Bucket List

“What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” –Hugh Mulligan

As a family, we never went on vacations or did anything super fun in the summer. We always stayed home and I can count the times I’d left the state of Texas on my hand.  I had always dreamed of traveling when I was younger, but never really thought it would happen.  As a kid I was promised two trips abroad (Australia and France), but they never panned out for whatever reason.  I was 18 when I wrote a bucket list of places I wanted to see in the world… but it was just a dream that would never happen.

When I graduated college I got to go on a celebratory Caribbean cruise with my mom. Since all I had ever known was Texas I didn’t realize how beautiful the rest of the world was. I was shocked to discover that all those photos I’d seen of the world, were actually real and way more beautiful in person. It was on the island of St. Martin that the seed was planted and my wanderlust began.

I remember finding The Global Trip blog back in 2003ish.  The Global Trip documented Erik’s 16-month around the world backpacking trip. What? 16 months of traveling around the world. Are you serious!?! Who does that?  At the time Erik was at Iguassu Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the border of Argentina and Brazil. I was extremely intrigued by not only the picturesque waterfall, but the trip itself. I realized that seeing the world didn’t have to be a 2-week vacation; It could be a lifestyle on a budget I could afford. I remember taking out my bucket list that I had written when I was 18 and adding Iguassu Falls to it. I was also inspired to write more items on my bucket list as I found things I wanted to accomplish in life.

When I found myself in Iguassu Falls on my 5-month backpacking adventure through South America I had a moment of realization.  Up until that point I felt like I hadn’t really accomplished my dreams. I remembered that moment 5-years prior when I pulled out my bucket list and added Iguassu Falls.  I had come full-circle from the moment I was inspired to work towards extended travel, adding Iguassu Falls and actually achieving my goal. That moment felt amazing; like I had just crossed the finish line in first place.

This is my Bucket List / Life List that I continue to add to as inspiration hits… What’s on yours?

Professional Goals

  1. Do something newsworthy
  2. Generate $3,000/month in passive income ($5,000/$10,000)
  3. Speak about my extraordinary life to inspire others to live their own dream life
  4. Be a well known resource and expert for Freedom Working
  5. Make $25/$50/$100 per day in stock photo sales
  6. Write a manifesto
  7. Reach 500/1,000/5,000/10,000 followers on twitter
  8. Speak at a design conference about Freedom Working
  9. Have a photo of me riding motocross in a national magazine
  10. Have a photo of me skateboarding in a national magazine
  11. Get 1st in a skateboard competition
  12. Build a successful blog with 100/500/1,000/5,000/10,000+ subscribers
  13. Launch an ebook or digital product that generates $5,000+
  14. Write a book / Be a published author
  15. Get an article published in a print magazine
  16. Be a source of inspiration for those who want to live an unconventional life and break out of the 9 to 5
  17. Be interviewed for TV
  18. Forgive
  19. Become a citizen of another country and get a 2nd passport
  20. Take the MENSA test
  21. Change someones life for the better

Things to Learn

  1. Achieve fluency in Spanish, French, and Sign Language
  2. Be competent in surfing
  3. Get PADI Open Water SCUBA certification
  4. Get PADI Advanced Open Water certification
  5. Wind Surfing
  6. Hanggliding
  7. Snowboard
  8. Skateboarding
  9. Attend a cooking course
  10. Take a printmaking course
  11. Learn to sail
  12. Learn how to kite surf
  13. Learn how to skate the Mega Ramp
  14. Learn to fly a plane
  15. Learn more about my grandmother while she’s still here
  16. Learn to dance

Adventures to Have and Things to Do

  1. Sky dive
  2. Kayak in the sea
  3. Jump off a cliff higher than 40 feet.
  4. Go white water rafting
  5. Bungee jump
  6. Ride a jetski
  7. Try wakeboarding
  8. Participate in Post Office Bay – Galapagos, Ecuador
  9. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Cuzco, Peru
  10. Ride a bicycle down the World’s Most Dangerous Road – La Paz, Bolivia
  11. Take fun photographs at Salar de Uyuni – Uyuni, Bolivia
  12. Spend a night in the Amazon jungle
  13. Whale watch
  14. Swim with dolphins
  15. Hike Colca Canyon (Deepest canyon in the world) – Cuzco, Peru
  16. Climb a volcano
  17. Go on a safari in the Serengeti and take photos of the wildlife
  18. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and watch the sun rise – Africa
  19. Fall in love
  20. Stand under a waterfall with my clothes on and get soaked.
  21. Get spooked at a haunted house
  22. Drive across America coast to coast
  23. SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef – Coast of Australia
  24. Sing karaoke in a bar
  25. Take a tour on a camel in Egypt
  26. Take a tour on an elephant in Africa
  27. Visit a tribal village and live with them for longer than a month
  28. Visit a winery
  29. Spend New Years eve in Times Square New York, New York
  30. Celebrate Chinese New Year in China
  31. Go shark baiting
  32. Volunteer in Vanuatu with Project MARC
  33. Spend a month or longer on a Caribbean Island
  34. Have a real snow experience
  35. Ride the Trans-Siberian across Asia
  36. Be an extra in a film
  37. Send a message in a bottle
  38. Receive a postcard from every country
  39. Ride in a hot air balloon
  40. Adopt a child
  41. Play roulette in Las Vegas – Nevada USA
  42. Go deep sea fishing
  43. Participate in a food fight
  44. Drive a Lamborghini (or similarly awesome car)
  45. Eat at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants
  46. See a real igloo (possibly sleep in one)
  47. Jump in a random train with only my backpack and see where I end up
  48. Go on a long roadtrip without a map or GPS
  49. Eat at White Castle
  50. Ride in a open 2-seater plane
  51. Find a long-lost friend
  52. Volunteer in an orphanage overseas
  53. Shoot guns on a shooting range
  54. Milk a cow
  55. Ride in a helicopter
  56. Have a picnic under the Eiffle Tower – Paris, France
  57. Get into a fist fight
  58. Sleep under the stars
  59. Participate in a kava ceremony – Vanuatu
  60. See a Dugong (sea cow)
  61. Jump off a tall ships yard arm into the ocean
  62. Shower in the rain
  63. Catch a fish over 20 lbs
  64. SCUBA dive Million Dollar Point – Santo, Vanuatu
  65. SCUBA dive The Coolidge Wreck –Santo, Vanuatu
  66. Feel an earthquake
  67. Climb an active volcano and watch it erupt – Mt Yasur – Tanna Island, Vanuatu
  68. Be in the eye of a hurricane
  69. Live in a tree house and live off the land for a month
  70. Climb an active volcano at midnight and watch it erupt throughout the night
  71. Experience the traditional way of life in Vanuatu
  72. Carve my name into a tree
  73. SCUBA dive the supermarket in Fiji (sharks)
  74. Go cave diving
  75. Learn to backflip & frontflip
  76. Tube down the Brazos River
  77. Ride an ostrich
  78. Go strawberry picking
  79. Collect honey from a beehive
  80. Float in the dead sea
  81. Do a work exchange at the Mana Retreat in New Zealand
  82. Go zorbing in New Zealand
  83. Gibbon Experience in N. Laos
  84. Go to the airport with no preconceived idea where to go and board a plane
  85. Skate Woodward East
  86. Skate Woodward West
  87. Skate with a top female skateboarder
  88. Fly in a private jet
  89. Crew a yacht to cross the ocean
  90. Teach English in Asia
  91. Be on the TV show Survivor
  92. Get a meaningful tattoo
  93. Kiss passionately in the rain
  94. Ride the train from Riobamba to Alusi – Ecuador
  95. Complete the 365 photo project
  96. Sail on a boat for 2+months
  97. Try the crazy bug food in Asia
  98. Live abroad for 6+months (in one place)
  99. Visit the Amish – Pennsylvania, USA
  100. Hike to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) – Colombia
  101. Try Ayahuasca
  102. Hike on a glacier
  103. Experience a futbol game in South America (soccer)
  104. Catch a piranha and eat it
  105. Take a tour through a favela (slums) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  106. Firewalking
  107. Ride a mechanical bull
  108. Fly in a blimp
  109. Visit every country in the world
  110. Visit all 7 continents
  111. Mush a Dog Sled
  112. Help turtles hatch and make it to the ocean
  113. Visit The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  114. Cross the Hangzhou Bay Bridge – Hangzhou Bay, China
  115. Shave my head
  116. Ride a raft down the Mekong river through Thailand
  117. Roast marshmallows on lava in Guatemala. (I LOVE volcanoes!)
  118. Live somewhere with a real ‘Fall’ and watch the leaves turn colors on the trees.
  119. SCUBA dive an underwater volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia)

Places to Travel and Landmarks to See

  1. Statue of Liberty – New York City, New York
  2. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  3. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
  4. Austin, TX USA
  5. New York City – New York, USA
  6. Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil
  7. Ciudad del Mundo (Middle of the World) – Quito, Ecuador
  8. Iquitos, Peru
  9. Seattle, Washington, USA
  10. San Francisco, California, USA
  11. Portland, Oregon, USA
  12. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  13. Los Angles, California, USA
  14. Florida Keys, Florida, USA
  15. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  16. San Agustin Archaeological Park – San Agustin, Colombia
  17. Pyramids and Sphinx – Cairo, Egypt
  18. Luxor and Karnak temples – Luxor, Egypt
  19. Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa
  20. Timbaktu, Mali
  21. Dracula’s Castle – Transylvania, Romania
  22. Great Wall of China – China
  23. Ayers Rock – Australia
  24. Mount Everest – Nepal/Tibet
  25. Grand Canyon – Arizona, USA
  26. Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe
  27. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  28. Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA
  29. Buddhist Temple – Asia
  30. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  31. Hoover Dam – Nevada, USA
  32. New Zealand
  33. Singapore, Malaysia
  34. Laos
  35. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  36. Santiago, Chile
  37. London, England
  38. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral – Bogota, Colombia
  39. Australia
  40. San Antonio, Texas, USA
  41. Romania
  42. Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
  43. Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy
  44. Forbidden City – Beijing, China
  45. Guggenheim Museum – New York, New York, USA
  46. Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida, USA
  47. Millineum Cave – Santo, Vanuatu
  48. Eastern Caribbean Cruise
  49. Western Caribbean Cruise
  50. Stonehenge – England
  51. Hawaii, USA
  52. Nazca Lines – Peru
  53. Venice, Italy
  54. Spain
  55. Myanmar
  56. Venice Beach, California, USA
  57. Thailand
  58. Medieval City – Carcassonne, France
  59. Nasouri Highlands – Vita Levu, Fiji
  60. Petra (ancient ruins) – Jordan
  61. Galapagos Islands – Ecuador
  62. Cartagena, Colombia
  63. Iquitos, Peru
  64. Amazon Jungle – Peru/Bolivia/Colombia/Brazil/Ecuador
  65. Potosi Mines – Potosi, Bolivia
  66. Tierra del Fuego – Argentina/Chile
  67. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  68. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland
  69. Sydney Opera House – Australia
  70. Taj Mahal, India
  71. Chichen Itza – Mexico
  72. Antartica
  73. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  74. Acropolis & Parthenon – Athens, Greece
  75. Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  76. Banaue Rice Terraces – Philippines
  77. Niagara Falls – New York, USA
  78. Helix Bridge – Singapore
  79. The Tower Bridge – London, England

Cultural Celebrations

  1. Attend the Berlin Love Parade – Berlin, Germany
  2. Participate in Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. Art Car Parade – Houston, Texas, USA
  4. Burning Man – Nevada, USA
  5. World’s Biggest Water Fight – New years Eve – Thailand
  6. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  7. Oruro Carnival – Oruro, Bolivia
  8. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
  9. La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain
  10. Carnival – Venice, Italy
  11. New Years Eve in Times Square – New York City, New York – USA
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  • http://theresnoplacelikeoz.com Heather

    YES!! One of my favorite bucket/life lists ever! You’ve organized it very nicely — much better than mine! I was just thinking today that I need to think of another organizational strategy, and you’ve done exactly what I was trying to think of (mine: http://theresnoplacelikeoz.com/travelhowwhy/you-happen-to-life/).


    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Thanks Heather. You have a great bucket list too! I found organizing it like that helped me find things easier (and easier to read).

  • http://scotttraveler.wordpress.com Scott

    Nice list, I saw some on there that I’ll have to incorporate. Actually, I don’t have a list and this inspires me to make one.

    I can say that I’ve shot a gun at a shooting range, traveled the trans-Siberian railroad, celebrated Chinese New Years in China and have flown an airplane and I can emphatically recommend each activity!

    Some suggestions for your list, Semana Santa (Saints Week) in Antigua, Guatemala. The creating of thousands of flower carpets of religious icons (taking hours to construct) that are then trampled by pious religious pilgrims in their parades. Its in April, I highly recommend it.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Make one! A list helps keep you on track and eventually moves you towards achieving those goals.

      I will check out your suggestions!

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  • Inka123_45

    My head is spinning!!

  • Anonymous

    Love it! Totally inspired to make my own list now :-)

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Awesome!! Be sure to show it to me when you’re finished!

  • http://www.GoSeeWrite.com/ Michael Hodson

    such a great, and extensive list. Love it.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Thanks Michael.

  • http://www.backpackforever.com/newsroom/ Tran

    You should knock off #53 of Adventures to Have and Things to Do before you leave Texas!

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Yes I should. I have a friend who has offered to take me.

  • http://giberbecerra.tumblr.com Giber

    this is a truly awesome list Jenny!

  • Justin

    Good Lord, I’m in love! I may just have to steal some of these I’m a huge fan of goals and this is an outstanding list. I’ll be following with interest as you cross more of these off!

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  • http://twitter.com/The_Travelogue The Travelogue

    Hello Jenny,
    I’m so inspired by your story, and your bucket list! I had a similar feeling of photos being real when I went to London, and was startled to see famous names listed on tube station stops – like I could really go to any of these fabulous places! I started a bucket list of my own just this year (http://insearchofmermaids.com/bucket-list/), and it’s constantly growing. I want to be able to accomplish the dreams I’ve put into it, like you have; to have that feeling of “crossing the finish line in first place.” I’ll definitely keep an eye on your blog, and hope to learn a lot from you.
    Thank you,

  • http://www.the-rambler.com The Rambler

    After reading your list I realized I need one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.briangerald.com/ Brian Gerald

    OMG *NOT EVER* spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square is on my list of things to do. It’s awful. But I suppose will make for a good story… just be prepared to smell like pee and vomit.

    • http://www.briangerald.com/ Brian Gerald

      Also, I bounce around a bunch between California, New York, and DC if you’re ever in need of a tour guide, lemme know!

    • http://www.aaronswwadventures.com Aaron

      I HAVE spent New Year’s Eve in Times Square and I really wouldn’t recommend it. The people you see on TV have been standing in the cold with no access to food, water or restrooms since early to mid-afternoon! I arrived at 6 and ended up at 53rd St & 7th Ave (the ball is at 43rd St). The last 15 minutes were great, but definitely not worth the wait.

      • http://twitter.com/Kristin_Uhlig Kristin Uhlig

        True to everything Aaron has said. However there is a wonderful alternative to this, which I have done. Purchase VIP tickets in advance to any club located in Times Square (particularly right where the festivities occur) and you get to spend New Year’s indoors (with access to the street & view of the ball), restrooms, food & bevs, and also watch the ball drop by just stepping outside. You get to have it all. Just make sure to arrive to your location before the streets shut down, so check with the nypd on that (also there are passes you can get that let you cross the road barriers to get to where your going.) True story!

        • Anonymous

          I’m going to be in NYC for NYE this year. Will have to try this! =) Thanks

      • Placeforspace

        I agree New York on New Years Eve is a bust unless you like standing in a ‘pen’ for hours on end. Though if you can Vegas on New Years Eve is amazing! They shut down the ‘strip’ and shoot fireworks off all the different casinos. 

        • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

          Yes Las Vegas would be another great city to celebrate New Years Even in!

  • http://twitter.com/picture_philly Picture Philly

    I’m disappointed that Philadelphia isn’t on the list of places to travel. :)

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      sorry. Can’t include everywhere!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosscollicutt Ross Collicutt

    I think each of these items needs an explanation in a blog post! And you need to try wakeboarding. It’s rad.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Yeah, i’ll try wakeboarding soon enough! I’m going to try and link each entry to more information.

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  • mysteryautumn

    Oh my god, I’m in love! This site is great. So much inspiration. I’m revamping my bucket list now :)

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Thank you! Glad your inspired and have revamped your bucket list. Be sure to send it to me so I can check it out!

  • http://turkishtravelblog.com Natalie – Turkish Travel Blog

    Great list Jenny but I am dying to ask. Whose private Jet did you fly in and how did you manage that?

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Hmmmm… Well not sure I can give that secret away. Let’s just say I dated a pilot. ;)

  • Chefcosmogirl

    I love that you included Indianapolis, IN in your list of places to visit! I’m from there, and I think that sometimes people don’t notice the beauty that can be found in the Midwest. Thanks!

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Right on. I spent 4th of july there once while passing through on my way home. Had a blast and the architecture was pretty rad. I didn’t count that visit though.

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  • http://www.travelbyu.com/blog Michael

    Great list Jenny! Such a shame that you will have to knock off no.1 cultural celebrations as the Love Parade has now been cancelled for good after this years tragedy. Perhaps you can replace it with a summer in Ibiza.

  • http://www.travelbyu.com/blog Michael

    Great list Jenny! Such a shame that you will have to knock off no.1 cultural celebrations as the Love Parade has now been cancelled for good after this years tragedy. Perhaps you can replace it with a summer in Ibiza.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      What? I haven’t heard about that. What a bummer.

      • http://twitter.com/careergirltweet careergirl

        Several people died due to crowding. :(

  • http://www.travelbyu.com/blog Michael

    Great list Jenny! Such a shame that you will have to knock off no.1 cultural celebrations as the Love Parade has now been cancelled for good after this years tragedy. Perhaps you can replace it with a summer in Ibiza.

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  • chris

    babe if you wanna tick this list off don’t fall in love… guaranteed to ruin your plans

  • Ash Matadeen

    Jenny, great list, very inspiring. I can definitely relate to a lot of what’s on your list. I’ve been wanting to visit Hotel Igloo in Finland too and live in a treehouse. You might want to check out Free Spirit Spheres in BC, Canada. Looks like it would be an amazing experience: http://www.freespiritspheres.com/

  • Pablosho

    Hi Jenny,
    Love the blog and this list has been an eye opening inspiration. I’d forgotten about the beautiful world we live in. I am going to make a list. Thanks!
    If you come to Spain, you might want to add the ‘Running of the Bulls’ to your list. I haven’t done it but you seem like youv’e got the balls to give it a go! Please don’t drink any alcohol before hand, it’s dangerous enough as it is.

    • http://twitter.com/careergirltweet careergirl

      I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s cruelty to animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Love the bucket list, definitely one of the most comprehensive I have seen.

    On that note, I will say that one thing that people take for granted some times are the things that they do, and it is lists like this that really teaches us that even though we might not all be world travelers, or location independent professionals, we still can do amazing, bucket worthy things.

    That being said, In the past 5 years, I have driven coast to coast in the US twice, once on the southern route, once on the northern route. I have also had the opportunity to do most everything on your California section too.

    Thank you for reminding all of the rest of us that you do not have to travel the world to do amazing things.

  • Slowwukwai

    Awesome bucket list! I need to get one of my own.

  • Ann

    I never realized how hard writing a bucket list would be! So much that I want to do! Thank you for the inspiration Jenny, now I just gotta get off my bum and inspire myself! ;)

  • Damian Thompson

    Just heard you on the VBL podcast, great stuff! I love the bucket-list, will have to do one of those myself…

  • http://www.destination-world.net Magda

    Very inspirational! Good luck with crossing out as many ite4ms on the list as possible!

  • http://www.so-many-places.com Kim

    Hey Jenny, I like your list. It’s inspired me to post my own list on my blog. I look forward to following your RTW, leaving for mine in January 2012. And, when you make it to Portland, Oregon I’d be happy to show off the best spots. Safe travels to you.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Kim. Would love to meet up. Shoot me an e-mail jenny [at] whereisjenny [dot] come when I get close! I’ll be there in June for sure.

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  • Jonathan

    40. Adopt a child
    41. Play roulette in Las Vegas – Nevada USA

    Sorry to say it seems a bit strange to me… Am I the only one?


    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      What’s strange?

    • minkoohkooh

      It’s her bucket list not yours… no need to put it down.

  • http://twitter.com/Aventuresabdm Sylvain et Audrey

    Love your BL! Few things I’m “jealous” of: Galapagos, Amazon, PADI, Inca Trail, Salar de Uyuni, volcanos, Igazu falls… (not so jealous cause I’ll do them eventually) Really awesome! I have a BL as well on my blog and just to write it felt so good! So many dreams I had in mind are now on paper, ready to get crossed out! :)

    Keep going! What is the next thing to do on this list?

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Awesome! You’ll get to do them eventually if you begin taking steps!

      The next thing? likely snowboarding! :) You?

  • Medvedki

    Hey you forgot Croatia. And Slovenia. If you´re seeking for the beauty. They are small Eatern European countries but they are worth seeing.
    Slovenian Julian Alps can really be crazy. If u´re interested in some adrenalin check this out ;)

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      That’s pretty damn crazy! ………. sounds right up my alley. ;)

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  • Sysilia

    Hi Jenny, nice blog :)
    anyway, you should add these to your list
    Indonesia :
    borobudur http://sysilia.multiply.com/photos/album/41/Around_Jogja8-10.08.09
    kelimutu 3 colors volcano lake http://www.flickr.com/photos/32824170@N02/5223315620/
    derawan island, kakaban island (one of 2 habitats of stingless jelly fish ) http://sysilia.multiply.com/photos/album/57/Derawan_27-31_May_2010
    and if you a scuba diver, you HAVE to visit this place, Raja Ampat (Papua) : http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7645/rajaampatmm4.jpg and http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_A8Nfj0QWEAY/TLF14mmO9nI/AAAAAAAAAMM/8P6_p1umjUw/s1600/raja+ampat3.jpg

    etc etc :)

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  • http://twitter.com/griffingranberg griffin granberg

    when you end up in munich you should let me know… i love that place.. if i’m not already there i’ll fly there to meet ya… and we could have a drink… //g

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Sounds like a plan griffin. I’m sure I’ll end up there someday.

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  • http://happiness-is-the-natural-state.blogspot.com Ricky Ferdon

    GO….JENNY….GO!!! I’m with ya 110%! Ever need a word or so, let me know: rickyferdon@gmail.com Peace and Love to ya Girl – You Rock!!!

  • http://athenswalker.blogspot.com/ AthensWalker

    No.38: Have you received a postcard from Greece or do you need one?

    Cultural celebrations: Allow me to suggest a -rather less wild but still fun and interesting- carnival weekend in Patra, Greece. Half the years or more it doesn’t coincide with the “neighboring” Venice (Orthodox vs. Catholic) so one could potentially combine the two.
    Or is it a cultural faux-pas to suggest something on someone else’s bucket list? Ouch! Didn’t mean that…

  • Anonymous

    If you ever find yourself in the Virginia/Washington DC area, let me know and I can help you knock the “shooting range” one off your list. Thanks to being a historical reenactor I have several cool vintage firearms that are in good working condition, and I have military friends with more modern stuff to shoot, if that’s your thing.

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  • http://dreamtravelvacation.com/dreamtrips/ Dream Travel Vacation

    I was reading your bucket list and ‘Things to Learn: #1″ sign language popped out at me. I am deaf and use ASL.  Great language to learn!! :-)   Curious if you are traveling at this time? If so, where?  

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Awesome. Sign language is my favorite language. I’m currently traveling around the United States, but I’ll be heading to Europe and South East Asia very soon. :]

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  • http://twitter.com/JennyAvventura Jennifer Avventura

    Awesome blog, wicked adventures! You have a new subscriber!

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Glad to have you Jennifer!!!

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  • Placeforspace

    I love your list! It was actually really fun to go through your list and check off the things I’d done. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Thanks glad you like it. I’d love to see your bucket list if you’ve written one! : ]

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  • http://www.everydaylanguagelearner.com Aaron G Myers

    Wow, what a great list. I want to see the motorcross  photo!  And you should definitely add Istanbul, Turkey and the underground cisterns to the list of places to travel. But holy cow you have ticked off a lot of your goals.  Amazing.  And I am always excited to see folks with “learn a language” on their bucket list. Very cool and you’ve picked some great languages.  If you would like, I would love to send you a free copy of my language learning guide.  It’ll help you get started.  Keep inspiring people!
    >> Aaron

  • http://www.everydaylanguagelearner.com Aaron G Myers

    Great list and amazing how much you have already ticked off the list.  Istanbul, Turkey is a great place to stop through if your close.  Amazing city with amazing history.  And I love seeing language learning on the list. Always a great addition to anyone’s bucket list – especially as a traveler.  I’d love to send you a free copy of my language learning guide.  Shoot me an email if you’re interested.
    >> Aaron

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

      Thanks Aaron. Would love to check your guide out, I need all the help I can get! Send to jenny@whereisjenny.com

  • Anonymous

    To visit the gigantic Victoria Falls by a flight to Zimbabwe is an amazing idea and should definitely be in the things to do list of an African Tour.  The Zimbabwean travel and tourism industry offers a lot for its visitors.

  • james

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  • Christina Brown

    I love this list – it inspires me to write my own and start crossing them out as you are. I am from Australia and see that its on your list. I invite you to my place in the Northern Territory. Ayers Rock is in this Territory…
    NYC is on my list and I hope to get there in September.
    I too have an adventurous spirit and have actually been to Halmahera because I lived on the island of Ambon in the 80′s.
    So here’s to lists and then crossing them out!

  • Mikka

    Jenny, this sound like something I might want to consider as well. How do you sustain yourself financially though?

  • http://www.austinlehman.com/ Austin Lehman Adventures

    White water rafting you have to check out Costa Rica has some amazing class 4 and 5.  I recently just read a blog too that showed some amazing photos for rafting in New Zealand.  Great list.  Way to create a list of dreams, makes them real.  Good luck to you. Look forward to following you along on your adventures!

  • http://www.caseycamilleri.com/ Casey Camilleri

    This is an amazing bucket list.  I had to share it on Twitter.  Since the new year I’ve been working on my own bucket list and I’m trying to gather everything I want to do and plan actionable steps in order to reach my goals.  Have a blast pursuing your bucket list aspirations! 

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

       Thanks Casey! Have fun and keep moving forward. : ]

  • http://twitter.com/SafariGuide SafariGuide

    Item 17:  Go on a safari in the Serengeti and take photos of the wildlife – great choice but I would have to add South Africa to that list too. Same, if not better experience, for a cost far less.

    • http://www.whereisjenny.com Jenny

       Thanks for the tip. I definitely have South Africa on my list.

      • Ally Haarstad

        Add Botswana too! It’s an incredibly beautiful and overlooked country. So incredibly safe and the people are wonderful and welcoming

  • Aprilbrookes

    i think this is amazing, you have inspired me to write my own bucket list. 

  • http://twitter.com/KeviNaleoMor Kevi Naleo Mor

    how do you finance your travel? I am interested to follow your footstep as I love traveling

  • http://twitter.com/FunNZTravel Doris Chow (周菽芬)

    Hi Jenny,
    Your bucket list is amazing! Singapore and New Zealand are definitely must visit places! There are quite a number of things to do you can cover in New Zealand, zorbing, caving and riding in hot air balloon, etc. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • http://thetraveller.edublogs.org/ Katroke

    This is an amazing list and I highly recomened London and Paris. I’m sure you already know this but when you go be sure to take the Tube/ Metro everywhere! Also, when you go to Thailand make sure to go to the beaches in the South and to the pearl factories! But if you want a sense of local culture, don’t go over any major holliday (especially Christmas). Also, how did you do the Amazon and piriana fishing? I was there last December (in Peru), and am wonderig what kind of lodging you did there. When you were in Iquitos did you manage to go to the Frio al Fuego floating resturaunt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.spencer.338 Jenny Spencer

    Hi Jenny! As you may have noticed, we share a common denominator. My name is Jenny too! But I also just love to travel and was searching around different travel sites when I found yours. I loved reading about your adventures. I work for one of my favorite travel magazines right now, Stowaway magazine. I was admiring your bucket list and thought you might be interested in adding one more place to visit. We just did this awesome article about the Russian Hermitage museum and I’m dying to see it in person. You can check out the article at this link: http://www.stowawaymag.com/2012/04/russias-palace-of-art-the-hermitage-musem/. It looks absolutely gorgeous! You can also check out the rest of our magazine at http://www.stowawaymag.com/. I’m sure you’ll be able to find lots of other things to add to your bucket list from our pages. Keep me posted on your travels!

  • http://8milesfromhome.tumblr.com/ Jmayel & Sacha

    Great blog Jenny, I can recommend the Songkran ‘Water Fight’ festival in Thailand – We were in Chiang Mai for it this year – great fun! as long as you don’t mind being soaked for 3 days straight!

  • Carolynne

    If you’re ever in Cape Town, drop me an email! I’ll organise a group of adventure loving mates to organise a hike up to table mountain. If you’re in Cape Town for long enough we’ll ensure you watch the full moon from the top of the mountain, snorkel with seals, shark dive and rope you into trail running too. Great, great and inspiring blog. So nice to see like-minded adventure spirits out there!

    From a Cape Town adventurer!
    Ps: Did Victoria Falls, if you ever get there – I’ll give you advice on how to jump off the falls (there are a few falls set back from the actual falls that flow into the falls). It’s not entirely on the tourist map!

    • Ally Haarstad

      Do you mean Angel’s Armchair?! I did that with some amazing guides who we just randomly met. It was a long way to get over there but a day I will never forget as long as I live

  • http://www.facebook.com/costarica.onlinemap Costa Rica Online-Map

    Go on!! you are doing great

  • http://twitter.com/raytanys Ray Tan

    Hi Jenny, I came across your blog and I really like how you are living your life! Inspired! It’s an awesome long list here that you have.. how do you keep up? :)

    Just completed a dream of mine – an iPhone app (adream) where people can share their dreams and goals in a fun way. My little way of helping others achieve their dreams..

    Thank you for being you and inspiring me today! :)

    Best, Ray

    adream – http://adre.am/app (iPhone app)

  • http://twitter.com/WongGoneWild Katie Wong

    I like number 19. Fall in Love. That’s on my list too, and we often forget that’s an adventure in itself! However, I’m also glad you’re not sitting at home just passively waiting for it to happen. Awesome list, best of luck!

  • http://humblyhomeless.wordpress.com/ Robs Vz

    I feel like I haven’t done a lot with my life, but I could cross off quite a few of your items…strange to think about things like that. I’m sure you could also cross off quite a few items on my own bucket list. Didn’t see Alaska on your list–not interested, or already been? Best place for dog mushing! Also great to see the Aurora. Do a quick google for Chena Hot Springs, if you’re prepared to add something to your list! (I might be biased, having grown up in Alaska.)

  • Crystal

    You can cross off ‘Fall in Love’ (Number 19) now ;)

  • Daniel G.

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    We are based out of Indianapolis, IN and are wondering what made
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