Bucket List

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.”

Mark Victorie Hansen



  1. Be a contestant on the Amazing Race! Seriously if someone has a connection please hook a girl up, this is the #1 thing I want to do literally ever! 
  2. Be on reality tv in general. Love it.
  3. Go skydiving!
  4. Go backpacking.
  5. Travel by myself.
  6. Travel for more than six months at a time.
  7. Go kayaking through caves.
  8. Visit all seven continents.
  9. Ride in a hot air balloon
  10. Go whale watching
  11. Work at or volunteer at a wildlife preserve.
  12. Attend a World Cup.
  13. Go on a long bike trip.
  14. Go spelunking.
  15. Take five different cooking classes around the world.
  1. Go on a food and wine tasting tour.
  2. Explore a spice market.
  3. Swim with dolphins.
  4. See the Aurora Borealis.
  5. Create a pinboard map of everywhere I’ve travelled to.
  6. Work on a farm.
  7. Go WWOOFing.
  8. Attend a foam party.
  9. Go apple picking.
  10. Visit a sugarbush.
  11. Make apple cider.
  12. Go river rafting.
  13. Ride a vespa/motorcycle.
  14. Ride a mechanical bull.
  15. Hike a volcano.
  16. Study abroad!

Europe & UK:

  1. See the running of the bulls in Spain
  2. Backpack through Western Europe
  3. Explore Eastern Europe
  4. Live in the UK for a year.
  5. Do the Harry Potter tour in England.
  6. See Stonehenge.
  7. Go to Northern Europe
  8. Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  9. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany.
  10. See the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
  11. Visit Belfast, Ireland.
  12. Go to the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland.
  13. Travel to Russia.
  14. Visit Auschwitz.
  15. Visit a concentration camp.
  16. Participate in La Tomatina in Bunyol (tomato festival in Spain).
  17. Travel the Trans-Siberian railway.
  18. Visit Pompeii.
  19. Explore the Greek Islands.
  20. See the ruins at Athens.
  21. Drink Ouzo in Greece.
  22. Eat tapas in Spain.
  23. Visit Checkpoint Charlie.
  24. Ride the London Eye.
  25. Visit the Amsterdam Sex Museum.
  26. Visit Cyprus.
  27. Tour the Louvre.
  28. Travel to Croatia.
  29. Take a photo with the “Fucking” sign in Austria.
  30. Get a photo with the IAmsterdam sign.
  31. Visit Majorca, Spain.
  32. Visit Ibiza, Spain.
  33. Travel to Bruges.
  34. Visit the Anne Frank Haus
  35. Eat Belgian Chocolate in Belgium.
  36. See St. Petersburg.
  37. Visit Moscow.
  38. See the Fjords
  39. See the Mosque/Cathedral in Cordoba. 
  40. See the fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam.
  41. Attend Yacht Week in Croatia!
  42. Go to a Kaninhop event.
  43. Go to Legoland!
  44. See a play at the Globe in London!
  45. Visit a castle.
  46. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  47. See Holland in bloom.
  48. Go on a romantic trip to Paris.
  49. Ride the London Eye

Australia & New Zealand

  1. Do the Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand.
  2. Travel around Australia!
  3. Go to Tasmania, Australia.
  4. Do the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb
  5. Take a cruise on the Milford Sound, NZ
  6. See Fjordland
  7. Roll down a hill in a giant hamster ball (zorbing)
  8. Visit the Great Barrier Reef.
  9. Tour Hobbiton in New Zealand!
  10. Get a photo with a kangaroo.
  11. Hold a Koala bear!!!
  12. See the Vivid Sydney Lights Show in Sydney, Australia.
  13. Visit the Healesville Animal Sanctuary near Melbourne.
  14. Hold a wombat!
  15. Relax in the thermal pools in New Zealand.
  16. Go hiking in New Zealand!
  17. Eat kangaroo meat (sorry, roos, you’re just too delicious!)

Middle East & Africa:

  1. Visit the Pyramids
  2. Travel to Egypt.
  3. Go to Cappadocia, Turkey.
  4. Go to Morocco.
  5. Explore Istanbul.
  6. Visit Dubai.
  7. Travel to Africa
  8. See Madagasgar.
  9. Go cage diving with sharks in S.A
  10. WWOOF on a vineyard in South Africa!
  11. Climb to the top of Table Mountain
  12. Travel to Israel.
  13. Visit Hagia Sophia.
  14. Explore the lost city of Petra.
  15. Float in the Dead Sea.
  16. See the Dome of the Rock mosque.
  17. Visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
  18. Go to the Middle East.
  19. Bathe in the thermal pools in Pamukkale, Turkey.
  20. Explore South Africa.
  21. Go on a safari.
  22. Go sand surfing.
  23. Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town.
  24. Ride a camel!
  25. Search for lost family members in the Yad Vashem archive in Israel.
  26. Visit Mauritius!
  27. Enjoy a stay at the Lion Park in South Africa!
  28. Go chill with giraffes at Giraffe Manor in Kenya.


  1. Visit New Guinea
  2. Travel Southeast Asia
  3. Stay at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
  4. Visit a hill tribe in Thailand
  5. Experience Thailand’s New Years festival.
  6. Visit Nepal.
  7. Visit Bhutan.
  8. Go to Bali, Indonesia.
  9. See Komodo Dragons in Indonesia
  10. Rock climb in Thailand.
  11. Rock climb in Vietnam.
  12. Go to a Balinese spa.
  13. See Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  14. Go to Halong Bay in Vietnam.
  15. Visit Singapore.
  16. See Buddha Park in Lao.
  17. Go to Luang Prabeng, Lao.
  18. Go tubing in Lao.
  19. Go to Vang Vieng, Lao
  20. Go snorkeling!
  21. Attend a full moon party on Koh Phangan, Thailand. 
  22. Walk through Japan’s tunnel of lights.
  23. See the thousand gate thing in Japan.

North America

  1. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
  2. Be outdoorsy at Yosemite National Park.
  3. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
  4. Visit NYC.
  5. See Vermont in the fall.
  6. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  7. Cruise Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park!
  8. Take a painting class at Canvas and Cocktails! 
  9. Visit Big Sur National Park!
  10. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park
  11. Tour San Francisco
  12. Visit Hawaii!

South America & Caribbean 

  1. Backpack through South America
  2. Visit Argentina
  3. See Carnival in Brazil.
  4. Visit the Caribbean.
  5. Visit Peru.
  6. See the Mayan ruins.
  7. See the Aztec pyramid.
  8. See Venezuela’s Everlasting Storm at lake Maracaibo
  9. Visit Cuba.
  10. See Easter Island.
  11. Take Spanish lessons in South America.
  12. Trek the Inca trail.
  13. Swim with pigs in the Bahamas!!


  1. Finish a long Russian novel.
  2. Graduate uni (University of Vermont 2014)
  3. Ice climb.
  4. Go climbing outdoors.
  5. See Phish in concert.
  6. Master 5+ recipes.
  7. Have a garden.
  8. Work on a tea farm.
  9. Adopt a shelter dog.
  10. Adopt a fat old kitty.
  11. Work abroad.
  12. Go ziplining. 
  13. Work in a hostel.
  14. Go on a road trip with a friend.
  15. Go parasailing.
  16. Fall in love.
  17. Grow and blend my own teas.
  18. Learn how to make ginger beer!
  19. Read all the Game of Thrones books. (Progress: 4/5 read!)
  20. Read every book on the BBC’s “100 books to read before you die” list.
  21. Have a greenhouse.
  22. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  23. Buy and sleep in a hammock.
  24. Learn to speak French.
  25. Become fluent in German.
  26. Be a contestant on the show The Amazing Race.
  27. Read a book in a foreign language.  (Der Besuch der alten Dame, German)
  28. Run a 5k all the way through.
  29. Write a book.
  30. Start a cooking blog.
  31. Finish 25 books in one year.
  32. Get a piece on traveling published on an external writing site.
  33. Write a piece for National Geographic.
  34. Take a picture every day for a year.
  35. Do a 1940’s style makeover and photo shoot.
  36. Get a milkshake from Black Tap Burgers in NYC!
  37. Go ice skating in NYC. 

I’m very open to suggestions and hearing about other people’s adventures, so if you have any suggestions or would like to link me to your own bucket list, adventure blog, etc I would be glad to read it. You can e-mail me (nsteinbe@uvm.edu) or leave a comment below.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly B. says:

    SO inspiring!

  2. We really do have similar lists!

    Also, I laughed out loud at #56 because that is SO something I want to do too! Hahaha nice one.

  3. JackFirman says:

    Awesome list, I may have to make my own!
    Also thanks for officially becoming my first follower!


    1. Thanks! And no problems! You’re blog looks pretty promising so far, and I really want to go to Laos. I did some similar volunteer work in Thailand this summer, but only got to work very briefly in the schools. Your post on that was inspiring and had great photos =]

      1. JackFirman says:

        Thanks, Im just finding my way around still and trying to get some content up from previous travels while i save up for my next trip
        Laos was awesome been a couple of times and definetly plan to go back!

  4. wow you are really inspiring. I love that you have done some of the things on you’re bucket list already, keep it up !

  5. A. T. Sherbiny says:

    Welcome to Travel no. 23.. when travelling feel to contact me if you need any assistance

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the offer. I will let you know if I do need help!

  6. devonheckard says:

    This is a very eventful bucket list; I would die happy if I did even half of these things. I’m pretty surprised you didn’t visit Chernobyl while you were in Kyiv though, that’s the only real reason why I went to the Ukraine. It’s such an obscure travel destination that most travelers overlook. Hopefully you can get a lot more of these bad boys checked off. Sweet blog Natalie, followed.

    1. I actually ended up changing my travel plans a number of times when dealing with the Ukraine/Moldovan area… I was supposed to go down south to do some family research, then ended up scrapping that idea last minute…and then booked the wrong flight to Budapest, so had a day less than I thought I did, hence not getting to do the tour =/ It is fairly obscure, and in my experience difficult to get to. I have a few more posts to put up once I get the time to edit them about the experience, but so far I’ve been too busy to make full-length posts. Thanks for the follow!

  7. This is an amazing list! I am slowly working through my own bucket list as well. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you get to cross everything off your list! Your blog is very inspiring! 🙂

  8. Wow!…That’s a massive list, each one of those items super interesting! This makes me want to work on mine further until its as rich and fun 😀

    Thanks! 🙂

    1. Thank you! It is big, but definitely needs to be organized a bit better! Thanks for taking a look at it! 🙂

  9. Eric Gamble says:

    Great bucket list…I had to research what the heck a kannihop event was and a sugar hop.
    Love seeing other people’s bucket lists

    1. Im glad you liked! Thanks for the view/comment 🙂 Kaninhop is still on the top of my list!

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