wanderlist

The more I think about it (and the older I get), the less inclined I am to have a “bucket list”. What is a bucket list, anyway? Things you’d like to do before you die? Or things you’re going to actually be really disappointed on your death bed that you didn’t do?

To me, there are few things that I’d be disappointed about never doing. A safari in Africa, visiting New Zealand and road tripping in a VW camper? Sure. But visiting Venice or eating out at a stupid restaurant? I want to do them, but let’s be honest with ourselves, I won’t lay there dying and think, “damn, I never did have a meal at Cabbages & Condoms.” (…okay, knowing me, I probably would.)

So this page is changing. It’s now a much bigger, but much less urgent, collection of awesome things I want to do – which means I can add really stupid and fun places I’ve heard about and not worry about whether they fit the “bucket list” category.

And after all, I am definitely about the stupid and fun.

P.S. I swear I am updating this list every couple of days.

Want to read about the places I have been to? Click here!

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My Current Top 10 (i.e. the actual “bucket list”)

  • Japan. My number one bucket list item, but one I want to do right
  • An African safari. Joint #1 bucket list item, and what we plan to do for our honeymoon!
  • Norwegian fjords
  • Slovenia
  • Road trip northern Italy and eat all the food
  • Australia part 2: Western Australia road trip & a trip to Uluru
  • New Zealand part 2: hire a camper and road trip the hell out of the south island
  • Iceland part 2… road trip (are you starting to see a theme here?)
  • Northern Thailand (…part 2)
  • Vietnam to do EVERYTHING we missed!

Challenges

I used to set myself goals a lot. I feel like I’ve spent the past few years wandering aimlessly which, while there’s nothing wrong with that, has led to feeling like I’ve lost my way a bit. Doing things I had never planned to do instead of my “bucket list” items; going to places for the sake of it instead of with purpose. So I’m laying out some challenges for myself, to give myself a focus, but ultimately I don’t want to be unrealistic. (I also have no desire to “visit every country in the world” so hopefully it will give me a chance to focus on those places I do want to visit!)

  • Visit every continent in the world (5/7)
  • Visit every country in Europe* (26/45)
  • Visit every visit-able island in Scotland** (18, we can dispute the final amount)
  • Bag 10 munros (I may increase this once I’ve hit 10!) (1/10)
  • Visit as many Scottish castles as possible (there are 3000 of them, after all!)
  • Visit four countries in a day
  • Cycle (or walk) from Edinburgh to Glasgow

    * number is disputable – I’m not counting crown dependencies like Isle Of Man and Gibraltar, but it does include Kosovo

    ** I was going to put inhabited, but I’m including island like Staffa and Lunga, which are not

WORLDWIDE

Hire a VW camper
Volunteer somewhere (completed in Thailand, 2015)
Sky dive (completed in the UK & New Zealand, 2007 & 2016)
Go parasailing
Go paragliding (completed in Canada, 2018)
Go ziplining (also completed in Canada, 2018!)
Stay in all of these hotels
(any silly accommodation and I’m there)
Ride in a hot air balloon
Stay in a Hobbit house
Buy a campervan (or convert one!)

Me with the view from the city walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most famous destination

EUROPE

Destinations:
Ireland
Rome, Italy
Norway (just… Norway)
Kotor, Montenegro
Santorini, Greece
Croatia
Venice, Italy
Reykjavik, Iceland
Moldova, because they’re nuts (and also, Transnistria)
Slovenia
Chernobyl, Ukraine
The Romantic Road, Germany
Hallstatt, Austria
Alsace, France
West coast of Scotland, including the Isle Of Skye (yup, let’s start at home!!)

Experiences:

UK
Live in Edinburgh
Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh (okay, I’ve sorta done this, but would like to do the ultra-touristy street party one year)
Up Helly Aa, Shetland
Road trip up the west coast of Scotland
Climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon
Climb Stac Pollaidh
Walk to the Scottish pyramids by Balmoral Castle
Stay in a train carriage in Glenfinnan
Stay in a castle
Stay in some other interesting accommodation in Scotland (lighthouses, boats, churches… if you have any suggestions, please let me know!)
Have a night in Ballieballerson, London
Visit God’s Own Junkyard, London
Bonfire night, Lewes
Do the fastest zipline in the world – in Wales!

Elsewhere
Take a cruise through the Norwegian fjords
Road trip through northern Italy
Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey
Snorkel the Silfra, Iceland
Go to Elf School, Iceland
Visit Iceland in the summer
Geldrop, Netherlands for the Lord Of the Rings inspired street names!
…and sorry, I’ve just found another one in ESSEX?!?
Stay in an igloo
Stay in the jumbo jet in Sweden
Visit Predjama Castle, Slovenia (it’s built into the side of a cliff! Seriously!)
Visit Admont Abbey library in Austria
Visit lots of castles in Germany. Obviously Neuschwanstein.

Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
Singapore – the final stop on our 3-month Asia trip

ASIA

Destinations:
Hong Kong
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Bangkok, Thailand
Singapore
Tokyo, Japan

Experiences:
Volunteer with elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
Songkran
Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan
Cabbages & Condoms (restaurant in Bangkok!)
Get a bamboo tattoo
Hike the Khao Ngon Nak trail at Krabi, Thailand
Visit the Studio Ghibli museum
Visit Disneyland in Japan
Take the Hai Van pass in Vietnam
Ride the bamboo train in Battambang, Cambodia
Visit as many themed restaurants in Taiwan as possible
(And Japan)
Stay in Book & Beds hostel in Japan
Stay at the Jurassic Park themed hotel (okay, maybe not seeing as it’s a “love hotel”!!)
Ride an abandoned train through the mountains of Japan

AUSTRALASIA

Destinations:
Cairns, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia
Coober Pedy, Australia
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Western Australia (very generalised, I know!)
Gwalia, Western Australia (mining gold town)
Horse Head rock, Australia
Port Stephens (Fingal Bay), Australia
Queenstown, New Zealand

Experiences:
Spend NYE in Sydney
Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
Road trip in Australia
Hire a camper

Christmas on the beach
Hold a koala at the zoo
See a wild koala
(x4!)
See a platypus (I was happy enough to see one at Lone Pine, but then I saw one IN THE WILD!)
Hobbiton
Canyon Swing in Queenstown, New Zealand
Hike Roy’s Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand
Take the Hooker Valley trail to Mount Cook, New Zealand
Road trip Western Australia
Drive the Great Ocean Road & visit the Grampians, Australia
Stay in an underground hotel / hostel in Coober Pedy, Australia

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

NORTH AMERICA

Destinations:
Honolulu, Hawaii
San Francisco, USA
Niagara Falls, Canada/USA
Grand Canyon, USA
Monument Valley, USA
New York City, USA
Disney World/Universal at Orlando, Florida, USA
Yosemite National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Banff, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Montreal, Canada

Experiences:
Road trip in the USA
Jump off the Stratosphere, Las Vegas
Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park
Road trip around Banff and Jasper national parks, Canada
Visit some Lost locations in Hawaii
Stay in the Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho (it had just closed for the season when we were in Idaho!)
Stay in the Wig Wam Motel
Stay in the Madonna Inn (we visited but didn’t stay)


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Sky diving above Wanaka, New Zealand!

OTHER

Destinations:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina
Machu Picchu, Peru
Galapagos Islands
Cape Town, South Africa
Namibia
Antarctica (South Orkney Island!)

Experiences:
Safari in Africa – preferably the Serengeti (***HONEYMOON ITEM***)
Take the ferry from Europe to Africa

Paraglide from the mountains behind Rio and land on the beach (THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE)

Are any of these on YOUR bucket list?

7 thoughts on “

  1. Only started travelling recently, since getting dementia! Still I have a bucket list of sorts. I love your bucket list but see you don’t have Iceland on there, or Russia?
    Gill 🙂

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    1. Your blog is so interesting and inspiring, Gill! Bless you for starting it. ❤ Iceland is on my list but it's actually crossed out because I visited a few years ago! 🙂 It didn't disappoint at all, it's one of my favourite countries!

      Russia I actually have a funny relationship with, because I find it fascinating, but I don't want to visit while they are oppressing people's rights (I hate getting political but at the moment it's hard not to!). Unfortunately that seems to apply to so many countries recently, but it's sad that such a powerful first world country seems to be going backwards. I'm sure some people will disagree with my thoughts there!

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  2. There’s nothing here I wouldn’t like to do! Mine is huge and it feels like it’s ever changing too, but I decided to embrace it. It’s great that after all these years traveling, I still want to go to more and more places 🙂

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