Awhile back I posted a poll in my Instagram stories, asking everyone what my next blog post should be. The options were: my travel bucket list or a letter to my teenage self. It was a very close poll and actually, the letter to my teenage self won (by one vote) Although I think one day I should write that post, and I should write it from the heart (nothing cliche or superficial), I am not emotionally ready at this time to do so.
My Travel Bucket List it is!
As I mentioned, I did this poll a while ago. I had a list of places all ready to share with you but the motivation never came. It wasn’t until the very unfortunate passing of Anthony Bourdain that made me realize I really want to explore more. I want to get out and see different places and experience different cultures. Watching his show(s) years ago were what inspired me to try and cook new types of food, and he was ultimately one of the culinary figures that inspired me to attend culinary school. Tony Bourdain was also someone I admired for his writing ability. Something I don’t share often is, when I was younger, I knew I loved writing and that I was pretty good at it. I also knew I loved food and had a lot of opinions about it. I dreamed of being some sort of journalist; maybe writing for a newspaper or a food magazine. Life, and many other things, got in the way of this dream, but in a sense, I could watch No Reservations and live through Tony!
Long story short (too late), After I proceeded the news of the passing of this icon, I found the motivation to complete this post. I realized life is truly too short and there are so many places I want to experience before it is my time. I also decided I would split the bucket list into two categories, and two separate posts: Within the U.S. and Outside the U.S.. I narrowed down my list to 3 – 4 places and are put in no particular order.
New York, New York
I know New York City can be known for its busy streets and overcrowded population, but none of that deters this introvert from visiting one of the most well known cities in the world. I will be honest though, I probably wouldn’t plan to see too many of the “tourist” spots. Of course it would be great to see the Statue of Liberty up close and personal, or go to the 102nd floor of the Empire State building, but I really want experience New York City for its everyday life. There is so much history, and culture, within New York City’s streets and I want to be able to take as much of that in as possible. However, there is one place that I would visit, touristy or not; Katz’s Delicatessen.
I remember telling my husband, a few years back, that even if I was still a vegetarian when I got the chance to go to New York City, I would still go and get a true pastrami sandwich (or maybe a Reuben) from this iconic deli. Who could blame me, right?
When I think about America’s history, Boston is the first city that comes to mind. This city is rich in American history and the beauty of that that the city as been able to preserve is amazing.
As cliche as it sounds, especially because I refuse to be touristy when I visit NYC, I would really like to walk The Freedom Trail. There are tours offered for this 2 1/2 mile walk, which visits 16 historically significant locations. The walk itself is said to only take about 90 minutes, which leaves plenty of time left in your day to check out some locals pubs *wink wink*
Being a big baseball fan, I would also really like to visit Boston during the baseball season to be able to experience a game at Fenway Park. What baseball fan wouldn’t love that opportunity? Plus, I have to see how impressive this “green monster” really is.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Although I have no intentions on visiting during Mardi Gras, I think walking down Bourbon St. in New Orleans, Louisiana, would be quite an experience. I’d probably have a hurricane, or two, because, why not? However, the first thing I plan to do upon arriving in New Orleans is find myself a little outside table at Cafe Du Monda, order a proper Au Lait and eat as many beignets as I possibly can.
One more thing I would really like to experience is seeing the swamps. Sure, I am afraid of water, and not too excited about running into a crocodile, but I found a peaceful beauty when looking at photos of the cypress trees in the murky water. I can only image it is breathtaking in person.
I have a few more places within the U.S. I would like to visit but the locations I mentioned above, are definitely my top 3! Of course, if anyone has visited any of these, or lives there, I am open to suggestions on what to do, or see, to get the full experience each city has to offer.