Weekly Bucket List Picks

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weekly bucket list picksAs a gypsy at heart, I will always strive to see everything this world has to offer.  Even though bucket lists are seen in a morbid light, I like to keep one to remind myself of all the wonderful things I want to see and places I want to go.  Every week, I will showcase ten of the items on my list.

1. Go Hot Air Ballooning.

This is looking like it’s going to happen in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the Route 66 portion of our road trip.

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

2.  Hike the John Muir Trail (JMT).

After reading about a fellow travel blogger’s, The Bearfoot Theory, plan to hike the JMT next week, I had to add this to this week’s picks.

Hiker and tent at Guitar Lake on John Muir Trail

3.  Complete a cooking challenge similar to Julie & Julia.

Have you ever seen this movie?  You should.  I love cooking but I fall out of rhythm OFTEN.  I’d love to complete a huge challenge similar to this one.

4.  Own a horse.

Lifelong dream right here.  Have to stop traveling first.  Ugh.


5.  Hike The Dingle Way in Ireland.

112 miles and 9 days of Irish countryside.  What more could one ask for?!

Irish countryside, Liscannor, Ireland

6.  Go Zorbing.

Because I want to go rolling down a hill in a giant ball.  I was a hamster in a past life.


7.  Live in London.

London still stands as my favorite city in the world.  I know it’s kind of cliche but I really don’t care.

Sunset Over the London Aquarium

8.  Visit Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan.

This was the first picture that really made me notice Kazakhstan and made me realize I desperately want to go to this less traveled region.

lake kaindy

9.  Hike up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

I’d love to hike up the Half Dome in Yosemite.  It’s a 1 day hike up and back down.  Unfortunately, I believe the cable portion will be closed when we are passing through during our road trip.  Next time!

Half Dome Under the Stars

10.  Visit Diagon Alley.

Yep.  I had to have one nerdy thing on here.  I’ve been to Wizarding World of Harry Potter twice before, but in less than 8 weeks I get to go back and see the expansion.  Can’t wait!

Which of these items have you done?  Any of these on your list?


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  1. Kelly

    August 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    What a great bucket list! I have managed to 1,6 and 7. I am an absolute Harry Potter nerd too! I am so jealous you are going to see the new extended park! Please please please tell me what it is like ha. I went with my family a few years back now and it was magical!

    Thanks for the #WeekendWanderlust link up! 🙂

  2. Ryan O'Rourke

    August 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Interesting choices, Ashley! Glad to see there’s a bunch of really unique ones in there like Kazakhstan (also a dream of mine) 🙂 Look forward to watching you tackle these one by one!

  3. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    August 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Yay for no. 10 Ashley 🙂 and I want to try Zorbing, I think. Maybe in the sea.

    Also, I decided today that I want to try base jumping…. I don’t like heights. I just want to fly like one of those squirrels.

  4. Carmen @ CarmensTravelTips

    August 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Great choices! We were suppose to go on a air balloon ride twice, both times it was cancelled due to the weather. I can definitely see my kids zorbing down a hill.

  5. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    August 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    They all seem so great, I’d like to add all but one to my own list. Zorbbing? Oh no way. That one is too scary.

  6. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    August 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Zorbing – that’s hilarious. I’d be too chicken to try that!

  7. Kate O'Malley

    August 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Zorbing? I think I like the idea of that! I never knew rolling down a hill in a big plastic ball actually had a name, other than REALLY GOOD FUN!

  8. anna parker

    August 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    great choices – especially dingle and london, totally agree!

  9. Lauren

    August 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Those are all great bucket list suggestions! They used to offer Zorbing at a place not too far from here, but I didn’t see it offered this summer. I’d like to try it as well! I’ll keep checking to see if it comes back 🙂

  10. Margherita @The Crowded Planet

    September 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Wow, you have some really great travel ideas there. Kaindy lake in Kazakhstan is what I would love to do best!

  11. Sarah Elizabeth

    September 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    This is an awesome idea! Love the bucket list picks! I’ve just discovered your blog, and I can’t wait to keep reading. So much inspiration is happening xx

  12. Sabina

    September 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I’m doing 7 at the moment (moving back there in two weeks!) and could not be happier! 🙂

  13. Katie

    September 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Wow, great list! Hot air ballooning is on the top of my list too, and now you have me interested in Kazakhstan, that lake is unlike anything I have ever seen. Wow!

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