So my birthday is approaching, which makes me happy because we get to go on holiday, and I will be turning 27 which is one step closer to 30. So it got me thinking of all the things I would love to do before I’m 30, given that I have three years to make it happen, and it’s prompted me to write a bucket list!
I have cheated a little bit, by including five things I have already done, but I definitely consider these to be bucket list moments of my life over the past few years, so they deserve to be included on the list. I know some of these items on my list are absolutely once in a lifetime holidays and experiences, and honestly, I don’t expect to be able to tick them all off in the next three years, so this might end up being a rolling bucket list of forty things to do before I’m 40!
But, here is my absolute dream bucket list of thirty things to do before I’m 30:
Hot air balloon ride
Those of you who read my blogs will know this is something I have already ticked off, and it definitely was up there with one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was lucky enough to do a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey, where every day, weather permitting, 150 hot air balloons grace the sky at sunrise. Even if riding in a hot air balloon isn’t your thing, just watching them all float up over the mountains at sunrise was breath taking.
Swim with turtles
Swimming with turtles out at sea has always been a dream of mine and we were finally able to do this whilst visiting Muscat in December. Sadly, we didn’t have any cameras / go pro with us so we just have the memories to last for this one!
Ryan and I did a skydive with Skydive Dubai when we first moved here in 2015 which I had booked as his birthday present. I don’t really count myself as the daring and adventurous kind, and I’m not sure if I actually would have the courage to do it again, but the skydive over the Palm is one of the most mind blowing moments of my life. The views were insane and we were so lucky that it was such a clear day, we could see for absolutely miles!
Take a cooking class in Asia
A cooking class is such a great way to fully immerse yourself into another culture, and that’s exactly what we did in Nepal. We started by walking to the market to purchase all of the local produce to cook our meals; we got a lift in a tuk tuk back from the market and we got to cook four dishes of local Nepalese food – but eating it was definitely the best part!
Seeing elephants in the wild
When I first decided to go travelling at 19, I spent eight weeks in Thailand, two of which I spent volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park (just an FYI, this is the most amazing place in the whole world). ENP has created a sanctuary for elephants that have been rescued from tourist riding, the logging industry, the circus and many other terrible places that elephants just shouldn’t be. Having spent two weeks with these gorgeous animals, I wanted to see them for myself in the wild, and also with their tusks.
As a surprise, Ryan booked a 5 day holiday to Kenya and took me on safari. Ryan had been speaking with our tour guide and told him how much I love elephants and so he was determined to find some for us. As we were driving through Tsavo National Park our guide started shouting “fresh poo, FRESH POO” and as we drove round the corner we saw a watering hole with an entire herd of ele’s including babies, and the big daddy’s with their huge tusks. I burst into tears, it was one of the most magical moments of my life.
Now for some items on my bucket list I haven’t yet ticked off…
- Go camping in the desert
- Swim with sting rays
- Swim with sharks
- Visit Japan to see the cherry blossom
- Go wine tasting in Cape Town
- Walk along the Great Wall of China
- Ride in a vintage car in the South of France (I would say drive but I’m not a very good driver!)
- Visit the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia
- Camel / donkey ride in Petra, Jordan
- Swim in the dead sea
- Cruise down the River Nile
- Surf in Sri Lanka
- Stay in an igloo (Norway, Switzerland, Austria and Finland)
- See the Northern Lights
- Helicopter ride
- Get married (just over 6 months to go!)
- Go to an England football match
- Buy a house (sadly with all of this travelling, being a proper adult and buying a house is being pushed further and further down my list…)
- Visit the place my Mum was born in Singapore
- Horse riding in the desert / on the beach
- Visit the Pyramids
- Go on safari and stay in a safari lodge
- Visit Alcatraz, San Francisco
- Wine tasting tour in Napa Valley
- Have a BBQ in the desert
We have a few trips planned / pencilled in for this year, but obviously our priority is the wedding in August (and so ticking off number 21 from the list). But, in March I am hoping to tick off number 24 when we visit Singapore and head to either Changi Museum or Changi Beach to see the place where my Mum was born 50 years ago.
So, if anyone has any tips / advice for any of the above items on my list, please let me know as I would welcome all recommendations!