40 before 40 bucket list = done!

Sky DiveI was meant to be doing some spring cleaning but being a great procrastinator I started reading my old travel journals instead. They were covered in a layer of dust which I blew off to give them a clean. I figure dusting the journals counts as doing some spring cleaning, does it not?

This is where I came across my bucket list and do you know what? I have achieved my 40 before 40 bucket list! That is right, give me a high five and lets do a happy dance. Does anyone high five these days or should I be saying give me some knuckles?

Any way I was surprised at how many things I have achieved and ecstatic that I have achieved so much before I turn 40.

Here is what I have ticked off on my bucket list so far.

40 before 40 bucket list

  1.  Sail on a felucca down the nile in Egypt
  2. Visit Abu Simble in Egypt
  3. Relax on the beaches in Mauritius
  4. White water rafting in Bali
  5. Learn to surf
  6. Snorkel at Sipadan in Borneo
  7. Visit the Orangutans in Borneo
  8. Climb Mount Kinabalu in Borneo
  9. Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  10. Visit Disneyland in Hong KongMt Kinabalu
  11. Shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  12. Jungle trek in Thailand
  13. Boat ride Halong Bay in Vietnam
  14. Visit the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  15. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  16. Ride in a jet boat in New Zealand
  17. Skydive over Lake Wanaka in New Zealand
  18. Cycle in Amsterdam
  19. Live and work in England
  20. Eat strawberries and cream at Wimbledon Tennis, EnglandChristmas 2015 349
  21. Watch a cabaret show in Paris, France
  22. Island hop in Greece
  23. Spend St Patrick’s in Dublin, Ireland
  24. Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland
  25. Eat pizza in Italy
  26. Gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  27. Visit Edinburgh, Scotland
  28. Admire the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  29. Find the house my grandfather was bought up in, Wales
  30. Live and work in CanadaJetboat
  31. Dog sledding in Canada
  32. Visit the Mayan Ruins, Mexico
  33. Work at a summer camp in the USA
  34. Place a bet in Las Vegas
  35. Helicopter ride over Grand Canyon
  36. Swim to Rotto in a team of four (19.7km open water swim)
  37. Swim to Rotto in a duo (19.7km open water swim)
  38. Do a triathlon (750m swim/21km cycle/5km run)
  39. Run city to surf (12km run)
  40. Play water polo

Now I am updating my list and adding new dreams!

I figure that you are never too old to set a new goal so I have added a few more things that I want to achieve. It may just become my 50 before 50 bucket list.

Travel around Australia as a family

How amazing would it be to spend a year or more travelling Australia. I am following lots of families on social media who are currently travelling and it makes me feel like we really can achieve this dream.

Camp at El Questro

El Questro Wilderness Park is located in the Kimberley, Western Australia. I want to hitch up the camper trailer and spend a week or more visiting the gorges, waterfalls and everything else it has to offer.

Hike part of the Bibbulmun track

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

Family holiday in Hawaii

I have been telling everyone that my partner Dixie is taking me to Hawaii for my 40th so he better deliver!!! Nothing like putting pressure on the poor bloke. I am not sure what it is about Hawaii but from the time I was a child I have had a strong desire to go there.

Swim with Whale Sharks in Exmouth

Dixie and I went to Exmouth when we first met and we decided to not swim with the whale sharks due to our finances. I am kicking myself now, why didn’t I just bite the bullet and spend the money. I don’t regret many things in life but this is one.

Visit Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus is a rock that is about 8 kilometres long and it is the biggest rock in the world. It is actually twice the size of Uluru! The national park is located in the north of Western Australia and it would really be something special to visit.

Learn Spanish

When I was backpacking around the world I fell in love with the spanish language. I would love to take lessons and speak another language.

Swim in an ocean pool

As a child I grew up watching Home and Away and I always loved it when they showed footage of people swimming in the ocean pool. I am a keen swimming so I want to put on the cap and googles and swim a few kilometres.

Stand Up Paddle Board

I love everything about the ocean and I have never been on a stand up paddle board. Everyone looks so relaxed when they are on a board and out on the water. I can see myself now paddling on the water as the sun goes down.

Scuba dive

I tried scuba diving when I was in Bali but I could not get my ears to equalise. I was in a group and everyone had already descended and they were just waiting on me. I felt like I was holding everyone up so I returned to the surface. I would really like to give it another try and hopefully I will have a better experience.

Autumn beach day

Don’t be afraid to dream big as you can make it happen. I am shy country girl and when I told everyone that I was going backpacking around the world on my own they all said you will be back in a few months. I surprised them all, took the bull by the horns and explored the world.

Do you have a bucket list? Please share some of your dreams with me as I would love to hear about them.

43 thoughts on “40 before 40 bucket list = done!

  1. WOW! Big congrats to you for making the list AND ticking off what you wanted to achieve. You have made many, many happy memories for yourself. I have not been a bucket list person but I am in the throes of beginning my memoir in education and can see that my memory lane with be filled with my stories of life as a student, teacher and principal in NSW education for over 60 years. So far I am up to age 12. Yikes! Good wishes to you for 50 by 50. Thanks for linking up #lifethisweek Denyse


  2. What an epic list, so many inspiring thing. Mount Augustus sounds wonderful. I would love to do the Munda Biddi, see the horizontal falls and ride in a mtb cross country race. Thanks for sharing your list!


  3. A great list. We’ve met so many families travelling around Australia. It is the best education that kids can have. A family we met in Pemberton said they visit the info centre in each town and ask what tours are available. Most tours are cheap and in his words “the kids just soak it up”.


  4. What a great list and you’ve had so many amazing experiences already. I have never written a bucket list, but maybe I should start one now. 60 before 60 perhaps?


  5. Wow! You have had some awesome adventures! I love making a dream list, and to travel around Australia would be brilliant!


  6. Wow! Incredible feat Anne. I sometimes wish I had started travelling a lot earlier so that I can tick off more items off my bucket list. I have done the around Australia trip, been to El Questro, swam with the whale sharks at Exmouth, walked part of the Bibbulmun Track, holidayed in Hawaii and tried stand up paddle boarding several times. My next item is travelling to Italy in 2017. Can’t wait!


  7. Wow, amazing, brava! I am so impressed that you knocked that bucket list over. Well done to you. I love all your new dreams too, Kate. Cheers to making them all come true in the next 10 years. x


  8. What a list and what an achievement! It is never too late to have a bucket list so go for it with your 50 before 50. Hmmm, 70 before 70 – I think my list would be quite a bit tamer but it would certainly have lots of travel on it 🙂


  9. That’s an awesome list and an amazing achievement! I had a 30 by 30 where I completed 27. I’m in the process of a 35 by 35 list which I haven’t gone too far with but should get going as I turn 35 in 2019.


  10. My goodness Anne you have done some amazing things!! Good on you for setting dreams and goals and going for them. I have not done anything like what you have and I’m quite a bit older. Oh well – at least I’m going on my first ever cruise on Monday! haha #TeamLovinLife


    • Enjoy your cruise. I have never done a cruise but inspected plenty of cruise ships while I was working in the travel industry. I am sure you will have a great time.


  11. WOW!!!!!!! This is so cool, My almost 40 bucket list was much much smaller than this. Now my life is just one big bucket list. Dream then Do is my motto right now. In fact “Do” is going to be my word for 2017. I’ve been wondering what it will be … DO … thanks for helping me out with that one!


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