A McVagabond Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? I seem to always have some sort of list going at any given time, sometimes even more than one (and don’t get me started on all of the other lists that are floating around our flat). I have a list of restaurants back home that I’m waiting to try. I have a dream list of places I want to see before I die. I have lists full of adventures, new cities to visit and one or two full of books and movies that I want to enjoy one day.

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to have a bucket list for Europe. I’m talking about a list full of experiences, not just merely places to check off. It’s easy to head to Google and find “The Top 10 Places You Must Visit in Germany Before You Die” or “25 FREE Things to Do in Vienna This Summer”. But I want to get as much out of this experience as possible to carry me through until we get our next trip planned and under way. These memories will also be a wonderful gift to take home; I can look at photos and remember this time in vivid detail.

I have to admit that I had some serious inspiration for this post. After perusing The Goal List, run by my friend Shelly, I thought it would be a good idea. Shelly has such an epic bucket list, full of experiences that sound amazing. I really love how her list comprises the crazy, like participating in a flash mob and skydiving, to the accessible, like going to a drive in movie or helping at a retirement home. I was able to see that my own bucket list could include whatever kind of experience I wanted; not every single item had to be crazy. I suggest you all head over to her site and find some inspiration of your own!

So, without further ado, I present to you my McVagabond Bucket List! This list is solely for our trip to Europe, and as I complete things on it I’ll be updating it regularly.

Disclaimer I: Although I’ve been putting this list together for some time now, I’m counting today as Day One. Therefore, any experiences we’ve already had will not count towards this list. Disclaimer II: The ones that are in bold are already in progress.

  1. Go shopping at a Christmas Market in Berlin.
  2. Eat one pastry in every single European city we go to. No sharing with Ryan!
  3. Get out in nature and take a hike.
  4. See and explore some ruins. It could be a castle, church, farm building, I’m not picky.
  5. Get terrified while on a ghost tour.
  6. Try my hand at sea kayaking.
  7. Enjoy a meal in a  restaurant that happens to be in a cave.
  8. Eat some fresh caught seafood
  9. Ride a moped or vespa.
  10. Go sledding this winter!
  11. Eat a food in the city/town/region where it became famous.
  12. Browse a market, haggle successfully and buy a handmade craft.
  13. Go to a Harry Potter filming location.
  14. Enjoy some live music in a pub or restaurant.
  15. Take a dip in the ocean/sea.
  16. Go island-hopping and try not to get sea sick!
  17. Walk in the steps of famous authors.
  18. See the northern lights.
  19. Watch a Shakespearean play in England.
  20. Tour a city by way of bicycle.
  21. Capture one super-touristy photo.
  22. Get to a major European sporting event.
  23. Try out a Turkish bath in Prague.
  24. Learn enough of a new language to survive day to day life.
  25. Take in a new cultural experience – one that I’ve never gone to before (opera, cabaret, symphony).
  26. Wake up early enough to catch the sunrise over a new city.
  27. Do something that makes me feel uncomfortable (but is still socially acceptable in whatever country I find myself).
  28. Take a romantic midnight stroll.
  29. Go to the train station with no destination in mind and get on the next train that pulls up.
  30. See a waterfall. I love waterfalls!
  31. Take a picture with a Highland cow.
  32. Ride a zipline for the first time.
  33. Try out my wits in an escape room.
  34. Seek out family relations in Slovakia.
  35. Create some art to remind me of our trip.
  36. Eat some gelato in Italy while sitting outside and people watching.
  37. Take a class (cooking, painting, pottery) with Ryan.
  38. Travel first class! Or even business class.
  39. Drink absurdly expensive French wine in France!
  40. Get a tattoo while we’re away.
  41. Dress up and enjoy high tea.
  42. Check out a National Park in a different country.
  43. Build a sandcastle.
  44. Make a snow angel.
  45. Find somewhere to smoke hookah.
  46. Learn (and understand!) the rules of cricket.
  47. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  48. Sit and watch an entire street performance.
  49. Create and complete my own walking tour of a city.
  50. Grab a drink at a ruin bar.

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What’s on your bucket list? Do you have any favorite memories that came from completing a bucket list item? How do you go about deciding what items to work on?

Have an excellent weekend, everyone! Our plans include brunch with friends, seeing a castle and heading back into Old Town. It’ll be a busy, but fun time!

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13 Comments

    1. We are going on a ghost tour tonight, so I’m pretty excited! I can’t wait to find a ruin bar to go to, they look so cool!

  1. great list! I love lists too- my phone has a ton *covers face*. I have a few lists on my blog and I keep meaning to add more- maybe this is enough inspiration to do so!

  2. Wonderful bucket list! I sure you’ll get them all. How many new languages do you familiarise yourself with? Can’t wait to hear which Michelin restaurant you end up at! Oh, and I,too, have a picture with a Highland cow!

  3. I love this bucket list! I’m a big fan of making lists, except I usually write mine on paper–crossing things off can be so satisfying! I think it’s interesting that your list starts off with relatively easy things like visiting a Christmas market or exploring ruins, and then gets more challenging by the end (good luck figuring out cricket, I had a few Englishmen try to explain it to me with visuals once on a train to London and I still didn’t understand it). Was that intentional? After coming home from Ireland (life bucket-list item), I’m itching to travel again soon–maybe I’ll have to make a bucket list to organize it all. Looking forward to reading more about Scotland 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah! I agree – crossing things off a list is SO satisfying. I have been known to add things to everyday lists just to cross them off immediately.

      My list started with items that I’ve been dreaming about for a while – such as the trip to Berlin for a Christmas market. But after the first few I just went for it. Although now I’m nervous about cricket. I’ll just have to go to the pub during a few matches and beg some understanding out of someone 🙂

      I read through all of your posts on Ireland and it looked like such a wonderful time. I hope you get the chance to travel again soon!

  4. Thanks for sharing!! Glad I could provide some inspiration. I’m so excited for you to have these experiences and more! Looking forward to reading whatever stories you decide to share. 🙂

  5. you need bucketlist only when you are in dream mode. once you start realising your list becomes ticked off so fast, you will never go for a bucket list. wish it soon happens to you….good luck

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      I’m going to have to politely disagree with you. A bucket list is not just for dream mode. It’s true that they start in dream mode, after all a bucket list is nothing more than a collection of your hopes and desires. But it’s a practical tool to keep it all in one place. I fully believe that once I start completing items on my bucket lists they will lead me to more experiences. I’ll become more adventurous, more daring, thus I’ll feel more comfortable adding new and wilder ideas. And to be fair, I can’t realistically tick off my list really fast. After all, I cannot see a Highland cow and then go to a Christmas market in Berlin and then go find a restaurant in a cave all in one day! I have hopes of accomplishing most of my (original) list by the time we leave Europe in January, but I’m embracing the fact that I might not be able to!

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