THE BUCKET LIST

I am constantly coming up with new ideas for places to visit, experiences to have, and goals to achieve. I decided to write down all of these dreams - regardless of how crazy they seemed - and so this bucket list was born.

Every bucket list item I have successfully completed is ticked '✓', together with details of where and when it was completed. Of course, this list will constantly evolve, as I achieve my goals as well as set new ones.

  • Hike up to Trolltunga, Norway

  • Eat jalebis in Chandni Chowk, India ✓ Completed in New Delhi, India, 2019

  • Take part in Día de los Muertos celebrations, Mexico ✓ Completed in Michoacán, Mexico, 2013

  • Sleep in a glass igloo under the Northern Lights, Finland

  • Take a selfie with an alpaca, Peru

  • Swim with sea turtles, Costa Rica

  • Hike the Inca Trail, Peru

  • Eat 'Oops! I dropped the lemon tart' at Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

  • Photograph Horseshoe Bend, USA

  • Travel across India by train

  • Dive down to the Cancún Underwater Museum of Art, Mexico

  • Climb Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

  • Visit James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

  • Watch the cliff divers at La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico

  • Shop in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar, Turkey

  • Photograph the Lake District, UK

  • Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan

  • Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant ✓ Completed at Sketch Gallery, London, UK, 2015

  • Visit the Grand Canyon, USA

  • Take part in the Rio Carnival celebrations, Brazil

  • Stay in a private overwater bungalow, The Maldives

  • Stand in both Asia and Europe at the same time, Turkey

  • Swim in the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

  • Take part in the Hanami Festival amongst the sakura (cherry blossoms) of Japan

  • Stand at the southernmost point of Asia ✓ Completed at Tanjung Piai National Park, Johor, Malaysia, 2015

  • Play elephant polo in Rajasthan, India

  • Munch on progressive Indian cuisine at Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand ✓ Completed in Bangkok, Thailand, 2017

  • Be an extra in a movie or TV show

  • Visit North Korea

  • Dine at a Dinner in the Dark restaurant ✓ Completed at Dinner in the Dark Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016

  • Be in 2 countries at the same time ✓ Completed on the US-Mexico border, 2014

  • Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina festival in Buñol, Spain

  • Go up to the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, UAE

  • Stand next to the Mano del Desierto in the Atacama Desert, Chile

  • Ride in a hot air balloon over the ancient temples of Bagan, Myanmar

  • Visit Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Hike up Table Mountain, South Africa

  • Adopt a kitten ✓ Completed in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 2017

  • Visit all 7 continents in the world

  • Go to the Full Moon Party ✓ Completed in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand, 2012

  • Stay in a fjord cabin, Norway

  • Photograph the Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Eat at a Dinner in the Sky restaurant

  • Return to Cairo to learn Arabic, Egypt

  • Learn to code ✓ Learnt HTML and CSS on Code Academy

  • Gamble in a casino in Macau

  • Swim in the cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

  • Go the FIFA World Cup

  • Check out the town of Geel, Belgium

  • Fly over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, Turkey

  • Hike up to Arthur's Seat, Scotland ✓ Completed in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2015

  • Fly First Class

  • Stay at the W Barcelona Hotel, Spain

  • Relax in a hot spring, Iceland

  • Run the London Marathon, UK

  • Stroll through Banff National Park, Canada

  • Drink a beer in the oldest pub in England, UK

  • Stand on the equator ✓ Completed in Kenya, 1994

  • Graduate from university ✓ Completed in London, UK, 2018

  • Eat sushi in Japan

  • Visit Esfahan, Iran

  • Waddle with Emperor Penguins, Antarctica

  • Go to the Olympic Games ✓ Completed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, London, UK, 2012

  • Ride in a helicopter

  • Stay at the Burj Al Arab, UAE

  • Eat risotto in Italy

  • Visit the Seven Wonders of the World:

    • The Great Wall of China, China ✓ Completed in Mutianyu, China, 2015

    • The Taj Mahal, India ✓ Completed in Agra, India, 2006

    • Petra, Jordan

    • Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

    • The Colosseum, Italy ✓ Completed in Rome, Italy, 1994

    • Machu Picchu, Peru

    • Chichén Itzá, Mexico