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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

My Travel Bucket List.

Happy 2012 everyone! I reflected on 2011 in a previous post and thought to myself, where do I want to go and what are my goals for travels this upcoming year and beyond.

Joining Travel Bucket List Wednesday’s (checkout hashtag #TravelBL on Twitter) has inspired me to think about future travels as well and to come up with my own travel bucket list.

Well without further ado (not including the random day-trips):

  1. Experience a lot more of what New Zealand has to offer, starting with Wellington and the Fiords (Milford and Doubtful Sound).
  2. Visit places significant to my family history, local and far.
  3. Hawaii and the North Shore.
  4. Wet zorbing.
  5. Climb the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
  6. Visit and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
  7. Australia’s Manly Beach.
  8. Conquer the “Big Al” on the Fergburger menu in Queenstown, New Zealand.
  9. Restaurant hopping in Chicago consuming a deep-dish pizza slice at each.
  10. Bounce from place-to-place in New Zealand trying out iced chocolates and frites and aioli.
  11. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride in both a small-town and a big city during the holidays.
  12. Visit and work from every non-chain coffee house in the Detroit and Atlanta areas.
  13. Explore the home towns, Detroit and Atlanta, in general a lot more in-depth, finding lots of hidden gems.
  14. Attend a home baseball game of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. At 9 so far. Got work to do.
  15. Cruise around Great Britain (Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland) doing all the touristy things, cruising the countryside and seeing anything and everything historic.
  16. Have an Irish coffee in a small-town in Ireland on a cool morning day.
  17. Attend Wimbledon and the British Open.
  18. Travel the entire length of I-75 (almost accomplished), Route 66, The Road to Nowhere and the Pacific Coast highway (off to a good start).
  19. Drive from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West.
  20. Consume a bowl of New England Clam Chowder from as many locales in Cape Cod as possible as an adult. A favorite childhood memory.
  21. Take an Alaskan and Caribbean/tropical cruise.
  22. Capture Pittsburgh at night on a riverboat cruise and from up-top the Duquesne Incline (been there during the day several times).
  23. Complete all the Great Lake circle tours and checkout every lighthouse along the way.
  24. Capture pictures of all 50 welcome-to United States state signs. Rats, would be a lot further along on this if took pictures in my younger years haha.
  25. Get to Machu Picchu in Peru.
  26. Try a Philly cheese steak in Philadelphia.
  27. Take a hot air balloon ride in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma. Winery hop.
  28. Return to Disneyland, Disney World and get to every theme park in sight.
  29. Spend part of a holiday season enjoying Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Times Square on NYE and everything else New York City has to offer.
  30. Attend a Denver Broncos home game (my favorite professional sports team). Been to a lot of road games.
  31. Not being as specific attend as many food festival and taste fests as possible and…
  32. Go up-top the tallest buildings in as many big cities as possible to capture the views from above and…
  33. Visit as many outdoor food markets as possible.

That is my bucket list. I’m sure I will add, remove and hopefully cross-off a few things on the list as time goes on. As always I hope to see everyone out on the open road.

On the open road. Between Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook Village in New Zealand.

What is at the top of your bucket list for the upcoming year or beyond?