I was just sitting here thinking that I have been pretty lucky to visit as many of my bucket list destinations as I have, so far. Later this year, I will cross off another one. In November, I will be diving Palau. I feel really blessed to get to do that one. There are a lot of sites I will probably not ever make it to that are high on the list. Galapagos, Australia, Coco’s Island, The Socorros, Raja Ampat, the Solomon Islands, Wakatobi, the Red Sea & Thailand are all on the list but they are all pretty expensive. Will I get to all of them? Not likely, unless the Powerball gods smile on me. However, I will probably make it to some of them before I have to quit.
The biggest challenge right now is finding an affordable and reasonable way to get there. Especially for transpacific & transatlantic flights. With diving, you have equipment. With equipment, you have checked bags. The days of 2 free checked bags are nearly over. Many airlines charge for all checked bags to some destinations and only for the 2nd bag to others. Recently, United and some others have raised a second bag fee to $100 each way! That’s a pretty handsome profit for a small amount of handling. Another thing I had never even given a thought to when flying, is what countries I am flying over? After the recent Malaysia Air tragedy, it is certainly something to think about. I can’t say any of this will ever keep me from going but it’s an eye-opener for sure!
There are just so many really special places in the world for scuba divers and vacationers, I hope you get to visit many of your bucket list destinations! I plan to keep at it until something makes me quit. Diving is the passion of my life and I discovered it when I was already 45. I love it as much now as I did when I first started. Now if the airlines would just let us enjoy our sports and our vacations by making their bag fees reasonable and still make a profit without bankrupting its travelers in the process!