It is all too easy to focus on the destinations we haven’t visited, rather than being grateful for those that we have. Here is my reverse bucket list of all of the incredible places I have travelled to, natural wonders I have witnessed and tourist attractions I have enjoyed the most.
Swimming with Bioluminescence in Pangani, Tanzania
First on my reverse bucket list is Tanzania. Tanzania is home to incredible natural wonders, the most breathtaking being the bioluminescence in the waters of the Indian Ocean. A simple midnight swim turned into witnessing a spectacle of dancing blue lights, tumbling with the waves, the tiny marine plankton brushing past the skin. I was too lost in the moment to grab my camera and document what I saw and instead relaxed and took in the beautiful sight.
Witnessing the Northern Lights, Iceland
Experiencing the Aurora Borealis comes down to two things; luck and timing. We visited Iceland at the right time of year and with luck the clouds parted and the dancing colours appeared. For 30 minutes they performed, a show difficult to see with the naked eye but perfect through a camera lens. It was truly spectacular.
Swimming through the Azure Window, Gozo
Sadly this beautiful rock formation has collapsed and the Azure Window is no more. I am grateful that I swam and perched upon a rock underneath the arch when the waves had ceased and the current softened. Many holidays were spent watching the sun set behind the rocks and swimming in the surrounding waters.
Swimming in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Bathing in a warm outdoor bath surrounded by beautiful scenery and with a glass of Prosecco in hand – what more could you wish for? This geothermal spa did wonders for our body and mind and kept us warm in the chilly Icelandic weather.
Visiting Pompeii, Italy
Ever since I was a little girl I had dreamt of visiting Pompeii. I was fascinated by seeing a city preserved in ash, the bodies and buildings in ruin alike, walking through centuries upon centuries of history. I plan on returning to explore in depth what is left of the ancient town and to learn more about the story it beholds.
The View From The Arc De Triumph, Paris
Some visit Paris for the Eiffel Tower, I visited for the Arc De Triumph. The view from the top is quite a spectacle by night as the lights illuminate the Champs Elysees and the surrounding neighbourhoods too.
Visiting the Colosseum in Rome
You can never truly know the scale of this Roman amphitheatre until you go inside. By night it is truly atmospheric as the sun sets upon the ancient exterior and reflects on the the city’s Ancient Forum too.
Seeing The ‘Big 5’ On Safari, Tanzania
Whilst on safari in the Serengeti, I never expected to see the Big 5; a lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. The leopard was the most beautiful of all, the rarest spot amongst the pack and the animal I had hoped to see the most. As she perched in her tree, lions and their cubs circled our vehicle and elephants wandered past aimlessly. The buffalo and rhino stayed further afield and were harder to spot but nonetheless we found them!
Climbing Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Although a small feat, the climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat was well worth the views. Nothing beats exploring the United Kingdom particularly Scotland as it has so much to offer in heritage and natural beauty.
Swimming in a Glacial Lake, Italy
Bergamo was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited in Italy. We ventured to Lake Como just outside of the city and swam in this exquisite glacial lake.
Seeing The Berlin Wall, Germany
Lastly on my reverse bucket list is seeing the Berlin Wall. The demolition of the wall ceased in 1992, the year I was born. Seeing the remains of this division and learning about it’s history was fascinating along with exploring the city.
What are your favourite sights you have seen or places you have visited?