Presenting: My Bucket List

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I've always had a kind of running bucket list in my head — a list of all the things I would ideally like to do before I die. It's a long list. Probably an impossible list to actually complete, especially since my list only seems to get longer the more I travel. But it's always good to have goals and dreams, right?

So here follows my ever-growing bucket list. It may look different next week, but that's the point of a work in progress.

If you can help me out with any of the items on this list, please let me know!

The U.S.

Adventures to have

  • Visit all 50 states
  • Take a U.S. road trip (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • Do a cross-country trip by train
  • See wild grizzly bears in Alaska
  • See a Broadway play on Broadway (x3 “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Lion King”)
  • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the White House
  • Climb to the crown in the Statue of Liberty
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco (2012)
  • Go to Disney World and have fun as an adult (2016)
  • See live improv in Chicago (2011)
  • Be a geek at Harry Potter World
  • Go island hopping in Hawaii
  • Visit Roswell, NM
  • Take an air boat tour in the Everglades in Florida (x2)
  • Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Have a Voodoo Donut in Portland (2017)
  • See the Kentucky Derby live at Churchill Downs
  • Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge in SF
  • Go to a really weird/random local festival
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through California
  • Swim with manatees in Florida (2015)
  • Eat lobster in Maine
  • Go to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (2015)
  • Hike Angel's Landing in Zion National Park (2016)
  • See a sunset at Delicate Arch (2016)
  • Pursue a tornado with a team of storm chasers in Tornado Alley
  • Stay at a dude ranch in Montana
  • Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
  • Road trip the Florida Keys

Things to see


Adventures to have

  • Go to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa (2013)
  • Skate on the Rideau Canal in winter
  • Eat poutine in Quebec (2018)
  • Ride trains across the country
  • Hike to the Larch Valley in Banff
  • Swim with Beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba
  • Go on an iceberg quest in Newfoundland
  • Bobsled down an Olympic track in Calgary
  • Go to the Calgary Stampede (2019)
  • Explore Montreal
  • Drive the Icefields Parkway (2015)
  • Go tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia
  • Spot narwhals in the Canadian Arctic

Things to see

  • Niagara Falls
  • Banff National Park (2014)
  • Jasper National Park
  • Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba (2018)
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta
  • Moraine Lake in Banff (2015)
  • Quebec City, Quebec (2018)
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake (2014)
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver (2015)
  • Fogo Island
  • Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick
  • Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland


Adventures to have

  • Snorkel in cenotes in Tulum
  • Spend time in a beach town in Mexico
  • Swim with whale sharks in Cancun
  • Go on a great white shark dive trip to Guadalupe Island
  • Eat my way through Oaxaca
  • Release baby sea turtles on a beach
  • Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Things to see

  • Mexico City
  • The colorful city of Guanajuato
  • Maya ruins at Tulum
  • The pink lakes
  • Flying manta rays in the Sea of Cortes


Adventures to have

  • Watch planes fly in over Maho Beach in Saint Maarten
  • Rent a scooter in Bermuda
  • Swim with pigs in the Bahamas
  • Hang out with flamingos in Aruba (2018)
  • Kayak the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico

Things to see

  • Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico (2016)
  • Old San Juan (2016)
  • The Pitons in St. Lucia


Adventures to have

  • Hike between the villages in the Cinque Terre
  • Eat pizza in Naples, Italy
  • Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy
  • Hike in the Dolomites
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s, The Vatican, Italy (2005, 2013)
  • Visit Calabria, where my Italian grandpa's family is from
  • Watch the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • See all the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona (2015)
  • Throw tomatos La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain
  • Hike the Mont-Rebei Gorge in Spain
  • Island hop in the Azores
  • Celebrate New Year's at Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland (2012/13)
  • Go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2012)
  • Hunt for Nessie in Scotland (2012)
  • Drive the North Coast 500 in Scotland
  • Land on the beach runway in Barra (Scotland)
  • Ride the Jacobite train through the Scottish Highlands (2015)
  • Cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland (2017)
  • Do a Game of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland
  • Take a Black Taxi tour in Belfast (2013)
  • Track my ancestry in Ireland
  • Stay in a castle in Ireland (2018)
  • Sleep in a library in Wales
  • Lay on a beach in Croatia for a day
  • Island hop in Croatia
  • Sail around the Greek islands
  • Sing “Sound of Music” tunes in Salzburg, Austria (2013)
  • Experience the true Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  • Drive on the Autobahn, Germany
  • Ride in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Hunt vampires in Romania (2012)
  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (2012)
  • Drive the Ring Road in Iceland
  • Snorkel in between tectonic plates in Iceland (2015)
  • Go inside an ice cave in Iceland (2015)
  • Go on a multi-day horseback riding tour in Iceland
  • Chase the Northern Lights in Norway (2016)
  • Drive the Atlantic Road in Norway (2015)
  • Be in St. Petersburg during White Nights
  • Try a spacecake in Amsterdam (2013)
  • Visit family in Slovakia
  • Go on a river cruise (2015, 2016)
  • Go hunting for gnomes in Wrocław, Poland
  • Take a pletna boat across Lake Bled (2012)
  • Go on a road trip in Slovenia

Things to see

  • Stonehenge, England (2012 and 2015)
  • Abbey Road, London, England (2013)
  • Highclere Castle, England (where Downton Abbey was filmed)
  • All the cool sights in London (Big Ben, The Eye, London Bridge) (2012)
  • The Royal Mile in Edinbrugh, Scotland (x3)
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland (x3 – 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Heather blooming in Scotland
  • The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye (2016)
  • Beaches on Lewis and Harris, Scotland (2016)
  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (2013)
  • Harbor in Cobh, Ireland (2018)
  • Skellig Michael in Ireland
  • Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland (2017)
  • Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy (2005)
  • Colosseum, Rome, Italy (2005)
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, Italy (2005)
  • The Scavi, The Vatican, Italy
  • Ruins in Pompeii, Italy (2005)
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy (2013)
  • Canals in Venice (2013)
  • The villages of Cinque Terre, Italy
  • The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia (2012)
  • Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
  • Red Square, Moscow, Russia (2016)
  • The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg (2016)
  • The fountains at Peterhof Palace in Russia
  • Remnants of the Berlin Wall (2013)
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland (2013)
  • Dracula’s Castle in Romania (or what inspired it, at least) (2012)
  • Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  • Flower carpet in Brussels, Belgium
  • The Old Town of Prague (2013)
  • The Bone Church in the Czech Republic (2013)
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (2013)
  • The Mona Lisa, The Louvre, France
  • Normandy beaches, France
  • Lavender fields in France
  • Mont-Saint-Michel in France
  • Notre Dame, Paris, France (2013)
  • Rila Monastery, Bulgaria (2012)
  • La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain (2015)
  • Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain (2015)
  • Montserrat, Spain
  • Alhambra palaces in Granada, Spain (2015)
  • Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain
  • Ronda, Spain
  • Tiled houses in Portugal (2019)
  • The Douro Valley, Portugal (2019)
  • The Algarve in Portugal
  • The fjords of Norway (2015)
  • Pulpit Rock in Norway
  • Lofoten Islands, Norway
  • Santorini, Greece (2013)
  • The Acropolis in Athens (2013)
  • The Faroe Islands (2017)
  • Reykjavik, Iceland (2012)
  • Stari Most bridge in Mostar
  • Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey (2012)
  • Icebergs in Greenland (2018)

Central/South America

Adventures to have

  • Dance in a Latin American salsa or tango club
  • Attend Carnival in Brazil
  • Climb some Mayan ruins (2013)
  • Get up close with sloths in Costa Rica (2013)
  • Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef (2013)
  • Chill out on Caye Caulker, Belize (2013)
  • Go on a sailing trip in Belize
  • Relax on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua (2016)
  • Hike the W in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Relax on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua (2016)
  • Straddle the equator in Ecuador (2016)
  • Swim with marine life in the Galapagos

Things to see

  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Salt flats, Bolivia
  • Glaciers in Patagonia
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, Brazil
  • Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica (2013)
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Tikal ruins in Guatemala (2013)
  • Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  • Antigua, Guatemala


Adventures to have

  • Heli-hike a glacier in New Zealand
  • Go on a “Lord of the Rings” tour in New Zealand (2005)
  • Go zorbing in New Zealand (2008)
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand
  • Hike Roy's Peak in Wanaka, NZ
  • Surf in Raglan, New Zealand
  • Ride the TranzAlpine train across New Zealand (2011)
  • Go on an epic NZ road trip in a campervan (2018)
  • Swim with seals in Kaikoura, NZ (2014)
  • Kayak near the Tasman Glacier in NZ
  • See a kiwi bird up close in New Zealand (2008)
  • Climb up the world’s steepest road (Baldwin Street, Dunedin, NZ, 2008)
  • Stay overnight in Doubtful Sound, NZ
  • Hike around Uluru in the Australian Outback
  • Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Road trip around Tasmania
  • Take a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sail in the Whitsundays
  • Take a selfie with a quokka
  • Swim with manta rays at Coral Bay, WA
  • Stay in an over-water bungalow
  • Swim with humpback whales in Tonga

Things to see

  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • The beaches in the Whitsundays
  • Uluru, Australia
  • Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, Australia (2008)
  • Rottnest Island in Western Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Hobbiton movie set, New Zealand (x4, 2005, 2008, 2014, and 2018)
  • Castlepoint, New Zealand (2008)
  • Lupins blooming at Lake Taupo, NZ (2014)
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand (2008 and 2014)
  • Abel Tasman National Park, NZ (2018)
  • Queenstown, NZ
  • Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands


Adventures to have

Things to see

  • The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt (2017)
  • Victoria Falls (2016)
  • Chefchaouen, Morocco (the “Blue City”)
  • Table Mountain in South Africa (2016)
  • Beaches in Zanzibar (2019)
  • Lemurs in Madagascar
  • The deserts of Namibia (2016)
  • Wildlife in the Serengeti (2019)
  • The Okavango Delta in Botswana (2016)
  • The Big 5 (2016)
  • Rock-cut churches in Ethiopia


Adventures to have

  • Climb the Great Wall of China (2007)
  • Ride (and survive the ride) in a tuk tuk (2014)
  • Beach/island hop in Thailand (2014)
  • See the Yi Peng lantern festival near Chiang Mai
  • Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand (2014)
  • Go diving around Koh Tao, Thailand
  • Get custom clothes made in Hoi An, Vietnam (2014)
  • Attend the Cherry Blossom festival in Japan
  • Stay in a cave in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Volunteer with pandas in China

Things to see

  • Ephesus, Turkey (2019)
  • Travertine terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey (2019)
  • Great Wall of China (2007)
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China (2007)
  • Live pandas in China
  • The teracotta warriors in Xi'an, China
  • Mount Everest up close
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia (2014)
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam (2014)
  • Sapa, Vietnam
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Temples in Bangkok, Thailand (2014)
  • Longtail boats on a Thai island (2014)
  • Pai, Thailand
  • The “White Temple” in Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • A geisha in Japan
  • The Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hemji Castle in Japan
  • The Tori Path in Kyoto, Japan
  • Snow monkeys in Japan
  • The lights show in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong
  • Temples in Myanmar

The Middle-East

Adventures to have

  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Pretend I'm Indiana Jones at Petra
  • Go on a desert adventure in Oman

Things to see

  • Petra, Jordan
  • Jerusalem
  • Mosques in Iran


Adventures to have

  • Go skydiving
  • Go bungy jumping (x4 – Taupo (2008) and Queenstown (2005, 2011, 2014), New Zealand)
  • Hike out on a glacier (Franz Josef, NZ, 2011; Alaska, 2012)
  • Ride in a hot air balloon (Monument Valley, 2011)
  • Go white water rafting (Colorado, 2011, Slovenia 2012)
  • Ride in a helicopter (New Zealand, 2008 and 2014; Niagara Falls 2014)
  • Go kayaking (2014)
  • See an active volcano up close (I wanna see the lava!)
  • Climb a mountain
  • Drive in a country where they drive on the opposite side of the road (New Zealand, 2008, 2011; Ireland 2018)
  • Attend a professional sports game (football, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey)
  • See gymnastics live at the Olympic Games (London, 2012)
  • Go jet boating (New Zealand, 2008 and 2011)
  • Go ziplining (Colorado, 2011)
  • Celebrate Christmas in a different country
  • Celebrate New Year’s in a different country (Ireland, 2007/8; Scotland 2012/13)
  • Go on a cruise (x3 – Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Alaska)
  • See the Red Bull Flugtag in person
  • Hang out with someone famous
  • Attend a huge parade and/or rally
  • Take part in a protest (Chicago, 2011)
  • Play in a marching band at a professional sporting game/match (Canada, 2006)
  • See a favorite band in concert
  • Participate in a wacky cultural event/tradition/race (Loony Dook and Color Run, 2013)
  • Eat something that looks/sounds/smells scary (Iceland, 2012)
  • Tour someplace haunted at night (Ottawa, 2012; Edinburgh, 2012)
  • Go horseback riding on a beach (Pakiri Beach, NZ, 2008)
  • Go SCUBA diving
  • Take part in an archaeological dig
  • Stomp grapes to make wine
  • Visit a nude beach (and actually go nude)
  • Dance a Latin dance with a Latin guy
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Jump off a waterfall

Things to see

  • Earth from space
  • The Northern Lights (Manitoba, 2013; Norway 2016)
  • Icebergs up close (2010)
  • A geyser explode (Lady Knox Geyser, NZ, 2008; Strokkur, Iceland, 2012)
  • Sufi Whirling Dervishes in action (2019)

Things to Learn

  • Become fluent in a second language
  • Learn how to drive a manual car
  • Learn how to cook really well
  • Take surfing lessons (x2, in New Zealand and Florida)
  • Learn how to swing dance
  • Learn to snowboard

Personal Goals

  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Live abroad for at least a year
  • Fill up a passport before it expires (2012)
  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Witness a historical event in person
  • Take Mom to see Paul McCartney in concert (August 2010)
  • Try my hand at being a tour guide
  • Volunteer
  • Host an exchange student
  • Connect with someone from another culture even if we speak different languages
  • Go barefoot for a week
  • Read an entire book in a day
  • Say yes to everything for a week
  • Get a tattoo
  • Have a fling
  • Fall in love
  • Find a job that I love

Professional Goals

  • Have a photo published in a magazine
  • Have a story published in a travel magazine or book
  • Have my own website
  • Make money off said website (working on it!)
  • Write a travel book
  • Be on “The Amazing Race”
  • Be in a movie
  • Steal Samantha Brown’s job on the Travel Channel

Are any of these things on your bucket list? Have you done any/can you recommend any of the things on my list?



"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. Oh girl I am loving you more and more I love this list. It is awesome. I wanna do just about all of those.

      Haha, thanks, Jamie! It’s an ambitious list, but that makes it all the more fun to try and tackle!

        Great list, and a very ambitious one too. But then, ambitious lists help us to push ourselves and enjoy life at its best. Good luck with crossing all the items off your list, babe!

          What can I say? I’m an ambitious kind of person! 🙂

    I love it! I love that some of those things are really simple and some of them are really out there. I think it’s so great to have so many goals for your life, and writing them down helps you see how much you’ve actually accomplished. I might have to do one of these lists myself one of these days!

      Thanks, Ali! And yeah, there’s such a jumble of random things on my list. But, that’s kind of how life is, isn’t it?

      I never wrote any of these things down before, but I decided it was time. I need some motivation! Plus, just putting the list together was a lot of fun.

    Wow what an awesome list – made me realise that we’ve done more of the US things on your list than we have in our own country Australia. We’ve been meaning to write one up – but just don’t know where to start!

    Add ‘Australian Football’ to your list of professional sporting events to attend – if you get a chance to do it, you’ll definitely have a blast!

      Thanks so much, Kieron! It’s funny how you can see so much of another country, and so little of your own! I’m definitely guilty of this… I’ve seen and done so much in NZ, but hardly any of the things I’d like to do in the U.S.! Must get to work.

      And I’ll definitely keep the Australian football in mind for when I’m in OZ next!

    That’s one extensive list! I like how you sub-categorized everything.
    But what’s even greater is that you’ve accomplished so many items! Congratulations are in order.

    I have yet to make a list and realize some of the items, although I guess I have accomplished a few dreams already.

    Do you have any favourite items you would really really like to do shortly?

      Extensive, yes. Do-able? Perhaps. But, even if I never get around to everything, I like having the list anyway. Always gives me something to strive for.

      The items that would be at the “top” of my list right now would probably be some of the things in Turkey (I REALLY want to go there), as well as the U.S. road trip. I’d put those as my next two major things I’d like to do.

    Great Bucket List! There are so many great things on there! I categorized my Bucket List in a similar way, makes it so much easier to read and find things! I might actually sub-categorize my “Places” by continent as you have – great idea!

      Thanks, Jenny! I really love your bucket list, as well. I’ll admit, I decided to break mine up into multiple categories after seeing yours and a few others, but opted to take it even further for organization (I like my lists!) and readability.

    I know you are going to get a lot of hits off this:-)

    Love this list. I have always wanted to make a list except it would be in volumes by now. Should just start it anyway:-)

    Uluru! FAB!! Except for the climbing part. Aboriginals ask you not to climb it and half the time it’s “closed” anyway cause of weather. But it’s fab to see up close and walk around.

    And yay for SWIMMING with Seals in Kaikoura! So much fun!

      Thanks, Rebecca! There are probably tons of other things I could add to this list… but, like you said, it would be sooo long!

      I’d be happy just seeing Uluru up close! And yes, I definitely want to swim with those seals!

    Great list, I added it as one of my resources for 9 1/2 Ways to Ignite Adventure in Your Life.

    In Africa, you should add a trip to Victoria Falls.

    I too wanted to climb Uluru in Australia, but the Aboriginals frown upon climbing it. It is insensitive since they consider it sacred. Hiking AROUND it is fine – which is what I’ll be doing next year!

      Thanks for adding a link to my bucket list on your site!

      Victoria Falls is on my list! It’s under the Africa section in the “Cool Things to See” list. Definitely would like to make it there someday.

      You’re the second person to mention the taboo about climbing Uluru. I had no idea! I think I’ll revise that entry on my list, as I certainly wouldn’t want to offend anybody.

    This is a great list, very diverse. I have a lot of these things on my list too. My list is way too long already, but I have it written down someplace. I think writing it down is great for motivation since you see how far you’ve come and how far you have to go. Great list.

      Thanks so much, Steve. And yes, I agree — writing down your list (no matter how long it ends up being) can serve as some great motivation. I have so much I want to do, but it’s fun to see how much I’ve already done!

    Great list! A bucket list is a must for any ambitious person……. it tells much about that person, sort of a personal totem….. but as time goes by, you will change….some things on the list will not be very important anymore and will be replaced with stuff that you would have never guessed earlier. Life is always changing and we adapt, but that’s a good thing. P.S. A bucket list is never meant to be completed, always something to strive for!

      I agree – this list will probably never be static, and will likely change a lot in the coming years. But that’s half the fun of keeping a bucket list! Hopefully 10 years from now I can compare my new list to this old one and see how far I’ve come!

    I have not created a bucket list but this sort of inspires me to do so. I like your list and I bet it feels great to cross one out. I’ve always had vague ideas or outlines in my head of what is supposed to happen. Most times I just stumble forward and end up somewhere….hmm.

      The good thing is, a bucket list can always change. You can always add to it, or take away from it, because it’s yours! But yes, it feels great to get to cross things off!

    NICE list, Amanda!!

    I like that you have a tuk-tuk ride on the list. I was convinced that I was going to fall out the first time — WHERE DO I HOLD ON?!?! — but you get used to it so quickly! (And then you get over it and get annoyed by them, especially when you’re late for dinner with friends, don’t have a phone, and the driver has stopped to say hi to his family. WTF?!?!)

    One of my Bangkok bucket list items is riding a motorcycle taxi sidesaddle, like so many Thai women do. According to Laura from A Wandering Sole, whom I met in Bangkok, they wouldn’t let her do it because she wasn’t wearing a skirt. Now, THAT’S terrifying!!

      I feel like riding in a tuk-tuk is just one of those things that I HAVE to do someday, even if they seem rather terrifying! It’s all part of the adventure, right?

      But that sidesaddle thing… weird! I didn’t even know you could do that! I think I’d be too scared of flying off.

    One thing you should add to your list is visit an Embera village in Panama. It’s something that sounds like it’s right up your alley.

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to check it out!

    The Canyon Swing in Queenstown should be on everyone’s list.
    I would do it again in a heartbeat!

      I came SO CLOSE to doing it the last time I was in Queenstown. But I ran out of time (and money). It’s definitely on my “next time” list for NZ.

    Wow! What an extensive list! I think I’m going to have to borrow a few of your points and add them to my bucket list too!

      Borrow away! It’s an ambitious list, I know… but that’s kind of the point, right?

    If you make it to Las Vegas, let me know. I call Sin City home, and the Strip is just a short drive away from my living room. Would love to show you some of my favorite sites.

      Awesome! I will definitely keep you in mind if I find myself in Vegas!

    My bucket list keep changing. But seeing the northern lights and discovering a new species are consistently pretty up there 🙂

    Nice list you got there and it’s cool you got most of them crossed out already!

      Discovering a new species? That’s a pretty unique bucket list item! Good luck with it!

    Wow now THAT is a list, rock on girl, you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thanks, Andi! And yes, my list is scary and big… but I don’t half-ass things, not even my bucket list! I hope to cross off a lot of the US stuff in the coming year!

    Swing through Chicago on your U.S. road trip and you can check off a bunch of these: sky diving, kayaking, Red Bull Flugtag, pro soccer or hockey game, hang out with someone famous (we’re turning into quite the celeb destination lately), attend a huge parade and even stomp grapes to make wine!

      I’m definitely planning to hit up Chicago at least once this year — maybe even twice! I’ll have to keep my eye on this year’s Red Bull Flugtag… that’s one random thing I really want to see in person!

    Here is a great place to create, manage and share your bucket list. You can also get some interesting ideas to put on your bucket list from others.

    Check it out.

    I think you can cross >> Make money off said website from the list 🙂

      Haha, yes, I suppose I can! Though, I really meant the sort of money I can live off of… And I’m certainly not there yet!

    I always enjoy a good bucket list and you have some great goals in there. I’m especially impressed with your goal of seeing Earth from space. I also learned something today – I had never heard of the Red Bull Flugtag but it sounds completely awesome. Think I’m going to steal it and add to mine 🙂

      Hi Mike! Thanks for checking out my bucket list! I know I have plenty on here that I probably won’t ever get the opportunity to do (such as going into space), but that’s kind of the point of a bucket list, right? If you actually crossed everything off, what would you have to work toward??

      And feel free to steal anything off my list! I think the Red Bull Flugtag would be so much fun to see! Hopefully that’s one of the things I’m actually able to cross off someday.

    That is a fascinating bucket list. If you happen to be in Western Canada in any summer, swing by Calgary, Alberta and there’s an excellent chance we can get you to a mountain summit. There are a whole range of possibilities nearby and we’ll find one that will match your needs. I like your blog. Came to me by email as a recommendation from Stumble Upon.

      Hi Barry. I’m glad you “stumbled” upon my blog! And I would love to climb a mountain in Calgary. Though, it would have to be a little one – I don’t think I’m ready for anything huge and scary!

    You do know why there are a lot more suicides around New Year, right? Because people make lists and can’t keep up, so they get depressed. But i guess for a list of things to do before you die you don’t have to worry about that 🙂
    And you do have high goals, at least in my opinion. My list is ten times shorter.

      I know my list is long. But dreaming about some of these things is half the fun!

    Fantastic post. I would love to do something like this, but with kids, its hard to find the time to complete a bucket list. Maybe i will have to wait until they have grown up before i can complete my list. However i also have a long list of things to do in my bucket list.

    I like the way you have chosen things to do and see in certain countries and split them in to country order.

    I hope you manage to complete the list, especially being in a movie (and you can’t cheap by choosing a home movie).

    Good luck!

      You shouldn’t let a family or kids keep you from trying to complete your own bucket list! I know plenty of families (with young kids, too) who travel the world together.

    I love this list. I don’t have a bucket list when it comes to travel, but when I moved to Spain I did a list of five countries I wanted to visit before going home: Germany, Portugal, Ireland, Holland and Morocco. In my first year alone, I did every one but Holland, and I keep adding a new place to the list as I cross one off.

    And I LOVE your inclusion at watching a historical event take place. I love the Spanish football team, so rooting them on last summer during the world cup was great, but hearing the Spanish national anthem play as they beat Holland along with 5,000 other Spaniards in La coruña made the tears flow! It’s truly amzing to be outside of what you’re used to and get a feeling that you know that this very moment will be forever etched into your conscious, as well as the world’s. Good luck!

      Thank you, Cat! I like lists, and I especially like lists that inspire me to go out and do things! I have a feeling I may never complete this one (as I’m sure it will only continue growing as I cross things off), but that’s okay. It’s fun to even just dream about some of these things.

      I can only imagine how awesome it must have been to be in Spain last year during the World Cup!

    lol just randomly found your site while googling for sweet cliffs in new zealand [im looking for the best one to camp out on as part of my bucket list, which im blogging as a poor person on wordpress haha]
    just wanted to say i think this site is pretty sweet, you’ve done a lot of shit ! your bucket list it a lot more detailed than mine. i just wrote 100 things on it. no special categories or anything haha.

    what a great list! stonehenge is pretty amazing but there are some other really good places to visit in the UK. i need to add some of yous to mine, so imaginative!

      Thanks! There are, of course, lots of other places in the UK that I also want to see. But Stonehenge is kind of that iconic one that I know I can’t miss!

    I know I’ve already recommended the Czech Repubic to you, but it would be a great place to celebrate Christmas in another culture– they have unique traditions and fantastic Xmas markets. Staying with a family there would be a great experience.
    I guess you’ll be doing a lot of the UK items on your list next summer!
    Your list was fun to read! I dont really have a list, but I definitely have places I want to visit very badly, including Turkey. Enjoy having all these new experiences 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestions, Jenna! I have family in that area (my mom can never remember if they’re in the Czech Republic or Slovakia), and it would be cool to go over there sometime around the holidays.

      And yes, hopefully I’ll get to cross off a lot of the UK items next summer!

    My family on my grandfather’s side are from there, too. The area has a rich culture and the people are very hospitable. The Xmas traditions even include a carp in the bathtub!

      A carp in the bathtub?? Lol, that’s awesome! I need to read up on that one!

    Great website! An inspiration, even. Regarding the desire to make a difference in someone’s life, the case can easily be made that you already have done it already just through your enthusiasm for life which drips from every word. Probably should cross that one off the list 🙂

      Aww, wow, thanks Mark! That may be the nicest comment I have ever received on my blog. Seriously. Thank you!

    Hi Amanda! I thought I’d let you know that your blog and bucket list inspired me to start my own. I’d love your feedback!! Jane.

      Hey Jane! Awesome to hear that my bucket list inspired you to start your own! Yours looks great so far! Have fun crossing everything off!

    Wow- “see earth from space”…? That is an ambitious list! I want to see all the big water falls (Victoria, Angel Iguazu, etc.)

      Half the fun of making a bucket list is putting ridiculous things on it to aspire to!

    I love your list! Some great ones I’d forgotten on there. You’ve probably covered the historical event though – there are at least 3 I can think of (2 not so nice ones) – think royal weddings/royal deaths/first black presidents/terrorist attacks? Although not all of them great they are historical. Yay for being a dreamer too though. A friend told me the other day that the native indians believed that if you wrote something down it was more likely to come true. I’ll go with that! lol

      I’m definitely a believer that if you actually write your goals down, you are reminded more to go after them!

    The Tongariro Crossing is amazing and go Dolphin swimming in Kaikoura NZ. I did that and it was the best day of my life!!!
    Good luck with everything, I love your list!

      The Tongariro is absolutely on my “next time” list!

    Love your bucket list! I have an adventurous side too! I have not been bungee jumping yet, but I have been skydiving!!! Amazing!

    I must say, such a fab list!
    I stole a few ideas of yours 😉
    I just started my bucket list last night, and I’m already at 72 things.

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    Congratulations on having already achieved so much!

    By the looks of it, you should get to do all the enlisted items… After all, seems to me like you’re just getting started with your life journey (that’s probably gonna take at least 30 more years ;)), so with all that you’ve already crossed off the list – there’s no stopping you to do so with each and every point!

    I can see a lot of common goals, although I must admit that I haven’t been doing all too much to start actually living the list. About to change soon 🙂
    Don’t know how much of a help it will be but once you finally get yourself over to Poland, let me know. I don’t live in Cracow but would love to keep you company when you’re here!

      I certainly hope that I’m only at the beginning of my journey! I’ve definitely fallen even further in love with traveling over this past year, so I don’t plan to stop anytime soon!

      Thanks for the Poland invite! 🙂

    As I was reading your very in depth and well organized bucket list I couldn’t help but mentally tick off the things on your list that I have been fortunate enough to accomplish myself. I’m really loving being able to travel so much and that there are times in life where you just have to grab life by the horns and say no, this is how I choose to feel and this is what we’re going to do. Also I really hope I win the India trip!

      Being able to travel certainly is something to be thankful for!

    Hi! I love this bucket list, just so many awesome ideas and on my blog I have created something quite similar, though I named it “100 by 100”, all of my travel goals and the destinations I want to complete them in! I’m only just starting out my travel this year so I have very few crossed off, but hopefully soon I will have quite a few ticks on the list like you have already achieved at a young age too! Very inspiring 🙂

      Thanks! I have indeed ticked quite a few things off this list of mine, though I’m constantly adding things to it, too!

      Good luck with your own list!

    wow what a great list you have there! and how awesome it is that you have been able to check off a bunch of things so far! I have a long list too, just hoping I’ll be able to cross off some! 🙂 thanks for being so inspiring! and I love how you are a “normal” person and not doing a RTW trip! I get really discouraged because I read so many blogs of people who are permanently traveling and that’s just not possible at this stage in my life (probably never will be). So, thanks again! I feel so cheesy with my constant “thank you’s”, but you truly deserve it! 🙂

      Aww, you’re so sweet, Jessica! Thanks! I’m constantly updating this list – but also constantly crossing things off!

    This is so great! I love this list, I might use the format to make my own. So far I have done the 21 things to do before I turn 22 list/ 22 things to do before I turn 23 from Positively Present. But I love how extensive this list is, especially since you have done so much.
    Although, I am sad to see the Canada section so small. There are so many great things here in Canada. Go Spirit bear watching in the Great Bear Rainforest. Go above the arctic circle on June 21 and watch the sun never set. Have Tourtiere (much better than poutine) in Quebec during Carnaval de Quebec (also High-five Bonhomme) Beaver tails on the Rideau Canal, getting Screeched in Newfoundland, and you may never be able to swim with belugas as the temperature of the water is well below 0 (unless you’re wearing a special scuba suit) but that would be awesome. Anyway these are a few of the things that are pretty awesome to do in Canada. Thanks for the great post! Good luck completing them all!

      Yes, I definitely need to put more things in my Canada section!!

      (And, as for the beluga swimming, you can do it up in Churchill every summer!)

    Hello! I just want to say that i stumbled upon your website while i was doing a search on what to pack to take to Europe for 3 months and honestly i’m so glad i found it! I just spent hours reading the blog and you have just become my hero!! I’m leaving to Spain/italy in a couple of days and your website just gave me so many ideas on where to go and what to do! not a big fan of blogs, but this one i can say just became one of my favorites 🙂

      Aww thanks so much for the fantastic comment, Kathleen! I’m really glad you stumbled upon my little corner of the Internet! 🙂

    Hello! I saw that you were in Romania! Also I saw your Bucket List. Putting these two together, I want to ask you a few things:

    Have you been to Bucharest? Have you seen House of the People (Romanian Parliament)? You know it is the largest office building in Europe and second in the world after the Pentagon?

    I think this is something that you can add and cross off from your Bucket List! What do you think?

    However, if you have not visited Bucharest, when you come in Romania we offer to be your guide. (team “Proud to be Romanian” – “Mandru ca sunt Roman”)

    PS: Thank you so much for the beautiful words you wrote about Romania!

      Hi Alex! Yes I have indeed been to Bucharest and saw the Parliament building – it’s so huge!!

    I see that you have in your bucket list to participate in an archaeological dig…well there is a very cool site discovered in 2009 and in need of volunteers in Magdala Israel. I’m currently a volunteer there and have had the opportunity to visit some pretty amazing places (Dead sea anyone?!). I found your site last year when I was looking for information about Iceland, since that time I visited a couple of places in Europe and the Caribbean, I spent three months in India, some time in Thailand and two amazing weeks in Myanmar. Certainly “The World Is a Book and Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page”!

      Awesome, I will definitely keep that in mind! It would be cool to visit Israel one of these days.

    fantastic list.
    some of them made me smile.
    some people dont plan out their life. I see you are totally a architect of your life and life journeys.
    really inspiring.
    i sure will steal some from your list. 🙂
    God bless

      I like the phrase “architect of your life.” Yes, that’s exactly what I am!

    Amazing compilation. Well thought out.
    But one question.. Why nothing from India? You may want to check out a few places in India too.! Not advertising my homeland :p
    I plan to go for my second backpack trip to Europe in October and i must say i am inspired by your articles.. Again the thought so much to see in such a short time!!
    Anyhow, glad i found your site. Another follower added to your list 😉

      I will eventually tackle India, I’m sure, but not just yet! (And I do have one thing in India on my list – the Taj Mahal!)

    I’m gonna keep this page bookmarked, and see if I can’t help you get some of these crossed off.

    Skydiving in the Swiss Alps! I did mine in Lauterbrunnen, and while it scared the absolute bejeezus out of me and I would never do it again, I would definitely recommend it at least once. And could you get a better scenery??

    I also did La Tomatina this year. I went with Stoke Travel as a solo traveller. Wasn’t too bad, great energy but it was my first lone journey and I definitely need to put myself out there abit more!

    Ooooo the lava thing!! I need to add that to mine! Glad to see India on your list 😉

      My list is growing all the time! In fact, I just updated it again today!

    That is an impressive list ! I can help you with the poutine, you are welcome anytime in MTL !

    Wow your bucket list is amazing!!! Hope I can do all of that someday

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    Suggestion for your weird/local festival: If you are ever in Arkansas you should come during Toad Suck Daze in Conway.

      I have never heard of it, but color me intrigued!

        I have lived in Arkansas basically my whole life and have never been. Its so named because at the time of steamboats when the water wasnt right the captain and crew would stay at the tavern and “would suck on the bottles til the swelled up like toads.” Or so it goes.

    When you are at Table mountain in Cape Town, make sure to do the abseiling! I think twice on the same day! I did my 2nd skydive over in Cape Town too! First was in Jungfrau Switzerland.

    Love your site! Cheers!

    What a wonderfully diverse and exciting list, Amanda! This is inspiring me to update my own 🙂 Two things that I have on mine: watching a live NASCAR race and a Monster truck event!

      I’m always updating this! It’s fun to kind of keep track (and of course to add new and awesome things!).

    Great list! You have missed a big part about India – Taj Mahal is barely representative. You need to –
    1. Go to Rajasthan, dress traditionally, and go to an Indian wedding in India.
    2. Take a motorcycle trip from Manali to Ladakh
    3. Go to the tea gardens in Darjeeling
    4. Visit Kerala and spend a day in backwaters and Munnar
    5. Eat with your hands on a banana leaf at a South Indian restaurant
    6. Visit every state and try a local delicacy – every state speaks its own language (almost) and has a unique food pallette
    Happy travels 🙂

      I would LOVE to be invited to an Indian wedding some day!

    Great list! It makes me want to write my bucket list!

      Go for it! They’re always fun to write (and to cross stuff off of)!

    I think you can cross climb a mountain off your list unless there was a specific mountain you wanted to climb.

      Haha, oh, I dunno about that. I haven’t really climbed a “real” mountain!

    Hi Amanda, what an amazing list you have! I have just started to put together a bucket list, and realised that both our lists have quite a few items in common 🙂

    The page is still under construction (and forever will be), but here’s my bucket list:

      Nice! It’s always fun to write out lists like this!

    Incredible list! Just reading it made me realize how much I’ve done, but also how far I have to go.

    You can see lava up close on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Now’s a good time, too because the flow is relatively close to town and wouldn’t be that hard of a hike to see (though it can still be plenty treacherous!) You can also do the hula there, as well.

    As far as cuddling koalas, I recommend the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia. They let you hold and take photos with the little guys! They are SO sleepy!

    Thanks for inspiring more travels!

      Thanks for the tips, Jill! Hoping to do a big trip to Australia in the next year or so.

    You have brought some awesome clarity and inspiration to this Oregonian- if you ever need a spot to land in Oregon, let me know. Happy to take you to the grape stomp at St. Joseph’s Winery ( about 5 miles from my home) and to see the Oregon Coast! My walkabout is beginning later this year!

      Happy to have provided some inspiration! I’m constantly updating this list – it’s always growing! 🙂

    I live in another part of Louisiana about 4-5 hours away from New Orleans depending on the traffic and how fast you drive. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is definitely fun. You will most likely see someone famous during the parades they have and probably throwing beads down below from the terrace. There a number of famous people who have homes in New Orleans. You can also, I believe, pay $150 to pet a penguin at the aquarium in New Orleans so there could be a possibility of hugging one. You would obviously have to do some more digging into that. The aquarium was really great. I didn’t get a chance to pet the penguin that time but I will next time I go.

    An incredible and great list! And an inspiration to others 😉
    That picture of you, on these rocks: is it in Iceland (Reynisdrangar at that black lava beach?). Nice picture anyway!

    A bucket list is a weird thing… the more I travel the more I have the impression of “nothing seen yet, there are soooo many interesting places and people ” 🙂

    I don’t understand people (or a little bit) who return to the same place every year, for 20 years or more. I think I’m the curious type of traveller. And I see many more here in all the comments.

      Yes, those are the very rocks!

      And I agree – the more I travel, the longer my bucket list seems to get!

    I like your list but, um, having a Voodoo Donut in Portland is hardly an adventure. Unless waiting in line to eat a mediocre donut seem adventurous to you. Oregon has lots of adventures – how about rafting on the Deschutes or Rogue rivers? Hike on Mt. Hood? Heck, see how many brew pubs you can visit in a day. All more adventurous and enjoyable than a donut with Cap’n Crunch cereal on it. 😉

      Hey, to each their own! 😉

    I love your Bucketlist Amanda! I decided back in 2013 to actively pursue my bucketlist as well! I currently have 210 things listed that I am actively pursuing. I personally broke mine down similar to yours: Adventure Travel, Adventure Activities, Personal Growth, Helping Others, and one thing that I feel is often overlooked on bucketlists, Making Amends!
    I wish you continued luck on your pursuits and love following you on facebook and others. Hopefully one day, my list can inspire others like yours does!
    Live Like a Lion (or Lioness)

    Amanda, I LOVE your bucket list! I have done quite a few from your lists and got new ideas today. Do you have an instagram account? What’s your instagram handle?

      I sure do! You can find me on just about every social network @dangerousbiz

    Your list is so awesome! I’m inspired to make one of my own!

    In just in case you haven’t heard: Larch valley in Banff is best in the early fall. Often mid to late September. The larch trees the area is famous for turn gold.

      I was in the area in September two years ago, but unfortunately didn’t have time for the hike. Next time!

    Hey Amanda! Wow, just discovered your blog recently, should have seen it before! Your bucket list is just awesome, there are so many things similar to yours that I would like to do! (Hug a penguin is definitly a must :p). And I thought I knew Europa pretty well haha, but because of your list I will need to go back there soon! 😉 Hope you don’t mind if I take some ideas for my trip on the West Coast (from Vancouver to SF)!
    (By the way, if you pass through Montréal, let me know I will tell you where you can find the best poutines ever :D)

    Hi Amanda,
    How are you? I thought I would reach out to you, not only to say how much I am enjoying your blog, but also because I’m hoping you’d consider discussing your bucket list (& how it came about) with me via messenger, text or by phone for my blog Bucket List Bound. My site is all about lists like yours, how you accomplish your goals & how your life has changed since it’s creation. Please let me know what you think and, regardless, thank you so much for your time & all of the inspiration!

      Feel free to shoot me an email – adangerousbusiness[at]gmail[dot]com

    That’s an ambitious list! It brings back many fond memories. The Greeks have a saying that permeates the culture, OPA!
    Most american’s have heard it and many associate the word with a Greek wedding and smashing plates. But it has a much broader meaning. I once asked a Greek man that had spent a number of years in america the meaning of the word. So, there was no bypassing in communications as he spoke English fluent and I was a patron of his establishment for a number of years. He told me that it was a mantra of life, basically NO FEAR.

    So, OPA! My recommendation for the Kentucky Derby…the infield. This is the best people watching event in the world, the Indy 500 is a distant 2nd. The real people are in the infield, get there early to pick a good spot. The Preakness is a drunk fest, they sell all you can drink beer and wine tickets and I would recommend the Grandstands after tailgating. If you feel the need for a sophisticated event wait for the Belmont Stakes as it’s much cheaper and you are more likely to run into celebrities and it’s more low key then the Derby. VIP tickets at reasonable prices are readily available if you buy early. I had the fortune of doing all 3 races the year that American Pharoah won the triple crown and the buzz was electrifying.

    OPA, very fitting with you blog name and attitude, NO FEAR!.

    Happy travels

    I am so envious of your life being able to travel so much that is always something I have wanted to do more. I have been to several places but not near as many as yourself or done as many! However, I did see Easter Island, Chile on your list. My grandfather owns Iorana Hotel which is on one of the nicest views of the island. My family runs the business. If you get back to me on when you want to go I can get with my grandfather and see if he can work something out with you
    on a room and tours of the island. Just let me know 🙂 I will be going either this year or next year to visit the island and my family. 🙂

      That’s so kind of you! I have no idea when I’ll finally make it to Easter Island, but I know I will one day!

    Wow, this is the biggest bucket list I’ve ever seen. What’s bigger than a bucket? A tub? This is a tub list. You’ve got quite the life ahead of you!

    On your 7 days barefoot goal, if you haven’t already listen to the Freakanomics podcast on shoes (here: It’ll inspire you to get that one crossed off ASAP.

      The scarier thing is that I’m constantly adding things to this list! 😉

    Hi Amanda, I was just looking for a blog about South Africa to help me plan our next trip when I bumped into yours…I just love the way you describe things and how real and pragmatic you are. It is well structured and really nice to read! So congratulations on that!
    And I can help you with one item on your list. I am a French living in Munich since years, and having some time in October this year, so, if you are interested in the Oktoberfest in Munich, I can help you with that one…maybe visiting Neuschwanstein on your way…This is the Disney Fairy Tale castle and happens to be not far away from Munich. Just let me know if interested this automn 🙂

      Thanks very much for the offer! I won’t be in Europe during Oktoberfest this year, but that’s very kind of you!

    Sad to see that Philippines is not on your list. 🙁

    When you make it to Tasmania you will have to check out Salmon Ponds just near Hobart. Such a lovely, relaxing place, feed the fish, see a platypus and have a great afternoon tea at the Cafe.

    Love your bucket list and how extensive it is…and how much of it you have crossed off! I keep my list in my head, but need to right it down. I thought I’d share a few places I have been to on your list that you haven’t crossed off yet. We lived in Germany from 2012-2016 as expats so we traveled as much as we could. Road trip to Slovenia, driving the autobahn (many times…and it is as fun as it sounds), hiked the Dolomites (and skied as well), Gondola in Venice, Skellig Michael (a must), the Vatican, Cinque Terre (we’ve been twice and is one of our favorites. You should put the Amalfi Coast on your list as well), Plitvice Lakes (we loved it), Neuschwanstein Castle (I’ve lost count how many times we visited, but it’s a must along with several other castles in Germany), Lofoten Islands (we spent 21 days in Norway in September 2018, one of my favorite trips I’ve every taken), Hopewell Rocks (we spent 12 days traveling to NB & NS last fall (if the border was open, we would probably head back to Canada this year), Montreal (I was there years ago, but we have visited Quebec City 3 times since 2016 and we love it), Great Smokey Mountains (we lived in North Carolina for 8 years), driving the Pacific Coast Hwy for our Honeymoon and then years later with our 3 kids (of course we stopped and camped in the Redwoods. Fall foliage in New England…we currently live in Massachusetts and it is beautiful. I do have a blog, but it’s more a personal blog. I keep thinking I need to create a travel blog. We would travel non-stop if we could 🙂

      My list just keeps getting longer! Haha. But it is fun to cross things off.

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