Bucket Lists

Maybe yours is written down and posted on your wall, or maybe it’s a mental list you return to again and again—but we all have an inventory of things we want to see, do or learn at some point during our lives. It might be a destination you’ve always wanted to explore, or a new skill you’d like to master. Maybe it’s a cooking class with an acclaimed chef, or going to Brazil for Carnival, or watching the Great Migration on the Serengeti. No two people’s lists are the same, and no list is ever complete—I keep adding to mine all the time.

This spring, I checked off one of my bucket-list items—the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. Next spring, I will check off another—Northern India, with its sumptuous palaces, magnificent forts and famous Taj Mahal. Many of the places currently on my list are in Asia and Indonesia. The movie Indochine, starring Catherine Deneuve, is my inspiration for visiting Vietnam. This moving love story, set in 1930, is filled with panoramic images: lush rubber plantations, ancient pagodas, and evocative Halong Bay. I can’t wait to see it all with my own eyes. The massive temple complex of Angkor Wat, in neighboring Cambodia, also holds a fascination for me. And then there’s Thailand, with its white-sand beaches, elephant safaris and forests filled with wildlife. (The regional cuisine in these countries is a draw just by itself.)

Perhaps it’s the Australian in me, but remote, dramatic landscapes have a special appeal. I would love to visit the stark plains of Mongolia, maybe do a trek on horseback and witness the famous Mongolian horse races and festivals. Bhutan is another exceptional place, with its hilltop monasteries set against the stunning backdrop of the Eastern Himalayas. The country puts a strict limit on the number of visitors, to help keep its rich heritage and natural beauty intact.

The more I read about Singapore, the more I want to go—as a lover of fine cuisine, great shopping and innovative architecture, this is my kind of city. Beautifully designed new hotels and world-class restaurants seem to open here every day.

I also love islands, as you may know. High on my list is Flores, in Indonesia, known for its Portuguese-inspired cuisine and unique culture. Bali, also in Indonesia, features some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, as well as colorful festivals and excellent diving and snorkeling. The Galapagos Islands are another must—one of my passions is wildlife photography, and here I’ll see a huge diversity of species that exist nowhere else.

So, that’s my bucket list (for now). We would love to hear what’s on your list—both the exciting things you’re looking forward to and the unforgettable adventures you’ve had. Share your bucket-list dreams and stories with the MLS community by emailing us at bucketlist@mylittleswans.com.

Photo Contest

These are the final two months to enter our photo contest. If you have an amazing image to share, send it in from now up until November 30, 2011—we’ll be holding our next drawing in early December. This time, the winner of the drawing will have a choice of prizes—an Apple iPad or a G12 camera! For more information, and to see the selected photos from earlier this year, please visit the Photo Contest page on My Little Swans.

Ladies’ Trip to India

My Little Swans is offering an exclusive, hosted ladies’ trip to India, Feb 1-14, 2012. Our partner &Beyond has put together a specially crafted itinerary for us, highlighting the most interesting and impressive sights of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Hyderabad. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insider’s perspective on the wonders of India. It’s sure to be unforgettable—I’m definitely going, and I can’t wait! Space is limited but still available. Click here for more details.

Warm Regards,
Katrina Garnett

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