Sydney Duante – Bucket list

Sydney Duarte, aka The Traveling Gypsy describes herself as a loud, hyperactive Eastern Kentucky gal who has made it her mission to ‘improve the world one smile at a time’ 

Her blog dates back to April 2008 and follows a hectic course of adventuring. It has some beautifully philosophical posts (When life give you lemons)  and lots of fun stories, most of which are framed with photos of Sydney grinning widely into the lens and looking like she is having the time of her life

So, after checking out this brilliant bucket list why don’t you pop on over to The Traveling Gypsy to say hi.

I guarantee you’ll leave with a grin.

Adventure and Travel
1. Truly traverse the entire globe & set foot on each of the seven continents.
2. Take a 7 month WORLD TRAVEL Tour and learn more about people, psychology, Cultural differences, religion (I’m not really Religious, but am open to it).
3. Visit all “Wonders of the World” at
4. Live like a local for a month in another country. The experience of visiting native people gives you way more insight into another way of life than two years hopping from one backpacker community to the next.
5. Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. Stomp grapes at a vineyard to make wine
7. Participate in La Tomatina (last Wednesday in August) Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain
8. Participate in Holi (The full moon in March) India
9. Participate in Australia Day (January 26)
10. Scuba in the World’s most unique aquatic environment…. the Great Barrier Reef.
11. Scuba in Anakao, Madagascar
12. Eat the most AMAZING ice cream in the World at the Taiwanese night market
13. Eat fresh fruit at the Floating Market in Thailand
14. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermines
15. Hike/Camp in the Amazon Rainforest.
16. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil.
17. Play a didgeridoo with aborigines in the Australian Outback
18. Be an extra in a movie
19. Participate in/start a flash mob
20. Visit a fortune teller/energy reader
21. Take a tour of a fortune cookie factory
22. Climb an active volcano and roast marshmallows over the lava
23. Follow my food from field to table. Most people in the world still eat what they have picked with their own hands. Why not get back to the basics?
24. Shower in a Waterfall
25.  See the Northern Lights
26. Photograph an endangered species. Aside from an image to keep for a lifetime, it will remind me, and others, how fragile life can be
27. Participate in Burning Man (Starts 8 days before the American Labor Day, September) Blackrock Desert, Nevada USA
28. Vist Iguazú Cataratas (Aregentinian side)
29. Learn how to make a national dish
30. Travel India by train on its extensive rail network
31. Attend a music festival in another country
32. Go on an African Safari
33. Log in enough sky dive jumps to get my A license
34. Go Zip Lining on a jungle canopy tour
35. Hike the Grand Canyon to Supai Village
36. Go Tubing down a river (Nantahala, New River & Saluda River)
37. Skim board without falling off
38. Go Parasailing
39. Go Rafting
40. Go Wakeboarding
41. Jump from the tallest tree on the highest cliff at Grayson Lake, KY
42. Fly in First Class
43. Take a picture of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris
44. Rock Climb without gear
45. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
46. Take a hot air balloon ride
47. Go Ultra Gliding
48. Go hang gliding
49. Turn a public place full of complete strangers into a dance party
50. Sell my artwork to someone I don’t know
51. Go Deep Sea Fishing and eat my catch
52. Take a whale/dolphin watching boat trip
53. Spend New Years in an exotic location
54. Spend New Years in Time Square, NYC
55. Do the Great Polar Bear Challenge
56. Look for hidden treasure on a beach with a metal detector
57. Find a starfish in the ocean (Anakao, Madagascar)
58. Ride a Camel in the dessert in Egypt
59. See the Old Faithful geyser erupt
60. Go to Taipei 101
61. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
62. Win first prize in a costume contest
63. Do something you should regret, but don’t
64. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
65. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
66. Jump off a cliff into a natural body of water in an exotic location
67. Take a tour of the Favellas in Rio de Janeiro
68. Go skiing in the Rockies.
69. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
70. Trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant
71. Start a social movement on a cause you believe in
72. Stay in a tiki hut on an exotic beach
73. Dive with sharks
74. See the Pyramids of Giza
75. Visit the Great Wall of China
76. See the Mayan temples
77. Visit the Hollywood sign
78. Ride a tandem bike
79. Go to the Kentucky Derby
80. Fiji
81. New Zealand
82. Australia
83. Bali
84. Belize
85. Santorini, Greece
86. Loch Ness, Scotland
87. Ibiza
88. Himalayas – Nepal
89. Galapagos Islands
90. Easter Island
91. Barbados
92. Hawaii
93. Moorea Island in French Polynesia
94. Angel Falls – Venezuela
95. Paraguay
96. Argentina
97. Peru
98. Berlin, Germany
99. Frankfurt, Germany
100. Zurich, Switzerland
101. Cozumel, Mexico
102. Niagara Falls
103. Paris, France
104. Marseille, France
105. Phuket, Thailand
106. Koh Samui, Thailand
107. Bangkok, Thailand
108. Taipei, Taiwan
109. Antigua, Guatemala
110. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
111. Tikal, Guatemala
112. Barcelona, Spain
113. Madrid, Spain
114. Pamplona, Spain
115. NYC, NY
116. Boston, MA
117. Seattle, WA
118. San Jose, CA
119. San Francisco, CA
120. Vegas, NV
121. Savannah, GA
122. Miami, FL
123. Orlando, FL
124. Morocco
125. Belgium
126. Ireland
127. Japan
128. London, UK
129. Rome, Italy
130. Norway
131. Sweden
132. Portugal
133. Visit Stonehenge
134. Holland
135. Climb to the top of Machu Pichu
136. Nepal
137. Croatia
138. South Africa
139. Madagascar
140. Indonesia
141. Malaysia
142. India
143. Philippines
144. Chile
145. Tibet
146. Singapore
147. visit the Bahn it Cham towers in Vietnam -
148. Havasu Falls, AZ
149. Go to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
150. Stage dive and crowd surf at a concert.
151. Find treasure on a geo-cashing adventure
152. Explore the Carrizo Badlands Mud Caves in Arroyo Tapiado


Learn how to blow glass
Take a bead making class
Communicate with someone without sharing a common spoken language
Learn to Surf
Learn to Belly Dance
Learn to Hula
Get Scuba certified
Learn how to Kite surf
Learn to spin fire –


Find True Love
Get Married
Have Children – Preferably Twins

Big Ideas…

Win the Lottery
Write a book of my travels
Write & illustrate inspirational children’s books
Become a travel journalist/TV host
Become a motivational speaker
Be an Amazing Race contestant


Teach English in a foreign country
Volunteer abroad for a month.
Make a major difference in the life of a complete stranger
Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
Save someone’s life
Help an animal give birth

Become fluent in 2 other languages
Get an article about my travels published.
Take a martial arts class
Teach myself five forms of art from scratch
Keep a current blog
Always stay certified in CRP/First aid assistance
Take a photography class…possibly get a degree in photography

If you enjoyed reading this list, just imagine how much more fun you’d have writing one…let me know if you want to be a featured Red Rucksack ‘Bucketlister’

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