Christmas

our travel wish list

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As December 25 is fast approaching and kids have made their Christmas wish lists for Santa, we’ve been writing up a list of our own.

Our own wish list but one might liken this list to a bucket list which is something we’ve never had! Things like sky-diving and bungee jumping and white water rafting have been done by one wise monkey already and to be honest, the other has no interest or even an adrenaline drop in her body. But because our list only contains travel stuff, it might be more appropriate to call it a ‘travel wish list’!

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Should a genie ever come out, here is what we have, for NOW, on our travel wish list (or “official travel bucket list”) that can run alongside our unofficial bucket list and our retrospective bucket list.

These are not listed in any particular order or priority:

1) Walk the Camino de Santiago

2) Visit Carcassonne & Mont St Michel

3) See the Egyptian Pyramids and Sphinx

4) Go on an African safari and see the big FIVE

5) Visit the Disney theme parks around the round: LA, Orlando, Paris, Japan, Hong Kong

6) See the House of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island

7) Photograph penguins in Antarctica

8) See Iguazu Falls, Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls

9) Witness the Northern Lights

10) Have a white Christmas

11) Experience 24 hours of sunlight

12) Float on the Dead Sea

13) Welcome a new year with celebrating NYE in NYC

14) Chase a solar and a lunar eclipse somewhere

15) Get to at least base camp of Mt Everest

16) Hot-air ballooning at the Albuquerque Ballon Fiesta

17) Road trip across America

18) Attend the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

19) Visit Christmas markets around Europe

20) Go in search of bears in Canada or Alaska

21) See gorillas in the jungle

22) Go husky-sledding in Scandinavia

23) See polar bears in the North Pole

24) Visit Russia (at least Moscow & St Petersburg)

25) Hike/trek in the Patagonia

26) Volunteer overseas

27) Visit Santa’s village in Lapland

28) Attend:
a) a FIFA World Cup
b) an Olympics
c) a Wimbledon match
d) a Premier League game in England
e) one game of each of these in the USA: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL
f) an Ashes game in England

29) Ice-skate in an open-air rink on a wintery evening overseas

30) Self-drive around Iceland

This list is by no means exhaustive and will be forever evolving! Now, we will need to think of what we want on our non-travel bucket list.

Here’s to hoping that we wake up one day & a genie materialises while we’re polishing that lamp! Maybe on Christmas day?

Have you done any of the items on our travel wish list?

Please do share a link to your “experience” so we can desire it even more 🙂  

travel memories on our tree

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We LOVE this time of year because we LOVE Christmas! It’s 2 weeks from Christmas and our tree is now up – yes it is an artificial one 😉

Our humble Christmas tree that may need to be upgraded if we get more ornaments
Our humble Christmas tree that may need to be upgraded if we get more ornaments

As we added the different ornaments, we began reminiscing about our travels because some of our decoration are our “souvenirs” from our travels. It was only back in 2009, while we are at the Empire State Building did we think it would be a good tradition to start.

And since then, we have added several more to our tree. It’s not always easy to find Christmas ornaments, as it can depend not only the time of year but also the place you visit. But these are not the only things we pick up as our souvenirs 🙂

Not King Kong but Santa scaling the Empire State Building
Not King Kong but Santa scaling the Empire State Building
A knitted llama from Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca in Peru
A knitted llama from Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca in Peru
Two Turtle Doves from China
Two Turtle Doves from China
From a ceramic workshop in China
From a ceramic workshop in China
We picked this up from Grand Turks & Caicos while we were on our Caribbean Cruise
We picked this up from Grand Turks & Caicos while we are our Caribbean Cruise
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Jiminy Cricket DisneyWorld
Jiminy Cricket, DisneyWorld
Mr & Mrs Potatohead
Mr & Mrs Potatohead
Indigenous Australian Art from the Red Centre
Indigenous Australian Art from the Red Centre
Evil eye from Istanbul, Turkey
Evil eye from Istanbul, Turkey
The cames on the sand dunes in Dubai
The camels on the sand dunes in Dubai
Kiwi Santa from NZ
Kiwi Santa from NZ
A crest from France
A crest from France
An Estonian hut
An Estonian hut
Blue skies in Singapore
Blue skies in Singapore
St Nicholas from Russia
St Nicholas from Russia
From Latvia with love
From Latvia with love
A camino pilgrim
A camino pilgrim
From Switzerland
From Switzerland

Our families are in Sydney so Christmas is great because we get to spend time with both sides – minor downside is that its always hot! Maybe one day, we get to experience a true white Christmas somewhere…

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

HOPE next year brings you all lots of joy and travels 🙂

Thanks to GlobalMouse @ GlobalMouseTravels for inspiring this post during our twitter conversation.