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My Overflowing Travel Bucketlist

Behold my overflowing, ever-changing, updated travel bucket list (and anything in between). What’s yours? Share your link in the comments below.

  1. See the icebergs of Antarctica, either through an expedition or via Patagonia crossing
  2. See the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) from Norway or Alaska (January 2016)
  3. Travel the World – every continent, every city. Experience at least one city or country every year – (half a tick as this is a work in progress)
  4. Visit all UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  5. See the Seven Wonders of the World (old and new)
  6. Stay in a glass igloo at Kakslauttanen, Finland (Bonus: watch the dancing Aurora Borealis) (January 2016)
  7. Trek the 42km Camino Inka (Inca Trail) to reach Machu Picchu, Peru – (December 2012)
  8. Stay in the Ice Hotel, Sweden
  9. Have a White Christmas (December 2016)
  10. Relocate to a Scandinavian country
  11. Visit the equator line, Ecuador
  12. Hike the Norwegian Fjords
  13. Do the hot air balloon thing at Cappadocia, Turkey
  14. Walk the W Trail in Patagonia
  15. Take a travel photography class
  16. See the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge – (April 2014)
  17. Make it on the news – (April 2014)
  18. Backpack South America – (half a tick as the continent is too big!)
  19. Trail the Cinque Terre, Italy
  20. Go ‘Off the Grid’ even for a few days
  21. Selfie with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
  22. Meet the Queen Majesty herself (Bonus: to have tea with HRH)
  23. Make a wish at the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), Italy – (October 2007, September 2011)
  24. Look up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel – (October 2007)
  25. See the current Pope – (October 2007)
  26. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, France – (October 2007, September 2011)
  27. Touristy pose at the leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy – (October 2007)
  28. See the Ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or Belize
  29. Visit Australia’s “Big Things“. So far:
    • The Big Merino, Goulburn NSW (2011, 2012, 2014)
    • The Big Prawn, Ballina NSW (February 2015)
    • The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour NSW (February 2015)
  30. Drive through the Italian countryside
  31. Fly First Class on any airline, to any destination
  32. Negotiate/bargain to get a free upgrade to First Class on any airline
  33. Visit more Abandoned Wonders of the world
  34. Go to Fiji (Bonus: visit Castaway Island) – (February 2008)
  35. Sample ‘weed’ for the first (and only) time in Amsterdam – (October 2007)
  36. Have a serving of ‘hoppers’ and escargots – (September 2007)
  37. Make a Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace crack a smile
  38. Make and take hilarious photos at Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats), Bolivia – (December 2012)
  39. Watch the Grand Prix de Monaco
  40. See the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  41. Master the Spanish language
  42. Master the French language
  43. Learn to snowboard
  44. Snowboard in the French Alps
  45. Have my first taste of beer by celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany (Bonus: Lowenbrau tent) – October 2007
  46. Float in the Dead Sea
  47. Drink German Eiswein (ice wine) along the Rhine River, Germany – (October 2007)
  48. Run with the bulls in Spain
  49. Knee deep in tomatoes at La Tomatina, Spain
  50. Drive along the Great Ocean Road VIC, Australia – (June 2014)
  51. Skydive at 15,000 feet – (November 2014)
  52. Do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
  53. Get published online, magazine or book – (1995, 2005 -2012)
  54. Ride a hot air balloon – (2005)
  55. Go to Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne Cup (Bonus: get an exclusive invite to the Emirates marquee)
  56. Revel in the Rio Carnivale atmosphere – (February 2013)
  57. Hire a car and road trip across Western and Eastern Europe
  58. Zipline
  59. Make a snowman and snowangel (December 2015-January 2016)
  60. Visit a concentration camp – (October 2007, October 2011)
  61. Stay at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai UAE
  62. Eat authentic crepe in Paris – (September 2007, September 2011)
  63. Attach a padlock on the ‘Love Lock Bridge’ in Paris, France
  64. Watch the Grand Prix de Monaco
  65. Experience caravan or RV travel
  66. Purchase my first leather journal from Florence, Italy – (September 2007)
  67. Visit the Vatican City, Italy – (September 2007, September 2011)
  68. Ride a Segway – (October 2011)
  69. Get married to the love of my life in an intimate ceremony – (September 2011)
  70. Start a travel blog and maintain it – (half a tick as it’s still a WIP)
  71. Trek to Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal
  72. Trek Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  73. See the gigantic stone heads of Easter Island, Chile
  74. Participate in either a half marathon
  75. Participate in the Sydney City to Surf
  76. Take at least one cooking class – (December 2012)
  77. Utter the phrase “F*cking Brugge” (from the movie In Brugges) in Brugge, Belgium – (October 2011)
  78. See Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, UK – (July 2009)
  79. Spend New Years Eve/Day in another timezone – (January 2013)
  80. Walk the Great Wall of China
  81. Photograph the East Gallery (former Berlin Wall), Germany – (October 2011)
  82. See/experience snow in Switzerland – (October 2007)
  83. Visit Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian and Brazilian sides – (February 2013)
  84. Throw away the map and get ‘lost’ in a city – (September 2007 and all the time)
  85. Visit the ruins of City of Pompeii, Italy (Bonus: spot the p*nis symbols etched on the pavement) – (October 2007)
  86. Write a letter to Juliet and stick it with a piece of gum on the wall in Venice – (October 2007, September 2011)
  87. Gamble in Las Vegas, USA – (February 2013)
  88. Start my own business – Permanently quit the 9to5 grind to follow my passion (Bonus: earn money while doing it)
  89. Walk a Red Carpet event
  90. Dine at Heston Blumenthals’ Fat Duck Restaurant either in the UK or Australia (launch 2015)
  91. Try at least one new and unusual dish every year – (half a tick as this will be a neverending feat)
  92. Sponsor a child
  93. Go back to my birth country of Philippines and explore
  94. Donate my hair for cancer to be made as wigs – (November 2012)
  95. Be a tourist in my own home town – (December 2009)
  96. Retire early
  97. Travel until I die!
  98. Keep adding to this bucketlist


(Featured Image: Me atop Huayna Picchu overlooking the beauty that is Machu Picchu or Machu Pikchu, a 15th-century Inca site)


    • Ailene Rhea says

      Thank you! I would love to do more & the list just keeps growing =) What about you?


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    • hahahaha I totally agree!!! I just thought just in case I don’t get to one place, Plan B, C & D would be good haha Thanks for dropping by!


  3. onceuponatimeinnightmareland says

    Amazing, inspiring. I want to create an open bucket list too! thanks for the idea – and keep fulfilling your dreams! 🙂


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  5. Finding My Inner Zen says

    Great bucket list. I love it! 🙂

    I’ve oftentimes though of writing one down (I feel like it’s all in my head), but think this may have finally inspired me to do so! 🙂

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    • Thank you very much. Tell you a secret – it took me years before I finally decided to write the list down haha It was all in my head too but during my travels, I found that bucket lists were always coming up in conversations. I’m glad it’s inspired you to publicize a list – tag me on your post once you’ve done it so I can read it and get some inspiration =)


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