On the occasion of my 30th year of existence, I’ve decided to come up with a travel wishlist. Some people make a “30 before 30″ list – a bucket list of sorts before they turn 30 – but since it’s too late for that now, mine’s “30 beyond 30″. A bit similar to a bucket list; but I’m setting a time frame of roughly 20 to 30 years to cross out everything. After all, I doubt my knees would still agree to a Saint Peter’s Basilica dome climb when I’m in my sixties. No extreme goals here though; you won’t find bungee jumping, base jumping or skydiving here (I still want to avail of my senior citizen’s discount, thank you).

Without further ado, here’s my list – roughly sorted from something-that-can-be-done-tomorrow up to you-must-be-dreaming level, some of which link to other articles or blog posts I find useful and/or inspiring.

  • Hike to Taal’s crater lake
  • Take a photo of an erupting Mayon Volcano at dusk
  • Meet a Morion at Marinduque’s Moriones festival
  • Spend a whole week in Batanes
  • Float with the stingless jellyfish of Sohoton Cove National Park
  • Drive on the Patapat viaduct in Ilocos Norte
  • Stay in a luxury Palawan/Cebu/Bohol resort for more than one night
  • See the Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Java
  • Explore the temples of Angkor and watch a sunrise at the Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia. © David Davis –

  • Go sightseeing from Singapore to Malacca to Kuala Lumpur by land
  • Fly a Boeing 737… simulator
  • Travel up the length of Vietnam aboard the Reunification Express from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An to Hanoi
Hoi An, Vietnam. © Olga Khoroshunova -

Hoi An, Vietnam. © Olga Khoroshunova –

雪の大谷 富山 Yuki no Ootani Toyama Japan

Snow Corridor, Toyama, Japan. © jamdigi4 –

  • Ride a snow raft with our daughter Ryka at the Sapporo Snow Festival before she turns 6
  • Take the Hokutosei or Cassiopeia overnight train from Tokyo to Sapporo
  • Cover 3,000 miles from the US west to east coast by train
  • Ride a gondola (ok, a vaporetto would do) down the Grand Canal in Venice
Sunset in Venice. Italy

Venice, Italy. © silver-john –

  • Climb the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Get a stiff neck after gawking at Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel
  • Climb Giotto’s bell tower and take the classical Florence postcard shot
  • Take a photo of Arc de Triomphe from the middle of ChampsÉlysées
  • Spend a couple of days in a resort on stilts in Maldives
  • Go on a cruise through the Greek isles
  • Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Drive down the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  • Go sightseeing on a cruise in Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Peer at the edge of Norway’s Pulpit Rock without shaking from acrophobia
Preikestolen Pulpit Rock Lysefjord Norway

Preikestolen (“Pulpit Rock”), Lysefjord, Norway

  • Stargaze from the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii
  • Watch the Aurora Borealis light up the Scandinavian sky
Northern lights above lagoon in Iceland

The Northern Lights, Iceland. © jamenpercy –

If there’s anyone interested in sponsoring any item in this list, feel free to contact me. :)