My Bucket List

Ah, the bucket list. So many travellers have written one now, it’s almost a rite of passage. Or maybe it’s a cliche. Either way, I too have a bucket list, and this category is for sharing my experiences as I check things of my list of Thirty Things to do Before I’m Thirty. I’m 27 and I’ve checked off 13 items. To finish in time, I’ll need to cross off 5.6 items per year for the next 3 years. Sounds realistic…

I’ve also got a couple of other lists I’m trying to complete:

Visit Every Continent (6/7) – Antarctica is going to be a real challenge!

See the Seven Wonders of the World (4/7)
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
The Coloseum, Italy
The Great Wall of China, China
Petra, Jordan
Machu Picchu, Peru
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Taj Mahal, India
Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

See the Seven Wonders of the Natural World (5/7)
Iguacu Waterfalls, Brazil / Argentina
Jeju Island, South Korea
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
Table Mountain, South Africa
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Amazon Rainforest, South America

30 Things to do Before I'm 30

  1. Visit Machu Picchu
  2. Fly a Plane
  3. Stay in the Amazon Rainforest
  4. Skydive
  5. See Snow Monkeys in Japan
  6. See Komodo Dragons in the wild
  7. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  8. Visit Madagascar
  9. See Victoria Falls
  10. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  11. Fly in a Helicopter
  12. See the Northern Lights
  13. Visit the Bolivian Salt Flats
  14. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
  15. Sleep for a night in a Hammock in the Jungle
  16. Climb the Great Wall of China
  17. Visit the Egyptian Pyramids
  18. Climb Mount Kinabalu
  19. Walk on a glacier
  20. See the Grand Canyon
  21. See Angkor Wat
  22. Go to the Top of the Empire State Building
  23. See the Meeting of the Waters
  24. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  25. Climb the three highest mountains in the UK (1/3)
  26. Try Archery
  27. See Meerkats in the Wild
  28. Bathe in a Geothermal Pool
  29. Visit Kathmandu
  30. Go on an African Safari

Bucket List No.4:
Skydive in New Zealand

The idea of skydiving wasn’t one that had crossed my mind until a few years ago. Being scared of heights, I suppose it never seemed like the obvious choice for my bucket list. But I started to flirt with the idea a little after my friend told me about his experience skydiving in New Zealand and showed me the video. I liked the fact that, unlike other adrenaline sports such as bungee jumping, you didn’t actually have to jump yourself. Strapped to someone else, they’d do all the scary bit for you, you just had to sit back and try not to have a heart attack! Eventually, after speaking to a few other people about their experiences, I decided that I wanted to do a skydive, specifically in Taupo in New Zealand.

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