Thank you for coming back for Part 3 of my bucket list. Let’s dive in.
Wandering Around the Holy Land
Naturally, everyone has their own beliefs. But even in the interests of history, the Holy Land has a whole month’s worth of archeological, architectural, sacred places to visit: The Church of the Nativity, built over a grotto where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus; the Western or Wailing Wall, the last remaining structure supporting the Temple Mount; Golgotha Hill, said to be the place where Jesus was crucified; the Garden Tomb, where Jesus is believed to have been placed after he died on the cross; the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount; etc., etc.!
Seeing the Sun Rise Over Bagan
Where’s Bagan? Well, it’s in central Burma, and one of the greatest archeological sites—a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat, they say, without the visitors!!
Imagine this: a 26 square-mile plain in front of you; the burnt-orange light illuminating the misty air across the rolling landscape, which is dotted with hundreds spiky temples and trees jutting out from the earth, silhouetted against the rising sun.
Midlife crisis. Knocked. Flat!
Going to Petra, Jordan, Setting of Indiana Jones’ Last Crusade
This narrow canyon winds along to its iconic entrance, carved from deep-rose-colored sandstone. It’s supposed to look like it should only exist in a movie, and there is something deep inside me—probably a rather child-like figure—that I think would be really satisfied to see this scene with my own eyes.
After you’re greeted by the intricate façade of the famous Khazneh, you can move onto the Temple of the Winged Lions, which is still being excavated.
Visiting the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
This is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs, and home to the holy shrine that’s covered in 365 pounds of solid gold, the Golden Temple. So cool. I can’t wait to go.
Seeing the Northern Lights
Those northern lights: one of nature’s most awe-inspiring shows. This is definitely one of those timeless experiences I think everyone who loves travel should experience during their lifetime. What a way to appreciate nature.
Sipping on a Cocktail in Montecarlo, Monaco
Oh, darling! You just have to sip a cocktail in Montecarlo’s L’Horizon Deck, wot, wot. Screw it—this is certainly something I need to do, despite the cost of that drink, and everything else. When it comes to living, I’m your man! In fact, any bar will do, because they are all so wickedly charming, my dear. The view from L’Horizon Deck, however, would let me admire the sea, my second wife.
A Few For The Girls
Talking of wives…the midlife era can be really different for women. Often, they don’t feel the need to go crazy, as such, but explore new ways of being within themselves, improving their life through their health or learning a new skill or developing existing ones during this time. I totally get that! Tango classes, anyone?
So I thought I would include this list of some of the popular art, health and wellness and dance retreat sites I have come across.
- Flavorwire’s 10 Beautiful Artist Retreats Around the World
- Health and Fitness Travel’s Top 10 Wellness Retreats in the World
- com’s 14 Stunning Health and Wellness Retreats
- Guru’s Dance Retreats
- com’s Festival
- BookRetreat’s Tantra Retreats
Places not to go when you’re having a midlife crisis (in my opinion).
- Stockholm, unless you’re going to see the Abba Museum 😉
- Germany—it’s a sterling place, but they’re not very understanding regarding midlife crises, apparently.
- Asian cities, like Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo: I mean, unless you love hectic!
However, it naturally depends on who you are. What takes you fancy? Let me know!