Ten years ago, a friend of mine has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. It was a wake-up call for most of us, a realization that somehow our end is beyond our control. And life can be taken away from us, even if we think that we’re still young and has a lot to go for.
This is what triggered my travel bucket list, a collection of places that I want to visit and make a part of my life with. Some of these places I was lucky to have visited over the past few years, few of them are still on my to-do list. Here’s to my friend, who taught me to live my life to the fullest and without regrets.
- Maldives. It’s a beautiful island, and it aptly represents my sunny side of life. Marvel at its white sandy beaches and palm trees. Take all its beauty from the balcony of your room.
- Pyramids of Egypt. Although the pyramids wouldn’t disappear, you would. Make sure you go with a tour guide, or at least you read about this historical icon, so you can really appreciate the worth of your visit.
- The Great Barrier Reef. The most beautiful set of marine life you will ever lay eyes on, the Great Barrier Reef will make you realize that Planet Earth isn’t just for you and your needs. Simply snorkel and see amazing sea creatures and corals.
- New York. Who wouldn’t want to sing “Empire State of Mind” in the place that inspired it? New York is the most famous city in the world; it would be a shame if you don’t even wish to walk its streets.
- The Great Wall of China. This man-made marvel is so amazing that rumors once circulated that it is the only man-made structure that can be seen from the moon. What’s interesting is that although it looks oh so mighty, it actually represents the fear of being invaded. Paranoid much, China?
- The Amazon. Oh nothing to see here, except half of the world’s remaining rainforests, the most number of animal species, and the largest river basin. If you want to see some nature, the Amazon’s got it all for you.
- Venice. Because it is simply beautiful and peaceful in the area. Bonus reason: If you’ve read Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice.
- The Coliseum. This Italian structure isn’t only a must-see because it is old, but because it is a place where Romans fought gory, bloody, movie-worthy fights. Yes, Gladiator was true, and even more brutal than what was in the film.
- Grand Canyon. Vast, overwhelming, wondrous. Plus you can stand on a transparent glass that is set at 4,000 feet above the floor of the Canyon. Watch 127 Hours before going there, to make the thrill complete.
- The Louvre. This great museum in Paris houses the most important art pieces of our time. Paris could have made it on the list, but Paris without going to the Louvre is just sad. So Louvre makes my travel list complete!
Yes, there’s just a lot to see that is beyond your Manila to Cebu trip. These are some place to aspire for and inspire to live the life.