When Does A To-Do-List End?

When planning an adventure as big as mine you have to be organised right? You need a specific schedule, a budget, a timescale. Even when you’ve planned those aspects you need to think of little things like paperwork and insurance. Then theres vaccines and medication – you even have to know what you’re going to do about contraception. You need to know your whole life for the next two years. Ok im not talking about needing to know the exact time you eat your meals and scheduled loo stops along the way – but you get my point, a lot of planning and organisation is needed. Not my strongest points I must say. I love to just go with the flow, plan the odd evening out, the occasional shopping trip but more likely than not my “schedule” is spur of the moment, and for the past 19 years I have loved living that way.  So when it comes to the planning of this trip I do lack – my boyfriend who has a similar mindset, isn’t much help either. Between us we compiled a list of everything that needs to be done and felt proud in with ourselves for doing so. It would be easy for us to just smile at it and say “yes we can sort it out nearer the time” but reality is we can’t. Everyday a new point gets added, an important activity gets underlined but does it get done and ticked off? As of yet no. We have got ourselves a never ending to do list. Its fine i tell myself planning the route is pretty much a given – we will follow each city to the next and throw in some places the guidebook recommends for good measure. Paperwork can be done quick enough. It’s the budget I worry about.. As of yet ive never had to live on a strict budget – not to the point where I couldn’t borrow some from my parents or whack something on the card to tie me over til payday. This is going to need some planning. I need to work out how much for food, how much for rent – not how much will I have left if I buy that new top and those gorgeous shoes. Its occurred to me that now it’s not just the to do list that bothers me if I put my mind to it I really could just get on with it. Its more the idea of being a grown up, managing my finances and being super responsible that scares me. When I first started planning these travels I told you all it was because I wasnt ready to grow up just yet – I still wanted to have adventures. Now with seven months to go until departure ive realised something. I do get to have the adventures but I will have to be a grown up. A responsible organised grown up.

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My Bucket List Perfected, Let the Adventure Begin.

At the end of December I asked for ideas for what to put on my own, not to mention very first bucket list. They are so popular now a days. It seems everyone has a set of ambitions that they would like to achieve – wether it be in the next year, before they reach 40 or before they die. Take the TV series “An Idiot Abroad” – the entire show is based up of events evolving from a bucket list, some of which have inspired me. Now I am an ambitious person, very ambitious. I have a set of aims that I set myself every year – like a new years resolution. Do I achieve them? For the most part it’s a no. Thats why when I decided to create a bucket list, I wanted it to be things I could actually do in my life time. Of course  I have some outrageous tasks but if I really put my mind to it all of these are easily achievable. Not only does having a bucket list give me something to occupy myself with – I promise with every one ticked off I will blog about the experience no matter how disastrous it is. So here goes guys – my one and only bucket list.

  1. Go on Safari
  2. See Cirque de Soleil
  3. Travel Route 66
  4. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  5. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  6. Sail the Whitsundays
  7. Learn to Sail a boat
  8. Ski a Glacier
  9. Skinny Dip in the Ocean
  10. Skydive
  11. Do a Bungee
  12. Swim with Dolphins
  13. Take a Road Trip
  14. Learn a New Language
  15. Create a signature dish
  16. Publish a novel
  17. Climb a Tree
  18. Go on a Zipline
  19. See all 7 Wonders of the World
  20. Learn to Surf
  21. Go Zorbing
  22. Dog Sled in Alaska
  23. Go Whale Watching
  24. Take up Yoga
  25. Learn to Play an Instrument
  26. See the Northern Lights
  27. Take a Breathtaking Picture.
  28. Go shopping in New York
  29. Kiss in the Rain
  30. Cage Dive with Sharks
  31. Learn to do a Thai Massage
  32. See The Whole Of Thailand
  33. Visit the Floating Market
  34. Climb a Mountain
  35. Trek in the Rainforest
  36. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  37. Donate to Charity
  38. Have a Romantic Movie Moment
  39. Keep a Journal
  40. Watch a Football Game Live.
  41. Swim in the Dead Sea
  42. Go on a “Dirty” Weekend
  43. Ice Skate in Hyde Park
  44. Go on a Helicopter Ride
  45. Go White Water Rafting
  46. Visit The Grand Canyon
  47. Gamble in Vegas
  48. Go to Glastonbury
  49. Go Camping by a Lake
  50. See Brown Bears
  51. Cuddle a koala Bear
  52. Visit the Orangutans in Borneo.
  53. Go Gorilla Trekking in Africa
  54. Visit a Slum – and Make a Difference.
  55. Read all of the Classics.
  56. Join a Club.
  57. Eat in the Worlds Best Restaurant.
  58. Meet a Celebrity
  59. Create the Perfect Home.
  60. Visit an Art Gallery
  61. Go Wine Tasting
  62. Run a Marathon.
  63. Take an Exercise Class
  64. Watch Sunrise
  65. Learn a Dance
  66. Scuba Dive a Shipwreck
  67. Spend New Years Eve in Times Square
  68. Spend New Years in Sydney
  69. Go to Hawaii – and Learn to Hula.
  70. Rent a Super Car for the Day.
  71. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  72. See the Rio Carnival.
  73. Join a Protest
  74. Learn to Mix Cocktails.
  75. Vist the French Riviera
  76. Holiday on a Yacht
  77.  Play “Pub Golf” – in London, Vegas, New York and Dublin.
  78. Learn to Cook Thai Cuisine
  79. See Penguins
  80. Holiday in my Own country
  81. Make a Mix Tape
  82. Find a Four Leaf Clover.
  83. Eat Sushi in Japan.
  84. Meet a Celebrity
  85. Have my Own Writing column
  86. Go Go Karting
  87. Rent a Speedboat.
  88. Take Inspiration from Buddhism
  89. Fly First Class
  90. Explore the Pinnacles.
  91. Take part in a Mardi Gras
  92. Sleep Under the Star.
  93. Shower Under a Waterfall.
  94. Take a Random Flight.
  95. Send a Message in a Bottle.
  96. Go Cliff Jumping
  97. Build a Tree House
  98. Watch an Eclipse
  99. See the Moulin Rouge
  100. Marry the Love of my Life and Start a Family.

And thats it. The 100 things im going to do before I die. No excuses.