My Ever Growing Bucket List

My bucket list is forever growing. With every destination I hear about, every picture that inspires me on Instagram and every e-mail from travel affiliated sites and companies, I continue to add to and grow my bucket list. There are places on it now that I didn’t know about 6 months ago, and I’m sure in 6 months there will be places on it that I don’t know about now! Here’s my bucket list as of July, 2015.


Watch a sunset at Ayres Rock, Uluru

Swim with a sea turtle in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Road trip down the East Coast of Australia

Explore Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Hop on board the Camel Train on Cable Beach, Broome

Kayak in Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

Drive down the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles, Victoria

Visit Australia Zoo, Queensland

Hit the waves at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Road trip through The Kimberley’s and Northern Australia

View Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck, Victoria

Take the ferry from Darling Harbour to Manly, Sydney

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from a Seaplane, Whitsundays, Queensland

Sleep under the stars on the beach, Queensland

Explore Kings Canyon, Northern Territory

Road trip to Cape York, the Top of Australia

Swim in the waterfall pools of Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

Hike through the Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Cuddle with a Koala

Swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

4WD across the sand dunes of Stockton Beach, New South Wales

Watch the sunset from the Mornington Peninsula Hotsprings, Victoria

View the Aurora Australis, Tasmania

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

Visit all the Gold Coast theme parks, Queensland 

Search for crocodiles in Darwin, Northern Territory

Experience sea turtle hatching season, Heron Island, Queensland

Explore every state in Australia



Stay amongst the Maasai Mara people, Kenya

Witness the Serengeti Migration, Tanzania

Sleep amongst the wildlife in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Feel the spray of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Get great photos of the complete Big 5

Relax on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Search for gorillas in Uganda

Swim in the Devil’s Pool, Zambia

Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa

Explore the souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

Safari through Chobe National Park, Botswana

Climb Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Visit Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya

Spot a baby lion on a safari

Volunteer with a conservation program for big cats or elephants

Take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and spot hippos, Zimbabwe 



Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris *

Experience the beautiful white and blue town of Santorini, Greece

Take a sunset gondola ride in Venice, Italy

Try and make a guard smile at Buckingham Palace, London, England

Witness a hot air balloon sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey

Swim in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Travel through the five towns of Cinque Terre, Italy

Relax on Comino, Malta

Swim in the waterfall of Krka National Park, Croatia 

Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

See the Northern Lights, Norway

Sunbathe on a pebble beach in Nice, French Riviera

Meet a reindeer, Finland

Add a lock to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris, France 

Catch the train between two different countries 

Eat gelato in Italy

Sail around the islands of Croatia

Experience the ANZAC Day dawn service in Gallipoli, Turkey

Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy 

Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Check out the Red Light District in Amsterdam, Holland

Spend a night sleeping in a castle, England

Make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy 

Dance all night at a beach club in Ibiza, Spain

Explore the Louvre Art Museum in Paris, France 

Go skinny dipping in Corfu, Greece

Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

Catch an iconic double decker bus to see London, England 

Stand at the Top of Europe, Switzerland


The Americas

North America 

Bike ride down the Santa Monica boardwalk, LA

Helicopter over the Grand Canyon, Nevada

Walk up the Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii

View Manhattan from the Top of the Rock, New York City

Be an audience member for a TV show, Los Angeles

Explore White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Be able to say ‘I’m in Miami, bitch!’, Florida

Visit the Museum of Natural History, New York City

Drink a butter beer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida

Find a bear in Yellowstone National Park

Set foot on every island of Hawaii

Airboat across the Everglades, Florida

Sip cocktails in Waikiki, Hawaii

Shop on 5th Avenue and lunch in SoHo, New York City

Celebrity spot at Coachella music festival, Palm Springs

Any kind of cross country road trip across USA

Take a picture with Minnie Mouse in Disneyland, LA

Visit the 9/11 Memorial, New York City

Road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles

Stroll down the San Antonio River Walk, Texas

Attend an NBA game

Take the perfect photo in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

View Polar Bears in their natural environment in Churchill, Canada

Visit Niagra Falls from both countries, USA & Canada

Central America 

Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico

Explore where the ruins meet the sea, Tulum, Mexico

See the colour of Mexico City, Mexico

Swim in the beautiful Ik Kil Cenote, Mexico

South America

Canopy walk through The Amazon, Peru

Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru

Dress up and dance at the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Dinner at the Underground Restaurant, The Maldives

Explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

Have a drink at Rock Bar, Seminyak, Bali

Experience the Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

Cruise around the Phi Phi islands of Thailand

Float around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Take a night cruise around Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Visit Mount Fuji, Japan

Launch a lantern at Loy Krathong, Chiang Mai

Shop at the Bangkok Floating Markets, Thailand 

Feed the orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Tour the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Japan

Participate in a health retreat in Bali, Indonesia

Experience the glittering lights of the Supertrees, Singapore

Board a Ngong Ping cable car to Lantau Island, Hong Kong 

Visit the Big Budda, Phuket, Thailand


The South Pacific 

Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Island hop around the 330 islands of Fiji

Kayak around Milford Sound, New Zealand

Explore Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Learn to snowboard in Queenstown, New Zealand

Snorkel the crystal clear waters of Tahiti

Swim in To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Take a cruise of the South Pacific Islands


Middle East 

Dune bash in a Mercedes Benz, Dubai, UAE

Shop up a storm at The Dubai Mall, UAE

Visit The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi


The Caribbean

Run with pigs in Staniel Cay, The Bahamas  

Swim with stingrays in Antigua

Explore waterfalls and islands around Jamaica



Be in two countries at the same time [Zimbabwe & Zambia]

Fly in a private plane

Fly first class

Set foot on every continent
[AustraliaAfricaAsiaNorth America, Europe, South America, Antarctica]

Learn a foreign language


Head off on a road trip with no plans

Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice with others, and to show that you can still explore the world while holding down a 9-5 job and paying off a mortgage!

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