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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you" – Maya Angelou

Bucket List

I don’t care who, where or how old you are; whether you’re well traveled or no, male, female, black, white, purple, whatever:

Everyone in the world should have a bucket list. Whether it’s things you want to achieve this week, by the end of the year or simply by the time you’re old and grey, having a bucket list will motivate you and make the things you want to do realistic. Mine is massively travel focused because I am an itchy-footed mother f*cker BUT a bucket list should be about anything… Whether you want to visit NYC, learn a new language or get on the property ladder by a certain age, make it a tangible goal and do what you need to to do.

Don’t be one of those people who just tuts and says, “I want to do that one day”, and then goes back to the grind without giving it any conscious thought. Don’t be laid out on your death bed, all depressed and moany, all “Darn, I should have written a goddamn bucket list like Jo told me to because now I’m on my death bed moaning about all the things I never did.” Write it down, work through it, do it.

DO IT

Here’s mine

  •  See the Giant’s Causeway (done – Northern Ireland 2014)
  • Visit 50 different countries by the age of 25 (45 as of May 2016)
  • Swim with sea turtles (Mexico 2016)
  • Bungee jump (done – Taupo, NZ 2013)
  • Learn to speak German
  • Take a hot air balloon ride (done – Temecula, California 2015)
  • Camp out in the Sahara desert (done – Morocco 2015)
  • Ride a camel (done – Merzouga,  Morocco 2015)
  • Ride an elephant (done – Chiang Mai, Thailand 2013)
  • Go white water rafting (done – Rotorua, NZ 2013)
  • Go horse riding (I have a huge phobia of horses) (NOT ANYMORE – done, BC Canada, 2015)
  • ROAD TRIP the U S of A (started – I did a 3 month, 22,000 kilometre / 14,000 mile road trip around 13 states in 2015… Much more to come, I refuse to cross this one off yet)
  • Go to a “proper” British music festival (done – Creamfields 2015)
  • Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Drive the Sani Pass, South Africa/Lesotho
  • See the Great Wall of China (done, 2013)
  • See the Terracotta Army (done – incredible – China, 2013)
  • Hike the Stairway to Heaven, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Become PADI certified (getting over my phobia of fish should probably come first, in fairness)
  • Swim with whale sharks (done – Philippines 2013)
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Work on a farm in the Australian outback (done – cherries, honeybees, goats… I am basically a farmer)
  • Holi Festival, Goa
  • See the Northern Lights (done, Iceland 2016. Mind blown)
  • Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
  • Learn to snowboard (broke my wrist in my first unofficial snowboarding lesson – fail)
  • See the 7 natural Wonders of the World (1/7)
  • See the 7 (personally I think 8 but whatevs) man-made Wonders of the World (2/8)
  • Visit every continent on the planet (5/7), plus the Arctic Circle
  • Learn to surf
  • Get hitched in Vegas
  • Get shitfaced at a baseball game
  • Volunteer work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • See the spot where my darling JFK was assassinated… Sob
  • Ride a gondola in Venice (done, October 2014)
  • Have a book published
  • Become TEFL qualified (95% brotherrrrr)
  • Visit Hudsons Bay
  • See the Moulin Rouge in Paris (done, November 2014)
  • Fly in Business or First on the Airbus A380 (done – completely by accident, it’s amazing where tears at a check-in desk will get you… August 2014)
  • Learn lucid dreaming
  • Go canyoning in Vietnam
  • Teach English in South America
  • Take a vow of silence in Tibet
  • Visit the Danxia landforms, Gansu, China
  • Find an item of seafood which I don’t hate
  • See a polar bear in the wild
  • Kayak with narwhals
  • Visit every National Park in the United States of America (18/59)
  • Visit every National Park in Canada (3/37 POOR SHOW JOANNE)
  • Visit every National Park in the UK (4/15)
  • Work in a casino in Vegas
  • Visit Albuquerque during the annual International Balloon Fiesta
  • Complete a Colour Run
  • La Tomatina, Spain
  • Visit the St Joseph lighthouse in the depths of winter – Michigan, USA
  • Hike to the Tangboche monastery, Nepal
  • Hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
  • Climb Mount Huashan
  • Go skiing in Antarctica
  • Drive the Atlantic road, Norway
  • Dive with great whites
  • Cycle the Cherry Creek Bike Path, Colorado, USA
  • Turn up at an airport with no flight booked and choose – better yet, choose a place whose name I don’t recognise and couldn’t place on a map
  • Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
  • Visit Greenland (…Should a country be a bucket list item all by itself? Hmm)
  • Visit Zhangjiajie National Park, China
  • Teach English in China
  • Just see everything in China basically
  • I love China
  • Visit Fingals Cave in Scotland
  • Take a train ride on the Rovos Rail, South Africa
  • Train ride from Winnipeg to Churchill, Canada
  • Snorkel between tectonic plates in Iceland (done – September 2016)
  • Attend Mexico City’s “Day of the Dead” festival
  • Spend a night in the spoooky Shanley Hotel, NY
  • Canoe through the Gorges du Verdon, France (YES I saw this on Made In Chelsea and NO I am not ashamed to admit that) (maybe a little) (I’m sorry)

TELL ME WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST!

…you’ll probably see it on mine soon, if it isn’t already.

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