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My friend recently posted a question on social media that garnered quite a few interesting responses: What’s on your anti-bucket list? If a bucket list is al list of things you want to do before you die, what are things you don’t have a desire to do?
Several people said taking a cruise is on their anti-bucket list. Thousands of people trapped on a ship together? Not appealing to some. (But my family loves cruising!)
The topic got me thinking of a travel-related anti-bucket list. I’m so excited about travel that I had to really think hard about my list. Aside from obvious places where there is currently war and unrest, there are only a few places and travel experiences on my travel anti-bucket list.
Route 66 Road Trip
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I don’t like car trips. Nobody in my family does. Even if we were to only drive 3-4 hours per day, it would still seem like a chore. I’ll take a long flight over a road trip any day.
For me, climbing Mount Everest (or any tall mountain for that matter) is out. I’m afraid of heights, and the entire experience would be torture.
This is actually my husband’s anti-bucket experience because we were recently discussing the idea. His reason for avoiding this is funny. Because of our bad luck seeing animals on other vacations, he thinks we would travel all the way there and not see any animals. For example, while whale watching outside of Vancouver, we were the first boat in a while that didn’t see killer whales. On our tour of Australia last year, we were one the few groups to not see kangaroos in the wild. Just our luck!
I was born in New Jersey, so I have nothing against the state. But, I have no desire to ever visit Atlantic City. I’m not into gambling, and I’d rather go to Las Vegas for shows.
Extended Camping/Nature Trip
I can deal with getting dirty for a day or two. But, I like comfortable beds and refreshing showers. So, an extended camping trip or rafting trip that involves being outdoors 100% of the time is on my anti-bucket travel list.
Never Say Never….
A few years ago, I had no desire to visit Australia and New Zealand. I thought the flights were too long, and the area just wasn’t that appealing to me. Fast forward a few years later after my husband convinced me we had to go. I loved Australia and New Zealand! One of my all-time favorite trips. So, never say never to a destination or trip idea.
What’s on your travel anti-bucket list?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.