Just the other day my husband and I were reminiscing about the many vacations we’ve enjoyed. We were trying to recollect the name of a particular resort we would frequent for cocktails and to watch the sunset. We were wintering on the Fijian island of Vanua Levu so, would patronize this resort just down the road, once a week, for several months.
Local villagers would play live music and sing, making for an enjoyable happy hour. We recalled the beautiful beach and sea views - could literally picture it. Images of palm trees swaying while boats sailed by were in both of our minds. But what was the name of the resort?
“It started with an M, I’m sure of it. Or was it an S?” We racked our brains to no avail.
The next morning over coffee Jack declared “It was The Warwick”.
“Oh, you remembered that at 3:00 am did you?” No, he said, “I looked it up on Google Earth.”
Thankfully we can rely on the internet when our memory fails!
While we may have neglected to document that happy little moment on our bucket list of “already done it” experiences, we have had the good sense to record our more significant adventures on an Evolving Bucket List. Not a traditional “to-do” bucket list - a reverse or Evolving Bucket List is a way for us to keep track of our accomplishments while adding to it as we enjoy new experiences. It continues to grow - to evolve.
We didn’t think to write such a list all by ourselves.
One cold Canadian winter, while vacationing on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, we met a wonderful, well traveled couple. A few years our senior, our new friends shared some wise advice. While watching the sunset, and enjoying cocktails (you can see a common theme here) we chatted about many of our amazing travel experiences. They told us that we had better write down all the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen because, if we didn’t, we would forget. Realizing that at times I forget what I ate for breakfast yesterday I thought this was brilliant insight.
It took a bit of time but we managed to document almost forty years worth of Jack’s extensive travels. Some memories came to mind more easily than others. Some had to be poked and prodded. Luckily memories can be stirred up by looking back at maps, photos and souvenirs – and of course, consulting the world-wide web.
We are happy we can look back on our list whenever we want to reminisce. Sharing this with our children means they can see just how adventurous their parents were (and still are). We went a step further and created an Evolving Bucket List website in hopes that it will inspire you to transcribe your own treasured moments - while looking forward to your next adventure.
An account of your most treasured experiences can take whatever creative form you wish –unique in content and style. We’ve jotted down simple one liners – what and where, along with our favorite pictures.
What’s on your list?
March 25, 2017
About the Author:
Carrie and her husband Jack are Seasonal Nomads, luxuriously wintering somewhere new and exciting for five to six months at a time. They share their knowledge, insight and money saving tips in Another Cocktail Please – the Essential Guide to Long Term Vacationing. Their goal is to inspire others to achieve an exotic lifestyle of leisure, travel and adventure. Another Cocktail Please was reviewed on Huffington Post.