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The ‘Un-Bucket’ List

  • June 27, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 8 Comments
Phuket Market Shopping

Phuket Market Shopping

We hear a lot about bucket lists these days and our desire to kick our heels up before we kick the bucket. Bucket lists to me are like life’s final shopping lists. The ones we make when we are daydreaming at work or bragging to our friends over coffee. But I wondered whether anyone had ever thought of preparing an ‘un-bucket’ list?  In other words things that we should avoid doing or seeing at all costs!

Well, I have had my fair share of travel experiences where I have been foolishly led to believe are a ‘must do or see’.  You know things like the ten top places in Europe to avoid or the world’s worst castles, museums and art galleries.  Why does nobody write a list along these lines?

So here goes:

  1. Don’t go to the markets in the streets of Patong Beach, Phuket.  Unless you want to get accosted by extremely aggressive vendors who literally shove dvds or fake designer watches into your face as you are trying to browse.
  2. Avoid Thai Pedicurists on Lamai Beach in Koh Samui who proceed to grate the dead skin off the bottom of your feet whilst you are trying to relax on the beach.
  3. Don’t attempt to walk the streets in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam as you are sharing the roads with thousands of Vietnamese riding motorized scooters driving erratically.
  4. Don’t get tailormade garments made from silk in the markets at Hoi An in Vietnam.  Never ever again – it was a nightmare.  Go to one of the actual tailor shops in town where they are at least air conditioned!

    Phuket

    Silk Sarong Vendor on the Beach in Phuket

  5. Don’t do the day tour from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.  Eight hours round trip, and not much time seeing the sights at Yosemite.  Make sure you stay overnight at least.
  6. Avoid getting tickets any later than 9.00am for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York.  Make sure you get there early and be prepared to line up for hours to get on the ferry.
  7. Don’t bother taking the five hour bus ride from Istanbul to the ruins of Troy in Turkey to see a lot of mud bricks and buried ancient walls.  The ruins at Pergamon and Ephesus are far superior!

    Ruins of Troy in Turkey

    Ruins of Troy in Turkey

  8. Never tell people you have skied ‘a bit’ before because they will take you down the steepest iciest ski run at the ski slopes of Whistler in Canada.
  9. Never trust your elderly mum to navigate with a map in a rental car in any large city in the world!  Do yourself a favour and get a GPS.
  10. Don’t do wilderness walks any place where you are hiking with a backpack for up to 8 hours a day (unless you have done a great deal or preparation and training!)  This is not a holiday – it is a death march!

    Hiking in Turkey

    Hiking in Turkey

So there you have it.  I’m sure you could all add to this list.  I tend to agree with Susan Sontag who once said “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”.  I must admit it is still better to dream rather than die wondering.  Travel is a wonderful thing!

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By 50 Shades, June 27, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

8 Comments
  • bmpermie
    June 27, 2014

    Good point. A list came out recently 10 or 100 most visited sites, I think, the Australian War Memorial was on it. On Facebook many said I have been to most of those. While I have travelled extensively of late I had not been to most of the ones on that list and just as well. Not sure I am very good at ‘the most visited’ too many people.
    I haven’t been to most on your list either but I have had similar, not to recommend’ experiences.

    • Kathy
      June 27, 2014

      It’s a little like the Top 100 Books to Read. Some books appeal to certain people and not to others. The same goes with travel. I tend to like the more untouched and out of the way places myself. Crowds can be tedious and so called ‘must sees’ can be very disappointing.

  • middleagedmama1
    June 27, 2014

    Great list of what NOT to do on overseas travels – I will have to bookmark this for when that wonderful day arrives!!!!

    • Kathy
      June 27, 2014

      Well, just remember these are my opinions. The places I have mentioned could appeal to you, particularly if you like the hustle and bustle of busy places. Everyone to their own I say!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    June 27, 2014

    Too funny, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. All the business that goes on in Bali has me, never ever been there. Aside from the fact that it is cheaper for us to visit Bali than it is to visit the East Coast of Australia.

    • kathymarris
      June 30, 2014

      I actually love Thailand and Bali as a holiday destination. If you go to the more out of the way places it can be a very pleasant experience. You just need to stay away from the congested areas.

  • Pinky Poinker
    June 30, 2014

    I really have no desire to go to Bali, Kathy but thanks for reinforcing my ideas. That hiking sounds and looks gruelling, I’d probably have a heart attack. At my age it’s going to be 4 star all the way or no way :)

    • kathymarris
      June 30, 2014

      Bali and Thailand are fine if you avoid the busy touristy areas. I love a bit of a walk but ‘death marches’ are definitely not my idea of a holiday! I am also a 4 star girl but also don’t mind a bit of rough now and again!

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