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
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
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
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
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!
TO BE CONTINUED…..
But in the meantime, feel free to tell me what you think I should add!
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!
Thanks! This list is what keeps me working 😉 I haven’t even finished it yet, I keep thinking of things I need to add. Lucky you going to Laos and Cambodia, have a fab time!
I know what you mean- I work to travel. 🙂 And there’s no end to the new places that keep ending up on my list!
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.
Thanks for the link, that look amazing! I was lucky enough to visit the Ice Hotel near Kiruna, Sweden several years ago but I’d also love to visit this one some day!
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