I make the claim so often to people that I don’t have a bucket list. For me to compile a list of things that I want to see in this world would be silly. Quite simply, I want to see every single bit of this world, and not leave any place unseen or any adventure behind. However, the truth is that the term “bucket list” has become altered over the years. In the truest sense of the term a bucket list is a list of things that you absolutely want to do before you kick the bucket; there is definitely more urgency in putting the term that way isn’t there? So speaking in terms of “you have 1 month to live, unlimited resources, what are the 5 things you’d want/need to do?” I would have a list. This is my big 5.
Most who know me know that I’m a bit of adrenaline junkie. I remember seeing a television program on the adventure activities in Queenstown, New Zealand about 5 years and I was hooked. Since then I can’t stop thinking about jumping out of a plane, racing down a hill on a street luge, or doing some sort of bungee jump in Queenstown. If I was told that I had to jump on a plane and go to my one last destination today it would be Queenstown, without a doubt. In fact, I’m getting a little bit excited right now just thinking about it.
Golfing the UK
I love golf, and I know many of you think that it is boring or it isn’t even a real sport, but for me it’s a great game. I have always dreamed of golfing the United Kingdom. I’d love to golf in Scotland on those lush green courses or along the rough coast of Ireland as waves beat the rocky shores. I know that you’re probably thinking that UK golf breaks probably aren’t high on most people’s bucket lists but for me, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do.
Everest Base Camp
I am one of those people who thinks he can do anything he sets is mind to and works for. I used to think that I could climb Mount Everest, and although there is still a part of me that knows I could do it, I am really just too lazy to go through all that training (great excuse right?). However, I really would like to see the great mountain, even if I did so from the confines of Everest base camp. Even growing up near the great Rocky Mountains the sheer power of the truly great mountains of the world still blows me away.
I have always been a big fan of watching and photographing wildlife in their natural habitat. I have travelled to some of the most amazing wildlife destinations in the entire world: the pantanal of Brazil, the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica and, of course, Antarctica. However, I have never felt that rush of being just a few feet away from elephants, lions, hippos and all the other great wildlife in Africa. Watching the great migration would be a thrill of a lifetime, and photographing all the wildlife in motion would be a dream come true.
I know this one probably surprises most people, but Timbuktu has always been high on my list of destinations to visit. Why you ask? Because it’s got a great name, I’ll be honest. The name of this ancient city has always been what has drawn me, and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the main reason this is on my list. How many people can actually say when responding to the question of “where are you?” “Oh, well, I’m in Timbuktu.” It’s brilliant. After years of studying the world in University I have learned that Timbuktu is so much more than just a great name, and is actually one of the most important sites on the African continent. All the more reason to visit.
What’s your big 5?