What didn’t make the list

There are a few items I would have loved to put on my list, but didn’t for a simple reason: I’ve already completed them. No fun in creating the ultimate to-do list and then putting on things that you’ve already completed, now is it? I wanted to mention these nonetheless as they might (and hopefully will) be of some inspiration to you when you’re creating your own bucket list.

Do a sky dive. One of the most featured items on bucket lists all over the world, or so it seems. I did mine when I was on holiday in New Zealand (in 2005), a tandem jump from 12000 ft. It was positively awesome. If you’re going to do this only once, might I suggest picking a place with some beautiful scenery to add to the experience? I did mine with Mount Cook, NZ’s highest moutain as a background picture. It really adds to the experience.

Stand on the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. I visited South Africa in 2001 on a study trip. Going to SA might be a list item on its own as it’s a wonderful country, but climbing Table Mountain (it’s a wonderful hike to the top as well, by the way) and taking in the stunning view of Cape Town and the ocean is breathtaking.

Go camping. Somehow, I see this suggested a lot. Not a real achievement in my case, my parents took me camping a lot when I still went on holiday with them, and my OH loves camping as well. It’s probably my favourite way to spend time away from work, especially when the weather’s nice. The feeling of living outdoors for days or weeks on end is unbeatable, especially for an office dweller like me.

Make a husky dog sled trip in the snow. Earlier this year (2011) we were lucky enough to find a great deal on an 8-day holiday to northern Finland. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. A week with lots and lots of snow, snow scooter trips, raindeer and skiing (which was a first as well), but the best part were the huskies. Incredible dogs, lots of energy, and the joy of them taking you on a trip through a landscape full of untouched snow is nothing short of magical.

Get married. Although I am wasn’t married yet when I first wrote this, we were already engaged and busy planning what turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of our lives. Putting it on the list would feel a bit like cheating.

Go on a game drive. As said before, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit South Africa in 2001. While I was there, our group was taken on several game drives through various reserves. We even did one in the middle of the night. I can tell you, being surprised by a rhino crossing the road right in front of your jeep is something you will never forget. Will definitely do a game drive again given the chance, it’s awesome.

Learn to scuba dive. I took and completed the PADI Open Water Diver course in 2010. Great experience, however, scuba diving turned out not to be my cup of tea. I like it when I’m in the water, but all the preparation and maintenance just takes too much time. Still, it might come in handy when I go to some exotic seaside location.


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