Bucket List

There are so many things we want to do with our lives, but have also been fortunate enough to do and achieve so much already too. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all those things so having a list, and making a statement of intent in a great way to set those dreams in motion!

General Travel:

  • Visit 20 Countries (Travel Map and Lists)
  • Visit 30 countries before age 30 (April 2016 for Nic with Slovenia/ June 2016 for Shorty with Bulgaria)
  • Visit 50 Countries (March 2017 with Myanmar! (Travel Map and Lists)
  • Visit 75 Countries
  • Visit 100 Counties
  • Visit Every Country in Europe
  • Every state in the US
  • Visit every country (56 so far!)
  • Move abroad
  • Spend a year travelling (April 2016-2017)
  • Take a solo trip (Basel June 2015)
  • Backpack across Europe (Spring/ Summer 2016)
  • Backpack across Asia and South East Asia (2016/2017)
  • Backpack across Australia and New Zealand (Mid 2017!)
  • Backpack across South and Central America
  • Antarctica
  • Road trip across the US and Canada
  • Tour central Asia and The Middle East
  • Travel across Africa

Specific Places:

North America:

  • See the memorials in DC – (June 2013, Washington DC)
  • The White House, DC – (June 2013, Washington DC)
  • Freedom Tower, NYC  – (June 2013, NYC)
  • Statue Of Liberty, USA – (Dec 2008 NYC)
  • The Empire State building – (Dec 2008, Feb 2011, June 2013 NYC)
  • Visit Citi Field, NYC (June 2013)
  • Visit Fenway Park, Boston  (Feb 2011 Visiting Fenway Park, Boston)
  • Universal Studios, Florida (2001, 2004)
  • Disney World, Florida (1998, 2001)
  • Disney land, Florida (August 2004)
  • Pay my respects at Ground Zero – (Dec 2008, Feb 2011, June 2013 NYC)
  • Niagara falls, USA/ Canada
  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco
  • The Grand Canyon, USA
  • The Strip, Las Vegas
  • Alcatraz, San Francisco

Asia:

  • See the Terracotta warriors (Nov 2016)
  • Visit Zhangziazie, The Avatar Mountains, China! (Nov 2016)
  • Visit the Great Wall of China (Nov 2016)
  • Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo – (Oct 2013 Tokyo Post)
  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey (June 2016)
  • Hagia Sophia, istanbul, Turkey (June 2016)
  • Balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey (June 2016)
  • Paraglide over Oludenez beach, Turkey (June 2016)
  • Sail across the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia, Istanbul (June 2016)
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia (December 2016)
  • Ha long Bay, Vietnam (Feb 2017)
  • Tiananmen Square/ Forbidden City, China (Nov 2016)
  • Bali, Indonesia (July 2016)
  • The Petronas Towers, Malaysia – (April 2017)
  • Borneo and the Orangutans(May 2017)
  • Temples of Bagan, Myanmar(April 2017)
  • Bangkok, Thailand  (Dec 2016)
  • Wailing Wall, Jerusalem.
  • North Korea
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan  (Oct 2013 Tokyo Post)
  • Sensoji Temple, Asasuka, Tokyo  (Oct 2013 Tokyo Post)
  • Itsukushima Shrine, Japan
  • Nikko National park, Japan
  • Golden Pavilion, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha, Japan
  • Visit Uzbekistan and the silk road through central Asia

Europe:

  • Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Guide to Sarajevo, May 2016)
  • Brandenburg gate, Berlin
  • See the Berlin wall in Berlin
  • Northern Lights
  • Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii, Italy – (June 2005 Exploring Pompeii and Herculaneum)
  • Budapest, Hungary  (Budapest, April 2014. Budapest)
  • Buckingham Palace, London – (July 2014 London)
  • Big Ben and Tower Bridge, London – (July 2014 London)
  • Eiffel Tower, France. – (2006)
  • Leaning Tower of Piza, Italy
  • Coliseum Of Rome, Italy
  • Visit Ypres and the grave of my Great Uncle who died in WW1
  • Visit the Emirates Stadium, London – (July 2007 London)
  • The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  • Visit the Cafes of Amsterdam! – (Feb 2009 Weekend in Amsterdam )
  • Stay out till 5am on the Reeperbahn, Hamburg – (July 2009)
  • St. Marks Square, Venice – (Circa 1995, April 2016) Venice April 2016
  • Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland (March 2015) Exploring the Giant’s Causeway )
  • The Kremlin, Russia – (Sep 2012, Moscow)
  • Edinburgh Castle, Scotland – (Sept 2011, Edinburgh)
  • Visit Auschwitz (Nov 2014 Auschwitz)
  • See the Acropolis, Greece
  • Stonehenge, UK
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  • Bavarian Castles, Germany
  • See the Mona Lisa, France (2006)
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo – Dolomites
  • Explore the post apocalypic ruins of Chernobyl and Pripyat (July 2016)
  • See the Transfagarasan highway (July 2016, Adventure at the Transfagarasan highway! )
  • Hike in the Carpathian Mountains (July 2016, Hiking to 7520ft in the Carpathian mountains)
  • See Dracula’s castle in Transylvania (July 2016, Brasov)
  • Explore the abandoned communist monument of Buzludzha (June 2016, Exploring Buzludzha)

Africa:

Oceania:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house, Australia (July 2017)
  • See Ramsey Street, Australia (August 2017)
  • AFL game at the MCG (August 2017)
  • Whitsundays, Australia
  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Ulura, Australia
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand

South America:

  • Machu Pichu, Peru
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Christ The Redeemer, Brazil
  • Iguaza Falls, Argentina
  • The Amazon Rainforest
  • The favellas of Brazil
  • Easter Island
  • Salt Flats of Bolivia
  • Tikal, Guatemala
  • ik-kil-cenote, Mexico
  • Dinosaur footprints – Bolivia
  • Fitz Roy and Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
  • Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia

Antarctica:

Experiences:

  • Do the Transiberian/ Mongolian Express
  • Bullet Train (Nov 2016, China)
  • Shoot a live gun (Budapest, April 2014. Shooting in Budapest!)
  • Get a tattoo (TattoosTravel Tattoos)
  • Ride a hot air balloon (May 2016, Cappadocia, Turkey)
  • Care for elephants (March 2017, Chiang Mai)
  • Safari in Africa
  • Drink Guinness in Dublin, Ireland (May 2014, Dublin)
  • Eat Sushi in Japan (October 2013, Tokyo 2013)
  • Jetski
  • Backpack across Europe (April to Aug 2016)
  • Walk across a glacier
  • Be on TV! (Nov 2016, Chinese travel program, interviewed at Zhangziazie!)
  • Ride a motorbike (Rode 2500 miles across Vietnam after my first time riding!)
  • Own a Harley Davidson!
  • Ride a helicopter
  • Be in a hurricane  (Hurricane Charley, 13 August 2004, Florida)
  • See a tornado
  • Experience St Patrick’s day in Dublin (March 2015)
  • Visit inside Lenin’s Mausoleum (Moscow 2012)
  • Hitch Hike (May 2016, Albania)
  • Skinny Dip (May 2016, Albania)

Sporting events

  • See Arsenal Play at the Emirates  (Jan 2008, vs Birmingham)
  • See an MLB game (NY Mets Vs St Louis Cardinals. June 2013, NYC
  • See the Mets Play (NY Mets Vs St Louis Cardinals. June 2013, NYC
  • Attend a world cup game
  • See Arsenal in the Champions League
  • Gamble in Vegas
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Wembley stadium, London
  • Attend an Ashes game
  • Attend an AFL game at the MCG (August 13th 2017, Melbourne vs St. Kilda)
  • See the Tour De France (July 2014, Tour De France)

Music/ Bands

Achievements:

  • Get Married (13th June 2013, New York, Our NEW YORK wedding!)
  • Have Children (Long way off yet!!)
  • Get a BA Degree (Staffordshire University, Fine Art, 2:1. 2010)
  • Get an MA Degree (October 2014, Design & Art Direction, Merit) 
  • Do a PHD
  • Do a TEFL
  • Score a hatrick (Staffs Vs Aston, 2008)
  • Run an organised 10k  (Rochdale Kingsway 10k Sept 14, 60:42 Nic, 59:13 Shorty)
  • Run an organised 10k under an hour (Littleborough 10k, Sept 2014, 59:35)
  • Run a 10k again after having major knee surgery! (Sept 2016, 13 months after!)
  • Run a half Marathon
  • Run a Marathon
  • Have a successful travel blog
  • Earn a living whilst travelling/ freelance from an office
  • Learn an instrument
  • Learn German

Climbing/ Mountaineering/ Extreme sports

  • Lead Climb E1 (Trad Climbing) – Current hardest HVS
  • Lead Climb 6b (Sport Climbing) – Current hardest 6a
  • Climb 7A (Boulder Problem) – Current hardest 6B
  • Climb a multi-pitch route (“Grooved Arete” On Mt. Tryfan, April 2014, Wales)
  • Lead a multi pitch route
  • Lead a trad route (First: “Meanwhile, S 4a” ) Anglezarke, May 2014, Now up to HVS) Climbing posts
  • Lead an outdoor sport route (April 2014, Wales, 6a best so far!)
  • Ice Climbing
  • Complete SPA climbing instruction award
  • Become climbing/ Outdoors instructor
  • Climb on the Welsh Sea Cliffs
  • Climb in Font, France
  • Climb in Magic Wood, Switzerland
  • Climb on Krabi
  • Climb at Malham Cove
  • Climb in Yosemite
  • Climb in the Dolomites
  • Climb an alpine route (Salbitschijen South Ridge)
  • Climb a mountain (Several/ First: Old man of Coniston, Jan 2012 Old Man Of ConistonMountain Posts
  • Do the 3 peaks challenge (Sept 2013, Three Peaks)
  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • Traverse Crib Gogh (April 2014, Wales)
  • Climb Ben Nevis (Sept 2013, Three Peaks)
  • Mount kinabalu, Borneo (May 2017)
  • Climb a Live Volcano  (June 2005 – Mt Vesuvius)
  • See Everest/ base camp
  • Table Mountain, South Africa
  • Climb Mount Blanc
  • See the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau (August 2015)
  • Striding Edge (July 4th 2015, Helvellyn post)
My UKC logbook for my climbs – Nic Logbook

 

So there it is and as many as I tick off it still seems to get longer!

 

What’s at the top of your list?

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Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.
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