Adventures That I Want to Experience This Year


“If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

This is my all-time favorite quote because it kicks my butt and challenges me to question my priorities and determine if they are really mine, someone else’s, or what I think I should want to do.

We can all say we don’t have time but if someone offered me an opportunity to experience a dream adventure, I would somehow find the time and make a way….and if it is really something that I want to do, what’s getting in the way and how can I change that?

I like to make a running tab of adventures that I want to cross off. I’ve been fortunate to cross many off the list this past year so that means that I keep looking for new ones to add to the list.

This is the start of the running tab. I reserve the right to add to the list as my curiosity continues and as I become aware of new places and experiences to try.

Some are way more ambitious than others, but I figured I might as well go with the quote:

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars”

2018 Travel & Adventure Highlights

Even if I do half of the items on the list below for 2019 it would still make for a pretty incredible year!

Travel wise I would love to go all over the world but I’m willing to start a little smaller. The list could really go on and on…….this is just scratching the surface. So I guess this is my start but I don’t ever want to stop adding.

Adventures with Animals

  • Whale watching tour
  • Swim with Manatees
  • Watch a polo match
  • An encounter with dolphins in the wild
  • See sloths in the wild
  • Watch baby turtles go to the ocean
  • Swim with otters
  • Dog Powered Scooter 



  • Fowling
  • Flyboarding
  • Biplane
  • Parkour class
  • Axe throwing  click the link to read about it
  • Play with construction equipment  click the link to read about it
  • Overnight Cruise on the Mississippi
  • Take a train ride to a destination more than 100 miles away
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride click on the link to read about it
  • Sleep in a Castle
  • Jetfoiler
  • Wake surf from a boat
  • Sleep in a cave
  • Stomp Grapes
  • Zero Gravity
  • Overnight camping in a cave
  • Knockerball
  • Beekeeping
  • Float Spa
  • Salt Cave
  • Winter Bobsled 
  • Tube down landing hill of a Nordic Ski Jump
  • Coal Mine Tour
  • Glow SUP in a Cave
  • Attend a UK basketball game
  • Sleep in a caboose
  • Ski Out West
  • Ruby Falls
  • Acadia National Park
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Pink Jeep tour in Sedona, Arizona
  • Stay in an Ice Hotel
  • *Jubilee experience at Gulf Shores
  • Ride on a Zamboni
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby
  • Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  • Drive a Tank
  • Jeep Tour in Sedona
  • Float Spa
  • Watch Hamilton on Broadway

Outdoor Adventure

  • Kayak tour on the Chicago River
  • Snuba
  • Take a Scuba class
  • Ice Climb
  • Rappel down a waterfall
  • Sand Surf
  • Surf Park 
  • Surf in one of the Great Lakes
  • Via Ferrata
  • Explore in a clear kayak
  • Hang glide with an instructor
  • Attend a learn to row class
  • Hike a Volcano
  • Take the subway tour at Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Group speedboat ride
  • Jump on a blob
  • Kiteboard
  • Windsurf
  • Shark cage experience
  • Kayak tour where there are alligators
  • Surf
  • Skydive
  • Bridge Climb at New River Gorge
  • Scallop fishing
  • Destinations
  • Go on a cruise to somewhere I’ve never been
  • Niagara Falls   click here to read about it
  • (Whirlpool Jet Boat Ride)
  • City Museum and go up in the arch in St. Louis
  • NYC around Christmas
  • Visit world’s largest treehouse in TN
  • Take pictures with Superman at Metropolis,IL
  • Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure
  • Sleep in a treehouse at The Mohicans
  • Humanitarian trip
  • Dude Ranch
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Route 66 (visited some)
  • International Trip
  • Hawaii
  • Venice, Italy
  • Toronto
  • Visit my friend in Perth, Australia
  • Go hiking in Arizona
  • El Paso click here to read about it
  • Key West
  • Cemetery tour in New Orleans
  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Hike on a glacier
  • Visit White Sands National Monument

Dining Adventures

  • Ninja -NYC
  • Dinner in the Sky
  • Dining in the Dark
  • Participate in a Spicy Food Challenge
  • BBQ in Memphis

 “A Goal is a dream with a deadline.” Don’t let time get away from your dreams!


What else should I add to my list?


Share your ideas in the comments below.



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