Jaunting Jen

Travel for the History Lover

Wish List

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The term “Bucket List” seems a tad depressing. It’s all the places we want to go before we die right? How can one decide what they want to see in a lifetime? The answer is you can’t really. Many of my best adventures weren’t on a list. There are a few places though, that I really want to see, below you’ll find my bucket, dream list of all the places I want to see one day.

1. Pyramids at Giza, Abu Simbel, Karnak
2.  Machu Picchu, Peru
3. Canyon de Chelley, AZ
4. Baalbek, Lebanon
5. Leptis Magna, Libya
6. Hike Hadrian’s Wall
7. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
8. Navajo National Monument, AZ
9. Valley of the Temples Agrigento, Sicily
10. Achaemenid Rock Cut Tombs at Naqha-e Rustam Iran
11. Knossos, Crete
12. Stonehenge
13. Delphi, Olympia, Meteora Monastery, Sparta, Greece
14. Eilean Donan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
15. Tulum,Chichen Itza, Mexico
16. Iceland & Explore a volcano in Iceland
17. Cappadocia, Hagia Sophia (Istanbul), Troy, Ephesus, Turkey
18. Yellowstone National Park
19. Diocletian’s Palace Split, Croatia
20. Florence, Italy
21. Taj Mahal, India
22. Petra, Jordan
23. Acropolis, Corinth, Santorini, Greece
24. Tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, Terracotta Soldiers, Great Wall of China
25. Grand Canyon, Arizona
26. Pergamon Museum Berlin, Germany
27. Paris, France
28. Rome, Paestum, & Pompeii, Italy
29. Badlands & Mount Rushmore, S.D.
30. Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
31. Mesa Verde, Colorado
32. Ireland
33. Palenque, Mexico
34. National Mall, Washington D.C.
35. Crater Lake, Oregon
36. Olympic National Park, WA
37. Sequoia National Park, CA
38. Monument Valley, AZ & UT
39. Ecuador

8 thoughts on “Wish List

  1. Hi ethanreilley, Yes Ephesus and Pergamum are definitely on my to-do list. I actually started this blog when I planned to go backpacking in Turkey last year but I decided to teach instead.

  2. Hey Jen, love your work! The Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, Karnak – all amazing to see, and very humbling to be in the presence of so much history! Have you considered Ephesus and Pergamum in Turkey? Not so hard to get to, and both great sites.

  3. Hey Jen! It’s Tom from work in C’ville. Glad to see that your travels are going well. I really enjoy your blog. One place that I have always wanted to go to are the Faroe Islands. I think that they would be awesome to see. There is a lot of Viking history there and the city of Torshavn (Thor’s Harbor) looks awesome from the pictures! Hotel Foroyar is supposed to be the best place to stay. Anyway, keep up the good work!

  4. Angkor Wat is definitely amazing and even though the hordes of tourists are annoying it is still worth visiting – perhaps aim for the low season when you go. Some of my pics here:


    You also should add Bagan in Burma before it turns into Angkor Wat (tourism wise) – thousands of temples strewn across a plain. Some photos here:


  5. Hi, Jen, a couple of places that, if you haven’t already been, might be worth your while are 1) in Italy, north of Rome, the Etruscan tombs at Cerveteri. The tombs at Tarquinia are also cool, but I preferred Cerveteri. There are other Etruscan necropolises in the area of Tuscany that are worth checking out. These aren’t usually mentioned at the top of tourist guides, so unless you have a reason to have heard of them, you might not be familiar with them.

    2) Mieza, Macedonia, Greece, + the Royal Tombs at Vergina (also Macedonia, Greece). The former spot is one of my favorites in all Greece, second to Delphi. It’s a lovely little nymphaion where Aristotle once tutored Alexander the Great. Again, it’s not widely known, and so not overrun with tourists. On Sunday’s admission is free, and it’s not uncommon that nobody is even there. A now more popular tourist site nearby is the Royal Macedonian Tombs at Vergina (ancient Aegae). Tomb II is officially called the Tomb of Philip II, but it isn’t. *grin* Once a matter of great controversy (and it still is, in some circles), the bulk of Macedonian specialists, including several Greeks like Olga Palagia, now accept the tomb as that of Arrhidaios Philip III (ATG’s half-brother, who reigned briefly after him). Only those involved in the tourist trade or who have ego (their own or Greece’s) linked to identifying the tomb as Philip still consider it that. 😀 But the cool bit about that … if that really is Arrhidaios’s tomb, then the fancy armor found in it is (the cuirass, unique iron helm, and the big shield) are quite likely Alexander the Great’s dress armor.

    1. Hi Jeanne, the Etruscan tombs at Cerveteri are definitely on my list. The Macedonain tombs too! That’s awesome to think that is Alexander’s dress armor. Now I HAVE To go see that.

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