I love reading other people’s bucket lists, making my own but here is the thing: Mine will never be complete! I thought it would be a fun idea to create a reverse travel bucket list! The more places I go to, the more I get to know the world, my bucket list grows. I could always add another activity and while I would like to tick off everything off my bucket list one day, what is the point? What is there to look forward to if you have already done everything you were planning on doing?
Now you might say: It will feel complete. It will feel like you accomplished something in life and that you have lived the life you wanted and you have something to always look back to. But why not look back now, every now and then? Why not look back at everything amazing that I have already done to help me work even harder for adding even more buckets to my list.
That’s the idea of the reverse bucket list. Whenever I guess, I am feeling down I will look at it and life isn’t so bad anymore. A while ago I never thought I would ever get the chance to even do one of these things to be honest. It’s impressive how quickly everything can change.
Let’s get into it. 15 things on my bucket list that I have completed! Now these are in no particular order and some of it I have done years ago.
Stay tuned as I will keep updating this list in the future.
1. Cuddled a koala
One of the best experiences, even if I only got to hold him for a few seconds. I went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. It must have been around March 2015 and I remember that I went there by bus but since I am a broke backpacker I decided to walk all the way back to Brisbane City which were like 15 kilometres and literally took ages.
2. Went Skydiving
This was pretty amazing and Skydiving is probably on most people’s bucket lists. However, it rained and they had to cancel my beach landing and then also my glasses didn’t stay put and I didn’t see anything while falling down, which is why all pictures turned out pretty bad. The video is hilarious though. I bought this adventure for myself for my 19th birthday and it was pretty expensive but I had just finished two months working at a blueberry farm and I just felt like spending all the money again, so I did..Worth it!
3. Became a certified Scuba Diver
To be completely honest, this wasn’t even on my bucket list because while I always had an obsession with the ocean and my dream job would have been to become a marine biologist, the first time I went scuba diving I kind of hated it. Well, I didn’t hate it, but it scared the shit out of me. The first few seconds under water were pretty intense and while it was amazing I was glad to be back on the surface. Instead of going for another round of scuba diving, I went snorkelling.
But since I don’t like being scared of things, I decided to give it another go and got my license when I was in Indonesia. I got kind of obsessed with scuba diving and the year after I got my Advanced Open Water license and my Rescue Diver license and now it is like my favourite thing in the world.
4. Travelled to Australia
I always wanted to go to Australia! When I graduated from High School in 2014 and I was applying for universities, I decided to take a year off instead and go to Australia for a year to figure out what I want to do with my life. And that’s when it all started, I found the answer: traveling! And ever since I came back my life has revolved around traveling. This year in Australia has been the best decision ever and Australia will always have a special place in my heart. (Or on my foot, because I got it tattooed as well).
5. Went to the Full Moon Party
I don’t have a single picture from the Full Moon Party because I went there with 1000Baht in my Bra and nothing else. I didn’t bring my phone and I didn’t even bring keys for the Hostel, because I thought I would be one of the last ones back anyway but I was actually the second one back and I was staying in a 16 bed dorm. Pretty weak! I will have to give this another try in a couple of years, but at least I was there.
6. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
This was back in the beginning of 2015 when I preferred snorkelling over scuba diving. I was weird. It honestly wasn’t as colourful as I remembered it from my English book back in school, but still pretty awesome. I even bought my Go Pro for this I believe.
7. Visiting LA
The day after my 16th birthday back in 2012 I had the great opportunity to go on an exchange student trip to California, which has always been a dream of mine. We spent three days in San Francisco and then went down to LA for another three days before everyone flew back to their host families. I don’t have the best of pictures because the camera I had back then was pretty bad but I met great people and this trip was pretty amazing.
8. Met a Dolphin
This is was an incredible experience but I definitely would not do this again because while I always wanted to meet a dolphin, I rather would have met them in the wild.
9. Went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and drank Butter beer at the Three Broomsticks
If you know me a little then you know I have a slight obsession with Harry Potter and especially Slytherin house. When my letter will finally arrive there is absolutely no doubt that I will be sorted into Slytherin. Visiting Hogwarts was the best day ever and I returned home with a Slytherin scarf, a hat, a key chain, a butter beer cup and if I had another 100 dollars left probably a rope as well.
10. Visited the Big Apple
Remember the Hurricane in New York back in 2011? I do, because I just happened to fly out of New York the day it got there and an hour before they decided to close the airport. Oh well, I had spent 5 amazing days in New York City to start of my exchange year. It was the first time I wandered off into the world completely by myself and my English was so bad that I didn’t know how to ask for a fork at the airport and I had to eat a salad with my hands and a knife. Classic me.
11. Visiting the Parthenon in Nashville
Now you might be wondering: Why wasn’t it on my list to visit the actual Parthenon in Greece? Why the one in Nashville? There is actually a simple answer to this question. So, 14 year old me was huge Percy Jackson fan! I read all the books and Logan Lerman who played Percy Jackson was like my childhood celebrity crush. So in the story they went to the Parthenon in Nashville to get one of the pearls to be able to leave the underworld, which is why I wanted to go there and added it to my bucket list. And then I ended up going to Tennessee for a year, talk about coincidences.
12. Going to a Surf Camp and learning how to surf
I always really wanted to learn how o surf so I decided to go to Surf Camp for 5 days when I was staying in Sydney. It was really fun and it turned out I wasn’t actually that bad in surfing back then and I am looking forward to do some more surfing in the future.
13. Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge
Isn’t this on everybody’s bucket list?
14. Visited Bangkok
I can’t say it enough, but I love Bangkok. It is such an amazing and interesting city.
15. Went to an Elephant Sanctuary
I always wanted to meet elephants, but I learned from the dolphin experience and I did a lot of research on were to go before I decided on a place. I made sure to go to a place that doesn’t offer riding the animals, but instead we got to feed them and bathe them and it was a pretty amazing day. I can only recommend it.