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50 places before 50!

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September 20, 2018

I have seen quite a few people take the number challenge before a big birthday, on a quest to achieve a bucketlist of challenges.

I have to admit, the idea wasn’t really for me, until I spotted a friend on facebook doing the challenge in a slightly different way.

Travelling is something I have enjoyed doing since I was a child, but as an adult it was something that was very much put on the back burner, as all our funds went on raising our family.

In recent years, we have been lucky to reignite our passion for travel as a family and have visited some amazing places both home and away including Lapland, the Lake District, Angus, Florida, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey and Portugal.
Walt Disney World
I have been determined to knock some places of my must-visit list and as it is 6 years until my next big birthday, I have decided to give myself a target of visiting 50 places before I hit the big 5-0!

Stonehenge bluestones
50 places before 50

  1. Visit Iceland – in particular the Golden Circle and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  2. Cruise through the Norwegian Fjords
  3. Take the Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan viaduct
  4. Climb Mount Snowdon (or cheat and get the train)
  5. Ride the Velocity Zip Wire, North Wales
  6. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall
  7. Visit Windsor Castle
  8. Explore Las Vegas
  9. Take a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon
  10. Go looking for the Loch Ness Monster
  11. Climb the Eiffel Tower and see the Catacombs in Paris
  12. Go Punting in Cambridge
  13. Visit the Royal Palace in Madrid
  14. See the statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, New York
  15. Visit Hogsmeade at Universal Studios
  16. Go flightseeing in Alaska
  17. Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  18. Go whale watching
  19. See the geysers in Yellowstone National Park
  20. Visit the Giants Causeway
  21. See the glowing Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
  22. Climb Mount Etna
  23. Walk the Jurassic Coast
  24. Explore the Isle of Skye
  25. Visit the Peak District
  26. Explore York
  27. Head to Doune Castle in central Scotland
  28. See the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival in the Shetland Islands
  29. Visit the Houses of Parliament
  30. Visit Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
  31. See the Changing of the Guard / Trooping of the colour ceremony
  32. Visit the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  33. Climb the O2
  34. Discover Shakespears Stratford
  35. Go twitching on Lundy Island
  36. Explore the Isles of Scily
  37. Visit Kings Landing – Dubrovnik, Croatia
  38. Go to the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest
  39. Explore Cheddar Gorge
  40. Walk across the Carrick-a-rede Rope-way Bridge
  41. Visit the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark
  42. See the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate
  43. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  44. See the Victoria Falls and go on Safari
  45. Visit Caernarfon Castle
  46. Go broomstick training at Alnwick Castle
  47. See Kynren
  48. Take a helicopter flight over Poole Harbour
  49. Visit the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen at Christmas
  50. Ride the arcelormittal orbit slide

What do you think of my list – what would you add?

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    Rhian westbury

    September 21, 2018

    That’s a really strong list and some great places, I’d love to see Kings Landing in Dubrovnik x

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    Laura Dove

    September 21, 2018

    Oh I love your list! I have done a fair few of those over the years but would also love do a helicopter ride, Poole harbour is beautiful! Good luck with your list!

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    Dean of Little Steps

    September 21, 2018

    That’s a very impressive list! 🙂 I’ve never done a number challenge like this one. Maybe because I’m a bit worried that I won’t be able to cross them off! Hahaha. That’s just me of course 😉

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    Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    September 21, 2018

    You’ve got some great places on your list! Australia and Hawaii would be on mine!

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      September 22, 2018

      Yes to Hawaii for me too!!

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    Curious and Geeks

    September 21, 2018

    Wow! Awesome list, a lot of places are on mine too.
    I would probably add a road trip around Vietnam/Cambodge/Laos and a safari in Namibia.

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    September 22, 2018

    Great list! Very ambitious, I hope you cross the all off! If you’re eating to see Paris’ catacombs make sure you go in summer as they’re shut the rest of the year 🙁

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    Debbie Nicholas

    September 22, 2018

    Oh wow that’s an impressive list!! I would love to visit half those by the time im50! Lol

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    September 22, 2018

    I love this list! I climbed the O2 last weekend and loved it, such an iconic building x

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    September 22, 2018

    I am loving your list. I have always wanted to visit Vegas.

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    Grant R

    September 24, 2018

    You’ve got a lot of travelling to do! SOme beautiful places on this list, but if I was to suggest one, I’d go for Braemar. http://braemarscotland.co.uk/about/

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    September 24, 2018

    I love a good bucketlist and this is a fantastic one!! Yes to the Isle of Scilly – such an amazing place and also the train over Glenfinnan viaduct, did that a few years back and it was breath taking! Do it
    Laura x

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    September 24, 2018

    You’ve listed some amazing places and we’d totally recommend the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    October 5, 2018

    Oh Kynren is amazing, we visited in the summer you would love it. x

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    January 12, 2021

    An inspiring list. Have visited quite a few of them. Recommend the glowing Waitomo Caves and the entire Yellowstone. Hope you are able to visit all of them before 50

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