the Bucket List Challenge

Welcome to my personal game the Bucket List Challenge!

The current level of initiation: 6: Greenhornus Adventurensis

What is the BL Challenge?

Well, I always wanted to be like Indiana Jones and to experience amazing adventures in the big world. However, since I don’t wear a dusty fedora and leather jacket, there is no whip and revolver strapped to my belt and in the background you cannot hear John Williams’s score, there’s a big gap between me and Indiana Jones. But it doesn’t the fact that I still can seek adventures in the big world!

I had my bucket list, but at some point it started to bore me. So I decided to change it, make it more surprising, thrilling and inspiring to fulfil it. Now it is no longer an ordinary bucket list. Now it’s a game. It’s a challenge!


All my dreams, plans, skills and experiences, called in this game adventures are divided into specific sections. I look for inspiration all the time and everywhere, so I can add next adventure to the list during the game. And here is an appeal to you: write in the comments below your suggestions! Maybe I just have not heard about something or inadvertently overlooked it, so it would be great if someone reminded me about it.

Each completed adventure gives me 20% of experience. Every 100% allows me to enter the next level of travelling initiation so I can become more experienced traveller.

Only travelling around Poland is counted separately. Why? Because when I’m not going anywhere abroad, I should visit something in my home country at least once a month. Let’s say that these are microadventures. I’ve got over 500 sights and attractions to see, things to do, trails to pass. So much that I never got bored. This section even has its own map, which at the moment looks pretty pathetic, but this will change. 😉

Let the challenge begin!

And here is a quote that encourages me to act:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain


Level 6

  • do some volunteer work while travelling – 2015, September
  • admire a starry sky in the desert – 2015, August
  • take part in a camel trek through the desert – 2015, August
  • float on the surface of the Dead Sea (again!) – 2015, July

Level 5

  • try canyoning the first time in my life – 2015, July
  • feel like Indiana Jones in Petra, Jordan (again!) – 2015, July
  • take a Bible-journey around Israel (again!) – 2015, July
  • travel back to Israel and Jordan – 2015, July-September
  • sightsee 10% of attractions in Poland from my list – 2015, January

Level 4

  • organize my first tramping tour for women – 2015, March – this goal was so big that it took all 100% from this level 😉

Level 3

Level 2

  • travel around Armenia – 2013, July/August
  • stand on a glacier – 2013, July
  • start to learn Russian – since 2013, June
  • travel solo somewhere in Europe (Cote d’Azur, France) – 2012, October
  • sleep on a wild beach – 2012, May

Level 1

  • eat snails – 2012, May
  • meet real Santa Claus – 2011, August
  • hitch-hike first time in my life – 2011, August
  • hike in Arctic Circle – 2011, August
  • start working as a tour leader – 2011, March

Poland. Section of cut-outs, roosters and pierogi

I will not write here all the details about sightseeing in Poland (some of those places are quite boring for you). But I’ll write everytime I think that something deserves your attention!

  • Urban level: 0/10 the most interesting cities (counting the number of monuments)
  • Natural level: 1/23 national parks
  • Sightseeing level: 59/441 (14%) attractions, monuments, museums to visit in all regions
  • Crown of Polish Mountains: 12/28 highest peaks to conquer all 28 mountain ranges
  • Lighthouses of Polish Coast: 0/13
  • hike the Polish Baltic Coast Trail (350 km)
  • kayak the Krutynia river (102 km)
  • ride a horse in the Bieszczady Mountains

And you have the opportunity to decide where I will go in the near future! Just that you vote in the poll, which appears in the right column of the blog’s home page!

The map shows you my current level of learning about my home country. Colours in the regions indicate how many monuments I visited. Cities are maroonish and national parks are dark green. How will you know that I visited cities and national parks? I’ll put a badge on the map (for cities it’ll be coat of arms of the city and for national parks – a logo of the park).

bucket list

Europe. Section of castles, dragons, princesses and knights

Countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republik, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Molodova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City (20/46)

  • spend one night in a castle
  • meet Gaudi in Barcelona
  • hike the Coast-to-Coast Trail in England (309 km)
  • see The Lion King musical in London’s Theater Land – the West End
  • see the musical Les Misérables in the West End
  • take part in the Carnival of Venice
  • take part in Oktoberfest
  • meet Dracula in Romania
  • visit the Emerald Coast (French Brittany)
  • look for a monster in Loch Ness in Scotland (again!)
  • feel the atmosphere of tsarist St. Petersburg
  • take the ferry from Europe to Asia in Istanbul
  • check if every road leads to Rome
  • spend the whole day in Munich in the English Garden, the largest park in the world
  • visit the catacombs in Paris
  • hike Cinque Terre trail
  • take a walk in Skadarlija street in Belgrade
  • hide in the shadow of the red roofs of Dubrovnik
  • greet the mermaid in Copenhagen
  • run during a low tide to Mt. Saint Michel in France
  • walk down the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa
  • drink porto in Porto
  • drink beer in an Irish pub in Dublin
  • take a journey back in time to 5th century BC on the Acropolis in Athens
  • see fjords
  • visit Iceland, the land of ice and fire
  • yodel in Tirol
  • hike the Maximilian Way in the Bavarian Alps (approx. 350 km)
  • spend night in an ice hotel in Scandinavia
  • admire the Aurora Borealis
  • try sea kayaking in Algarve in Portugal
  • try canyoning in Slovenia
  • ride a dog sledge during the winter safari
  • try rafting in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • take a Russian course in St. Petersburg / Moscow / Odessa (or in all of them) for a few months
  • check whether the Scottish Eilean Donan Castle is haunted
  • ride The Jacobite train known from the Harry Potter films
  • visit Alhambra in Granada, where Christianity met with Islam
  • drink ice cold vodka and eat caviar in Moscow
  • visit a whisky distillery in Scotland

Africa. Section of a desert and a jungle

  • climb Kilimanjaro
  • climb Jebel Toubkal in Morocco
  • do some shopping in the Djemaa al-Fna market in Marrakech
  • get lost among the blue narrow streets of Chefchaouen in Morocco
  • try sandboarding on desert dunes
  • see the White Desert in Egypt
  • meet ghosts of pharaohs in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings
  • spend at least a month on volunteer work
  • try to shout louder than the Victoria Falls
  • see the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains in Uganda/Congo
  • take part in a few days safari
  • immerse my feet in the Indian Ocean on the beaches of Zanzibar
  • travel by camel across the Sahara Desert
  • enjoy the view of Cape Town from the Table Mountain in South Africa
  • touch the red sand of the Namib Desert in Namibia
  • admire whales in the wild
  • go down to the churches carved in rock in Lalibela in Ethiopia
  • jump with lemurs in Madagascar

Asia. Section of fairy-tale castles of Sheherazade and the Jungle Book

  • fly a hot air balloon over Cappadocia in Turkey
  • hike the Israel National Trail (approx. 1000 km)
  • ride the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to China
  • see the sunrise from Nemrut Dağı
  • find a place in Kazakhstan, where ancestors have been sent to
  • follow the Silk Road to Samarkand in Uzbekistan
  • become convinced that Dubai is fascinating
  • wear abaya in Saudi Arabia
  • eat fugu fish and sushi in Japan
  • see Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • spend one night in Bangkok
  • trek around Annapurna in the Himalayas
  • spend 7 days in Tibet
  • be able to visit Aleppo and Damascus in Syria
  • ride a horse through Mongolian steppe
  • see the Taj Mahal in India
  • explore Rajasthan in India
  • stand under the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • discover the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran
  • look into gloomy depth of Lake Baikal
  • watch the Komodo dragons
  • visit Oman, the only country that begin with ‘o’

North America. Section of totems and canoes

  • enter the ice cave in Alaska
  • become a gold seeker by the Klondike
  • hide in Antelope Canyon in Arizona
  • see the Grand Canyon
  • visit Yosemite National Park
  • seek Yogi Bear in Yellowstone PN
  • dive in the cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico
  • discover pre-Columbian Mayan city of Chichén Itzá
  • smoke a cigar rolled on a sweaty thigh of old Cuban
  • stand on Mauna Kea – the highest mountain in the world
  • dance hula in Hawaii

South America. Section of the lost cities of gold

  • observe the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands like Charles Darwin
  • sail on the Titicaca – the highest navigable lake on Earth
  • find a lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru
  • explore Patagonia
  • dance tango in Buenos Aires
  • have a splurge during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • lick Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  • dry laundry on the Atacama – the driest place in the world
  • see toucans over the Iguazu Falls

Australia and Oceania. Section of dingos, koalas and kakadus

  • see Uluru at sunrise and sunset
  • dive on the Great Barrier Reef
  • see saltwater crocodiles in Kakadu National Park
  • move to Middle-Earth from the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Antarctica. Section of snow

  • greet the Emperor penguin
  • feel like a scientist in a research station

Personal goals

  • travel around the world (more than once!)
  • start learning French
  • be able to read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince in original
  • learn to ride a horse
  • publish an article in a travel magazine
  • write a travel book


      • Hi Hanna,
        My husband’s father was Polish … Matt still has many relatives in Poland, mostly in Szczecin. We live on the East Coast of the US… in the central part of North Carolina, in a wonderful area full of colleges and a bio-tech part. If you are this way, please contact me! Jill Hawkins Czajkowski I found you because I am considering flying through Sri Lanka (en route to the Maldives) and wondered how it would be traveling alone… and I found your blog.

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