Lets face it – the world is too big to fit on the back of just one postcard. And my bucket list is too big to even be called a bucket list. Its more of a semi-trailer load list. With my children growing up and about to move out the world is opening up to me and I’m anxious to get out and see it all. Experience it all. Marvel at the wonder of it all.
Sitting down to write this list I quickly realised that while I wanted to see The Colosseum, The Louvre, The Pyramids and The Sphinx, The Terracotta Warriors and The Devils Bridge (I really love bridges for some weird reason), what I really craved was to experience the world, not just see it. And not in a ‘global nomad’ eating bugs as a local delicacy and pretending I don’t enjoy living with indoor plumbing kind of way. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s your thing – embrace it with both hands and go for it! Live your bliss. It’s just not my thing. And that’s okay too.
So my travel bucket list is made up of experiences that are a mix between ‘I can’t believe I am lucky enough to have seen that’ and ‘Huh. So that just happened’. I want to look back on my adventures while sitting with my old, arthritic husband on the porch and say “Do you remember when….”
Hand in hand with my husband/partner in crime and in no particular order at all I want to:
- Teach English to children in Cambodia.
- Volunteer in an Elephant Sanctuary.
- Capture a Hobbit in New Zealand and do all the crazy stuff they have to offer. New Zealand that is, not the Hobbits. I’m sure they are crazy in their own way but they can’t be trusted to tie a bungee rope.
- Sleep under the Aurora Borealis in an igloo with a glass roof.
- Participate in La Tomatina, Spain. An actual festival where is it encouraged to throw tomatoes at strangers. I’m in.
- Abseil down a waterfall in Fiji with my daughter, Bek.
- Live in Italy to learn the language, how to cook and to immerse myself in the culture.
- Hot air balloon over the Savannah in Kenya (a close second would be a champagne breakfast balloon flight with my hubby).
- Visit Pearl Harbor and take my daughter Ash to fangirl over Hawaii Five-0 filming locations.
- Swim under a tropical waterfall with a hidden cave behind it (ultimately I would like to find a semi-naked Chad Kroeger in there who wanted to sing to me and feed me strawberries dipped in chocolate…. but I digress).
- Go on this cruise from Sydney to Seattle through all the lovely tropical islands. Staying an extra night in Seattle to do a tour of the Boeing museum. I just loooove to cruise. Blissful relaxation combined with adventures. Couldn’t ask for more.
- Stay in an over water bungalow Tahiti.
- Go to England to discover my family roots. End up becoming a Wizard or a Time Lord companion.
- Swim with sharks and dolphins. Not necessarily at the same time. Actually, preferably at different times. Sharks in Australia, dolphins in Mexico.
- Hike Machu Picchu. Humm my own theme music dressed as Kronk. Lament all the Llama faces on the llamas.
- See the Festival of Lights in Chang Mai.
- Eat at the Cereal Killer Cafe in London.
- Check out the Chicken Church in Bali.
- See the Devil’s Bridge. I really like bridges.
- Snorkle Caye Caulker, Belize.
- Cruise the Fjords to see where Slartibardfast did his best work.
- Visit all the World Heritage sites in Australia.
- Kayak with Orcas in Canada. Stalk Chad Kroeger and Ryan Reynolds while I am there.
- Cheese Rolling. That sounds like a thing I want to go and be confused by.
- Snorkle with Manta Rays in Bora Bora.
- Go to the festival of Fireworks and Blowing things Up in Spain. Las Fallas here I come!
- Set foot on all 7 continents.
- Visit Mont St Michel.
- Win the Wine War in La Rioja, Spain. Seriously, Spain? It’s like you put me in charge of making up your festivals.
- Find all 3274 Space Invaders across the globe.
This doesn’t even touch on Pompeii, the Colosseum, the Louvre, and every other cultural and natural wonder of the world… but give me time…