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Charline Eberhardt – one inspirational bucketlist to check out

It has been a while since I’ve had a new bucketlist to share with you guys. Here is Charline’s, Charline is in the middle of an amazing world tour which she shares over at her blog Elephants to Kangaroos (check it out). Charline is an incredible photographer, her love of photography spurred her to leave her job and safe life (sound familiar) to travel and really give professional photography a fighting chance. The title of Charline’s blog, Elephants to Kangaroos shows the extent of her journey which has taken her from her native France, to Africa, through South-East Asia and now onto Australia, where we met, and I planted the idea of a bucketlist…

Have a flick through this for some inspiration.

  1. Visit the MOMA in New York.
  2. Learn how to danse salsa in South America.
  3. Quit a job I don’t like.
  4. Play in at least 3 casinos in Las Vegas.
  5. Learn to surf.
  6. Watch a Bollywood movie in India.
  7. Enter an airport, look at the departure flights, and take a ticket for the destination that tempts me the most.
  8. Get a tatoo.
  9. Win a photo contest.
  10. Scuba dive with orcas.
  11. Swim with dolphins.
  12. Attend a Superbowl game in the USA.
  13. Spend more good times with my family.
  14. Offer a plane / train ticket to a stranger who would have missed his/hers to thank this man who did this for me once.
  15. Participate at the light festival Loy Krathong in Thailand.
  16. Prepare and attend the wedding of my best friend.
  17. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square in New York.
  18. Do something crazy for love.
  19. Attend the Rio carnaval.
  20. Create my company.
  21. Swing in the hammock in MY garden.
  22. Save someone’s life.
  23. Do my first photo exhibition.
  24. Swim in a hot spring one evening under the stars.
  25. Go to Roma with my grandma and listen to her telling me all these stories about our family that I didn’t know.
  26. Learn to play chess.
  27. Plant a tree.
  28. Buy the house of my dreams, close from the sea and the mountains.
  29. See the Taj-Mahal.
  30. Jump properly with my snowboard in a snowpark (without falling this time).
  31. Spend an entire day watching some Disney movies.
  32. Launch a lantern from the beach.
  33. See an aurora.
  34. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara after drawing the 1st mark with my feet on the sand dunes.
  35. Make a professionnal listening to my piano compositions. And see his reaction.
  36. Put my feet on all the continents.
  37. See the Eiffel Tower sparkles all over again.
  38. Publish my photography book.
  39. Play piano in front of minimum 5 strangers in the street.
  40. Climb and see the sunrise from the top of the Kilimandjaro.
  41. Make a parachute jump.
  42. Hug an elephant.
  43. Drive a convertible.
  44. Kite with children in India.
  45. Do a safari in Africa.
  46. Get involved in a humanitarian association for few months.
  47. Do another paragliding flight, this time during summer in the middle of the mountains.
  48. Climb a mountain that is more than 4000m high.
  49. Danse in Uyuni desert in Bolivia.
  50. Really learn how to kitesurf and make my 1st edges with a big smile.
  51. Learn how to jump with a kitesurf to have this feeling of being on the water the 1st second and in the air the 2nd.
  52. Leave, alone, on a World tour for a year.
  53. See a basketball game in the US and scream « DE-FENSE ». (Knicks vs Heat of Miami – Phil Collins as a guest star!)
  54. See a concert of Jean-Jacques Goldman.
  55. Do a hot air balloon flight.
  56. See the Machu Picchu.
  57. Ask a stranger in the street to take a picture of her/him.
  58. Go to Thailand and discover this country I’ve heard so much about.
  59. Go to Australia and find Drazic from Heartbreak High (or the koalas, as you wish)
  60. Speak perfectly English and fluently Spanish.
  61. Visit New-Zealand and its 1000 wonders.
  62. Go over my vertigo and my fear of heights.
  63. Cook some muffins or cookies and distribute it in front of strangers doors.
  64. Find the man who will share my life and have a family with him.
  65. Celebrate Holi in India.
  66. Know how to play “Hit the road jack“ and “I’ve got a woman” from Ray Charles in piano.
  67. See the hot air balloon flighting in Bagan for sunrise.
  68. Attend a handball World Cup or Olympics final and see France lift the trophy.
  69. Offer a week of vacation to my entire family to thank them.
  70. Run a half-marathon.
  71. Drink a cocktail on a wonderful beach with my best friend.
  72. Learn meditation.
  73. Learn to sew with my grandmother to make at my turn some clothes for my grandchildren one day.
  74. Have the freedom feeling of driving a motorbike around a countryside.
  75. Play drums.
  76. Do some roller at a disco party.
  77. Live in a foreign country for at least 6 months.
  78. Reach my ideal weight.
  79. Cook an Asia diner to my friends in France.
  80. Don’t use my phone or any other electronic device for at least a week.
  81. Be PADI certified for scuba diving.
  82. See a Cirque du Soleil show.
  83. Do a back somersault.
  84. Have a picture published in National Geographic.
  85. Spend an Asian New Year’s Eve and have fun while throwing water on everybody.
  86. Sponsor a child to pay for his education and more.
  87. Kick a punching bag.
  88. Admire the view from a helicopter.
  89. Get up on a famous stage. (Olympia, Paris – Concert de M)
  90. Have a big party with ALL my friends, no exception.
  91. Go to NYC with my 5 best friends and danse on “Friends” music.
  92. Play handball again.
  93. Have free drinks from stranger on my birthday
  94. Teach my kids how to dive in a swimming pool.

If you want to see some of Charline’s incredible photography, go have a look at her blog here,

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Philosophical Bucketlist – Melanie Agustina

This has made my day! After ages of nagging my lovely sister to write and post her bucket list here she has sent me not one, but two lists, along with a very interesting letter explaining this rather philosophical bucketlist. It is so interesting to compare the different things that were important to Mel when she was leaving university and now, as she approaches ‘ahem’ the dreaded four zero. I would love to hear your take on the thought that maybe a bucket list is not ideal as there are so many spontaneous adventures which life throws at us, and some things that just never happen (for whatever reason). Anyway, enjoy this read coming all the way from Saudi Arabia where my sister lives and works:

I know you have been at me for ages about my ‘bucket list’ but after looking through the checklist (before the ‘Bucket List’ movie was made) I made with my best friend Jayne when I was at university I was really worried about how little I will/have achieved at this stage of my life (OMG I am nearly 40!).

When I sat down and began this I started thinking about all the amazing things that I have seen, experienced and worked towards that were never on my original checklist. This sparked a debate with Win (my husband), as he doesn’t think that a Bucket List is a good idea. His reasoning is that there is so much that happens during life’s journey that are incidental surprises, changes and choices we make when we get to that fork in the road, that if you have a list and don’t tick them all off you will not appreciate these other experiences and joys to the same extent as if you didn’t have a list. Win also said that he would find it hard to get to a point in life and look at the list and feel really disappointed. His views made me think about all the strange twists and turns in my own life journey and all the amazing things that I have experienced and done. I realise that this is not the place for a philosophical debate about Bucket Lists, but going through this reflection provided food for thought to me from different perspectives.

However, I love checklists and crossing things off. It provides such a sense of achievement and control. In my second bucket list, all the family items are not negotiable. They are things that I have an intrinsic desire to achieve and wish to do to give my children the best opportunities possible. Although I have made this Bucket List I am going to grab all positive opportunities as they come and if I am lucky enough to get to do the things in all other categories along the way I will be very excited.

Okay so I have attached some of the bits from my university checklist and then pasted on my Almost 40 Bucket-List.

University ‘Checklist’


  1. Travel the world for at least a year
  2. Raft down the Amazon
  3. Bike through NZ
  4. Adventure to follow Charles Darwin’s Journey
  5. Visit South America and places from ‘Children of the Sun’ (cartoon from childhood)
  6. Visit countries that I did projects on in High School and College (Laos, Amazon, Peru, Tibet)
  7. Australian Road Trip with JS (aka JC) and RK
  8. Swim in whales
  9. Learn to Cross Country Snow Ski
  10. Go walking in Nepal


  1. Write a book called, “Stories I couldn’t tell my mother”
  2. Work overseas
  3. See the Australian Deserts in Bloom (WA)
  4. Find the perfect tall, dark and handsome man to share my life
  5. Get a tattoo
  6. Own the perfect little house (near the ocean and close to the mountains)

Brain Food:

  1. Gain my AMus (Associate Diploma of Musical Performance)
  2. Get to wear the purple hat

Physical Challenges:

  1. Base Jump from cliffs in Pakistan
  2. Complete at least 10 triathlons
  3. Learn to surf
  4. Complete a free fall course
  5. Climb the highest mountains of three continents


Mel’s Almost 40 Bucket List


  1. Be there when my children/family need me
  2. Help my children find their passion
  3. Live to see my children enter their chosen careers that sparks passion and gives them fulfillment


  1. Write children’s books that promote intercultural understanding and respect
  2. Get to wear the purple hat
  3. Jointly celebrate 40th birthday JC and RK in STYLE
  4. See the Australian Deserts in Bloom (WA)
  5. Pass on the skills and knowledge of bushwalking and the outdoors (I have learnt from my mother and father) to my family
  6. Provide my children with opportunities to develop a strong ALs (Additional Languages)
  7. Go walking with my family in five continents
  8. Become ideal weight and fitness then maintain
  9. Be financially out of debt before I am 40!
  10. See the Southern Aurora
  11. Go star gazing in an Australian desert and Middle Eastern desert and compare
  12. Find somewhere that we can call home
  13. Own the perfect little ‘home’ that is environmentally sustainable
  14. Permanent Residency (as the word permanent really means forever) or Citizenship for Win
  15. Do a musical tour of Europe (concerts, places of birth of great composers, museums)

Brain Food:

  1. Lead 6 different IB workshops in EY (Early Years education – multiple times if possible to help refine my own skills and understanding)
  2. Do a Reggio Emilia Study Tour
  3. When retired…work for an NGO providing education and training for countries or areas of need
  4. Get to wear the purple hat
  5. Play in an orchestra


  1. Visit South America and places from ‘Children of the Sun’
  2. Visit countries that I did projects on in High School and College (Laos, Amazon, Peru, Tibet)
  3. Australian Road Trip with JS (aka JC) and RK
  4. Swim in whales
  5. Learn to Cross Country Snow Ski
  6. Go on an adventure holiday with Grandma and Grandpa
  7. Adventure to follow Charles Darwin’s Journey
  8. African Safari

Physical Challenges:

  1. Run a marathon before 40!
  2. Complete a full length triathlon
  3. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
  4. Learn to surf (and manage to stay up for the whole ride)


  1. Change my diet to become more environmentally sustainable
  2. Win 5 games of ‘May I’ (card game) in a row against good competition (Butlers etc…)


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Diana from d travels ’round – Bucket list

In her writing Diana from d travels ’round tries to answer the question “What happens when you turn 30, and realize the life you are living…is no longer the life you want to live?”  The answer which Diana keeps coming back to is simple, you travel…and blog…and travel…and…

On her way to answering this question Diana has had her stories appear in both print and online media around the globe and recently she picked up the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. There are a few places and things on Diana’s hit list, not really a bucket list, which she has not gotten around to as yet , but I am sure, given time, that she will do all of them. So, reproduced here with kind permission is a summary of Diana’s list, read on and be inspired!

  1. Go back to Sweden and see the magical lights way up north.
  2. Abisko National Park.
  3. Stop seething with polite jealousy at others’ trips down there and go to Antarctica
  4. Mongol Rally. A car. A few people. And a trip from Europe to Mongolia to raise money for a charity.
  5. Cuba. There is something so incredibly romantic about the little country south of Florida. And, I want to experience it for myself.
  6. Varnasi, India. I’d go to India just to visit here. Take a month or so and gallivant around the rest of the country.
  7. Camino de Santiago. The pilgrimage in Spain – the Camino de Santiago – isn’t only a challenge but an incredible way to see the more untouched beauty the country has to offer.
  8. Camp outside of Area 51. I never made it near Area 51. And, I would have really liked to do so.
  9. Give Paris another chance
  10. Meditation Retreat at Doi Suthep
  11. Have meaningful experiences, this isn’t really a “place” or anything, but it is truly what I want from every moment of my life: meaningful experiences.

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Samantha – student Bucket List

This week’s student bucket list comes from the heady world of an early twenties student, funny blog title then hey! Ooh, I remember when I was a student…anyways, Samantha runs a blog called Adventures of a 20-something where she records “everything from crazy nights out to incoherent ramblings about my everyday life to lessons I’ve learned the hard way.” There are a few posts called “Overheard on the hill” which are absolutely hilarious quotes overheard in Samantha’s ramblings, I spend way more time than I had planned chuckling at these. So below I am pleased to introduce the bucket list of my young and funny fellow blogger Samantha:

1. Learn to surf.

2. Learn to play guitar.

3. Win an Ivy League Championship and go to NCAAs.

4. Learn to drive stick shift.

5. Go skydiving.

6. Time’s Square on New Year’s Eve.

7. New Year’s kiss from a complete stranger.

8. Complete 161 things …or at least like 75%.

9. Backpack across Europe.

10. Learn family history/geneology/family tree.

11. Adopt a dog.

12. Go to the Super Bowl.

13. Go to Hawaii.

14. Cross-country road trip.

15. Go parasailing.

16. Go on a cruise.

17. Scuba dive.

18. Write and publish a book.

19. Own a Mustang.

20. Kiss in the rain.

21. Get a tattoo.

22. Go REAL camping.

23. Bowl a 300.

24. Ride a mechanical bull.

25. Go zip-lining.

26. Break a world record.

27. Have a book turned into a movie.

28. Do a Tough Mudder or a Warrior Dash or something along those lines.

29. Sing karaoke and not care what anyone thinks.

30. Be in 161 Faces of Cornell.

31. Have a book I’ve written become a New York Times Best Seller.

32. Go on a reality TV show (or at least appear on one).

33. Participate in Holi.

34. Run a marathon.

35. Visit all 30 MLB baseball stadiums.
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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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