Bucket List

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of the Universe. Playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. I plan to learn more this year, push the limits, develop new skills, and enhance old ones. I want my life to be a magnificent story where my daily life is better than my dreams.

Everyone is always asking what my Bucket List looks like…Well, here it is! Items in blue are completed and there are new items being added to the list all of the time. Enjoy!

Adventure and Travel
1. Truly traverse the entire globe & set foot on each of the seven continents. (In progress, 1 left to go – Antarctica)
2. Take a 16 month WORLD TRAVEL Tour and learn more about people, psychology, Cultural differences, religion (I’m not really Religious, but am open to it).
3. Visit all “Wonders of the World” at www.New7Wonders.com
4. Live like a local for a month in another country. The experience of visiting native people gives you way more insight into another way of life than two years hopping from one backpacker community to the next.
5. Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. Stomp grapes at a vineyard to make wine
7. Participate in La Tomatina (last Wednesday in August) Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain
8. Participate in Holi (The full moon in March) India
9. Scuba dive in the Georgia Aquarium
10. Scuba in the World’s most unique aquatic environment…. the Great Barrier Reef.
11. Scuba with Whale Sharks in the wild
12. Scuba in Anakao, Madagascar
13. Pet a wild dolphin while scuba diving in the wild (Tahiti)
14. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermines
15. Hike/Camp in the Amazon Rainforest.
16. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil.
17. Play a didgeridoo with aborigines in the Australian Outback
18. Be an extra in a movie
19. Participate in/start a flash mob
20. Visit a fortune teller/energy reader
21. Take a tour of a fortune cookie factory (San Francisco, CA)
22. Climb an active volcano and roast marshmallows over the lava
23. Follow my food from field to table. Most people in the world still eat what they have picked with their own hands. Why not get back to the basics?
24. Shower in a Waterfall
25.  Watch the aurora borealis while staying at the igloo hotel in Norway
26. Photograph an endangered species. Aside from an image to keep for a lifetime, it will remind me, and others, how fragile life can be.
27. Participate in Burning Man (Starts 8 days before the American Labor Day, September) Blackrock Desert, Nevada USA
28. Vist Iguazú Cataratas (Argentinian and Brazilian side)
29. Learn how to make a national dish (Madagascar, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Australia)
30. Travel India by train on its extensive rail network
31. Attend a music festival in another country
32. Go on an African Safari
33. Log in enough sky dive jumps to get my A license
34. Go Zip Lining on a jungle canopy tour
35. Hike the Grand Canyon to Supai Village
36. Go Tubing down a river (Nantahala, New River & Saluda River)
37. Skim board without falling off
38. Go Parasailing
39. Go Rafting
40. Go Wakeboarding
41. Jump from the tallest tree on the highest cliff at Grayson Lake, KY  
42. Fly in First Class
43. Take a picture of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris
44. Rock Climb without gear
45. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
46. Take a hot air balloon ride
47. Go Ultra Gliding
48. Go hang gliding
49. Turn a public place full of complete strangers into a dance party
50. Sell my artwork to someone I don’t know
51. Go Deep Sea Fishing and eat my catch
52. Take a whale/dolphin watching boat trip 
53. Spend New Years in an exotic location
54. Spend New Years in Time Square, NYC
55. Do the Great Polar Bear Challenge
56. Look for hidden treasure on a beach with a metal detector
57. Find a starfish in the ocean (Anakao, Madagascar)
58. Ride a Camel in the dessert in Egypt
59. See the Old Faithful geyser erupt
60. Go to Taipei 101
61. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
62. Win first prize in a costume contest
63. Do something you should regret, but don’t
64. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
65. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
66. Jump off a cliff into a natural body of water in an exotic location
67. Take a tour of the Favellas in Rio de Janeiro
68. Go skiing in the Rockies.
69. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
70. Trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant
71. Start a social movement on a cause you believe in
72. Stay in a tiki hut on an exotic beach
73. Dive with sharks in Tahiti
74. See the Pyramids of Giza
75. Visit the Great Wall of China
76. See the Mayan temples
77. Visit the Hollywood sign
78. Ride a tandem bike
79. Go to the Kentucky Derby
80. Fiji
81. New Zealand
82. Australia
83. Bali
84. Belize
85. Kefalonia, Ithica, Assos, Greece (Cliff Jumping, Myrtos Beach, Boat Trips and Yoga)
86. Loch Ness, Scotland
87. Ibiza
88. Himalayas – Nepal
89. Galapagos Islands
90. Easter Island
91. Barbados
92. Hawaii
93. Moorea Island in French Polynesia
94. Angel Falls – Venezuela
95. Paraguay
96. Argentina
97. Peru
98. Berlin, Germany
99. Frankfurt, Germany
100. Zurich, Switzerland
101. Cozumel, Mexico
102. Niagara Falls
103. Paris, France
104. Marseille, France
105. Phuket, Thailand
106. Koh Samui, Thailand
107. Bangkok, Thailand
108. Taipei, Taiwan
109. Antigua, Guatemala
110. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
111. Tikal, Guatemala
112. Barcelona, Spain
113. Madrid, Spain
114. Pamplona, Spain
115. New Year’s Eve in NYC, NY
116. Boston, MA
117. Seattle, WA
118. San Jose, CA
119. San Francisco, CA
120. Vegas, NV
121. Savannah, GA
122. Miami, FL
123. Orlando, FL
124. Morocco
125. Belgium
126. Ireland
127. Japan
128. London, UK
129. Rome, Italy
130. Norway
131. Sweden
132. Portugal
133. Visit Stonehenge
134. Holland
135. Climb to the top of Machu Pichu
136. Nepal
137. Croatia
138. South Africa
139. Madagascar
140. Indonesia
141. Malaysia
142. India
143. Mermaid school in the Philippines
144. Chile
145. Tibet
146. Singapore
147. Visit the Bahn it Cham towers in Vietnam
148. Havasu Falls, AZ
149. Go to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
150. Stage dive and crowd surf at a concert.
151. Find treasure on a geo-cashing adventure
152. Explore the Carrizo Badlands Mud Caves in Arroyo Tapiado
153. Eat the most AMAZING ice cream in the World at the Taiwanese night market

154. Eat fresh fruit at the Floating Market in Thailand
Go to Trapeze School
156. Ride a dirt bike
157. Go mountain biking
158. Water skiing

159. Stand up paddle boarding
160. Headstand on a Stand up paddle board
162. Hike the Grand Canyon
163. Lyon, France – Ju & Ju’s French Wedding (stayed in the cutest French cottage – La Boisse)
164. Verona, Italy – Visited Rome & Juliet’s balcony of Love
165. Lake Garda – (Camping at Canisano, Exploring old castles and tiny town around the lake, ate the BEST gelato in all the land)
166. Visit the Hidden Network Of Psychedelic Temples Under The Alps
168. Listen to The Gaudan Project in Montezuma, Costa Rica
169. El Salvador
170. Surf on the Blue Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
171. Repel a 120 ft. Waterfall in the Costa Rican Jungle
172. Horseback riding on the Blue Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
174. Scuba with Wild Dolphins in Tahiti
173. Folly Beach, SC


Get my Yoga Teacher Certification
Get my PMP project management certification
Learn how to blow glass

Take a bead making class
Communicate with someone without sharing a common spoken language
Learn to Surf
Learn to Belly Dance
Learn to Hula
Learn to Slackline 
Learn to Play the Banjo – In Progress 

Learn/Teach Acro Yoga 
Take a cooking class (Chef Sue – 3 classes so far)
Take a sushi making class (Sushi Guru)

Get PADI Scuba certified
Learn how to Kite surf
Learn to spin fire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQJdmOhSsXU



* Share life with a partner that looks at me like I’m magic and puts in effort, always. I’m a Hopeful Romantic ♥

Self Love

* Become more in-tune with my Intuition and Higher Self
* Raise my vibration for the greater good of myself and others

Big Ideas…

Host/Lead International Yoga Retreats
Be an Amazing Race contestant
Become a travel journalist/TV host
Write a book of my travels
Write & illustrate inspirational children’s books
Become a motivational speaker
Open a Glass Blowing Studio in Charlotte, NC – Noda
Win the Lottery


Teach English in a foreign country (Madagascar & South Africa)
Assist with building a school in a foreign country (Madagascar)

Assist with building a home in a foreign country (Guatemala)
Volunteer abroad for a month.
Make a major difference in the life of a complete stranger
Change someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
Save someone’s life
Help an animal give birth
Assist with building 15 homes for Habitat for Humanity
Start a Library in another country (Africa)

Become fluent in 2 other languages
Get an article about my travels published.
Take a martial arts class
Teach myself five forms of art from scratch
Keep a current blog
Always stay certified in CRP/First aid assistance
Take a photography class…possibly get a degree in photography

What’s on your list this year? Share it below and encourage others to make their dreams a reality. 


20 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Beth Parks Aronson
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 02:34:03

    Loved reading this and got some nice flashes of memory as I checked off some items on the list that I have done: 22, 23, 36, 42, 52, 53, 63, 65, 75, 80 (should refine to camp on the beach in Hawaii!), 102, 103, 107, 115, 116, 117, 119, 121, 122, 123 (get Kayaking in the FL keys in here…), 127 (see Kyoto–so beautiful–stay at a ryokan, go to an onsen), 128, communicate without language, hula, true love, marriage, kid, blog… I wish for you all these adventures and more!!!


  3. Jason Reck
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 09:18:17

    I love your bucket list…Lots to do…shameless blog plug…reference number 18 check out my blog under the acting category…


  4. M. Bowen
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:48:23

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com


  5. catbirdinkorea
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:21:35

    This is great and truly an inspiration. It makes me realize I need to write down, and try to achieve, my own bucket list!! Thanks for sharing… 🙂


  6. juliamarisa9
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 22:53:14

    hey im starting to compile a bucket list as well – yours gave me some great ideas!
    great blog


    • Traveling Gypsy Adventures
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 23:07:50

      Thanks Julia!! Have fun with your bucketlist, it’s so much fun to dream of all of the wonderful things to do in this Big world, but even more fun when you make your dreams a reality and get to check off some items from your list 🙂


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  8. lesleycarter
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 23:56:39


    It’s Lesley Carter from http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

    Your bucket list is featured on my new online magazine called Bucket List Publications.

    You can check it out at http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/.

    Thanks for submitting and I look forward to future articles.



  9. Kristi
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 18:15:37

    Love your bucket list. I actually had to steal a few ideas from yours to add to mine and now, I’m up 38 items. EEK! Off of your list, I’ve done 16 (does it count if I just crowd surfed and not stage dived first), 18, 24, 33 (I have about 1200 jumps…where is your home dz?), 40, 42, 53, 57, 61, 68, 73, 76, 91, 92, 101, 115, 119, 120, 122, 123, 126, 128, 141, 143, and 146.

    Good luck with accomplishing these items. And congrats on taking your trip (saw the most recent post).


    • Traveling Gypsy Adventures
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 18:49:45

      Hey Kristi!
      Thanks. Glad you’re enjoying the list. I’m always adding new items. There are soooo many fun & exciting things to do in this great big world. Yeah, I think crowd surfing counts. As long as you’re having fun it doesn’t matter what you do. My home DZ is Raeford, NC. If you’re ever nearby let me know & we can make some jumps together 🙂

      Have a great day!


  10. Kristi
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 18:16:34

    Oh and I forgot to mention that there about 10 on your list that matched what I had on my list. Crazy.


  11. megan hackett
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 09:52:38

    Your list is very inspiring. I’ve been working on my own bucket list for the past few months and yours is similar to mine in nature and things listed. I think having a blog like this is more motivating to accomplish more things (I have mine in a journal as of now). My advice to yours (if you want to expand) is to not forget the little things in between, such as helping someone else cross off their bucket list, cooking a meal for a needy family, donating blood. That way, when the mood strikes to be adventurous, there are several things that you can do when you are between trips that don’t require money or going far. Life is about the big things, small things, and everything in between. Thank you for the motivating posts and I look forward to seeing more.


  12. Monik@
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 01:10:30

    Hi, Sidney…wowww! very inspirational, I love to get close to you!!! It reminds me what’s important and what isn’t. I have had a bucket list for years, I have done at list 20 points of it, but one of the latest that I really want to do is to go to …The burning man,… I never hear about it until you posted the cat in the hat video in pinterest…it was like to put fire in my blood…I’ve been looking for info, watching videos, etc… when you come back to Charlotte, I would love to have a good cup of coffee ( for me…mmmm) you can have your favorite drink as well and let’s see where this could take us… : D


  13. Berta
    May 10, 2012 @ 12:34:41

    Hello! I’ve only just ‘discovered’ your blog. That is an amazingly inspiring Bucket List. I hope that one day you can travel to Puerto Rico – where I am from – and get to see our beautiful island, enjoy the food, and bask in our hospitality.


    • Traveling Gypsy Adventures
      May 10, 2012 @ 23:16:23

      Hi Berta!
      I would love to visit Puerto Rico. I’ve heard it is a beautiful place. Do you still live there? If you are ever on the east coast of the States let me know and I can show you around when I return in a year. There are beautiful mountains, lakes and great BBQ & southern hospitality 🙂 Glad to have you along for the journey. Have a great day!


  14. Arielle Habet
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:44:58

    This is awesome! With my 25th birthday just a few weeks away, I am going to write down my very own bucket list to see all of the things I have achieved and what I have left to accomplish! This is inspiring!


  15. trablog
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 02:52:02

    Wow.. Such an extensive bucket list!! Awesome!


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