My Reverse Bucket List

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Hey guys!
If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember that I did a post on the Top Five Places I’d Love To Visit last year. A little update – no, I still haven’t been to any of those places! I might possibly be able to go to Switzerland in the next year or so, we’ll see…
Anyway, today I thought I’d do something a little bit different – a reverse bucket list. I got this idea after reading Annie’s blog. To put it simply, a reverse bucket list is a good way to look back at all the great things you have done in your life so far. Many of us have big dreams about stuff we want to achieve in the future (I know I do), but what about things we’ve done already?
This post will divided into four sections: things I’ve done generally, places I’ve travelled to, things I’ve done in London, and things I’ve done in York.

GENERAL

1. Swim with dolphins
I got to do this in Portugal when I was 11! It was amazing – I love dolphins!
2. Meet someone famous
Carrie! (Taken by a friend at SitC)
I’ve actually met a few famous people, thanks to SitC. I won’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of any of them – unless you watch Youtube a lot! The YouTubers I’ve met are Dodie ClarkBethan Leadley (twice!), Tessa Violet, Hannah Witton (twice!), Elyar FoxLancifer (my Italian friends knew him quite well so we ended up going to Nando’s with him back in 2014!!), Louise Cole, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Lucy Moon, Emma Blackery, Raphael Gomes and Hazel Hayes. Ok, that is a lot more than I thought! I’ve also met Geri Halliwell, from the Spice Girls, just when I was walking down my local high street!
3. Complete school
4. Attend university
I studied Sociology at York for three years.
5. Graduate from university
I actually still can’t believe it!
6. Ride a horse
I used to have horse riding lessons back in primary school, and I had a horse riding party years ago!
7. Go to a concert

Cuties! Mirror
I’ve actually gone to a few concerts – Busted (just before they split up!), Pink and Lady Antebellum. I’ve also seen several Youtubers perform at SitC and Katy B during Fresher’s Week.
8. Learn to swim
I was pretty much swimming before I could walk!
9. Learn to ice skate
I did ice skating lessons for a few years before I fell ill in 2011. Unfortunately, I never got to the competing stage, and I am quite rusty now!

TRAVEL

1. Paris
Taken by me!

2. Disneyland
3. Nice
4. Monaco

I took this back in 2009!
5. Madrid
I stayed in a mountainous area outside Madrid when I did my Spanish exchange and we went into Madrid a few times. It’s a beautiful city and I’d love to go back.
6. Grenada
I went on a day trip to Grenada with college when we were staying in Seville.
7. Malaga

Camp in Marbella, back in 2011! (Taken by a friend)
8. Seville
9. Barcelona
Barcelona is one of my favourite cities – I love the food and the fact that it was right by the sea!
10. Florence
11. Rome
Beautiful city, full of history!
12. Cyprus

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13. Greece
I went to Mark Warner in Greece when I was 14.
14. Amsterdam
Possibly going back in April for Vidcon.
15. Lake District
I went to the Lake District for a geography field trip, but I did explore the area quite a bit so it does count!
16. Liverpool

17. Dorset
Sooo many times! I tend to go to Lyme Regis, which is where my grandparents have a holiday home.

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So pretty! (taken by me)
18. Wales
19. Cornwall
20. Isle of Wight
Twice, for school trips.
21. Bath
22. Bristol

 

LONDON

1. Visit Madame Tussaud’s
I’ve been to Madame Tussaud’s a few times actually. However, I haven’t been within the last few years so I’ll put in on the list of things to do when my European friends come to visit next year!
2. Go up the Shard
I was lucky enough to celebrate my 21st birthday in the Oblix restaurant in the Shard last year.
3. Visit Hamley’s
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The Guardian

For anyone who doesn’t know, Hamley’s is basically toys galore! It’s the perfect place to take young children!
4. Shop in Oxford Street
As I mentioned in my What I Love About London post, Oxford Street is basically my second home! It’s unbelievable how many times I’ve been there!
5. Have a picnic in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is my favourite park in London and I’ve been there countless times!
6. Browse the shops in Westfield
There are two Westfield shopping centres in London and they’re both HUGE! It’s so easy to get lost in them!
7. Ride the DLR
A driverless train :O

8. See a show in the West End

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Wicked
I’ve actually seen several shows in the West End – my mother and grandparents are big fans of musicals, as am I. My favourites would have to be Wicked (I’ve watched it twice) and Matilda.
9. Visit Buckingham Palace
I went to Buckingham Palace a while ago when an exchange student from Spain came to stay with me for a week. And no, I did not meet the Queen! Though that would be pretty cool!
10. Go inside Shakespeare’s Globe
11. Visit Camden Market

Haha! (taken by me)

Camden is great – but it does start to lose its appeal if you’ve been there as many times as I have!
12. See the animals in London Zoo
A must for when you visit London!

YORK 

 
1. Have afternoon tea in Betty’s
These look scrumptious! Betty’s
2. Climb Clifford’s Tower
3. Go on a day trip to Leeds
I went to Leeds a few times while I was studying in York – twice with uni friends, for the Christmas market, and then once for a blogger event in December.
4. Visit Newcastle
Newcastle is a nice city; it’s giant compared to York!
5. Spend a day in Harrogate
I went to the original Betty’s in Harrogate.

6. Visit Scarborough
My grandparents took me to Scarborough a few months ago. Unfortunately, it was raining the whole time, so I didn’t really get to see much of the town.
7. Sip cocktails in Evil Eye

Evil Eye is probably the best bar in York – and apparently it’s Johnny Depp’s fave!
 
8. Dance in Popworld
Popworld is a cheesy bar in the centre of town, with a revolving dancefloor!
9. Walk along the Walls
10. See the Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

What’s on your reverse bucket list?
Hasta luego!

Serena

12 Comment

  1. Visiting Ireland, Australia and driving across the U.S.

  2. Larry says: Reply

    The reverse bucket list is a great idea, and gives me some motivation to see places in Europe that I've missed. You've been all over and have some great stories to share!

  3. Love this post. I would say visiting 5 countries in one year was pretty awesome for me. Love the idea of the reverse bucket list so will probably make a post about it one day

  4. Love this reverse bucket list idea. Good to look back.

  5. I love this idea! It's great to look back and celebrate all the wonderful things you've done. Fab post!
    Robyn// http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  6. Loved this idea!! Such a lovely reflection on all these amazing things you've done!! xx

  7. Love this idea of the reverse bucketlist, makes you think about the stuff we've already achieved and you've visited so many places already! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

  8. Nice list. All of those things sound amazing!

  9. Em says: Reply

    What a nice idea!

    I so miss Betty's! I just received their Christmas catalogue for this year and want it ALL!

    polkadotparadiso.com

  10. I love this idea! I might have to steal it. 😉 I went into Hamleys when I was in London years ago, it was fantastic. Though I did get hit in the face with one of those air pumped rocket gun things. I thought it was funny, the employee nearly died from terror.

  11. Love this idea! I'm always looking ahead and forget to look back..

    Hmm there are too many things but if I was to narrow it to a top 3:
    1. Waiting years to visit Japan which I had yearned to go to forever, and then climbing a mountain at sunrise and seeing snow topped Mt Fuji from the top <3
    2. Getting so far in the world and seeing so many places already at 19, with many trips being completely self funded and planned as soon as I turned 18.
    3.Starting my blog so I could document all of my travels but also help other people 🙂

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

  12. Emily says: Reply

    You've done so many exciting things, and I LOVE this idea of a reverse bucket list — I may have to make one myself, so I can reflect on how much I've got to be thankful about!

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