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 week’s traveller is Ashley from Amsterdam Blog. Ashley has been living in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) for 3 years after moving there from the UK. She has a passion for travel which is maybe why after 6 months of backpacking she decided to follow her heart and settle in Amsterdam. Her blog Amsterdam Blog has very practical tips on Amsterdam, musings on expat life and anything else she feel like writing.
So hello Ashley, lovely to have you feature on The Wandering Wanderluster. Let’s get started! How many things do you have on your Bucket List?
I think my bucket list is unusual because it constantly adapts and changes – I don’t write any of it down, and at any one time there’s only around 5 things in my head that I want to do, and not all of them are travel-related.
I have a ridiculously long list so perhaps having a smaller one is more manageable and much more efficient 🙂 What is at the top of your Bucket List?
Right now, number one on my bucket list is to go to the USA for the 4th July next year, specifically New York, and the second is to get enough money together to go back to New Zealand.
I have never been to New Zealand although I can imagine how great it is. No wonder you want to go back. What made you choose 4th of July in the USA and New Zealand as the top of your list?
I chose New York because it’s my birthday on Independence Day (4th July), and in 2015 I’ll be 30 so it’s a special birthday for me. I also have friends in New York who will make the whole experience more memorable.
New Zealand is a bit more special for me – I was there and I ran out of money, so I came home without really getting to explore it. I spent 20 days in Auckland sleeping on an airbed in an old friend’s apartment before I flew home.
Ah no wonder your eager to return! New Zealand is a big place…so much to explore! 🙂 Are there any languages you would like to learn?
Yes, I’m trying to learn Dutch, and am slowly getting there. I can understand most of what’s going on, it’s just having enough vocabulary to reply.
I can imagine Dutch is a pretty difficult language to learn…but far easier than Czech, of which I have learnt hardly any in my two years in the Czech Republic. What people you would like to meet (perhaps have lunch with)?
I think actually I would like to be sat on a table with Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed so I could listen to their stories, and get inspired to travel even more. Other than that, I would really like to have lunch with my friends and family because I don’t see them as often as I would like.
Being an expat away from your friends and family is hard so I can completely understand! What things have you seen other people do or accomplish and you thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool! I’d love to do that!”?
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – it looks amazing and I would love to do it, but I don’t think I am remotely fit enough to do it yet.
Its a long walk for sure! Finally how many things on your Bucket List have you achieved so far?
Hard to say, since I don’t have a physical list – but I would say around 100, and my favourites have been to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, Visit Ha Long Bay, and moving to a new country to settle.
I loved Ha Long Bay – it was on my list too! Great Barrier Reef is still on my to do list! 🙂
Its been great getting to know you and your Bucket List Ashley! Thank you for participating in my feature! 🙂 If you’d like to follow Ashley and her adventures across the globe and her expat adventures in Amsterdam then you can connect with her on the below links!