My Bucket List

Annie Cardinal

Travel is not a contest, and it’s not something that should be accomplished by checking items off a list. However, I find it helpful to keep track of where I’ve visited in case I need to reflect on or reference a certain trip. Eventually, trips and locations do blend together, so it’s useful to have a log of where I’ve been. It’s also nice to keep track of interesting places others have been that I’d like to visit someday. There are so many wonderful places in the world!

Bucket List and Past Adventures

Perhaps these bucket list items will inspire your next trip. Items in italics have been visited already but are not an all-inclusive list.


  • Sing in Chartres Cathedral outside of Paris, France (2012)
  • See the fjords and midnight sun in Norway
  • Explore the natural beauty and coasts of the Balkans Montenegro (2019)
  • See the fairy chimneys, explore the underground city of Kaymakli, and ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia in Turkey
  • Spend time on the Mediterranean
  • Walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England (I did a report on this bridge in college!)
  • Drive the ring road and see the Northern Lights in Iceland
  • Attend a Formula 1 Grand Prix (Austria 2015, Austin 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021)
  • Enjoy the castles, bridges, coastline, and culture of Portugal and get lost in windy pathways of picturesque towns - Lisbon and Porto (2022)
  • Visit the chateaux of the French countryside (2007)
  • See the ancient ruins in Italy (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Rome), Greece, or North Africa (Petra, Thebes, Carthage, etc.)

In Austria enjoying our first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. Now we have been to 5! (2015)

North America

The gorgeous rainbow colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone (2010)

Central and South America

Hummingbirds in the cloud forests of Costa Rica (2012)


  • Explore the archaeological city of Petra in Jordan
  • The ruins of Persepolis in Iran
  • Ride an elephant in Thailand (December 2004)
  • The Angkor Temples of Cambodia (December 2008)
  • The Valley of 1000 Temples in Bagan, Myanmar (December 2008)
  • See the cherry blossoms in Japan

The U Bein Bridge at sunset in Myanmar (2008)

Australia and the Pacific

  • Attend the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (the last of the three “AUS” Formula 1 Grand Prix Races – I have attended both Austin, Texas and Austria)
  • Visit New Zealand and see Hobbiton (I have recently gotten into the Lord of the Rings series)
  • See the Komodo Dragons in Indonesia


There are many incredible things I’d love to see in Africa, but much of the rest of the world is calling my name first. I would definitely enjoy the ancient ruins and civilizations, the wildlife, the beautiful scenery, and the people.

Countries I’ve Visited

As of January 2020, I’ve properly visited the following 21 countries. In my opinion, airport layovers don’t count.

  1. United States of America – I live here!
  2. Mexico – Walked across the border to Matamoros
  3. Canada – Vancouver (2004) and Niagara Falls (2011)
  4. Belize – Honeymoon in May 2018
  5. Guatemala – Honeymoon in May 2018
  6. Costa Rica – June 2012
  7. Myanmar (Burma) – December 2008
  8. Cambodia – December 2008
  9. Thailand – December 2004 (during the Tsunami)
  10. China – January 2010
  11. France – June 2007 and Paris in January 2012
  12. Germany – June 2007 and June 2015
  13. Austria – June 2007 and June 2015
  14. Italy – June 2007
  15. Belgium – June 2015
  16. Netherlands – June 2015
  17. Czech Republic – June 2015
  18. Switzerland – June 2015
  19. Montenegro – September 2019
  20. Albania – September 2019
  21. Bosnia and Herzegovina – September 2019

States I’ve Visited

As of December 2021, I have spent quality time in the following 35 states. I have driven through or had a layover in a few other states but am not counting them as properly visited unless I at least ate a proper meal (not a rest stop) or visited a point of interest. 15 more to go!

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Louisiana
  12. Maine
  13. Maryland
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Michigan
  16. Mississippi
  17. Missouri
  18. Nebraska
  19. Nevada
  20. New Hampshire
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico
  23. New York
  24. Ohio
  25. Oregon
  26. Pennsylvania
  27. Rhode Island
  28. South Dakota
  29. Texas
  30. Utah
  31. Vermont
  32. Virginia
  33. West Virginia
  34. Wisconsin
  35. Wyoming