August 6, 2015

20 Ticks for the Travel Bucket List

Things to do before i die - Anna Johnston - Travel Bucket List

Yep! It’s true! I’ve slept on the odd airport floor; missed flights, eaten weird foods, had the runs, the voms and even been spat at! I’ve been shouted shots post dance off with a funny little person, got lost climbing mountains, met movie stars, fallen in love and confess to the occasional bout of temporary insanity – like getting naked in public, or challenging an Irish man to a drinking contest which of course ended in the ‘never do again’ list! But mostly, I’m up for trying things at least once. 

My travels are about chasing those moments that make life worth living. Pushing myself to the limits, trying new things, and conquering my fears. I eat, I drink, I hike, I climb, I ride things (the Gen Y in me wants to say ‘Yeah I do!’). I seek new experiences in both exotic and familiar places.  

This post is about acknowledging a few of the awesome adventures I have been on, and maybe inspiring some adventure in you. 

Travel Bucket List Tick #1
Which star would you find on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles? I trotted blocks (did you know there are more than 2,500 five-pointed stars embedded in the sidewalks) in the search of Olivia Newton John. Don’t judge…. it was added to the travel bucket list way back when I was a teenage fangirl. Although, remind me to tell you the story about when I cooked dinner for Olivia, and got to meet her too. Can’t blame the teens for that display of squealing awesome! 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #2
You know that scene from the movie Forest Gump, when Forest jogs under the famous marked archway of Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the end of the sea? I rein-acted that bit. Was cool to see the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant at the end of the pier that is owned by the company that produced the film too.

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Travel Bucket List Tick #3
My trip to Singapore meant I was able to tick a whole bunch off my list in one hit, this magical city has a plethora of amazing sites to see, many of which don’t cost to visit either. Double whammy in this photo, the Merlion Fountain (it depicts a creature with a lion’s head and a body of a fish) which is the mascot of the city. And the worlds most expensive stand alone casino Marina Bay Sands, that totally looks like it has come straight out of a futuristic movie. 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #4
As you can see, I was being really adventurerous with my eating the day I visited Ekasup Village in Vanuatu, South Pacific Granted…. my mouth was numb after the generous sip of Kava I had just consumed, who would have thought a bitter dirt like tea would have that affect. We were also treated to fire walking, tribal dancing and water music, the woman of the village were in a swimming pool of sorts, they cupped their hands and slapped the water. 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #5
Meandering along the pristine Lighthouse Beach in Port Macquarie on a camel, taking in the sea air, the clean blue water and the breathtaking views was magical! 

20 Ticks For The Travel Bucket List - Port Macquarie Camel Safari on Lighthouse Beach - www.shenannagans.comTravel Bucket List Tick #6
Flying over Wilpena Pound in South Australia has to be one of the coolest landscapes I’ve ever seen. It’s a giant amphitheatre and they say it’s dated around 800 million years old.  You can read more about this experience here.

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Travel Bucket List Tick #7
If any of you ever wondered what my dad looked like as a teenager? Spot me….. #teaseaway there lies the answer to that thought. I am proud of the handsome & manly look I was sporting the day I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Travel Bucket List Tick #8
Spent a month at Sea on a Cruise Ship – Woke up in a new place every other day. Consumed a bazillion calories. Was pampered with daily spa treatments. Danced many a night away to the tunes of Neil Diamond (shutup), oh and I ran flat smack into Pauline Hanson too. #idontlikeit

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Travel Bucket List Tick #9
In all the years I have lived in Canberra, you would think Skiing in Thredbo, NSW was the highlight of my winters. Nope….. it was this day over a decade ago that I realised, me and snow…. we ain’t friends! Granted, it’s gorgeous to look at, and snow outfits are fun to wear, but when you go A over T, sweet baby jeepers it felt like Jack Frost himself reached up and slapped me…. It flippin HURTS!

20 Ticks For The Travel Bucket List - Skiing in Thredbo

Travel Bucket List Tick #10
Swimming in a fresh water river in the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation, the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, thought to be 165 million years old.

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Travel Bucket List Tick #11
The bucket list actually stated a visit to an under-ground mine, but after the Beaconsfield Mine collapse, I scratched that.  I say climbing up into a giant Tonka Truck and being driven around an Australian Coal Mine in the New Castle district is just as cool. Plus, the helmet is hella sexy!  

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Travel Bucket List Tick #12
Said G’Day to The Big Trout in Adaminaby. You see folks, Australia goes right in for the big stuff. All over the country you can find ‘big iconic things’. We’ve got the big Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Milkshake, an Axe, Guitar & Gumboot, there is a Lobster, Chook, Croc & a Crab, a Wine Cask, Stubby & an almighty Ned Kelly too. The list goes on……..

How many of these BIG ICONS have you seen?

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Travel Bucket List Tick #13
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef, once I got over the initial creepiness of hearing my breath in my ears and relaxed into the peacefulness of being under the sea I was hooked. The water is deliciously warm, clear, still and very salty & without a doubt completely beautiful. Oh how I wish I was there now! 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #14
Walked 1.5km in 42c heat to the end of one of Australia’s Longest Jetties in Port Germein, South Australia. It’s so long that when you stand at one end of it, the other end disappears like an arrow into the depths of your field of view. 

20 Ticks For The Travel Bucket List - Walked on of Australias Longest Jetties - Port Germein, South Australia -

Travel Bucket List Tick #15
Tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.  The precise legend of the Trevi Fountain says you should stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin over your left shoulder to guarantee a return trip to Rome. Haven’t been back, yet! What I want to know is….. What happens to all the money? 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #16
I happened upon this little gem. A labyrinth overlooking the Caribbean Sea in Puerto Rico, the idea being that as you walk the labyrinth, you focus on those things that are on your mind. When you get to the end of it, you will have clarification on those things! An open eye meditation of sorts.

20 Ticks For The Travel Bucket List - Meditation overlooking the the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico -

Travel Bucket List Tick #17
Setting the alarm for 530am on the first day of my holiday was a bit rough, but holy WOW…. cruising into New Zealand’s Milford Sound was truly spectacular. Slowly making our way on the calmest of waters, taking in the snow capped mountains that rise vertically towards the sky, and large waterfalls cascading down great towering rock faces. #magical Apparently we were really lucky to be able to see this stunning natural attraction, as it rains something like 200 days of the year. 

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Travel Bucket List Tick #18
The attitude you see on my face, is what I like to call….. ‘Much Regret!‘ Consuming a 1000 shots of Sake at a University festival the night before was never going to end well. You can image the pain felt as I hauled butt out of bed #dryretch the next morning with the intention to visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura, Japan #excruciating, but #cheekyvom absolutely worth it!  This giant statue of bronze is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the country, and is said to be the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan. Proud I made it through the day and was able to tick this bad boy off the list.  

20 Ticks For The Travel Bucket List - Great Buddha of Kamakura

Travel Bucket List Tick #19
Got my shop on in the upmarket department store of Harrods in London, UK. The Harrods motto of Omnia Omnibus Ubique — All Things for All People, Everywhere was not at all true for this lowly paid chef. But I did order me some Pub Grub – A Pie & a Pint, and left with a Harrods branded wine cooler bag. #score

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Travel Bucket List Tick #20
I was mesmerised, actually… I was absolutely gobsmacked with the enormity of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. It is hard to imagine something so grand as this 2,500 year old Buddhist temple that is covered in 24 carat gold bars and gold leaf, decorated with around 4500 diamonds, 2000 rubies, sapphires and other gems, and a whopping big 72 carat diamond right up top. I could easily have whiled away days in this labyrinth of colour and texture. Definitely one of the cooler things I have been able to tick off the list. 

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I’d love to hear in the comments below, what are some of the amazing things you have ticked off your travel bucket list? 

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Jennifer Melroy - January 25, 2016 Reply

You have knocked a lot off your bucket list. I really want to get to all 59 US national parks. I have been to 34 so far. I loved getting to hike to Angel’s Landing in Utah and see the dunes in Colorado.

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    What an awesome bucket list idea, and wowza… 34/ 59 is amazing. I have been to any of them, so cannot wait to be able to cross that off the list too. 🙂

Lesley - January 25, 2016 Reply

As someone who lives in California, I love your first two. I think the Sydney Bridge is the highest on my list that I haven’t done yet… from your list anyway.

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Brilliant! They were such fun experiences, I loved California, have visited a whole bunch of times, but nothing tops that first ever visit to such famous landmarks. 🙂
    I do hope you get to do the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb sometime soon.

Meg Jerrard - January 25, 2016 Reply

Sounds like some fabulous experiences lady! Would love to get to Myanmar at some stage myself 🙂 So what’s on the bucketlist for 2016?

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, Myanmar was epically awesome and totally different than anything I have ever seen or done too. Hope you get to Myanmar one day soon.
    2016 will have me eating my way through India, maybe Vietnam and I am considering the Great Wall of China too. Kinda a big year for travel. YAY! 🙂

Sabrina - January 25, 2016 Reply

It’s so good and so funny to make a list of the most (or just some of the most) interesting things you’ve done and challenges you have made. It gives you the wish to do more and have other challenges and to your readers NEW GREAT IDEAS!

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    It really was a fun post to write Sabrina. 🙂 I loved going through all my travel photos and finding my faves, and yes, it did inspire a want to do and see more, more, more.

melody pittman - January 25, 2016 Reply

First, I loved this post. Made me laugh so many times. I have to ask, are you Aquarius? I am and can so relate to how you jump around from thing to thing with no rhyme or reason, just like myself! I find that really interesting. 😉 /Users/melodypittman/Pictures/iPhoto Library.photolibrary/Previews/2014/02/21/20140221-192525/Uu2eTxT2R7GPgkDAzjX8Ig/0Pittma-R1-051-24_1.jpg Here is MY picture of the Hollywood Star Walk with my girls at…. of course, Olivia Newton John. LOL I saw her last year at a small venue concert and she was dazzling. Keep on traveling kid. Have fun.

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Oh that is the BEST! 🙂 I love that my post made you laugh, it was a fun one to write. I am indeed an aquarius, it’d be birthday week this week. #happybirthdayme Kindred spirits! Do you also find that many don’t follow along with our rhyme, not even the reason is solid enough for them to get it. Haha!

    I will send ya a quick email to get the link for your picture, currently it reads like a file path.

    Olivia Newton John is AWESOME!!! 🙂

    Thanks for your beautiful comment, I will keep on traveling and keep on having me some fun too. 🙂

LeAnna - January 24, 2016 Reply

I had wanted to do the Sydney Harbor bridge but just couldn’t stomach the cost of it! We had also just chalked up several hundred dollars to do the helicopter/hike in New Zealand on the glaciers just a few days before so our wallets were quite light! You’ve been to a lot of great places and I’m sure have built plenty of memories!

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    It was a pretty expensive experience to do, but one I had wanted to do for the longest time, so didn’t mind paying the moula for it. I can totally appreciate you not doing it this time, especially if you had done a heli / hike in NZ. I’d have done the very same thing. Sounds like your bucket list tick list is pretty impressive, would love to hear some of your stories. 🙂

Stefan - January 24, 2016 Reply

I WANT TO HEAR YOUR OLIVIA NJ STORY!! WTF?! Did you duet up the classic (Hopelessly Devoted To You)?
Jokes aside, love this way of presenting an achieved bucket list.

Great Barrier Reef so badly want to dive there! Did you write a post about it?

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Hahahahahaha! I will write a post about my Olivia Newton John experience, I promise. 🙂 And I WISH my story included a duet of Hopelessly Devoted, how freakin cool would I be.
    Hope you get to the reef soon, it was an awesome experience, and yes, I did blog about it a while back.

Trisha Velarmino - January 24, 2016 Reply

Lovely list, Anna! I honestly don’t have a bucket list and I think it’s time to make one. Thanks for sharing! Xx

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    My list has been known to work a little backwards, I do the cool travel thing, then go WOAH… that was a tick off the list (as I write it down & then cross out). 🙂 Cant wait to hear about your travel list, Im sure it’ll be awesome. Thanks for enjoying. xox

Melanie - January 24, 2016 Reply

Wow, you already ticked off many, many things. Hope to see Myanmar one day as well. I don’t even know where to start but the biggest thing I probably ever did to set off to our around the world trip (still ongoing). Very proud I could accomplish that together with my boyfriend.

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Yes, Myanmar was awesome! I do hope you get there too, I’d suggest going sooner rather than later. It feels like a country that very quickly could become commercialised and lose that innocence it currently has.

    WOW…. go you! That is totally the best thing ever, good on you and your BF. So pleased you are living the life of your dreams. I’ll be sure to check in on your adventures and see where you are at. 🙂

Christopher - January 24, 2016 Reply

You had me at “the runs and “the voms”. LMAO!!! I love it…I mean I don’t love it but your description is priceless. We’ve all been there.
You list is fantastic though very inspiring. Keep ticking things off!!!

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! Why thank ya. I appreciate it, and pleased you enjoy my graphic description of the kinda gross side of travel. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement and I will indeed keep on ticking things off the list. 🙂

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Demetria - November 28, 2015 Reply

Hello! My name is Demetria Kelly. I am a blogger in the making, and I too have a bucketlist. My blog,, consists of posts of my items that I have completed thus far and I would love to post your site on my blog and profile you. I definitely would like to have your feedback. You can comment on my blog, or email me at with your response, when you have the time. You seem like you are a very busy young lady!

Thanks in advance! I can’t wait to hear from you!


    Anna - November 30, 2015 Reply

    Hey Demetria, thanks for stopping by. 🙂
    I’d love to feature on your blog, I’ll be in touch.
    Cheers, Anna

Michelle - August 27, 2015 Reply

What a great list! You’ve done so much! Your life is so full of adventures…I love it! 🙂 I was in Rome earlier this year but the Trevi Fountain was closed off!

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    It really is a pretty rad list Michelle, I loved seeing all the cool things I have actually done, I absolutely recommend taking the time to acknowledge just how much you have seen and done too. 🙂
    Everyone says that the Trevi Fountain was closed when they visited, what a shame. Hope you get to go back and see it in all its amazingness soon. 🙂

    Reed Heacock - September 3, 2015 Reply

    The last few years have been pretty epic on the adventure front, I ve done heaps of things I never thought I d get round to doing, let alone so soon! As a result my travel bucket list has seen a lot of action, both adding things to the list but most importantly I ve ticked off heaps!

      Anna - September 10, 2015 Reply

      Isn’t that just the best feeling Reed? I love that you are ticking things off the travel bucket list, and well before you ever thought possible too. Thats wonderful. This post was a lot of fun to write, good to acknowledge all the amazing things we do. Happy traveling my friend. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Jasline (Foodie Baker) - August 25, 2015 Reply

I literally WOW-ed at the truck, I can’t believe the wheel is bigger than you! This is an amazing bucket list! My bucket list is already very long, now you’ve made it even longer!

    Anna - August 26, 2015 Reply

    I know right? It was mammoth, never seen anything like it before.
    Thanks Jasline, most pleased my bucket list travel ticks inspired a few additions to your list. 🙂

mjskit - August 25, 2015 Reply

That’s some bucket list that you’ve already fulfilled! You are obviously having fun in each and every one of them. 🙂 Great pics! Fabulous travels! I’m jealous! 🙂

    Anna - August 26, 2015 Reply

    I really had a lot of fun writing this list, it was cool to see just how much fun with my travels I have had. 🙂
    Thanks for your lovely comments, you rock.

Bam's Kitchen - August 17, 2015 Reply

I know you do a lot of travel but to see it all on one page is amazing, so many beautiful experiences that form who you are today. I have only been to handful of the places that you have seen and that is just because i live over here in Asia. Believe it or not i have not been to Australia and that is on my bucket list before I leave this part of the world. If so we must arrange a time to meet up my dear friend. Take care

    Anna - August 17, 2015 Reply

    I really have been very lucky to have seen and done all the things I have. #feelingblessed
    SO freakin exciting BAM! I soooooo look forward to you visiting Australia (will that be soon? Please say it is!), and me visiting you in HK… dream come true.
    Yes… Yes…. Yes! Let’s seriously get on making this a thing.
    Happy week ahead sweet lady. xo

Mabel Kwong - August 13, 2015 Reply

Wow, Anna. I loved this post. So many places you’ve been, so many things you’ve seen. I’m a tad jealous but soooo happy that my big Aussie sister has got a chance to taste the world and share it all with us with such an open heart 🙂

Yes, you really have to tell us about the Olivia Newton John story. I am sure she enjoyed the food, and it was a cook of your life!

Australia has a big milkshake??? I’ve never heard of it before unless you are referring to Big M milk… 😉

As for my bucket list, I haven’t ticked off much from it. Been saving over the last few years and will probably take time off at some point and do it all. Backpacking Europe is something I’d like to do, as well as try the famous pizzas in New York. Hope all is well and lots of hugs!

    Anna - August 15, 2015 Reply

    You da best little one. BIG squishy hugs headed your way. xox

    Meeting Olivia was def one of my fave kitchen/cooking experiences, Craig David was sweet too. Although, he isn’t anyone much these days. #feelingold

    Yep, The Big Milkshake is in Victoria somewhere, its not that big, but fun for photo ops. 🙂

    Pizza in New York, meet cya there. They are soo dang good!

    Going great this end, hope you are too. Lots of love & a happy weekend to you. xoxo

Elizabeth - August 13, 2015 Reply

WOW what a fantastic life you have had so far… I have done a few of those, but some that your have on your list, I would like to have on mine…. I think having your feet eaten by fish should be on there too, you did that 🙂 Thanks for sharing, when I have time, I’m going back to read all the linked posts, looking forward to it!
Liz x

    Anna - August 15, 2015 Reply

    You are right… I have been incredibly lucky to have seen and done all the fabulous things listed. Life’s good! 🙂
    The fish thing, I almost added, got a sweet picture of me squealing. Haha!

    Thanks lovely one, I REALLY appreciate your continued support. You are amazing.
    Happy weekend. xo

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - August 13, 2015 Reply

For the first time ever I slept on an airport floor the other night. It was not on my bucket list but it had to happen eventually I guess! I like this list and we’ve got a few things in common. After my recent trip, I managed to tick off two things on my bucket list. The sourtoe cocktail in Dawson City and Niagara Falls!

    Anna - August 15, 2015 Reply

    Haha… I saw your tweets about airport floor sleeps, looked like you were pretty set up, you even had a rug. I once camped on an airport floor in Rome, in the middle of winter, nope….. never want to do that again.

    I can’t believe you actually had that sourtoe cocktail…. Makes me cringe thinking about it. Yuk!!! But Niagara Falls…. All the YES!

Sue - August 12, 2015 Reply

Anna if you keep this pace up you will see every country in the world by the time you are my age. Wow what a fabulous collection. The Trevi fountain was under repair when we were in Rome. 🙁 I love that camel photo and definitely hoping to climb the bridge in Sydney next year!

    Anna - August 15, 2015 Reply

    So many people have said the fountain was under repair or being cleaned when they visited Rome, lucky me, especially as I hadn’t planned a visit to Rome, but ended up there with delayed flights and 4hr train rides. Such fun!

    The camel ride was super, especially riding along the beach. And, I can’t wait for you to visit us and climb the bridge too. 🙂 It’s magical way up there in the sky overlooking that beautiful city.

Meg Jerrard - August 12, 2015 Reply

Amazing list! I loved #1 – we went to the Hollywood walk of fame and found a few stars which were blank hehe totally went home later and photo-shopped my name into it so now have a photo of standing there next to my own star 😀 Was a fun idea at the time!!

And diving in the Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest items on my list atm – hopefully can get up to QLD soon. Thanks for the inspiration! XXX

    Anna - August 13, 2015 Reply

    That’s the BEST! Love that you have a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Because lady… You totes belong there! 🙂

    We try to get to the reef at least once a year, such a magical part of the world. We really are lucky to have so much awesome in our country.

    Thanks for stopping by, I love that one of Australia’s BEST travel bloggers visited little ol me. Love your work Meg. xox

Gourmet Getaways - August 12, 2015 Reply

Aww…you’ve cooked for Olivia Newton John! Now, that’s an achievement! What a fab bucket list you have. Keep goin’, gurl!!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - August 12, 2015 Reply

    I sure have cooked for Olivia, she was one of the nicest famous people I’ve cooked for too. So down to earth. Although, her catering requirements were rather strange…. Lots of boiled eggs. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement, its on my list to come hang with you guys some time soon.

Kris Johnston - August 11, 2015 Reply

Okay…. That was officially my favorite post. If for one second you think your life is boring, holy crap….. reread this post. Seriously, how fantastic is this world?!?!

Every time I travel, I feel I return with a better/broader outlook on my life, blown away that I am that lucky to be given the opportunity to see and live in this world.

Massive thank you for sharing this post. It’s Brilliant! 🙂

    Anna - August 11, 2015 Reply

    Wawhoooo. I am so pleased you enjoyed the post little Nizz. 🙂
    Hahaaa… Excellent point you make, next time I feel my life is boring, I’ll read this post.
    Couldn’t agree more, travel really is an awesome way to broaden the mind. Also makes me incredibly grateful that I live in Australia too.
    As always, thanks for stopping by. Mwah! xox

Agness - August 11, 2015 Reply

Well done, sweetie. You’ve been to so many amazing places! Singapore was also on my bucket list and I was so happy to travel there two years ago!! Absolutely stunning place!

    Anna - August 11, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps honey bunch! 🙂
    I have been lucky to see some pretty cool stuff, your posts inspired this blog, acknowledging all the fun I have done, rather than wishing to do it.
    Singapore was A-Mazing! Cant wait to go back.

Jan (A gluttonous wife) - August 9, 2015 Reply

Oh I chuckled that knowing chuckle of you after 1000 sakes – great effort!! 🙂
Wow, wow, wow Anna – what an impressive bucket list!! I’m feeling rather boring now…..but inspired all the same…Jan x

    Anna - August 10, 2015 Reply

    Teehee…. It is ridiculous that I expected any other outcome than what I got. Ha! 🙂 But I wouldn’t be able to look back now and laugh!
    Thanks Jan! It sure was a fun post to write. And I bet you’ve done some amazing things, a bunch on my list were actually local & in Australia.
    Happy week to you lovely. xo

THE HUNGRY MUM - August 8, 2015 Reply

so many ticks! And well done for keeping on after the Night of 1000 Sakes – I think I would have thrown in the towel! Some of my ticks include visiting the Tokyo fish market and having the most incredible sashimi, celebrating a significant bday in Disneyland, and drinking cheap beers with the locals in Vietnam. Headed to Whistler later this year where I hope to -not- break bones while ski-ing 😉

    Anna - August 9, 2015 Reply

    Hahahaha! Yep, it certainly was a LONG day of sightseeing. Pleased I did it tho, haven’t been able to get back.
    Oh the fish markets in Tokyo would have been stella, and a bday at Disneyland… All the YES. Might add that to my list actually. 🙂
    Cheap beers anywhere is a winner in my books.
    Thanks heaps for sharing your adventures thus far, can’t wait to hear about Whistler. 🙂

Krista - August 8, 2015 Reply

I love this so much!! You’ve put a big ol’ smile on my face today, luv. 🙂 You’ve had so many amazing adventures. 🙂 A couple of my crossed-off-bucket-list-items are: live in Europe, visit Russia, move to Australia, go to a Shakespeare festival, eat at a fabulous restaurant in Paris, walk the St. Charles Bridge, road trip through the Balkans, and staying in a villa in Italy. Your post today reminded me that I have stopped bucket listing and need to start again, post haste. Thank you for that. XO

    Anna - August 8, 2015 Reply

    I love that I made you smile! 🙂
    And heck yeah to ALL your wonderful travel experiences, especially love the eat in a Paris restaurant, did you write about that? The villa in Italy sounds wonderful too. Totes dig that you head off to your festivals decked out, I want to visit with you too.
    Looking forward to hearing about more about what you come up with. 🙂
    Happy weekend my sweet friend. xoxo

Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks - August 7, 2015 Reply

Wow! This is such a great list of places to go! I can’t believe you met Olivia and made her dinner? What? Bubba Gump Shrimp? That camel face cracked me up! It kind of reminded me of my dogs. 🙂 You really spent a month on a cruise? Man. Totally jealous!

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    It was a super fun post to write, Rachelle. I impressed myself that I had done all these cool and amazing things. 🙂

    And yes, Olivia did a tour with her daughter in the early 2000’s, I worked at the convention centre and was responsible for preparing her dinner. When I set the green room, she was in there and we TOTALLY had chats. I was all excited and jumpy. Totally not cool. #facepalm

    Yep, THE Bubba Gump Shrimp. And I totally need to see pictures of your dogs. And yes to the month of cruising, we had the best time. One of the best holidays I have ever had. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by Rachelle. Happy weekend to you.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - August 7, 2015 Reply

Love, love to read about your travel adventures. Italy is the number 1 on my list!But I wish I could see the whole world!

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    All the yes to that Denise, seeing the whole world would be wonderful. 🙂
    And Italy, yep, I want to see more of Italy too. Meet you there? We can eat our way around the country. 🙂

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - August 7, 2015 Reply

Wow – big post, Anna!
You’ve jammed a lot in so far, haven’t you?! Although you can keep the Bridge climb – I’d be the one holding everything up while I curled up in a ball and wept.

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    It did end up being a rather large post, one for me, acknowledging the awesome!

    Yes, I have been lucky with all my adventures so far. 🙂

    Oh dear… You and heights not friends huh? There were a couple of people on the walk that turned back, and 1 who froze/shutdown. They had to get someone to come get her. So I can appreciate that indeed.

Tim UrbanDuniya - August 7, 2015 Reply

You, my friend, have done and seen some pretty amazing things!! Love that you included the big things on this list – I had to write a 2000 word essay once about their significance in Australian culture. #noreally

For my bucket list? Living in Pakistan, The Karakoram Highway, traditional baths in Japan, Bhutan and Turkey, Phi Phi Island, Taj Mahal, Over water bungalow in the Maldives… rather Asian-centric, no?

Hope you’re doing well my friend – it’s almost the weekend! 😀 😀 😀

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Hahahahaha! What a fun essay to write, I love all the big iconic things we have about the place. Its so freakin’ Aussie. LOL!

    Your bucket list ticks would be amazing, far out…. All of it, sounds fabulous, especially the over water bungalow in the Maldives. Have you written about that?

    Doing fab this end buddy, hope you are too… Sure looks like you are having all the fun. #ladyhumps HA. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - August 7, 2015 Reply

I’ve been to some of the same places. Each night the coins are taken out of the fountain and the money is used to feed the needy. My bucket list has the Northern Lights on it as well as Cinque Terre 🙂

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Tandy. I love that the money is used to feed/look after those that need it most. Good karma all round that fountain. 🙂

    YES & YES to your bucket list. See you there.

Sartenada - August 6, 2015 Reply

This is great. So many wonderful places presented. You have visited in so many places on our globe! Congratulations.

Some day when you find Finland, then You could hike far beyond the Arctic Circle among reindeers, which roam freely there.

Finland is quite unknown, although it is Winter Wonderland where You could meet Santa even in Finland! I give two examples presenting it:

World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

Arctic Circle in winter.

Happy and safe travels!

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Yes, yes, yeeessss to visiting a snow hotel/castle, it’s totes on my list, and meeting Santa…. well it wasn’t on the list, but it is now. Thanks for the links too, they are awesome. 🙂

    Wishing you very happy and safe travels too. 🙂

Hannah - August 6, 2015 Reply

You have such an amazing life!!!!
I’ve only done five of your twenty and I know you have done many many more!
So jelly!!!

I think a recent bucket list tick I’ve archived was, on the drive back from Splendour in the Grass, stopping at iconic Australian beaches like Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. We are such a lucky country!

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Made all the more amazing because you are in it! <3 U LONG TIME. xoxo

    We really do have so much awesome in Australia, I liked that a good chunk of my bucket list items are here too.

    Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour & Port are lovely, glad you got to visit them and stick a big tick next to them.

Mandy - August 6, 2015 Reply

You darling Anna, are way too cool. How awesome you have ventured so much! Incredible!
Hope you aren’t disappointed with your travels to see us Hon. Such simple folk we are.
Have a beautiful day hon. I am getting a bi of Nairobi, Kenya under my belt today – NOTHING remotely like anything you have shared…
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Teehee, thanks Miss Mandy! I think you are pretty darn cool yourself. *mwah
    And yes, I have been super lucky to have done all those things. This post was super to write and relive all the fun adventures. 🙂

    And, I am never disappointed when I travel, I find the fun where I can, and seriously…. if we are sitting in your gorgeous garden, sipping tea and chatting about life, that will be one giant TICK for the travel bucket list.

    Wishing you a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend my lovely. x

    Nairobi, Kenya… holy wow that sounds amazing. Tell me all about what you are seeing and doing and eating and drinking. Pretty sure it beats sitting at a desk in the freezing cold.

    Big hugs and lots of love.

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - August 6, 2015 Reply

One of my greatest regrets is that I didn’t travel when I was younger, although if I did so I wouldn’t have my son and daughter… great post Anna, you’ve been to some awesome places xx

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Orrrrr …. maybe your children would have been half Italian or half Swedish or half Argentinian or half French or half Croatian. Haaaa…. you get the point. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely Lizzy. Mwah! xox

hassan - August 6, 2015 Reply

Dear Anna
Good hellos. We want filming please. Sure you filiming adv make us more excitedly than we are.

    Anna - August 6, 2015 Reply

    Hahahah Hassan. Good Hello to you too my friend.
    And yes, I plan on making YouTube videos, especially when I travel.
    Good to know you would enjoy them.

Liz - August 6, 2015 Reply

Oh, my gosh, you’ve had so many fun adventures! I’ve only been to three of the same spots–Trevi fountain, Milford Sound and Harrods. I want to be you!!

    Anna - August 6, 2015 Reply

    It was a fun post to write, I had forgotten about a couple of them too.
    It’s nice to acknowledge the ticks huh? And Trevi Fountain, Milford Sound & Harrods were some of my faves.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - August 6, 2015 Reply

Yeah, Milford Sound is a pretty special place as are Bungle Bungles in Western Australia – you need to add them to your bucket list Anna and Uluru – that’s a magical place and watching the sun rise over the rock – thanks for this post Anna you are making me remember some of the great experiences I have had.

    Anna - August 6, 2015 Reply

    Milford Sound was gorgeous, kinda surprised me with just how stunning it was.
    Oh, the Bungle Bungles are not on my list, but I absolutely have Uluru – a sun rise hot air balloon ride and a sun set dinner.
    I am so pleased you were able to take a trip down your travel memory lane.

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