itinerary

It’s important to me to live a life packed with unique, memorable and formative experiences, but it’s not all about seeing famous sights or doing notable things. Whatever the experience is, if it will help me grow in some way, I wanna do it. You might call this a Bucket List, but I call it my itinerary. This is where I’m going in life. I want my life’s path to have interesting and colorful scenery, to help me live as full a life as I possibly can, and to gain as many perspectives as I can.

Some things are about helping me become a more well-rounded person. Some items are about helping me to understand people better, including myself. And some are simply about me getting to see and experience more of what the world has to offer. Some items are simple and some are grandiose, because little moments can be just as important as big ones.

Where does my itinerary lead? To personal growth and a full life. To a me who knows more about herself and life and humanity and the world, geographically and anthropologically. This list will help me stay en route to that better version of myself.

I’ve been assembling and navigating my way through this itinerary since childhood. I’ve done a lot of these things alone, I’ve done a handful of them with strangers, but my most treasured experiences are the ones I get to live out with friends and family by my side. I had made a vow to myself in winter 2017 that I would not accomplish anymore of these things alone, but by mid-2018, I realized that I shouldn’t let opportunities pass me by if they come my way. I now actively look for as many opportunities as possible to fulfill these goals, and I enjoy the experiences no matter who is or isn’t there with me.

Did that!

  • Attend a circus
  • Attend a hot air balloon festival
  • Attend a masquerade ball
  • Attend a professional baseball game
  • Attend a Muse concert
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Attend an opera
  • Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Bake and decorate homemade gingerbread cookies
  • Become a morning person
  • Become member of AIGA
  • Become member of TDC
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Build a pillow fort
  • Buy something at Harrod’s in London
  • Carve a pumpkin (Make a jack-o-lantern)
  • Climb the Spanish Steps
  • Compete in a TypeFight
  • Cross the Equator
  • Cross the International Date Line
  • Dance at a bar or club (I don’t dance, ever)
  • Design a typeface
  • Design something every day for a year
  • Draw in a chalk walk
  • Drink a Champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve
  • Drink a Manhattan in Manhattan
  • Drink absinthe
  • Drink a caipirinha in Brazil
  • Drink Bordeaux in Bordeaux
  • Drink Jack Daniels in Lynchburg
  • Drink Kona coffee in Hawaii
  • Drink moonshine in the South
  • Drink port wine in Portugal
  • Drink Rakija in Montenegro
  • Drink Sangria in Spain
  • Drink Starbucks at the original Starbucks
  • Drink Turkish coffee in Turkey
  • Drive a bumper car
  • Drive a Chevy to a levee (Preferably one that’s dry)
  • Drive a go-kart
  • Drink a martini
  • Drink pocket change coffee! (purchased with loose change I collected from the street)
  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Earn my college degree
  • Eat a beignet in New Orleans
  • Eat a Danish in Denmark (wienerbrød)
  • Eat a giant rainbow swirly lollipop
  • Eat a hot dog from an authentic New York City hot dog stand
  • Eat a Pastrami on Rye at Katz Deli
  • Eat a Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  • Eat an authentic New York City bagel
  • Eat an oyster
  • Eat at a drive-in
  • Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Eat fish & chips in England
  • Eat Italian food in Italy
  • Eat New England clam chowder in New England
  • Eat Belgian chocolate in Belgium
  • Eat Belgian waffles in Belgium
  • Eat Belgian "French fries" in Belgium
  • Eat Boston Baked Beans in Boston
  • Eat Boston Cream Pie in Boston
  • Eat deep dish pizza in Chicago
  • Eat foie gras
  • Eat pizza with anchovies
  • Eat poutine in Canada
  • Eat Swedish meatballs in Sweden (köttbullar)
  • Fire a gun
  • Fly a kite
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Get a professional massage
  • Go bowling
  • Go fishing (Technically I've done this, but would like to do it the way I had always envisioned it)
  • Go ice skating
  • Go ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza
  • Go kayaking
  • Go on a blind date
  • Go on a hay ride
  • Go rafting down a river
  • Go skiing
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Go speed dating
  • Go through a corn maze
  • Go to a flea market
  • Go to a jazz club
  • Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Go tubing
  • Go waterskiing
  • Hail a New York City taxi
  • Have a birthday party with a piñata
  • Have a drink at an ice bar
  • Have a drink from an old soda fountain (I went to Lexington Candy Shop in Manhattan)
  • Have a pen pal
  • Have an "Opposite Day" (Where I do everything the opposite of my norm)
  • Have afternoon tea in England
  • Have my fortune told
  • Learn CPR
  • Leave my hand print in wet cement (I did so as a child, but would love to do it again as an adult)
  • Live in a major city, with skyscrapers
  • Own a Kit Kat clock
  • Paint a mural
  • Play an entire game of Monopoly from start to finish
  • Play an old pinball machine
  • Play beer pong
  • Play laser tag
  • Play the lottery
  • Receive a graphic design award
  • Ride a Ferris wheel
  • Ride a gondola in Venice
  • Ride a horse
  • Ride a tandem bike
  • Ride a train cross country
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Ride in a paddle boat
  • Ride the New York City subway
  • Run a 5K
  • Say "Ahh, Venice" in Venice (Like Indiana Jones)
  • Scratch off a lottery ticket
  • See a Broadway show
  • See a Gutenberg Bible
  • See Buckingham Palace
  • See Paul McCartney in concert!
  • See Ringo Starr in concert!
  • See Stonehenge
  • See the cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington, D.C.
  • See the Coliseum
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • See the International Klein Blue painting (IKB 79 at Tate London)
  • See the Lincoln Memorial
  • See the Memorial Pool in Washington, D.C.
  • See the Memorial Pool (full instead of empty) in Washington, D.C.
  • See the Mona Lisa
  • See the Moulin Rouge
  • See the Trajan Column
  • See the Washington Monument
  • See the White House
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Sing karaoke (The thought of this terrifies me; that’s why I need to do it)
  • Sing in a live “Hey Jude”-ing
  • Skip a stone
  • Smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba*
  • Smoke a hookah*
  • Smoke marijuana*
  • Spend Christmastime in New York
  • Stay at a mid-century hotel/motel with a neon sign
  • Stay at the Pantone Hotel in Brussels
  • Study abroad
  • Take an overnight train trip
  • Take pics in a photo booth
  • Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  • Tour a cave
  • Try caviar
  • Try escargot
  • Use a payphone (in a booth)
  • Visit a butterfly garden
  • Visit a castle
  • Visit a lighthouse
  • Visit Disneyland
  • Visit Disneyworld
  • Visit Liverpool
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day
  • Visit the Louvre
  • Walk across Abbey Road
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Watch the sunrise on a beach
  • Win a prize from a claw machine
  • Wish on a shooting star

Haven’t done that yet!

  • Attend a concert in a fully acoustic amphitheater (Like without electronics. Is this even possible?)
  • Attend a live filming of a TV show
  • Attend a murder mystery party
  • Attend a music festival
  • Attend a Queens of the Stone Age concert
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Attend Carnival in Rio
  • Attend NYE in Times Square
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby
  • Be kissed at the top of the Eiffel Tower by my significant other
  • Be kissed under mistletoe (By my significant other, not family or friends)
  • Be on the peak where/when the sun first rises on the U.S.
  • Be vegetarian for at least 1 month (… Maybe February)
  • Become fluent in another language
  • Become member of S{O}TA
  • Bet on a horse
  • Bid on something in a live auction
  • Blow the horn on an 18-wheeler
  • Build a functional igloo (with chimney)
  • Burst out of a giant cake
  • Burst through a giant paper sign
  • Buy myself a piece of Tiffany jewelry from the store on 5th Avenue
  • Carve mine and my significant other’s initials into a heart on a tree
  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year in China (at the parade)
  • Change a flat tire
  • Chop wood to start a fire
  • Christen a boat with a bottle of Champagne
  • Collect all the state quarters
  • Complete a Sketchbook Project
  • Cut down my own Christmas tree
  • Donate blood
  • Drink a Guinness in Dublin
  • Drink a Long Island Tea in Long Island
  • Drink a cafecito in Cuba
  • Drink an Australian pint in a pub
  • Drink green beer at a St. Patrick’s Day party
  • Drink Malort in Chicago
  • Drink mezcal and eat the worm
  • Drink Vietnamese coffee in Vietnam
  • Drive a car with right-side steering
  • Drive a motorcycle
  • Drive an ATV
  • Drive Route 66
  • Drive the California coastal highway
  • Eat a Berliner in Berlin
  • Eat a hamburger in Hamburg
  • Eat a Klondike Bar in the Klondike
  • Eat açai in Brazil
  • Eat at a Hawaiian luau
  • Eat Baked Alaska in Alaska
  • Eat buffalo wings in Buffalo
  • Eat burek in Serbia
  • Eat chicken & waffles in the South
  • Eat lunch on the steps of the Met Museum
  • Eat magic brownies
  • Eat maple syrup in Vermont
  • Eat New York Cheesecake in New York
  • Eat speculaas in the Netherlands
  • Exit a plane the way people did in the Sixties (on the steps and onto the tarmac). Technically I have done this but I’d really like to do it from an old plane, on old stairs, and to know when it’s about to happen.
  • Experience a white Christmas (Snow must be falling and covering the ground)
  • Find a geocache
  • Fire an arrow
  • Fly first class!
  • Fly in an amphibious aircraft (and land on water)
  • Follow a short fasting regimen
  • Get a tattoo
  • Get arrested (for a good cause)
  • Get lei’d in Hawaii
  • Get my shoes shined
  • Go camping for real (Pitch a tent, go without running water or electricity, maybe even go fishing or hunting and eat the catch, forage for berries, navigate there and back using maps and the stars and whatever … Nothing electronic.)
  • Go crowd surfing
  • Go dog sledding
  • Go hunting (This is a maybe—not sure I could handle killing an animal or watching someone else do so, but then maybe that’s why I should go.)
  • Go on a cross-country road trip, from coast to coast, Jack Kerouac-style except with more jazz and fewer drugs. Maybe I can even take some of the same routes as he (or Sal Paradise) did!
  • Go on a pub crawl
  • Go skydiving, hang-gliding or parasailing
  • Go through a fun house
  • Go through a hedge maze
  • Go to a monster truck rally
  • Go to a professional Cricket game
  • Go to a Redbull Flugtag
  • Go to a strip club
  • Go to La Tomatina
  • Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Go surfing (Doesn’t count until I catch a wave)
  • Grow my own food in a garden and prepare it in a meal
  • Have a food fight
  • Have a “Yes Day” (Where I say yes to every opportunity)
  • Have my picture on a Google Map
  • Have my work published in a design annual
  • Have something named after me
  • Hitchhike
  • Hotwire a car
  • Join the Mile-High Club
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Lay out at a nude beach
  • Learn how to screenprint
  • Learn how to start a fire
  • Learn how to tie a tie
  • Learn Morse Code
  • Learn the origins of every character & punctuation mark in the Latin alphabet
  • Learn to drive stick shift
  • Learn to juggle
  • Learn to parallel-park
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Listen to all 1,001 albums from my book
  • Live in autumn for a year (Chase my favorite season around the globe)
  • Make a mix tape
  • Make a pancake over an actual fire like the pioneers
  • Make coffee in a moka pot
  • Make my own eggnog from scratch
  • Make pottery on a wheel
  • Master the Metric system
  • Meet one of the Beatles! (Or at least own something autographed by one of the Beatles)
  • Meet (or see) Scroobius Pip
  • Milk a cow
  • Observe Ramadan
  • Obtain dual citizenship (Though I’m not yet sure where)
  • Open a door by picking a lock
  • Own a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle
  • Own an original Milton Glaser Bob Dylan poster
  • Own a share of stock
  • Own a vintage camera (working)
  • Own a vintage typewriter (working)
  • Own an original copy of the butcher album
  • Own property
  • Paint the Painted Desert in the Painted Desert (en plein air)
  • Paint the Painted Ladies
  • Pan for gold
  • Partake in the Holi Festival (Color festival in India)
  • Participate in a rubber duck race
  • Pick fruit and bake a pie from it (e.g., an apple orchard)
  • Pie someone in the face ( … Not the same pie as above)
  • Pitch a tent
  • Plant a tree
  • Plant and grow a flower from a seed
  • Play a Las Vegas slot machine (Lever, not button!)
  • Play a song on a jukebox
  • Play an organ of some kind, especially a pipe organ
  • Play paintball
  • Play Texas Hold ’Em in Texas
  • Pose nude for a figure drawing class
  • Practice every major world religion for a month each (An endeavor to understand people better)
  • Print something on a letterpress
  • Protest in a picket line (It must be for a cause I am passionate about)
  • Put a lock on the Lovers’ Bridge in Paris (I know it’s not the original bridge but didn’t they make a new one? Research required.)
  • Read a book before I watch the film adaptation
  • Read the top 10 books from this list
  • Receive a giant check
  • Receive a typography award
  • Release a sky lantern at the Pingxi Festival
  • Ride a gondola in Venice with my significant other
  • Ride a San Francisco cable car
  • Ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River
  • Ride a zip line
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Ride in a sleigh at Christmastime
  • Ride in a submarine
  • Roast a turkey (Complete with the little white feet paper things)
  • Roast chestnuts on an open fire, assuming this is an actual thing
  • See a live performance of The Nutcracker at Christmastime
  • See a rocket launch
  • See a show at the Moulin Rouge (Do they even do that anymore?)
  • See bioluminescence
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • See Niagara Falls
  • See Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day
  • See the Alps
  • See the Grand Canyon again (now that I’m older and will appreciate it and will have more time to see it)
  • See the Hollywood sign
  • See the Moai heads on Easter Island
  • See the Nazca Lines
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See the Sistine Chapel
  • See the synchronized fireflies
  • See “Voroneț Blue” at the monastery
  • Send a letter with a wax seal
  • Send a message by carrier pigeon
  • Send and/or receive a telegram
  • Shop at the Unclaimed Baggage store
  • Shop on Rodeo Drive (Even if all I buy is a keychain or something very “inexpensive”)
  • Sleep in a canopy bed
  • Sleep in a hammock
  • Sleep in a bed made with satin sheets
  • Sleep in a bed covered by mosquito netting (Meaning, somewhere exotic, and probably hot and unpleasant but full of adventure)
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Slide across the hood of a car
  • Smoke a pipe*
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Speak at an industry conference and/or give a Ted Talk
  • Spend Halloween in Salem
  • Stay at an old hotel with a still-in-use mail sorter behind the front desk
  • Stay at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego
  • Stick my hand in the Bocca della Verita
  • Stomp grapes (to make wine)
  • Swing from a rope into a lake
  • Take a dance class
  • Take a public speaking class
  • Take a self-defense class
  • Take an auto body course
  • Throw & catch a boomerang (Is the “catching” part really possible? My Australian friend says no.)
  • Throw a metal ring from an old carousel
  • Throw an INFJ party! (This is something I made up. I think it would be so interesting to have a gathering of only people of the same personality type! And my type is INFJ.) Update: I’m en route!
  • Toilet paper someone’s house
  • Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright building/house
  • Train myself to write ambidextrously
  • Travel the Oregon Trail
  • Try breadfruit
  • Try kava
  • View an eclipse
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Visit Coney Island
  • Visit Haight-Ashbury
  • Visit Harry Potter World
  • Visit Jim Morrison’s grave
  • Visit places where my ancestors lived
  • Visit the 4 extreme points of the U.S. borders
  • Visit the Bolivian salt flats
  • Visit the ice castle hotel
  • Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
  • Visit the Star Wars Tatooine set in Tunisia
  • Visit Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)
  • Walk across Abbey Road and get my picture taken this time
  • Watch a bull fight (Maybe? I’m not sure I want to support that barbaric tradition)
  • Watch a movie at a drive-in theater
  • Watch the Iditarod
  • Watch the top 50 classic films from this list
  • Witness birth
  • Witness death (I think it would also help me grow if I were the one to kill something. Now, before you freak out, I don’t want to murder anything either. But if it’s something that’s going to die anyway, like a mouse being fed to a snake, then just for once I would like to be the one to do it. How would that impact me?)
  • Work as a waitress for at least one month
  • Work on a ship, a train or bus, a plane, and a spaceship (So that I will have worked in travel on land, air, sea, and in outer fucking space)
  • Write a well-deserved angry letter to a publication
  • Write something with quill and ink
  • Last but certainly not least: I hope to die seeing something beautiful.

*For the record, I don’t actually smoke. That’s why I’m interested in experiencing certain aspects of smoking.

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