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 Jen from The Trusted Traveller. Jen was born and raised in beautiful Sydney Australia, where she currently lives with her husband Mick. Jen works full time in administration to help pay the bills and fund her shoe collection, but most of all, to fulfil her need to one day visit every corner of the world. Together with Mick, she has visited over 100 cities, towns and regions in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and USA. This list is growing fast, as she tries to discover something new, whether it is in her own backyard or in a faraway land, as often as she can. Her website, The Trusted Traveller, exists to provide others with reliable travel tips and inspiration to get them out there seeing the world in the most prepared way possible.
So hello Jen, thanks for taking part! Let’s get started! How many things do you have on your Bucket List?
My list in long, very long and very specific. I’d say there is hundreds of things I want to see, eat, drink, experience and try all over the world. To complete a lot of them I would have to face a few of my fears, like snakes and other creepy crawlies I might encounter in the Amazon or small planes that I would need to travel on to get to some of the world’s remotest islands. I think facing these fears is what makes some of my bucket list items unique.
I agree! It’s also a great accomplishment to over come fears! Good on you on not letting them hold you back! What is at the top of your Bucket List?
This one’s easy, seeing polar bears in their natural habitat. I think they are amazing creatures, so beautiful yet so fierce and dangerous. My plan is to one day travel to Churchill in Canada, board a tundra buggy and go out day after day until I see one (or more) up close.
Seeing polar bears in Svalbard in Norway is on my Bucket List! I love Polar Bears too! What made you choose seeing polar bears as the top of your list?
I’ve always had a fascination with polar bears, as long as I can remember. Visiting Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as a child I remember thinking that they were the most beautiful and fascinating creatures I’d seen. Once I got older, I learned that they are incredibly dangerous creatures which just made me even more fascinated, how can something so beautiful be so dangerous.
Are there any languages you would like to learn?
I’d love to learn Italian. I know enough to get by but I’ve been reluctant in the past to try and learn it properly because it has no use outside of Italy, unlike other languages like French that are used all over the world. But learning Italian, from a native Italian is on my bucket list of things to accomplish in the next few years.
As I’ve said numerous times I myself am learning Italian from my boyfriend who is originally from Sicily. Its a beautiful language to learn but you are right…its almost completely useless outside of Italy. What people you would like to meet (perhaps have lunch with)?
I’d love to sit down and chat with a tribe from a remote village, maybe like the ones who recently made their first contact with the outside world in Brazil. Having grown up surrounded by technology and having everything I could possibly want and more right at my fingertips, I think it would be fascinating to see what their life is like without all of these things that I use and have access to on a day to day basis.
I’m sure it would be a very unique and interesting experience! What things have you seen other people do or accomplish and you thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool! I’d love to do that!”?
I’d love to go hot air ballooning. I was reading about it recently on a blog I follow and the writer had just done a flight over Cappadocia in Turkey. The views just look out of this world and the way she described it was that it was so calm and peaceful. I am petrified of flying despite having travelled all over the world and on over 50 planes, so I think accomplishing a balloon flight would not only tick something off my bucket list but also help me face one of my biggest fears.
The balloon flight over Cappadocia looks amazing! Such a stunning landscape! Finally how many things on your Bucket List have you achieved so far?
I didn’t really have a bucket list when I started travelling. To be honest I wasn’t sure I would like being away for home for weeks, months and years at a time. But I do love it and started putting together a list a few years ago. Since then the list has grown into the hundreds and I’m trying to tick at least one thing off every month. I’d say for every 10 things I tick off, I add another 10 things I’ve recently discovered while reading travel blogs, magazines and watching travel programs.
I know the feeling. Sometimes I am almost hesitate to read my magazines on travel because I just know I’ll be adding more things to my Bucket List. My biggest fear is that at the rate I am adding them I will never complete my list!
Its been great getting to know you and your Bucket List Jen! Thank you for participating in my feature! 🙂 If you’d like to follow Jen and her adventures across the globe while she ticks off her ever growing list then you can connect with her on the below links!