Bucket List

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us” — Charles Bukowski.

I know how cliche it is when someone overuses famous quotes, but sometimes I can’t help myself! The Bukowski quote above is by far my favourite quote of all time. I feel like it is almost our duty to do the most and best we can with what little time we’re given. It is never too late to start living which is why I have a bucket list to keep track of my achievements, my best experiences and my biggest goals. Having a bucket list and a clear view of your goals can serve as a great motivator and roadmap.

My bucket list is largely travel-oriented because it is my greatest passion and it plays a huge role in my life. To travel means to step out of your comfort zone and experience things you have never experienced before. It is through travel that we can truly get to know ourselves and grow in ways we never would have imagined. I recently reached the 50 country milestone and have no plans of slowing down!

My bucket list is constantly changing. Whenever I strike something off, I find myself adding 5 new things to it. I guess that’s a good thing. As we grow and experience new things, it is only normal for our bucket list to change. I have divided this post up into bucket list items I’ve already ticked of and the ones I haven’t done yet.

Personal Bucket List Achievements

  • Founded a popular student society at my university
  • Completed two Masters degrees in Scotland and the Netherlands
  • Helped create and grow Affairs Today (now Pynx Media), an original media outlet written by and for millennials.
  • Spent a year living as a digital nomad (travelling the world and working for myself)
  • Consistently wrote for my blog (you’re on it!)
  • Changed my career path and successfully pivoted into the tech world
  • Set up a number of side projects, ventures and investments
  • Learned to speak 5 languages
  • Learned to play the guitar and continue to play music after 15 years

Travel Bucket List Achievements

  1. Took a boat on the West Lake in Hangzhou in China which was named the most beautiful spot on earth by Marco Polo
  2. Attended the Dalai Lama’s teachings in his adopted hometown of McLeod Ganj in India and received a blessing from him
  3. Swam with Sharks in the Dominican Republic
  4. Petted fully grown wolves in Hungary
  5. Held a small crocodile in Spain
  6. Petted a lion cub in Hungary
  7. Held and fed a tiger in Mexico
  8. Saw Chichen Itza and climbed the great pyramid of Coba in Mexico
  9. Did a 4 day Trek up to the Snow Line in the Himalayas
  10. Saw the sun rise over and climbed the Mount Bromo volcano in Indonesia
  11. Rode the Shanghai Maglev, the fastest train in the world
  12. Volunteered for an underfunded school in the north of India
  13. Drank a Singapore Sling cocktail on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore
  14. Swam with Dolphins in Egypt
  15. Quad Biked in the Sahara Dessert
  16. Rode a Camel in the Sahara Dessert
  17. Swam in a Cenote in Mexico
  18. Walked the Caminito del Rey in Spain
  19. Drank Organic Luwak Coffee –the most expensive coffee in the world- in Indonesia
  20. Travelled through the Scottish highlands
  21. Visited Alhambra in Granada, Spain
  22. Travelled by boat in Venice
  23. Saw the Coliseum in Rome
  24. Visited the Vatican and saw the Sistine Chapel
  25. Travelled through Transylvania and saw Bran’s (Dracula’s) Castle in Romania
  26. Took a boat out onto Oslofjord during winter in Oslo
  27. Saw the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur at night
  28. Walked around the Borbodur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  29. Saw the leaning tower of Pisa
  30. Climbed the Eiffel Tower
  31. Saw the remains of the Berlin Wall
  32. Saw the monument of the discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal
  33. Visited Moroccan spice markets in Tangiers, Fes and Meknes
  34. Attended the carnival in Cologne, Germany
  35. Crossed the arctic circle in Finland
  36. Visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
  37. Visited the Meteora monasteries in Greece
  38. Visited the Parthenon and Accropolis in Athens
  39. Explored the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  40. Kayaked through Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
  41. Ate Thai and Vietnamese street food
  42. Watched the sun set over Mostar bridge in Bosnia
  43. Saw Lake Bled and Lake Bohijn in Slovenia
  44. Visited Stonehenge
  45. Hitchhiked across borders from Slovenia to Croatia, from Bosnia to Slovenia and from Spain to Portugal
  46. Washed an elephant in Thailand
  47. Walked along the rocky coast of the Algarve in Portugal
  48. Camped on the beach in Nerja, Spain
  49. Joined a drum circle in Beneficio, a secluded hippy commune in Spain
  50. Swam in ice cold water in the Oulu River in Finland
  51. Roadtripped through Iceland
  52. Explored the amazing Bagan in Myanmar
  53. Accidentally crashed a Burmese wedding
  54. Came face to face with a wild rhino in the wild on a walking safari at Chitwan National Park in Nepal
  55. Visited the the Great Wall of India and the Kumbalgarh Fort in Rajasthan, India
  56. Went skiing on the biggest indoor slope in the middle of the desert in Dubai
  57. Ate sushi at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo
  58. Ate Fugu (the most deadly food in the world) in Osaka, Japan
  59. Ate real Kobe Beef in Kobe
  60. Saw Mount Fuji
  61. Peaked into North Korea from the Odusan Observatory in South Korea
  62. Drank rum, smoked cigars and rode in old cars in Cuba
  63. Saw Christ the Redeemer and climbed the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
  64. Drank a Caipirinha on Copacabana Beach
  65. Visited Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian and Brazilian side and rode a boat into the falls.

Personal Bucketlist Goals

  1. Write and record an album
  2. Establish myself and my career in the tech industry
  3. Write and publish my own book
  4. Start my own business
  5. Turn my blog into an influential platform for tech, business, travel and personal growth
  6. Learn how to paint
  7. Learn to code properly
  8. Become skilled in meditation and yoga
  9. Master the Wim Hof method
  10. Push my physical limits

Travel Goals

  1. Visit as many countries in the world as possible (CURRENTLY 57)
  2. See the New 7 Wonders of the World + The Pyramid of Giza (CURRENTLY 4/8)
  3. See penguins on the shores of South Africa
  4. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  5. Trek to the Mount Everest base camp
  6. Trek the Inca Trail in Peru
  7. Dance tango in Argentina
  8. See Chernobyl in Ukraine
  9. Go skydiving
  10. Travel to Antarctica
  11. Go whale watching
  12. Travel the Silk Road
  13. Do a real African safari
  14. Experience the great Serengeti migrations
  15. See the Moai heads in Easter Island
  16. Visit the Amazon in Brazil
  17. See the Northern lights
  18. Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  19. See the sparkling beach of the Vadhoo Islands in the Maldives
  20. Listen to live blues in New Orleans
  21. Go on a road trip through the United States.
  22. Visit the Holy Land
  23. Pilgrim to Fairbanks Bus 142
  24. Visit New York City
  25. Walk down Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  26. See the Masai people in Kenya
  27. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  28. Ride the Trans Siberian Railway
  29. Surf in Hawaii
  30. Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda/Uganda
  31. See Ayer’s rock, Australia
  32. Ride a hot air balloon
  33. Climb the Empire State Building in New York
  34. Play a game of roulette in Las Vegas
  35. Go white water rafting
  36. See the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland
  37. Sit on the edge of Trolltunga in Norway
  38. Hike in the Dolomites in Italy
  39. Visit the Grand Canyon
  40. Visit Tibet
  41. See Timbuktu, Mali
  42. Visit Greenland
  43. Visit the Faroe Islands
  44. Feed hyenas in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  45. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  46. Attend Rio Carneval
  47. Play football in Brazil
  48. See the Terracotta Army in China
  49. See the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
  50. Go to the Pamplona bull run during San Fermin, Spain
  51. Do falconry
  52. Attend a football World Cup