My name is Dan, I’m a thirty something ambitious, adventurous, adrenaline fueled, explorer who loves a challenge from Cambridge, UK. I have a thing for travel and bucket lists and have permanent itchy feet. I like to see new things, meet new people, and see what the world has to offer.
Life is too short to spend it all in the same place doing the same things over and over again.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
I have never really been the kind of person who settles in one place and calls it ‘home’, I moved around a lot as a kid, many houses, many schools, and it followed me through life into adulthood and it just kind of stuck.
I’ve been doing my own thing since age 16, making mistakes, learning, making more mistakes and making it up as I go, it’s been a tough ride at times but I wouldn’t change a thing, I look back on life and I’m proud of where I am now and things I have achieved.
Many years ago I remember reading Richard Branson’s Autobiography and being so inspired by it, I haven’t achieved what he has – but i am very happy with the track in life it put me on. I cant recommend it enough.
“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing why should anybody else be?”
In my early 20s I landed an opportunity that saw me working in Germany for around 18 months. Looking back I think this was the start of my wonderlust. As that door closed a new opportunity arose and I was fortunate enough to get a job that sent me packing around the world for a few weeks at a time. Admittedly it was not always glamorous but when you get to visit some incredible parts of the world I am really not one to complain. I always managed to squeeze in a bit of play, seeing some amazing sites and meeting some amazing people. Check out the places page for more.
However All good things must come to end and so in 2012 a 9-5 job became the norm. The travel bug was temporarily put back in its box. Come 2014 I took a leap of faith and moved to London. It was always something I wanted to do before I was thirty and time was running out. It reignited the travel bug as being so close to the major airports I couldn’t resist the cheap flight opportunities and London is the perfect base to see Europe. It really is very cheap and easy to nip off for weekends away with the help of budget airlines.
Towards the end of 2014, I decided that 4 weeks of holiday wasn’t enough every year, and so booked in an overland tour of South America starting late 2015. This was a big leap, possessions in storage, quit my job and off I went – 6 months to see a continent on a big yellow Toucan Travel Overland truck called Rosita. You can read more about this trip in the South America pages and if that inspires you, head on over to the Toucan Travel Website for more Overland Inspiration.
In May 2016 I returned to the UK and back to London, but now I am now looking forward to the what next….watch this space………..
“Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing.”
I started the site as I’ve had a bucket list since around 2008 and its been steadily manifesting itself as I research more and explore more. The original list started off with just a few things on a scrap of paper.
For me the reason for writing it down initially was that I am a typical forgetful bloke, and when I saw an article on incredible adventures, or fascinating places to see i would think WOW, I want to do that but then quickly forget about it.. so I wrote it down in a geeky spreadsheet.
Since then as you can see from the bucket list page its grown quite considerably. Some things are personal, some are outrageous, and some are just dreams, but I firmly believe in the below quote.
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The intention of this site is to be inspiring and a useful resource for lovers of travel, adventures and living life to the fullest. I don’t want to be that person looking back on life saying what if. I am happy to try, and not afraid to fail, whats the worst that can happen?
I strongly feel everyone should have a bucket list, write it down, look at it regularly and check things off. Monthly goals, yearly goals, lifetime goals, it is your list, and can be whatever you want it to be.
Everybody’s list is different, and so it should be, so whether you are new to the idea of a bucket list and looking for ideas and inspiration, or have been keeping one for years, check out the inspiration pages or if you have ideas let me know, I am always happy to hear your thoughts and dreams.
“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.”