Sophia’s bucket list

I’ve always had a mental list of the things I wanted to do, feel, see and experience before I die, but I never actually tried to put it on paper except when I turned 30. Inspired by many friends and other bloggers, I decided to post an ongoing, ever-changing bucket list to mark each event and motivate me to complete as much as possible!

So, here goes….



  1. Jamaica Check mark symbol
    • Bamboo River Rafting
    • Swim in the Luminous lagoon
    • Bob Marley’s House and Museum Check mark symbol
    • Walk up Dunns River Falls Check mark symbol
  2. Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) Check mark symbol
  3. Cuba (Varadero & Cayo Coco) Check mark symbol
    • Visit Havana Check mark symbol
    • Snorkel Check mark symbol
    • Catamaran Check mark symbol
  4. Bahamas (Nassau) Check mark symbol
    • Visit the Atlantis Resort Check mark symbol
    • Swim with pigs (Exuma island)
  5. Barbados
    • Kite Surfing
  6. Haiti Check mark symbol
  7. Puerto Rico
  8. Guyana
    • Kaieteur Falls
  9. Dominica
    • Dive Champagne Reef
    • Hike the Waitukubuli National Trail
  10. St. Lucia
    • Hike the Pitons
  11. Cayman Islands Check mark symbol
    • Swim with stingrays
  12. British Virgin Islands
    • Drink a Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar
  13. Curacao
    • See the colorful row of houses
  14. Turks & Caicos
    • Shark diving (Aqua TCI company)?
  15. Guadeloupe
  16. Antigua & Barbuda
  17. Martinique
  18. Aruba
  19. St. Kitts
  20. St. Martin
  21. *Bermuda Island


  • See the northern lights (Scandinavia country or Canada)
  • Ride the Orient Express through Europe
  • England
    • London Check mark symbol
    • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Check mark symbol
  • Malta
    • Valletta Check mark symbol
    • Mdina Check mark symbol
    • Sliema Check mark symbol
    • St. Julian’s Check mark symbol
    • Rabat Check mark symbol
    • Comino Check mark symbol
    • Attend a mystery & dinner show Check mark symbol
    • Gozo
    • Birgu
  • France
    • Paris Check mark symbol
    • Marseille Check mark symbol
    • Montpellier Check mark symbol
    • Metz Check mark symbol
    • Lourdes Check mark symbol
    • Nice Check mark symbol
    • Bordeaux
    • Cannes Check mark symbol
    • Carcassonne
    • Cognac
    • St. Tropez
  • Luxembourg Check mark symbol
  • Monaco Check mark symbol
  • Vatican City
    • Get the Pope’s blessing from the balcony Check mark symbol
    • Pray in the Sistine Chapel Check mark symbol
  • Italy
    • Visit the Colosseum Check mark symbol
    • Visit the Pantheon Check mark symbol
    • Ride a gondola Check mark symbol
    • Ride a taxi boat Check mark symbol
    • Attend a private orchestra concert (Palermo, ITA) Check mark symbol
    • Rome Check mark symbol
    • Venice Check mark symbol
    • Bologna Check mark symbol
    • Verona Check mark symbol
    • Pisa Check mark symbol
    • Sicily Check mark symbol
    • Amalfi Check mark symbol
    • Florence Check mark symbol
    • Sorrento Check mark symbol
    • Brescia Check mark symbol
    • Assisi
    • Milan
  • Spain
    • Madrid Check mark symbol
    • Barcelona Check mark symbol
    • Seville Check mark symbol
    • Granada Check mark symbol
    • Valencia Check mark symbol
    • San Sebastian Check mark symbol
    • Salamanca Check mark symbol
    • Toledo Check mark symbol
    • ALBARRACIN (Aragon)
    • Cadiz
    • Pamplona
    • Las Palmas
    • Palma, Majorca
    • Cordoba
    • Malaga
    • Bilbao
    • Canary Islands
  • Portugal
    • Lisbon Check mark symbol
    • Coimbra Check mark symbol
    • Sintra Check mark symbol
    • Cascais Check mark symbol
    • Fatima Check mark symbol
    • Estoril Check mark symbol
    • Lagos/Albufeira Check mark symbol
    • Porto
  • Greece
    • Athens Check mark symbol
    • Thessaloniki Check mark symbol
    • Corfu Check mark symbol
    • Santorini Check mark symbol
    • Mykonos
    • Rhodes
    • Zakynthos
  • Turkey
    • Ephesus Check mark symbol
    • Cappadocia hot air balloon
    • Visit Hagia Sophia
    • Istanbul
  • Switzerland
    • Geneva Check mark symbol
    • Lucerne Check mark symbol
    • Lugano Check mark symbol
    • Neuchâtel
  • Germany
    • Munich Check mark symbol
    • Hamburg Check mark symbol
    • Oldenburg Check mark symbol
    • Frankfurt
    • Cologne
    • Berlin
  • Belgium (Brussels) Check mark symbol
  • Hungary (Budapest) Check mark symbol
  • Croatia (Dubrovnik) Check mark symbol
  • Ireland
    • Sleep in a castle
  • Scotland
    • Sleep in a castle
  • Iceland
    • Soak in the Blue Lagoon as a stopover
    • Skaftafell Ice Cave
  • Finland
    • Stay in a Glass Igloo
  • Cyprus
  • Monaco Check mark symbol
  • Gibraltar
  • Montenegro
    • Kotor Bay
  • Russia
    • Moscow
  • Czech Republic
    • Bungee jump in Prague


  • Hike Yosemite (CA) Check mark symbol
  • Visit the Ice Hotel in QUE city Check mark symbol
  • Visit Universal Studios Check mark symbol
  • Visit Disneyland (CA) Check mark symbol
  • Visit Disney World (FLA) Check mark symbol
  • Trek the Mendenhall Glacier Caves (Alaska)
  • Hike or helicopter/plane ride through the Grand Canyon (AZ) Check mark symbol
  • Robin Lakes (WA)
  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square (NY)
  • Go to Mardi Gras in Louisiana
  • Visit Vegas and walk on the strip (February 2018) Check mark symbol
  • Take an road trip
  • Alberta (July 2018) Check mark symbol
  • Quebec Check mark symbol
  • Ontario Check mark symbol
  • British Columbia
    • Victoria Check mark symbol
    • Vancouver Check mark symbol
    • Whistler (saw a bear – June 2018) Check mark symbol
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • New York Check mark symbol
  • Michigan Check mark symbol
  • Ohio Check mark symbol
  • California Check mark symbol
  • Arizona Check mark symbol
  • Georgia Check mark symbol
  • Florida Check mark symbol
  • Nevada (Las Vegas & Henderson) Check mark symbol
  • Hawaii (Dec 2018) Check mark symbol


  • Visit Rio de Janeiro sites (Brazil) Check mark symbol
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands (near Ecuador)
  • Trek to Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Argentina AND Chile
    • Tour Patagonia
    • Visit Easter Island
    • Visit Atacama Desert
    • Swim in the World’s largest pool
    • Marble Caverns (Carrera Lake both sides)
    • Buenos Aires
    • Boat or helicopter ride through the Iguazu Falls (Argentina-Brazil border)
  • Visit the Amazon & Swim with Pink Dolphins
  • Costa Rica
  • Peru



  • Go on a safari in the Okavango Delta
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
  • Camel trekking and night in a bedouin tent (Morocco)
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Ethiopia
  • Mauritius
  • Réunion


  • Syria
    • Float and swim in the dead sea Check mark symbol
  • Cambodia
    • Explore the temples of Angkor (including Baphuon Temple)
  • India
    • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Trek through the Himalayas
  • Tour the temples of Kyoto
  • Indonesia
    • Dive at Raja Ampat
  • Maldives
    • Stay underwater (Rangali Island)
  • French Polynesian Islands
    • Cruise – Tahiti & Bora Bora
  • New Zealand
    • South Island
  • China
    • Walk the Great Wall
    • Leshan Giant Buddha
    • Climb to Tin Tian, Big Buddha (Hong Kong)
  • Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Nishinomaru Garden
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
    • Phuket
  • Philippines
    • Kawasan Falls
  • Maldives
  • Malaysia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Visit the Holy Land (Jerusalem)
  • Jordan
    • Visit Petra
  • Lebanon
  • Iraq


  • Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road (1 hour from Melbourne)
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Whitehaven Beach


  • Set foot between accessible months (November – March)


  • Create a bucket list Check mark symbol
  • Get married Check mark symbol
  • Donate something (blood!) Check mark symbol
  • Whale watching (Vancouver, BC) Check mark symbol
  • Run a 5K (Island Girl Sept. 2016) Check mark symbol
  • Run 1/2 marathon
  • Meet a male celebrity (Joey played by Pat Mastroianni @ Toronto Comicon 2014) Check mark symbol
  • Meet a female celebrity (Mamie Gummer in NY city on her way to guest star in “The Good Wife” in 2013) Check mark symbol
  • Start a travel blog Check mark symbol
  • Take a cooking class with dinner on a rooftop (Palermo, ITA) Check mark symbol
  • Horseback riding on land (Dominican Republic) Check mark symbol
  • Horseback riding on the beach (Jamaica) Check mark symbol
  • Watch a sunset & sunrise on the same day (Cuba) Check mark symbol
  • Catch a cruise Check mark symbol
  • Dine in the dark (O.Noir 2016) Check mark symbol
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Ride a banana boat
  • Swim with sharks
  • Snorkeling reefs (Hawaii) Check mark symbol
  • Winter dog sledding
  • Take a flying lesson
  • Zip line (Jamaica) Check mark symbol
  • Explore a cave (Mount Etna – ITA) Check mark symbol
  • Hike an active volcano (Mount Etna – ITA) Check mark symbol
  • Minigolf (Canada) Check mark symbol
  • Bowling (Canada) Check mark symbol
  • Whitewater rafting (USA) Check mark symbol
  • Canoeing (USA/Canada) Check mark symbol
  • Ride a Jet Ski (Syria) Check mark symbol
  • Ride a speed boat with dolphins jumping over (Haiti) Check mark symbol
  • Skydiving
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Zorbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Flyboarding
  • Skyboarding
  • Paintball competition
  • Ride an elephant (Orlando, FLA) Check mark symbol
  • Ride an ATV
  • Ride a segway
  • Bathe an elephant
  • See a bear while hiking (BC & AB 2018) Check mark symbol
  • Feed a wild animal
  • Test drive a sport’s car
  • Sleep in an igloo
  • Sleep in a tent (Ottawa, ON) Check mark symbol
  • Sleep in a yurt
  • Learn to roller blade OR skate
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Learn to surf (Hawaii 2018) Check mark symbol
  • Learn to paddle board (Toronto, ON) Check mark symbol
  • Learn Arabic
  • Learn Italian Check mark symbol
  • Learn French Check mark symbol
    Learn an Asian language
  • Learn to paint
  • Learn to salsa Check mark symbol
  • Knit something
  • Go caroling
  • Learn to swim Check mark symbol
  • Learn something unique (TBD)
  • Name a star
  • Host a scavenger hunt (at home) Check mark symbol
  • Sing a duet in front of a crowd
  • Be an extra on a movie/TV show or star in a commercial
  • Be in a newspaper clipping (Quebec as a child) Check mark symbol
  • Complete a doctorate degree (Nov 2017) Check mark symbol
  • Create your own book of poetry (TBC)
  • Shoot a gun (Atlanta GA) Check mark symbol
  • Shoot a bow & arrow (elementary school & Dave’s birthday in Mississauga ON) Check mark symbol
  • Tour a winery Check mark symbol
  • Tour a brewery Check mark symbol
  • Wish upon a shooting star Check mark symbol
  • Get a caricature picture Check mark symbol
  • Carve a pumpkin (superhero)
  • Attend an outdoor park movie night
  • Attend Calgary’s rodeo Check mark symbol
  • Attend a murder mystery dinner in Canada
  • Attend a black tie event/gala
  • Attend a beach party rave
  • Attend a masked ball
  • Attend the Olympics (1996 Atlanta, GA) Check mark symbol
  • Attend a World Cup Soccer game
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Pay off  mortgage
  • Pay for a stranger’s drink/coffee
  • Help someone else cross off an item on their bucket list

Hi! Bonjour! I’m Sophia, a traveler since birth, a lover of nature and culture and a linguist! I want to share with you all the wonderful things you can do and experience if you just set your mind to it and travel!

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