Three Months to Go

By , April 30, 2009 9:46 am

travel-suitcases.jpgThe three month countdown milestone has finally arrived. April 30th, and we couldn’t be more excited. With all the planning that we’ve already done, it’s amazing to know that there is still so much to do. We’ve done the easy things –

Backpacks? Check!
First aid kit? Ready!
Vaccinations? Starting in June!
Travel clothes? Almost have them all.
Tickets? . . . Of course!

Our car has been fixed and cleaned up and we’ll sell it in June. (anyone need a great little car?) Our web page is done and we’ve linked our Flickr account. Our Skype account is active (bertandpatty) and our Skype phone number ready too.

What comes now is the challenging part. We have our route planned, we have our skeleton. Now we get to fill in the details – put the meat on the bones, so to speak.

So what do we want to get out of this adventure? What is our purpose? What kind of meat will go on those bones?

What do we want to get out of this?

Sure, there are the physical achievements we’ll do on this journey:

-get married
-walk on the white sand beach of an atoll in the South Pacific Ocean
-ride an elephant
-bungy jump in New Zealand
-climb Uluru/Ayers Rock
-see the Grand Canyon
-watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney Harbour, Australia
-see the blue and white houses in Santorini, Greece
-eat at the food stalls in Singapore
-surf in Australia
-whitewater rafting
-ride in a fantail longboat in Thailand

But those are just things. Tangibles. Stuff to check off a list. I’m hoping for more than that. It seems that if you ask someone about their bucket list, it will mostly comprise these types of activities. Physical actions that place themselves somewhere, doing something – whether modest or grand. It sounds great, and I’ve got mine, but ultimately, the is just a “Physical Bucket List”.

But, what about an “Emotional Bucket List”?

It has been said that a traveler without observation is like a bird without wings.
What would you put on your basket of accomplishments to feel complete while traveling? Not just physically, but emotionally? What would you do to make yourself feel more worthy? More involved? More connected to the lives around you and more worthy of your own gift of life?

We’ll have to put our hands to our chins and utter a soft “Hhhmmmmmmm . . . .” while we begin to contemplate the deeper things.

2 Responses to “Three Months to Go”

  1. Cordelle says:

    I’m getting soooo excited for you two, I can hardly stand it! When my mom went to China, one of the most interesting things that I thought she did that was both emotional and physical was having tea in an elderly Chinese persons house. It was an excursion off the ship they were on I think, and they actually sat in an elderly woman’s house who served them tea and homemade something and they could see and feel the culture and ask questions. The woman spoke a little English. I think you’ll get such a great feel for the little known, more poignant things when you go couchsurfing, too!

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