Welcome to my ever-growing, ever-changing bucket list!

It sounds a little cliché doesn’t it? A bucket list. But honestly, I much prefer that to boring old ‘things I want to do before I die’! Either way, a bucket list is about living your life to the fullest.

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My bucket list has been a work in progress for years. I add to it, I delete things that aren’t relevant anymore (maybe I don’t want to learn Swahili anymore!) and try as much as I can to tick things off the list.

And what a feeling it is every time I get to tick something off the list and see what I’ve accomplished!

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Without further ado, here’s my ever growing bucket list

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

  1. 7 Continents (4-ongoing)
  2. 100 Countries (24-ongoing)
  3. 32 Counties of Ireland (ongoing)
  4. Live in a foreign country
View of Dubai Marina from JLT
View of Dubai Marina from my apartment in Dubai
  1. Giraffe Manor in Kenya
  2. Skydive over The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
  3. Fly business class ✔
  4. Fly first class
  5. South African Safari ✔
  6. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  7. Hike Everest Basecamp
  8. See the Dragon Blood Trees of Socotra
  9. Swing over Victoria Falls
  10. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  11. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
  12. Sail around the Venetian Islands ✔
  13. Hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu
  14. Cruise Halong Bay ✔
  15. Visit Pompeii, Italy
  16. Ride on the Trans-Siberian railway
  17. See Siem Reap, Cambodia
  18. See the Pyramids in Egypt
  19. Go swimming in the Pink Lake Retba in Senegal
  20. Be a kid in Disneyland, Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
Me being a kid in Hong Kong Disneyland
  1. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower ✔
  2. Trek to the North Pole
  3. Trek to the South Pole
  4. Ride the Orient Express
  5. Tour the Golden Triangle, India ✔
  6. See Rainbow Mountain, Peru
  7. Stay in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
Me on the viewing deck whilst staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
  1. Stay in the Ice Hotel, Sweden
  2. Ride in a Gondola, Venice ✔
  3. Visit Japan during cherry blossom season
  4. See the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands
  5. Climb YuShan, Taiwan
  6. Tour through Vietnam
  7. Swim with whale sharks, Philippines
  8. Cycle through rice fields, Bali
  9. Stand behind Niagara Falls
  10. Island hopping, Thailand
  11. Get the train from St. Petersburg to Moscow, Russia
  12. Ride a train through the Rockies, Canada
  13. Tour around Australia
  14. Go off road driving in New Zealand
  15. Stay in a water villa, Maldives
  16. Cruise through Antarctica
  17. Take a cable car in Langkawi, Malaysia ✔
  18. Visit the butterfly farm in Penang, Malaysia ✔
  19. Go in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
  20. See a show on Broadway, New York ✔
  21. See a show in the West End, London ✔
  22. Climb a giant sand dune in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan ✔
  23. Slide down the Great Wall of China
  24. Attend Carnival in Brazil
  25. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan
Floating in Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea on a trip to Jordan
  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Travel Solo
  3. Travel with a stranger ✔
  4. Walk the Camino, Spain
  5. Visit Chiang Mai, Thailand
  6. Road trip Route 66 in an RV
  7. Stay in a treehouse hotel in Thailand
  8. Gamble in Vegas ✔
  9. See the penguins in Antarctica
  10. Go to the top of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona ✔
  11. Attend a luau, Hawaii
  12. Hike to Wadi Shahab in Oman
  13. Hike the Stairway To Heaven, Fermanagh, Ireland
  14. Visit the black sand beach in Iceland
  15. Trek through the Amazon
  16. Take a fight without knowing the destination
  17. Take the Ella Train, Sri Lanka
  18. Travel to space!

ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST

  1. Take a cruise ✔
  2. Abseil down a waterfall
  3. River tracing
  4. Heli-skiing
  5. Zipline
World's longest zipline
Riding the world’s longest urban zipline over Dubai Marina
  1. Ride in a hot Air Balloon ✔
  2. Stay in a castle
  3. Bathe in hot springs ✔
  4. See a Coral Reef
  5. Stay in a treehouse hotel
  6. Dune bashing in the desert ✔
Dune bashing in the desert
Dune bashing in Dubai’s desert
  1. Climb a mountain ✔
  2. Climb a volcano
  3. Ride a jet ski ✔
  4. Ride a Segway ✔
  5. Ride in a helicopter ✔
  6. Swim in an aquarium
  7. Get a tattoo ✔
Music Tattoo
Not my first and not my last but definitely one of my favorutes
  1. Get a bamboo tattoo
  2. Get a piercing ✔
  3. Zorbing
  4. Rock climbing
  5. Extreme hiking
  6. Sleep on the side of a mountain
  7. Sleep in a tent ✔
  8. Sleep in a yurt
  9. Swim in a crater ✔
  10. Cliff jump
  11. Take a horse drawn carriage
  12. Drink in an Ice Bar
Ice Bar Torassieppi
With my Finland family in the Torassieppi Ice Bar
  1. Glamping
  2. Paragliding
  3. Swim in the ocean ✔
  4. Stand under a waterfall ✔
  5. Swim in a cave
  6. Parasailing
  7. Kitesurfing
  8. Spelunking
  9. Indoor skydiving
  10. Dog sledding
Dog Sledding Lapland
Dog Sledding in Lapland, Finland
  1. Paddle-boarding
  2. Skiing
  3. Cross Country Skiing
  4. Snowboarding
  5. Snowmobiling ✔
  6. Flyboarding
  7. Water-skiing
  8. Skydive
Skydiving in Dubai over Palm Jumeirah
Skydiving in Dubai over Palm Jumeirah
  1. Travel in a submarine
  2. Travel in a tuk tuk ✔
  3. Wakeboarding
  4. Kayaking ✔
  5. Snorkelling ✔
  6. Swim with dolphins
  7. Swim with sea turtles
  8. Swim with manatees
  9. Get up close to an elephant ✔
  10. Hold a hawk ✔
  11. Whitewater Rafting
  12. Attend the Olympic Games
  13. Attend Burning Man
  14. Attend Coachella
  15. Attend Glastonbury
  16. Attend Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  17. Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge
  18. Hold a snake ✔
  19. Hold a monkey ✔
Hanging out with monkeys in India
Hanging out with monkeys in India
  1. Edge Walk CN Tower, Canada
  2. Walk underwater ✔
  3. Sail a boat between two countries
  4. Drive a F1 car
  5. Ice Skating ✔
  6. Paintballing
  7. Walk across a rope bridge
  8. Lay in a sensory deprivation tank
  9. Sleep under the stars ✔
  10. Take a surfing lesson
  11. Hold a tarantula

FITNESS BUCKET LIST

  1. Run 5k ✔
  2. Run 10k
  3. Run a half marathon
  4. Run a marathon
  5. Learn how to box ✔
  6. Do a Tough Mudder
  7. Achieve my target weight
  8. Achieve my ideal fitness level
  9. Summit Kilimanjaro
  10. Take Yoga classes
  11. Be able to do 10 push ups
  12. Be able to do 10 pull ups
  13. Take a pole fitness class

ENTERTAINMENT BUCKET LIST

  1. Be in a TV commercial ✔
  2. Be an extra in a movie ✔
  3. Be in a musical ✔
Musical theatre
One of the musical theatre shows I performed with ADCG
  1. Be in a play ✔
  2. Be part of a flashmob ✔
  3. Write a song ✔
  4. Perform said song on stage ✔
  5. Be in a band ✔
  6. Attend a film premier
  7. Meet Counting Crows ✔
  8. Meet Foo Fighters
  9. Be a street performer ✔
  10. Be on a podcast
  11. Be on a radio show
  12. Dance on a bar ✔
  13. Get hypnotized
  14. See a TED Talk live

DEVELOPMENT BUCKET LIST

  1. Learn Spanish
  2. Learn how to build a website ✔
  3. Start a business ✔
  4. Help someone start their own business
  5. Write a blog ✔
  6. Write a book
  7. Get published
  8. Learn a musical instrument (6 and counting) ✔

Playing guitar

  1. Take a photography class
  2. Take a pottery class
  3. Take a painting class
  4. Learn how to sew
  5. Learn how to meditate
  6. Learn sign language
  7. Be someone’s mentor

CHARITABLE BUCKET LIST

  1. Raise money for charity ✔
  2. Start a charity
  3. Volunteer at an orphanage ✔
Liv Village
Volunteering at Liv Village just outside of Durban, South Africa
  1. Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary
  2. Help build a house
  3. Volunteer at an animal shelter

FINANCIAL BUCKET LIST

  1. Be debt free
  2. Get paid to travel
  3. Save enough for a house deposit
  4. Have financial freedom
  5. Create a passive income ✔
  6. Earn 6 figures a year
  7. Become a self-made millionaire
  8. Invest in the stock market

PERSONAL BUCKET LIST

  1. Do something that scares me ✔
  2. Be a bridesmaid
  3. Go on a blind date
  4. Adopt a child
  5. Get married
  6. Own my own home
  7. Rescue a dog
  8. Become a grandparent
  9. Own an investment property

MISCELLANEOUS BUCKET LIST

  1. Flip a house
  2. Build a tiny house
  3. Attend Comicon
  4. See a Cirque du Soleil show
  5. Play in an escape room
  6. Take part in a scavenger hunt
  7. Go speed dating
  8. Collect 50 Hard Rock Café Tshirts (ongoing)
  9. Bet on a horse ✔
  10. Get ordained

Ellie-M

19 Comments

  1. Wow. That is a really impressive list and I’m happy to see you’re making progress. Good on you for moving from Ireland to Dubai. That must have taken a lot of courage.

  2. Great post and some really good and convincing reasons to start a bucket list! I’ve started loads in the past but never kept them. I usually stick to smaller bucket lists, like the end of the year type things. Some amazing things on your list! Best of luck with it! xxx

  3. This is awesome!!!! I’m thinking about starting a bucket list for my time at uni. To really experience it to the full!!! I have so many travel ideas too. Me and my partner are big travellers and our dream honeymoon is a European road trip!!! Great post – you’ve done so many amazing things!! Xxx

  4. This is such an inspiring list! I am currently in the middle of my second 101 Things in 1001 Days list – the first one didn’t go all that well – and I can’t wait to tick off more things from the list! 🙂

    Good luck with yours.

  5. I love how you break up your bucket lists into categories. That is not something I’ve ever thought of doing, but I think would be a more motivating way to break it down and check things off! Incredible the things that you have done so far <3

  6. I love this post, and your whole website in general. I find it so inspiring and it really motivates to work on my own bucket list. I’ve already got one of the go but after seeing your website I might make a blog post about all the things I’d like to do before I’m 30 or something like that 🙂

  7. Great post! I love lists and goals. I make them for myself often, but I do not have a bucket list. I will consider it now, though. Your list is quite impressive. You’ve done so many neat things!

  8. A local newspaper where I live publishes a yearly bucket list of local places to visit that I love; it is an awesome way to find new places to eat and drink and shop, but the idea of creating a life bucket list appeals to me, since I love the idea of having a clear vision moving forward. That said, sometimes goals change and my bucket list would definitely be subject to change. 🙂

    1. Oh that’s a great idea for a yearly one! my goals definitely change from time to time but I think that’s ok and the most important thing is to update your goals rather than delete. As long as you still have goals and are going in the right direction, it’s all good 🙂

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