Our Travel Bucket List

by Christine Kim
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Do You Have a Bucket List?

Have you written down your travel bucket list? 

I’ve had a bucket list that I’ve kept in several different places. Over the years it’s morphed and changed from a bucket list that included things I wanted to accomplish in my lifetime to becoming mainly a travel bucket list. 

Although I don’t refer to it often, I decided maybe it was time to pull it out and make it official — to help me keep track of what I actually did and wanted to do that I might have forgotten about, and to give you some ideas of things you may want to add to your bucket list!

I dug up all the bits and pieces that I’ve stored in various different locations and collated it here. Some are from my “Want To Do Lists” and I’ve added new things I’ve seen, inspired by Instagram, of course.

I’ve included some of the old items of places we’ve gone with kids, and will post links to them when I write posts about them.

I’ve also decided to include a restaurant list. We love gourmet food, and although these are not places we would necessarily go to with our family, any chance we can go to a Michelin Star restaurant when we have babysitters for our kids, we will! Also, we have a serious love for sushi, so we will often seek out sushi restaurants wherever we are.

So, here goes! I will check off and update with new items as we go!

Our Travel Bucket List

  1. Marrakesh, Morocco  ✔️ (Oct 2013)
  2. Barcelona, Spain  ✔️ (Oct 2013)
  3. Paris, France  ✔️ (Oct 2013)
  4. Ride a Camel – Morocco  ✔️ (Oct 2013)
  5. Stay at Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand  ✔️ (Aug 2015)
  6. Bali, Indonesia  ✔️ (Aug 2015)
  7. Sedona, Arizona  ✔️ 
  8. Montreal, Canada  ✔️ (April 2017)
  9. Quebec City, Canada  ✔️ (April 2017)
  10. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland  ✔️ (June 2017)
  11. Positano, Italy  ✔️ (July 2017)
  12. Santorini, Greece  ✔️ (June 2017)
  13. Live in Seoul, Korea for a summer  ✔️ (a few weeks in July 2018)
  14. Tokyo, Japan  ✔️ (July 2018)
  15. Kyoto, Japan  ✔️ (July 2018)
  16. Singapore  ✔️ (July 2018)
  17. Singapore  ✔️ (July 2018)
  18. Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  ✔️ (Feb 2019)
  19. Ride Hot Air Balloons in Bagan, Myanmar  ✔️ (Feb 2019)
  20. White Temple in Min Kun, Myanmar  ✔️ (Feb 2019)
  21. Ride Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
  22. Petra, Jordan
  23. Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona
  24. Lisbon, Portugal
  25. Porto, Portugal
  26. Visit Pyramids in Giza, Egypt
  27. Luxor, Egypt
  28. White Desert, Egypt
  29. Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand
  30. Moscow
  31. St. Petersburg Mosque, Russia
  32. Maldives
  33. Argentina
  34. See the Northern Lights
  35. Stay at an ice hotel
  36. Goa, India
  37. Tibet
  38. Nepal
  39. Sydney, Australia
  40. Prague, Czech Republic
  41. Istanbul
  42. Bahamas
  43. Jamaica
  44. Australia
  45. New Zealand
  46. Cuba
  47. Colombia
  48. Banff, Canada
  49. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  50. Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni), Bolivia
  51. See the Twelve Apostles in Australia
  52. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Japan
  53. Palawan, Phillippines
  54. Chefchaouen, Morocco
  55. Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland
  56. Cliffs of Eretat, France
  57. Visit Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
  58. Salvation Mountain, CA
  59. Safari in Kenya, Africa
  60. Giraffe Manor in Kenya, Africa
  61. Bora Bora
  62. Artist’s Palette in Death Valley
  63. Grand Canyon, Arizona
  64. Oman
  65. Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, Ubekistan
  66. Hazrat Sultan Mosque in Astana, Kazakhstan
  67. Ouarzazate
  68. Halong Bay Vietnam
  69. Jaipur, Rajasthan
  70. Wat Rong Suea Ten in Chiang Rai, Thailand
  71. Muralla Roja, Spain
  72. Alahambra in Granada, Spain
  73. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  74. Jeju Island, South Korea
  75. Melaka, Malaysia
  76. Laos
  77. South Africa
  78. Denmark
  79. Mykonos, Greece
  80. Turks and Caicos
  81. Pamukkale, Turkey
  82. Madagascar
  83. Las Coloradas, aka The Pink Lagoon, in Mexico
  84. St. Lucia
  85. Yangshuo, China
  86. Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Chile
  87. Tulip Fields in Flevoland, Netherlands
  88. Lavender Fields, Provence, France
  89. Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park (Rainbow Mountain), Gansu, China
  90. Stay at the Oberoi Hotel in Delhi, India

Here is our restaurant bucket list! Both Michelin and non-Michelin restaurants are included. We’ve separated out the sushi places because we have so many!

Restaurant Bucket List

Eat at:

  1. Alinea – Chicago  ✔️
  2. Tru – Chicago (now closed)  ✔️
  3. Charlie Trotters – Chicago (now closed)  ✔️
  4. North Pond – Chicago  ✔️
  5. Spiaggio – Chicago  ✔️
  6. Topolobampo – Chicago  ✔️
  7. Crofton on Wells – Chicago (now closed)  ✔️
  8. Takahashi – Chicago (now closed)  ✔️
  9. Girl and the Goat – Chicago  ✔️
  10. Naha – Chicago  ✔️
  11. Lou Malnatis – Chicago  ✔️
  12. Aruns (Thai) – Chicago ✔️
  13. Bob Chinns – Wheeling, IL  ✔️
  14. Joe’s Stone Crab & Prime Steak – Chicago  ✔️
  15. Eleven Madison – NYC  ✔️
  16. Blue Hill – NYC  ✔️
  17. Gotham Bar & Grill – NYC  ✔️
  18. Gramercy Tavern – NYC  ✔️
  19. Le Bernadin – NYC  ✔️
  20. Jungsik – Tribeca, NYC ✔️
  21. Chez Panisse – Oakland, CA  ✔️
  22. Momofuku Ko – NYC ✔️
  23. Le Bernadin – NYC ✔️
  24. Gotham Bar and Grill – Greenwich Village, NYC ✔️
  25. SingleThread – Healdsburg, California
  26. Manresa – Los Gatos, California
  27. Quince – San Francisco, CA
  28. The Restaurant at Meadowood – St. Helena, CA
  29. Saison – San Francisco, CA
  30. The Fat Duck – Bray, Great Britain
  31. The Modern – Midtown, NYC
  32. Jeju Noodle Bar (Korean) – NYC
  33. Next – Chicago
  34. French Laundry – Yountville, CA 
  35. Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, CA
  36. Benu – San Francisco, CA
  37. The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, VA
  38. Noma – Demark
  39. Atomix (Korean Fine Dining) – NYC
  40. Bouley at Home – Flatiron, NYC
  41. Cote Korean Steakhouse (Korean) – NYC
  42. Cafe Boulud – NYC
  43. Jean Georges – NYC
  44. Per Se – NYC
  45. Daniel – UES, NYC
  46. Aquavit – Midtown, NYC
  47. Caviar Russe – Midtown, NYC
  48. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare – Brooklyn, NY

Sushi Bucket List

Sushi restaurants:

  1. Nomi – Chicago ✔️
  2. Sushi Yasuda – NYC ✔️
  3. Jewel Bako – NYC ✔️
  4. Neta – NYC ✔️
  5. Kanoyama – NYC ✔️
  6. Morimoto – NYC ✔️
  7. Sushi of Gari – Midtown, NYC ✔️
  8. Sushi of Gari – Tribeca, NYC ✔️
  9. Nobu – Midtown, NYC ✔️
  10. Nobu Next Door – Tribeca, NYC ✔️
  11. Masa – NYC
  12. Shuko – Greenwich Village, NYC
  13. Sushi Seki – UES, NYC
  14. Sushi Inoue – Harlem, NYC
  15. Sushi Noz – UES, NYC
  16. Sushi Nakazawa – West Village, NYC
  17. Satsuki (Suzuki’s sushi bar) – NYC
  18. Sushi Amane – Midtown East, NYC
  19. O Ya – NYC
  20. Sushi Ginza Onodera – NYC
  21. Sushi Amane – NYC
  22. Noda – Gramercy, NYC
  23. Kosaka – NYC
  24. Kyo Ya – East Village, NYC
  25. Hirohisa – NYC
  26. Ichimura at Uchu – Tribeca, NYC

So many places to see, so many places to eat!

Soon, we’ll add spas, cafes, and other experiences too! Although it’s surprising to see how many new things come up as I wrote these lists, it also reminds me how much there is to experience in this world, and keeps me excited about what’s to come! Life is an adventure, and it’s so much more fun when there is something to look forward to!

Have you written down your bucket list? Where do you keep it written?

Are any of these places on your bucket list too? Please share! Would love to hear from you in the comments!

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