I have written about bucket lists before. Twice back in 2013 where I laid out my financial bucket list and my normal bucket list. In 2015 I revisited them both to see the progress I had made. Early this year Maggie @ Northern Expenditure’s issued the fill-the-bucket-list challenge and I’m here today to take the challenge. I think what Maggie has laid out is a wonderful idea, we often get caught up in the things we are going to do and lose sight on our past accomplishments. The fill-the-bucket-list is a great way to reminisce and take stock in just how full your bucket might be already. So here goes!
Took a lap on the Watkins Glen Race Track
Most of our family vacations were spent camping in the Northeast. Upstate New York in particular. Very cost-effective for a family of seven. One year we visited Letchworth State Park and did a bit of hiking. While driving around with my parents my dad spotted the Watkins Glen Race track. It was closed at the time and but not locked up. One thing led to another and he drove his 1982 Ram Charger on to the track and we took a lap or two. Years later I was flipping channels and saw a NASCAR race from Watkins Glen. I was surprised to see it opened and a bunch of memories came flooding back of my lap on the track with my parents.
Another one of our family vacations as a child. The waterfall is amazing to see in person and up close when we took a ride on the maid of the mist. My first time out of the country too as we went over to Canada for some sightseeing. Another great family vacation! It’s still one of the places I want to take my family.
Scuba Dived to a WWI Wreck
I’m a certified scuba diver. I was certified in waters below the Throgs Neck Bridge. If you know anything about that area visibility is pretty poor. It’s difficult to see your hand in front of your mask underwater. A great place my instructor felt for us to learn. I was an avid diver in my early twenties. I have been on many wreck dives off of Long Island. My favorite is the USS San Diego, which is 110 foot deep. It is something incredibly peaceful to be underwater for an extended period of time. Swimming down and starting to make out the form of the ship is something to see. Entering the wreck and finding artifacts is a whole other experience.
Took our kids to their first Concert
U2 is by far my favorite music group. In part, the mutual affection for their music is how my wife and I meet. We had the opportunity to take our three children to their first concert to see U2 in 2011. We had floor seats as well. Center and about 10 feet from the stage makes for a pretty amazing first concert experience. It’s a family experience we remember for a lifetime.
The Pacific Ocean
My wife is from the West Coast. We often visit California to see family. We have had some many great times just spending time at the beach. Whether it’s been boogie boarding, fishing, cookouts, surfing or kayaking the Pacific Ocean has provided some fun and memorable time for our family.
Took the Family on a Cash vacation
We took our first true cash vacation last year to celebrate our twins sixteenth Birthday. We had an amazing family time in Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It was a trip about building memories with the family, treating ourselves to something a little special and not having to worry about the cost because it was planned, budget and accounted for ahead of time. The children remarked several times what an amazing trip it was and it was a great time to insert see what a little planning and saving can do for you. I think my daughter summed it up best “Goodbye Orlando. This past week was probably the best week I’ve ever had!”
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Thanks Maggie for this great idea! We look to continue to fill the bucket list as a family over the next couple of years. We have college approaching and understand the likelihood of the family altogether growing short. So picking our spots and getting in some special events is important to me. We can certainly continue to fill the bucket with who’s ever willing or just my wife and I or even solo.
Whenever I think about the bucket list I often associate it with being debt free. Having a plan for your money and not carrying debt gives you so much flexibility and freedom to do what ever the heck you want or at least the means to save for it. Hoping your bucket is overflowing.
Will you take the fill the bucket list challenge and share what you’ve done so far?