Birthday Bucket List 2015

This post has been edited a year later (2016) in italics.

I absolutely love birthdays. I think they are the perfect opportunity to have some fun, go on adventures and really do something wild. It’s a great excuse to celebrate that particular person (or if it’s your own go treat and splurge yourself).

It was my birthday yesterday and I’ve decided that I want to start creating Birthday Bucket Lists – things that I want to get done by my next birthday (aka 2016). I figured it would be interesting to post it here so a) you can have a snoop and b) it will help me stick to doing them maybe? They are all travel(ish) related and hopefully not unrealistic.

  • Finish my fifty state challenge. I want to have been to every US state which is probably pretty likely considering I’ve hit up 49 as I write this haha. All that’s left is Hawaii and I’m planning to head there around Christmas so fingers crossed!
  • Go to Eurovision. I happily accomplished this! I got to go to Stockholm and saw several jury rehearsals and a semi-final live. The whole atmosphere and experience was amazing and I can’t recommend it enough. I will 100% be going again in the future.
    Many people reading this might have no idea what that is haha but I have always dreamed and told myself I would go and this year there will be no excuses! It’s a giant singing competition that the majority of Europe enters (check it out here if you want). This upcoming year it is being held in Sweden and I am going to go providing I can get tickets.
  • Visit Scandinavia. Luckily I did get to tie this in with Eurovision. I hit up Norway, Denmark and Sweden (someday I’ll get to Finland). The countries are so different but all have such friendly, well-educated and helpful people in them. Check out my Scandi posts to see what I got up to!
    This ties in perfectly with the previous one. I’ve been wanting to visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark (and let’s throw in Finland) for several years now but was always distracted by other trips and goals. I am making it a priority this year and I want to spend a good two or three weeks heading round. If possible I’ll try and tie in Eurovision with it as I mean two birds one stone right?
  • Go on a blimp. I think having something unrealistic is important and this is that. From my research there are only two or three blimps around the US and they all seem to be invitation only (with getting an invitation near impossible). However when you fall of that bicycle you get back on it and therefore I won’t give up that easily. If anyone has any connections or ideas let me know!
  • Magic Castle. I managed to cross this one off pretty early! I love, love, love magic and getting to go was everything to me. If you ever know someone or get the chance to spend an evening there, you will no doubt be amazed.
    Everytime I go to LA I dream of getting inside but always forget to ask around beforehand. Fingers crossed this will remind me so that I can start hassling my friends and get in there. I absolutely love all things magic and can’t wait to finally be amazed by their talented members. (If you have no idea what this is then click here).
  • Podcasts. One of my favourite things on commutes is to listen to podcasts now. I love Serial and This American Life and just want to keep finding more and more.
    My friend Ray got me inspired by this one as whenever she is working she listens to podcasts. I want to start getting into doing this whilst travelling/taxiing. I tend to just stare out the window on trains and planes but why can’t I do that and listen to something profound? If you have any good recommendations let me know!

So I guess let’s see how it goes and we can come back and check this out next year haha.


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff