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Lesley Carter – Editor/Writer

Traveling and extremes have encompassed my life for 30 years; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, biplane flying, dog sledding, base jumping, kayaking, surfing, boogie boarding, rappelling, and caving, I’ve tried every “bucketlist” adventure I could imagine. My wedding day in Jamaica even included a little bit of rock climbing followed by a trapeze act in my gown. Now that I’m 8 months pregnant a new type of adventure awaits. I’ve been to 33 countries and I have no intentions of stopping there. Although I need a baby backpack for my new way of travel, lots of adventures are still just around the corner.

Following our dreams of living life to the fullest has taught me that the world is full of endless possibilities. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advanced English, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education, a Masters in Literacy, 8 years of teaching, and a vast imagination, I  decided to put my writing and editing skills to the test. Bucket List Publications is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true.

Darren Carter – Architect

Co-creating Bucket List Publications has combined my love for technology with my passion for adventure & travel. While Lesley is the gifted writer, I’ve been by her side for the ride of a lifetime. In less than 2 years we’ve visited 7 countries, moved across the continent, took part in the wildest, extreme adventures, got married, & started a family.

My career as a software architect allows me to contribute to Bucket List Publications & be part of Lesley’s dream. With Bucket List Publications, I know Lesley can instill the same “I feel like dancing” attitude in her readers & contributors. Our journey has just begun!

Let’s Work Together 

My work is split up primarily by work I do regularly for travel companies and publications and articles I pitch to travel companies and magazines. If you’re an online travel agency, airline, in-flight magazine, destination magazine, tourism board, or any of the like, then I would love to speak with you. Please send me an email about who you are and what you’re looking for and I will be happy to talk with you more about how we can work together and my rates. You can email me at [email protected]

2,387 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for liking my blog! I am a blog rookie and having so much fun! I am so excited to finish reading about all your travel and bravery. I am dreaming about a skydive….. As you can see I also have a bit of travel fun myself. All my children and grandchildren have finally left home and now I get to work on my bucketlist. Isn’t life amazing! Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of adventure. I have tons of baby tips this year as I helped raise my granddaughter this first year. Ergobaby has an amazing backpack for your new trips! Cheers!

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    • Thank you for your beautiful, thoughtful comment. I admire you, as well, for your photography. You truly have an eye for beauty.

      Good luck with your blog.

      Please keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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  2. I admire you for not feeling restricted when you have your baby. Many people feel like having a baby will end their life and you can’t do anything. I think it’s pretty awesome that you are going to be sharing your experiences with a little one and I wish you the best of luck 🙂 I am excitedly waiting for upcoming adventures 😀

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    • Denise,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I do realize that life is completely different when you have children and there are restrictions on what can and can’t be done, but I’ve never been one to bow down to restrictions. I have a life with my husband, and soon our child, that I didn’t dream possible and I’m going to cherish every day of it.

      By the way, I love the books you chose. I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time while teaching high school English. What started out as a reading for the students, ended up being a beyond enjoyable experience for myself.

      Please keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. The world is a grand place, and it’s always fun to find another adventurer.
    Your name did give me a start at first. I have a cousin named Carter Leslie. 🙂
    Anyway, it sounds as though the REAL adventure is about to start. Parenthood is an adventure that touches the future.

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  4. What an exciting blog! Thanks for finding mine. Congratulations on your baby adventure. I am very experienced traveling with kids, who have now been to Europe, Asia, Mexico, and Africa, some places multiple times. So if you need advice when the time comes, just ask!

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    • I love that you’ve exposed your children to new cultures and environments. It truly shapes a person’s character. I can only hope that I can offer the same for my daughter.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it is appreciated.

      I will keep your offer in mind as my family grows.

      🙂

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    • I think out of all the comments I received on Word Press, that was the nicest. Thank you!

      I certainly fell in love with your photography as well.

      When is your wedding day? I have a few other shots that are my absolute favorite; I’ll post them on Monday or Tuesday.

      I loved looking at other shots to get inspiration for my own wedding.

      Congratulations on your up-coming day. Good luck with the planning.

      Thank you again for your comment and for reading; I appreciate it.

      Lesley

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  5. Lesley!!! You have a great blog!! Such awesome adventures… (&yet the most life-changing lies ahead 😉 – – – congrats btw!! 😀 Thanks for visiting my blog!! I am jealous of all your travelling, thus I will instantly join your blog to follow the adventures of visiting places around the world that I can only yet dream of!!!

    Regards
    Xandre 🙂 **

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    • Thank you for the kind words! With your amazing photos, you would take some great travel shots.

      Traveling has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I hope I can instill the same desire in my child or children.

      Where have you traveled?

      Thanks for commenting; it is appreciated.

      Lesley

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      • I havn’t travelled as much as I would have lliked (oviously 😉 ), but I’ve been to Vienna, Paris, Groningen (Netherlands) & the Schiermonnikoog island (just north of Netherlands) & London – but only for a few days!!! And I’ve been to Stratford-upon-Avon & Brighton (UK) for about five weeks each!!! I’m becoming quite restless – because that was five years ago!!! Have not had the opportunity to go again – YET!!!! But I’m working on it!!! 😀 Watch this space…. 😉 Keep up the fantastic posts!!! Loving it!!! 🙂 **

        Hugs
        Xandré 🙂 **

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        • Traveling is a drug. It gets in your system and becomes part of you. I’ve been to over 30 countries, but international travel has slowed down a little since becoming pregnant. I can only hope that my baby will have the same passion for travel as her mom and dad.

          I love your Re-living Rock-climbing… photos; actually, I love all of your photos!

          Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

          Lesley

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  6. Your blog is so interesting to read Lesley, I’m jealous of all your amazing adventures! I spent two months travelling this summer and am now saving up to do some more, this time for hopefully a year.
    Thank you so much for liking my post, I’ve never done any kind of blogging before. My dream is to be a journalist so I’m hoping to get my name out there through my blog.

    Regards
    Charlotte x

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    • Charlotte,

      Your story sounds somewhat similar to mine. I’m also an English major and I spend two months traveling around Europe a few years ago. I’m certain you will have lots of great travels in your life.

      I’ve never been to Bali, but I’d love to go someday.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

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  7. Hi adventurer woman,
    It was very nice to find your “like”, thank you!
    Congratulations for your new baby coming… and for your great blog.
    🙂
    Eva

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      • Hi again, Lesley – you’re too kind!

        Just came back from 2 weeks visiting and catching up with friends through Germany, chalking up 1900+ km on trains in the process. It wasn’t a “relaxing” vacation, but the time was totally worth it.

        I see you’re also a Canadian; I was born and raised in Vancouver, but I haven’t lived there since 1994.

        Take care!

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    • There are lots of new adventures to come! Next week we are swimming with Beluga Whales at Sea World.

      I love your I love Starbucks photos.

      Keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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  8. You are way more adventurous than I am! (I’ve never been anywhere that required a passport.) I’m sure you’ll find a way to get your travel in with your baby. Good luck (and congrats on the baby) 🙂

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    • I’m certain that my little girl will see more than I’ve seen in my life and I will help her along the way, starting at a young age.

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • We made it unique to our lives and loved every minute of it!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated. Keep them coming 🙂

      I love your pictures in My Favorite City. They are beautiful!

      Lesley

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  9. Wow! Your life journey sounds amazing! I’m 28 and have been to 20+ countries, so I still have a couple years to catch up. 🙂 All my best wishes for you and your family as you start this new adventure (I have a feeling it will be your most gratifying and crazy one yet!).

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    • I try to live life to the fullest and I’ve found the perfect husband to join me on that journey.

      20 countries is impressive at any age and I’m sure your number will grow. I wish you all the best on your journey and I’ll follow your blog to stay up-to-date.

      I love your post called Playdates. It is cute and innocent and flat out adorable. The little girl in the tu-tu makes me even more excited to be pregnant with a baby girl.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Lesley

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  10. Leslie,
    I love your adventurous style 🙂 May I ask how you do it? How you fund your adventures? I want to travel more and do more, but tend to feel stuck by lack of funds, etc.

    Also, thanks for visiting my little blog 🙂

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    • Travel has always been one of the most important aspects of my life so I find ways to cut back on other things so I can still travel freely. As a teacher, I taught in different countries to cover the costs; As a writer, I’ve written articles and published works to cover costs; and as a thrifty shopper, I pay attention to where my money is going. I wish I had a great secret that would help other travelers, but that’s all I have. 🙂

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  11. Hey I think your site is briliant and you have some awesome photos of your travels.
    I’ve travelled a lot but only just started blogging. Blogs like this are an inspiration for me.
    Good luck.

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    • I’ve only been blogging for about two months, but I love everything about it.

      Good luck with your blog and I’ll be sure to check back on your adventures.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated and for the beautiful words.

      Lesley

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  12. Holy crap, your site is amazing and your photos are incredible! It’s inspiring and makes me want to go back to Europe! I’m just a wee bit (read: very) jealous you get to travel to all these places and do all these super-cool things!

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    • Well, Thank you for the beautiful words.

      I love your photos, especially the food ones. I just had dinner but they still make me hungry. It’s not good for a pregnant lady to look at pictures of food 😉

      I hope you keep reading and keep posting; it is appreciated.

      Lesley

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  13. hi lesley, thanks for liking my recent post and congratulations on the baby!
    definitely a different type of adventure awaits you… though i don’t know you personally, i can sense that you will be a good mom, just the mere fact that you don’t feel restricted with having a baby backpack! take care 🙂

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    • I’m new to blogging but I love everything about it. The writing, in interaction with others, sharing my experiences… it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

      Good luck with your blog. Your Moody Day photo is beautiful.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  14. Thank you for the “like” on my blog post. Fascinating to see all the travels you have been on. Your baby is sure to lead an exciting life! Congrats and happy journeys!

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  15. Thanks for the “like” on my post and leading me to your awesome blog! Your zest for travel and sharing your adventures is inspiring. I love your post and photos on Jasper – makes me ashamed to admit that I still haven’t been there considering I live in the province right next to it, ack! But now thanks to you I’m just more motivated to get my butt there pronto.

    Congratulations, I’m sure you are going to have one helluva energetic and beautiful family! Keep the adventures coming and keep on sharing ’em!

    Trish
    http://www.takebuseleven.wordpress.com

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    • I lived in Nova Scotia most of my life, yet I never traveled to Newfoundland. It’s funny how we miss the things that are on our doorstep.

      I hope that you take the short trip to Jasper at some point; it is well worth the drive.

      Thank you for the beautiful comments on my up and coming family. I look forward to traveling and sharing my experiences with my baby girl.

      Keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Although this is a very different type of adventure, I’m loving every second of it. I look forward to traveling and having new adventures with my beautiful family.

      Good luck with your adventures.

      Lesley

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    • I look forward to the day that I can travel and experience new adventures with my daughter. Being pregnant is already a great journey that only gets better with time.

      Good luck in Peru & Chile; I’m sure it will be an amazing trip.

      Thanks for reading and commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  16. Thanks for your “likes” on the last two posts. I appreciate them. I’m new to this blogging world so I have a lot to learn. I love traveling, but I’m 10 countries behind you 😉 Moved to Norway 9 years ago and ended meeting my husband. Now we live up in the North Cape of Norway. If you haven’t been to Norway, you’d love it… lots of adventures to be had and pictures to be taken.

    Oh, and we have three small kids – 5, 4, and 2.5. We’ve used the Phil and Ted’s backpack carrier ALOT for hiking, and the baby bjorn when they were smaller (great in airports). Best of luck to you!

    Erica

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    • Erica,

      Your photos are beautiful and I’m sure you’ll do wonderful blogging.

      It’s inspirational that you still travel and experience life with your, I’m sure, beautiful children. I’ve picked up a backpack carrier already even though I’m only 4 months pregnant.

      Good luck with your travels.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • I love your photos, especially the recent Happy fall 🙂 ones. Beautiful shots!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog; hopefully you’ll check out some of my other adventures.

      Have a great day,

      Lesley

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  17. Let me just say, you can still do (and conquer) so many things with kids in tow, it just takes a little (or a lot) more planning! Sometimes you don’t even have to leave your house to make them happen either! Seriously, you are gonna find out just how fast you can move – half asleep- in the middle of the night…it’s faster than you think! 🙂 And the jumping out of the airplane adrenaline rush? = Every time you get a hug/kiss from your sweet little one!!!! Congrats and Happy Parenting!

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    • Thank you! I’ve been fortunate enough to find a wonderful, adventurous husband to enjoy each new experience along side me.

      I hope that our baby girl has the same adventurous drive. I can’t wait to experience new places and activities with her.

      Thanks for taking the time to post; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Well Charlie, I’d give anything to be able to take a picture like you. Your photography is stunning. I especially love September Sunrise and Edmonton – Horsehead Pump (SRP) – Part 7 (final). Are you from Alberta?

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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        • I’m from Nova Scotia originally, but I did live in New Brunswick, Quebec, and Manitoba for several years. I drove to Manitoba from Nova Scotia, passing through Thunder Bay. It was somewhat isolated, nothing compared to northern Manitoba, but a beautiful area.

          Most Canadians always call Canada home and eventually return, but I’m not sure if that’s in the cards for us. I love California and hopefully I’ll give my family roots here.

          Good luck with your blog; it looks great.

          Lesley

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    • We always try to make the most out of life, and from your pictures you seem to do the same. How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Do you travel across countries with it?

      Thanks for reading and commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  18. Awesome blog! Nice to read about your travel adventures. 🙂 I hope to visit more countries someday like you. By the way, thanks for liking my post on KL. 😀

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    • I try to make every trip affordable or free. I write for a few travel magazines that sometimes cover my travel, I’ve taught in different countries to have the costs covered, and I save on other expenses so I can put my money toward travel. For example, I drive a Saturn Ion. Not that it’s a bad car, but it’s inexpensive. I Paid cash for it so I wouldn’t have a car payment. I live in a two-bedroom condo with my husband rather than a unnecessarily large house to keep costs to a minimum. I’ve stayed at campgrounds, hostels, Home Exchange, and couch surfing rather than hotels, I’ve traveled by train and bus rather than plane, and I’ve made great contacts around the globe. I’ve made travel a way of life, a necessity, rather than a luxury.

      Whenever someone asks me this, I wish I had an easy answer, but it’s not that simple. I just made it a priority and found any way possible.

      Thanks for reading and commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  19. Thanks very much for liking my latest blog 🙂 My travel experiences are very different now I have my baby, but she has made everything even more exciting and more of an adventure. Not a year old yet, and she has four stamps in her passport already (with another three planned for her second year!). Oh, and baby backpacks are the best invention ever! 😉

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  20. Lesley,
    You’re a fearless, vibrant woman that lives life to the fullest. You’ve been through all kinds of adventures and soon you’ll live the most intense and important adventure of all, which will last the longest: Being a mother. That will be the ultimate challenge. I wish you the best for it! So far, for what I can see you’ll turn out to be a great Mom!

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