Today on the blog I’ll be sharing my travel reverse bucket list. What in the world is a reverse bucket list you may ask? Well, for the most part a reverse bucket list is a list of experiences or accomplishments you’ve already had the pleasure of enjoying. I kind of approached mine a bit differently than others you might find on the net.
I decided to do a reverse travel bucket list In my opinion this is a wonderful way to kick off summer. Since I personally know how amazing these places are you can trust that you’ll have a great time if you have been trying to decide where to go.
..::Before I get my list started, let me start by wishing my hubby a very happy birthday. Unfortunately he has to work on his birthday but if we are being honest (when aren’t we) he probably has worked more of his birthdays than not. I can probably count on 1 hand how many times we’ve actually gotten to spend his ACTUAL birthday with him. It really doesn’t happen all that often. However, his new work schedule does give us the opportunity to spend at least the first part of the day with him so that’s good!!! We did already celebrate though last week with a special dinner out, of his choice. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE, even though you have to work I hope you have an amazing day!!!::..
Jamaica ~ Ahhhh the Caribbean, does it get any prettier? Ok that’s a silly question, of course it does, but this place was wonderful. In May 2009 my husband and I took a 4 year delayed honeymoon to a Sandal’s resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. While I really enjoyed being here, I didn’t get to enjoy it to its fullest. For several reasons but mostly because on probably our 2nd day, I got a HORRIBLE sunburn on the front of my legs. It was so bad it was purple, I wish I was kidding. Make plans to go off of the resort and do some excursions. We did not do that but the condition I was in would have made me more miserable, so I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t do that. Moral of the story, over apply the sunscreen. Seriously, it basically ruined me for the rest of the trip.
Swim with Dolphins ~ When I was 15 or 16 my wonderful mother took myself and my best friend to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week. The resort we stayed at was amazing. My favorite and probably most memorable part of the trip was swimming with the dolphins. I used to be OBSESSED with dolphins so I like to think my mom did this just for me. If you EVER get the chance to swim with dolphins, jump on it. Whether in Mexico or wherever, just do it, you won’t regret it for a second. It was one of the most magical experiences of my life and I’m forever thankful I got to do it.
Military Graduation ~ Another magical experience…. Well ok maybe not magical but definitely pride inducing, was being able to attend my then boyfriend’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. OH. MY. GOSH… if you’ve never been to a military graduation, put a Marine Corps one at the very top of your list. I’m sure they’re all great but there is just nothing like the pride of the Corps. I was so filled with pride that I felt like I could almost bust. Pretty sure you have to know someone graduating in order to attend but it’s so worth it.
Four Corners ~ As far back as I can remember, when I first learned about 4 Corners, I thought about how cool it would be to be able to be in 4 places at once. For so long I would imagine lying down on the very center with each leg and arm in a different state. After my husband got out of the military, we were moving from WA to TX and my stepmom, sister, boys and I drove that whole long way. Let me tell you, its in the middle of nowhere and a little hard to find but if you’re crazy like me, its worth it. I’m into that kind of stuff, so it was definitely my jam.
Multnomah Falls, Oregon ~ Oh Lord, what could I say about this place that thousands of pictures haven’t already said. On our move from WA to TX we decided to take a more scenic route through Oregon and boy am I glad we did. I can’t speak for anyone else but I was awestruck by how truly beautiful this waterfall really was. I LOVE waterfalls and this one takes the cake on the ones I’ve actually seen in person. We saw a lot of little ones on this road trip but this one made the trip in my opinion.
Forks, WA ~ Yes y’all its a real place, I know there have to be some Twi-hards reading this right now. My sister and I have been there twice, moving to and from WA. It’s just a little town on the Olympic Peninsula and isn’t so caught up in the Twilight scene anymore. But don’t skip it because of that, still go take in the sights. First Beach on the reservation is just a beautiful site to see and so relaxing with its waves and driftwood. Make sure you bring something between a light jacket and a parka because its pretty chilly. While you’re there check out the Pacific Pizza next to Forks Outfitters, HANDS DOWN best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my life. Still haven’t found anything to top it and its been 5+ years.
Cruise ~ There are some pretty strong opinions about them but I have to tell you, try it for yourself. I’ve been on 2 thanks to my moms job at the time. I really did enjoy them, however I honestly think I would have enjoyed it more if I was older. I spent most of the cruises at the pool, looking back I wish I would have ventured out at the ports. Either way, I am so thankful I was able to enjoy the kinds of trips my mom earned. I got to see things I likely wouldn’t have before and experience things I hadn’t before. All in all from a kids perspective I would have given it a solid 6/10; as an adult I probably would’ve given it a 9/10 because of all of the things they have to do on board. To my knowledge things have changed quite a bit on cruises so I think it would be worth it to do another one as an adult.
Las Vegas ~ In the time that we lived in AZ we probably went to Vegas about 10 times or more. We lived within 2 hours so it was really easy to just pick up and go. All but 1 time we went, we had children with us so that limited us a bit. However, we did still do some really fun things. I will say it’s definitely more geared toward adults for the most part. I can hear you saying “DUH”!! For me just walking around the strip, especially at night, was the coolest part. You MUST go in the Bellagio and see the floral installations they have, so pretty.
Grand Canyon ~ Yet another stop we made on our move from WA to TX was this beauty. We got to the north rim of Grand Canyon at dusk and the light was so pretty. There was someone there with a HUGE telescope that let us take a look at the moon, the kids LOVED it. We didn’t have a ton of time to look really so definitely go during more daylight hours. That being said, that was really all I needed to see its beauty.
Seattle, WA ~ Ya know, the Pacific Northwest really is probably one of the most beautiful parts of this great nation. We were fortunate enough to live in WA 2 times in my husbands military career. There are so many cool sites to see in Seattle between the Space Needle, the gum wall, the 1st Starbucks, and Pike Market. Oh and of course the scenery. But if you really want to have an amazing experience, go on a whale watching cruise. June-September are probably the best times and the best weather. It could require a bit of a drive but well worth it if you love sea life.
There you have it y’all… my travel reverse bucket list. If I were to rate them to give you the best of the bunch I’d have to say the trip to Puerto Vallarta was my favorite trip. I was more adventurous than on any other trip I’ve been on and I’d love to go back again with my husband this time and a group of people.
Have an amazing day y’all, see ya next time!!