One would think that this would have influenced me in my adult life, that I would have set up home in one place and stayed put. Our present abode has rocketed to the top, as far as time spent in one home, as we are currently in our ninth year of residence. Does this mean I have now realised my childhood dream and can tick it off the list or is there another move to come – apart from my final move in a coffin.
I had never had a list of places I wished to visit until after I was married and, with our first daughter, we set off to see the world and family members living in Ireland. We spent eighteen months away, as my husband was a teacher and gained employment in Ireland. This enabled us to travel in Europe as the summer holidays were spread over three months and thus our taste for travel was ignited. Paris is always on our bucket list, regardless of our frequent visits there.
Once retirement arrived, we were free to take our time. Our first trip was a camping trip up through Central Australia and across to West Australia before returning home. We had great plans to do a similar trip but turning right instead of left at Darwin. So far that trip has not occurred so that is one item still on our list.
Since then, we have managed several overseas trips which have covered places I had never thought to visit, such as China and Canada. China was a big surprise as I had thought it would be grey, polluted and full of apartment blocks. We were lucky with the pollution as our time in Beijing was spent under blue skies and we discovered many green spaces. As for Canada, that has to be seen to be believed.
We still have many destinations remaining on our wish list. My husband has never been to Tasmania, so I would love to take him there. Kangaroo Island is on my list. I am regretful that we didn't get there before the fires, but hopefully we will make it there. New Zealand is another country I would love to spend time in as we have only ever passed through there on a flight from America. Ireland and Paris are always on the bucket list as places we enjoy visiting.
Fortunately, I cannot foretell the future so whether the remaining items on my Bucket List get ticked off remains to be seen. One thing I know for sure is, there will always be a new dream to replace those already accomplished.