“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~ Tony Robbins
In finishing up my travel goals list, I decided to focus on SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely goals. I am sure I will add more as time goes on, and maybe change or amend some, but I think it’s best to start with something rather than to have none at all. So here’s the last half of my list.
Take a cooking class abroad.
I like cooking, when I actually have time to do it. But sometimes I find myself in a rut, always making one of my favorite go-to recipes. I would love to learn not just some new dishes, but authentic ethnic dishes. So I hope when I make it to Italy or some other far off land, to take a cooking class to learn some new signature dishes to bring back to the States.
Completed: May 2017- Thailand
17. Visit tropical hotspots like The Maldives, The Seychelles, or French Polynesia.
Or all of the above. And stay in an overwater bungalow. Lovely.
18. See penguins in the wild.
Penguins seem so cute, I want to see them somewhere other than a zoo. Southern places (still not entertaining Antarctica) like South Africa and Chile are habitat to wild penguins, and both are already on my list of countries to visit.
19. Visit the sites of 3 ancient ruins.
Along with the Great Pyramids, I am interested in learning about ancient cultures and structures. At the top of the must-see list is clearly Machu Picchu, which several of my friends have already visited. I have seen one ruin, and that was in Belize at the Xutanunich Ruins on the mainland. Coincidentally, the day we were originally supposed to go, we had to reschedule because Prince Harry (yes, THE Prince Harry) was visiting. Shame, I would have liked to meet and hang out with him. Maybe I should add “Party with the Royals” to my list…
Completed: 1 of 3. Xutanunich Ruins, Belize- Visited March 2012.
20. Go whale watching.
Whales are such beautiful, gentle creatures, but other than SeaWorld as a child, I haven’t seen them in their vast habitat. I want to hit the Pacific and capture the gentle giants on film.
Completed: February 2015, Channel Islands, Southern California.
21. Throw a dart at a map and go wherever it lands.
This one scares me. More than a little bit. Okay, a lot. But in the name of spontaneity, I am going to give this a whirl (maybe after a few practice tries???). If I have a companion to go with, I absolutely think it counts if we both throw a dart at a map—provided I can actually hit the map—and then choose between one of the two locations. Baby steps, folks.
Attend (or throw) a luxury party on a yacht.
I wanna party on a boat. In my flippy floppies. But seriously, attending a yacht party sounds amazing; throwing one sounds even better (Royals invited, of course).
Completed: October 2017- Dubai, as part of #DubaiBlackout, largest yacht in the UAE
23. Eat a local delicacy of another city/country in 3 different places.
I want need to pasta and pizza my way through Italy. Paella my way through Spain. Street food my way through Singapore. I want to experience the world like the locals do through the cuisine. You already know I am a foodie and there will be plenty of posts (and pictures) to document this yummy quest.
2017: Pad Thai and mango sticky rice, Thailand
24. Stay in a 5-Star, 5-Diamond hotel overseas.
20 40 countries by 40.
When I set this goal at the beginning of 2015, I had 15 countries under my belt. I originally set this goal at 20, but I am pushing myself and stretching my limits. I will strive to make it happen. Here goes nothing!
2015 New Countries: Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands.
2016 New Countries: Martinque (France), France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia.
2017 New Countries: Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia (Bali), United Arab Emirates. UN Country End of the Year Total: 25*
26. Cheer Team USA at the Olympic Games.
The Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics is always such a spectacle that I want to experience it firsthand. But even if not the Opening Ceremony, I also want to cheer on Team USA during the Summer Olympics, perhaps in track and field or basketball or swimming.
27. See at least two more of the Wonders of the World.
The only standing Wonder of the Ancient World is the Roman Colosseum. But on 7/7/2007, the New 7 Wonders of the World were chosen. They include Christ the Redeemer—Christo Redentor—which I have already witnessed, along with: The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra (Jordan), the Pyramid at Chichen Itza, the Roman Colloseum, and the Taj Mahal. Additionally, on 11/11/2011, the organization chose the New 7 Wonders of Nature. They include: The Amazon, Ha Long Bay (Vietnam), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Jeju Island (South Korea), Komodo (Indonesia), PP Underground River (Philippines), and Table Mountain (South Africa). One down, so many to go.
Completed: 1 of at least 3. Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Visited September 2008.
28. (Re-)Learn Spanish and be more than conversational.
I started learning Spanish pretty young and I was actually pretty good at speaking and reading it. But like anything, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. But I have not a bit of excuse now. I bought Rosetta Stone to re-teach myself the basics over two years ago. Haven’t even opened the damn box. Unacceptable.
Play with elephants in Thailand.
I want to visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and wash and bathe the elephants. I also want to see elephants in the wild in Africa, but I have heard they aren’t as nice as Thailand elephants LOL.
Completed: May 2017- Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Check out my adventure here!
The tango is so romantic, so seductive. I want to learn the tango and take my talents to Buenos Aires. It is an essential part of the culture and something I definitely want to experience when I visit. Apparently, I also need a red dress for this task.
There are so many more, like seeing Ghana to experience where the slave trade occurred, and photographing other beautiful monuments and skylines, but this is just a start. More to come. Wish me luck!
Check out Part 1 of this List here!