04 Dec 30 Things to Do Before I’m 30
The other day I realised I had never created a bucket list. But a bucket list is usually a list of things to do before you die and I thought it would be better to create a list of goals with a bit of a time limit on it. Over time priorities change and I’m sure this list will change too.
Hence, 30 things to do before 30.
I’m currently 26 (turning 27 in June 2014), so that gives me a total of 3.5 years to do these things. Some of them are travel goals, and some are personal goals I’ve set for myself.
Who knows if I’ll manage to complete all of these by the age of 30 (we’ll see if my bank balance allows it!), but it’s nice to see my goals in print to help motivate me a little bit more. This isn’t a plan for an around the world trip, just a list of things I’d like to fit in at some point. I’m guilty of repeating the same destinations- I’ve visited Australia 4 times, and Portugal…well I’ve lost count. I’ve already done some pretty epic things like skydiving in Belgium and Byron Bay, swimming with wild sea lions in Australia, camel riding through the Sahara, floating in the Dead Sea in Israel, watching sunset over temples in Myanmar, and hiking to Pulpit Rock in Norway. I’ve gambled in Las Vegas, slept on a yacht in Monaco and drunk a beer bigger than my head at Oktoberfest. So on the whole I feel I’ve accomplished quite a lot, but there are still so many things I’d like to do. We’re only on this planet once and none of us know when our time will be up, so I’d better get cracking.
1. Publish an e-book *in progress*
I’ve been saying I’m going to publish an e-book for quite a while, but I haven’t actually done it. I’m going to set my deadline and work towards getting that done. I’m not going to give away the titles just yet, but I have a couple in the pipeline.
2. Climb Kilimanjaro
I’ve been wanting to do my first big mountain climb for quite a while and after reading Johnny Ward’s How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro, I’ve decided I’m going to rock-up in Tanzania and just go with it. I realise altitude sickness is the major problem, but I’m willing to give it my best shot and hopefully I’ll be standing at the summit.
3. Drink a shot of vodka in Russia- (expected June this year!)
I’ve always had a vision of myself visiting Russia in the depths of winter, wearing a fur hat and slamming shots of vodka. Not that I follow stereotypes or anything 😉 Of course there’s more to the place than vodka, and I do fancy doing some sightseeing in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.
4. Get some perspective on the salt flats in Bolivia
Every time I see my friends’ photos on the salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia, I immediately think “I MUST go there!” I love fooling around taking photos, and these salt flats are the perfect place to do that. Bolivia has a really diverse and interesting landscape, and I was fascinated by the stories of San Pedro prison when I read the book “Marching Powder” over the summer.
5. Drive Scotland’s Whisky Trail
I love whisky! This is my spirit of choice on a night out, so I figured; why not enjoy a spectacular road trip through Whisky Country, stopping at distilleries for a dram or two along the way! Definitely sounds like my idea of fun and the scenery would be spectacular. No drinking and driving of course.
6. See the Northern Lights (attempted Jan 2015)
I’m sure the Northern Lights is on a lot of bucket lists- what’s not to love about this beautiful natural phenomenon of lights in the night sky? I really loved Norway, so I would consider going up to Trømso to see them, or perhaps I could head on over to Iceland as I’ve never been there before.
7. Go to Burning Man
Burning Man is one of the best festivals in the world- check out this video to Dr. Zeuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”. I’ve spent the last two summers in the USA but I’ve always left it to the last minute to get tickets and you really need to be organised with an RV, a group of friends and plenty of bizarre outfits. I’m going to try to plan ahead one year and obtain the tickets when they’re released.
8. Madagascar completed!
I love watching nature programs and Madagascar looks like a really epic adventure. The island is home to some pretty unique wildlife, including this dancing animal:
9. Have one Internet-less vacation
Because of the travel blog and my online business, I spent an AWFUL lot of time looking for WiFi, uploading photos on my phone, updating Twitter and responding to emails. I’d like to have one Internet-less vacation where I don’t take any electronics and literally just relax on a remote island somewhere.
10. Play airport-roulette
This would be so much fun to do! I would literally show up to the airport with a suitcase and hop on the next flight to somewhere completely new! I love being spontaneous and I think this qualifies don’t you?
11. Drive on the other side of the road completed
Every time I go to a country where they drive on the other side of the road, I chicken out. I’ve driven around Bali, Australia and Malaysia, but they all drive on the left side of the road like in the UK! Time to build up my confidence and take a road trip.
12. Party at Carnaval in Brazil
I love a good festival, and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro looks like one epic excuse to party. While I’m in Brazil I might as well check out some of the incredible sights this country has to offer, including Iguazu Falls, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf mountain and the beaches of Ipanema.
13. Start singing again (started singing lessons Feb 2015)
Believe it or not I used to sing…then I had one bad audition and I stopped altogether. I’d like to take lessons up again and get back into the swing of things, just because it’s something I enjoy doing.
14. Visit Cape Town
Cape Town looks like a sweet spot in a beautiful setting, and I’d love to spend a month riding the bus around South Africa. I wouldn’t mind renting a car with a friend and driving the scenic Garden Route too.
15. Go to Tomorrowland
If you haven’t already heard of Tomorrowland it’s an epic electronic music festival held in Belgium. It looks insane and I’ve heard so many good things about it.
16. Chill out in Hawaii
Next time I’m in the US I’ll definitely look out for cheap flights to Hawaii. Warm weather, waves, beautiful scenery and farm-to-table food…what’s not to love? The question is, which island to choose?
17. Do Hogmanay
At some point I’d like to ring in the New Year at the world’s ultimate NYE celebration. Hogmanay in Scotland involves three days of partying, with stret parties, live concerts, spectacular events and a spectacular Torchlight Procession to mark the opening.
18. See the Plitvice Lakes completed
I keep seeing incredible photos around the Internet of the Plitvice lakes in Croatia and it makes me want to hop on the next flight.
19. Have an Alaskan adventure
There’s something that draws me to the wilderness of Alaska. I love the outdoors and Alaska has such a fascinating landscape with glaciers, fishing towns, empty coves and mountains. There’s also the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife including brown bears, eagles, humpback whales, caribou and sea lions!
20. Eat sushi in Japan
I’m a huge sushi addict and I can’t get enough of the stuff, so I’ll happily visit Japan just so I can eat the world’s best sashimi. I’ve heard good things about Kyoto so I’d like to visit during cherry blossom season and see some of the beautiful Japanese temples.
21. Cinque Terre, Italy
I’ve been to Italy many times but I’ve yet to make it to Cinque Terre. The colourful seaside towns are a photographer’s dream.
22. Learn to Ski
I have never skied in my life, and I’ve only taken one snowboarding lesson on an indoor snow slope in Manchester (I was battered and bruised all over). As I was growing up my Mum only ever wanted to go to beach destinations, so we never went anywhere with snow. I’d like to finally take a winter break and learn to ski.
When I dream of Cuba I imagine 1950s cars, Havana club rum, big fat cigars and amazing beaches. For Americans it’s difficult to travel to Cuba, but being from the UK I can travel there with relative ease. I should take the opportunity to see it now because I’m sure it will be like nowhere I’ve ever visited.
24. Improve my photography/video skills
I love photography and making Youtube videos, but there’s always time for self-improvement. I want to upgrade my cameras and perhaps take a short course to hone the skills I already have. I recently started selling some stock photography, and I’d like to make more videos so I can build up the number of subscribers on my Youtube channel.
26. Sit on this beach in Zanzibar
Do I need to even explain why? If you’re wondering, this is Paje beach.
27. Go to a football game completed
I say I’m a Manchester United supporter, but I’ve never actually been to a game. I need to change that.
28. Go Horseback Riding in Argentina
Argentina is a country with a strong history of horses and the ‘gaucho’ is a strong cultural symbol of the country. Argentina looks like it has an amazing landscape and so I quite fancy visiting a ranch and going horseback riding. I’d also like to do a tango lesson in Buenos Aires.
29. Get seriously fit
Earlier this year I went to Phuket and began my efforts to stay in shape while traveling– we’re talking paleo, body weight exercises, swimming…you name it I was doing it. I’ve had a few setbacks of late but I want to try to keep that consistent and get seriously fit because it feels so damn good. I have always been pretty bad at sports…well awful actually. I was more of a cross country runner, a gymnast and a dancer…not a netball or hockey player. I’d like to take up a sport that I could be OK at. I’ll settle for OK.
30. Live somewhere *now living in Manchester
And I don’t just mean staying in Phuket for a month, or crashing at my Mum’s house between trips. I mean actually put down rent money and having a base and all that jazz.
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