Bucket List

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
– George Bernard Shaw

  1. Build a snowman
  2. Catch fireflies
  3. Climb to the top of a lighthouse
  4. Go to Disneyland
  5. Drive in a convertible with the top down
  6. Go on a long road trip
  7. Explore a haunted dwelling
  8. Go on a hot air balloon ride
  9. Go on a cruise (South Africa-Mozambique, 2011)
  10. Fly a plane
  11. Hear a wolf howl
  12. Go kayeking
  13. Milk a cow
  14. Mush a dog sled
  15. Go horse riding
  16. Ride a motorbike
  17. Go river rafting
  18. Sail a boat
  19. See a comet
  20. Go scuba diving
  21. See an ice berg
  22. Stand under a waterfall
  23. Sleep in a castle
  24. Have a surprise birthday party thrown for me (2015, Murcia, Spain)
  25. Hold a tarantula
  26. Hold a snake (Yay, I now own one!)
  27. Walk across a swingy suspension bridge
  28. Win a competition
  29. Publish a writing piece in a magazine (online magazine, 2014)
  30. Read 10 classic books of English literature
  31. Read the Bible front to back
  32. Read the Koran
  33. Write a children’s book
  34. Take a gourmet cooking class
  35. Try vegetarianism for a month
  36. Grow my own veggie garden
  37. Go fishing. Catch and release (February, 2017)
  38. Try archery
  39. Get a telescope
  40. Grow a bonsai tree
  41. Learn a martial art
  42. Try oil painting
  43. Learn origami
  44. Learn to juggle
  45. Go fruit picking
  46. Paint a self portrait (2013)
  47. Plant a tree
  48. Restore an old car
  49. Sew a quilt
  50. Take a photography course
  51. Rescue an animal from a shelter
  52. Witness an animal birth (horse)
  53. Stay a night in a 5 star hotel
  54. Donate money to an organised charity (Doctors without Borders, Spain)
  55. Fly Business Class
  56. Volunteer somewhere
  57. Learn to play the piano
  58. Learn the Arabic alphabet
  59. Run a 10k marathon
  60. Enter a bicycle race
  61. Try windsurfing
  62. Go snow skiing
  63. Drive a speed boat (The Vaal Dam, South Africa)
  64. Learn to play squash (South Africa, 2012)
  65. Try fencing
  66. Go to a shooting range (February, 2017)
  67. Sky dive
  68. Walk on fire
  69. Go bungee jumping
  70. Ride a camel (Egypt, 2014)
  71. Sell a piece of art
  72. Sleep under the stars (Namibia, 2007)
  73. Romantic midnight walks with someone
  74. See a cadaver
  75. Complete a whole colouring book (Manadala Colouring book, 2015)
  76. Take a pottery class
  77. Learn to salsa (Spain, 2014)
  78. Ride a tandem bike
  79. Go on a blind date
  80. Stay a night in a tree house
  81. Start a book club
  82. Go paragliding
  83. Learn a second language fluently (My Spanish isn’t bad)
  84. Be in peak physical condition at least once
  85. Pay it forward
  86. Learn sign language
  87. Go to a costume party
  88. Solve a rubiks cube
  89. Read a ‘how-to’ book
  90. Go skinny dipping
  91. Do the splits
  92. Hit someone in the face with a cake
  93. Go on a silent retreat
  94. Go to a nudist beach
  95. Try acupuncture
  96. Ride a segway
  97. Research my family tree
  98. Go zip lining
  99. Go zorbing
  100. Help someone fulfil a bucket list goal
  101. See a Grizzly bear

 

 The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.
– Michelangelo

BY DESTINATION

EUROPE

Visit every major city in Europe

  1. Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland
  2. Cross the Rialto Bridge, Venice (Easter 2014)
  3. Climb the Eiffel Tower, Paris
  4. Tour Anne Frank’s House (Easter 2013: line was too long so I took lots of photos from outside and checked out the virtual tour online… close enough)
  5. Eat bratwurst in Germany (May 2015)
  6. Eat escargot and frog’s legs in France (July 2015)
  7. Fish and Chips in Britain (December, 2013)
  8. Eat crepes and macarons in France (July 2015)
  9. Go to the Moulin Rouge, Paris
  10. See the Mona Lisa
  11. Visit the Acropolis in Greece
  12. See the Red Light District, Amsterdam (Easter, 2013)
  13. Cheese rolling in England
  14. Visit all the famous sites in London, England (Summer 2014)
  15. Visit Versailles, France
  16. Visit Andorra
  17. Backpack in Norway
  18. Visit the Black Forest, Germany
  19. Take a trip on the London Eye, England (Summer, 2014)
  20. Visit the Colusseum, Italy
  21. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy (Easter, 2014)
  22. Ride a gondola in Venice (Easter, 2014: too expensive. Took pretty pictures instead)
  23. See Stonehenge, England
  24. Drive Germany’s Romantic Road
  25. Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia
  26. Edinburgh Festival in Scotland
  27. Eat gelato in Florence (Easter, 2014)
  28. Road trip through some European countries with someone
  29. Visit the Greek islands
  30. Visit Tuscany, Italy
  31. The lavender fields in France
  32. Feed a reindeer in Finland
  33. See the Berlin Wall, Germany (Summer, 2012)
  34. See the tulips in Tulpen Keukenhof, Netherlands
  35. See the mosques in Istanbul, Turkey
  36. See the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome
  37. See the Northern Lights
  38. Visit Bruges, Belgium
  39. Visit the Baths in Budapest, Hungary
  40. Take the remembrance tour at the Auschwitz Camp, Poland (Summer, 2012)
  41. Visit the Chernobyl disaster area, Ukraine
  42. Visit St Petersburg, Russia
  43. Ride tram 28 in Lisbon, Portugal
  44. See the midnight sun, Lapland
  45. Visit anywhere in Switzerland
  46. Visit Dracula’s Castle, Romania
  47. Go on a Harry Potter tour, London, England
  48. Visit Vatican City
  49. Cross the Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi, Georgia
  50. Drive the Transfăgărășan, Romania

SPAIN

  1. Visit the Alhambra, Granada
  2. Climb the Giralda, Seville
  3. Visit the Mezquita, Cordoba
  4. Go inside the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  5. Las Fallas, Valencia
  6. Visit the Hanging Houses, Cuenca
  7. Visit San Sebastian
  8. Ski in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada
  9. Do the Camino de Compastela, Santiago de Compastela
  10. Watch a flamenco show
  11. La Tomatina Festival, Valencia
  12. Visit the Rastro, Madrid
  13. Go on holiday to one of the Spanish islands
  14. Visit Ronda and Malaga
  15. Camino del Rey

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

NORTH AMERICA

  1. Watch a Red Sox game
  2. Visit the Grand Canyon,
  3. Take a great American road trip
  4. Camp in the Appalachians
  5. Climb the Temples of Cozumel, Mexico
  6. Cruise the San Antonio river,
  7. Go to Alaska, see a Grizzly
  8. Drive down Highway 101,
  9. Go to the top of the Empire State Building (Better view is from Top of the Rock)
  10. Ice Skate in Rockefellar Plaza, Manhatten
  11. Stay at a dude ranch
  12. Tour Gettysburg,
  13. Tour Washington Monument,
  14. Visit Alcatraz,
  15. Visit Pearl Harbour,
  16. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  17. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge (Jan 2016)
  18. Walk through Central Park, NY, USA (Jan 2016)
  19. Go to a jazz club in New Orleans
  20. Go to Mardi Gras, New Orleans
  21. Go see the Statue of Liberty (Dec 2015)
  22. Broadway show in NY (Christmas Day 2015)
  23. Get a taxi in NY (Dec 2015)
  24. Go to Burning Man
  25. Vegas!
  26. Get married in Vegas 🙂
  27. New Year’s Eve in Times Square
  28. Go to a rodeo show
  29. Visit the Florida Keys
  30. Visit San Francisco
  31. Take a photo of the Hollywood sign
  32. Eat pizza in New York
  33. Visit Niagara Falls, Canada
  34. Experience the 4th of July
  35. Expereince Thanksgiving
  36. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver,  Canada
  37. Go to Hawaii
  38. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  39. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios
  40. Try an American diner

For my part,I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

  1. Backpack through South America
  2. Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
  3. Tour Patagonia, Argentina
  4. Canopy Walk, The Amazon, Peru
  5. Climb Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  6. See Carnival in Rio, Brazil
  7. Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Visit Santuario de las Lajas, Colombia
  9. See the Hand of the Desert, Atacama, Chile
  10. Visit La Paz, Bolivia
  11. Go to Easter Island, Chile
  12. Visit Angel Falls, Venezuela
  13. Go to the Caribbean
  14. Learn to tango in Argentina
  15. Go to Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
  16. See the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
  17. See the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
  18. Visit Ouro Preto, Brazil
  19. Visit the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  20. Visit the oasis at Huacachina, Peru
  21. Visit the Iguazu Falls, Argentina

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
– Henry Miller

SOUTH AFRICA

  1. Road trip through the whole of South Africa
  2. Tour the Garden Route
  3. Climb to the top of Table Mountain
  4. Visit Robben Island
  5. Visit Stellenbosch
  6. Visit Knysna
  7. Ride an ostrich
  8. Visit Kruger National Park again
  9. Great White Shark cage diving
  10. Jump the Sowetan Towers
  11. Climb Lion’s Head
  12. Visit the Cango Caves
  13. Visit Kruger National Park again
  14. Visit the Winelands
  15. Hike the Otter Trail again
  16. Do the Jozi Walking Tour
  17. Go to the top of the Carlton Centre
  18. Go to the Melville Koppies
  19. Stand at Cape of Good Hope

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain

AFRICA

  1. Visit Victoria Falls, Zambia
  2. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  3. Visit Marrakesh, Morocco
  4. Visit Luxor, Egypt
  5. Explore the Ngorongoron Crater, Tanzania
  6. Go to Zanzibar
  7. See the Rock-Cut Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
  8. Visit Lake Malawi, Malawi
  9. Visit Nairobi, Kenya
  10. Go to the Okavango Delta, Botswana
  11. Do the Fish River Canyon hike again, Namibia

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
– Miriam Beard

MIDDLE EAST

  1. Visit the Holy Land (December 2014)
  2. Go to Dubai
  3. Visit the Majlis Al Jinn Caves, Oman
  4. Spend a week in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan
  5. Snorkel in the Red Sea
  6. Travel the Silk Route
  7. Swim in the Dead Sea, Israel

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
– Jawaharial Nehru

ASIA

Backpack through South East Asia

  1. Explore the temples of Angkor, Cambodia
  2. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, India
  3. Trek through the Himalayas
  4. See the sun rise over Bagan, Burma
  5. Walk the Great Wall of China
  6. See a ladyboy show in Thailand
  7. Travel in a tuk tuk
  8. Drink a shot of snake whiskey in Laos
  9. Take a cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  10. Feed the orangutans in Borneo, Maylasia
  11. View the Singapore skyline from 1-Altitude, Singapore
  12. Explore the Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
  13. See Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island, Indonesia
  14. Eat a spider
  15. Go tubing down the Mekong River, Laos
  16. Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  17. Hike in Nepal
  18. Full moon party in Thailand
  19. See the cherry blossoms in Japan
  20. Hike Mt Kinabalu, Borneo
  21. See the Chocolate Hills, Philippines
  22. Volunteer with elephants, Thailand
  23. Learn Muy Tahi, Thailand
  24. Visit Bangkok, Thailand
  25. Visit the Phi Phi islands, Thailand
  26. Go on a hot air balloon in Burma
  27. Ride the Peak Tram, Hong Kong
  28. Check out Big Buddha, Hong Kong
  29. See a panda, China
  30. See the Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
  31. Climb Mt Fuji, Japan
  32. See the Kelimutu Lakes, Indonesia
  33. Visit Seoul, South Korea

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
– Jack Kerouac

OTHER

  1. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  2. Visit Sydney
  3. Set foot on Antarctica
  4. Visit 20 islands
  5. Roadtrip through New Zealand

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
– Terry Pratchett

 

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