MY ULTIMATE WORLD CHANGING BUCKET LIST
I know I really don’t need to repeat myself, I’m sure you already know by now that I want to see every little nook and cranny of the world that I can – in the most sustainable, ethical way possible.
There are so many places that I want to experience for more than just the reason of pure enjoyment. I want to experience the real world – the good and the bad.
So, here is my bucket list that I’m going to try my best to tick off. Adding to it when I find new places that I’m dying to see, and crossing them off when I’ve achieved my dream of visiting them. There is no particular order… No place is more important than the other!
I know I literally just said that no place is better than any other. But man oh man, this is high on my list. I dream about visiting this place like you wouldn’t believe. But, I am an extremely cold person; so this may seem like a silly destination considering the warmest recorded temperature at the South Pole was -12°C! I am ridiculously interested in the devastation of global warming (as you’ve probably figured out) so to me, this is the most beautiful place to experience it first hand, I’ll just have to wear my body weight in thermals.
Like I’ve said in previous posts, there is something in particular that hits home for me, and that is the unfortunate reality of human trafficking. A problem that nearly 135,000 children each year, across India face. And according to reports, each year there are still up to 60,000 that remain untraced.
India is a country that has poor technology, a corrupt government system and a limited amount of people with a will to try. Although I have already been to India, I would love to go back (and have I am in early 2017) to at least give my fair share of help. Whatever that may be, I’m positive it will make me feel great for doing something, even if it’s just a little.
What a country Madagascar is!
I want to experience this place for 2 reasons. Number one, to see whether it’s anything like my favourite childhood movie. And number two, to experience it’s rich culture too and happy people too. Much to my surprise, this country is still in extreme poverty and unfortunately, there isn’t much said about this hidden African country.
I experienced Alaska on a cruise with Holland America Line and I couldn’t have had a more amazing experience. Nature is rich here, it filled my heart with sooo much happiness. I saw bears catch salmon in the river and relax on the beach, bald eagles at every turn and glaciers like you wouldn’t believe. Alaska really hit me with the impact of Global Warming too, this terrible rise of temperature is destroying this amazing place at dramatic rates. If you want to experience nature while it’s still rich, this is the place for you.
To the top of Mt. Everest?? Maybe not! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t make it, I’m a bit of a weakling, so I think base camp will suit me just fine. To at least make it to this point would be a big moment for me, even just to see the mountain would be a great deal to take in!
With the recent devastation from the 2015 Earthquake, Nepal is facing an extreme hunger and sanitation crisis. Helping out is the least I could do.
I have seen many stories, articles and documentaries on the damage of the garment industry for factory (aka. sweatshop) workers in third world countries. An incredibly large amount of first world consumers are completely unaware of the damage that comes from purchasing from a ‘careless’ brand. It’s a massive problem, and I would love to know exactly how my clothes are really made.
In September of 2017, I finally made it to one of my dream destinations… Kenya! Ever since I started fostering an elephant with the DSWT, I have always wanted to visit. This moment was one I will never forget, along with the whole of Kenya for that matter. It’s a place that truly warmed my heart!
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South Africa is incredibly beautiful, but unfortunately, the women of their country are subject to severe amounts of domestic violence and sexual assault. It’s a place I want to visit for its beauty, but also to help out at the organisations assisting the women too.
Greenland, much like Antarctica, is an incredibly scenic place that would fill my little ‘climate change research’ heart. This country is facing a lot of problems that I really want to experience for myself, whilst also showing you that global warming is a really real thing (and of course see it’s crazy landscape while I’m at it).
There are only 20,000 Orang-utans left in the wild in Asia. The rehabilitation centres in Borneo (and other parts of Malaysia) are the places where we should be seeing these animals; not in captivity! I was lucky enough to see 4 wild orang-utans on the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, and also the many that are in the Sepilok rehab centre.
Unfortunately, humans are destroying their home due to their consumption of Palm Oil. Palm oil plantations are destroying their homes and the lives of the many wildlife species that lie in the jungle. It really is devastating, but visiting here has made me so much more aware of what I’m using in my everyday life. If you want to do your part in improving the quality of life of our endangered animals, you should think about coming here too!
Papua New Guinea
I’m sure you’ve all heard that PPG is a place with a very bad reputation. Their culture hasn’t changed much as years progressed, and war and devastation is still very much alive. Tribes are constantly killing and fighting for their land, all due to corrupt governments and unfortunately, extreme poverty.
The most populated country in the world, and by far the most polluted – I wanted to visit China for the pure reason of experiencing the damage we have created as humans… And seeing the Great Wall of course. I visited in October of 2017, and experienced exactly that!
So, here is my world-changing (and pure travel) bucket list! What’s yours?
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