the Bucket List Challenge

Welcome to my Bucket List Challenge!

Why did I name my list of dreams a Challenge? Because this word motivates me more to realize points from my list.

I divided my dreams/goals/plans into several categories to make it easier to browse the list. 🙂 I already have written about some of my fulfilled dreams on the blog – you will find links to these texts in the list below. 🙂 Have a nice reading!


  • leave with just one-way ticket and no plans of return – 2016, August and it’s still on!
  • travel around the world (more than once!)
  • hitch-hike first time in my life – 2011, August
  • hitch-hike solo – 2016, April
  • travel solo somewhere in Europe (Cote d’Azur, France) – 2012, October
  • travel solo with a backpack somewhere outside Europe (Sri Lanka) – 2014, March/April
  • publish an article in a Polish travel magazine – 2015, November
  • publish an article in an English travel magazine
  • write a travel book
  • write a guide book (about Sri Lanka for Polish publishing house) – 2017, January
  • organize my first tramping tour for women (to Sri Lanka) – 2015, March
  • do some volunteer work while travelling – 2015, September
  • start working as a tour leader – 2011, March
  • start learning French
  • be able to read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince in French
  • start learning Russian – since 2013, June
  • start learning Arabic
  • learn to ride a horse

Poland. Cut-outs, Roosters and Pierogi

  • Urban part: 8/10 the most interesting cities
  • Natural part: 8/23 national parks
  • Sightseeing part: 73/257 (28%) attractions, monuments, museums to visit in all regions
  • Crown of Polish Mountains: 15/28 highest peaks to conquer in all mountain ranges
  • Lighthouses of Polish Coast: 0/13
  • hike the Polish Baltic Coast Trail (350 km)
  • hike the Holy Cross Mountains Trail (105 km)
  • kayak the Krutynia river (102 km)
  • ride a horse in the Bieszczady Mountains

The colours in the voivodships indicate how many places I have visited in a given region. Visited cities and national parks are marked respectively by the coat of arms of the city and the logo of the park.

Europe. 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
  • 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
  • look for a monster in Loch Ness in Scotland (again!)
  • check whether the Scottish Eilean Donan Castle is haunted
  • ride The Jacobite train known from the Harry Potter films
  • visit a whisky distillery in Scotland
  • drink a glass of Guiness beer in an Irish pub in Dublin
  • visit the Emerald Coast (French Brittany)
  • visit the catacombs in Paris
  • run during a low tide to Mt. Saint Michel in France
  • drink porto in Porto
  • try sea kayaking in Algarve in Portugal
  • isit Alhambra in Granada, where Christianity met Islam
  • meet Gaudi in Barcelona
  • take part in the Carnival of Venice
  • check if every road leads to Rome
  • hike Cinque Terre trail
  • take a journey back in time to 5th century BC on the Acropolis in Athens
  • taste snails in Greece – 2012, May
  • sleep on a wild beach in Greece – 2012, May
  • take the ferry from Europe to Asia in Istanbul
  • take part in Oktoberfest
  • spend the whole day in Munich in the English Garden, the largest park in the world
  • yodel in Tirol
  • hike the Maximilian Way in the Bavarian Alps (approx. 350 km)
  • greet the mermaid in Copenhagen
  • see fjords
  • visit Iceland, the land of ice and fire
  • spend night in an ice hotel in Scandinavia
  • ride a dog sledge during the winter safari
  • admire the northern lights
  • meet real Santa Claus – 2011, August
  • hike in Arctic Circle – 2011, August
  • admire the picturesque Art Nouveau in Riga – 2014, July
  • meet Dracula in Romania
  • fall in love with Slovenia – 2014, July
  • swim first time in my life under a waterfall (Slovenia) – 2014, July
  • try canyoning in Slovenia
  • admire Budapest at night – 2014, January
  • take a walk in Skadarlija street in Belgrade
  • hide in the shadow of the red roofs of Dubrovnik
  • try rafting in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • walk down the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa
  • take a Russian course in St. Petersburg / Moscow / Odessa (or in all of them) for a few months
  • feel the atmosphere of tsarist St. Petersburg
  • drink ice cold vodka and eat caviar in Moscow

Africa. 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. Fairy-tale castles of Sheherazade and the Jungle Book

  • hike the Israel National Trail (approx. 1000 km)
  • travel back to Israel and Jordan – 2015, July-September
  • live some time in Israel and/or Jordan
  • admire a starry sky in the Negev desert – 2015, August
  • take a Bible-journey around Israel (again!) – 2015, July
  • take part in a camel trek through the Wadi Rum desert – 2015, August
  • float on the surface of the Dead Sea (again!) – 2015, July
  • try canyoning the first time in my life (Jordan, Wadi Mujib) – 2015, July
  • feel like Indiana Jones in Petra, Jordan (again!) – 2015, July
  • be able to visit Aleppo and Damascus in Syria
  • wear abaya in Saudi Arabia
  • become convinced that Dubai is fascinating
  • visit Oman, the only country that begin with ‘o’
  • discover the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran
  • fly a hot air balloon over Cappadocia in Turkey
  • see the sunrise from Nemrut Dağı
  • stand on a glacier in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia – 2013, July
  • admire Mount Ararat over Yerevan in Armenia – 2013, July/August
  • travel the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to China
  • look into gloomy depth of Lake Baikal
  • find a place in Kazakhstan, where ancestors have been sent to
  • follow the Silk Road to Samarkand in Uzbekistan
  • ride a horse through Mongolian steppe
  • visit Hong Kong
  • eat fugu fish and sushi in Japan
  • stand under the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur – 2016, December
  • see Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • drive a bike through Vietnam
  • spend one night in Bangkok
  • watch the Komodo dragons
  • take part in safari and see a wild cat (Sri Lanka) – 2014, March
  • see the Taj Mahal in India
  • explore Rajasthan in India
  • trek near Annapurna in the Himalayas – 2017, February
  • spend 7 days in Tibet

North America. 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. 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. Dingos, Koalas and Cockatoo

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

Antarctica. Land of Snow and Wind

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


      • 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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