100 Things List

Our bucket list of dreams, inspiration and travel ideas

Our 100 Things List was started when we left New Zealand in 2012. This bucket list doesn’t have have every travel adventure we want to have by any means but it has a good chunk of them. It took a few years to fill up and some items were replaced by others as we went along.

The list below is the culmination of a bunch of daydreaming and suggestions from friends, family and other travel bloggers we follow. The aim of our list is to give us goals and challenges to keep us inspired and excited as we travel the world and to make sure we don’t forget about our younger selves’ dreams.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your own Bucket List then keep reading as we write about our thoughts on the ones we’ve done so far. Feel free to get in touch and ask us anything about the ones we’ve done or better yet, give us tips for the ones we haven’t done yet or ideas for new ones we’ve missed!

Adventures Achieved

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1. Drive on the Autobahn in Germany

Where? Germany’s Autobahn motorway system covers most of the country and the majority doesn’t have speed limits but to really enjoy this we want to find somewhere slightly remote so the A4 east of Dresden to Poland would be our pick for now.

Why? This one is mostly Matt’s idea – just the idea of driving a nice car on the open road without having to worry about getting pulled over for nudging over the speed limit…maybe this is a male thing but that sounds awesome (we wouldn’t go any faster than we feel safe doing though!).

2. Swim with whale sharks

Where?  We could do this in a number of places and even tried when we were in the Maldives (with no luck – but we did see Manta Rays!). Our next attempt will likely be in the Philippines. The most important thing to us is that we go with an ethical and sustainable tour group that doesn’t encourage crowding or touching of the Whale Sharks.

Why? This has always been a dream of Dayna’s since she’s a bit shark obsessed. Whale Sharks are beautiful, huge and don’t eat people so getting a close up view of them would be a dream come true.

3. Cage dive with Great Whites

Where?  There’s only one spot we’re really looking at doing this and that is in South Africa, likely very near to Cape Town.

Why? Another item born from Dayna’s obsession with Sharks…seeing these huge sharks up close in person would be amazing (just hopefully we’re safely behind a strong metal cage at the time!).

4. Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where?  This one is easy – Rio De Janeiro! Although we have heard that some of the other, smaller regions of Brazil are amazing to visit for Carnaval.

Why? Who doesn’t like a party right? And parties don’t come much bigger with a massive parade, dancing in the streets and a long history dating back to the 18th century.

5. Trek up to Machu Picchu

Where?  Machu Picchu in Peru via Cusco.

Why? Although this isn’t the undiscovered gem it once was with over 1 million tourists visiting each year now, it is popular for a reason! Those beautiful views of this ancient city are apparently worth all the trouble of hiking through altitude sickness. Just looking at google images of Machu Picchu makes think it will be worth it too.

6. See Polar Bears in the wild

Where?  Churchill, Manitoba in Canada (the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”).

Why? Hopefully we will have the opportunity to do this one day as global warming and human encroachment and hunting is having a massive impact on the dwindling numbers of polar bears in the wild. These guys are the biggest land based predators out there and weigh up to 700 kg – seeing them in the wild would be awesome…just from a safe distance as they have been known to attack humans!

7. Visit Salar de Uyuni - the world's largest salt flat in Bolivia

Where?  Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Why? The largest salt flats on earth are a great spot to take amazing photos if the conditions are right (whether it is the classic cheesy photos playing with the white background and making things seem bigger than they seem or those shots that perfectly reflect the sky when it has rained recently).

8. See orcas hunt sea lions on the beach

Where?  Punta Norte Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

Why? This is one of those things we’ve seen on nature shows on TV and we’ve just been so amazed that we want to go and see it ourselves. The Orca in this area have developed their unique hunting methods to be able to temporarily beach themselves to catch the sea lions resting in the shallow water leading to the beach. It is rare to catch it in person so we may just have to plan an extended trip to the area!

9. Hand feed sharks

Where?  The best spot for this is apparently the Bahamas

Why? Dayna’s love of sharks strikes again…hand feeding small sharks as they swim around your legs with their sharp teeth might not be everyone’s idea of a fun day but this is about as close to sharks as you can get.

10. Visit the house Dayna's Grandma grew up in in Glasgow

9570541903_0a8b16a092_z When Dayna’s Mom came to visit us in London, we thought it was the perfect time to visit the house Dayna’s Grandma grew up in in Glasgow.

11. Snorkelling in the Red Sea

Where?  Dahab, Hurghada, Sharm-el-sheikh in Egypt or anywhere else that we can head off snorkelling in the Red Sea.

Why? We have already swam in the red sea when in Hurghada but we didn’t have the energy for a full day trip out snorkelling and mainly stuck by the pool for that trip. We want to get back to experience that crystal clear water and see some of the coral reefs we missed on our first trip to Egypt.

12. See a sunrise over Angkor Wat

13485662165_72547015bb_o After a sleepless night due to DIRTY, ITCHY, BUG FILLED sheets, we got up at the crack of dawn to witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

13. Go ice fishing

Where?  We’d love to do this in Canada but equally somewhere in Scandinavia might work out well.

Why? We love the idea of the whole process of cutting a hole in the ice and fishing in the middle of winter and the fact that this has been part of life for some cultures for so long. Hopefully we’ll end up with something to eat at the end of it too!

14. Visit Yosemite National Park

Where?  Yosemite National Park in California.

Why? We’ve both been to California several times but have never made it up to Yosemite National Park. We’ve seen beautiful pictures and heard from others that have visited that it is amazing so we want to go back and explore this beautiful place.

15. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in the US

bixby bridge big sur pacific coast highwayWe love our road trips and you don’t get much better than the perfect Californian road trip along some of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. We went for a winter road trip in December 2015.

Read about it: The Ultimate Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Itinerary

Bucket List Worthy? Yes – definitely! One of the best road trips we’ve done.

16. Swim in the Devil’s Pool on the edge of the Victoria Falls

Where?  The Victoria falls can be visited from Zimbabwe or Zambia and they are where Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia meet. We’ll most likely try visiting in November in the dry season when the water level is low enough that you can still safely swim in the Devil’s Pool at the edge of the falls.

Why? The falls themselves are pretty impressive by themselves: twice as tall as Niagara falls and several times longer. Seeing the view of the falls from a pool right on the edge seems crazy and there aren’t many falls in the world where you can do this safely (at least not ones that are this huge).

17. Go to a football world cup

Where? Anywhere that isn’t overshadowed by corruption…so maybe not Qatar.

Why? This is mainly for Matt given his love of football but we’ve been to an Olympic games and a couple of Rugby World Cups and know how amazing the atmosphere is at these events. Football (or soccer) is the most popular sport in the world so being at a world cup game in person would have to be up there for the best sporting experiences you can have.

18. Swim with dolphins

Where? Anywhere that has a sustainable and ethical approach and is in the wild. We’d rather just see them from a boat if there isn’t an ethical option for sharing the water with them.

Why? Who doesn’t love Dolphins?! They are one of the smartest species on earth and we’d love to see them enjoying themselves in the wild.

19. Go to Oktoberfest

oct16036521821_f7dd045549_c Sitting at a table drinking beer for 12 hours sounds like it would be a bit boring and repetitive (to some people at least!) but the live music, the singing, the food, the beer (!), the chatting with locals and other travellers and the atmosphere make Oktoberfest a pretty memorable experience. The next morning was not the most fun though.

20. Fly somewhere in business or first class

Walking through the front section of the plane has always made us curious of what it’d really be like to fly up the front with the big spenders and celebrities and we can’t help being envious of the great food, open bar and huge amount of leg room they have up there. So, was it worth it?

Read about it: Flying in Style with Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

Bucket List worthy? Yes, if you use points so you don’t have to pay full price.

21. Spend a night in an underwater hotel

Where? We’ve seen a few hotels that have this including one in the Maldives but this will have to wait for a special occasion probably given how much these hotels charge for a night!

Why? This just seems like such a weird and unique place to stay. To stare out from your bedroom window and have a bunch of tropical fish staring back of you has got to be a cool experience.

22. Ride the Trans-Siberian railway through Russia and Mongolia

Where? The railway runs between Russia and China and also goes through Mongolia on the way.

Why? We love travelling by train and this has to be the most famous railway in the world. We also love the fact that local people still use the train and it looks like it would be a unique experience to travel alongside strangers in this cramped situation. It’s also a challenge to us to try and communicate with strangers that don’t speak great (or any) english.

23. Walk the Siq to Petra

Where? Petra, Jordan.

Why? One of the new world’s seven wonders and one of the places we’re most excited to visit. It looks amazing and we struggle to even understand how they created it let alone how they did this so long ago (as early as 5th century BC).

24. Go on a road trip around Iceland

Skogarfoss icelandWhere to start? We took in so many sites and gorgeous landscapes it’s hard to pick the highlights! Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Jökulsárlón (a Glacier filled Lagoon), and whale watching in Husavik were a few of our favourite things.

Read about it: Our 10 day Road Trip around Iceland

Bucket List Worthy? Absolutely! Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries we’ve ever been to and 10 days was not enough time to explore it fully. But it did give us a taste and definitely made us want to go back again one day soon.

25. Overnight in the Sahara desert in Morocco

Where? Sahara desert, Morocco

Why? The remoteness, the sand dunes, the traditions, culture and some of the clearest night skies in the world all make us really want to go one day. The contrast of the peaceful quiet of the Sahara versus the bustling cities like Marrakech would be great to experience too.

26. Float on the Dead Sea

Where? Dead sea, Jordan (or Israel)

Why? This whole area makes us pretty excited but the unique feeling of floating effortlessly on the sea and even being able to read a book comfortably whilst floating about on top of the water is one we definitely want to experience.

27. Stay in an ice hotel

Where? There are a few places that have Ice Hotels but we love Scandinavia so we’ll hopefully do this in Norway, Sweden or Finland.

Why? It might be a bit of a gimmick but we love the idea of building something so huge out of ice – we’re not big fans of the cold though so this will likely be a one off!

28. Have a tomato fight at Tomatina in Spain

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There are quite a few different stories about how La Tomatina started but most of them involve a food fight in the 1940s where a vegetable stand was used as ammo.  The young locals tried to start it again the next year but brought their own tomatoes this time.  Police got involved to try and stop it every now and then but eventually the festival became a proper annual event and has been going strong ever since.

29. See a Great White shark breach in South Africa

Where? Cape Town, South Africa

Why? Dayna’s obsession with sharks strikes again…but we’re both pretty excited to see this in real life after watching it on so many shark shows on TV. Seeing a giant Great White Shark launch itself completely out of the water has to be one of the most amazing sights you can see but only a lucky few get to see this in person. We’re planning on spending a few weeks in Cape Town one day to give us the best shot at having the right conditions for this.

30. Go paintballing

8094372453_4f1cfe094f I had a lot of people think I was crazy for setting up a game of paintball for my girlfriend’s birthday but don’t worry this was Dayna’s idea really.

31. Visit Dayna’s cousin in Belgium

8428346176_e092ba00c8 Dayna’s cousin was stationed in Mons, Belgium so we went to visit her and go on little road trip to visit some of the Canadian and NZ war memorials and war cemeteries.

32. Go volcano boarding in Nicaragua

Where? Cerro Negro (Black Hill) – an active volcano outside of Leon, Nicaragua

Why? Ever since studying geography at high school Matt’s been fascinated by volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes. What better way to see an active volcano than by sliding down it super fast?!

33. Stay by Lake Atitlan in Guatamala

Where? Lake Atitlan, Guatamala 

Why? When work was extra stressful and Matt was daydreaming about relaxing somewhere exotic and beautiful this place was one that always came up – it just looks so beautiful and peaceful so we’ll hopefully get to spend a decent chunk of time there one day.

34. Go to Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Where? Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Why? Because waterfalls are awesome and this is one of the biggest, widest and most impressive waterfalls in the world. 

35. Hike Cinque Terre

Where? Cinque Terre, Italy

Why? Five beautiful clifftop villages to explore on foot (cars are banned) with stunning views of the coast. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site for good reason!

36. See the Northern Lights

8241412597_3b172232ecOut of desperation, we bit the bullet and booked ourselves on a Northern Lights chase for the following (and our last) night. Again, very expensive but it meant we were away from the city lights and with people who knew what they were doing when it came to seeing the Northern Lights. And we got an added bonus we weren’t expecting.

37. Go to Atlantis Resort in Dubai and ride the Leap of Faith slide (goes through a shark tank)

Where? Atlantis Resort in Dubai

Why? We saw this on TV (the Amazing Race featured it in season 15) and we’ve wanted to go ever since. A giant waterslide would almost be enough but going through a shark tank? Yes please.

38. Go on a Safari in Africa

Where? Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya…or any of the other countries in Africa that have great Safari options

Why? This would be a common item on a lot of people’s bucket lists for good reason. We love animals and nature shows so seeing the Big 5 and helping to support their protection would be a dream come true.

39. Drink Champagne in Champagne, France

8131601454_24ae74c83cSaturday morning we got ready to cross off Drinking Champagne in Champagne off the list by preparing our stomachs with French pastry goodness and headed to the Veuve Clicquot champagne house where we had a tour of the cellar and got to drink delicious champagne. We also got engaged on this trip!

40. Trek the rainforest of Madagascar

Where? Madasgascar

Why? This will hopefully be one that we can do before we lose all the rainforests from Madasgascar and we’d love to tie this in with some sort of volunteering to help protect the dwindling rainforests that have such a unique mix of wildlife.

41. Do a polar bear swim or ice swim

Where? Canada, the Arctic, Antarctica…we don’t know yet.

Why? This is just one to challenge us and we’d love to join in with the locals on one of the traditional events…as long as it involves a nice sauna or spa afterwards.

42. Go skydiving

Where? Anywhere that will give us beautiful views….as we plummet to the ground.

Why? This is another challenge for us. Matt used to have a fear of flying (mostly conquered now excluding the odd bout of turbulence induced anxiety) and neither of us love heights or doing things that are outside our control. Hopefully we’ll find the ability to jump when needed eventually!

43. Visit the Arctic

8242415606_17da8e46e9_zShall we have a little geography lesson? Ok! Norway is a very long country and Tromso is so far north that it’s actually in the Arctic Circle by the northern borders of Sweden and Finland. And with that little tidbit of information, we ticked off Visit the Artic. It was cold, icy, and there was snow on the ground. Dayna did get a little cocky at one point telling Matt all these tricks on how to walk on ice then promptly slipped and fell on her ass.

44. Visit every continent (South America and Antarctica to go)

Where? Every continent

Why? We want to go everywhere and see everything especially the out of the way remote spots so can’t wait to get to Antarctica and South America. 

45. Eat Gelato in Italy

8063276001_a36500142bI think it’s safe to say there are hundreds of places that sell gelato in Florence and we wanted to make sure we got the best of the best. In order to give those of you living vicariously through this blog the full experience of Florence gelato, we figured we needed to try as many of the top places as possible. So we did…and ended up eating gelato seven times in two and a half days.

46. Go snorkelling in the open water in Thailand

7393084016_387e632cbbWe joined a speedboat tour around Phi Phi and the surrounding islands for a day and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  The perfect day for swimming around beautiful clear water with a close up view of coral and all sorts of fish.  Our underwater photography skills aren’t amazing so we didn’t get any pictures of the bigger fish but got plenty of the little colourful ones. Go snorkelling in the open water in Thailand.

47. See the Great Pyramids

8984864361_a2272d7fae_zThere are times where words don’t do enough to describe just how incredible something is and this was definitely one of those times. All I could do was just stand in awe and wonder how the heck these gigantic pyramids of Giza were made.

48. Swim in Ha Long Bay

7201596358_57f336ef01A popular activity was jumping off the boat into the water. The ledge was about 8 metres over the water not to mention that you had to time your jump in order to advoid the jelly fish. Needless to say, Dayna didn’t partake, but Matt did! And with that we checked off Swim in Ha Long Bay.

49. Go sailing in Croatia

11217871065_3b15781bc3_zThis was our last big trip of 2013 and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than island hopping in Croatia for a week. We did nothing but swim, sun bathe, read, take photos, visit various islands, drink, and eat for a week and it was glorious! We were all able to relax and recharge from our busy lives and really enjoyed each others company.

50. Trek along the Great Wall of China

Where? Great Wall, China

Why? The history of the wall and the scale make it attractive – we love the idea of visiting the more remote parts of the wall so we can have it mostly to ourselves and imagine what it was like hundreds of years ago.

51. Stay in an overwater bungalow

palm-tree-maldives-beachStaying in an Overwater Villa is not cheap but I was surprised to find out the Maldives are actually one of the cheaper places to stay in an Overwater Villa. We did a lot of research to get a good deal which we explain in the post below. You can also watch a video tour of our Overwater Villa in that post (which is one of our most popular)!

Read about it: Our Stay at Diamonds Thudufushi Resort in the Maldives

Bucket List worthy? Oh yes. It was so awesome being able to walk down the stairs of our deck into the water and having an uninterrupted view of the sunset over the ocean.

52. See the everlasting storm in Catatumbo, Venezuela

Where? Catatumbo, Venezuela

Why? Massive, powerful lightning storms at the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo on 140 to 160 nights a year. To see it would be great and just think of the great photos you could get there…

53. Train through the Swiss Alps (and eat a toblerone)

13988912520_085240424a_zWe boarded the first of 8 trains we would take in 3 days to Montreux where we’d get on the Golden Pass line and tick off Train through the Swiss Alps (and eat a toblerone). Perhaps one of our more expensive items to tick off since we decided to go 1st class for the first 3 legs of the journey. All up, it was worth it for the train from Montreux to Zweisimmen but maybe not quite as much for the last two.

54. Go island hopping in Greece

Where? Greece

Why? One of the most scenic and beautiful spots in the world so we’d love to explore all the islands and see some of those famous sunsets over the Aegean sea.

55. Take a complete digital detox for 2 weeks

Where? Somewhere peaceful and quiet, maybe camping.

Why? We both can’t remember the last time we logged off properly and went a few days without technology let alone two weeks. We’re so reliant on phones, computers and iPads that going back to basics would be great and we want to make this a regular thing we do.

56. Go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Where? Cappadocia, Turkey

Why? Because have you seen the pictures of it? Just Google Cappadocia  and check out the images – it looks amazing.

57. Holiday in the Maldives

diamonds-thudufushi-maldivesOur holiday in the Maldives was a dream. A perfect dream filled with amazing food, drinks, sunset fishing trips, snorkelling in warm idyllic blue water, beautiful sunsets and lazy afternoons laying in the shade of a palm tree.

Read About it: Our Incredible Honeymoon in the Maldives

Bucket List worthy? Yes. And I’d get there quick before the islands sink thanks to global warming.

58. See the salmon run up close in Canada

Where? British Columbia, Canada

Why? It is one of those things that you see on nature shows and sit engrossed watching for an hour. Seeing nature at work with fish jumping upstream and Bears going fishing in the rapids would be awesome.

59. Climb up to Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger's Nest) in Bhutan

Where? Paro Valley, Bhutan

Why? Remote, expensive and hard to get to but the Tiger’s Nest looks impressive in its cliff face location. More important to us though is learning more about Bhutan and their approach to life and happiness.

60. Eat pizza in Naples

Where? Naples, Italy

Why? The home of Pizza! There can’t be a better place to eat it can there?

61. Take cheesy photos by the leaning tower of Pisa

8033567348_1c08d7fee6Coming up to the tower was an experience in itself. We had got a bit lost trying to find it (which Matt’s always saying is the best way to see a city. He’s right, but don’t tell him that) but suddenly turned a corner and it was right in front of us. You see so many photos of the leaning tower so seeing it in real life is quite a trip. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t another picture and I was experiencing it in real life. Take cheesy photos by the leaning tower of Pisa

62. Have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower

8710211766_6b8e487958We started the day at a supermarket to pick up all the essential picnic stuff we needed (blanket, cutlery, plates…wine) then went on to one of the classic “touristy” market streets nearby the Eiffel Tower – Rue Cler.  After scouting out all the different places, we chose the best looking one’s and picked up cheese, baguettes, ham, chorizo, sun dried tomatoes along with a few desserts and some strawberries. Have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower

63. Visit the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

10766628215_065e5c6f5d_zThe whole Pltivice area was beautiful and a really nice break from the City.  The air’s fresh, the lakes and waterfalls are beautiful, the whole place seems like it has been designed by a great team as even the buildings and hotels are all really similarly designed and just sort of fit. Visit the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

64. Swim to Hidden Beach on the Marieta Islands in Mexico

Where? Marieta Islands, Mexico

Why? This looks like a made up paradise with a remote hidden beach that we would love to see in person one day.

65. Party in Ibiza
66. See a Shakespeare play at the Globe

shakespeare globe theatreWe aren’t the most err…cultured people and are much more likely to be caught at a Rock of Ages musical rather than Shakespeare so we were worried we would get a little lost on the storyline and not know what was going on. To our pleasant surprise we kept up fine and the great acting and well paced play was easy to follow.

Read about it: Just ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Bucket List worthy? Yes! We love live theatre and it was a great experience to see some of the best actors in the world performing the greatest playwright’s work in a theatre built to replicate the one the same play was performed in over 400 years ago. But if you’re not really into the culture side of travel then you might want to give it a miss,

67. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant

9088257114_c9e644ecb6_zThe top of the list for Matt was Amaya which serves contemporary Indian cuisine. Dayna doesn’t have the greatest memory sometimes but she definitely does when it comes to anything food related so she booked us in for Matt’s birthday. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant

68. Volunteer at an Elephant reserve

Where? Chiang Mai, Thailand (probably)

Why? Having ridden Elephant’s as party of organised tours prior to learning about how bad it was for the animals and seeing evidence of their mistreatment we’d love to get to look after elephants and see them in a much happier environment. We also want to do what we can to spread the word and discourage tourism that encourages the mistreatment of these awesome animals.

69. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

blue lagoon iceland (10)At some points the Blue Lagoon was great and there is no doubt it is a relaxing place to have a soak once you can find a space to yourself (especially after hopping off a crowded plane). However at other points it left us feeling like it is a wee bit overrated.

We list out the positives and negatives in the post below and will let you decide if we’re just being whingers and the place is actually as magical as some have described it.

Read about it: Best and Worst of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Bucket List worthy? Mixed. It feels like something you have to do if visiting Iceland, but you aren’t missing much. The food was amazing as you can see in the post above!

70. Celebrate a St Patrick's day in Ireland

8586326827_45e30674a1A bunch of happy reunions, 9 pubs, a few Guinness and a leprechaun (the duty free area at Dublin airport had hired a little person to run around in a leprechaun costume) in 48 hours.  Not a bad St Patrick’s day.

71. Learn to scuba dive

Where? Philippines or Thailand?

Why? This one will be a challenge for both of us. We love snorkelling and we’re both sure seeing reefs and sealife would be even better diving BUT…we’re both a little worried about anxiety/claustrophobia in a tight wetsuit at the bottom of the ocean. We might try this and discover we love it or find it’s as hard as we fear and only make it underwater once but we won’t know until we try!

72. Stroll through the illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Where? Harbin, China

Why? Another festival that looks awesome to see in person with giant ice sculptures and other works of art.

73. Take a plenta boat to the island in the middle of Lake Bled

Where? Lake Bled, Slovenia

Why? This picturesque spot looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale and we’d love to row a boat out there ourselves.  

74. Get Married

15066958943_d5febc453b_zIn August 2014, we got married in Canada!

75. Hang out with penguins in Antarctica

Where? Antarctica

Why? Morgan Freeman. Watching ‘March of the penguins’ definitely helped cement the idea of seeing Emperor penguins in the wild in Antarctica anyway.

76. See Niagara Falls

15434422791_6a4019831c_zSince it was our pseudo honeymoon, we decided to splurge on a hotel room with a Falls view and go on the Maid of the Mist. And yep, it was totally worth it! See Niagara Falls

77. Explore the Grand Canyon

Yaki Point SunsetWe hiked around a good stretch of the Canyon and Dayna got to enjoy her first view of one of the natural wonders of the world. Explore the Grand Canyon

78. Check out the view from Preikestolen cliff in Norway

14296872137_7e197d9202_zWe got a great day for it with the sun shining without it being too hot.  The track is a mix of boulders, wooden tracks, steep bits, gradual bits and the steep uphill bits never tend to go on for too long.  There was also some beautiful spots on the walk to relax by lakes and lookouts. Check out the view from Preikestolen cliff in Norway

79. Watch baby sea turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean

Where? Costa Rica (or Malaysia maybe)

Why? Because it looks like an amazing thing to see with the cute baby turtles hatching and making their way to the ocean to begin their lives. We’ve seen that tourism around this has created some issues so we want to make sure we only do it in a sustainable place and are not part of the problem that has led to overcrowding and turtles not able to lay eggs on the beach. We want to help protect the turtles not cause problems for them!

80. See the Moai on Easter Island

Where? Easter Island

Why?  These impressive statues became even more impressive when they discovered the statues were buried and largely covered by earth.

81. Walk along the Travertines of Pamukkale in Turkey

Where? Pamukkale, Turkey

Why?  Another spot that just looks so beautiful we have to go check it out. 

82. Cycle around the Bagan Archaeological Zone in Myanmar

Where? Bagan, Myanmar

Why?  We loved cycling around the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Bagan is supposedly even more beautiful to cycle around. It’s more suited to cycling as well apparently!

83. Trek to Angel Falls in Venezuela

Where? Angel Falls, Venezuela

Why?  Remote, massive, beautiful waterfall that requires a trek through wild jungle to get to. It’s also featured in the movie ‘Up’ in case we needed another reason to go.

84. Christmas Markets in Vienna

11584645923_56b2d50333_zVienna was pretty quiet and we didn’t spot a lot to do but the Christmas markets really made the city come to life.  It was such a happy family atmosphere at all of the markets that you couldn’t help being caught up in the cheery Christmas mood everyone was in. Christmas Markets in Vienna

85. Visit Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

Where? Luang Prabang, Laos

Why?  This is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Laos so it isn’t exactly a secret but sometimes things are popular for good reason. These little waterfalls look beautiful.

86. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Where? Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Why? A massive challenge that involves a week long hike up the mountain, a battle against altitude sickness and culminates in breathtaking views of the African landscape. 

87. Climb (to) Everest (Base Camp)

Where? Everest Base Camp, Nepal/Tibet

Why? Even just making it to above 5,000 m above sea level is a challenge and it would be great to see the point from which so many have left on their epic climbs to the summit.

88. Take a sabbatical and go on an epic, yearlong (or longer!) trip

Where? Everywhere

Why? We want to find our passion and discover what work we really want to do. We also want to see the world. The best way to do both is to take a break from being an employee and spend a long term trip, being creative and trying new things.

89. Visit the Taj Mahal

Where? Agra, India

Why? It may be surrounded by trash but you can’t argue that it isn’t an impressive building worth visiting.

90. Celebrate the Songkran festival in Thailand

Where? Thailand (in April)

Why? Water fights were a highlight of summer growing up so what better way to relive that than joining in on the world’s biggest water fight festival. A big perk is that the locals are a big part of this celebration. Rather than being an attraction built around tourists, it’s an important celebration for the locals.

91. Get colourful at Holi festival

Where? Vrindavan, India (March)

Why? Much like Songkran in Thailand, celebrating with locals in a huge festival atmosphere and learning more about local culture while having fun seems a great reason to visit Vrindavan in March.

92. Get to every country in Europe

Where? Europe

Why? We set ourselves this goal when we realised just how big and diverse Europe is. There are so many diverse countries, not all of which having well known attractions to visit so we want to have a further reason and motivation to get to them all one day and uncover some hidden gems.

93. Visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China

Where? Hunan province of south-central China

Why? Avatar. Well the movie Avatar did at least highlight the place to us and it looks like an amazing, surreal place to visit.

94. Visit Socotra Island in Yemen

Where? Socotra Island in Yemen

Why? Yemen gets a bad rap due to terrorism fears but Socotra Island has usually been a safer option to the rest of Yemen and it features an impressive, unique landscape that we hope to visit one day. Also, there is an episode of Friends where Chandler ends up flying to Yemen after an elaborate plan to break up with his girlfriend Janis goes badly. Since then I’ve wanted to go just so I can turn to someone on the plane and say “when we get to Yemen, can I stay with you” just like Chandler.

95. Go to the Lantern Festival in Taiwan

Where? Taiwan

Why? What better excuse to get to Taiwan? It looks like a great festival they put on and the sight of thousands of lanterns floating in the sky would be worth seeing.

96. Visit the precarious monastries at Meteora in Greece

Where? Meteora, Greece

Why? These precariously situated monastries have to be seen to be believed and I’d love to visit and learn more about how and why they built them on the top of these pillars of rock.

97. See the volcanic ruins in Pompeii

Where? Pompeii (near Naples), Italy

Why? High school geography class inspired again. The story of the city wiped out and preserved by a huge eruption is a famous one and visiting the site of this would beat reading about it in a book!

98. Visit the Galapagos Islands

Where? Galapagos Islands

Why? Darwin. Evolution. Attenborough. Amazing, unique wildlife. These are all reasons we’d visit and hopefully this beautiful spot manages to evolve itself and develops a way of managing the impact on the environment of the recent increase in tourism.

99. Visit Chichen Itza

Where? Yucatán state, Mexico

Why? Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruin and one of the wonder’s of the world – it’d be great to learn more about the Mayans and their history whilst visiting such a famous site.

100. Chase Lava in Hawaii

Where? Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Why? Live volcanoes and flows of molten lava are interesting to just see on TV. To see these up close in person would be amazing.

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