My Bucket List - Part 1

I recently read that I should make my bucket list public and talk about it often so I feel the pressure to take action.  So, here it is.  My list is sort of long so I decided to break it up into a few entries.  My list is in no particular order.  I may prioritize them in the future but for now I'm just trying to get it all out there.  I'm starting with 10 and will share more later. I hope this inspires you to go out and create your own list and take an adventure of your own.  If you have any questions about my list please, don’t hesitate to ask!

Here we go...

1. Visit My Top 50 Cities of the World (Outside the USA)

Traveling is a passion of mine and I don't mean the bullshit business travel that I do on a regular basis.  According to the U.S. State Department, 36% of Americans hold a passport so if you hold a passport and have set foot in another country, you're already more traveled than the average American. As nice as that may be, I require a bit more than that. So in an effort to chip away at this one, Mrs Jake and I have scheduled some travel for 2107. We will be visiting 5 countries and 7 cities and in the process I'll be checking off 4 of the Top 50 cities from my list.

Below is my list of the 50 cities outside the USA that I want to visit the most.  They are in no particular order.  Cities in Bold I've already visited, those with an asterisk are already planned and booked for 2017.

  • Luxor, Egypt
  • Munich, Germany*
  • Jaipur, India
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Oia, Greece
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Singapore
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Mont Saint Michel, France
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Copenhagen, Denmark*
  • Nice, France
  • Venice, Italy
  • Seville, Spain
  • Lhasa, China
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • London, England
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Rome, Italy
  • Varanasi, India
  • Florence, Italy
  • Havana, Cuba*
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Paris, France*
  • Beijing, China
  • Lalibela, Ethiopia
  • Granada, Spain
  • Athens, Greece 
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Vatican City
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Hội An, Vietnam
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands*

Destinations Planned for 2017

2. Learn a foreign language or two

3. Taste a scotch that is older than I am

4. Shake hands with a President

5. Experience Burning Man

6. Work part time at a quality Indian restaurant to learn how to properly cook Indian food. (Do the same for Chinese & Japanese Ramen)

7. Join a band and play some live shows again

8. Walk on a black sand beach (Completed in February 2016)

9. Get a tattoo

10. Take a ride in a submarine (Completed in February 2016)

More to come on this...