Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to see elephants in the wild. They were always my favourite animal even though I had only ever seen them in Fossett's Circus on the Fair Green in Carrick or in Dublin Zoo on a Presentation school trip. Seeing them in the wild would be a different kettle of fish. Anyway, in 2015, that dream of seeing them in their native habitat became a reality as we set off on my 50th birthday trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. I was so excited. We had planned this amazing trip to Africa to mainly see elephants. And, boy, did we see elephants!!
I’m sometimes asked “Of all the places you’ve visited which stands out?” I can say hands down “Southern Africa”. It’s like nowhere else on the planet. Wonderful people, stunning scenery, spectacular nature and wildlife and it’s the cradle of humankind to boot. This is how we got on. A lot of the good photos are mine; most of the amazing ones are Charlie's. Enjoy!
Our 2013 Alaskan Cruise
Alaska was on my Bucket List since I had visited Canada in 2007 and realised that a holiday featuring snow and ice was not a bad option at all (click here to see Canada Blog). Once wrapped up it could be quite cosy. As the saying goes “there’s no such thing as bad weather; just unsuitable clothing”. Alaska is quite tricky to get to overland so a cruise seemed the way to go. I had been on a number of cruises before with my Mam, Peggy, so knew what to expect ….but this would be Charlie’s first one. I knew he was a bit apprehensive about being out at sea on a “boat” and wondered if it would feel claustrophobic or if there would be enough to see and do. As you will see in this post, he needn’t have worried.
Packing List for a Month in Australia April/ May
Specific things to note when packing for a trip to tour Australia:
My name is Mary and this is my bucket list blog ...having survived a near-death experience. I hope it encourages you to "live your best life". See how I'm completing my own bucket list items. And let me know how you're getting on with yours!