My Travel Bucket List

People create bucket lists for their travel plans, places they want to visit, activities they want to do and countries they wish to visit. These lists help create ideas for places to travel next and help people plan trips. My bucket list is ever growing, I add to it all the time. The more you travel the more you realise you haven’t seen and the more you want to see. 

Here is my bucket list, some things I have completed and some things I have yet to compete;

  • Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Hike to ‘The Lost City’
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
  • Visit every America States
  • Visit 25 America States
  • Work a winter season
  • Have a camp fire of the beach 
  • Road Trip around Europe
  • Learn to Surf
  • Work at a Summer Camp 
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Snorkle in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Road Trip Across America
  • Bungee Jump
  • Sky Dive
  • Go White Water Rafting 
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • NYE in Sydney 
  • NYE in New York
  • Visit Japan
  • Go to the Amazon Rainforest
  • Go to a desert
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Party in Vegas
  • Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
  • See an active Volcano
  • Go to a festival
  • Swim with sharks
  • Go to Yacht Week
  • St Patricks Day in Ireland
  • Australia Day in Australia
  • 4th July in America
  • Learn a Language
  • Sail in the BVI
  • Teach English in another country 
  • Visit Medellin, Colombia
  • Visit San Andres and Providence
  • Visit the Bolivia Salt Flats
  • Visit the Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Go to Oktober Fest
  • Visit Quito
  • Visit Chile
  • Walk around Buenos Ayres

As you can see my list is very long and extensive, I have lots of travel dreams and desires. Bucket lists show and highlight your dreams and desires.

 

My Travel Journey so far – Part 1

I have decided to write a post about my travel journeys so far, to let you all know about my adventures, inspire you and bring you up to speed on how I got to where I am now. There are too parts to the story and this is part 1.

University

Like many other teenagers I embarked on my journey through life by moving away to University at the age of 18. I choose to study Business Management because it is something I enjoy. I really enjoyed University but half way through my third year I couldn’t help but worry about what’s next, I was so worried about what to do, apply to jobs, getting rejected and work pressure all got to me. I was spiralling out of control, so unhappy, lonely and scared, I couldn’t control anything in my life, I was headed down a troublesome path, I started controlling the only thing in my life that I could – what I ate. I was not in a good place, weighing around 7st and it started to control my life, I had a lot of anger, snapped easily and wouldn’t go out or do anything. As the end of University approached I was in the worst place I could have been, somehow I managed to finish University and graduate. I was no longer worrying about what to do next because I was too worried about what I was eating and exercising, I was well and truly lost.

American Summer Camp

A month after graduating I went to work at an American Summer Camp as a water ski instructor (I had previously worked at the summer camp the summer before) in upstate New York. I loved my previous summer at camp, was excited to get back see my friends and meet new people. Summer Camp jobs are amazing, I lived in a bunk with 16 10 year olds, which was entertaining. The camp was a seven week camp and they had a large variety of activities such as; Tennis, Gymnastics, Canoeing, Sailing, Water Skiing, Soft Ball, Football, Athletics and many more. Many children had attended the summer camp for many years in a row, growing up there, enjoying the summer with their friends.

Working at a summer camp isn’t an easy thing to do, the hours are incredibly long, often working from when you wake up to when you fall asleep with a few hours off during the day. Both years at a camp I completely forgot I was being paid, it was such a good experience that I would have potentially undertaken it without being paid. I enjoyed my camp experience so much that I was thrown completely out of my routine, I started to forget about everything I had once thought was important, I broke away from my bubble and it truly changed my life.

I realised life was more about having fun and I didn’t want to miss out on doing anything with my new friends, I started to smile again. Camp had a set routine- food was given to you at a set time, you had a daily schedule and you had to be strong to look after the kids.

Camp was truly a great experience, I loved every second, everyone should spend a summer at a summer camp, to have fun, realise what’s important and forget their problems. I know it’s cliche but I really found myself that summer, remembered what it was like to be happy, forgot all my worries and came away with a completely new mind set.

 

Post Camp

After returning from America I had no job, nothing to go back to but with my new found happiness, I wasn’t worried at all.

I was at home for around a week and a half, having fun with my friends, going out, searching for jobs and having job interviews when one day I found an email for a water ski instructor out in Greece, I had an interview and I went out to Greece the next weekend.

Seasonnaire Life Round 1 

A seasonnaire job is a job for the summer or winter months, mainly working in resorts or chalets, as a seasonnaire often you work for an English company. You can undertake a variety of jobs from water ski instructor, nanny, chef, hotel host, tennis coach, lifeguard-you name it, it’s a seasonnaire job.

I worked as a seasonnaire in Greece for six weeks after returning from summer camp, I was a water ski instructor and ski boat driver. I worked in an all inclusive resort for English people, it was a great experience, I met some amazing people. I worked for a company called Sunsail, in a resort called Vounaki, I loved it, it was just like summer camp but without the kids.

I spent everyday driving a boat around the bay, teaching people to water ski and wakeboard. I loved it as much as I did my summer camp experience, every day I had to pinch myself this was a dream job and I was doing it, in fact someone was paying me to do it. It was such an incredible six weeks I didn’t want it to end, I made friends with people who wanted to have fun, we went out, had parties, watched movies, I felt like a completely different person to the person I had been less than 6 months previous. I again threw myself outside my comfort zone, this time I knew no one, I could be whoever I wanted to be, no one knew my past. Everyone has a story but at that point I didn’t even want to accept my past troubles, no one needed or had any clue about it and that was the way I wanted it to be.

I made friends and become close to a group of amazing people on that season, I visited them when I returned home and they invited me to join them on their winter season in Chamonix, France, to which I gratefully accepted. Why not? I had no other plans, a winter season sounded fun, snow skiing every day meeting new people and having more great experiences.

Come back on Thursday to read the next part of my travel adventures including a winter season, summer season and my next great adventure.

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My Travel Journey so far – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of my travel journey. In part one I discussed my travel journey the problems I had with my weight/food during University, how travelling and working at a summer camp made me break out of routine and saved me.

Season Number 2 – Chamonix

During my 6 weeks working in Greece as a water ski instructor I made a lot of friends, I met up with these friends after returning to the UK and they invited me to go with them on their winter season.

So Season number 2 was a winter season in Chamonix, France. In early January I booked a one way flight to Geneva and met up with my friends. I had no job and no return ticket but it was a risk I was willing to take and it turned out to be for the best. I found a job easily with a baby sitting agency, they connected me and I worked for weeks at a time and got paid by the hour. This meant I could ski when I wanted to, I ended up working the whole of February and most of March and then odd weekends in April, which gave me lots of time for skiing and making friends. I met an amazing group of friends, from New Zealand, they were amazing, they taught me that its ok to be myself, that everyone should be happy with their life and do whatever they wish to. In truth they inspired me, they were living their lives, being happy and doing the things they love.

I loved my winter season I didn’t want it to end, I felt so alive and was just me.

 

Season Number 3 – Greece

I returned to England for three weeks then embarked on my next adventure to Greece, with a company called Peligoni. I once again worked as a water ski instructor but this time in a high end Greek resort, my sister Emma also joined me. To be fair this season destroyed me, we had to attend party nights and interact with the guests as part of my job, but some evenings I wished I didn’t have to party (being forced to party isn’t all too great). This season was out of hand, so many crazy things happened, I worked with an amazing group of people, who were so much fun. I have stories from that season that people won’t even believe are true! It was hard work but totally fun.

I didn’t want to go home once again, so I applied for a job at another Greek resort which I got. So instead of going home I flew to a different resort in Greece and worked for a company called Neilson.

 

Season Number 4 – Greece

Neilson was a great company to work for, not as fancy as Peligoni and not so much partying but it was exactly what I needed. My friend from my first Greek season was also working at the resort and so were two people from my hometown (happens on seasons), it was a fun season, not so outrageous as the last but I got to water ski a lot more and improved my skiing immensely. This season was short only 8 weeks long but it was still great. I worked in a resort called Sivota, it’s was a resort at the top of a hill overlooking a lagoon, it had incredible hidden channels for skiing. We skied most days and went wake surfing after work. I have some incredible memories from that season.

 

America – Water Skiing

The following January I went out to America to do some proper water ski training, after two years of skiing for fun it was time to get serious, Louisiana was amazing, it was incredible to be surrounded by water skiing royalty. I made some great friends on my time here and learnt a lot. I visited Texas, Arkansas, Florida and Alabama. I also discovered that the South of America is unreal full of culture, New Orleans and Baton Rouge are great cities. I got the opportunity to attend and ski at a number of water ski sites, which was incredible. I had a great time and met some friends for life.

 

Teaching English – Colombia

My most recent adventure has taken me to Bogota, Colombia to teach English to Colombians. Colombia is an amazing country full of culture, life and happiness. I have never felt like I have belonged anywhere before until I came here.

I have spent a number of years trying to find my place in the world, trying to discover what I was good at, where I fit in and most importantly where I was happy.

Colombia has welcomed me with open arms, given me hope in a world which sometimes looks dark, everyone has their own problems, but to belong in a world throwing you problems and struggles is the greatest gift.

I love teaching English, giving Colombians hope, the English language is a gift here, it gives Colombians opportunity to have better jobs and work abroad.

 

So thats it, thats my story so far, the ups the downs. If you want to follow and see how my story unfolds be sure to fill in your email address or follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.