What’s next, you ask?

I have always believed that the quickest path to manifestation of our dreams starts with setting your intentions.  Therefore, I always keep a “Top 10” list of dream destinations with the goal to visit as many as possible.  Funny, there are usually about 25 places on my “Top 10!”

Here is the latest list:


  • Dominica
  • Iceland
  • Galapagos
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Cuba
  • Kerala (Southern India)
  • Ireland
  • Madagascar
  • Yemen (Island of Socotra)
  • Dubai & Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
  • Pakistan
  • Kashmir region of northern India
  • Uyuni Salt Pan, Bolivia
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Easter Island


  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Camp in a Yurt
  • Rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
  • Visit all 59 National Parks (45 down)
  • Visit all 50 states (46 down)
  • Hike a slot canyon (Antelope Upper and Lower)
  • See the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis
  • Train ride through Copper Canyon, MX
  • Visit Holland during tulip season
  • Visit a lavender field in Provence
  • Hike “The Wave” (by permit only)
  • Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park
  • Hike “The Narrows” in Zion National Park
  • Overnight at Mt LeConte Hiking Lodge in Smoky Mountain NP
  • Attend the Santa Fe Opera
  • Hike the Kalalua Trail along Na Pali Coast, Kauai
  • Sleep in a tree house
  • Ride a segue
  • Learn to play the violin (I tried, but really sucked at it!)
  • Learn to speak conversational Spanish (two tries down)
  • Paint a watercolor (I tried, but really sucked at it!)
  • Try snowshoeing
  • Hike the Grand Canyon, Rim to Rim



8 thoughts on “What’s next, you ask?

  1. I am a long dear friend of your brother, Don, and his wife, Kathey. Don has always kept me up to date on his travels and I have enjoyed them immensely! My dream is to one day have the cha$ching to be free to travel also.

    Just to let you know, I live in Lubbock, Tx as of now, the center of dust, sand and drought. So, you can see why traveling is a priority to me:) I belong to a group called the TEXAS TWISTERS SKI & ADVENTURE CLUB. They are planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands next September. Since they travel in a group, they usually get a hefty discount. It’s just a bunch of ‘good ole West Texas people’ with enough money to travel & go as they please. Nice, fun people. If you are interested in going, let me know and I will keep you posted. I’m trying to save up to go.

    Don shared with me your trip to the Antarctica – another place on my bucket list – and I was so jealous! What a beautiful place. Your posts were so informative.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Joan O’Briant

    • Thanks, Joan, for your nice comments! I am slowly but surely getting the blog updated. Don helped me get it set up, and little by little I am adding more. I still have not finished Antarctica, so please check back in a while if you are interested. Right now, I am in Dominica, one of Don’s favorite places. He is the one who inspired me to visit.

      Thanks for the info on the Galapagos trip. As you can see, it is high on my list! I will probably seek out something where I can do some scuba diving while there, though. Thanks for thinking of me! If you go and have pictures to share, please send me the link!!


  2. When you are ready to go to Fiji, I can hook you up with Lynette Wilson of Destination World. Conde Nast Award winner for the past 11 years as ‘Travel Guru for Fiji’. She runs her business from there, Australia, and the US.

  3. sleeping in a treehouse is on my list as well, as well as Holland to see the tulips and the Provence for lavender as well. Will be following you.
    ps. If you do get north for the northern lights let me know, I’ll gladly host you for as long as you need.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I will be following you as well, as I so admire your “immersion!” AND your “research!” haha!! It was such a pleasure meeting you on the Isla.

  4. Nice blog. Anyone that’s a friend of Nina, is a friend of mine.
    I was going thru your list and most look OK. However, having traveled extensively, I would like to offer a tab bit of advice. Do not go to Kashmir or Pakistan. Any place south of Bombay is fine. Any trip to northern India or Pakistan is a flirt with your life. It is not safe there for foreigners. I have traveled to India many times, and the southern areas are by far the best. I recommend Bangalore, Mangalore, Goa, Bombay, Combatore, Chennai, and Puducherry. Late fall or late spring are the best times to visit India. Be aware, there are ten times more people there and the crowds can be very overwhelming. Going to a store for something can turn out to be a day long adventure.

    • Hi, Steve — Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving the nice comment! I agree, Nina is a delightful person!

      Yes, I have been watching both the Kashmir and Pakistan situations for about 20 years now….ever hopeful. I have a colleague who lives in northern India who says Kashmir, around Leh, is actually okay. But I know, Pakistan right now would be a death wish. However, it lies in the route of my next RTW dream trip, so I will continue to hope and dream.

      I actually spent a month in India during my 2002 RTW, I just wasn’t a blogger then. 😉 But I spent my time in between Delhi and Kolkata, Varanasi, the Rajasthan region, and the Himalayan area of Darjeeling. I do want to go back to tour the south area though, as I have never been further south than Mumbai. I hear it is really beautiful.

      Thanks again for stopping by the blog! Suzanne

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