Travelling Mudskippers’ Top 10 Bucket List

Bucket Lists are Funny Things….

We’ve always been hesitant to create a bucket list for two reasons.  First, there are so many places to see and experience in the world that narrowing it down to a top 10 or even a top 100 feels daunting.  Not to say we don’t have bucket list items squirrelled away in our brains.  We do, good ones too!  But this leads to the second problem with bucket lists.  The moment these squirrelled away dreams go from fleeting thoughts of “I hope someday we can go to… and do…” to a neatly written and resourced list, they change.  They become concrete, set in stone…  goals.  But aren’t goals a good thing, you might ask?  Yes, most of the time, but we’re not sure that they fit into our idea of travel (see our last blog post).

The problem with goals is that they become something to be measured and inherently become something that one can succeed or fail at achieving.  Which then leads to a swirling of questions… Will we make it there?  Will it be all it was cracked up to be?  Does it deserve to be on the list?  If we visit a region and, for whatever reason, we don’t do the listed activity, do we keep it on the list?  What if we get there only to find out that there’s a bigger and better bucket list item that we didn’t know about?  Do we replace it or try to do both?  If it’s not as great as we thought it would be, will we be disappointed that it took up a top 10 spot?  What if we fail to achieve our bucket list?  Will we feel like failures?  Is it possible to fail at travelling?  …Can you sense the anxiety rising?  Yes, we’re neurotic that way. Well no, I (Carol) am neurotic that way.  When I expressed my anxiety to Al, his words of wisdom went something like this, “it’s only a list, our list. We can change it”.  Simple.  Why didn’t I think of that?

Here again you might ask, with so much anxiety about bucket lists, why make one now?  Well, we’ve got Elephant Nature Park to thank for that.  An amazing elephant sanctuary that we fell in love with when we were in Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  So when we learned that, as part of the celebrations, Save Elephant Foundation was hosting a blog carnival, we knew we wanted to participate to support this great cause.  But then we learned that the blog topic was “Top 10 Bucket List”… ouch…  Now this bucket list thing is really getting real.  Not only do we have to come up with a bucket list, but we have to share it with the world?  Cue cold sweat….  So as all good procrastinators do, I have avoided working on this blog until the deadline loomed… today.

So here’s the [not in any particular order, subject to change and certainly not set in stone ]…

Travelling Mudskippers’ Top 10 Bucket List:


1. Bring Carol’s 74 year old mother to meet the elephants at Elephant Nature Park (elephants are on her bucket list)

2. Swim with Humpback Whales

3. Participate in Sea Turtle conservation by monitoring egg laying and hatchling survival

4. Snorkel/dive the Great Barrier Reef

5. See the Great Migration on the Serengeti

6. Go to the Galapagos Islands

7. See Orang-utans in Borneo

8. See Gorillas in Uganda/Rwanda

9. See Pandas in China

10. Go to Bali

(11. Change our bucket list as we travel the world indefinitely)

As we compiled this list, one thing was abundantly clear to me – we plan to see a lot of animals on our round the world trip which means I need better camera equipment.  Camera store, here we come… Thanks Elephant Nature Park!  It also be came abundantly clear that, although no one would be surprised to learn that we are animal and nature lovers after reading this list, our other passions are not reflected here.  We could make a lot more bucket lists to incorporate our love of food, art, people and cultures, beer, architecture, ancient ruins, historical sites, volunteering opportunities etc., etc….  Uh, oh getting neurotic again.  Better stop there.

As always, thanks for reading, your comments are appreciated and please feel free to share this post.

For a Very Worthy Cause:

Our Top 10 Bucket List post is a part of Save Elephant Foundation’s Blog Carnival to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Elephant Nature Park. Elephant Nature Park is celebrating 10 years of success protecting the Asian elephant, educating tourists and tour operators alike that there is another way for us to interact with these wonderful animals. Please take a moment to visit their website, visit their Facebook, and connect with them on Twitter.

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15 thoughts on “Travelling Mudskippers’ Top 10 Bucket List

  1. Thanks for following me. Discovering your blog and I am happy to see that I am not the only one having number 3 on my list! I have been bugging everyone around me with it. I guess I watched too many travel documentaries when I was little;-) Well unfortunately, arrived a bit too late in Australia to do that… Gotta wait for another year now! Feel free to let me know when you get to cross that point out of your list;-) Have a great day! Oh and you’ve got a new follower too!

  2. Nicely sidestepped for a good cause! Just the other day I came across a little blue book I’d started, back in the mid-70s, with the names and map references for my so called ‘bucket list’ – it was bulging with additions made over the years. 🙂

    • Sounds like you’ve had a hard time narrowing your bucket list to 10 too. I’m hoping that, as we discover new corners of the world, our bucket list will just keep growing until, well, we actually kick the bucket…. Happy Travelling and thanks for following.

  3. Hi Carol and Al! Thanks for following my blog! Love your bucket list. Am developing an updated one myself… From the looks of it our paths have overlapped a bit! I love SEA and am glad you two are enjoying it! I look forward to following your travels and hope to learn a thing or two for my next trip to Asia! All the best!

    • Thanks for your comment, Julie and Jeremy. Yes, SEA is incredible. We look forward to going back. You two look like you’re having an amazing time on your travels too. We’re interested in doing some volunteer work as we travel so we’ll be reading with interest about the volunteer work you’ve done. Safe travels!

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  5. What a wonderful bucket list! I have always wanted to monitor egg laying and help the survival of those incredible sea turtles. Greece looks like a wonderful place to do so, one of my family members visited Greece a couple years ago, an array of colourful houses and views of the incredibly clear sea! 🙂

    • Thanks Travelyourheart for reading and following our blog. We had no idea that turtle nesting conservation projects were available in Greece. Got to do some research now! Greece is a serious contender for one of our first destinations. Wherever we end up assisting in sea turtle conservation, we will definitely post all the details about it. Hope you get your chance to do something similar somewhere in the world and write about it also! We’ll be reading…

  6. RE: the Serengheti migration. It doesn’t happen like clockwork: early one year, late the next. It depends on the call of distant rain. Remember, there are two migrations per year. Of the two, I’d suggest waiting in Tanzania for the migration to head south. There’s a more diverse landscape, and as the herds gather, so do the predators. We saw more cheetahs than lions. It’s an expensive proposition if you stay at any of the lodges or camps. You might want to see if you can find a volunteer position at a research camp. I might also suggest adding the Okavango Delta to your bucket list. It is the most magical place in Africa.

    • Thanks for the tips on Africa, Cheryl. We will definitely look into volunteering – that sounds like it might be a more enriching experience anyway. We’ve been enjoying your blog and your expertise in Africa will certainly come in handy when we plan that part of our adventure. Thanks for reading and following!

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