An Updated Travel (and Coffee) Bucket List

It’s been over four years since I made my first travel bucket list. Boy does time fly. Alaskan Cruise done. Small-town holiday carriage ride check. Driving all of the Great Lakes Circle tours to completion, off to a great start. Besides that though I have not had the chance to do anything else on the list.

That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything. The last four years have been great. Lots of travel yes, but I have also gotten married, purchased a home and recently our first child was welcomed into the world. More on that wonderful addition in an upcoming post. 🙂 I have also become obsessed in a good way with a thing called coffee and I now look at the coffee shop as second home.

Keeping all that in mind my priorities have changed. While the things at the top of my original travel bucket list will stay, this edition will feature more items close to the homestead, a lot involving coffee and also ones related to family and kid travel. As with any list like this it is always a work in progress.

Travel bucket list, coffee bucket list, Michigan bucket list

Well as I like to say, without further ado:

  1. Visit places significant to my family history, local and far.
  2. Take my boy on our first father-son coffee outing. That will be the first item that gets crossed off. Down the road, have our first father-son day road trip.
  3. Experience every new independent coffee shop that opens, soon after opening within an hours drive from home. Sorry no chains.
  4. Visit coffee hotbeds in the states that I have yet to dive into specifically Seattle and Portland. Northwest coffee trip anyone? Could throw Vancouver in there too.
  5. Really dive into Ann Arbor and Detroit, exploring the hidden, unknown gems outside of the tourist trap type places.
  6. Hawaii and the North Shore. Watched the short-lived FOX show North Shore a while back and have been clamouring for a visit there ever since.
  7. Complete all the Great Lakes circle tours and checkout every lighthouse along the way.
  8. Drive from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West.
  9. Consume a bowl of New England Clam Chowder from as many locales in Cape Cod as possible as an adult. A favorite childhood memory with my dad. One I hope to share with my son one day. It would be just us two, my wife is not a fan of the chowder haha.
  10. Kayak to Turnip Rock in the thumb of Michigan.
  11. Hang out along and explore the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
  12. Explore the coffee scene internationally, specifically London and Wellington.
  13. Attend a Denver Broncos home game with my son (my favorite professional sports team). I’ve been to a lot of Bronco road games but never set foot in Mile High Stadium, now Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This is bucket list item #1.
  14. Go winery hopping with the wifey on the west side of Michigan or up by Traverse City.
  15. Have an Irish coffee in a small-town in Ireland on a cool morning day.
  16. Take a hot air balloon ride in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma with my wife. Winery hop.
  17. Have gained on this some. Capture pictures of all 50 welcome-to United States state signs. Rats, would be a lot further along on this if I took pictures as a kid haha.
  18. Visit a coffee plantation, where the magic all begins.
  19. Watch a barista competition up close.
  20. Walk the Santa Cruz boardwalk in California holding my wife’s hand on one side and my sons on the other.
  21. Spend a weekend at Mackinac Island in Michigan. Can’t believe I have never been there.
  22. Complete or at least attempt a food challenge seen on Man v. Food Nation.
  23. Drive the Tunnel of Trees in northern Michigan in Autumn.
  24. Enjoy a family, fun-filled weekend on the Lake Michigan beaches in Michigan.
  25. Spend a day at an independent coffee shop, side-by-side with a barista(s) learning the ins-and-outs of coffee-making.
  26. Return to Disneyland, Disney World and other theme parks this time with my wife and the little one in hand.
  27. Experience a lot more of what New Zealand has to offer, starting with Wellington.
  28. A general item, go up-top the tallest buildings in as many big cities as possible to capture the views from above.

That is my updated travel (and coffee) bucket list. Hope to see you all “Out on the open road”. 🙂

What are some new additions to your travel bucket list that were not on the first edition?

13 responses to “An Updated Travel (and Coffee) Bucket List

  1. Great list! Best of luck getting to it! And congratulations on the baby and all of the life changes!

    • Thank you on the list. Was fun putting it together and seeing how it has changed from a few years back. Look forward to what the coming years have to offer with our new addition. 🙂 🙂

  2. Great list, and congratulations on the new baby! Kids make the bucket list even more meaningful. And I hear you on Pacific Northwest coffeehouses…love Storyville and Stumptown! 😀

    • Thank you guys on both counts! I look forward to seeing that and experiencing travel with my son and family in the coming years. A couple of coffee shops local to me use Stumptown coffee beans, good stuff. Thanks so much for the coffee shop tips, will make note of those for when I can get to Portland and Seattle some time. Cheers! 🙂

    • Figured you might. Spent time in a good part of New Zealand over the years, but never Wellington. Hope to change that down the road soon! 🙂

      • Hope you come here when the weather is good – nothing beats Wellington on a good day! Lots to see in the surrounding area.

      • Yeah. Would most likely come when it’s summer there and winter in my neck of the woods. 🙂 Know the weather is similar to San Francisco.

  3. You will love Pictured Rocks. I hiked the North Country Trail that follows the lakeshore through the whole park. It was difficult to make time on the trail due to so many photo ops.

    • Remember you going there. I can imagine about the photo part, so much beauty to be had in the UP of Michigan. Heard lots of great things about Pictured Rocks.

  4. I see a lot of things on your list that are either on mine as a “to-do” or “in-progress” 🙂 You KNOW how I love lighthouses, and I’ve visited a fair number of them (mostly in Michigan). Hoped to do some in Wisconsin and/or Minnesota this year, but that looks like we’ll have to get to it another year 😦 We did managed to visit Crisp Point Lighthouse in the UP last summer…and it’s a story I plan to write up later this summer!

    • Figured you might. Look forward to seeing that lighthouse post. I got my first taste of lighthouses on Lake Superior last year when I was at the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. I see it is near Crisp Point. Was absolutely beautiful. 🙂 Look forward to checking out more.

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