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My Travel Bucket List: If I Won A Million Dollars

What would I do if I won a million dollars? My first thought is my travel bucket list. My second thought is not overly exciting: pay off our mortgage. So let’s go back to my first choice.

There are a few places that we’ve visited in the past 10 years that I wouldn’t mind re-visiting.

Wind flags at Kite Beach in Cabarete Dominican Republic

How pretty is this spot? It’s Kite Beach, west of the town of Cabarete in the Dominican Rebublic

The Dominican Republic for a sunny destination would be nice. A longer, in-depth tour of Scotland would be amazing as well. While these destinations are on the list, there are others that have been added.

if i won a million dollars

My husband Frank at the Hermitage in Scotland – May 2012

My Travel Bucket List

Some people will save and invest their million dollar winnings. From a survey done by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Associationa (OLG) in 2017, 38% of Ontarians dream of winning big. The survey also found that 57% would spend it on an experience rather than an item.  And then there are those who look to give it all away.

We’ve often dreamed of what we would do with a big win. If I won $1 million dollars, I would save a little bit, put some towards a charity or organization I supported… however, I would also use a good portion of the winnings to do something I love, and that’s travel!

I would take my list of top places to visit and go on a very long trip. I’m not getting any younger, and if I have the option and means to do so now, I’ll take it before backaches, arthritis and other ailments reduce my mobility.

So here’s my dream list of top 5 places I’d visit with my $1 million win (in no particular order):

  • Scotland:  We had our honeymoon in the UK and Scotland was one of the destinations. We love the history, the landscape, culture and people. And of course, the whisky.
  • Iceland: For the scenery and rich Viking culture. There is something wild about the landscape.
  • Greece: This would be for pure indulgence in the food and culture and of course visiting all the historic ancient Greek sites.
  • Caribbean islands: I’ve been only to two so far (Cuba and the Dominican Republic), but there’s so much more to see and do. St. Maarten, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas are on the list. Another visit to the Dominican Republic would also be on this list but I’d like to explore more of the interior of the country including its mountain regions. These countries need some love after so many hurricanes this past year.
  • Eastern Canada: I have yet to explore Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. Attracted by the food, the history, the culture and the landscape, these provinces are top of my Canadian bucket list. A brief visit in Halifax a few years ago cemented my desire to experience this part of the country.
Old Halifax - Travel Bucket list if I won a million dollars

The Grand Parade in Halifax – historic St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the back.

A visit to my parent’s homeland of Poland would also be a must-do. While many European countries used to be on my travel bucket list, they have dropped off due to an increase in terror attacks and general increases in violence.

What would be on your list of top places to visit if you won a million dollars? 

 

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