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I’m finally past the halfway mark … 50 wonders done, 50 to go …

The best part of travelling are the random experiences that happen along the way … that’s a main reason for compiling the experience inventory. Getting hopelessly lost in Morocco, getting stuck in a public restroom in Versailles, marvelling at the rice terraces in Batad, having a gun pulled on me in Palestine, discovering the best pizza and steak in Buenos Aires, all enhance the travel experience. After more than 10 years of travelling, you only realize that the more you see, the more you have to see – which leads to the invariably cheesy bucket list compilation.

Everyone has some sort of bucket list. My bucket list just happens to revolve around travelling. I’ve tried to compile my overall bucket list in my Experience/Happiness Inventory … it’s quite random and very untidy in the format – but I do have to remember that it is a work in progress.

The first bucket list that I ever really followed was the Hillman Wonders Top 100. I made a promise to myself that by the time I was 50, I would be done with this list.

Finally I’m past the halfway point … on the Hillman list. I think the first 75 or so are relatively easy and accessible to do. Places like Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, Ladakh and Easter Island are where the real challenge occurs, if not financially then definitely time wise.

1. Pyramids of Egypt
2. Great Wall of China
3. Taj Mahal
4. Serengeti Migration
5. Galapagos Islands
6. Grand Canyon (Nevada, USA)
7. Machu Picchu
8. Antarctica Cruise
9. Iguazu Falls (Brazil and Argentina)
10. Bali (Indonesia)
11. Amazon Rainforest
12. Ngorongoro Crater
13. Great Barrier Reef
14. Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
15. Victoria Falls
16. Forbidden City
17. Bagan
18. Karnak
19. Teotihuacan (Mexico)
20. Banaue Rice Terraces (Phillipines)
21. Bora Bora
22. Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
23. Potala Palace
24. Jerusalem Old City (Israel)
25. TerraCotta Warriors
26. Chichen Itza (Mexico)
27. Petra
28. Nile River Cruise
29. Easter Island
30. Cappadocia (Turkey)
31. Colosseum of Rome (Rome, Italy)
32. Fjords of Norway
33. St Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City)
34. Egyptian Museum
35. Borobudur (Indonesia)
36. Valley of the Kings
37. Hong Kong
38. Sistine Chapel (Vatican City)
39. Burj Khalifa
40. Alhambra
41. Louvre Museum (Paris, France)
42. Canals of Venice (Venice, Italy)
43. Versailles (Paris, France)
44. Carlsbad Caverns
45. Mecca
46. Kathmandu Valley
47. Metropolitan Museum (London, England)
48. Mt. Everest
49. Temple Emerald Buddha (Bangkok, Thailand)
50. Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)
51. Pompeii (Naples, Italy)
52. Kashmir Valley
53. Prague Old Town (Prague, Czech Republic)
54. Golden Temple
55. Amalfi Coast (Amalfi, Positano, Capri : Italy)
56. Meenakshi
57. Chartres Cathedral
58. Mezquita Cordoba (Spain)
59. Damascus Old City
60. Dubrovnik
61. Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)
62. Rio Panoramic View (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
63. Golden Pavilion (Kyoto, Japan)
64. Delphi
65. St. Basils Cathedral
66. Abu Simbel
67. St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice, Italy)
68. Florence Cityscape (Florence, Italy)
69. Kremlin
70. Varanasi & the Ganges
71. Li River Cruise
72. Shwedagon Stupa
73. Sahara Desert
74. Leaning Tower Pisa (Pisa, Italy)
75. Baalbek
76. Mont St Michel
77. Topkapi Palace (Istanbul, Turkey)
78. Carnival in Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
79. Stonehenge (Exeter, England)
80. Angel Falls (Venezuela)
81. Yellowstone NP (Wyoming, USA)
82. Santorini (Greece)
83. Matterhorn (Switzerland)
84. New York Skyline
85. Marrakesh (Morocco)
86. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
87. Ladakh
88. Niagara Falls
89. British Museum (London, England)
90. Burj al Arab
91. Yangtze River Cruise
92. Yosemite NP (California, USA)
93. Ayers Rock
94. Hermitage Museum
95. Chambord Chateau
96. Lijiang & Shangri La
97. Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria, Germany)
98. Banff NP (Alberta, Canada)
99. San Francisco
100. Portofino (Italy)

How about you?

Have you come up with your bucket list? If so, I’d love to hear or read your bucket list. I love any and all source of inspiration, since we can’t know about every great festival or experience in the world.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a PeopleSoft HRMS Project Manager and Oracle Solution Architect. Over the past 10+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 2 major consulting firms. He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @Rishiray and on Facebook. He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]