Travel bucket lists: what’s on yours?

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Travel bucket lists! You may have thought about them from time to time, but have you ever taken the time to actually write one down?  What would be the first item you would put on your bucket list? I often think about it but most of the time I just have this never ending list in my head, mentally ticking off the things I have always wanted to see and do.

Recently I read a touching article via social media about a young girl who died in tragic circumstances and how her parents came across a bucket list she had written, when they were going through her things.  They posted the bucket list to Facebook and what happened next was an amazing touching gesture. People from around the world started ticking off those items on her bucket list for her, those things she never got the chance to do. It got me thinking that not only is life short but why are we waiting to do these things? What is really stopping us from achieving them?

So what would you write on your bucket list or what one thing would you like to do more than anything in the world? Write them down right now and then stick that list to your fridge as your daily motivation in achieving each item.

As for me I have done quite a lot of things that were on my bucket list including ticking off my number one item of going to Italy and walking inside the Colosseum, at the time I had to pinch myself that I was actually there!  I have even sky dived and not just tandem but SOLO! Yes call me young and stupid (I was 24 at the time) and I can now say that once is definitely enough on that one, but I conquered my fear and ticked it off the list.

Okay so what’s on my current bucket list?

  1. To sail around the Greek Islands, basking in the sun and swimming in the Mediterranean sea, ah life just couldn’t get any better than this could it?Sailing-in-Greece
  2. Visit a beautiful friend of mine and spend the summer holidays with her in Montenegro
  3. Back pack (something I have never ever done before as I am a hotel kind of girl) all around Vietnam and Cambodia with my daughter. Main goal is not only the journey with my daughter but to see the sunrise over the Angkor Wat Temples together.
  4. Go to Japan when they have the cherry blossom festival. How awesome and pretty would this be! You’ve gotta have a little (or a lot) of pink in your life!Cherry blossom festival
  5. Ride a bike all through the French countryside from winery to winery! Yes I don’t mind a tipple or two or three!
  6. Jump into a fountain on a hot summers day.  This fountain is in Melbourne and next summer I’m so doing this! melbourne-fountain-153
  7. Get on a plane – fly to India and go see the Taj Mahal. I’m sure this will be another of those pinch me I’m dreaming experiences!
  8. Swim in the pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore … just because!Marina-Bay-Sands-Singapore
  9. Stay in a Tuscan villa in Italy and pretend I’m a local
  10. Dine in the tallest rooftop restaurant in Bangkok, I seem to have a slight obsession with heights at the moment!

All I need to do now is to get to work on making these a reality!

So what is on your bucket list? I would love to hear what is the top item on your list or even something you may have already ticked off the list.


  1. We feel so lucky to be going to Santorini this year! – I can not wait! It is definitely near the top of my bucket list… I also share number 8 with you 🙂

    • That sounds fantastic Angela! I can’t wait to follow your trip! Yes Santorini and Mykonos have been on the top of my bucket list for a while now, I’m hoping to tick it off next year as I will be very close by in Turkey. Yes number 8 would be even better with a cocktail in hand too! 🙂

  2. Great Bucket list. We have manythings in common in that bucket list. Visiting Greek Islands is something I am going to do next year.

    Keep us updated 🙂


    • Thanks Aanchal! The Greek Islands I must do next year, it’s been on my bucket list for too long! What months do you plan on travelling there? I’m hoping for July next year, you never know we might get a chance to cross paths! 🙂

      • Same here..It’s in my bucket list for long too. I am planning in june-july next year too. You are right, we might actually cross paths. I will keep you updated, we might end up having a beer together 🙂


      • Hi I’ve done the Greek islands and some diving, I want to sail on the Turkish side and do some real diving off the coast. So turkey sailing and travel number one. Number 2 morocco, I want to experience the littl medinas, 3 done the sky dive and been fined along time ago in a fountain, I really want to rent a Tuscan Villa, I do know someone who owns one! Ride a bike around and learn some cooking talents from the locals so that would be 4. I want visit the sea caves In France where cheese is inoculated and ripens in natural caves, die like to volunteer work for a while there. I would like to the Croation coast 5 and back to china one more time to find my great grandfather’s village oh and back on the great wall for a 2-3 day hike.

  3. Hi Gaye! What a fabulous bucket list! I think I have to add some of those to my bucket list too. Oh I love how you got a fine for being carefree – I think there is a little part of us all that has not thought about dancing in a fountain! We share quite a few items here and I am doing Turkey next summer. The French sea caves sounds interesting and something I didn’t know about, so another thing I need to investigate! Thanks so much for sharing Gaye, your list is awesome! 🙂

  4. First time on your blog and I love it! I’m going to have so much to read for ideas. Loved your bucket list. Mine…’s and endless list of places I want to visit also. My husband and I have plans to live in another country within 5 years (maybe Spain) and stay for at least 6 months and take it as an opportunity to travel most of Europe. Can’t wait for that to happen. I’ll be getting ideas from you!

    • Hi Edith, lovely to meet you! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I am so glad you love it! Good luck with your plans on moving to another country, it will no doubt be a rich and rewarding experience, wherever you choose. I’m hoping to do a whole years travel in 2017 … hopefully! As for this bucket list – I’ve already checked off two of these items, and another two to be checked off in July.

  5. Hi Wendy, Love, love, love your blog. I am Australian but I have lived in South America for a few years and also Thailand and I have been privileged to travel many other countries. My Mum still lives in Holland so I go and visit her and take side trips on a regular basis. In the last few years I settled back in Oz in beautiful Coffs Harbour where I came to finish a Degree. I have very young adult children and so am able to travel also. So whats on my bucket list. Even though I have visited many Asian countries I never got to Vietnam. That is number 1. Even though I have traveled extensively throughout the world I find that my bucket list still becomes a “Jumbo Bucket” list to complete. I wish you every success and will follow your travels with joy, and make sure you drop in for a chat if you are ever going through Coffs Harbour. xx

    • Hi Dixie! Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m glad you love my blog! I have to totally agree with you – those bucket lists get bigger and bigger. I haven’t been to Coffs Harbour but I hear it’s a very nice part of the world and I shall endeavour one day to visit. I hope you get to travel to Vietnam, my daughter raves about it and I can’t wait to go too (that one is still on my bucket list but I have checked off 4 of the above since making this one) 🙂

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