The Bucket (or F*CK it) List

When I was 15 I sat down and wrote a list that I titled ‘The Plan’; it was, essentially, a list of all of the things I wanted to do before I was 30. It was a pretty long list with 62 items in total. A couple of weeks ago I found it tucked down behind my bed in my old room at my parents house. It was funny to read it but it also made me think a lot about what I had expected from my life and what I’ve achieved in the 12 years since I wrote it. In all honesty – I’ve not done much of it, just 6.5 out of the 62 items which made me feel a little sad. But instead of moping around about the lack of things I’d ticked off I decided to take it as an opportunity to rewrite my Bucket List, or as I’ve taken to calling it the F*CK it list – as in ‘Oh F*CK it lets just jump on a plane and go drink mojitos and salsa dance in Cuba’ 🙂the-bucket-f-ck-itlist

The list will be a work in progress and I’ve no doubt that it will change as time goes on, just like it’s changed since I first wrote it at 15. I’ve deleted a lot from my original list as many were things that just don’t appeal anymore, and the list is a real mix of big and small things that I’d like to do. To make it easier to find things as I work my way through I’ve split them into categories – Skills, Experiences, Travel and Misc. At the top you will see that I’ve added the 6.5 I’ve ticked off of my original plan as I love that feeling of satisfaction you get when you cross things off ha!

Get engaged and married

Have kids

See a meteor shower

Go to Cyprus with Gulasiye

Go on the London Eye

Get a bikini wax – no matter how painful (well I was 15 ha! thankfully it’s not so painful now!)

Buy and move into my own place  (that’s the .5)


Experiences and Misc

Say YES to new experiences whenever possible

Live in a different country

Get my body to a fitness level and shape that I am comfortable with

Inspire Somebody

Walk the West Highland Way to raise money for Charity

Take the West Highland Line across the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Go Skiing

Get drunk drunk

House Sit

Go Horseriding

Go on a ghost hunt or sleep somewhere haunted

Try Golf

Go Paragliding or abseiling or skydiving (even though you are terrified of heights)

Do Karaoke (even though you can’t sing!)

See Dita Von Teese perform

Go Ice-Skating

Spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

Stay in an overwater bungalow

Write a book

Go zorbing

Play Bingo

Watch a film at the drive in

Run a 10k

Go for a Spa Day

Roller Disco

Go to a comedy club

Go to a brewery

Do a bar/pub crawl

Eat ice cream in the snow

Have a snowball fight

Kiss in the rain AND the snow (I like snow!)

Eat breakfast in bed

Have a water fight

Go to a Christmas Market

Pay it forward

Go to the Ice Bar

Get another tattoo

Get a piercing

Watch a performance at The Globe

TEFL or volunteer abroad

Sit in a hot tub


Go to a literary festival

Swim outdoors (not in a pool)

Have an article I’ve written be published

Cut negative people out of my life


Roll Top Bath

Wood Burner

Neon Light

Swim with dolphins

Renovate a house

Wear a bikini

See Dolly Parton live

Feed Penguins

Feed Giraffes

Meet an elephant

Read 10 books in 2017

Raise £500 for charity



Learn basic conversational Swedish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese

Learn how to skate

Learn how to kayak and go kayaking in Sweden

Learn how to scuba dive

Learn to drive

Study history again

Learn to dance – the jive, salsa, foxtrot, waltz, cha cha cha, quickstep, rumba, tango, paso doble, samba, american smooth, charelston, rock n’ roll, lindybop, and swing

Sew a dress from pattern

Sew a dress without a pattern

Take a photography course

Take a cookery lesson

Be able to use chopsticks

Take a self defence course






See the Northern Lights

Costa Rica

New York

Scotland – stay overnight in a castle, Loch Lomond, visit the Wallace monument, Culloden Moor, Hogmanay, go over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Eilean Donan Castle, the standing stones, Orkney Islands, Outer Hebrides, Skye, Loch Ness, Edinburgh, Glasgow




Germany – Christmas market, Neuaschwanstein Castle, Berlin, Oktoberfest, the Black Forest

Ireland and N Ireland – Giant’s Causeway, Dublin, Cliffs of Moher, Belfast


Iceland – swim in the Blue Lagoon, see a Waterfall, see a Geyser blow, see the Northern Lights, see glaciers

The Caribbean – Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, St.Kitts-Nevis, Puerto Rico, Jamaica


The Balkan states – Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia



Sri Lanka






South Africa




China – the great wall of China, Hong Kong


Greece – Athens, The Acropolis, Crete, Santorini, Delphi



The great pyramid of Giza



Bagan, Myanmar



Visit Haworth and the Bronte house in Yorkshire



Jordan – Visit Petra and the Dead Sea

New Zealand


Spain – Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Ronda, The Alhambra

See New England in the autumn

Cambodia – Angkor Wat

Road trip the USA

Take Lily to Walt Disney World Florida


Czech Republic – Prague

Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower

Italy – Put my hand in the ‘Mouth of Truth’ in Rome, Venice, Florence, Sicily, The Colosseum, Pisa, Vesuvius, Pompeii

Russia – Moscow, St Petersburg, The Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, The Winter Palace, The Trans-Siberian railway

Cuba – drink mojitos and salsa dance

Notting Hill carnival

Malaysia – Kuala Lampur







I’ve not set myself a time in which to get all of this done – after all i’m only a couple of years off of 30 and so definitely wouldn’t have the time to do all of this stuff between now and then and they aren’t in a specific order. These are just some ideas and goals for me to work towards – some might never happen and that’s ok but i’d like to tick off as many things on my F*CK it list as possible 🙂

What would you put on yours? Oh and PS if you fancy helping me tick any of them off let me know!


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  • Reply Vicki October 17, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Wow that’s some list Alex- good luck I’m sure you’ll be ticking lots of these off xxx I’d like to join you with reading 40 books next year – let’s encourage each other xxx and I love a spa day so we should definitely do this together xxx Vicki (vtoon183)

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