For whatever reason it was yesterday, it popped into my head that I don’t think I’ve ever put up a bucket list that pertained to travel. Seeing as how I feel like I need to make one, as well as some things popped into my head, I decided to rectify this. Without further ado, here is the Wandering Barbarian’s travel bucket list.
-Set foot on each of the seven continents. Shamefully, I’ve only traveled to Europe, but I hope to be able to expand that in the near future.
-Travel to at least one remote island. I cannot deny that the allure of setting foot on Svalbard or the Falkland Islands is pretty high in my book.
-Spend time in the Sápmi region. The wilderness looks amazing, and I’ve heard wonderful things about their culture. Hey, it’s also a chance to see reindeer!
-In a somewhat similar vein, I’ve always wanted to go to places that are at fairly extreme reaches in countries. For example, Tromsø and Vadsø in Norway, Bering in Alaska, Magadan, and Vladivostok, and Sakhalin Island in Russia. Places that aren’t your conventional tourist destinations, basically. Why? For the adventure and the change of pace.
-Visit Greenland. Something about that vast island is just majestic and alluring.
-Visit at least one, if not all, of the Channel Islands in the UK. I’ve seen pictures of them that look absolutely gorgeous, meaning that I’ve never wanted to travel to them as badly as I do right now.
-Learn Scandinavian/Baltic/Slavic languages. Okay, so this may not necessarily be the most prestigious item on the list by any means, but at the same time, I understand that learning languages opens up many barriers to world understanding. While these languages aren’t widely spoken outside their respective areas, it’s just fascinating to learn languages other than the Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Latin offered in schools here in the US.
-Spend time in a gurt on the steppes. I figured that if the Mongolians as well as the Central Asians have been doing it for a long time, it definitely would be an amazing cultural experience.