2011 was the year I first visited Hawaii. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Honolulu. I adored everything I thought it was. I even loved saying it. Ho-no-loo-loo, just rolls off the tongue somehow doesn’t it? It held a mysticism in my thoughts. I had to see it, and I’m so glad I finally did. The beauty of this archipelago engulfed my imagination further than I had imagined it could. In fact, I loved Hawaii so much that I made the 23 hour trip back there from London a mere six months later. Oh yes, I’ve become a pro at dealing with long-haul flights (read more here).

Though I have been exceptionally fortunate to have experienced over 80 destinations around the world, there is so much to be seen. Truthfully, my chances of accomplishing everything are tremendously slim. That however, is part of the fun. Travelling isn’t about getting somewhere, it’s about going there. The Hawaiians have a word which describes this perfectly: holoholo. Hawaiians say “lets go holoholo” when embarking on a long day at the beach or blissfully cruising around the islands. There is no set destination or aim besides leisure and pleasure. This is a mantra I very much identify with. I don’t count countries, I count experiences.

These are the places and things my heart is bursting to see, do and hear. So, if anyone has doubts about what to get me for my birthday (hint hint, it’s in July), search no more. So without further ado (and in no particular order) I present my bucket list, ever growing and ever outlandish.

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  1. Swim inside a volcano
  2. Play with penguins in Patagonia
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Visit a cat cafe
  5. See the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
  6. Walk the Great Wall of China
  7. See pink flamingos in Aruba
  8. Take a tram ride in Lisbon
  9. Ride the night train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  10. Visit Red Square
  11. See the splendid rooms in the “winter palace” Hermitage museum
  12. Ride a chicken bus in Central AmericaThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Riding the chicken bus in Panama Central America
  13. Go on an African safari
  14. Lay on the white sand on Zlatni rat, Croatia
  15. Tango on a Buenos Aires Street
  16. Say ‘Bula’ to an actual Fijian in Fiji
  17. Dance at Rio Carnival
  18. Play with perspectives at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
  19. Island hop between the San Blas islands in Panama
  20. Drink a beer stein in Munich
  21. Experience New York at Christmas time
  22. Pool party in MiamiThe Beach Bell blog- 10 Reasons Why I Love Spring- Spring Break at the Surfcomber hotel in Miami
  23. Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  24. Pinch myself at Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
  25. Visit a Tokyo fish market
  26. Swim at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore infinity pool
  27. Throw water balloons at Songkran festival in Thailand
  28. Go dune bashing in the Middle Eastern Desert 
  29. Hang at Ernest Hemingway’s spot, Le Bodeguita del Medio in Havana
  30. Ride an ATV
  31. Sail around Poole Harbour
  32. Wander around the coves in the Algarve
  33. Spot a pretty blue-eyed toucan in Costa RicaThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list-Spotting a toucan in puerto viejo costa rica
  34. Marvel at the Egyptian Pyramids
  35. See Japan’s Wisteria flower tunnel
  36. Meet Okinawa’s ever-playful grannies
  37. Ride The Wave in Arizona
  38. Have a Sunday Funday in San Juan Del Sur
  39. Go whitewater rafting
  40. Climb the Haiku ‘Stairway to Heaven’ stairs in Hawaii
  41. Try some scorching red peppers in Mexico
  42. Catch a star at Vadhoo Island’s Sea of Stars in The Maldives
  43. Hop on a hot air balloon in Cappadocia
  44. Hug an elephant
  45. Visit the Costa Rican cloud forests
  46. Enjoy a hearty Bendeja Paisa in Antioquia, Colombia
  47. Attend a drum circle party at Maui nudist haven, Little BeachThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Maui Little Beach Nudist drum circle party
  48. Go to Coachella finally
  49. Hide at Hidden Beach in the Marietas Islands near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  50. Lie in a hammock at Jericoacoara Beach, Brazil
  51. Experience The Maldives
  52. Pose in front of the Burj Al Arab
  53. Stroll down Fifth Avenue during one of it’s famed parades
  54. Take a sunset cruise from Waikiki Beach
  55. See the lighting of the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square
  56. Enjoy the Eiffel Tower twinkling at night
  57. Have the world’s best juicy steak at Peter Luger in WilliamsburgThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- The worlds best steak at Peter Luger in Williamsburg Brooklyn New York
  58. Make a wish at Rome’s Trevi fountain
  59. Visit the Grand Canyon
  60. Gamble in Vegas
  61. Hang out at Trolltunga by Lake Ringedalsvatnet, Norway
  62. Ride in a horse and carriage
  63. Take a trip solo
  64. Receive a fresh lei
  65. Take a cooking course in Italy
  66. See what life is like on all seven continents
  67. Go dipping at The Semuc Champey Lagoons in Guatemala
  68. Ride a gondola in Venice
  69. Take it easy with the surfers on the beach in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  70. Witness a rainbow sunset over the Pacific OceanThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Rainbow sunset over the pacific ocean- Best Travel Blogs
  71. Experience a Swedish midsummer
  72. Watch the running of the bulls (from a safe distance) in Pamplona
  73. Horseback ride on the beach
  74. Get a (teeny tiny) tattoo
  75. Roadtrip West Coast USA
  76. Splash about at the Atlantis The Palm Aquaventure park
  77. Take a funny photo at the leaning tower of Pisa
  78. Spend a day at the inside out Georges Pompidou museum in Paris
  79. Visit Mona Lisa at the Louvre
  80. Get wet at Niagara Falls
  81. Party during Sant Joan Festival, Barcelona
  82. See the superstar DJs at the decks in Ibiza
  83. Hitchhike somewhere
  84. Visit Carrie Bradshaw’s ‘apartment’ in New York CityThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list-Visiting Carrie Bradshaw's apartment in New York City
  85. Go to Buñol for La Tomatina
  86. Try cockroaches as a delicacy in South East Asia
  87. Float along Halong Bay
  88. See a show on Broadway
  89. Look out over Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  90. Get food from sold straight from a wall in Holland
  91. Retreat to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica
  92. Zipline over a cloud forest
  93. Paraglide with a friend
  94. Pose in front of the Hollywood sign
  95. Catch a glimpse of a pink dolphin
  96. Find oasis at Huacachina, Peru
  97. See Mannekin Pis doing his thing in BrusselsThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Manneken Pis in Brussels
  98. Marvel at the Pamukkale Hot Springs in Turkey
  99. See a kangaroo
  100. Eat kimchi in South Korea
  101. Go to a K-Pop concert
  102. Go fishing and actually catch something
  103. Visit the Guinness factory in Dublin
  104. Write a book on travel and happiness
  105. Meet the wild and wacky on Venice beach
  106. Stand up paddle board
  107. Watch a film in an open-air theatre
  108. Attend a movie premiere
  109. Take in the beauty of the Côte d’AzurThe Beach Bell blog- 10 Reasons Why I Love Spring- Looking outside in Nice France
  110. Learn the Hula
  111. Make a purchase at Vietnam’s floating market
  112. Meet a camel
  113. Enjoy raclette in Switzerland
  114. Walk along Brooklyn Bridge
  115. Eat a sushi burrito
  116. Learn how to belly dance
  117. Stroll along Bahamas’ pink sand beach
  118. Walk the Bohol North sandbar
  119. Greet the little mermaid in Copenhagen
  120. Enjoy a delicious Smørrebrød in Denmark
  121. Basque in the blue lagoon in Iceland
  122. Wear a dirndl at Oktoberfest in Munich
  123. Try Bacalhau à Brás in Portugal
  124. Get sprayed at Niagara falls
  125. Picnic at Parc Champ de Mars by the Eiffel Tower
  126. Find Roy Liechtenstein’s Girl with ball at MoMA
  127. Have what Sally had at Katz deli in Manhattan
  128. Pillow fight in Washington Square ParkThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Pillow fighting in Washington Square Park New York
  129. Feel the heat at Fosso Bianco hot springs in Siena, Italy
  130. See in the New Year on Copacabana beach
  131. Live in Panama City, Panama
  132. Visit one of Pablo Escobar’s 500 properties in Colombia
  133. Watch a live football match in a South American stadium
  134. Spend a day on an uninhabited/ deserted island
  135. Jump off a diving board
  136. Lodge in a resort with over-water bungalowsThe Beach Bell Travel Blog- my travel bucket list- Over-water bungalows at Azul Paradise Bocas del Toro Panama
  137. Consume copious amounts of ceviche in Peru

So, what’s on your bucket list?

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