You can’t be a travel blogger without a post detailing your bucket list – places you’ve been and want to go. My blog wasn’t complete without one, so I’ve taken an inventory of my travel dreams to share with you. As I have written before, a Bucket List should be more than a list of destinations – it should be filled with opportunities for incredible experiences.
This is a wheelchair travel blog, meant to help people with disabilities plan accessible vacations. I traveled A LOT before my car accident, but the memories from those trips reveal nothing about accessibility. Traveling is different now, because I use a wheelchair. When I started this blog, I erased all the checkmarks on my Bucket List – I went back to square one, to make sure that every word on this website is based on my experiences as a wheelchair user. I wanted to create a resource that would make my readers feel like a local, when visiting a city with one of my accessible travel guides.
Without further ado, here’s my list, in no particular order. My Top 5 are bolded. I also
included crossed off the ones I’ve already completed, and provided links to the relevant blog posts. This list was last updated on March 11, 2021.
Attend the Midsummer Solstice Baseball Game in Nome, Alaska.
Immerse myself, for a time, in a community along the Swahili Coast of Africa.
Take a sweet photo at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. (SCORE! After many failed attempts!)
Soak in and explore antiquity in Athens, Greece.
Sit atop the Great Wall of China. (My first trip abroad in a wheelchair!)
Ring in the New Year at Epcot in Orlando, Florida.
Go plane watching and see the monkeys in Gibraltar. (There’s no better backdrop for spotting.)
Cross the English countryside on a
horse- pony-drawn carriage.
Tour the temples of Angkor Wat in my wheelchair.
Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.
Be humbled by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (I’ve seen it from afar.)
Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. (It was SO awesome!)
Swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Zambia, Africa.
Take a relaxing ride on the Amsterdam canals. (A lot of fun with friends!)
Visit the Old City of Jerusalem, and tour the Holy Land.
Go back “home” to Rome, and use my disability to get a papal handshake. 😉
Attend the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Visit a city in the the Middle East. (Dubai, you were great.)
Go horseback riding in an exceptionally beautiful place.
Visit Egypt, and see the Great Pyramids of Giza. (They didn’t see me rolling 4,500 years ago.)
Tour the Taj Mahal in India.
Take part in the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. (Everyone deserves a voice!)
Cruise and (attempt to) kayak the Aliak Bay in Alaska.
Go skydiving (and paragliding) in a winter wonderland.
Visit The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (A dream come true.)
Party it up in Cancun, Mexico. Drink Corona on the beach.
Ride a camel in a (real) Middle East desert. (Egypt counts, right?)
Fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming and explore Grand Teton National Park.
Roll down the Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia.
Visit Borat’s homeland, Glorious Kazakhstan.
Ride Amtrak from sea to shining sea.
Watch the final stage of the Tour de France from the Champs-Elysées. (Check!)
See the Aurora Borealis from somewhere secluded.
See (and ride a boat on) Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.
See Stonehenge at sunrise.
Spot the Big 5 on a wheelchair accessible Safari. (Kenya is the place where it happened!)
Dive from South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Vacation in Bora Bora, in French Polynesia.
Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Take a helicopter ride in a spectacularly gorgeous place. (Québec City, you pretty.)
Visit Pyongyang, North Korea. Yes, I know it’s dangerous.
Be a true aviation geek on an inaugural flight. (Sunflower, you beautiful Zonnebloem!)
Take a trans-oceanic cruise.
Figure out how to visit Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – and do it.
Ride a train on the Alaskan Railway between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Visit & explore Patagonia, because EVERYONE is talking about it.
Visit Mount Sinai, the place Moses received the Ten Commandments. (St. Catherine’s Monastery is a treasure to behold!)
Ride the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps.
Become the first wheelchair user to visit every country recognized by the U.N.
Now that I’ve revealed my most closely held travel desires, WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? Let me know in the comments below!
In case you’re wondering which of the things on my list are coming next – I’m not sure. The coronavirus pandemic has upended things but I’m trying to put together a trip to Australia (and the Australian Open) in January 2022, and I also hope to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue later this year. There will still be lots of travel to amazing places not on my Bucket List that I look forward to sharing with you! 🙂