My Bucket List

Everyone needs a bucket list, right? That list of the things that they must do before they “kick the bucket”. I started one a while ago and I just keep adding to it… and adding… and adding… The more I read and learn about the world, the more things I want to do and places I want to see.

It’s also nice to have a few things to look forward to, some big travel and life goals to keep me motivated.

So here’s my list of all the things I’d love to do in my lifetime. You can even read about the bucket list items that I’ve already ticked off! Items in bold or with links are things I’ve done already.

  1. Travel overland through eastern Africa (read my blog posts on Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania)
  2. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
  3. Sleep under the stars in a desert
  4. Visit the pyramids in Egypt
  5. Trek to Machu Picchu
  6. See the Northern Lights
  7. Swim with sharks
  8. Eat sushi for breakfast in Japan (done)
  9. Live in another country (tick: Papua New Guinea, Argentina, USA)
  10. Learn how to scuba dive (done – but I’m actually not a fan of it!)
  11. Stand in awe in Moscow’s Red Square
  12. Ride a motorcycle or a bicycle across another country
  13. See gorillas in the wild
  14. Drive around Cuba in an old American car
  15. Take a road trip across the US
  16. Spend a month in a country learning a language (I spent two weeks in Nicaragua at a Spanish school; I lived in Argentina for almost two years – alas, my Spanish still isn’t at the level I’d like it to be!)
  17. Sail from Panama to Colombia – after spending a little time in Panama City, this is the way I’d like to get down to Colombia
  18. Take the Trans-Siberian train across Russia
  19. Sail down the Nile in a felucca
  20. Sail down the Amazon River
  21. Hike the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea
  22. Experience Carnaval in South America
  23. Visit Uluru at sunset, and eat under the stars
  24. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  25. Eurail my way through Europe
  26. Visit the Grand Canyon
  27. Visit New Orleans (done in December 2015)
  28. Visit Petra, Jordan
  29. Set foot on all seven continents – six down, just Antarctica to go!
  30. Visit a blues bar in Chicago
  31. Travel India by train
  32. Visit Patagonia and travel across a glacier
  33. Take a boat up the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
  34. Watch a futbol game in South America
  35. See the Great Wall of China
  36. Go on safari (South Africa, November 2011, Uganda and Tanzania, February 2020)
  37. Have a beer at Oktoberfest
  38. Experience the Crocodile Festival in Papua New Guinea
  39. Go beach-hopping across the Greek Isles
  40. Experience Dia de los Muertos in Mexico
  41. Attempt to understand Darwinism on the Galapagos
  42. Get lost in the souks of Marrakesh, and munch on Moroccan food at the Djemaa El-Fna
  43. Go winery hopping in Argentina
  44. Laze away a few days in the Kerala backwaters
  45. Sip a cocktail at sunset in Zanzibar after spending a day exploring Stone Town
  46. Visit Ethiopia
  47. Visit the Taj Mahal
  48. Spend a night in a castle
  49. Skydive (I’ve survived this one!)
  50. Eat steak in Buenos Aires
  51. Spend some time in Spain, munching on tapas and enjoying siestas
  52. Be amazed at Iguazú Falls
  53. Beach hop around Brazil
  54. See the beauty and wonder of Angkor Wat (done)
  55. Walk the Camino de Santiago
  56. Ride the TAZARA train from Zambia to Tanzania
  57. Walk the Lost City Trek in Colombia (La Ciudad Perdida)
  58. Visit the Alhambra in Spain
  59. Travel around Australia in a caravan or campervan
  60. Visit Antarctica
  61. Experience the Midsummer festival in Sweden
  62. Visit The Kimberley in Australia
  63. Learn more about Indigenous Australian culture
  64. Hike the Camino de Ronda along the Costa Brava
  65. Spend at least 3 months travelling (done – 4.5 month road trip through the USA in 2019)
  66. Do a multi-day hike solo (this one really scares me!)
  67. Live in Mexico
  68. Ride the rails across Canada
  69. Travel the coast of Brazil
  70. Hike from the south to the north rim of the Grand Canyon
  71. Trek the Lycian Way in Turkey
  72. Travel the Silk Road
  73. See the Southern Lights
  74. Road trip through Canada
  75. Drive all of Route 66
  76. Join a Second Line parade in New Orleans
  77. Learn how to play poker
  78. Visit Timbuktu
  79. Take a road trip through Oman
  80. Road trip through Namibia
  81. Visit the Australian Outback
  82. Visit Easter Island
  83. Drive the Garden Route in South Africa (done in 2011)
  84. Drive the length of New Zealand
  85. Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (or all of it?!)
  86. Visit the Choquequirao ruins in Peru
  87. Live in Spain
  88. Hike the Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory
  89. Hike Tasmania’s Three Capes Track (done January/February 2022)
  90. Island hop through Indonesia
  91. Drive the length of Ruta 40 in Argentina
  92. Or maybe go even further and do the whole Pan-American Highway!
  93. Hike the Jatbula Trail in the Northern Territory
  94. Walk the 9-day Lurujarri Heritage Trail in Western Australia
  95. Ride the rails from Bangkok to Singapore
  96. Learn how to play chess
  97. Road trip through Italy
  98. Soak in an onsen in Japan
  99. Ride the Ghan from the top to the bottom of Australia
  100. Walk the little-known Jordan Trail

It’s a long list but I’m determined to get through it!