What’s Number One on my Bucket List?

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 Camino 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?

14 thoughts on “What’s Number One on my Bucket List?”

  1. “There are so many big ticket things in Australia I haven’t done that it’s almost embarrassing” – I feel you! There’s SO much in the UK that I’ve just never done. Despite growing up only a 3 hour bus journey away, I’ve never even properly been to London. Shameful, I know.

    • I think it’s because we think we can go and visit the local things “anytime”, so instead we go to places that are more exotic and further away.

  2. I really want to explore more of Australia! I lived on the east coast for 3 years and don’t feel like I did anything but the Great Ocean Road. You absolutely must go to the Margaret River region – the food is incredible and the beaches are stunning!

    • I have also been along the Great Ocean Road ? The problem is, even for us Aussies, travel here can be expensive! I was looking at flights to Uluru a couple of weeks ago, and it’s more expensive to fly there from Adelaide (probably the closest capital city) than for me to fly to LA! Crazy!

  3. I am the same. I do not have a bucket list but a lot of things floating around in my head. Maybe I should also make the list after all. It can be very satisfying once you can cross them off. I hope you will check them all off in no time 🙂

  4. Making a wishlist is not easy. There are so many places to see and so little time. I remember snorkeling in Great Barrier reef as a life time experience.

  5. Great list! I lived in Australia for two years and was really lucky with the things I got to see and do (we took a road trip around the country)but there are still things I missed! I have so many things on my bucket list I would struggle to keep it to ten!

    • I think if I wrote my list again now it might be different! It changes with my moods ? So many things I want to do.

  6. That’s an awesome list – everything is on my list that is one reason I have not prepared my list yet! But all the best with your list and am sure 2017 is going to be super awesome for you!

  7. What a great list. I have managed on your Australian list to do some of them. 1 and 2 and 4 and 8. I have gone whale watching out from Harvey Bay twice. Once when the water was like glass. The second…it was blowing a gale….turns out out boat was the only one that went out everyone else had cancelled. Lived in Cairns for a while and got as far as the Daintree Forrest etc….
    The Europe list love it. I have watched many a sunset at Broome as I lived in Derby for a couple of years. Didn’t do a helicopter over the Grand Canyon but we did a plane. AMAZING!!

    • Even though that list was written three years ago I have still not managed to tick too many things off of it. I guess that means I just have to keep trying 🙂

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