Do you have a bucket list? An actual written down list of things to be ticked off? I don’t. There are a whole pile of things floating around in my head that I’d like to do “one day”. I also have someone else’s list I saved from somewhere years ago with some great ideas on it. I have never thought about making my own list – until now.

After some considerable thought, and adding and deleting from the list, here are my top ten bucket list items! I have to say it was really hard to decide on a top ten. I could have listed a hundred easily, as there are so many things I want to do, but if I could only do ten these are what I would choose.

  1. Walk the Carmino de Santiago
  2. Visit Antarctica
  3. Trek to Machu Picchu
  4. See the Northern Lights
  5. Sleep in a Scottish castle
  6. Go on safari in Africa
  7. Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
  8. Visit the Great Wall in China
  9. Enjoy sunset on Cable Beach, Broome
  10. Watch the Tour de France live

While these are the things I really want to do, it’s interesting that I won’t do any of them on our twelve month trip next year. Most are in places we won’t get to. Those that are in countries we will visit happen at a different time of year to our visit. I guess I should also add “experience long term travel” to the list.

My hardest choice on the list was an Australian item. There are so many big ticket things in Australia I haven’t done that it’s almost embarrassing. As penance I am also going to include my top ten Australian bucket list items, so you can all see how un-Australian my travel has been.

  1. Enjoy sunset on Cable Beach, Broome
  2. Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  3. Visit the red centre, Uluru, the Olga’s, Kings Canyon
  4. Visit Tasmania
  5. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  6. Visit Kakadu National Park – preferably in the wet season
  7. Whale watch at the Head of the Bight
  8. Go wine tasting at Margaret River
  9. Stand at the top of Australia on Cape York
  10. Visit Christmas Island for the red crab migration.

There are so many things to do in the world, what have I forgotten? What’s one thing on your list I should do?