Bucket List

All my life I have always been very task driven, and I do love my lists… Remember I used to sleep with a pen and paper next to bed because I could always remember something in the middle of the night I needed/wanted to do…  it’s been eventually replaced by the notes on my iPhone but the colourful post-it are still around my room and at my desk at work… lists lists lists… they command my life!

But I do have a special one, that I have been creating since I was very young.. used to call it my “Cosmic list”  (thanks Gee 😉 ) where I have been collecting all my dreams and “must do” in life…  and suddenly I start realizing that this list was ruling my world…Is what makes me leave the bed, go to work, etc…  My Bucket list is THE reason I wake up every day with a big smile and makes me jump out of bed because I have a goal to achieve… or just I say 2500!!!!!!

Loch Lomond, Scotland Road Trip, 2013.

Loch Lomond, Scotland Road Trip, 2013.

Yep, my cosmic list, or Bucket list has over 2,500 items on it… I am glad to say that MANY MANY of them have been crossed… but still many many to tick, and glad about that otherwise I might not have a reason to leave that bed…

Anyway, I will definitely not share all the items with you (at least not now, but who knows eventually ), but I will share the ones connected with this travel or my travels in general and hopefully I will give you some ideas and inspiration for you to create your own but more important to go and lose yourself in the world and tick tick tick tick… by truly doing them =)

So, I divide my Bucket list in different groups:  Travel, professional, educational, musical, sports, hobbies, financial, personal development, family, spiritual, etc, etc and I will now share with you the Travel Bucket List.

Travel Bucket List

My travel Bucket list can also be divided into several different categories, such as the following:

  • Seven Wonders of the World
  • Famous Monuments and Landmarks
  • Churches, Cathedrals and Temples
  • Castles and Palaces
  • Best Museums
  • Natural Wonders
  • Adventures to experience
  • Animals
  • My Portuguese roots    

 

To visit the Seven Wonders of the World BUCKET LIST

  • The Taj Mahal, India
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • The Colosseum in Rome 
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Christ Redeemer, Brazil 
  • The Great Wall of China

 

Famous Monuments and Landmarks BUCKET LIST

  • The Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, England 
  • The Tower Bridge in London, UK
  • King’s College, Cambridge, UK
  • Stonehenge, United Kingdom 
  • Trevi Fountain in Rome 
  • The Colosseum in Rome 
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • Champs Elysees & Arc de Triumph, Paris 
  • The Eiffel Tower, France
  • Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France
  • The Acropolis in Greece
  • The Alhambra in Spain
  • Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  • The Kremlin in Russia
  • Liberty Bell, Philadelphia  
  • Washington Monument, WDC
  • National Mall WDC
  • Empire State Building, NY
  • Hollywood sign, LA
  • Atlantis Hotel, Dubai
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai
  • The Dome of the Rock, Israel 
  • Ait benhaddou, Morocco
  • Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech  
  • Karnak Temple; Egypt 
  • Abu Simbel in Egypt 
  • The Great Sphinx, Egypt 
  • The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt 
  • The Red Fort, Agra, India
  • Sydney Opera House, Australia
  • The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia
  • KL Tower
  • Sky Tree, Tokyo
  • The Nazca Lines, Peru
  • Forbidden City, China
  • Agra Fort, India
  • Tokyo Tower, Japan
  • Xian City Wall, China
  • Terracota Warriors, China
  • Amber Fort, India
  • Mehrangarh Fort, India
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, AU

 

Churches, Cathedrals and Temples BUCKET LIST

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Kiyomizu Temple in Japan
  • Golden Pavillion (Kinkaku-ji), Japan
  • Church of the Nativity, Israel
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Israel
  • Luxor Temple in Egypt 
  • Hagia Sophia, Turkey 
  • The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul
  • The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
  • Shah Mosque, Iran
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran
  • Jame Mosque of Yazd, Iran
  • Temple of Besakih in Bali 
  • Brahmavihara in Indonesia
  • Ajanta Caves in India
  • Madurai – Sri Meenakshi Temple, India
  • Temple of Confucius, Beijing, China
  • Silver Pagoda, PP Cambodia 
  • Bagan Temples, Myanmar 
  • Temple of Dawn, BKK Thailand
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar 
  • White Temple, CR Thailand 
  • Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral, San Francisco
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, Rome 
  • Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy 
  • Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain 
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
  • Sacré Coeur in Paris
  • The Blue-Domed Church in Santorini

 

Castles and Palaces BUCKET LIST

  • Buckingham Palace, London
  • Castelo de Guimarães, PT
  • Versailles Palace, France
  • Eilean Donan, Dornie, Scottish Highlands.
  • Matsumoto Castle, Japan
  • Himeji Castle, Japan
  • Pena Nacional Palace, Portugal
  • Topkapi Palace, Turkey
  • Summer Palace, Beijing
  • Mysore Palace, India
  • Grand Palace, BKK Thailand
  • Himeji Castle, Japan 
  • Prague Castle, Czech Republic
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  • Windsor Castle, UK
  • Leeds Castle, UK
  • Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France 
  • Miramare Castle, Italy  
  • Peles Castle, Romania
  • Bran Castle (Dracula), Transylvania

 

Best Museums in the World BUCKET LIST

  • Musee du Louvre, Paris
  • British Museum, London 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  • Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Museum of the Modern Art, NY
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Musee de Orsay, Paris
  • Prado National Museum, Madrid
  • State Hermitage Museum, St. Peterburg Russia
  • National Gallery, London
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Vasa Museum, Stockholm
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • National Museum of Antropology, Mexico City
  • Acropolis Museum, Athens
  • Imperial War Museum, London
  • Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  • Guggenheim Museum, NY
  • Accademia Gallery, Florence
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • National History Museum, London 
  • American Museum of National, NY
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, WDC
  • Science Museum, London 
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel 
  • Auschwitz State Museum, Poland
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Japan
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide, Phnom Penh Cambodia 
  • National Palace Museum, Taipei
  • Vietan Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi 
  • Bangkok National Museum, Thailand 
  • The Museum of Terracota Warriors, Xian China
  • Immigration Museum, Melbourne AU
  • Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellignton NZ
  • The National 9/11 Memorial Museum, NY

 

Natural Wonders BUCKET LIST

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
  • The 12 Apostles, Australia
  • Blue Mountains, 3 sisters, AU
  • Great Barrier Reef, AU
  • Fraser Island, AU
  • Whitsundays, AU
  • Fraser Island, AU
  • Whineglass Bay, Tasmania
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Lake Wanaka, NZ
  • Moeraki Boulders, NZ
  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Mammoth Cave National Park , Kentucky, USA
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Death Valley, California
  • The Everglades, Florida
  • Na Pali Coast, USA
  • Bay of Fundi, Canada
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Bacalar colourful lakes, Mexico
  • El Yunque, Puerto Rico
  • Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • El Tatio, Chile
  • Chicamocha National Park, Colombia
  • Colca Canyon, Peru
  • Huascarán National Park, Peru
  • The Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
  • The Patagonia grasslands, Argentina.
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
  • The Belize Barrier Reef
  • The Great Reef, AU
  • The Amazon Rainforest, South America
  • Iguaçu Falls, South America
  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
  • The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Table Mountain, South Africa
  • Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
  • Krueger Park in SA
  • Victoria Falls (between Zambia and Zimbabwe)
  • Bu Tinah Island, United Arab Emirates
  • Red Sea
  • Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Jebel Hafeet, UAE
  • Jebel Al Jais, UAE
  • Wadi Shab, Oman
  • Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), Oman
  • Sundarbans, Bangladesh
  • Mount Fuji, Japan
  • Guiling and Lijiang River National Park, China
  • Zhangjiajie National Park, China
  • Jiuzhaigou National Park, China
  • Chocolate Hills, Philippines
  • Maya Beach, Thailand
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam
  • Sipadan Island, Malaysia
  • Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
  • Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis)
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
  • Cliffs of Mother, Ireland
  • Loch Lomond, Scotland
  • Lock Ness, Scotland 
  • The Melissani Cave, Greece
  • Goreme National Park, Turkey
  • The White Cliffs of Dover in Great Britain
  • Black Forest, Germany
  • Being in the middle of a rainforest by myself 
  • Visit a cloud forest (was artificial tho)

 

Adventures to experience BUCKET LIST

  • Visit inside a volcano
  • Walk Behind a Waterfall
  • Climb up the Statue of Liberty
  • See gaudi’s works in Barcelona   
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial 
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Times Square
  • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit Disneyland in Paris
  • Visit Disneyland in California
  • Visit Disneyworld in Florida
  • Have a movie tour in Central Park, New York
  • Visit Loch Ness in Scotland
  • Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy
  • Do a Safari in Africa 
  • To float on the dead sea, Israel
  • To take the cable car to Sugar loaf, Brazil
  • Go visit a favela in Rio, Brasil
  • To get lost in Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • To sleep in the Sahara Desert
  • Be on a camel fair 
  • Camel Ride in Sahara
  • Camel Ride in India
  • Camel Ride in Egypt
  • Dance, sing and rave with Berber people in the desert
  • Sleep under the stars in the cold desert 
  • To get lost at Cappadocia chimneys
  • To walk over the Pamukkale natural swimming pools
  • Live in a foreign country for over 2 years
  • Visit all 7 continents.
  • Visit 10 countries in Africa.
  • Visit 100 countries.
  • Fly First Class
  • Fly a airplane
  • Helicopter ride
  • Stand on the equator.
  • Stand on the Greenwich 
  • Drive through the Great Ocean Road, AU
  • To swim on Lake Mackenzie in Fraser Island, AU
  • Snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Stand on the prime meridian 
  • To visit the Fjords of Norway.
  • Go on a Tuk-Tuk ride in the busy streets of Phnom Phen .
  • To swim naked in the Liguria sea
  • To have a picture with the The Terracotta Warriors
  • To have a meal at Hong Kong Harbor
  • Have an hot Christmas
  • Have an international NYE celebration 
  • To run at the Windmills at Kinderdijk (Holland)
  • To visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
  • To Visit Auschwitz.
  • Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Have henna tattoo in my hands
  • Assist to sacred funerals and rituals in Varanasi – Ganges 
  • To wear a sari in India
  • To visit a Indian school
  • Learn how to cook curry in India
  • Learn how to cook dumplings in China 
  • Have my palm read by a real and famous astrologist 
  • Sleep inside a fort
  • Swim with whale sharks
  • To visit a bat cave and see the bats fly
  • To sleep at the Grand Hotel in Taipei
  • To do white water rafting 
  • Assist an Indian weeding
  • Be an extra on a Bollywood movie
  • Be an extra on a Hollywood movie
  • To illegally swim on a Olympic swimming pool
  • Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Watch sumo wrestlers in Japan.
  • Get made up like a Geisha in Tokyo
  • Swim at the infinite pool in Marina Bay
  • Stroll on the waterfront promenade at Marina Bay
  • Visit the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
  • To visit an orphanage and bring presents to the children 
  • Go to New Zealand and visit the places where they filmed “The Lord of the Rings”.
  • To visit the world largest free fligh walkin aviary, KL
  • Visit Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny
  • To explore YSL gardens in Marroco
  • See Michaelangelo’s “David”. 
  • Walk the Abraham Path following the footsteps of the prophet Abraham 4,000 years ago.
  • Go to Madurodam in the Netherlands.
  • Visit the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
  • Take a boat tour in Amsterdam
  • Take pictures with the naked statues of Vigeland Park, Oslo
  • Visit every capital city in Western Europe.
  • Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland
  • Visit Guatemala’s Tikal National Park
  • Ride on a reed boat in Lake Titicaca
  • Go to a coffee plantation in a Central American country
  • To swim at Ik Kil cenote
  • Witness a meteor shower.
  • Have a party on a night train
  • Buy myself a precious stone – girls best friend on a exotic trip 
  • Eat pasta in Italy
  • Volunteer for a charity in a different country
  • Swim on a lake or river with crocs 
  • Jump out of a airplane – skydiving
  • To do Parachute
  • Bunging jumping
  • Go zorbing
  • Do paragliding 
  • Snorkel on the red Sea
  • Snorkel at the Gilis
  • Learn to scubadiving
  • Repel down a 30m waterfall
  • Repel down a Washing Machine waterfall
  • Slide down a waterfall
  • Trail ride Grand Canyon

 

Animals BUCKET LIST

  • To swim with sharks
  • To swim with whale sharks
  • To swim with dolphins
  • To swim with turtles 
  • To swim with sting rays 
  • To swim with a giant grouper 
  • To swim with a mola mola 
  • To swim at the Jellyfish lake in Papau
  • To hold a big snake
  • To hold a panda
  • to hold a baby lion
  • To hold a koala
  • To get a selfie with a canguru 
  • To ride a horse
  • To ride a camel
  • To ride a elephant 
  • To visit Australia Zoo
  • To visit Singapore Zoo
  • To do a night safari
  • To do an African Safari 
  • To play with lions
  • To see the big 5 in the wild
  • To see lions in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
  • Spend a day with elephants
  • Pet a tiger
  • Find nemo
  • To see a tarsier live
  • See a crocodile in the wild
  • See a polar bear in the wild
  • See a raft of pinguins in the wild
  • Mush a dog sled
  • Adopt an animal
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter

 

My Portuguese roots BUCKET LIST

  • Visit Brazil
  • Visit Angola
  • Visit Mozambique
  • Visit Cape Verde
  • Visit Timor East
  • Visit Guine Bissau
  • Visit São Tomé e Principe
  • Visit Macau
  • Visit Goa
  • Visit Malacca 
  • Visit the church where Vasco da Gama was buried in Kochi
  • Visit portuguese forts in Muscat

 

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9 thoughts on “Bucket List

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      hahaha ahhh sweetie, go and check “The route”. Its there, and I want to visit. please feel free to leave any comments on the route on where to go. and where u passing NYE? I might even visit you 😀

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  1. Liliana

    You better not come back to London and apply to the same Travel consultant job as me as you will definatly get the job…geez Ema that is a big List.You would be a great Travel consultant knowing all these places.

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  2. Jessy

    When youre in Prague, visit Europe’s biggest disco right next to the Karls bridge, Karlovy Lázne! Drink beer and Becherovka and eat roast pork with dumplings. The old city is amazing!!!
    Lüneburg in Germany is also cute,a bit like Venice. Let me know when youre in the north of Germany, I’ll show you around and you have a place to sleep as well of course…

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    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Hello Jessy darling. Thank you for your lovely comment. Definitely will return to Europe at some point and both destinations you mention are on my plans! And would be lovely to see you again xxx
      Ems

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