Weekly Bucket List Picks

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WEEKLY BUCKET LIST PICKS

As a gypsy at heart, I will always strive to see everything this world has to offer.  Even though bucket lists are seen in a morbid light, I like to keep one to remind myself of all the wonderful things I want to see and places I want to go.  Every week, I will showcase ten of the items on my list.


 

1.  Visit Alcatraz.

Alcatraz Island, or ‘The Rock,’ is located in the San Francisco Bay was developed and used as a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.  In 1972, it became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.  Today, the island is open to tours.

Ever since first learning of Alcatraz – I’m not even sure when that was – I’ve dreamed of going.  The history is fascinating and I’d love to do one of the night tours.

Leaving Alcatraz


2.  Visit the Salt Flats in Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is located in southwest Bolivia near the crest of the Andes.

Also, at the salt flats is the train cemetery, an abandoned collection of rusted trains.  Random, but right up my alley as I love abandoned places.

salt flats  Bolivia


3.  Spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras is an annual Carnival celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana {US}.  Mardi Gras occurs about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday.

You’ll find loads of costumes, masks, and beads.  You’ll also obviously find lots of drinking – the idea of Fat Tuesday is to get all of your sins out of the way before the start of Lent – a Catholic tradition of giving up specific vices.

Mardi Gras Beads on Balcony


4.  Visit Auschwitz.

Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War II.  I’ve always been fascinated by War History, especially World War II and specifically the Holocaust.  While I know visiting Auschwitz will be incredibly emotional probably to the point of numbing, I think it’s an important historical place that everyone should experience.

  •  Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej Str. no. 11, National Road 933, Oświęcim, Poland | Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz I (Oświęcim)


5.  Take Tango lessons in Argentina.

I’m constantly getting upset because I wish I had been given the gift of dance, but I was not.  That won’t stop me from trying to learn how to dance the Tango while in Argentina though.  This could be highly amusing.

tango lessons


6.  Hike to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located in Cusco, Peru.

The Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu is typically a 4-day trek located in the Andes mountains and passes through several different environments including cloud forests and alpine tundra.

Machu Picchu, Peru


7.  Go bungee-jumping.

I’m an adrenaline junkie.  That’s not to say things don’t scare me or get me nervous.  They definitely do, but I think that’s what I love about it.

Bungee-jumping is one of those adrenaline activities I’m dying to do.  Bungee-jumping can be done all over the world and I don’t really have a preference as to where I get to, but I hear there are some great places in Australia and New Zealand.

Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jumping (24 of 26)


8.  Visit all 7 Continents.

Self-explanatory and probably at the top of all travelers’ bucket list.

World Grunge Map - Sepia


9.  See Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls is a massive waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Victoria Falls is classified as the largest based on the width of it – twice the size of Niagara Falls.

Victoria Falls


10.  Participate in La Tomatina.

La Tomatina is a festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol.  Participants throw tomatoes and get in a huge tomato fight purely for fun.  It is held on the last Wednesday of August.

La Tomatina

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

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