Bucket Lists aren't supposed to be easy

I can't remember at what point I started to write down my list of "life to do items". I'm a big list maker and so at some point it just seemed illogical to not be writing these things down.

As you can see from reading other parts of this blog I've been tackling the items on my bucket list and writing about them. There is a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from completing even the smallest item - like eating at a Top Chef restaurant. {Which, by the way I have done.... I just haven't blogged about it yet. I ate at Social Eatz by Angelo Sosa and Colecchio & Sons by Tom Colecchio.}

I think its good to have items on the list the balance between easy / hard, cheap / costly, and solo / team. I think most of the things that I've done so far have been by myself - which I guess is the nature of the beast when you are single, 27, and travel for work. But, last week I was talking with this guy from work who has decided to drive across the country. He told me that he's been saying for 3 years that he's going to do it and finally took a month off of work and hit the open road. Talking with this guy made me realize that I've been doing all the easy items on my list. Enough with the polka dot dresses Jen, do something harder... or at least start planning it.

So, the first thing that I did was research how much it would cost to rent a Prius for a month. I was surprised that I could get a fuel efficient rental car for a month with unlimited mileage for $1100 - and that would be less if I didn't get it in Boston. Now, this is where it gets complicated. I need a PIC... partner in crime. It seems super challenging to find someone to do some of these "travel items" with... Grand Canyon, Teton National Park, Canada, Patagonia... etc.

I've lived alone for like 8 years at this point and so the idea of being alone doesn't bother me - but taking an across the country adventure seems to require company. If for no other reason than my parents might lose their shit if I went by myself. Even now, if I don't check-in on Foursquare and its late at night my dad calls to make sure I made it to the hotel. Truth.

So, I have no specific timeline... but at this point in time I am committing to knocking off two of my "travel items" by the end of next January. I know that seems like a long goal but if I decide to do Patagonia that would take some time / planning / be affected by seasonality.

Last night in my hotel room, I sat at my desk at decided I would give write out the first 10 things that came to mind that I wanted to do. I stopped at 8, but stay tuned I'll share it soon.

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