Achievements and Bucket List

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us” – Charles Bukowski.

I know how cliche it is when someone overuses famous quotes, but sometimes I can’t help myself! The Bukowski quote above is by far my favourite quote of all time. I feel like it is almost our duty to do the most and best we can with what little time we’re given. It is never too late to start living which is why I have a bucket list to keep track of my achievements, my best experiences and my biggest goals. Having a bucket list and a clear view of your goals is great because it serves as a great motivator.

My bucket list is largely travel-oriented because it is my greatest passion and it plays a huge role in my life. To travel means to step out of your comfort zone and experience things you have never experienced before. It is through travel that we can truly get to know ourselves and grow in ways we never would have imagined. I recently reached the 50 country milestone and have no plans of slowing down!

My bucket list is constantly changing. Whenever I strike something off, I find myself adding 5 new things to it. I guess that’s a good thing. As we grow and experience new things, it is only normal for our bucket list to change. I have divided my bucket list up into things that I have achieved and experienced (basically bucket list items I’ve already ticked off) and things that I have yet to achieve or experience.

Personal Achievements
  • Founded a popular student society at my university
  • Completed two Masters degrees in Scotland and the Netherlands
  • Helped create and grow Affairs Today, an international student media outlet
  • Spent a year living as a digital nomad (travelling the world and working for myself)
  • Started Wireless Vagabond
  • Changed my career path and successfully pivoted into the tech world
  • Set up a number of side projects, ventures and investments
  • Learned to speak 5 languages
  • Learned to play the guitar and continue to play music after 15 years
  • Taught myself web design and designed over 50 websites
Travel Experiences
  1. Took a boat on the West Lake in Hangzhou, China which was named the most beautiful spot on earth by Marco Polo
  2. Attended the Dalai Lama’s teachings in his adopted hometown of McLeod Ganj in India and received a blessing from him
  3. Swam with Sharks in the Dominican Republic
  4. Stroked fully grown wolves in Hungary
  5. Held a small crocodile in Spain
  6. Stroked a lion cub in Hungary
  7. Held and fed a tiger in Mexico and Thailand
  8. Seen Chichen Itza and climbed the great pyramid of Coba in Mexico
  9. Did a 4 day Trek up to the Snow Line in the Himalayas
  10. Saw the sun rise over Mount Bromo in Indonesia
  11. Climbed a live volcano (Bromo), Indonesia
  12. Ridden the Shanghai Maglev, the fastest train in the world
  13. Volunteered for an underfunded school in the north of India
  14. Drank a Singapore Sling cocktail on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore
  15. Swam with Dolphins in Egypt
  16. Quad Biked in the Sahara Dessert
  17. Rode a Camel in the Sahara Dessert
  18. Swam in a Cenote in Mexico
  19. Walked the Caminito del Rey in Spain
  20. Drank Organic Luwak Coffee –the most expensive coffee in the world- in Indonesia
  21. Travelled through the Scottish highlands
  22. Visited Alhambra in Granada, Spain
  23. Travelled by boat in Venice
  24. Seen the Coliseum in Rome
  25. Visited the Vatican and saw the Sistine Chapel
  26. Travelled through Transylvania and saw Bran’s (Dracula’s) Castle in Romania
  27. Took a boat out onto Oslofjord during winter in Oslo, Norway
  28. Saw the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at night
  29. Walked around the Borbodur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  30. Saw the leaning tower of Pisa
  31. Climbed the Eiffel Tower
  32. Seen the remains of the Berlin Wall
  33. Seen the monument of the discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal
  34. Visited Moroccan spice markets in Tangiers, Fes and Meknes
  35. Attended the carneval in Cologne, Germany
  36. Crossed the arctic circle in Finland
  37. Visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
  38. Visited the Meteora monasteries in Greece
  39. Visited the Parthenon and Accropolis in Athens
  40. Explore the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  41. Kayaked through Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
  42. Ate Thai and Vietnamese street food
  43. Watch the sun set over the Mostar bridge in Bosnia
  44. Saw Lake Bled and Lake Bohijn in Slovenia
  45. Visited Stonehenge
  46. Hitchhiked across borders from Slovenia to Croatia, from Bosnia to Slovenia and from Spain to Portugal
  47. Washed an elephant in Thailand
  48. Walked along the rocky coast of the Algarve in Portugal
  49. Camped on the beach in Nerja, Spain
  50. Joined a drum circle (and possibly smoked opium) in Beneficio, a secluded hippy commune in Spain
  51. Swam in ice cold water in the Oulu River in Finland
  52. Roadtripped through Iceland
  53. Explored the amazing Bagan in Myanmar
  54. Accidentally crashed a Burmese wedding
  55. Came face to face with a wild rhino in the wild on a walking safari at Chitwan National Park in Nepal
  56. Visited the the Great Wall of India and the Kumbalgarh Fort in Rajasthan, India
  57. Went skiing on the biggest indoor slope in the middle of the desert in Dubai
  58. Ate the freshest sushi at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.
  59. Ate Fugu (the most deadly food in the world) in Osaka, Japan
  60. Ate real Kobe Beef in Kobe, Japan
  61. Saw Mount Fuji in Japan
Life Goals
  1. Record and write an album
  2. Establish myself and my career in the tech industry
  3. Write and publish my own book
  4. Start a succesful business
  5. Turn Wireless Vagabond into an influential platform for travel, business and personal development
  6. Learn how to paint
  7. Learn to code properly
  8. Become skilled in meditation and yoga
  9. Master the Wim Hof method
  10. Push my physical limits
Travel Goals
  1. Visit as many countries in the world as possible (CURRENTLY 55)
  2. See the New 7 Wonders of the World + The Pyramid of Giza (CURRENTLY 3/8)
  3. See penguins on the shores of South Africa
  4. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  5. Trek to the Mount Everest base camp
  6. Trek the Inca Trail in Peru
  7. Dance tango in Argentina
  8. See Chernobyl in Ukraine
  9. Go skydiving
  10. Travel to Antarctica
  11. Go whale watching
  12. Smoke a cigar in Cuba
  13. Travel the Silk Road
  14. Do a real African safari
  15. Experience the great Serengeti migrations
  16. See the Moai heads in Easter Island
  17. Visit the Amazon in Brazil
  18. See the Northern lights
  19. Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  20. See the sparkling beach of the Vadhoo Islands in the Maldives
  21. Listen to live blues in New Orleans
  22. Go on a road trip through the United States.
  23. Visit the Holy Land
  24. Pilgrim to Fairbanks Bus 142
  25. Visit New York City
  26. Walk down Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  27. See the Masai people in Kenya
  28. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  29. Ride the Trans Siberian Railway
  30. Surf in Hawaii
  31. Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda/Uganda
  32. See Ayer’s rock, Australia
  33. Ride a hot air balloon
  34. Climb the Empire State Building in New York
  35. Play a game of roulette in Las Vegas
  36. Go white water rafting
  37. See the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland
  38. Sit on the edge of Trolltunga in Norway
  39. Hike in the Dolomites in Italy
  40. Visit the Grand Canyon
  41. Visit Tibet
  42. See Timbuktu, Mali
  43. Visit Greenland
  44. Visit the Faroe Islands
  45. Feed hyenas in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  46. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  47. Attend Rio Carneval
  48. Play football in Brazil
  49. See the Terracotta Army in China
  50. See the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
  51. Go to the Pamplona bull run during San Fermin, Spain
  52. Do falconry
  53. Attend a football World Cup