My Reverse Bucket List

Have you ever heard of a reverse bucket list ?

A reverse bucket list is a great way to express gratitude and appreciation for the opportunities you've had, and reflect on the things you've done already.  It is easy to think about what you still want to achieve but sometimes it's important to look back on the things that you have done and be grateful for the opportunities  you have had.

A reverse bucket list is a concept that involves making a list of accomplishments, experiences, and achievements that you have already completed in your life, rather than listing things you want to do in the future (which is typical of a traditional bucket list). It's a way to reflect on and appreciate the meaningful and fulfilling experiences you've had, whether big or small, and to take stock of what you've already accomplished.

Creating a reverse bucket list can be a positive and gratitude-inducing exercise, as it allows you to recognize and celebrate your past successes and adventures. It can also serve as a reminder of the goals you've achieved and the obstacles you've overcome, providing a sense of fulfillment and motivation for future endeavors.

I drew up my bucket list of things I want to do and decided to balance it out with my reverse bucket list -a list of bucket list items that I've had the opportunity to achieve already. Although some of these were before I started blogging so I haven't written about them.

Please do tag me in your reverse bucket list.

Here is my Reverse Bucket List

I have visited 49 countries...

I have walked on the Great Wall of China...

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

I have stood in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza...

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

I have visited the Statue of Liberty and watched Phantom of the Opera on Broadway...

Statue of Liberty

I have indulged my inner child at Walt Disney World...

Reverse Bucket List

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris and seen the Mona Lisa...

I’ve seen the Big Five on safari...Reverse Bucket List


I have seen the postcard beauty of Santorini with my own eyes...

Santorini and Fira


I have been serenaded on a gondola in Venice and fallen in love with Burano...

Things to do in Venice Italy - Burano Reverse Bucket List

I have viewed London from the top of the London Eye...

London Eye Observation Capsule

I have marvelled at the ingenuity of the ancients in Petra, Jordan...


The Monastery at Petra

I have witnessed the splendour of the Moghuls at the Taj Mahal...

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

I have travelled like the colonial tycoons on the Rovos Rail and The Blue Train

Rovos Rail Reverse Bucket List

I have cruised on the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Seas...

Freedom Of The Seas

Caribbean Cruise

I have been sprayed by the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina...

Victoria Falls Guide

Victoria Falls

I have visited five of the Seven New Wonders of the World

7 wonders

7 New Wonders

 I have been to the birthplace of the Olympics in Greece...

Olympia Greece

Olympia, Greece


I have been on a hot air balloon ride...

Photos of South Africa

Hot air ballooning in Magaliesberg

I have been to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

10 Best Things to do in Granada

Alhambra views from Mirador San Nicolas

I have sailed on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.


Dolmahbahce Palace from Bosphorus

Dolmahbahce Palace from the Bosphorus

I have been up the tallest building in the world.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Burj Khalifa

I've relaxed on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Seychelles.

Things to do on La Digue Island

Anse Source d’Argent

I've sailed on the Danube River in Budapest.

Best Things to do in Budapest

Danube River

I've visited beautiful royal palaces in Vienna.

Best things to do in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

Which of these would you like to do?

What's on your bucket list? Let me know below.

See my current bucket list here.

19 comments on “My Reverse Bucket List”

  1. That's a great list Sara and a great thing to do. I have almost done similar but for different reasons, some reorganisation at home has guided me to sorting through some old photographs from long-ago travel days which in turn has led me to a greater appreciation of the opportunities which arose and the subtle ways in which they shaped who I am today !

  2. Hiya! Amazing blog! I happen to be a day-to-day visitor to your website (somewhat a lot more like addict ) of this site. Just wanted to say I appreciate your blogs and am searching forward for more!

  3. This is a cute idea- kind of like practicing gratitude. I am guilty of worrying too much about the future and not acknowledging all the good things I have done/am doing in my life. And the photos are marvelous of course. 🙂

  4. This is such a cool idea, I might try and do this for myself as well 🙂 Would love to walk on the Great Wall f China, that's still on my bucket list 🙂

  5. You are so adventurous! Some of the things here I'd love to do but not others such as going in a hot air balloon and the helicopter. Oh I like my feet on firm ground! 🙂

    1. Thanks Jameela. I love the air but not the water (unless I'm on a boat), so I wouldn't do things like snorkelling and diving 🙂

  6. This is such a cute idea! My reverse list is almost identical to yours, just haven't been to India or in a hot air balloon.

  7. I love this! I have always wanted to do a list of things that I've done that I'm so proud of. This is exactly the inspiration I needed! Amazing list you've got here.

    1. Thanks Jonelle. Yes, sometimes it's a good idea to focus on our achievements instead of that never-ending list of things we still want to do.

  8. That's a great idea! Sometimes we're so busy planning ahead for future holidays that we forget to stop and look back at what we have done/seen.

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