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I’ve been considering writing a bucket list post for some time now, so when I heard about the AliKats’ bucket list challenge I decided that now was as good a time as any to finally get my list written!

Shell solo snowboarding La Plagne
Solo snowboarding trip to La Plagne in 2019

As we’re saving hard for our wedding next year there won’t be any snowboarding or grand adventures for us this year, but we do have heaps of road trips planned and I look forward to ticking some bigger adventures off the list after the wedding is out of the way!

I’m about as optimistic as a person can be, but I’m also a realist. I have limited funds and limited annual leave and these things can often combine to seriously curtail my travel dreams.

Charnwood Forest Alpacas Derbyshire
Trekking with Alpacas 2019

Add to this my dodgy back following my serious snowboarding accident and reality dictates that I’m not going to be making it up to Everest Base Camp any time soon, well, ever really.

Shell diving in Cozumel, Mexico
Completing my final PADI certification dive in Cozumel 2018

For many years I dreamed about visiting the wilds of Patagonia or cruising on an icebreaker in the Arctic, so whilst It’s fair to say I still have lofty dreams and ambitions and a lengthy “If I won the lottery” bucket list, I’ve tried to make my list as realistically attainable as possible.

Me hiking up Snowdon
Me hiking up Snowdon

Don’t get me wrong there are still heaps of places I want to see and loads of things I want to do, hundreds probably, but I know full well, that many of them are never going to happen, so for now, I’ll keep those on a separate list in my head, awaiting that lottery win.

Snorkelling in the Indian Ocean 2017
Snorkelling in the Indian Ocean 2017

To put my bucket list into perspective, I thought I’d also include a list of things I’ve already ticked off the list that until now, had lived exclusively in my imagination.

Quad biking in the Sahara Desert
Quad biking in the Sahara Desert

Travel & Adventure Bucket List Things I’ve Already Done

  1. Snowboard down an Olympic black run
  2. Go sea kayaking
  3. Go white water rafting
  4. Ride a horse on the beach
  5. Go on a yoga retreat
  6. Hike up a mountain on my own
  7. Camp in the middle of winter
  8. Dive in the Red Sea
  9. Dive in the Indian Ocean
  10. Get PADI certified
  11. Go Alpaca trekking
  12. Walk up Snowdon
  13. Swim with sharks in the wild
  14. Visit Central Park in New York
  15. Naturally encounter a sea turtle in the wild
  16. Visit Tintagel
  17. Drink Champagne in a wood-fired hot tub under the stars
  18. Conquer my fear of heights and learn to climb
  19. Go wild swimming
  20. Travel by seaplane
  21. Go down a zip wire
  22. Kayak down the Ardèche
  23. Go quad biking in the Sahara desert
  24. Ride a camel
  25. Haggle in a souk in Marrakech
  26. Rock up to a ferry terminal with my passport and suitcase without a plan
  27. Dive in a marine nature reserve
Kayaking on a Loch during a solo road trip up to Scotland 2017
Kayaking on a Loch during a solo road trip up to Scotland 2017

31 Travel & Adventure Bucket List Things I Haven’t Done Yet

  1. Go canoeing & wild camping in Canada
  2. Stay in a secluded forest somewhere random in Eastern Europe
  3. Do a rainforest trek in Costa Rica
  4. Encounter Orangutans in Borneo
  5. Dive with Manta Rays and/or Whale Sharks in the wild
  6. Go wild camping in Scotland
  7. Explore the Norwegian Fjords
  8. Hike up a mountain early enough to watch the sunrise from the peak
  9. Return to Whistler in Canada to snowboard on my favourite mountain in the world
  10. Go on a campervan road trip around New Zealand
  11. Visit the Orkney Islands
  12. Photograph a Toucan in the wild
  13. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, where my grandmother grew up
  14. Visit Kingston in Jamaica where my biological father was born
  15. Travel to Scotland on the Caledonian sleeper train
  16. See Aurora Borealis
  17. Dive in a ceonte in Mexico
  18. Float in an isolation tank
  19. Go on the Fforest Coaster at Zip World
  20. Do yoga in Goa
  21. Hurtle down the world’s longest zip wire
  22. Visit Zanzibar just because it sounds exotic
  23. Snowboard in Breckenridge
  24. Visit a geothermal spa
  25. Jump into an ice bath
  26. Cycle the Monsal Rail Trail in the Peak District
  27. Take a scenic train journey through the Alps
  28. Go glamping in a treehouse
  29. See a live lava flow in Hawaii
  30. Camp on the Scilly Isles
  31. Visit the Galapagos Islands
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So there you have it, I’ve finally put my bucket list down in writing and I can’t wait to see how many more adventures I’ll get to check off my list over the coming years!

I’d love to know what’s on your bucket list and whether anything on my list is on yours too! Drop a comment below.

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