The Bucket List

They’re all the rage, and I’m not one to pass up a fad… no truly, I actually think it is a good idea to jot down some of my travel dreams and create my own “Bucket List”

Floating high over a Melbourne dawn

Floating high over a Melbourne dawn… #6

This will be an evolving thing, so don’t be surprised if it continues to grow, whilst little actually gets crossed off.

We can all dream right? So, in no particular order I present:

THE BUCKET LIST

1. Visit Antarctica

#1

2. Ride the Trans-Mongolian/Siberian Railway

#2

3. See the Northern Lights (Ideally in Svalbard, Iceland or Finland… or in all 3!) – September 2015

#3

4. Swim with Whale Sharks

#4

5. Hike up Mt. Kilamanjaro

#5

6. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon – April 2011

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7. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey – December 2015

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8. Vancouver to Montreal by rail

#8

9. See the Galapogas Islands – Feb 2015

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10. Visit the beaches of Normandy

#10

11. See Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – May 2015

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12. Visit my distant relatives in Hungary – July 2013

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13. Go to an EPL match in Newcastle, England

#13

14. Dive a WWII wreck

#14

15. Visit Mauna Kea in Hawaii

#15

16. Learn Hungarian

#16

17. Visit Tristan de Cunha

#17

18. Sail to an island nation by Yacht

#18

19. Get into space

#19

20. Skydive

#20

21. Claim my Hungarian citizenship

#21

22. Go Whitewater Rafting

#22

23. Visit Machu Picchu – April 2015

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24. Roadtrip on “Route 66”

Historical Route 66 Increasingly Threatened By Development

25. See the Kimberley

#25

26. See Gorillas in the wild (Uganda or the Congo)

#26

27. Visit New York City – Aug 2015

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28. Take a tour of the Chernobyl exclusion zone

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29. Visit the ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ on Madagascar

#29

30. Go trekking in Nepal &/or Tibet

#30

31. Walk the causeway out to Mont St Michel

#31

32. Experience Oktoberfest in Munchen

Revellers salute with beer after the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich

33. See a mountain stage of the Tour de France

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34. Sleep on a houseboat on Lake Dal, Srinigar

#34

35. Watch an ESA rocket launch in French Guiana

#35

36. Visit the Mayan ruins of Guatemala, Mexico & Belize (as well as Honduras & El Salvador) – October 2014

#36

37. See north Africa’s best preserved Roman ruins, Leptis Magna

#37

38. Visit Iran – December 2015

#38

39. See the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan

#39

40. Observe one of the worlds great waterfalls (preferably Angel Falls in Venezuela) – June 2015

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41. Enjoy a day of Test Cricket in the Carribean

#41

42. See Norway’s Atlantic Highway

#42

43. Master the use of the squat toilet on a rocking train!

#43

44. See the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

#44

45. Attend a football World Cup

#45

46. Scuba dive in Austria’s ‘Green Lake’

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47. Check out Yemen’s otherworldly island of Socotra

#47

48. Investigate the Mayan ruins of Calakmul in Mexico

#48

49. Celebrate the Holi Festival in India

Holi, The Festival of Colors, India

50. Travel Cuba before the Castro’s pass and the embargo lifts – November 2014

#50

51. Dive with the submerged Moai around Easter Island

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52. Make the sea voyage to Pitcairn Island

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16 Responses to The Bucket List

  1. Many people seem to be writing bucket lists now – how did you decide what to add? – I have so many things I would want to put onto a list and know that it would so be ridiculously long that I wouldn’t know where to start.

    • Chris says:

      You are most certainly correct. They indeed appear to be in vogue at the moment.

      After many “Wow, that’d be amazing to see/do/eat” moments, then forgetting to make a note of it, I thought this would be an easy place to store them.

      I definitely have plenty more to add, and I’m sure the list will grow at a far faster rate than items will ever be ticked off!

      What would be at the top of yours?

      • That for me is very easy – I would like to see the sun rising whilst on the river Ganges. India has intrigued me since my teenage years and I would love to visit during the festivals of either Holi or Diwali ( I did also say I would like to visit during the festival worshipping the god Kali but my husband wasn’t so keen when he realised that this involved people piercing themselves and walking on fire – I did say he wouldn’t need to take part but he is still a little reserved on this idea!) πŸ™‚

      • Chris says:

        Sounds amazing.

        India always seems such a polarising destination (visitors seem to either love or hate it).

        Sarah spent 2 months there just before we met and it remains her favourite destination to date!

        I’d love to travel there together and see Kashmir & Ladakh

      • Where to start! That I the biggest problem and probably the reason we have yet to visit this country. I have in my mind everything I would like to see and experience and I know I would never have enough time to do it all in one visit. Kashmir is meant to be fantastic and it certainly features on my list as well.

  2. Barry says:

    Good luck with the list guys! Why did you pick an EPL game in Newcastle? That’s where I am from!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Barry, thanks for the comment.

      Why a match at St James? Well the Toon are my team, so the decision was incredibly simple!

      Can’t wait to tick a few more items off the list (Sarah has actually done a few of them individually already), however I’m sure by then, there’ll be quite a few more to add!

  3. Barry says:

    Let me know when you decide to head over to Newcastle then and I’ll take you on a tour of its fine establishments before and after the match!

  4. Pretty awesome list you got going here πŸ™‚

    • Chris says:

      Thanks, better set about ticking a few more off before it snowballs out of control (Who am I kidding, the list will always be larger than I could control!)

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  7. natalietanner says:

    What a fantastic idea to have an actual list!! With photos!! I love the idea and think I will get my own started. πŸ™‚ You have some fantastic spots on it especially the diving experiences. Have fun crossing things off!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

    • Chris says:

      Thanks Natalie, it’s key purpose was so we wouldn’t forget things once we learned of them! It’s also a good discussion point and something that will always continue to grow πŸ˜‰

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