If She Wants A Unicorn, It’s My Job to Make It Happen. (a.k.a. “Our” Travel Bucket List)

Disclaimer: I love my wife very much. So much so that I asked and was given her permission to write this post (Note from Sharon: Yes, dear).

I find myself amazingly lucky that Sharon and I agree on so many things. One of them is we don’t need to heap presents on each other to show our love and affection. That notwithstanding, there are some occasions when Sharon wants a particular item and it’s my job to acquire it. It may be a larger item, or one that might take some time to find. It’s never been impossible (yet) and I enjoy the challenge and the pleasure when I deliver.


As we’ve started to try to declutter our lives, our lists of “wants” has changed from things we want to have to places we want to go.  Like a bucket list. But one that we tend to fill up just as quickly as we empty it.

At first, we needed to go to the Grand Canyon. I accomplished this at first by a day trip by plane from Las Vegas and then again several years later as part of an Adventures by Disney tour of the southwest.

Our first trip to the Grand Canyon (2007)

As my points and miles knowledge grew, Sharon learned the things she could ask for could be increasingly difficult to accomplish. Like going back to Hawaii for our 10th anniversary. Of course, this time was in business class.


Then wanting to go to London to see the musical The Book of Mormon and visit the Warner Brothers Studio London – the place where they filmed the Harry Potter movies.

This last year for her 50th birthday, she had only a few small requests. Cuba and Salzburg, Austria. How could I let her down?

So what’s the problem you might ask? Well, the requests are starting to get more……difficult. giphy

Our Current Travel Bucket List Items

1. Try to see the Northern Lights…from a glass igloo.

Ever since reading about Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland, I’ve wanted to go there. I didn’t even know where it was. Turns out it’s in an area called Lapland and it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. I don’t care. I want to stay here. Before I even showed this to Sharon, I knew she’d want to go there, too. And I was right.

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Glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Photo from Instagram @kakslauttanen_arctic_resort

2. Go to Tokyo to see the Summer Olympics in 2020


Given, I have some advance warning for this one. But getting to Japan using miles, in the best of circumstances, isn’t easy. Now on top of that, I have to somehow figure out how one gets tickets to the Olympics. Hopefully an event we somewhat care about (Sharon did mention that she’d like to see the opening ceremonies. That’s not difficult, is it???).

There is one more thing Sharon keeps mentioning.

3. Go to Sydney, Australia for New Year’s Eve.


We’ve been to Australia before and love it there, particularly Sydney. It’s like New York City, Los Angeles and London all mashed up together but with a different accent and attitude. We only got 2 days to visit on our tour and we said that when we go back to Australia, we’d spend more time in Sydney. It was Sharon who then said that if we were going to go back to Sydney, she’d really like to go there for New Year’s Eve. I mean who else would want to ring in the New Year there?  Um, apparently, like, everyone. I guess that’s why Sydney has their own website devoted to doing just that.

So this is my quest. To dream the impossible dream. To plan the unplannable trip. To reach the unreachable star. (#headdesk). Guess I better get started…

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