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Bucket List Ideas

Making a million dollars online, working for myself, traveling to every country in the world, being a pro-blogger, giving something back to my mum and a million other quirky travel things have all been on my bucket list for years, and I’ve almost completed the lot, so now it’s time for some new Bucket List Ideas. I’m a huge believer in lists, and in my opinion, making them on ur phone or iPad doesn’t count! Physically writing stuff down and sticking it on your wall so you’re forced to live with your ambitions every day the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richerI’m hoping to finish my trip to every country in the world early next year, so I’ve been thinking about some epic trips to add to my bucket list, I thought maybe some of you guys could use it for inspiration too, would you like to do these things, or they a little too crazy?


1) Learning to Ski!

I know, I know it’s crazy that I’ve never done it. Ever since smashing my knee up in a tuk-tuk/motorbike crash in Thailand, I’ve been worried about how it would fare on the slopes. But fear isn’t getting me anywhere so it’s time to finally see what everyone goes so crazy for. Skiing seems to be a way of life for so many of my family and friends, they absolutely loving it, and I’m missing out, so it’s time to put that right.

So I’ve been researching where to go skiing, and how to go about that tricky early learning curve, and I’m keen to try it somewhere pretty special. Through my brand ambassadorship with momondo and their cheap flight engine, after chatting about skiing they sent me through their new page ALL about skiing, and it’s AMAZING.

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It’s been pretty perfect for me. Showing me where to ski on a budget, where to ski as a first timer, where to get a little luxury, where to ski where you can find some cool culture off the slopes – amazing. While I’m tempted to check out the main spots in the alps, after checking out their page how much cooler would it be to go skiing in Bosnia, Macedonia, Slovenia or Bosnia?! Looks like it’s a fraction of the price and a far more interesting experience to tell my grandkids about too. Perfect. Check out some of these pics I got from using the momondo piece then going on a research binge!

popova sapka
popova sapka
jahorina bosnia
jahorina bosnia
Czech Republic!
Czech Republic!
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Czech Republic!

2) Stay in an ice hotel

This has been on my mind for ages! My last country on my journey to every country in the world is going to be Norway, and if I’m fortunate enough to get my visas sorted out for Saudi Arabia and Yemen sooner rather than later, that means I’ll be going to Norway around March next year, it’ll be freezing which is perfect conditions to FINALLY check out an ice hotel.

These hotels are something pretty special, basically the owners start construction just as the temperature consistently drops below 0 degrees, across Northern Scandanavia that’s often around November. From there, each year, they build these hotels entirely from snow and ice. Ice beds, ice bars, ice walls. Amazing. Of course they don’t come cheap, but for 1 or 2 nights, it’d be worth it.

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Bucket List Ideas…

ice hotel norway

3) Around the world in 80 days, with no flights!

Ever read “Around the world in 80 days” by Jules Verne? The guys go around the globe in a hot air balloon, no airplanes involved. Also, a friend of mine traveled around the whole world with no flights over 4 years too so I’ve decided I want to combine those two things, and raise awareness money for Parkinson’s, a condition my mum is living with. So Im going to travel around the world, with no flights, in 80 days. How cool would that be?! Cargo boats, trains, buses, camels, whatever but no airplanes. 2017 get ready!

The (Very vague!) plan is to start and finish in London. From London through Europe by train (Paris, Rome, Munich etc), then either across ‘the Stans’ (Uzbekistan, Pakistan etc) OR take the trans siberian train all the way in to China, from there it’s a cargo boat from Japan or Korea to the US or Central America. Grey hounds across the states, then hit on a cruise or another cargo ship to get back to Europe. Boom!

travel by cargo ship
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4) Cycle across the USA

There’s nothing quite like a physical challenge, and whilst I have absolutely no cycling experience, or long distance exercise experience, I can imagine the feeling of accomplishment from powering yourself a huge distance must be amazing.

So I’m thinking a warm run the length of the UK, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, all 1400km of it over 2 weeks, with the BIG plan to cycle from LA to New York, the whole way across the USA, 4000km!

It would be a brilliant feeling to look at the US on a map, or on TV, or movies for the rest of your life to think you traversed the whole thing on a bicycle. It would take 3 or 4 months, so it’d be tough, but raising money for charity and doing it with a group of cool people would all be a truly momentus experience.

The potential route…. (wow, that looks far!)


5) Spend a month in Algeria

North Africa and the Middle East are my favourite regions to travel in the world, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity through my blog and social media, to show a Western audience how friendly this part of the world is.

I visited Algeria during Ramadan last year, then again recently to speak at a conference, and it was the most humble I’ve ever felt. The Algerian people just took my breath away with their hospitality, their humility, their generosity and their cooking skills! A country which has so little tourism, has so much to offer, and I want to go back and showcase their beautiful country, with their beautiful people, to the world.

More than that, the reason I love these regions is because I feel that people of Islamic faith seem to be so super helpful and friendly when I travel, so in a time of turmoil in the world (Donald Trump, Brexit, French far right etc), I really would love to explore all Algeria has to offer to tourists BUT only stay with local people as a guest in their house, using the hashtag #therealIslam or something similar. There’s too much misinformation spread about this part of the world, when the reality is so so different. It’s amazing, and I want the world to know, so I’ll be going back to Algeria as soon as possible!

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Breaking fast during Ramadan

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I plan to write a huuuuuge bucket list when I finish my life goal of every country in the world, but these 5 are on my mind every day of the week. I’d love to know what you guys think about my Bucket List Ideas, would you want to join me on any of these? Would you like to do anything similar yourself? It gets me so excited to hit the open road again, I’m off to do some travel research! See you on the road.

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22 thoughts on “My New Bucket List Ideas

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  2. I’d say that’s the common testimony about Algeria, I am sure though that you will need more time to explore it in full !

    Anyway, if someone is thinking about taking a visit, it’s always a pleasure to meet new, interesting people, reach out to me at nabilrise[at]gmail[dot]com … I live there so can give you pretty good recommendations on places to visit

  3. I understand that you want to go back to Algeria too. I have not been there since 2002 and I miss it so much. It has a lot to offer, and there is so much nice places there to explore. I was mainly in the Capital and surrounding areas, but also been to Blida and a tiny little village based around a huge hammam (bath) called “Hammam Melouane”, it is between Algiers and Blida, in the mountain. The road to go there is so narrow and Mountains so steep.

    Maybe I should blog to get enough Money to bring my husband, Our girl and my two part Algerian kids over there some day. Guess we can drive through Europe, but boat from either France or Spain is not cheaper than plane I think.

  4. You are awesome. I am surprised seeing your outstanding bucket list. Have you ever visited Bangladesh? If not, please experience undiscovered Bangladesh. Best of luck.

  5. All the best for all your crazy ideas. May all become true.

    Sukhdham Yatri Bhavan in Haridwar is a modern Dharamshala located near railway station on banks of the Holy river, Ganga. The Dharamshala in Haridwar is clean, well furnished and centrally located, with an in-house dining hall and well-appointed rooms.

  6. Awesome palce and you recommend so good destination to visit. these are full with beautiful things and so stunning photos you shared.

  7. Such a great post for such a beautiful and unspoiled place. I appreciate the info here. Hopefully we can start planning a trip there soon! How fun!! Thanks for sharing it.
    Safe travels!

  8. Awesome place and so good things you shared about that place. It is best palce for holidays and so stunning photos you shared of that palce.

  9. Glad to read your blog.stay in ice hotel is the awesome experience of life,i love it so much..Bosnia is the wonderful place to visit.thanks to share your blog..

  10. These are very interesting bucket list Johnny, but I propose to stay with my family ’till Christmas. Staying in an ice hotel is quite amazing idea. Btw, thanks.

  11. So awesome places and have so many good things to enjoy. I really like beauty of these palces and so good information you shared about these places.

  12. Hey Johnny! You have an exciting bucket list. I’ve created my own bucket list as well but it’s just focused on Asia only. I’m still hoping to join you in one of your travels. 🙂 🙂

  13. Glad to find your blog,pictures are so stunning you shared,thank you for shared your idea,this is really useful.

  14. Johnny, ever since you first wrote about your great experience in Algeria, we have wanted to visit. We want to go to Algeria in March. It’s not easy to get a visa (we’re from Canada), but it helps if you have an invitation. Do you have a contact that you can put us in touch with?

  15. Algerian, here! Somebody just sent me the link to your blog post, and it’s so heartwarming to read what you’ve written about us. Thanks for the kind words. Wish you great times among us and always feel free to be one of us. Cheers.

  16. Great, these are awesome places and have so many good things to enjoy. Bosnia is one of my favorite palce and it is covered with snow. Awesome photos you shared of that palce.

  17. Go for it Johnny!! Always in awe of you and what you have achieved. Now you have a new chapter coming up with new challenges -awesome. I am in my late 60’s but I too have a bucket list. Going to South Africa for Christmas – and lots planned for next year.
    Keep blogging!! Amanda Stewart
    P.S. By the way, my daughter Emily Johnston photographed your sister’s wedding and a “trash the dress” shoot!!! Small world !!!

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