The Bucket List


Ahhh, the good old Bucket List. A list of things to do before you errr, kick the bucket. Despite my interest in goals and resolutions, I've never actually sat down and written a list of things I absolutely must do before I die. I suspect that part of the reason for this is I was 16 years old when I managed to do the thing that I was most desperate to do...and I've done it four times since then. I spent many of my teenage years joking that I might as well keel over and die now because I'd met Wednesday 13 and there was nothing else for me to achieve.

Of course, now I'm 23, I've realised that's a bit silly and as great as meeting my favourite singer was and still is everytime it happens, I most definitely do want more from life than just that.

That being said, when I sat down to have a good old think about what I really, really must achieve in life without the goals I'm aiming for this year, I realised that all I really want to do is travel...!

However, before I launch into my dream travel destinations, there's just one thing I want to do that isn't travel related...

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Own A Cat and a Dog
Growing up, I never had any pets. Both my parents were adamant that it was just something I wasn't allowed to have. My granddad eventually took pity on me and bought me a goldfish which I genuinely adored and it eventually led to Mum and Dad letting me have lots and lots of goldfish at home. When I was a little older and my parents separated, my mum finally let me have some gerbils. My gerbils were always the love of my life, despite many tragic endings. My particular favourite was Barney who lasted from me being 17 all the way up until about a year after I finished university.

However, my beloved Barney was just not the same as a cat or a dog.


Even though I now live alone and have full reign over what I decide to do with my life, my current flat is very small, as is my garden and I am away from the house all day Monday-Friday and many weekends as well. My current financial situation doesn't allow for things like insurance, vets bills and pet food either. It just wouldn't be fair for me to own a pet right now and I feel I have to do the right thing and put the pet's welfare above my own desires. Although I currently sponsor a cat through Cats Protection, it's just not the same as having one around.

So no, now is not the right time for my cat and my dog and it probably won't be for a while, but one day it WILL HAPPEN.

RIP Barney
A Year Long Trip Around The World 
I think one of my biggest dreams has to be to take a year out of real life and travel the world. Perhaps everywhere in the world in 365 days is a little too ambitious, but I don't really mind because there are some countries that I am just fine with not ever visiting. 

The countries I am most desperate to visit are:

China 

Japan 

Egypt - the pyramids in particular 

Maldives 

Mexico 

The cities I am most desperate to visit are:

Amsterdam 

Prague


Places to revisit:

New York

Venice

Lake Garda

Benidorm

Paris 

Image by Kenneth Lu on Flickr. 
I'm sure there are way, way, way more than this that I want to go to, but these are always the ones that spring to mind first when I think about escaping for a while.

What's on your Bucket List?