The Bucket List

I finally found my travel bucket list. It was the list that was supposed to remind me to keep living. It consisted of the exotic, the dangerous, and the far off places. It embodied my traveller past and beckoned for me to dust it off, or more to the point to put it to use and get it dusty again.

I shuffled through the list of destinations and experiences. Dive sites. Monuments. Villages. Drawing a line through those I had conquered. Pondering the next secretly, never to be shared. Worried to some a list of this type would seem boastful and privileged, and to others unsophisticated and pedestrian.

To me it was a plan. A purpose. A structured approach to whimsy and spontaneity. An insurance policy to assure myself I wouldn’t lie in my grave wondering if I gave myself completely to using my days on earth well. I lay back, remembering. Perhaps the memory is still an important part of the journey.

But I shouldn’t confuse travelling with the journey. The journey lingers. As I grow from a combination of experiences. The journey lingers through reflection, through a change in perspective. As the past settles and cements, the journey continues. Travelling however can only exist in the today.

I hope my travel bucket list inspires a journey in you and I look forward to your comments and any helpful additions to my journey.

Taj Mahal, India

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Three Games of Man, Mongolia

Blue Hole, Belize

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Humpback Whales, Niue

Great Wall, China

Machu Picchu, Peru

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Petra, Jordan

Qin Terracotta Soldiers, China

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi Rapids, Zimbabwe

Deer Cave, Borneo

Foz Du Iguazu, Brazil

Arora Borealis in Tromso, Norway

Tulum, Mexico

Cinque Terra, Italy

Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania

Island Hop in the Caribbean

Captain a sailboat through the South Pacific

Amazon, Bolivia

Galapogas Islands, Equador


Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Parthenon, Greece

Over Water Bungalow, Bora Bora

Havana, Cuba

Full Moon Party, Thailand

Hogmanay, Scotland

Dive with Great White Sharks, South Africa

Gorilla Trek, Democratic Republic of Congo


Anzac Day, Turkey

Whale Sharks, Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Munich Beer Fest, Germany

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Cruise Route 66, United States

Dive Sipidan, Borneo

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Sky Dive over the Namib, Namibia

Bungee Jump Bloukraans, South Africa

Running of the Bulls in Pampelona, Spain 

Grand Canyon, United States

Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Masaii Mara, Kenya

La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain

Easter Island

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dive the Yucatan Cenotes, Mexico

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Milford Sound, New Zealand

27 thoughts on “The Bucket List

  1. You’ve got Everest Base Camp, Nepal, twice.

    Tibet was always top of my bucket list, but the closest I got was about 20 Tibetan DVDs and about 15 DVDs on Everest and mountain climbing.

    Now, nearly 64, with every disease from both sides of the family, 11 surgeries (2 spinal) and almost housebound, all I have is a camera catching an image of a wren on my balcony (as it flies across my field of vision over the top of my computer screen).

    You should have done Milford Sound by now – that’s an easy one for an Aussie.

    I’ve only done 5 of your ‘Buckets’.

    As Lara Bingle says ” You’ll never ever know, if you never ever go”

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  2. Great bucket list! I have been to some of the places you haven’t crossed off yet (Petra, the Galapagos, the Wailing Wall and Route 66) but there are many places you’ve been that I’ve missed. My next adventure is Iceland, but I do want to cage dive with great white sharks off of California. Thanks for following my blog – I’ll have some travel posts from my trip last summer up soon. Stop by any time, and I’ll have a shout out to your blog soon.

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  3. An amazing list! I’ve changed mine to a “wanderlist” because I keep adding things to it that aren’t really bucket list worthy, and I decided the line was too blurry. So I’ve only got a few that I want to prioritise, but the list gets bigger and bigger! Haha. Good luck with yours! 🙂

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  4. That is a great list! Some of which I have done like La Tomatina, so worth it! And a few still on mine like Rapanui/Easter Island. Every time I travel though my list gets longer and is always changing haha

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  5. I like your list. Many of the places you have been to I have also seen. On your still to be seen in Milford Sound NZ. Beautiful place. We went when our children were 2 and 4 years old ( in 1990) and it was lovely. It was part of a seven month trip in NZ and Austraila.

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  6. I’m a mad, keen traveler like you, but a number of years ago I had to give myself a good talking too, to make myself change my focus from the destination to the journey. It was quite a revelation for an action-oriented person like myself, but it made my travels so much richer. Sometimes it is hard to keep focused when I get caught up in the moment! 😉 Thanks for your Bucket List. So much inspiration there. Mel

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  7. I tend to resist bucket list but you do have some interesting places on it! I highly recommed the Galapagos Islands and, while in the neighborhood, you might want to explore the volcanos in Ecuador. Happy travels!

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  8. Great selection, I’ve not seen Mongolia appear on too many bucket lists. I visited it a couple of years ago and have just posted some photos. I’ve also posted about my Sumatra adventure which I would recommend as well as Iceland and white water rafting down the Grand Canyon.

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