To Kick The Bucket?
Ever wonder where the term "Bucket List" came from?
Well, from the morbid term "Kick The Bucket." Bucket Lists were popularized by the 2007 movie The Bucket List . This movie is a touching reminder of why we need a bucket list!
A Bucket List ensures we don't waste a single moment of our lives.
The Gadabout Gals have many things in common. We all have an insatiable quest to live our lives to the fullest. We've experienced loss and know how short life really is.
Whether our travel lists are officially written down, each of us has our hearts set on dream trips we hope to take before we kick the bucket. We thought it would be fun to share with you, kindred spirits, our individual travel Bucket Lists.
Honestly, it's hard to pin point ten or so destinations when we want to see it all!
Tiffany (mine is not in any order)
I'm a dreamer who loves an adventure. I'm not a big planner. I tend to figure out the details as I go. I've listed destinations that intrigue me without much thought into why or studied specific locations. I'll figure that out when the time comes.
Pictured below is the day Jeff let me be in charge of the map in Italy. LOL.
5. RV trip to see the national parks in western United States
8. Girls trip to NYC
9. France to see Vineyards & Lavender Fields
10. Pyramids in Egypt
Michele (mine are based on the Netflix Series Chef's Table)
Because so many places to travel are on my bucket list, I thought for me it would be easier to narrow it down to some restaurants from the Chef's Table featured restaurants in cities or countries that I'd like to visit or revisit but, of course, add these amazing culinary destinations! I picked one location from each season.
Season 1: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy
By blending Italian tradition and artful modernity, chef Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana has been ranked the third best restaurant in the world! He has a 10 and 12 course tasting menu with wine pairings and I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat the crunchy part of the Lasagna!
Season 2: Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, California
French-born Dominique Crenn's love for life, family and personal connection helped her become the first two-Michelin star chef in America. At Atelier Crenn, each guest is greeted with a poem, each line symbolizing a presentation in the meal. The menu is focused on seafood and vegetables, drawing from the memories of her mother’s garden in Brittany through the lens of California product and produce.
Driven by an obsession with dough, award-winning LA chef Nancy Silverton built a bread-making empire before reinventing herself as a mozzarella maven. I definitely would love to go to the Mozzaplex Sunday Tradition: The Red Sauce Dinner! It’s a four-course menu is served family-style. And Osteria Mozza has a Mozzerella bar, need I say more?!
Season 4: Milk, Brooklyn New York
At New York hot spot Milk Bar, Christina Tosi channels her love of junk food into irresistible treats like cereal-milk ice cream and "crack pie.” Milk Bar also delivers and that is where I got my birthday cake this year! After seeing the episode I knew I had to try it and I didn’t want to wait so I had it shipped for my birthday celebration! It was delicious and so were the gluten-free truffle balls.
Kelly (places I've always wanted to visit...and hope to someday!)
Obviously, like my Gadabout Gal partners, I love to travel…so I definitely have a bucket list of places that I want to experience! There are so many places on my list…it’s hard to narrow it down. I’ve decided to just highlight 5 of the top destinations on my wish list, and why. After compiling this list, I realized that all but one are beach/water destinations. What can I say? I prefer not to be landlocked….I’m a water baby at heart!
1. Bora Bora ~ Four Seasons Resort
Ever since I first saw a photo of the over the water bungalows at this fabulous and exclusive Four Seasons resort…it has been #1 on my travel bucket list! I must admit, a great vacation for me usually means traveling somewhere near water and a beautiful beach. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sightsee and visit interesting places and cool cities…but a lounge chair on a beautiful beach with a tropical drink in my hand is always going to be my 1st choice when talking about bucket list destinations.
Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. At the island's center rises Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.
I find myself looking at photos of this resort and island quite often, especially during our cold Ohio winters. Even the thought of the incredibly looooong flight to get there (12 hours+) doesn’t deter me from my dream of someday relaxing by a lagoon, in our very own thatched-roof bungalow, in this beautiful Polynesian destination. If I send enough vibes about it out into the universe, I’m thinking that someday…it will definitely happen! Until then, the internet is filled with fab images from there for me to enjoy.
2. O’ahu, Hawaii
I have been to Hawaii (Kauai, almost 30 years ago), but I want to go back and experience a whole new area with my Gadabout Guy Jason. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the early 1990’s when he was in the Navy, and he truly loved the island. He has SO many great stories about his time there and the fun and beautiful areas that he explored, there and beyond. I really want to take a trip back to Hawaii with him and see and experience the places where he spent so much time and enjoyed when he was a young man. A few of the places we want to go include: the North Shore, Diamond Head, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Germaine’s Luau, Kaena Point State Park (to camp on the beach), Duke’s Canoe Club for a fancy dinner and the USS Arizona/Pearl Harbor Memorial.
3. The French Riviera
I have always had a fascination with France. I took 4 years of French in high school, and truly loved learning about this culturally rich country and its beautiful cities and countrysides. The French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) is definitely on my travel bucket list. This Mediterranean coast of southeastern France includes famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and the independent microstate of Monaco. A health retreat in the 18th century, the area later attracted aristocrats, artists and the 1960s "jet set." Today it’s an established holiday destination, with paths connecting many coastal villages and towns.
I love the Hitchcock film ‘To Catch A Thief’ with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, which is set here. The views everywhere are stunning and glamorous. A stay in the iconic Hotel du Cap would be FAB luxury at its finest!
4. Phuket, Thailand
Jason also spent some time in Phuket during his time in the Navy. He has often raved to me about the awesome beauty of this area (especially the beaches) and the fabulous food. Originally, traveling here never really interested me…but now, hearing more of his stories and with some research on my part, he has won me over.
Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos. I’m game…let’s go!
5. Big Sky Country ~ Montana
The nickname "Big Sky Country" is a reference to the unobstructed skyline in this state that seems to overwhelm the landscape at times. All I know is that every photo of this area of the country is over-the-top gorgeous! I’ve never traveled in this part of the USA and I would love to visit a dude ranch ~ with real cowboys and cattle herding (perhaps The Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana)…or go glamping in a luxury tent set in a beautiful remote location near Yellowstone National Park (possibly The Collective Experience at Yellowstone). To be honest, I’ve never been an ‘outdoorsy’ gal, I definitely love creature comforts. I’m also not really a big hiker or camper, but I truly appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, especially in this part of the country…and I would love to experience it. Wondering if I can actually convince my Gadabout Guy to cozy up to a horse and get up in the saddle…’Giddy up!’