The birthday “Bucket List” – dream travel destinations

Ever since the 2007 movie “The Bucket List” was released, most of us have been obsessed with compiling our own “Bucket Lists”, cataloguing where we want to travel to, what we want to see and what we want to do before we die.

I’ve dabbled with the “Bucket List” in a journal format and a screen-saver format, but for my birthday this year I figured I’d put it out there for the world to see – for me to share my big dreams with you! Whilst I’ve been fortunate to visit 5 continents, climb Table Mountain, cross the Rockies, safari in the Kruger Park, visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, attend a Fifa World Cup match, stand at the Great Pyramid of Giza, ascend the Eiffel Tower and eat pizza in Rome, there is still so much more to do! Hopefully this list will inspire you to create your own lists and to share them with the travel blogging community.

This list is a “living list”, a work-in-progress, it will never be completed, nor will it ever be stagnant. Enjoy and may it inspire you to join the big dreamers!

1. Visit Antarctica. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by snow, ice and mountains, and Antarctica is the ultimate destination in this regard.

Antarctica – Port Lockroy

2. See Aurora Borealis in Finland.
3. Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia
4. Gaze at the Angel Falls, Venezuela
5. Climb Chichen Itza, Mexico

6. Heli-ski in Canada
7. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
8. Swim with the dolphins in Mozambique
9. Get up close with Orang-utans in Borneo

10. Eat tuna sushi in Japan
11. Drive the Great Ocean Road, Australia
12. Walk the Great Wall of China

13. Visit Petra, Jordan
14. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda/Uganda
15. Cage-dive with the Great White Sharks in False Bay
16. Watch the sun-rise over the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

17. See an active volcano exploding in Hawaii
18. Celebrate Hogmany in Edinburgh
19. Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

20. Take an ice-breaker cruise in the Arctic
21. Watch ice-bergs calving in Patagonia

22. Climb Uluru, Australia
23. Eat Key Lime pie in Key West
24. Watch the sunrise over Mount Sinai
25. Cruise the strip in Las Vegas

26. Eat crab cakes in Maryland
27. Gorge on chocolate in Belgium
28. Visit Mont St Michel

29. Photograph lightning in Monument Valley, Utah

30. Canoe the Okavango Delta
31. Hot air balloon over the Serengeti
32. Dive the Red Sea
33. Motorbike Route 66 in the USA
34. Spot tigers in India

35. Have fun during the Rio Carnival
36. Visit the Taj Mahal, India
37. Trek to Mount Everst base camp
38. Eat Pad Thai in Thailand

39. Sip cocktails at Raffles Hotel in Singapore
40. Have a beach massage in Thailand
41. Travel the Trans-Siberian Express
42. Stand in the Forbidden City, Beijing
43. Helicopter over the Victoria Falls

44. Watch “Old Faithful” at Yellowstone National Park
45. Climb Sydney Harbour bridge and gaze at Sydney Opera House
46. Explore the Lake District, England
47. Celebrate Maris Gras in New Orleans
48. Watch the Winter Balloon Festival in Switzerland
49. Visit the Christmas markets in Prague

50. Float on the Dead Sea
51. Visit Pamukkale in Turkey
52. Drive into the Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania
53. Cruise the Greek Islands
54. Sleep in the Ice Hotel, Sweden

55. Sledge the Cresta Run
56. Eat lobster at the Maine Lobster Festival
57. Take a flutter in Monte Carlo
58. Watch the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti
Serengeti Migrations, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar – June 2011 031

59. Dive Blue Hole, Ambergris Caye, Belize
60. Visit Santa’s Village, Finland
61. Visit Lhasa, Tibet
62. Hang loose in Langkawi, Malaysia
63. Hot air balloon over the Namib Desert, Namibia
64. White water raft the Zambezi River
65. Spot lemurs in Madagascar

66. Photograph a leopard in the wild
67. Fly over the Nazca Lines, Peru

68. Drive through the Californian Redwoods
69. Cruise the Nile River
70. Soak up the sun at the Parthenon, Greece
71. Punt the canals in Venice

72. Stand on Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
73. Canoe Lake Titicaca, Peru
74. Bath in a hot spring, Iceland

75. Get muddy at Rotorua, New Zealand

Phew! What would you add to this list? All suggestions welcome….