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Kim Mance is a journalist, writer and blogger for publications like Condé Nast Traveler, and Marie Claire. She co-hosted Travel Channel’s Destination Showdown, and hosts Dream it. Book it. Do it! for Comcast on-demand.

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I'm editor-in-chief of Galavanting, an online women's travel magazine. I'm also a freelance writer on topics from politics, to parenting, to freethought. 

Oh, and I've got five great kids; three of my own, and two who came with the love of my life.


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Travel Bucket List: things to see before I die

So I've been working on some Galavanting destination stuff and realized it's been years since I've updated my own Travel Bucket List. The places I must see before I die -- and the things I've just gotta learn, which only locations other than my home can teach me.

As a travel writer, a web series host, and just plain journey junkie, I've done a lot of awesome stuff, but there's so much more to see! No better time than now to update my list...

  1. Visit every region of France [2 to go!]
  2. Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy
  3. (all photos by Kim Mance)Overnight camel trek through a desert
  4. Take surfing lessons in WARM water [Costa Rica]
  5. Go 4x4ing through Morocco's Atlas mountains & stay in a Berber village
  6. Horseback riding in Mongolia
  7. Visit a French Christmas Market
  8. Pastry-making class in Paris
  9. Visit the Earthships Headquarters
  10. Volunteer in Ethiopia
  11. Navigate China's Yangtze River in a boat
  12. Find Diane Lane's house from the "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie
  13. Have an original Bellini at Harry's Bar in Venice
  14. Go "Glamping" in Chile
  15. Visit the world's only pub inside a tree [in South Africa]
  16. Stay in a hotel that can only be reached by hiking
  17. Visit all quarters of Jerusalem, the West Bank and a Jewish settlement
  18. Visit the Australian outback
  19. Learn skydiving in Australia
  20. Go waterfall rappelling [Costa Rica]
  21. Sleep in a Yurt
  22. Go trekking in Bhutan
  23. Hike to Mayan ruins
  24. Go ice climbing
  25. Take at completely carbon-neutral trip
  26. Play life-size chess in Salzburg, Austria
  27. Go dog-sledding
  28. Cross the Arctic Circle
  29. Stay in an ice hotel
  30. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  31. Swim with dolphins
  32. Attend Fashion Week in NYC
  33. Visit a Shinto shrine
  34. Stay in a New Zealand treehouse hotel
  35. Visit ancient ruins in Iran
  36. Join the Mile High Club
  37. See the pyramids of Giza
  38. Eat a Danish in Denmark
  39. Learn pottery-making from a rural artist
  40. Stay on a working Dude Ranch
  41. Take a glassblowing lesson [Japan]
  42. See a traditional Chinese opera
  43. Visit the Solomon Islands
  44. Climb a glacier in Iceland
  45. Go camping in the Bavarian Alps
  46. Go on a remote African safari
  47. Go spelunking in a real bat cave [Malaysia]
  48. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  49. Hold a Barbary Ape in Gibraltar
  50. See Cambodia's Angkor Wat
  51. Go parasailing [Bahamas]
  52. Attend a Bedouin wedding
  53. See a real live snake-charmer [Morocco]
  54. Visit North Korea

I'm adding to my list all the time, so this might change as time progresses...

What's on your Travel Bucket List?



Reader Comments (8)

Great list Kim ... and you've done an awesome job crossing things off of it!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnna

It looks like you've made some great progress on yours! A lot of my items are pretty similar to yours too - walking on the Great Wall, horseback riding in Mongolia, hiking the Inca Trail.

My list has about 225 things on it. . and it's growing every day. I just made this list this year, but have already crossed off about 10 items.
I made my list not much to check things off just to say I've done them, but because they are truly things I want to do. Some are places to to and things to do, others are experiences to have, and many are just life goals and dreams I want to accomplish. I think these lists are a great way to lay out our goals and measure how well we've achieved them, but I'm also pretty sure that my list will be a constantly evolving work in progress.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Hammel

I have a bucket list too! So far it has 158 goals on it, I am working my way to 1000. My favorites are 'Milk a Cow', 'Ride a Zipline' and 'Make a Coloring Book'. You can see my list at www.mslistologist.com Good Luck!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette Renee White

Hi There!!!

I came across your site this morning, very cool.

We are building a new brand up here in Portland around the idea of a Bucket List and the gear that goes along the adventures. If you have some free time, I would like to invite you to share some of your adventures with our community. You have done some cool things and they would make a nice addition.



April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Wow, you're list is amazing! Good luck crossing off the rest of your items :)

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Hey people! Share your best/worst travel experiences here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207956166&ref=pie#!/pages/Best-Place-To-Travel/142133795801919?ref=ts

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanjaZ

My bucket list:


October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Fisher

Walking on the Great Wall is seriously amazing. It's so... long. And old. I'd also recommend checking out Loch Ness, see if you can spot Nessie (the water is dark and choppy so it always looks like something weird is swimming in it).

Both of those things are on this list of essential landmarks to see before you die. It's crowd-ranked so you can vote up your personal faves and maybe get a few ideas to add to your own list!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

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