My Bucket/Journey List

This is my list of to do things along with my reminder to keep my mind, body and spirit healthy. The list is divided into adventures to do in New Zealand, countries to visit, personal growth and my ultimate goals. I hope you will benefit from this list as well.

Note: I replaced “Done” with “Accomplished” and “to do” with “I cannot wait” this way I created eagerness. 🙂 Goals are exciting; they are not just a shopping list which we cross out . We need to enjoy them.

Adventures to do in New Zealand

 On a rope/cable



  • Skyjump
  • Bungee jump
  • Cliff hanger
  • Flying Fox
  • Abseiling
  • Zip-line
  • Indoor rock climbing

I cannot wait to do:

  • Ice climbing (Fox Glacier)
  • Skywalk (Auckland)

Above ground



  • Flying trial lesson
  • Freefall xtreme
  • Fly in a seaplane
  • Shweeb (monorail)

I cannot wait to do:

  • Paragliding

On/in water



  • Jet boating
  • Black water rafting
  • Rere Rock Slide
  • Sledging
  • Windsurfing
  • Swim with sharks (in an aquarium)

On the ground



  • Zorbing
  • Luge
  • Sand tobogganing
  • Formula challenge racing
  • Snowboarding
  • Horse riding
  • Paintball
  • Go-karts

I cannot wait to do:

  • Blokart sailing




  • Maori cultural experience –Tamaki, Te Puia, Whakarewarewa thermal village
  • Taste of hangi (traditional Maori food that consists of various types of meats and vegetables but its rarity is preparation – it is cooked in the ground)
  • Paddle waka (canoe)
  • Art deco festival
  • Take a picture of the longest place name. (It has 85 letters and the sign is situated 50 km south from Waipukurau – lower part of North Island)

 I cannot wait to experience:

  • Learn Maori poi dance (poi – ball on a cord used in dance)
  • Stroll on the steepest road (Dunedin)

 Great Walks in NZ


  • Abel Tasman Coast Track
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit
  • Whanganui Journey

I cannot wait to do:

  • Heaphy Track
  • Routeburn Track
  • Rakiura Track
  • Milford Track
  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Kepler Track




  • Gannets
  • Yellow-eyed penguins
  • Stingray
  • Possum
  • Glow worms
  • Seals
  • Tui (bird)
  • Whales
  • Dolphins

 I cannot wait to see:

  • Tahake (bird; Kapiti Island)
  • Kaka (bird; Kapiti Island)
  • Blue penguins (Oamaru)
  • Albatross (Kaikoura or Otago Peninsula)
  • Kiwi (Steward Island)
  • Wallaby (Kawau Island)

Fitness Challenge



  • Complete a marathon, Rotorua
  • The Triple Peaks Challenge
  • Tough Guy and Gal Challenge – Rotorua, Palmerston North
  • Half marathon walk

I cannot wait to do:

  • Complete triathlon
  • Otago rail trail cycle
  • Cape Reinga to Bluff walk or cycle (3,000 km track)

Adventure marathons

  • Big Five Marathon
  • Polar Circle Marathon
  • Began Temple Marathon
  • Great Wall Marathon
  • Sparkasse Marathon der 3 Lander (Lindau Island)
  • Maratona Caixa da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Countries I’ve visited


  • Tunisia
  • Thailand
  • Australia – Sydney/climbing the Harbour Bridge
  • UK – London & Stonehenge
  • Japan
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • Singapore – (Swim in a 150-metre infinity- edged swimming pool, Marina Bay Sands)
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur & Batu caves
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Poland
  • Austria

Countries I’ve lived:

  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • New Zealand

Just a sample of destinations to visit…

  • Swim with crocodiles, Darwin
  • Climb Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Travel in a submarine in Bali
  • Attend a silent and spiritual retreat (Shreyasretreat India)
  • The Amazon rainforest
  • The Galapagos Islands
  • Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  • Revisit Germany
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Vanuatu
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Indonesia to take a picture of Rafflesia arnoldii (the largest flower in the world) and komodo dragon (the largest living lizard)
  • See gorillas in the wild in Uganda
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Stay in an overwater Bungalow


GoalsBroaden New Horizons

  • Be volunteer
  • Be in a newspaper
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Attending Fran’s talk – Fran Sandham, the author of the book “Traversa” – a solo walk across Africa. I found it fascinating – a remarkable adventure and inspirational story 🙂
  • Self-defence class
  • Learn to survive in wilderness
  • Basic car maintenance
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Conservational Spanish
  • Improve freestyle stroke technique

Nourishing mind – Book time

My favorite uplifting books (worth reading more than once)

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • Think & Grow rich, Napoleon Hill
  • The Magic of Thinking Big, David J.Schwartz
  • Traversa, Fran Sandham

Book TimeJust a sample of books to read:

  • The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama
  • Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
  • Power Through Constructive Thinking, Emmet Fox
  • It’s Up To You, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  • Running the Amazon, Joe Kane
  • My Life As an Explorer, Roald Amundsen
  • The road less travelled, M. Scott Peck
  • I Married Adventure, Osa Johnson
  • The story of my life, Helen Keller
  • Understanding Exposure, Bryan Peterson
  • Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, Brenda Tharp
  • Mountain Light, Galen A. Rowell

My Ultimate Goals

Have a positive impact on people and inspire them

  • Expect the best from yourself – Walk the talk

  • Spread the message “You can become what you want to be.”

  • Share your rich experiences, challenges, failures – people might benefit from them and make faster progress in pursuing their fulfilling lives

  • Encourage people to try new things. Leaving comfort zone is empowering

  • Become a motivational speaker

  • Write a book

Instilling positive attitude – Motivational speakers

  • Jim Rohn – Jim is my favorite motivational speaker. I especially find the outtake of „Walk away from the 97%“ very inspirational.
  • Brian Tracy – I love Brian’s story on „Success is a Journey“ (Sahara crossing); I find the journey very powerful, educational and inspiring. One of many fundamental lessons of the story: “Whenever you try to do something out of ordinary, people will line up to tell you that you cannot do it. You must train yourself to rise above these people, ignoring them and pressing onto your goal regardless”.


Steps toward healthy mind, body and spirit

  • Sustain a healthy lifestyle

  • Nourish your soul by reading uplifting books, listening to motivational speakers and spend time with people who appreciate you, respect you, encourage and challenge you – those who make you feel more alive

  • Keep venturing out of a comfort zone

  • Stay curious – learn something new every single day

  • Give your ideas, projects or dreams a chance – if it doesn’t turn out well you have at least more stories to tell!

  • Don’t be scared to make a mistake – it is part of learning process and it is more productive way than staying still! Otherwise you will end up regretting the things you didn’t do. Keep in mind that every single thing is contribution and preparation for the big moment that is yet to come

  • Don’t spend time with those who deprive you. Don’t allow anyone to bring you to down to their level – Keep raising your standards high. Don’t settle for less!

  • Keep listening to your inner voice

  • Keep approaching life as an adventure

  • Keep expanding your knowledge and skills

  • Acknowledge your achievements – celebratereward yourself

  • Don’t forget what first letters of you name and surname stand for:

    Z – Zest for life

    V – Victorious

So see yourself as Victorious, have Zest for living and enjoy an eventful life.

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