The Seven Wonders of the World

Over the last couple years we have been blessed to get to travel. I have seen so many amazing things, I can’t even count. But the list of things that we still want to see is far longer than the list of ones we have already enjoyed.

The Great Wall of China is always at the top of a bucket list. So we have decided to take one last trip this year to mark that one off while we are still able. I know, it sounds like I think I wont have enough time to see everything. My 13 year old son said “Mom, are you sure that you don’t have cancer or something that you are not telling me” when I told him that we were going to China.

I don’t feel like I am in a hurry. But I do feel like when I leave this world I am going to not have gotten to see all the amazing things that I want to see.

The truth is, so many of my friends and family say to me, YOU ARE CRAZY FOR GOING THERE when I am planning trips. Or, I AM NEVER GOING THERE, is pretty common as well.

I was around 45 when I started traveling with my husband and I cant tell you how much the experiences have changed my every day life. When I eat, I have a new found appreciation for all the many choices that I have in America. When I drive my car, I find myself praying while driving, thanking God for the opportunities that I have had and the freedom to go where I wish, when I wish.

Every aspect of my life has been altered by the time and sights I have seen while traveling.

And Bill likes to say that good travel makes you want good travel. I have a sign in my bedroom that says, Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer. That’s so true.

We can hardly wait for our November trip to China. I have been hard at the planning stage and almost have it entirely figured out. When I first started traveling I remember how scared I was. I still have moments that I have fears. But the rewards always out weight the stress or worry. Sometimes, we get lost. Sometimes, we can’t understand what people are saying. Sometimes, I even cry. But it is ALWAYS worth it for the experience.


Our Bucket List Life


Our list of thing to see in China: 

The current bucket list items is as follows: 


A few things we hope to see eventually: 

  • Channel Tunnel, Strait of Dover
  • CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Golden Gate Bridge in California
  • Panama Canal
  • Washington State & Mount Rushmore
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mount Everest
  • The Great Barrier Reef in Austrailia
  • The South Pole
  • The Amazon Rainforest


Some of the other amazing things we have already seen:

  • The Roman Colosseum
  • Stonehenge
  • The location of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The Pyramids of Giza & The Great Sphinx
  •  The Belize Barrier Reef
  • Hoover Dam
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Paris
  • London
  • Egypt
  • Milan & The Last Supper
  • Florence
  • Split in Croatia
  • Amsterdam
  • Dubrovnik
  • Olympia and the first Olympic Stadium
  • Greece
  • Athens, The Acropolis
  • Carnevale Venice
  • Istanbul
  • Bath, England
  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Turks and Caicos
  • San Juan Puerto Rico
  • St Croix
  • St John
  • Cockburn Town
  • Key West Florida
  • Nassau
  • The Bahamas
  • Cozomel
  • Cancun Mexico

A few things out west we want to visit:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Redwood National Park
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Burning Man Festival
  • Petrified Forest
  • South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Hoover Dam (Again)
  • Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon


I think everyone has a bucket list, right ? Ours keeps growing. We see new things in books and movies and before you know it the list needs revisions. I hope when my life is over there will be many more things that I clear from this list. But if I have to leave this life sooner than expected, I am so grateful for each and every single thing that I have already gotten to see.





Author: whatwendysaid