We May Have Travelled Around the World – But we Still Have a Bucket List…

You would think that once you had travelled around the world, your passion for travel would be sated and that you could start getting on with a ‘normal’ life… but for us, it seems to have had the opposite effect!

Since returning to ‘the real world’ we have found that we want to see even more of it, and while we managed to score quite a few dreams /wishes off our original Bucket List during our three-month adventure, our ‘to do’ list is now longer than ever before…

Did the phrase ‘Bucket List’ even exist before the 2007 movie?  I really don’t know!  But, I do think everyone should have a list of dreams, goals, ambitions and aspirations, and while some may involve a lottery win (most of mine do!), others cost nothing at all.

As my own Bucket List seems to grow by the day, I thought it would be a good idea to write it down on a blog, so I can look back in a few years and see what I have achieved, and what I still need to work on…

  1. Shake Nelson Mandela’s Hand (I may have left this one too late – but he is my inspiration)
  2. Walk the Great Wall of China
  3. Sail the South Pacific
  4. Take a Gorilla Safari in Uganda or/and Rwanda
  5. Climb Kilimanjaro (again!) It was so wonderful the first time around that I want to do it again
  6. Then climb Aconcagua in Argentina…
  7. Have a picnic on Easter Island
  8. Drive from Alaska to Ushuaia with my bestest buddy on our motorbike
  9. Take a World Cruise on a luxury cruise ship
  10. Take a Space Flight with Virgin Galactic
  11. Volunteer at a Rhino Conservation Programme in Africa
  12. Master the German language (still struggling!)
  13. Visit Nepal and Tibet
  14. Cycle the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – New Zealand
  15. Observe the Northern Lights in Norway
  16. Sail down the Amazon
  17. Drive across Canada in an RV
  18. Run the New York Marathon (or perhaps half of it!)
  19. Witness the Great Serengeti Migration in Kenya/Tanzania
  20. Dress up in a gorgeous frock and head to the Wiener Opernball (Vienna Opera Ball) at the Vienna State Opera
  21. Have a picnic under the stars in the Namibia Desert
  22. Spend a few weeks Island Hopping in the Philippines
  23. Learn to Ski (as with the German, it is not as easy as I had hoped!)
  24. See Andrea Bocelli live in concert
  25. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  26. Learn to bake cakes – in fact, strike that one! Life’s too short…
  27. Take a Trekking Tour of Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile
  28. Retire with the love of my life to a Vineyard in South Africa, Argentina or California – where we will learn how to grow and make our own wine
  29. Rescue a pack of dogs to share our Vineyard with
  30. Win the lottery – so I can afford all of the above!

Who knows how many of the above I will manage to strike off my bucket list, but I am going to give it a damn good go, and in the meantime, I will leave you with two great quotes by my hero Mr. Nelson Mandela (Madiba):

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


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