wall and we put red pins in places we’ve visited as a family (all 4 of us). And we have green pins in places we dream of going together. What’s fun is that in the last couple years we’ve knocked off a lot of our domestic “bucket list” destinations – Nantucket, Alaska, the Florida Keys, the Big Island…. We still want to get to Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. Then we need to make more dream destinations!

    Just about the only thing on my “grown ups only” bucket list is an overwater bungalow somewhere in the South Pacific with my husband. I am confident I’ll get there…. someday. We might be 70 years old… but we’ll get there. 🙂

    July 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • I can’t say I have a bucket list, as we try to call it our “to-do” or “to-go” list but it is definitely a long one… At the moment the most current one is our hopefully upcoming trip to New Zealand early next year, I’ve wanted to go there as long as I remember and now, if all goes well, my dreams will come true! And while we are in that part of the world we hopefully have chance to visit few other places, that surprisingly enough, can be found on these lists also… 🙂

    July 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  • I just made a bucket list this year, mostly travel items but not all. I think its good to have plans/goals so that you work towards them! My biggest one is to see Ireland which was our original honeymoon plan but then a new job offer/moving home before the wedding sort of got in the way. I would also like to repeat our actual honeymoon which was low key but ended with our luggage being stolen on our last day. Our luggage with nothing of value to anyone else except to us, including our our digital camera card with all of our honeymoon pictures. I would love to do-over that trip and actually come home with pictures!

    July 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Of course I have a travel bucket list! I am a big believer that writing down goals and dreams makes them more solid and likely to happen.

    July 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  • You bet we have a travel bucket list and it is forever growing. We are living part of it now and loving life! Living in Spain and nearing the end of our 6+ week summer road trip through Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France then back to Spain. Life is good and we couldn’t live without travel.

    July 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm
  • I have so many places on my bucket list and it evolves and changes all the time, but my top two are Galapagos Islands and Maccho Picco!

    July 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  • First off, happy to hear that I still have three more years left without my daughter rolling her eyes at me! Second, I loved your post about the Star Wars weekend with the Venture rewards. Totally inspired me to get my own started. I try to plan at least 4 trips a year- right now, my bucket list is whatever is on theirs as I want to experience as much travel as I can with them. But, when I get to go on big girl trips, places like Morocco, Tahiti, Japan top the list.

    July 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  • I don’t have a list written down, but I have a mental list that includes the Grand Canyon, an African Safari, Paris, San Diego, Egypt…there are few places I don’t want to visit! I should write it down, and encourage my kids to do the same. Next week I am going to NYC for the first time and knocking that one off my list.

    July 31, 2013 at 5:02 am
  • My bucket list evolves often…as I’ve aged, I’ve found the list of places I want to visit evolves, too.
    One constant is Australia (during the Open sounds fab, so I’ll schedule that trip with you!), but I also would love to go to Santorini in Greece (preferably with Marky Mark). Italy sounds fabulous, too.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  • Anywhere I haven’t been to is on my bucket list; all others are on my revisit list. For me, it’s not so much about destination bucket lists, as it is a constant state of exploration, learning, and personal growth. So we pick our next travel destinations based on where or how we want to develop skills or pursue interests.

    So, for example, my son wants to visit San Diego next year for the annual anime convention, my daughter wants to visit college campuses, my husband wants to try heli skiing, and I want to visit every national park for a project that I’m working on.

    July 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm
  • my bucket list is really long. 🙂 but here’s one thing they all have in common – WATER! i love being anywhere by water.

    July 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  • Boat Hotel in the Maldives is my #1 bucket list destination and a RTW trip with my family with an open agenda and timeline!

    July 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  • Oooh, my “bucket list” changes all the time. Like Sandra above me, I’m a big fan of the US National Parks system, but every time my family has a couple of weeks to travel, we head to Europe…and I’m the one who plans trips, so obviously my heart is there. I guess one bucket list item would be a heritage trip to Hungary.

    July 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm
  • Ah, yes. My bucket list is long…and it’s only gotten longer since I’ve had kids!

    July 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm
  • Love this article – it has me daydreaming and revising my bucket list right now! I would love to visit the Holy Land, and my husband and I hope to take our children on mission trips in various foreign countries, such as Belize, Rwanda, and Haiti over the next few years. To fulfill my wanderlust, I’ve always dreamed of visiting Ireland, the home of my ancestors, skiing in the Swiss Alps, sunning on the Amalfi Coast, renting a villa on Lake Como, exploring New Zealand, and escaping to the Seychelles… Thanks for this little escape in the middle of my day! 🙂

    August 1, 2013 at 11:49 am
  • Great article. Dreaming is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, and share with our children.
    My ultimate bucket list trip is to go to South Africa and experience great white sharks. My husband thinks I am NUTS to want to go cave diving. The elegance and beauty of these animals as they moved through the water has always amazed and inspired me. Cape Town is where I want to fly into and be able to experience them topside also, as they leap from the water into the air, a behavior not witnessed many other places.
    On a recent trip to Chattanooga, my family watched the IMAX Great White 3D movie. My 4 yo leaned over during the show and said, “Now I want to go cage diving with you, too!”
    Now, I guess my husband has two nuts in the family!

    August 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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