Posted on September 17, 2015

Life Experiences Before I’m 40


In just under two years time I turn 40 *sobs* Yes I am closing in on the big FOUR ZERO and right now I’m not really feeling all that sad about it. I still feel quite young and able and I just want to pack as much into my life as I possibly can.

As I’ve got older I realise that things don’t really matter all that much to me but time with family and different experiences do. So I am now going to make sure that I pack in lots of different experiences before I get too old.


We decided on my other half’s 40th birthday that we would forget the presents on birthdays and opt for an experience instead. We’ve not been that great at keeping to that so far but we definitely are packing a lot more in each year.

Anyway without further ado, here is my list of experiences I would like to do before my 40th, there are quite a few so they probably won’t all happen but having a list to work through really helps me with my goals and I also have them in my mind if someone asks what I want for Christmas etc.

  1. Get married – I’ve never really bothered about getting married but I think it is something I would like to do and I would definitely like it to happen before I hit my 40th.
  2. Swim with Dolphins – I’ve wanted to do this for so long!
  3. Indoor Skydiving – I’ve wanted to do this for ages, it looks like so much fun. I would never jump out of an aeroplane so this would be the next best thing.
  4. White Water Rafting – I think I would love to do this but I would be a bit scared!!! I just found lots of these experiences on the Into the Blue website and they look really reasonably priced so I think this will have to be the first to tick off my list.
  5. Drive a Jet Ski… preferably somewhere hot.
  6. Shower under a waterfall… again preferable somewhere hot.
  7. Go Whale watching
  8. Rent a glass igloo in Finland to watch the Northern lights.
  9. Ride an Elephant
  10. Watch the sunrise and set at a beautiful beach with my other half.
  11. Soak in the Hot Springs in Iceland
  12. Float in the Dead Sea.
  13. See a shooting star –  I have never seen one!!!!
  14. Go on a helicopter ride with the kids.
  15. Get a tattoo… just a small one.
  16. Take the kids to Lapland.
  17. Take the kids to Disneyland.
  18. Go Zorbing on water.
  19. Make my home perfect.
  20. Drive a racing car.

Realistically I’m never going to be able to do all of these before I am 40, so it’s probably more like a ‘things to do before I die’ bucket list but like I said it’s good to have goals and desires 😉 I’m sure there are lots of things that I have missed out so I am going to keep adding to this and crossing things off once completed.


What would you add if it was your bucket list?

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  • Reply Charly Dove September 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    What a wonderful list of experiences. We’re well travelled but there are loads of things on our bucket list (plus I keep adding to it!). Galapagos Islands are up there along with a road trip in California 🙂

  • Reply Kara September 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

    White water rafting would terrify me but would love to swim with dolphins

  • Reply Fritha Strickland September 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I totally agree with the caring less about things and realising what is important to you as you get older! I would LOVE to go whale watching, that would be incredible!! x

  • Reply Sarah Bailey September 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    What some fantastic sounding things to do – I would love to swim with dolphins as well. x

  • Reply Penny September 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Brilliant list, I have 2 years too. I should make a list, I tend to just see what happens and enjoy opening new doors, but I am starting to gather a rather big travel list!

  • Reply Globalmouse September 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I think it’s great to have a list of things you want to do – always good to have something to work towards!

  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily September 17, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I’m closing in on 40 too and I am definitely going to write myself a bucket list like this!

    Thanks for the idea x

  • Reply Liz Burton September 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Pah! You’re just a spring chicken!

    That’s an impressive list mind you, a lot to cram in in two years!

  • Reply Jen aka Muminthemadhouse September 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Great list. I am in total agreement that experiences bring longer lasting happiness than things. I would love to see the northern lights and how wonderful to have a wedding where all the kids can attend.

  • Reply Stephs Two Girls September 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Oooh, a wedding, how exciting! Good luck 🙂 I may just have to nab your list – loads on there I’d like to do too (although I’m slightly past the big 4-0) 🙂

  • Reply The Reading Residence September 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds like we’ll be turning 40 at about the same time then! Great goals, lots to cram in! x

  • Reply angela hamilton September 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I would love to swim with dolphins there is something magical about them. I got up close to one when I was in Spain back in 2003. It came up next to me and I got to stroke her gently, she was called Angel. I was in tears, such a wonderful experience I will never forget.
    The northern lights are on my list too along with Disneyland hehe x

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