Welcome to this week’s Bucket List Wednesday – a feature where I ask a fellow travellers about their Bucket 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 Amy from The Unsettled Meliorist. Amy is a travel blogger at The Unsettled Meliorist originally from Rochester, NY. She is currently living back in Rochester after several years of moving around the US and works full time while balancing her travels around on limited vacation days and a limited budget.
So Amy, thank you for taking part. How many things do you have on your Bucket List? Anywhere super unique?
My nerd-dom is going to shine through here – I perpetually have 42 items on my bucket list. I found that the more I travelled, the more I wanted to travel. I kept learning about new places and new experiences and my list just kept getting longer and longer. So instead of just scrapping it all and writing DO EVERYTHING, I decided to limit my list to 42 entries (Why? Because that’s the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything) and as one is crossed off, a new one takes its place.
42 entries is a good and manageable size. What is at the top of your list? Anything you are keen to do soon?
Although my list isn’t rank-ordered, I would say that my number one on the list is to live abroad someday. Not slow travel, not an extended stay, I want to experience real life (a job, grocery shopping, arguments with neighbors – ok, maybe not that one) in another country for a while. And I don’t want to experience this in a country like Canada or Australia, where life is somewhat similar to what I’m used to in the US, I want to live somewhere completely different. I don’t know where yet, and it’s not anywhere in my near future (I have a dog who I’m immensely attached to and a house), but someday I’d like to give it a go.
I moved to the Czech Republic, a relatively non English speaking country that is 100 ways different to home. Its hard but it definitely makes a big change! What made you choose moving abroad as a priority on your Bucket List?
I’m an explorer and I’m curious by nature, so I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures. One of the reasons I love travel so much is having the opportunity to shift my perspectives and open my mind to how others live in the world around me. Living abroad would allow me to experience another culture on a whole new level. Even with slow travel, you only get to scratch the surface of how others truly live – what they value, how they perceive the world around them, what traditions are important. Actually changing the way I live and immersing myself in a culture completely unlike mine seems like such an enlightening experience and a great way to open my mind to the world.
Are there any languages you would like to learn?
I know enough Spanish to get by when traveling, but I’d love to be fluent. Half my “getting by” consists of gesturing and the universal symbol for “I have no idea what’s going on” – the smile and nod. It would be great to actually have a real conversation.
Perhaps you can relocate to a Spanish speaking country. I always find immersing yourself in the country, language and culture makes you learn ten times faster! Are there any people you would like to meet or perhaps have lunch with?
I’m not much of a celebrity-phile and don’t have any people to meet on my bucket list, but I do love meeting random people with great stories. Travellers are rarely boring and locals always have something to share or expose you to. But if I had to pick a famous person, I’d probably say the Dalai Lama for some deep spiritual talk or maybe even the current pope. I long ago left the Catholic Church, but he seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy.
Dalai Lama is a good choice – I’d love to meet him too! 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 do this all the time! There’s a good chance that if I’ve seen someone do something I’d like to try, it’s been added to my list. Although some people’s accomplishments are cool but completely out of my reach, like visiting 100 countries by 30, or drinking their way through EPCOT’s world showcase. No can do (at least not anymore). Otherwise, other people’s accomplishments are some of my greatest inspiration and one of the many reasons I love reading travel blogs.
How many things on your Bucket List have you achieved so far?
I only started keeping track of my list a couple of years ago and have so far knocked off 4 of them. So many more to go!
Well good luck in ticking the remainder of your items off your list. We must always remember that although it is essentially a Bucket List of things to do before we “kick the bucket” we must spend time enjoying the experiences and reflecting on them too! 🙂 If you would like to follow Amy’s adventures you can find her on the below: