Not a bucket list: the travel priority challenge

I’ve been reading a lot on other travel blogs recently about bucket lists, and had started giving more thought to my own. Then, I came across this post by Adventurous Kate (which inspired this great post by Paul at My Postcard From), and they made great points about setting travel priorities instead of making a checklist of list of things to do before dying. In short, if travel is a priority, make it a priority.

Following Kate’s challenge to identify 5-10 travel priorities and complete at least one in the next two years – challenge accepted! I want to see a lot of things for a lot of different reasons, but these are the things that occupy my daydreams and evening Googling. With that in mind, here is my not-a-bucket-list list of travel priorities for the next two to twenty years.

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Guest post: My travels from A to Z by Jill of Couchtime with Jill

Today I’m pleased to share a guest post I received from my clever friend Jill. Her TV blog, Couchtime with Jill, is my go-to stop for television recaps, criticism and witticism. If you like tv, and enjoy both the thoughtful appreciation of television and considered snark about television, get over to her blog tout de suite.

Jill’s also had her fair share of adventures, which heavily feature one of my future destinations – South Africa. So grab your favourite beverage, find a comfy spot, and enjoy Jill’s adventures!

I can’t kill a wasp, but I can jump off a bridge without batting an eyelash

A: Age you went on your first trip

When I was two I was taken to Disney World, which I’m told I pretty much slept through. I went on a couple road trips as a younger kid, and my first flight when I was ten.  I went to Toronto and Buffalo, NY.

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Favourite photos: Butterflies in La Barceloneta, Barcelona

I had the good luck and good foresight to visit Barcelona during La Mercè. The mood was festive, and every corner of the city seemed to be swept up in the celebration. I wanted to visit Barceloneta Beach and dip my feet in the warm autumn waters of the Mediterranean, and to get there faster, I took a shortcut through the Barceloneta neighbourhood. The shortcut was fortuitous, since I soon encountered the subject of my favourite photo from Barcelona, and one of my all-time favourite travel photos.

La Barceloneta is densely-built, with short, compact buildings, and streets that are wide enough for a single vehicle. It’s also a neighbourhood in transition, with the working class families who have lived there for decades being squeezed out by rising housing costs, due in part to the growth in renting apartments for holiday accommodations. There were more than a few signs, in several languages, telling tourists to go stay somewhere else and let families keep their homes.

Turning on to Carrer del Pescadors – the fishermen’s street – I had the wind knocked out of me by a carpet of colour, in the form of brightly-coloured plastic butterflies.

La Barceloneta Barcelona Spain butterflies

Wandering in this part of the city gives you a perspective on Barcelona life that is so different, it needs to be explored to be appreciated. The narrow streets are plentiful, but the neighbourhood is generally poorly represented on most tourist maps. No matter, just follow the streets until you hit the sea.

Sunday reading

Paris Bathroom Undercover: Free relief in the city’s ritziest hotels (EuroCheapo) Above free wifi and coffee, finding a bathroom is a top priority.

18 Months of Travel: My Most Practical Tips (Angie Away) So many great tips, particularly about traveling memorably and in comfort!

Barcelona’s Best Off The Beaten Track Neighbourhoods (GranTourismo) Great information to mix up your Barcelona accommodation options.

Overseas Bargaining for Dummies (Leave Your Daily Hell) Bargaining is so much fun, but can be daunting if you’re from a non-bargaining culture. These tips will help you conquer the markets and bargain like a boss.

The Beautiful Palau de la Musica Catalana – Barcelona (EarthXPlorer) The Palau is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, but we weren’t allowed to take pictures on our tour. This photo essay provides a great overview and brings back great memories.

How not to get locked up abroad (The Planet D) Practical tips for staying prison stay-free.