Bucket List of places you must stay in your life!

All good things come to an end, but before they do, let’s make the most of them. Add this top 5 to your bucket list and you will certainly be living life to the max. From beautiful accommodation to incredible “once in a lifetime” experiences, we suggest you go and visit these locations before you reach those pearly gates.

1: City Palace, Udaipur, India Every little girl’s fantasy is to be a princess and men wish to live like a king – so do it! Stay in the Frateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur. Situated in the desert of Rajasthan on the shores of incredible Lake Pichola, you’ll think you are seeing a mirage- but in fact its your oasis. The hotel is a converted palace so every room is unique. Enjoy life in the lap of luxury and you may even meet the king or ride an elephant in the palace gardens. Anything is possible when you’re living like a royal!

2: Xilitla, Mexico Escape to the jungle to experience the strange and unique. Xilitla is home to the incredible Castillo de Sir Edward James – an eclectic jumble of architecture which was one man’s dream and legacy. If you ever wanted to feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, this is the place for you. Surreal is the word and it’s got groove and feeling. If miracles happen, if you believe in magic, then you’re sure to see it here.

3: Granada, Spain  If your eyes don’t get to see the amazing colour display put on by the skies in Granada, you have missed out. Stand at Mirador de San Nicolas at dusk with a Spanish guitar and church bells playing in the background, as the ancient Alhambra is cast into darkness. Strolling the curving lanes of the old city and escaping into caves in the hills – Granada is a hidden treasure trove of secret tapas bars and wonderful architecture.

Photo credit: Clinton Ross

4: St Maarten A Caribbean island set in the most pristine waters you’ve ever seen. Indulge completely by arriving on one of the many ocean cruises that visit this island paradise. A spectacular experience that you just cannot get anywhere else in the world is Princess Juliana International Airport where planes land on the beach! Spot the planes as they are mere specks in the distance, run into the crystal clear topaz water and have your breath taken away as a 747 jet passes over your head.

5: Paris, France. No bucket list is complete without the spoils of Paris. The shopping, the fashion, the monuments, the vibe – it all adds to the experience that is Paris. Not only a city for lovers, the arts and cafes will keep you entertained no end. Stand a top the hill area home to the Sacré-Coeur, sacred heart church and Montmartre art district. Enjoy a café au lait and a nutella crepe as you see the magnificent city of Paris, complete with famous Eiffel tower, sprawl before you. Why Paris? Because it’s Paris darlink!

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Photo credit: Ellen Bird

What are your must stay places around the world?

 

Business Profile- Lesley Carter of Bucket List Publications

Lesley Carter is a woman after my own heart! Running a business and Travelling the world. She’s actually doing what is on the Mission Statement of this very blog… “Travelling the world and writing all about it.”

This has to be one of the most inspiring, and, close to my heart interviews I’ve done in a long while. I very much look up to Lesley of Bucket List Publications as she is LIVING THE DREAM. She’s writing this incredible blog which is inspiring 1000’s of people to travel, she’s balancing work/life/family/passions and she’s having some of the most incredible adventures.

I will let this lovely lady speak for herself, but if you do one thing today – sign up to http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/

  1. Name; Lesley Carter
  1. Occupation/ business: Bucket List Publications Online Magazine and Blog
  1. Position: Owner/Editor/Writer
  1. Country of Residence: USA
  1. email/contact/ website
    http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com
    http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/

info@bucketlistpublications.com

  1. Twitter handle/ Facebook/ Linkedin/ YouTube page
    https://twitter.com/LesleyMCarter

https://www.facebook.com/BucketListPublicationsMagazine

http://instagram.com/bucketlistpublications/

  1. Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?

Following my dreams of traveling and experiencing life to the fullest, I created Bucket List Publications, a blog and online magazine that explores the endless possibilities of the world through stories of travel, adventure, and new experiences.

  1. Why did you start your business?

Bucket List Publications began 18 months ago.

  1. What’s your passion?

Experiencing new countries, cultures, and adventures and living every day like it’s my last is what my life is all about.

  1. What do you love most about running your business?

I’m able to have a family, raise my beautiful daughter, spend time with my husband, and explore the world all at my own leisure. It doesn’t get any better than that!

  1. What are three difficulties you face in running your business?
  1. Maintaining financial stability
  2. Staying on top of social media and marketing (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook… the list goes on)
  3. Keeping up the community that I’ve build in the blogging world (With hundreds of comments daily, it can be difficult to respond and create a relationship with everyone)
  1. What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
    1. The more unrealistic you are with your dreams and goals, the more you are able to achieve.
    2. Creating lasting relationships/partnerships is key (Not only with others in your industry but with clients as well)
    3. Social media is the difference between small business and big business. Know your market and get your ideas out there.
  1. Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?

Bucket List Publications has given me the ability to fly! Whether it be through travel, exploration, soaring to new business heights, adventure flight such as skydiving, piloting a helicopter, jet pack, or airplane, or base jumping, I’ve been given wings! I can now see the world from a bird’s eye view and it is beautiful.

  1. How do you manage a work/life balance?

I follow a schedule as if I was actually going to work daily. There is scheduled time for play, work, travel, adventure, and leisure. I leave wiggle room but focus on what’s important. With a travel/adventure blog, work and pleasure are already intertwined.

  1. What movie most inspires you in running your business?

The Bucket List (obviously)

  1. The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?

I really feel like this one depends on the business, but Business Model You by Time Clark is an inspirational starting point.

  1. Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. The 4 words that best describe your business?

Dream Live Create Share

2013 Bucket List

 

It’s that exciting time of year where we get to wipe the slate clean and start all over with a new list of goals and achievements for the year!

 

machu picchu

machu picchu

With inspiration from Bucket List Publications and their incredible blog, I have decided to lay out my Bucket List for the year. I do have an overall one with some pretty extravagant and extreme projects planned but I have decided to focus on the short term. I have chosen 20 activities items for my list, as I like round numbers.

Travelling to visit my Cuzzie in the USA is my fave

Travelling to visit my Cuzzie in the USA is my fave

So here it is, The Ultimate To-Do List.

 

  • Attend a wedding in Sri Lanka
  • Have a family holiday with my Dad and Siblings
  • Take a weekend trip with my family
  • Post a minimum of 250 blogs on this here Blog
  • Post 20 videos to Youtube of my Travels
  • Host a friend from overseas in my home city, Melbourne.
  • Attend an 8 week Salsa Course
  • Practice my Spanish on a weekly basis
  • Raise at least $10,000 for Charity
  • Snowboard at all 3 Victorian Major Ski Resorts
Indian Wedding, Can't wait for the Sri Lanka version

Indian Wedding, Can’t wait for the Sri Lanka version

  • Write a Travel Book (Draft at least)
  • Visit Adelaide for the Fringe Festival
  • Represent a Comedian at one of the Australian Comedy Festivals
  • Take my Dad to the Sydney Comedy Festival
  • Visit my darling friend on the Gold Coast
  • Surf at least 10 times and stand up for 10 seconds
  • Run a http://www.explorergirls.com Girls Adventure trip
  • Go Rock Climbing – it’s been far too long!
  • Visit my Army friends in Darwin or Townsville
I love the snow! This was January 2007 - Switzerland

I love the snow! This was January 2007 – Switzerland

And last but not least…..

MOVE TO INDIA!

 

So – stay tuned, check in with me on 31st December 2013 and let’s see how I go. I think I shall be printing this post and putting it on my wall.