My Bucket List

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

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 achieved Apr14!

Stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia achieved Nov13! 

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 achieved Oct17!

Climb a volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Visit Hobbiton, New Zealand achieved Aug14!

Trek Milford Sound, New Zealand

Drink icy cold dry whites, Margaret River, WA

Stay in an overwater bungalow, Bora Bora, Tahiti achieved Apr19! It was Moorea but I’m claiming it, achieved Apr19!

Float in the Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands achieved Jun16!


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 Japan achieved Feb13!TICK! Completed February 2013

Freeze my buns off at the Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan achieved Feb13! d February 2013   

Freeze something else off at the Harbin Ice Festival, China

Eat okonomiyaki in Osaka, Japan – coming Nov19!

Drink Asahi at the factory, Japan it was Sapporo but I’m claiming it, achieved February 2013! 

Drown myself in cherry blossoms, Japan

Go leaf peeping in Autumn, Japan – coming November 2019!

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) in 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!) achieved in Bali July 2018!

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 achieved  April 2015!

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

Pay my respects at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey achieved  April 2015!

Turkey…just Turkey, there are too many things to list!! achieved  April 2015!

Sip ouzo while watching the sunset in Santorini, Greece achieved  April 2015!

Feel dizzy at Meteora, Greece achieved  April 2015!

Spot a leaning column at the Acropolis, Greece achieved  April 2015!

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

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


Meet a Masai warrior achieved  February 2018!

Witness a migration river crossing, Kenya or Tanzania

Feed a giraffe from the Manor House, Kenya

Try and count the flamingos achieved at Lake Manyara, Tanzania February 2018!

Watch the migration, Serengeti Plains, Tanzania achieved  February 2018!

Stalk lions in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania achieved  February 2018!

Explore Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania achieved  February 2018!

Stay at a 5 star game lodge with a tent overlooking the waterhole this bit achieved in Madikwe, South Africa February 2018!

and a butler to bring me champagne at sunset in my private plunge pool…

Trek for Gorillas, Rwanda – may have to rethink this one,  definitely requires some fitnesss!

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 icebergs, Antarctica achieved December 2011!


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


  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. 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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