Our Ultimate Bucket List

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Welcome to the Wellington World Travels’ Bucket List! Here is the list of things we want to achieve while traveling!

*Click on the blue links to see the post where we ticked off that bucket list item!


1. Travel all around the world, if not at least 100 countries (60 countries, as of March 2017)

See the list of countries we have been here.

2. Visit all US states (13 states, as of March 2017)

We have been to Florida, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland. In addition, H. has already been to California, Chicago, Pensylvania, Washington, and Colorado.

3. Live in a different country for at last 6 months

H. came in Doha, Qatar in November 2009; whereas, Carmen came in May 2010. Read Carmen’s expat experience on our interview series.

4. Visit at least 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site

We have been to 12 Sites so far.

5. Visit at least 1 New 7 Wonders

We have been to several New 7 Wonders of World, Nature, and Cities.

6. Learn how to drive

H. has been driving since he was 16. Carmen got her first license in April 2017.

7. Learn a new language

We only know the basic greetings in Tagalog, Thai, and Arabic.

8. Learn sign language

Carmen only knows the alphabet.

9. Play a (new) musical instrument

10. Learn a martial art

11. Try a profession in a different field

Carmen is a Registered Nurse in the Philippines and worked as a Flight Attendant in Qatar for three years.

12. Further your education

H. is a B777 Captain and at the same time a Law student.

13. Achieve your ideal weight and maintain it

14. Run a marathon

15. Take up a new sport

16. Do an extreme sport

17. Jump off a high cliff into the ocean

18. Go skydiving

19. Go scuba diving

20. Go skiing

21. Go horseback riding

22. Go canoeing

We went canoeing on our honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand.

23. Go on a road trip

24. Go camping

25. Go explore a cave

26. Climb a mountain

27. Do a wall climbing

28. Go to all Disneyland Parks – Florida, California, Paris, Japan,  & Hong Kong

Carmen is a big fan of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. We went to Hong Kong Disneyland in December 2013. We didn’t know that Carmen was already 1 month pregnant with Charles that time.

29. Ride a camel in a desert

We rode a camel in Doha, Qatar.

30. Catch a fish

31. Swim with dolphin

32. Learn a strategy game

We only know chess and checkers.

33. Connect with past teachers

When Carmen was invited to give a Graduation speech in her elementary school, she reconnected with her teachers.

34. Start your business

We had started a lot of online businesses, such as an aircraft leasing, air sightseeing tour, dating website, online coupons, and now a travel website.

35. Build your own blog/website

Carmen is the one behind the Wellington World Travels website.

36. See snow (if you haven’t before)

Carmen’s first time to see snow was in Frankfurt, Germany in December 2010.

37. See cherry blossom in Japan

38. Fly in a hot air balloon

39. See the Mona Lisa (in Louvre)

40. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

41. Visit a castle

42. Visit a planetarium

43. Witness a solar eclipse

44. Fly a kite

45. Fly in a helicopter

46. Travel solo

H. has been traveling solo most of the time, as well as Carmen.

47. Fly First Class

48. Fly Business Class

We fly business class once in a while. H. flies in business class whenever he travels alone.

49. Go on a cruise

Our first cruise was a 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line in January 2017.

50. Ride a cable car

We rode a cable car in Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong and  Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

51. Publish a book

52. Publish a magazine

53. Publish an ebook

54. Act in a film

55. Get featured in the media for something you are proud

56. Get a complete makeover

57. Attend a concert

58. Attend a family reunion

In 2017, we attended the Wright Family reunion in Jamaica.

59. Volunteer in a charity

60. Volunteer at hospice

61. Volunteer at a homeless shelter

62. Volunteer to help typhoon victims

63. Volunteer at an orphanage

64. Go vegetarian for a week

65. Take yoga class

66. Take aerobic class

67. Fall in love

68. Get married

We got married twice. Our first wedding was in New York. A year later, we got married in Tagaytay, Philippines. See our wedding on-site video here.

69. Count your blessings. Literally!


What are the top 3 items on your bucket list? Leave us a message in the comments below.


24 thoughts on “Our Ultimate Bucket List

  1. My bucket list items are
    1. Run a marathon (I feel too lazy but need to do it!)
    2. Take a new sport maybe MMA
    3. Swim with a dolphin ( sounds interesting )
    (Ambuj Saxena)

  2. There’s still a lot to do but you’ve managed to do many items on your bucket list. It’s impressive. And wow you’ve been to 5 of the 7 Wonders, that’s big!

    I don’t have a bucket list, well I do have one “informally” or unwritten on my mind, the biggest thing of which is to live in another country. Which you’ve already done and it inspires me to do it too hopefully not too far in the future (cuz I’m getting old, hahaha…) Oh yeah, gotta learn how to drive too.

  3. That’s an AMAZING list! I put together a list back in 2009 called, “20 things to do by 2010” and if memory serves, I barely made a dent. Definitely need to revisit the idea of setting goals via a bucket list. 🙂

  4. That’s a great bucket list. My husband and will be checking off two items on our bucket list in May when we take our first cruise (also on Norwegian) and we visit Cuba.

  5. Amazing Carmen and Handel! I haven fallen in love with you guys? Loved your well planned bucket list and good to see that you people are so dedicated in ticking off every single item in that list! Keep it up guys you are an inspiration!

  6. My top 3 things on my bucket list?
    That’s a though one, mine is at least as long as yours and I feel like it gets longer EVERY SINGE DAY haha
    I really want to visit Antarctica, I would love to go on a Safaris somewhere in Africa and camp out there, I want to visit Oman before tourism arrives there – how’s that for starters? 🙂

    Have fun ticking your things off. Enjoy skydiving, it’s a great experience!!


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