Our Bucket Lists

(Last updated on 3rd September 2014)

A year-long backpacking trip has got to be an opportunity to tick a few items off your bucket list. We’re not sure we’ll squeeze all of these in, but here’s the list we started off with. Some are things specific to this trip, things we found in guide books or on the web; others are just things we want to do and are going to try to squeeze in; a few are impossible (see Jemima’s volcano wish) – but you have to dream, right?

And this isn’t everything, either. As we travel, we read up on the places we’re going and find more things we want to do, or interesting stuff just happens to cross our paths. But hopefully we’ll return to the UK having ticked a few of these experiences off our bucket lists.

Ferg

✔ Meet up with my childhood best friend, Adam, in Thailand
✔ Learn to scuba dive
✔ Scuba dive with sharks
✔ Snorkel on a tropical reef
✔ See a blue whale up close
✔ See Mount Everest
✔ Climb a Himalayan peak
✔ Ride an elephant
Show my kids where I used to live in Malaysia
Make a several-days-long train journey through India
✔ Eat the crispy fried insects in Thailand I chickened out of eating last time I was travelling
✔ Visit the hotel in Bangkok where I learned to swim
✔ Show my kids that other people don’t have the things they do
✔ Learn yoga
✔ Go south of the equator
✔ Live on a desert(ed…ish) island
✔ Eat “funny stuff’
✔ Visit Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and the other SE Asian countries we never made it to last time [all except Burma… that’s for next time!]
Go to a vegetarian McDonalds in India
Go to the places round Mysore featured in the early Sharpe books
✔ See Ankor Wat
✔ Fly into tiny Lukla airport in Nepal
✔ Drink a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel, Singapore
✔ Get shaved by a barber with a cutthroat razor
✔ Drink Java coffee in a Javanese coffee plantation

Janet

✔ See a whale
✔ See Mount Everest
✔ Trek to the Gokyo Lakes
✔ Spend a week on Ko Tarutao with its 6km long, deserted white sand beach
Study yoga in Mysore
✔ Visit Vietnam
✔ Rent an apartment and cook food bought in a local market
A family cookery course in Chiang Mai
✔ Go to a theme park in Asia
✔ Go to Kidzania in Bangkok
✔ See the massive reclining Buddha in Bangkok
Go to a swimming pool on top of a skyscraper
Go to the hotel from the “With 2 Kids in Tow” travel blog in Vietnam
✔ Go up the twin towers in KL
✔ See Ankor Wat
Go in a hot air balloon
✔ Learn to cook Vietnamese food
✔ See komodo dragons

Evie

✔ Ride an elephant (x1,000,000) [OK, not x1,000,000 but not far off in Chitwan)
✔ Get squirted by an elephant’s trunk
✔ Snorkel with tropical fish
✔ See Mount Everest
✔ Go on a sleeper train
Make a several-days-long train journey through India
✔ Visit the hotel in Bangkok where Daddy learned to swim
✔ Swim in warm seas
✔ Watch Daddy eat insects
✔ Go to a jungle
✔ See a rhino
✔ See a tiger
✔ See a snake
✔ See a whale
✔ Scuba dive
Go cage diving with sharks
✔ Go on a volcano
Go in a hot air balloon

Scarlett

✔ See a school of tropical fish
✔ Ride an elephant
✔ See Mount Everest
✔ Go on a night train
✔ Go up a volcano
Go in a hot air balloon

Jemima

✔ Snorkel with tropical fish
✔ See Mount Everest
✔ Go on a sleeper train
✔ See a dolphin
✔ Visit the hotel in Bangkok where Daddy learned to swim
✔ Swim in warm seas
✔ Watch Daddy eat insects
✔ See a rhino
✔ See a tiger
✔ See a snake
✔ Scuba dive
Go cage diving with sharks
✔ Ride an elephant into long grass
Go in a hot air balloon
Go in a volcano and get spouted up (!)

2 thoughts on “Our Bucket Lists

  1. Travelling by train in India is an amazing experience – I hope you get the opportunity to do it (on this trip or another one!)
    The cookery courses in Chiang Mai are also brilliant!

    You’ve all inspired me to try and organise a trip like yours with my family 🙂

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  2. I think I was with you when we all kicked over our big bucket: “see Mount Everest”. Glad to see you’re still ripping through on what’s left on your lists.

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