2014 Bucket List Update

I’ve already crossed off more than half of this year’s bucket list and I’m only 4 months in. What has this taught me? Creating a completely unrealistic list of items you want to accomplish is a fantastic idea and the best way to make your dreams a reality. If you can dream it and write it down, it becomes tangible even if it is utterly insane.  Here’s an update on this year’s list. The blue items are clickable and already complete.
Bucket List Experiences

2014 Bucket List:

1. An African Safari

2. A couples massage

3. Visit Riga, Latvia (The 2014 European Capital of Culture)

4. Cave snorkeling

5. Try bobsledding

6. Wander Around Old San Juan

7. Kayak a bio bay

8. Hike a tropical rain forest

9. Stay at Atlantis, Bahamas

10. Go on a vacation with just Darren

11. Ride The Current with my sister at Atlantis

12. Take Athena to San Diego Zoo

13. See a Musical

14. Take Athena on a trip (Just the two of us)

15.  Visit Etosha National Park

16. Visit Innsbruck

17. Visit Thailand

18. Take Athena camping over night

19. Visit Cabo, Mexico

20. Visit Cayman Islands

21. Reach 100,000 blog subscribers

22. Take Athena on a Duffy Boat Tour in Newport Beach

23. Do the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria

24. Try an underwater glass helmet

25. Visit Austria

26. Visit Bonaire

27. Visit Namibia

28. Visit Vienna

29. Drive a stock car (Canceled twice this year because of weather. 3rd time’s a charm)

30. Explore Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

31. Move back to California

32. Try kiteboarding

33. Visit Panama

34. Visit the Baltic Sea

35. Take Athena skating

36. Visit Lake Arrowhead, California

37. Visit Puerto Rico

38. Go to Disneyland

39. Take Athena to Legoland

40. Swim with sharks

41. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

42. Swim with Sea Turtles

43. Be picked up at the airport in a limo

44. Help a reader fulfill a bucket list goal

45. Meet a traditional tribe in Africa

46. Stay at a beach resort in San Diego

47. Windsurfing lessons

48. Drive Twyfelfontein

49. Go on a trip with my mother

50. Do the best adventure suggested by the readers of Bucket List Publications! (I can’t wait to read your suggestions)

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96 thoughts on “2014 Bucket List Update

  1. I would like to volunteer or “throw my hat in the ring” for #44 – Help a reader fulfill a bucket list goal…I assume this means that you are paying for and leading this trip (;-). I’ll get back to you on the goal.


  2. I just want to travel abroad – just one time – Italy, Greece, Ireland, England or all of the above. The airfares are just too darn expensive – I live vicariously through you and your photos and blog


  3. Part of my bucket list includes building an underwater honeymoon suite and board room off the coast of Florida. Another one is to get a picture with the Odyssey Crew. Although it’s not much, it’s more than others have on their list. Congratulations on fulfilling half of your bucket list and best wishes for the rest of them.


  4. You’re really working hard on getting it done this year Leslie. Only one thing on my bucket list, but I don’t see how I’ll ever manage it– get an I-pod. Too many medical bills to ever fulfill this one, but I can dream. I’ll be losing my Internet soon, so I will be cut off from the world then. Just taking things one day at a time right now.


    • Do you live in the US? We’re not use to the medical bill situation as Canadians, but it’s becoming familiar already. It is so costly and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. While I’m not sure Canadians have it right, Europeans seem to have a better system.


  5. I just found out we are moving from NYC in THREE months! My first thought was that I need to make a bucket list of the last things to do here to really soak it up. If you can do all that in 4 months, hopefully I can complete my list 🙂


  6. Goodness girl! You MUST be the poster child for jet lag! But what a way to be exhausted…impressive! Keep the posts rolling…we live vicariously through you.


    • I never really understood what people were talking about when they said jet lag until my most recent trip to Latvia and Austria. I was so confused when I returned home that it took me almost a week to get back to normal. It was a nightmare. It’s much more difficult now that I have a child who likes to get up early in the morning regardless of my travels, but it’s all well worth it. 🙂

      Do you have a bucket list? I’d love to hear a few of your top items.


  7. Thanks for liking my post Leslie. Oh my you have been one very busy girl! Your list is almost completed this year. Do you sleep??..LOL..Keep up the fun visits and sharing the m with us all! Have a blessed day!


  8. I am inspired by your list and what you have accomplished! I am seriously thinking about creating one for my self. Meanwhile I’ll be following your progress 🙂


    • You should create a list. I’d love to read some of your ideas. Maybe you could start with a photography list. I bet you’d come up with some great shots; not that you need help in that department. Your photos are amazing!


      • Thank you so much 🙂 I am already working on my list. Well, actually two lists since you brought up the photography list. That is absloutely great idea! BTW is it cheating if I write down “shoot a portrait in Paris” if I already know I am going there 😉


  9. Wow, that’s incredible! I hope you get to hear Mozart played in Salzburg. I’m learning to sing his Requiem right now and it is very moving and beautiful – especially the Dies Irae and Lacrymosa movements.

    Anyhoo – I’ve contemplated getting over my fear of skydiving (thinking of you of course, the skydiving queen) and might miss the perfect opportunity, as I’ll be in Cairns/Whitsundays May 7-16… and have no skydiving excursion booked. Tell me I’m crazy and tell me I NEED to do this.

    Thanks for inspiring. xo.


    • I went to a Mozart concert while in Salzburg and it was as amazing as I’d hoped. I’ll post about it soon. I just didn’t get around to it. Sometimes the best experiences are the most difficult to write about.

      As for the skydiving, it was the best adventure of my life and I think it changes people, especially if you’re scared. (Most people are scared of skydiving. That’s normal.) I can’t wait to read about how much you loved it. I’m certain you’ll do it 🙂

      You wrote it down. It is written. It will be done 😉


  10. And because 2015 is not that far away, this is our must do recommendation for the list to be: Have a glass of cold sauvignon blanc while sitting in the hot water tub at quirky Old Leura Dairy, right in the Blue Mountains, Sydney – on a rainy evening. Then have a good nights sleep in Moo Manor. This, I can tell you, will make your stay unforgettable. More of the like on http://greencitytrips.com. Enjoy!


  11. This is awesome and kudos to you. I think I should write one but I have so many unrealistic things and even some I’m scared to do like skydive for example. So do you write only things you’re capable of doing or just anything you think of?


      • Your passport must read like an international who what where!
        Where in Mexico? I spent 2 amazing weeks in Tulum in Feb – heaven on earth, served with a margarita & guacamole!
        My list is blog focused right now – would love to chat w you off blog sometime if your offer is still valid!
        How goes the CA move?


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  13. A trip to Italy is my main list item. We’ve already sent my daughter there on a school trip (10 days, 6 cities), and my wife and I figure our turn is next.

    My outrageous bucket item is to workout with Sylvester Stallone. I can dream, right?


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