My Bucket List

Here it is: final proof that the world is simply too big for one lifetime.

This list is by no means complete, just what I could think of off the top of my head right now.  It also includes all those cool places you need to visit to get from one place to the next.  Feel free to give me your suggestions!

So in no particular order, and not counting all the places and experiences I would love to repeat, here are some of the things I’d like to experience before I peg off…

South West Pacific

See the many changing colours of Uluru, Australia  TICK!  Completed April 2014

Stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia TICK!  Completed November 2013 – Surprise 40th birthday treat for my bestie

Bumble about in the Bungle Bungles, Australia

Get my Croc on in Kakadu, Australia

Bump along on a sunrise camel trek, Broome, Australia

Have a wild dolphin encounter, Monkey Mia, Australia

Cycle around Lord Howe Island, Australia

Swim with Humpback Whales, Tonga

Climb a volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Visit Hobbiton, New Zealand

Trek Milford Sound, New Zealand

Drink icy cold dry whites, Margaret River, WA

Stay in an overwater bungalow, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Float in the Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands


Watch the sun come up at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

See the caves & waterfalls of Luang Prabang, Laos

Consider floating in a tube, Vang Vieng Laos

Meet the hill tribes of Sapa, Vietnam

Sink my toes into white sand on Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Visit the really old garden gnomes Entombed Warriors, China

Come face to face with a Panda in Chengdu, China (and hopefully cuddle??)

Watch the cormorant fishermen of Guilin, China

Learn Tai Chi on The Bund, Shanghai, China

Listen to throat singers in a yurt (or ger), Mongolia

Travel the Trans Siberian Railway from start to finish with at least 3 stops enroute

Visit the snow monkeys of JapanTICK! Completed February 2013

Freeze my buns off at the Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan – TICK! Completed February 2013   

Freeze something else off at the Harbin Ice Festival, China

Eat okonomiyaki in Osaka, Japan

Drink Asahi at the factory, Japan I’m claiming this as it was the Sapporo factory and I think it’s a better beer so TICK! Completed February 2013

Drown myself in cherry blossoms, Japan

Look for the Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace, Tibet

Hike in the Himalayas (okay, so may need to do some work for this one!)

Stay at the Lake Palace, Udaipur India

Bid for a camel at the Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan India

Shoot tigers (with my camera) from elephant back, India

Witness sunrise and sunset at the Taj Mahal, India

Find out what all the fuss is about, Boracay Philippines

Have a beer at the Hobbit Bar, Manila Philippines

Swim with jellyfish, Palau

Swim with Manta Rays, Mirconesia or Fiji (I’m not fussy!)

Feed an Orang Utan, Sepilok Borneo, Malaysia

Fall into azure water, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Middle East

Brave the Jumeirah Sceirah in a ‘burqini’, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai

Explore Petra, Jordan

Watch the sun come up at Wadi Rum, Jordan

Swim the Red Sea, Egypt

Float in a felucca, Egypt

Amaze at ancient wonders, Syria


Play the Eurovision Song Contest Drinking Game AT Eurovision

Hot Air Ballooning, Cappadocia Turkey – stay tuned for April 2015!

Shop for a rug, Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey – April 2015!

Pay my respects at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey  – UPDATE!!!  Have a double pass to go 2015 100 year anniversary!!!!!

Turkey…just Turkey, there are too many things to list!!

Sip ouzo while watching the sunset in Santorini, Greece – hopefully a side trip from Turkey in 2015

Feel dizzy at Meteora, Greece

Spot a leaning column at the Acropolis, Greece

Risk my stomach at Djemma el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco

Burn my nasal hair at the tanneries in Fez, Morocco

Stay in a bedouin tent, Sahara Desert

Visit Provence during Lavender season, France

Experience a White Christmas

Rent a villa in Sicily, Italy (and countless other Italian locations!!)

Stay up all night during a ‘white night’ St Petersburg, Russia

Compare tusks with a walrus, Svalbard, Norway

Say no to tasting rotten whale blubber, Greenland

Actually getting a decent photograph of the Northern Lights, Arctic Circle  I’m claiming this even if my photos may not count as ‘decent’ so TICK! Completed in Iceland, January 2014

Seeing the closest thing we have to a unicorn, a narwhal, Arctic Circle


Leap with a Masai warrior, Kenya

Feed a giraffe from a Manor House, Kenya

Try and count the flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Watch the migration, Serengeti Plains, Tanzania

Stalk lions in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Explore Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Stay at a 5 star game lodge with a tent overlooking the waterhole and a butler to bring me champagne at sunset in my private plunge pool…

Trek for Gorillas, Rwanda

Visit the buried churches, Ethiopia

Go Lemur spotting, Madagascar

See gorillas on the beach and surfing hippos, Gabon

North America

Creep myself out on a cemetery tour, New Orleans

Yellowstone National Park in winter

Drive from LA to San Fran

Spend Fall kicking leaves in Maine and Vermont

Feel the majesty of the Rockies

Learn some French in Montreal

Find Polar Bears in Churchill

Go gaga for Grizzlies fishing for salmon

Marvel at millions of Monarch Butterflies during the migration, Mexico

South America

NOT wear an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini on Copacabana Beach, Brazil

Carnival, Rio – I don’t think I need to elaborate

Find the worlds largest rodent in the Pantanal, Brazil

Shop for emeralds, Colombia

Cruise the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica


But in the meantime, feel free to tell me what you think I should add!


7 thoughts on “My Bucket List”

  1. I love your list! What a great idea. 🙂 I’ve had many of the same dreams, and have started crossing them off my list with a vengeance in the last 2 years. I’m heading to Laos and Cambodia next. Happy travels!


  2. Your list is great – indeed. I do love it. What comes to Europe, and to Finland there is every winter:

    World’s biggest Snow Castle 2011.

    I visit it every year and my newest post will be published at the end of this year. I recommend visiting it. Every year there is a new theme. If You are curious to see how it was in 2012, then take a look at my YouTube channel.

    Happy travel.


  3. Andy Hayward said:

    Hi Ol, Incredible photo’s do you have any of a stinging nettle, stung child?xx My little addition to your bucket list/slight adjustment is to book a taxi to take you to Angkor Wot, pay the driver to take you to Ta Promh ( The jungle temple) straight after early morning- no tourists ,mist ,parrots and monkeys and lots of photo moments. Then after that, go to the temple of a 1000 doors (needs to be done early morning or lots of people wander into your shot just at the wrong moment). Also in South Africa, do a sunset walk with cheetahs – the nicest puddy tats in the world, listening to them purr so loudly that your toes vibrate is one of the nicest things in the world.xx Andy


    • Oh that sounds magical! I’ll definitely have to make the addition! I have woken up next to a cheetah purring and licking my hair in Namibia – greatest thing ever! You’re right, their purring has to be heard to be believed. Love to all the family Ol xx


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