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, without worrying about whether they fit the “bucket list” category. Call it an alternative to bookmarking ideas.

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!)
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

The rest of these were getting out of hand, so I’ve condensed them into their own headings! Click on them to find out what I’ve got.

EUROPE

Destinations
Experiences – in the UK
Experiences – in the rest of Europe
  • 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
Experiences

NYE Sydney, Australia

AUSTRALASIA

Destinations
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia
  • Santorini, Greece
  • 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

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

NORTH AMERICA

Destinations
Experiences

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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?

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  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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  3. Just discovered your blog, so I’m poking around it! 100% recommend an African safari – they’re absolutely amazing. And Slovenia is PHENOMENAL! The Hubs and I actually got married there a few years ago. We were supposed to spend three weeks hiking there in 2020, and then 2021, but alas, Beer Flu canceled both! Happy travels!

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