Experience List

At the risk of sounding like a snob, I will admit that I hate the idea of checking things off a list. I don’t think traveling to new places or doing certain things should be done only for the sake of saying you’ve done them. Like an errand that you’ve completed and can cross off your to-do list. My bucket list is just as long as the next person’s, but I like to think of it as more than just items I can cross off once I’ve completed them. Most people don’t get to travel as much as I have, and for that I am extremely grateful of all the amazing experiences I’ve had in life. Below is the list of experiences I want to have. Highlighted in blue are the ones I’ve been fortunate to have already experienced.

  • Trek in Nepal
  • Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Galápagos Islands
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Become a certified scuba diver (Magnetic Island, AUS – September 2015)
  • Scuba dive the Silfra Fissure in Iceland
  • Trek in Patagonia
  • Ice climb on a glacier (Fox Glacier, NZ – March 2015)
  • Swim with whale sharks (Exmouth, Australia – May 2015; La Paz, Mexico 2016)
  • Go sandboarding
  • Backpack in the Balkans
  • Island hop in Croatia
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia – April 2015)
  • Go skydiving (Byron Bay, Australia 14,000 feet – July 2015)
  • Go bungy jumping (Queenstown, NZ Nevis Bungy 134m – March 2015)
  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Live in a different country (France – 2010 & 2012-2013, Australia – 2014)
  • Speak another language fluently (French)
  • Learn to surf (Costa Rica – 2006, Hawaii – 2012, France – 2013 & 2014, Australia – 2014)
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Cross-country road trip in the States
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Hold a koala (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, 2014)
  • Feed a kangaroo (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, 2014)
  • Snorkel with turtles (Hawaii – 2012, Australia – 2014)
  • Watch a turtle lay eggs (Tortuguero, Costa Rica, 2006)
  • Watch baby turtles hatch and make a run for it to the ocean
  • Volunteer with dolphins (Shark Bay, Australia – May 2015)
  • Zipline through the jungle (Costa Rica, 2006)
  • Run a half marathon (Rock n’ Roll Half, Virginia Beach, 2012)
  • Visit the glacial lakes in Banff National Park
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni
  • Cruise through the fjords of Norway
  • See the Northern Lights (I’ve seen them as a kid from Montana, and *kind of, maybe* saw them in Iceland (still unsure), but I want to see them from the Laplands in full force)
  • Work a ski season in New Zealand
  • See Angkor Wat at sunrise

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