I love lists, series and counting rhymes.
I’ve already told you about my Travel Bucket List so it’s the high time to introduce the list that had been created much earlier: Reverse Travel Bucket List.
I’ve always written various dream lists, sometimes they were shorter, sometimes longer, they kept changing just like my interests and hobies did.
Once I sat down at my desk to write about the best travel experiences and realised that many of those great things would have never got onto my travel bucket list – I didn’t expect some places to be that good and some of the activities so exciting.
This is also the reason now why I don’t treat my Travel Bucket List too seriously, thinking that I’ll try to do what I’ve written down, but if I don’t it’ll be because there are so many other good experiences somewhere out there waiting for you.
Someone told my that my travel bucket list is kind of fancy and sophisticated and ‘Do you really think you’ll do all these things?’. Well, it might be true that I put down some goals which don’t seem to be very realistic, but I remember the time I started travelling very long time: I would have never thought I might visit the places I’ve visited so why not dream big?
Let’s start with the BIG number ONE: Learning to dive – activity that is sure to appear on countless list, yet it had never been on any of my lists for one very simple reason: I’m absolutely terrified of swimming. I’ve tried to overcome it over and over again, I used to go to the swimming pool regularly, in summer I’d try to swim off the shore a bit more, I even took up an extra swimming course. All in vain, I’m still scared.
I joined the diving course because the man advertising it was really persuasive, I was naive enough to think that once you put on the equipment you never take it off in water and mask is probably almost glued to your face. I didn’t also imagine that I’d have to jump off the boat (oh, how I hate it).
The first day of the course was not easy (to put it mildly), I swallowed too much water, I stressed out and I was absolutely exhausted. However, the moment I saw a ‘Finding Nemo‘ fish (clownfish) I knew I would definitely finish the course. I did, and I even saw a shark!
I wanted to admire underwater world so much that later on I did Advanced PADI course and now if I have a chance to dive during my holidays I do it. I absolutely love it. And I’m still afraid of swimming.
My very first shark – seen off Ko Tao in Thailand