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Amy’s “25 Before 25” List

Amy’s “25 Before 25” List

After seeing countless bucket lists, I decided it was time for me to make my own list. So I started writing down “25 things I want to do before turning 25” and hope to achieve these before my 25th birthday on the 5th of March 2012.

Me at my 21st

My 21st birthday party - feels like so long ago!

To be able to compile a list like this brings a fantastic feeling and enhances the excitement ahead of our round-the-world trip that commences in 6 weeks time.

My ’25 before 25′ List

  1. Visit Bondi Beach in Sydney.
  2. Attend a traditional Hawaiian luau and get lei’d.
  3. Drink out of a coconut in Hawaii.
  4. Learn how to surf and/or go stand-up paddleboarding.
  5. Drive a Smart Car.

    Smart Car

    They make me laugh!

  6. Hand feed a giraffe.
  7. Rollerblade along the boardwalk at Venice Beach, California.
  8. Party and get drunk in Las Vegas.
  9. Swim and interact with a beluga whale at Sea World Orlando.

    Beluga Whale

    Aren't they just so cute?!

  10. Take tequila shots in Mexico.
  11. Shoot a gun somewhere in the USA.
  12. Go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City.
  13. See a Broadway Musical.
  14. Visit the New York City Tiffany & Co Store and hopefully add to my collection (hint, hint Kieron).
  15. Follow my music hero Eminem and be in the front-row at one of his performances.
  16. Build a snowman (and/or a snowlady!).
  17. Experience the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland.

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

  18. See the Northern Lights.
  19. Watch the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and take a photo with a guard somewhere in London.
  20. Visit the Eiffel Tower.
  21. Go on a winery tour in the French Wine Regions.
  22. Take a silly photo in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  23. Take a romantic gondola ride in Venice, Italy.

    Gondola Ride in Venice

    I hope he sings to me!

  24. Visit a coffee shop in Amsterdam.
  25. Attend a Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan in Thailand, pull an all-nighter and watch the sun rise.

Knowing that you’re in the position to achieve everything on this list makes me feel incredibly blessed and I look forward to ticking each one off over the next 9 months. It’s a very exciting time for the two of us and I hope you’ll follow my progress in doing these 25 things before I turn 25.

What do you think of this list? Would you like to see anything else on here?

Flickr Photos: Image Editorcaribb, Lars Plougmann, Racolesmarjolein.visser


  1. Posted June 15, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Smart cars make me giggle too! I really want to go to the Blue Lagoon too, it just looks amazing.
    I hope you manage to tick everything off and I’m looking forward to reading all about it!

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Haha how funny are smart cars? I must drive one – think I would be laughing the whole time though. You definitely should visit the Blue Lagoon if you have the chance, it looks just beautiful.

      Thank you, really can’t wait to start ticking them off!

  2. Posted June 15, 2011 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    haha to # 14! This is a great list 😀
    I think I have many of the same, and only a few months after you to get that done in time for 25!
    Seattle Dredge recently posted..The Bosphorus – A Photo Essay

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Love Tiffany’s! 🙂
      You really should put your list on paper, it gets you even more excited about your upcoming travels! Good luck!

  3. kristian
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    #8 “Party and get Drunk in Vegas,” Remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

  4. Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Nice list. There’s only a couple of things that I was lucky enough to do by the time I was 25.

    Party and get drunk in Las Vegas
    – I recommend Fremont Street (the old strip). They have live bands, street performers, and they give drinks away as long as you sit down at a penny slots for a minute. I always have a blast on Fremont Street.

    Build a snowman (and/or a snowlady!).
    – When’s the snow is just right for building snowmen, it’s also just right for making a little fort and having a snowball fight. I don’t think a year has gone by where I haven’t tossed snowballs at Ashley.
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..DayOne in Las Vegas

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the advice – we’ll be definitely giving Fremont Street a try, missed out on it last time we were in Vegas.
      The snow sounds great, I’ve only ever seen a little bit but not enough to play in so a snowball fight would be amazing fun.

    • Posted December 20, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      I can second Fremont Street in Vegas. The Strip is big and shiny, but I dug Fremont Street’s vibe a lot more. It was a little less plastic and much more affordable.
      Chris recently posted..(Almost) Court-side with the Sydney Kings

  5. Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    I hope you’re able to cross off each and every one! (especially #19)
    Cam @ Traveling Canu recently posted..City Spotlight – Istanbul- Turkey

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cam, the Changing of the Guard is always something I’ve wanted to see since I was little.

  6. Posted June 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    You’d better hurry to Amsterdam to do #24- I read they are banning tourists in 2012!

    Great blog, can’t wait to read more.
    Erik Smith recently posted..Return to the Scene of the Crime

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      We heard that too – we should make it to Amsterdam before the end of the year! Lucky for us, right? Can’t wait.

  7. Posted June 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Great list- love the idea- I’ve thought about doing one for when I turn 29 before turning 30. Good luck crossing them off- should be a fun experiment!
    jade recently posted..The Great Wild

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Definitely write a list, it really does make you excited about the year ahead!

  8. Posted June 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Fun list! FYI, Eminem is playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer – seeing him play there is on my to-do list for the summer!
    Katie recently posted..Five Favorite Things in Budapest

    • Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Sooo jealous! We found out about Lollapalooza after we booked our flights, would give anything to be able to go!
      You’ll have to let me know all about it and share some photos and videos with me! 🙂

  9. Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Great list! To see the Northern lights is something I want to do, too! Not sure when, but I absolutely must do it.

    And I think #10 is a nice idea, I’ll include that in my to-do list!
    Cristine Tabing recently posted..It’s My Life!

    • Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Fingers crossed we get to see it, all depends on the weather and our luck!

      You definitely have to do #10 – let’s do some tequila shots together one day? 🙂

  10. Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    That’s a really ambitious list. I’ve only ever done five of them. If you do all of those in the next 9 months, you’d have some amazing stories!
    Scott – QuirkyTravel recently posted..Pictures and a recap from the Chicago 2011 World Naked Bike Ride

    • Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      Can’t wait to start ticking them off and sharing all of the stories on here!

  11. Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    How wonderful for you that you can realistically do these things in such a short period of time. Keep exploring and doing as much as you can because boy, does the time start to go by fast!! And have fun on the gondola ride– I was in Venice several times but never took one!
    Jenna recently posted..Getting to Know You 5- Amanda

    • Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      It’s so exciting to think about doing all of these things! Time is flying by already and we’re not even the road yet.

      Shame you missed out on the gondola rides… I’ve heard they’re very pricy but it’s something that I really want to do!

  12. Posted June 18, 2011 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    #11 cracks me up! There’ll be plenty of places for you to shoot a gun in the U.S., lol. And I’m so accompanying you on #17. 😉
    Christy recently posted..We’re heading to London!

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I’m sure there are plenty of places haha – and feel free to join us at the Blue Lagoon, we’ll be there in October! 🙂

  13. Posted June 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    You’re two days older than me Amy! 🙂

    This is a great list, I hope that you get to check it all off. Reading through it has made me realize which of these things that I really want to do (Blue Lagoon!!!) and which I have already had the opportunity to do, then think that it would be a good thing for me to make a list like this as well!
    Annie recently posted..Breathing the Fresh Tuscan Air with Fun in Tuscany Vespa Tours

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      Yay for March 1987 babies! 😀

      This list is just the tip of the iceberg, I had to cut it right down but these are things that I really want to do in the next few months! Hopefully you can get a list together too.

  14. Posted June 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Love your list! I was lucky enough to get a little tipsy in Vegas, which landed me dancing on the bar at Coyote Ugly. So much fun!

    Best wishes on your adventures!

  15. Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Well I have managed 14 of the 25 which is not bad! The only snag is the age thing, I might be a little over that!

    Love the blog, enjoy your trip.


    Si @thedepartureboard.com

  16. Posted October 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Would love to do the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and the Northern Lights. I’m 25 in June…I had better get cracking on mine!

  17. Posted December 20, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Can’t believe you guys haven’t been to Bondi yet! I sense the need for beers and a BBQ when you two breeze into my town.
    Chris recently posted..(Almost) Court-side with the Sydney Kings

  18. Posted September 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Hey, just reading your to do before 25 list now and wondering how you got on, did you manage to tick them all off?
    Jennifer recently posted..Are legends born, or made?

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