30 Travel Goals for My Wanderlustful Soul, Part 2

January 25, 2015  •  32 Comments


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

~ Tony Robbins

In finishing up my travel goals list, I decided to focus on SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely goals. I am sure I will add more as time goes on, and maybe change or amend some, but I think it’s best to start with something rather than to have none at all. So here’s the last half of my list.



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     16. Take a cooking class abroad.

I like cooking, when I actually have time to do it. But sometimes I find myself in a rut, always making one of my favorite go-to recipes. I would love to learn not just some new dishes, but authentic ethnic dishes. So I hope when I make it to Italy or some other far off land, to take a cooking class to learn some new signature dishes to bring back to the States.



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     17. Visit tropical hotspots like The Maldives, The Seychelles, or French Polynesia.

Or all of the above. And stay in an overwater bungalow. Lovely.




     18. See penguins in the wild.

Penguins seem so cute, I want to see them somewhere other than a zoo. Southern places (still not entertaining Antarctica) like South Africa and Chile are habitat to wild penguins, and both are already on my list of countries to visit.



     19. Visit the sites of 3 ancient ruins.

Along with the Great Pyramids, I am interested in learning about ancient cultures and structures. At the top of the must-see list is clearly Machu Picchu, which several of my friends have already visited.  I have seen one ruin, and that was in Belize at the Xutanunich Ruins on the mainland. Coincidentally, the day we were originally supposed to go, we had to reschedule because Prince Harry (yes, THE Prince Harry) was visiting. Shame, I would have liked to meet and hang out with him. Maybe I should add “Party with the Royals” to my list…

 Completed: 1 of 3. Xutanunich Ruins, Belize- Visited March 2012.



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     20. Go whale watching.

Whales are such beautiful, gentle creatures, but other than SeaWorld as a child, I haven’t seen them in their vast habitat. I want to hit the Pacific and capture the gentle giants on film.

Completed: February 2015, Channel Islands, Southern California. 




     21. Throw a dart at a map and go wherever it lands.

This one scares me. More than a little bit. Okay, a lot. But in the name of spontaneity, I am going to give this a whirl (maybe after a few practice tries???). If I have a companion to go with, I absolutely think it counts if we both throw a dart at a map—provided I can actually hit the map—and then choose between one of the two locations.  Baby steps, folks.



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     22. Attend (or throw) a luxury party on a yacht.

I wanna party on a boat. In my flippy floppies. But seriously, attending a yacht party sounds amazing; throwing one sounds even better (Royals invited, of course). 




     23. Eat a local delicacy of another city/country in 3 different places.

I want need to pasta and pizza my way through Italy. Paella my way through Spain. Street food my way through Singapore. I want to experience the world like the locals do through the cuisine. You already know I am a foodie and there will be plenty of posts (and pictures) to document this yummy quest.




     24. Stay in a 5-Star, 5-Diamond hotel overseas.

Pretty self-explanatory.




     25. Visit 20 countries by 40.

So far I have made it to 15 countries so far. I have an incredibly long way to go, even beyond twenty. But I will start with a realistic, attainable goal of 20 and go from there.



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     26. Cheer Team USA at the Olympic Games.

The Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics is always such a spectacle that I want to experience it firsthand. But even if not the Opening Ceremony, I also want to cheer on Team USA during the Summer Olympics, perhaps in track and field or basketball or swimming.




     27. See at least two more of the Wonders of the World.

The only standing Wonder of the Ancient World is the Roman Colosseum.  But on 7/7/2007, the New 7 Wonders of the World were chosen. They include Christ the Redeemer—Christo Redentor—which I have already witnessed, along with: The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra (Jordan), the Pyramid at Chichen Itza, the Roman Colloseum, and the Taj Mahal. Additionally, on 11/11/2011, the organization chose the New 7 Wonders of Nature. They include: The Amazon, Ha Long Bay (Vietnam), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Jeju Island (South Korea), Komodo (Indonesia), PP Underground River (Philippines), and Table Mountain (South Africa). One down, so many to go.

Completed: 1 of at least 3. Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Visited September 2008. 



      28. (Re-)Learn Spanish and be more than conversational.

I started learning Spanish pretty young and I was actually pretty good at speaking and reading it. But like anything, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. But I have not a bit of excuse now. I bought Rosetta Stone to re-teach myself the basics over two years ago. Haven’t even opened the damn box. Unacceptable.



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     29. See the painting elephants in Thailand.

Have you seen the viral videos of the extremely talented painting elephants (especially Suda) in Thailand? If not, how could you miss such awesomeness? I want to see these elephants in Thailand because of that video and because they are such gentle, smart creatures.



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     30. Tango in Buenos Aires.

The tango is so romantic, so seductive. I want to learn the tango and take my talents to Buenos Aires. It is an essential part of the culture and something I definitely want to experience when I visit. Apparently, I also need a red dress for this task.

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There are so many more, like seeing Ghana to experience where the slave trade occurred, and photographing other beautiful monuments and skylines, but this is just a start. More to come. Wish me luck!

Check out Part 1 of this List here.

The copyrights in all photos without attribution above are owned by Tyra Hughley Smith. 


Awesome list! 16, 27, 23, 24 are things that are definitely on my list as well!
I love your list. Most of the things on here and things i want to do too. I'm plotting eating my way through Italy. Soon....
Carin Kilby Clark(non-registered)
These are some great goals! I would also like to take a cooking class.. and abroad would be even better. I can only imagine how fun that would be in either France or Italy.
Great list. I have to do some of these. I know you will get these all checked off.
Chelle Roberts (BrownGirlsFly)(non-registered)
Such a great bucket list. I'm with you on #16, #17, #27 and #28. I think #21 is super cool. I just might have to do that one day. And, #20 is my favorite. I could do it over and over again -- especially if it's to see Orcas!

It's great how connected the S.M.A.R.T. goal methodology to your travel dreams. I have no doubt that you'll achieve them. Enjoy the process!
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