Adventure List

Began January 1, 2013

Complete by my 30th birthday – December 25, 2018

Italics = in progress

Strikethrough = completed



1. Tour castles in Europe.  This is my ultimate travel dream, hence the name of my blog.  This is the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.  I must go here. (completed March 2017, read more here)


2. See the Colosseum in Rome (completed March 2017, read more here)

3. See the Tower of London

4. Explore Barcelona, Spain

5. Watch the sunrise in Santorini, Greece


6. See the Blarney Castle & Rock in Ireland

7. Explore St. Petersburg, Russia

8. See the Cave of Melody in Scotland

9. See the Eiffel Tower in person



10. Visit Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site (Canada)

11. Visit Leaskdale Manse in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada (home of L. M. Montgomery)

12. Stay at some exotic beach resort, like in the Bahamas or Cancun

Cancun (9)


13. Tour Hobbiton in New Zealand (completed March 2014, read more here)


14. Visit Fiji



15. Take a train ride (completed February 2013, read more here)


16. Ride a cable car in San Francisco (completed March 2016, read more here)

17. Visit all 50 states in the US (in progress, read more here)

18. Go on a cruise

19. Watch the sunrise at the beach (completed in April 2015, read more here)


20. Go to the City Museum in St. Louis, MO (completed February 2013, read more here)

21. Explore Yellowstone National Park

22. Have gumbo in New Orleans

23. Raft through the Grand Canyon


24. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

25. Tour a lighthouse in Maine


26. Ride in a horse and buggy around Mackinac Island, Michigan

27. See Mt. Rushmore

28. Pack a bag, go to the airport, and choose a random flight for a weekend adventure


29. Take a trip with my best friend. (completed April 2015, read more here)


30. Go ziplining (completed July 2013, read more here)


31. Take a yoga class (completed February 2013, read more here)

32. Go spelunking (completed April 2015, read more here)

33. Try water skiing  (completed August 2013, read more here)

34. Go snorkeling


35. Take a rock climbing class (completed March 2, 2013, read more here)

36. Take a self-defense class (completed March 5, 2013, read more here)


37. Take an oil painting class (completed March 2014, read more here)


38. Make one Pinterest craft a month for a year (completed December 2013, read more here)

39. Write a fiction book


40. Write a book of poetry

41. Get paid to write something


42. Read ten of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels.

43. Read every book by my favorite author, L. M. Montgomery (read about my progress here)

My Favorite Book

44. Read the 100 Best Novels of all time (Modern Library Board’s List)

45. Complete the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge (completed in December 2016, read more here)

46. Brush up on American and World History (completed December 2015, read more here)


47. Watch the 100 greatest American movies of all time, as ranked by the AFI (read about my progress here)

48. See Adele or Josh Groban live in concert (completed October 16, 2013.  Read more here.)


49. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner (completed August 2013, read more here)

50. Attend a masquerade party



51. Cook one new recipe every month for a year (read more here)

52. Grow my own vegetables

53. Learn how to make sushi.  (Hopefully K can help me with this!)



54. Learn how to sew

55. Become financially literate (Let’s be honest.  I don’t know much about 401k’s, stocks, mortgages, etc.)

56. Stick with the Dave Ramsey envelope budget for at least a year


57. Learn to drive a manual car (in progress, read more here)

58. Learn geography (Because not that long ago, I thought Alaska was an island.  In my defense, maps like this are a bit misleading…) (completed December 2015, read more here)


59. Become an early riser (completed in 2016, read more here)


60. Learn a new language

61. Improve my public speaking

62. Pay for a stranger’s groceries

63. Graduate from my Master’s program and find a job (completed in May 2013, read more here)

Graduate Holding Diploma

64. Become financially self-sufficient (completed December 2015, read more here)

65. Marry the love of my life (married my love on March 21st, 2015, read more here)


36 thoughts on “Adventure List

  1. great list! i have been to most of those places in europe and they’re all pretty awesome. lol @ thinking alaska was an island but i see how the map is confusing 😉 i think i will do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge as i already have the goal to read 50 this year. AND i have that beauty and the beast song stuck in my head now!

    • Thank you! I’m definitely looking forward to crossing Europe off my list. 🙂 I’m glad that you’re going to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge! I stumbled across that on someone’s blog and I really loved the idea, so I’m glad I was able to pass that along. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie – I couldn’t resist putting that song lyric up. 🙂

  2. Lovely list! I saw you stumbled upon my blog so I am now following yours =) seems we share some common interests! I’d love to try this 52 book challenge! Also- I live in Germany if you need a castle guide =)

    • Thank you! Yes, I came across your blog while doing a google search for 101 in 1001. 🙂 It does look like we have some things in common. I was really inspired by your kindness list. Thanks for the follow!

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  5. This is a phenomenal list! I especially love that you’ve given yourself a deadline. I’m a new follower andlook forward to reading about your exploits.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I followed yours and I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂
    Your 15, 18, 57, and 36 (completed, very fun!) are on my list too. And there are a few others that are really similar. 28 and 62 are good. I’ll have to consider adding them to mine.
    And you’re a Master’s student? I am too! What’s your program?

  7. LOVE your list! Full of great ideas… definitely jotting some down to add to my life goals 🙂

    Thanks for coming to my blog! I am very new to blogging, it’s so exciting to meet like-minded people. Following you now!

    ps. I went to Hobbiton in January. It was amazing!

  8. That’s some list all right! I am not sure if I can take up even a couple of them for the whole year… But I am inspired. I now want to set targets with expected dates of completion and I want to write them down, like you have done. But, I will not put them in my blog. I will keep them in my diary – secretly 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  9. I love your spirit and vision – and you are inspiring me! I’m 48 years “young” and I’ve always been blocked when it comes to making goals – bucket list included. I’m signing up to follow you – GO GIRL!!!

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  11. I love your list! So many of your items speak to me: I’m a huge fan of yoga (, I took a self-defense class in college (I got to practice on one of my best friends [and she on me] – it was pretty awesome), I’ve taken an oil painting class (it did not go well), I enjoy rock climbing when I get the opportunity to do it (which isn’t often), and I have a list of my own, too! ( Super fun. Thank you for choosing to follow my “Smile, Kiddo” blog – I really appreciate it!

  12. Awesome list and idea. I had the chance to tour several castles when I studied abroad in London two years ago and it was my favorite part of the trip, they were just incredible. The Tower of London was one of my favorites! Good luck with finishing everything!

  13. Hello from another Christmas baby! This is a great list. I think I will add some of your ideas to my bucket list for 2014. Good luck and I look forward to reading about your progress.

  14. This is great! Such a cool idea! Love your castles plan…I’m a total castle nut myself 🙂 Good luck with completing your list! I’m definitely going to follow your progress 🙂

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