Life List

I have found that by writing down a goal I am far more likely to achieve it. Maybe it’s because I feel more responsibility and ownership when I have to look at it every day or maybe it’s because once written down, the goal becomes more concrete and less of a dream. Travel is no different.

Though I loved the idea of writing everything down, I am hesitant to call it a “bucket list” because I don’t like the idea of trying to tick things off a list before I die. I’d rather think of it as a list of experiences that will help me live life to the fullest and therefore, I present my Life List.


  • Eat sushi in Japan (accomplished May 2013)
  • Ride a bullet train (accomplished May 2013)
  • See a traditional sumo match (accomplished May 2013)
  • Bath with the elephants in Thailand (accomplished February 2014)
  • Hike China’s Great Wall
  • Cycle through Vietnam
  • Do nothing in the Maldives
  • Climb to Everest base camp
  • Float in the Dead Sea


  • See the Big 5 in Africa (accomplished February 2012)
  • Meet the mountain gorillas in Uganda (accomplished January 2012)
  • Camp under the stars in the Serengeti (accomplished February 2012)
  • Swim to the Edge of the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
  • Sail down the Nile
  • Meet the Sphinx
  • Imitate Indiana Jones in Petra, Jordan

North America

  • Count the stars on the Big Island, Hawaii (accomplished June 2010)
  • Hike an active volcano (accomplished June 2010)
  • See New York from the top of the Empire State Building (accomplished March 2009)
  • Watch the whales in Nova Scotia
  • Place $100 bet in Las Vegas
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Cruise the Arctic

Central America

  • Walk through the clouds in Costa Rica (accomplished December 2012)
  • Learn to surf in Nicaragua

South America

  • Snorkel in the Galapagos
  • Hike the Inca Trail
  • Sail the Amazon
  • Meet the Mo’ai on Easter Island


  • Cruise the Drake Passage to Antarctica


  • View the Northern Lights
  • Chill at the Ice Hotel in Sweden
  • See Stonehenge
  • Picnic under the Eiffel Tower
  • Take a gondola through the canals of Venice
  • Tour the Globe Theatre in London
  • Watch the bikes zip by on the Isle of Man


  • See the sunrise and sunset at Uluru
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just Because

  • Fly first class (accomplished September 2103 on flight to LA)
  • Set foot on all 7 continents
  • Throw a dart at a map and travel where it lands
  • Show up at the airport and not know my destination
  • Speak conversational French and Spanish
  • Live abroad for six consecutive months

***In no way is this list complete and will forever be a work in progress. I welcome all suggestions!


One thought on “Life List

  1. Nin says:

    Hi Sarah…viewed your photos & read your blog after Easter when your mom gave me the address…fabulous photos…I envy you all the experiences you’ve had & places you’ve seen…your mom says your new pup (Thor, is it?) is settling in well…take him to puppy school – he’ll get so much out of it…


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