The 100 things I want to do before I die. Bolded things have already been accomplished. It’s so appropriate that wander.lust and wish.list start with the same two letters. Who wants to come with?


  1. Take an overnight train and wake up in another country
  2. Eat paella in Barcelona, Spain
  3. Go tapas bar hopping in Madrid, Spain and then party until the wee hours of the night
  4. Attempt to swim the Strait of Gibaltrar
  5. Visit Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Find the illusive mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and then take a train to Neuschwanstein Castle
  8. Visit the Berlin Wall, Germany
  9. Boat down a canal in Venice, Italy
  10. Visit as many art museums as possible in Florence, Italy
  11. Eat gelato in Rome, Italy
  12. Eat a real Italian pizza in Naples, Italy
  13. Find the headquarters of the WHO and the UN in Geneva, Switzerland
  14. Visit the old town of Salzburg, Austria, for views of the Austrian Alps
  15. Gamble responsibly in Monaco
  16. Wander around the ruins in Athens and then island hop through Greece
  17. Take a train around Switzerland to see the lakes and mountains
  18. Go to Prague in the Czech Republic, Budapest in Hungary and Vienna in Austria during the same trip
  19. Visit northern Europe – Helsinski in Finland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm in Sweden
  20. Take a trolley around Lisbon, Portugal and then head up to Porto


  1. Do a Bordeaux wine tour in France and then drive across the country to do the champagne region of Epernay and Reims, and then continue east to drive Route de Vin in Alsace
  2. Visit the lavender fields of Provence
  3. Spend a weekend driving around the chateaux de la Loire
  4. Camp along the Gorges du Verdon
  5. Hike around Lake Annecy
  6. Spend a weekend roaming around the city of lights, Paris
  7. Drive to the Mont St. Michel
  8. Visit one of the “most beautiful villages in France”
  9. Bike a route de vin in Burgundy
  10. Drink vin chaud at a Christmas market
  11. Eat a crêpe in La Bretagne
  12. Walk along the D-Day landing beachs in La Normandie
  13. Eat dinner at a Lyonnais bouchon
  14. Celebrate Bastille Day with a picnic
  15. Visit the chateau de Versailles
  16. Strive for illusions of glamour at the Cannes Film Festival
  17. Find the place in Arles where Van Gogh was inspired to paint Starry Night
  18. Hike the GR (grand randonée) 20 in Corsica
  19. Celebrate Mardi Gras in Nice
  20. Ride the cable car from Chamonix, France into Italy

North America


  1. Drive the entire trans-Canada highway
  2. Visit Prince Edward Island to see what inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables
  3. Drive along the coast of Cape Breton Island
  4. Climb a mountain near Calgary
  5. Go to Vancouver and catch a ferry to Victoria Island in British Columbia


  1. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA
  2. Drive across a dessert to the Grand Canyon
  3. Walk the Boston Freedom Trail, MA
  4. Eat a lobster dinner in Maine
  5. Stand on the Hoover Dam
  6. See the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore, SD
  7. Spend a day doing the tour of Downtown DC, the Tidal Basin, and the National Mall
  8. Hike along the C&O Canal and the Potomac River
  9. Visit Mt. Vernon and Monticello in VA, the plantations of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
  10. Go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay
  11. See the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC in April
  12. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in California
  13. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley
  14. Swim in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA
  15. See the otters at Monterey Bay, CA
  16. Visit the plantations in Savannah, GA
  17. Drive around Oregon and Washington, hitting Portland, Eugene, Seattle, and Spokane, to see the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest
  18. Play with movies at Disney World, FL
  19. See a shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, FL
  20. Visit a ranch in Texas
  21. See the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA
  22. Go to Las Vegas and stay in a penthouse hotel suite
  23. Walk around New York City’s Central Park and visit the Statue of Liberty
  24. Eat a real barbeque in Texas
  25. Visit the ancient Pueblo dwellings in the Mesa Verde National Park in CO
  26. See the stalagmites and stalactites in Luray Caverns, VA
  27. Drive from Niagara Falls, NY, into Canada

South America

  1. Do the Inca Trail Trek , marvel at Machu Picchu, Peru and then visit Lima
  2. Party it up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. Walk around the Amazon jungle, Brazil
  4. Figure out why urban designers love talking about Cartagena, Colombia
  5. Visit the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  6. Hang out in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then go to Iguazu Falls
  7. Frolic in the Bolivian Salt Flats at Salar de Uyuni


  1. Go snorkeling/scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Find a kangaroo
  3. Hike to the top of a mountain in New Zealand


  1. Revisit my place of birth in Palawan and Manila, Philippines
  2. Take a boat around Halong Bay, Vietnam
  3. Visit the plains and hills of Sapa, Vietnam
  4. Go to Hanoi, Vietnam
  5. Spend time with my family in Saigon, Vietnam
  6. Climb the Great Wall of China
  7. Wander around the Forbidden Palace in China
  8. Do the silk road in China
  9. Eat bibimbap in Seoul, Korea
  10. Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  11. Go to Bangkok, Thailand
  12. Try to eat sushi in Tokyo, Japan

Middle East/Africa

  1. Go on a safari
  2. Take a river cruise down the Nile
  3. Go to the end of the world in Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Marvel in the beauty of Madagascar
  5. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  6. Visit a souq in Marrakesh, Morocco

3 thoughts on “Wishlist

  1. Jillian says:

    I think I should get to show you Berlin 😉 And pick a road trip segment – I’m there!

  2. A J says:

    You should visit India too..It’s beautiful place.

  3. Solène says:

    Budapest is very nice (from a friend who went there) and I went to Egypt and it is best to take a cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, with a visit of Cairo and pyramids in supplement because Cairo is “dangerous” for the tourists. i only took the cruise and it was wonderful.

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