Five Before Thirty Five

I’m all for the concept of a Bucket List. We all should have a list of goals that we wish to achieve, dreams we wish to fulfil and things we want to accomplish. However, my problem with a bucket list is that I usually don’t define a time frame so I have lists of things that I wish to do, but I end up not actively try to accomplish it.

So I’ve decided to get my act together and attempt to accomplish these five before I turn 35.

1. Hike up Roys Peak, New Zealand

I’m starting the list with what I consider an achievable one because this is just a couple hours flight away from Auckland. Roys Peak is a mountain standing between Wanaka and Glendhu Bay and after a solid 8 hour hike, you get to the 1,578 m summit that offers panoramic view Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring.

2. Kayak in Lofoten, Norway

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, a powerful image can trigger you to do incredible things. I enjoy kayaking but the last time I paddled was over 3 years ago, then one day, I saw a collection of photos from Adventure Photographer Tomasz Furmanek and fell in love with Western Norway and the views you will encounter while kayaking in the reflective water. Lofoten is an archipelago (cluster of islands) in Norway and lies within the Arctic Circle. Doesn’t it look exceptional?

3. Hot Air Balloon at Cappadocia, Turkey

Situated in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, Cappadocia has been a UNESCO site since 1985. What makes Cappadocia so special is the rocky landscape with networks of chambers and tunnel complex carved into the soft rock. The honeycombed network of man-made caves, places of worship and living quarters is stunning and it has a rich history.

Who wouldn’t want this as their stunning back drop while hot air ballooning?

4. Get my next Tattoo

It’s been hard to find the money that I can spare for another tattoo but after admiring the intricate work from the crew at Seventh Day Studio, this flame is relit and I’m slowly putting away a few dollars here and there, hoping that I will save up enough in the next 5 years. The trouble I have is trying not to spend money on unnecessary purchases, but it’s easier said than done.

5. Trek the Inca Trail, Peru

This last one is a bit of a cheat because I already made plans to explore the Inca Trail in October. My favourite travel buddy and I are doing the classic 4 day hike starting at KM82. It’s about a 40KM hike over four days with a rewarding sunrise at Machu Picchu as our trekking finale. They only allow 500 permits a day to hike the Inca and this includes porters and guides and we secured our tickets earlier this year. We are super stoked to walk the ancient trail laid by the Incas from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu which takes us pass mountains, high Andean passes and archaeological sites.

Hiking has become just a huge part of my life, trekking the Inca will be a dream come true.

So these are my five before thirty five. Hopefully by setting a “deadline” and putting it out in the world wide web, I will start accomplishing them!


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  1. These are AWESOME. I’m seriously considering adding 1-3 to my list (#5 is already there, and now I know I need to secure my ticket for the Inca Trail–I’m planning on going this year, too. Hopefully there’s still availability!

  2. Thanks Kelsie! Better secure them quick, I have a friend that wanted to join me for my Inca Trail hike, and we couldn’t get him a ticket!

  3. That Inca trail and kayaking in Norway looks fabz. I don’t know about that mountain though, LOL.

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