My Bucket List

I thought it would be appropriate to follow my last post with some discussion on bucket lists. You may think you don’t know what I’m talking about,Β  but most people have one, even if they don’t know it by that name or have it written down – a Bucket List is all the things you really want to do before you die. Think of it this way. What would you be really disappointed to have never done if you died tomorrow? The name comes from ‘kicking the bucket’.

I’m no motivational guru, but I think having your dreams and aims written down can be very useful in helping you to achieve them, just by reminding you that it’s something you still haven’t done.

The list can change over time. It’s very personal. Just because everyone has ‘Swim with dolphins’ on their list doesn’t mean it has to be on yours. Conversely, if you really want to do something, don’t leave it off your list because everyone has it on theirs. What you have on your list is completely up to you. Travel might feature heavily, or career goals may dominate. Making this list will force you to think about what’s really important to you.

I plan to keep updating this page as I add new things and complete items. On that note, and in no particular order…

My Bucket List


  • Go on safari in Africa
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Road trip around California and into Nevada (for Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon)
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Travel around Australia and New Zealand
  • Visit New York
  • Hike the Inca Trail in Peru
  • See New England in Autumn
  • Travel to every inhabited continent (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australasia – and the Antarctic too, if I can!)
  • See the Earth from space!

NASA Blue Marble 2007 East, by NASA Goddard Photo and Video


  • Spend a night sleeping in the open (without tents etc)
  • Sleep in a hammock
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Sail a boat
  • Have a helicopter ride
  • Learn to scuba dive and dive in the sea
  • Skydive
  • Climb the 3 Peaks (Mt Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis)
  • Climb Mt Kilimanjaro


  • Go to Wimbledon
  • Attend the Olympics (I have tickets for London 2012 so I will be able to tick this one off!)
  • See a show in the West End and Broadway


  • Own a house outright
  • Be financially secure
  • Have enough money to do everything on this list without having to worry about how to afford it


  • Have a job I love
  • Have a happy, stable, lasting and loving marriage


  • Have one of my photographs published/in an exhibition

Remember that you have (hopefully!) a full lifetime to complete the items on your list. Some items will be easier than others. For example, I fully intend to go to the London Olympics in 2012 and I might even head to Wimbledon this year and queue up for a grounds ticket for the early rounds. Some are better done when you’re young (such as hiking the Inca Trail), others you could easily do when you’re much older (such as visiting New York). They might even be better done when you’re older as you will probably have more money to spend. Of course, some of the items can be combined. If I slept in the open on a hammock, I’d be ticking off two items at once. Ditto having a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon on my California/Nevada roadtrip.

It can be quite disheartening to see the number of things you want to do written down like that with no upcoming possibility of completing them. That’s why I also recommend you write what I call a ‘Done List’. These are things that would be on your list if you had not already done them. It’s not quite as satisfying as crossing items off your Bucket List once you’ve achieved them, but it should help you feel better. Here is mine:

Done List

  • Ride a horse
  • Abseil
  • Visit the Niagara Falls
  • Go rock climbing
  • Go skiing
  • Kayak
  • Try archery
  • Go to Paris
  • Go wild swimming (I have done this in Lake Huron, Canada, but I would like to do it in the UK)
  • Surf
  • Go white water rafting
  • Go to Venice

The Grand Canal, Venice, by Elentari 86

Niagara Falls From The Air, by Elentari86

Time to share! What’s on your list?


About elentari86

Apparently blogs need to cover a certain niche in order to attract readers. My aim is not to attract readers. I don't deny it would be nice not to just be spouting to myself, but the reason I set this blog up was to give myself somewhere to write down my thoughts. If anyone reads them, that's a bonus. This blog will cover a mix of things - anything that comes to mind that I want to write about. I make no promises about how often I will publish new content.
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8 Responses to My Bucket List

  1. Bel says:

    There’s just one thing on my list, and it’s too private to share. πŸ˜€

  2. gugelhupf says:

    After seeing your gorgeous photo of Venice, I should add “visiting Venice” to my list.

    (And it helps my boyfriend’s dad lives just outside of Venice, and it would be great to see his family again!)

    • elentari86 says:

      Thanks! Venice is definitely worth a trip. Take 3 or 4 days but don’t go in the height of summer – apparently it smells terrible! Not to mention, I went in October and there were plenty of tourists then, it must be overwhelming in the summer!

  3. Brian's Blog says:

    Glad to say I’ve done the 3 peaks both in Winter and Summer. Abseiling and rock climbing I’ve also done. I’ve bivouacked in the mountains of Scotland and Wales and also spent a night in a purpose dug ‘snowhole’ on the Cairngorms overnight. I’ve been up in 2 Helicopters but never flown in a plane. Never been abroad in me life. πŸ™‚
    Hmmm, best stop there and start my own blog me thinks.
    Love the pics.


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