Experience List

At the risk of sounding like a snob, instead of calling this page my bucket list, I’m calling it my experience list. 

One of my pet peeves is people referring to “doing” a country. You do a chore, not a country– you travel a country. Same for a bucket list; I don’t like the idea of crossing something off. You’re not running errands and checking them off a list. You’re experiencing awesome things. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled a lot and experienced a lot of cool places and things. Although I’ve done a lot of items on my list, somehow it seems to get longer and longer, weird right?  

Below is the list of experiences I want to have. Highlighted in blue are the ones I’ve already experienced 😉

  • Trek in Nepal
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
  • Swim with dolphins (Mexico 2016)
  • Trek to Machu Picchu (April 2016)
  • Explore the Galápagos Islands (April 2016)
  • Become a certified scuba diver (Magnetic Island, AUS – September 2015)
  • Scuba dive the Silfra Fissure in Iceland
  • Go to Antarctica (headed there!)
  • Trek in Patagonia (March 2016)
  • Ice climb on a glacier (Fox Glacier, NZ – March 2015)
  • Swim with whale sharks (Exmouth, Australia – May 2015; La Paz, Mexico 2016)
  • Go sandboarding (Oregon, August 2017)
  • 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 (kind of do this for my job!)
  • 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 
  • Work a ski season (Crested Butte 2016/2017)
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni
  • Kayak glacial fjords in Greenland 
  • 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)
  • See Angkor Wat at sunrise
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