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.

(Italicized = Accomplished! // Regular = Pending)

  • Attend a circus
  • Attend a concert in a fully acoustic amphitheater (Like without electronics. Is this even possible?)
  • Attend a hot air balloon festival
  • Attend a live filming of a TV show
  • Attend a masquerade ball
  • Attend a murder mystery party
  • Attend a music festival
  • Attend a professional baseball game
  • Attend a Muse concert
  • Attend a Queens of the Stone Age concert
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Attend an opera
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Attend Carnival in Rio
  • Attend NYE in Times Square
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby
  • Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Bake and decorate homemade gingerbread cookies
  • 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 a morning person
  • Become fluent in another language
  • Become member of AIGA
  • Become member of S{O}TA
  • Become member of TDC
  • Bet on a horse
  • Bid on something in a live auction
  • Blow the horn on an 18-wheeler
  • Build a functional igloo (with chimney)
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Build a pillow fort
  • Burst out of a giant cake
  • Burst through a giant paper sign
  • Buy or receive a piece of Tiffany jewelry from the store on 5th Avenue
  • Buy something at Harrod’s in London
  • Carve a pumpkin (Make a jack-o-lantern)
  • 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
  • Climb the Spanish Steps
  • Collect all the state quarters
  • Compete in a TypeFight 
  • Complete a Sketchbook Project
  • Cross the Equator
  • Cross the International Date Line
  • Cut down my own Christmas tree
  • Dance at a bar or club (I don’t dance, ever)
  • Design a typeface
  • Design something every day for a year
  • Donate blood
  • Draw in a chalk walk
  • Drink a Champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve
  • Drink a Guinness in Dublin
  • Drink a Manhattan in Manhattan
  • Drink a martini
  • Drink absinthe
  • Drink Bordeaux in Bordeaux
  • Drink a caipirinha in Brazil
  • Drink green beer at a St. Patrick’s Day party
  • Drink Jack Daniels in Lynchburg
  • Drink Kona coffee in Hawaii
  • Drink Malort in Chicago
  • Drink moonshine in the South
  • Drink Rakija in Montenegro
  • Drink Starbucks at the original Starbucks
  • Drink mezcal and eat the worm
  • Drink Turkish coffee in Turkey
  • Drive a bumper car
  • Drive a car with right-side steering
  • Drive a Chevy to a levee (Preferably one that’s dry)
  • Drive a go-kart
  • Drive a motorcycle
  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Drive an ATV
  • Drive Route 66
  • Drive the California coastal highway
  • Earn my college degree
  • Eat a beignet in New Orleans
  • Eat a giant rainbow swirly lollipop
  • Eat a hot dog from an authentic New York City hot dog stand
  • Eat a Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  • Eat an authentic New York City bagel
  • Eat an oyster
  • Eat at a drive-in
  • Eat at a Hawaiian luau
  • Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Eat authentic English fish & chips (in England)
  • Eat authentic Italian food in Italy
  • Eat authentic New England clam chowder (in New England)
  • Eat Belgian waffles in Belgium
  • Eat buffalo wings in Buffalo
  • Eat chicken & waffles in the South
  • Eat foie gras
  • Eat lunch on the steps of the Met Museum
  • Eat magic brownies
  • Eat maple syrup in Vermont
  • Eat pizza with anchovies
  • 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
  • Fire a gun
  • Fly a kite
  • Fly first class!
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Fly in an amphibious aircraft (and land on water)
  • Follow a short fasting regimen
  • Get a professional massage
  • Get a tattoo
  • Get arrested (for a good cause)
  • Get lei’d in Hawaii
  • Get my shoes shined
  • Go bowling
  • 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 fishing
  • 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 ice skating
  • Go ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza
  • Go kayaking
  • Go on a blind date
  • 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 hay ride
  • Go on a pub crawl
  • Go rafting down a river
  • Go skiing
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Go skydiving, hangliding or parasailing
  • Go speed dating
  • Go through a fun house
  • Go through a corn maze
  • Go through a hedge maze
  • Go to a flea market
  • Go to a jazz club
  • Go to a monster truck rally
  • Go to a professional Cricket game
  • Go to a Redbull Flugtag
  • Go to a strip club
  • Go to an ice bar
  • Go to La Tomatina
  • Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Go tubing
  • Go surfing (Doesn’t count until I catch a wave)
  • Go waterskiing
  • Grow my own food in a garden and prepare it in a meal
  • Hail a New York City taxi
  • Have a birthday party with a piñata
  • Have a drink from an old soda fountain
  • Have a food fight
  • Have a pen pal
  • Have afternoon tea in England
  • Have my fortune told
  • 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 CPR
  • 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 or accordion (Haven’t decided which yet)
  • Leave my hand print in wet cement
  • Listen to all 1,001 albums from my book
  • Live in a major city, with skyscrapers
  • Make a mix tape
  • Make a pancake over an actual fire like the pioneers
  • 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 a Kit Kat clock 
  • 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 a mural
  • Paint the Painted Desert in the Painted Desert (en plein air)
  • 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 entire game of Monopoly from start to finish
  • Play an old pinball machine
  • Play an organ of some kind, especially a pipe organ
  • Play beer pong
  • Play laser tag
  • Play paintball
  • Play Texas Hold ’Em in Texas
  • Play the lottery
  • Pose nude for a figure drawing class
  • 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 entire Bible (educationally and with historical context so I can make my own evaluations and interpretations)
  • Read the top 10 books from this list
  • Receive a giant check
  • Receive a graphic design award
  • Receive a typography award
  • Release a sky lantern at the Pingxi Festival
  • Ride a Ferris wheel
  • Ride a gondola in Venice
  • Ride a gondola in Venice with my significant other
  • Ride a horse
  • Ride a San Francisco cable car
  • Ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River
  • Ride a tandem bike
  • Ride a train cross country
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Ride a zip line
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Ride in a paddle boat
  • Ride in a sleigh at Christmastime
  • Ride in a submarine
  • Ride the New York City subway
  • Roast a turkey (Complete with the little white feet paper things)
  • Roast chestnuts on an open fire
  • Run a 5K
  • Scratch off a lottery ticket
  • See a live performance of The Nutcracker at Christmastime
  • See a Broadway show
  • See a Gutenberg Bible
  • See a rocket launch
  • See a show at the Moulin Rouge (Do they even do that anymore?)
  • See bioluminescence
  • See Buckingham Palace
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • See Niagara Falls
  • See Paul McCartney in concert!
  • See Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day
  • See Ringo Starr in concert!
  • See Stonehenge
  • See the Alps
  • See the cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington, D.C.
  • See the Coliseum
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • 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 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 Moai heads on Easter Island
  • See the Mona Lisa
  • See the Moulin Rouge
  • See the Nazca Lines
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See the Sistine Chapel
  • See the synchronized fireflies
  • See the Trajan Column
  • See the Washington Monument
  • See the White House
  • See “Voroneț Blue” at the monastery
  • Send a letter with a wax seal
  • Send a message by carrier pigeon
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Send and/or receive a telegram
  • Shop on Rodeo Drive (Even if all I buy is a keychain or something very “inexpensive”)
  • 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
  • Sleep in a canopy bed
  • Sleep in a hammock
  • Sleep in a bed made with satin sheets
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Slide across the hood of a car
  • Smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba*
  • Smoke a hookah*
  • Smoke a pipe*
  • Smoke marijuana*
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Speak at an industry conference and/or give a Ted Talk
  • Spend Christmastime in New York
  • Spend Halloween in Salem
  • Stay at a mid-century hotel/motel with a neon sign
  • Stay at an old hotel with a still-in-use mail sorter behind the front desk
  • Stay at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego
  • Stay at Hotel Splendido in Portofino
  • Stay at the Pantone Hotel in Brussels
  • Stick my hand in the Bocca della Verita
  • Stomp grapes (to make wine)
  • Study abroad
  • Swing from a rope into a lake
  • Take a dance class
  • Take a public speaking class
  • Take a self-defense class
  • Take an overnight train trip
  • Take an auto body course
  • Take pics in a photo booth
  • Throw & catch a boomerang (Is the “catching” part really possible? My Australian friend says no.)
  • Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  • 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 cave
  • Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright building/house
  • Train myself to write ambidextrously
  • Travel the Oregon Trail
  • Try 100% dark chocolate
  • Try breadfruit
  • Try caviar
  • Try escargot
  • Try kava
  • Use a payphone (in a booth)
  • View an eclipse
  • Visit a butterfly garden
  • Visit a castle
  • Visit a lighthouse
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Visit Coney Island
  • Visit Disneyland
  • Visit Disneyworld
  • Visit Haight-Ashbury
  • Visit Harry Potter World
  • Visit Jim Morrison’s grave
  • Visit Liverpool
  • Visit places where my ancestors lived
  • Visit the 4 extreme points of the U.S. borders
  • Visit the Bolivian salt flats
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day 
  • Visit the ice castle hotel
  • Visit the Louvre
  • 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
  • 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 meteor shower
  • Watch a movie at a drive-in theater
  • Watch the Iditarod
  • Watch the sunrise on a beach
  • Watch the top 50 classic films from this list
  • Win a prize from a claw machine
  • Wish on a shooting star
  • 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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