Welcome to this week’s Bucket List Wednesday – a feature where I ask a fellow travellers about their Bucket List to inspire you with Bucket List ideas for your own list! If you would like to take part please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org or @A_wanderluster – I would love to for you to get involved!
This weeks traveller is Richelle from Adventures Around Asia. Richelle is originally from Seattle, USA. She is currently attending the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China for her master’s degree! Nottingham has a few campuses all over the world, and she thought it would be a great experience to have an amazing British education while living in China. What a great opportunity!
So hello Richelle, lovely to have you feature on The Wandering Wanderluster. Let’s get started! How many things do you have on your Bucket List?
My bucket list tends to grow exponentially. Every time I tick one off, I add three more! I have a running list of countries I’d love to visit, as well as experiences I want to have. Some of the countries at the top of my list right now are Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (which I’ll be visiting this winter!), Japan, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. I also really want to go to North Korea, which I think is pretty unique! In terms of unique bucket list experiences, I’d love to be on the American reality tv show “Survivor”. I love the combination of “surviving” mixed with the intense strategy of alliances. It’s such an intelligent show, and it’s my secret dream to be cast!
I always wanted to be cast on the TV show The Castaways hoping it would break me into travel journalism…but I guess only the lucky few get this opportunity! I have only been to a few countries in Asia and I love it so I can see why they would be on your list! What is at the top of your Bucket List?
I’m really excited for my two solo trips coming up: one to Cambodia and Laos and one to Thailand. I’ve only travelled solo once before, so it’s still a new experience for me. I want to learn to scuba dive, rent a motorcycle, explore Angkor Watt, and try my hand at some cooking classes. I also really want to check out the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai and play with the elephants!
Great things to achieve and I hear Angkor Watt is spectacular – hope to get there one day too! What made you choose these countries as your top priorities?
Since I’m based in Asia, my bucket list is a bit Asia-centric. I want to make the most of my holiday breaks here, so I’ve been focusing my energy on Southeast Asia. I visited Vietnam and Malaysia last year and loved every minute of it, so I can’t wait to explore Thailand, Cambodia and Laos!
I can’t blame you! Are there any languages you would like to learn?
I currently speak Mandarin, which is all I can handle at the moment. I have two Russian roommates so they’ve been teaching me a new Russian word every day. I learned Spanish when I was younger, so I’d love to become conversational at some point, but whenever I try to speak it I start mixing it up with Chinese!
Mandarin is a fantastic language to learn these days! Good on you for learning such a difficult language. Are there any people you would like to meet? Maybe a childhood hero or a celebrity?
It’s hard to pick just a few! I’d love to meet President Obama (I lived next to the white house for four years and never met him!), Emma Watson (love her stance on feminism and women in the world), the Dalai Lama, Tina Fey, Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lena Dunham. I feel like all of these people have interesting perspectives on the world, and I could learn a lot from meeting them.
What a great list of people! What things have you seen other people do or accomplish and you thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool! I’d love to do that!”?
One of my favourite bloggers Liz from Young Adventuress just did a horse trek through Mongolia that looked amazing! I’d also love to write a book about my crazy life teaching English in “the-middle-of-nowhere”, China last year. I have a few books I love about life in China that make me laugh so hard. I’d love to be able to write something like that!
Finally, how many things do you think you have completed off your Bucket List to date?
I’ve achieved so many things on my bucket list in the last year! I did my first solo trip to Taiwan this summer, I finally managed to do a trek through Tibet, I visited the Ice Festival in Harbin, and hiked the Zhangjiajie “Avatar Mountains” just to name a few.
Sounds like you’ll be a specialist in Asia knowledge in no time! Thank you for taking part!
If you would like to read more about Richelle’s Adventures Around Asia why not check out her social media pages and follow her travels and perhaps even inspire your own Bucket List…