• I Am Sam.

The. Bucket. List

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

I'm pretty sure we're all familiar with the concept of a bucket list. It's essentially a list of experiences or achievements that one hopes to accomplish before they die. Within the first month of me leaving the Philippines, I decided to formulate my own bucket list.

Taken in Koh Klang, Thailand
Let's not keep the world waiting

So a little bit of a back story as to how this all came about. My manager had approved the dates for my first ever holiday. I had a couple of weeks off, and since I had officially left the Philippines, I had the world at my feet. I could go anywhere, do anything - within budget constraints, of course, but this was my first real vacation with money that I had worked hard to earn; I was prepared to splurge a little. I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go, and the more that I searched for ideas, the more overwhelmed I became. I wanted to do so many things! Therefore, the bucket list was born!

I am very proud to say I was able to cross a few things off my bucket list during my first holiday. I ended up searching for different lists on Pinterest, and I googled a bunch of fun activities and places to go to. So here you go. This should give you guys some ideas on things you might want to add to your own bucket lists. I fully recommend you all sit down and come up with a list. Research some other ones, take some off of mine; the best part is this can be a way for you to figure out what really interests you. Life is too short to not smell the roses. Here goes! 100 things to check off.

Click on the underlined ones to read about my experiences!

The. Bucket. List.

Countries and places to visit:

1. Road Trip through Iceland

2. Visit the Grand Canyon

3. Hike to Machu Picchu

4. See the Pyramids of Giza

5. See the Northern Lights

6. Visit the Niagara Falls

7. Go to Easter Island

8. Go to Romania and see Dracula’s Castle

9. Walk through the Ice Castles in Colorado

10. Visit every continent

11. See the Colosseum in Italy

12. Walk through the Redwood Forest in California

13. See the Iguazu Falls in Argentina

14. Visit the Stonehenge

15. Go to the Hobbiton place in New Zealand

16. Visit the National Museum of Natural History in New York

17. Go to the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

18. Santorini, Greece

19. See the Salt Flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

20. Go to Lapland and meet Santa

21. Float in the Dead Sea

22. Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Africa

23. Visit Pompeii

24. Stay at the Icehotel in Sweden

25. Spend a night at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya

26. Swing at the edge of the world in Ecuador

27. Trek the Inca Trail

28. Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail

29. See wild grizzly bears at the Katmai National Park

30. Go to the pig beach in Exumas, Bahamas

31. Visit the flamingo beach in Aruba

32. Ride a camel in Morocco

Experiences I need to try:

33. Learn how to fly a plane

34. Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef

35. Eat authentic Japanese food in Japan

36. Sleep in a treehouse

37. Brew my own beer

38. Sleep in an igloo

39. Go on an African Safari

40. Go on a cruise

41. Swim with manatees

42. Stroke a shark’s belly

43. Go shark cage diving with Great White Sharks

44. Hold a panda in Chengdu, China

45. Swim with dolphins

46. Watch baby turtles hatch

47. Hold a koala

48. Ride a horse on the beach

49. Go whale watching

50. See penguins in the wild

51. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda

52. Swim with manta rays in Belize

53. Hold a sloth in Costa Rica

54. Pet a wolf

55. Kayak with beluga whales in Manitoba, Canada

56. Swim with jellyfish

57. See a polar bear in the wild

58. Swim with sharks while not in a cage

59. Fly in a hot air balloon

60. Go sky diving

61. Try hang gliding

62. Get your scuba license

63. Go bungee jumping

64. Try dog sledding

65. Fly somewhere by seaplane

66. Learn to sail a boat

67. Try wing walking on an airplane

68. Take a polar plunge

69. Try indoor skydiving

70. Buy a plane ticket on the spot

71. Watch Beauty and the Beast in theatre

72. Try and learn how to pole fish

73. Learn how to milk a cow

74. Go on a road trip with friends

75. Travel with someone you met while traveling

76. Make smores at a campfire

77. Go to a drive in movie theatre

78. Learn how to shoot a gun

79. Volunteer at a dog shelter

80. Name a star

81. Have a photoshoot done

Festivals to go to:

82. La Tomatina in Spain

83. Holi Festival in India

84. Carnival in Rio, Brazil

85. Mardi Gras in New Orleans

86. St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland

87. Full Moon Party in Thailand

88. Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

89. Songkran in Thailand

90. Lantern Festival in China or Thailand

91. The Haro Wine Festival in Spain

Personal/Career achievements:

92. Publish a book

93. Start a blog

94. Take a photography course

95. Learn how to tattoo, and tattoo one of my designs on either myself or someone else

96. Have a small bed ‘n’ breakfast either by a beach or in the mountains by a lake

97. Have my own library

98. Own a Golden Retriever

99. Adopt a rescue dog

100. Find a place I can call my home