Adventure travel. Volunteering in a foreign country. Feats
of daring and danger. Connecting with nature. Meeting
someone famous. When it comes to the things we hope to
accomplish in life, most of us have a bucket list -- and if
we don’t, we should.
Urban dictionary defines a “bucket list” as “a list of things you'd like to do before you die, like visiting the Grand Canyon, falling in love or falling into the Grand Canyon.” While we hope you never experience the latter, if you’re considering SimplyMarriage you’re here because you want to fall in love and experience life with that special someone -- all the more reason to start thinking about your bucket list!
A bucket list is more than just a checklist, it’s a tool for designing your life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day and personal goals attached to that (getting a promotion, finally cleaning out the garage, getting fit etc.) A bucket list is important because it takes you outside of those daily goals and encourages you to dream. Big picture: what do you want your life to look like? Listing your desires can help you determine what you really want out of life, which in turn can help you find someone who shares similar dreams and goals.
If you’ve ever dreamed of waking up next to your beloved and feeding a friendly giraffe while you enjoy your morning coffee, you need to add a stay at Giraffe Manor to your bucket list. Giraffe Manor i is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. With it’s elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it’s romantic to the max. However, what makes it truly extraordinary are the herd of giraffes who often visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete safari (another item to add to your list!)
(Dinner in the Sky)
Take romantic dining to a whole other level by sharing a meal together at Dinner in the Sky in Dubai. Named by Forbes as one of the most unusual restaurant experiences in the world, Dinner in the Sky uses a crane to hoist its diners, table, and wait staff 150 feet into the air where they can then enjoy a 3 course meal above the streets of Dubai and get panoramic views of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and more. Not interested in visiting Dubai? The restaurant chain also has locations in Las Vegas, Vancouver and Paris.
The Maldives are known for two things: the insanely crystal-clear turquoise water and “water villas” which feature glass bottom floors that allow you to see the ocean underneath your feet. Adaaran Prestige Water Villas is located on the exclusive Meedhupparu Island in Maldive’s Raa Atoll Area. The resort features an outdoor pool, private spa baths, personal butler and chef service. The air-conditioned over-water villas are built over the Indian Ocean with glass panel floors that allow you to observe the sea below. If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re a mermaid, a trip to the Maldives is a no- brainer.
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that can paint the night sky with unearthly, surreal color. If you love being in pristine wilderness and want the experience of seeing the Northern Lights with your sweetheart in hand, many parts of Canada experience the Aurora Borealis regularly. In Yellowknife, there are aurora tours ranging from one to five days, where staff keep an eye for aurora overnight and assist with photo taking. The Yukon also offer tours from one to four days long. If visiting from British Columbia, there are complete tours departing from Vancouver.
A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Common throughout the Yucatan of Mexico, these dreamy swimming spots -- usually featuring a combination of crystal clear waters, open air swimming space and underground caves -- are the perfect for anyone who wants to experience true paradise with their soulmate. Bring a waterproof camera and take romantic photos that you’re sure to treasure forever.