France_2016_408Travel is important. It gives us perspective. It challenges our perceptions. It teaches us problem solving.  It comes with great food.  It interrupts the normal flow of our lives and reminds us that there’s so much out there to see and do.

Travel makes us better.  We could all use to be better.

I’ve been thinking a lot about travel these days (both because I don’t have the money to do it and because I’ve been going to lots of places I’ve already been), and to that end, I thought I’d make a travel post. Well, that, and the fact that I haven’t posted in a REALLY long time again. Whoops.  It’s been nice seeing all these old photos from trips as I’ve been running through the site, too.

I think it’s a good idea to keep a “Bucket List” of places that we want to go. I hate the phrase “Bucket List,” but I’m using it, and I promise not to put it into quotes anymore.  Keeping a list, and keeping it updated, is a good way to keep your longer-term goals in mind, after all.  This is, however, only a “Places I Want To Go” list with a smidge of “What I Want To Do When I Get There” thrown in for good measure.  It is, by no means, intended to be an exhaustive list of all the shit I want to see, accomplish or experience in my life.

After the break is my current list.  In the vein of “fuck it, let’s post,” I’m putting it up even though it’s not “done” or even “ready” because, damnit, I never post anymore.  So click through and tell me what you think.

What follows is my work-in-progress bucket list of places I want to go and things I want to do once I get there.  Comments, advice, criticisms all welcome either here or via any other media known and unknown.  Just note that if you send me smoke signals, I’m unlikely to respond because I don’t smoke.

I’ve embedded the link from the Google Doc I started, but as we know, Google changes things without notice and almost all the time, so I’ll probably get sick of them and move it over here for good eventually.  It’s just that the doc is ever so slightly easier to edit on my multiple devices as I think of new things than a page here, so I’ll try that first.

I’m also interested in other people’s lists.  If you have a bucket list for travel, post it (or a link to it) in the comments.  I’ll probably hunt down others’ lists just to see what they have on there.  Maybe I’ll post some of ’em up and see how mine compares, in length, depth and design.