101 Things

I was inspired by a few friends to create my own list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. At first I was afraid to create one, by fear of failing, but decided to take the leap of faith. Even better than a New Year resolution, this is a more like concise list of items which for the most part are like a task: once an item is done, it gets scratched off the list. Some items though are more nebulous, so I will judge at the end of the 1001 days if they were successfully accomplished or not.

I started writing my list at the start of the year, and it took me quite some time to complete it. Finding 101 significant things you want to accomplish is not an easy task, but it is quite an interesting one. You get to look inside yourself, ask a few questions and find ways to grow and learn.

I am posting to list online to hold myself accountable. While this is my list, I can’t easily complete it by myself. If you want to help, please feel free to comment bellow or contact me directly. While I know that I will probably not complete the full list, I will try my best. Items will be updated as they get accomplished.

Wish me luck!

Start date: February 2, 2011
End date:Β  October 30, 2013.


  1. Donate my hair to God in India. [Completed on 3/11/2011]
  2. Learn about automating some of my photo editing, and if it could work for me. [Ongoing, but well started – considered “done”.]
  3. See the blue cities in India & Morocco. [Completed: 2/2]
  4. See the “big 5” in Africa. [Completed 9/9/2011]
  5. Stop complaining about my lenses being mediocre and get better ones. [Completed on 6/13/2011]
  6. Get an ipod toutch for the photo applications. [Completed on 1/24/2011]
  7. Get a 2nd laptop so that Travis and I can both work at the same time. [Completed on 1/24/2011]
  8. Get a Thai massage at Wat Pho & a fish massage on Khaosan Road. [Completed on 2/2/2011 & on 2/8/2011]
  9. Take a photo at 11:11 on November 11 2011. [Done! 11/11/2011]
  10. Eat a croissant in Turkey. [Completed on 5/29/2011]
  11. Don’t eat any Western food for 1 full week. [Completed in Bangladesh]
  12. Sort out the issue with USA customs [Completed].
  13. Enjoy (genuinely, in the moment) a sunset and don’t take any photos (while the camera is present). Completed]
  14. Ride on a camel in the desert. [Completed on 3/27/2011]
  15. Do a winery tour in Chili and/or Argentina. [Completed 9/28/2011]
  16. Eat some exotic meat in Africa (lion, zebra, etc). [Completed on 8/15/2011]
  17. Take a boat ride on the Nile. [Completed on 7/21/2011]
  18. Spend only $5 in a day (excluding the room or long distance transport). [Completed on 2/15/2011]
  19. Go on a hot hair balloon ride. [Completed on 9/15/2011]
  20. Dive the Red Sea. [Completed on 7/18/2011]
  21. Eat a real Texan BBQ, ideally cooked by Jeff. [Completed on 1/26/2013]
  22. Forgive myself (personal).
  23. Stop wishing and do something for the charities and/or causes I support.
  24. Find home.
  25. Think positive thoughts for 5 minutes for 1 month (and hopefully start a good habit).
  26. Floss minimum 2x/week. [Actually now I do it every day!]
  27. Read the history section in our guidebooks.
  28. Say “I love you” every day.
  29. Adopt a child (WorldVision – like).
  30. Read 10 French books (suggestions welcomed – hopefully I will be able to find them on the road). [Completed: 10/10]

In process:

  1. Donate $5 to charity for every item on the list that hasn’t been completed.
  2. Start a family. [Sometimes things don’t work out as planned.]

Not completed:

  1. Learn to speak Spanish at least at an intermediate level.
  2. Learn at least 5 words in every foreign-language country I visit.
  3. Produce photo book(s) of my travels.
  4. Discover my career path.
  5. Find my own balance in traveling with a companion vs. blogging.
  6. Catch up on photos.
  7. Create a portfolio.
  8. Go to a town or city that is in our guidebook but don’t use the guidebook (go in “blind”).
  9. Cycle to a destination (not just for sightseeing, but as a mode of getting from point A to point B).
  10. “Buy” a home with land to farm.
  11. Speak to a stranger at least once a week (without actually needing something from them).
  12. Write in my journal at least once a week (while traveling).
  13. Find a balance with photo editing to try to not be more than 1 week behind (starting now, not counting the past).
  14. Hike Kilimanjaro.
  15. See apricot blossoms in Iran.
  16. Attend a stranger’s wedding / funeral / rite of passage.
  17. Stop giving up on shots – no more laziness! (But respect the limits of the camera and of my talent.)
  18. Cultivate my French.
  19. Don’t leave things for the next trip: if I’ll regret not doing it, do it now! (Only applies to things within my control and within logical travel.)
  20. Visit a ‘Stan.
  21. Do something (travel-wise) by myself at least every 2 weeks.
  22. A photo-a-day minimum while traveling.
  23. Implement and maintain date night.
  24. Learn video editing to better use all of this footage I’ve been accumulating.
  25. Learn to effectively use the polorizer filter.
  26. Master dolce farniente.
  27. Adopt a cat.
  28. Get over my shyness and learn to photograph strangers with their permission.
  29. Wear my night guard minimum 1x/week.
  30. Read at least 1 book a month.
  31. Patiently teach Travis French
  32. Double & maintain for at least 1 month blog traffic.
  33. Write someone a letter, old-school style.
  34. Blog at least once a week. (Ideally it would be more, but internet access can be very difficult while on the road).
  35. Start dancing again.
  36. Learn to film better movies with my camera.
  37. Go swimming in the ocean at night.
  38. Write my will and a living will.
  39. Learn 1 new Photoshop trick a month.
  40. Take a picture of Garth in every country we visit.
  41. Document our honeymoon once a month on our wedding blog.
  42. Catch up on past blog posts.
  43. Maintain travel statistics.
  44. Get photo tips from fellow travelers with SLR cameras.
  45. Do a boudoir session.
  46. Get one of those “frozen rain” shots.
  47. Learn to meditate.
  48. Try yoga (for the first time!) in India.
  49. Watch every movie on my laptop and clean house.
  50. Get up early (without any ulterior motives) to catch a sunrise.
  51. Go to Timbuktu.
  52. Hike Machu Picchu.
  53. Eat a bug.
  54. Go rafting.
  55. Find my community.
  56. Beat Travis at Gin at least 5 times. [Completed: 3/5]
  57. Do a full day at the spa.
  58. Make a pie dough from scratch.
  59. Get a stamp from every country I visit.
  60. Volunteer somewhere on this trip.
  61. Do a photo tour or take a photo class somewhere on this trip.
  62. Eat a lamb in the desert.
  63. (Private)
  64. Have a photo exhibit somewhere.
  65. Make vanilla ice cream without breaking the custard.
  66. Learn to ride a motorcycle.
  67. See the monarch migration in Mexico.
  68. Float on the Dead Sea.
  69. See the Galapagos islands.

11 Responses to 101 Things

  1. Anne says:

    I love the idea of this. Best of luck completing everything! 1 suggestion though, the location of the croissant eating should be changed to chez Anne & Greg. The boulangerie next to our place is definitely worth the trip.


    • Magalie says:

      I bet it is! The point though is to eat a croissant where it was invented, and hopefully it will be a tasty experience and not a bad one. Could you mail me one though? I’d kill for a good croissant right now!


  2. Dave Purton says:

    96- First learn that you RIDE not drive a motorcycle.


  3. Ann says:

    I’ve been to a stranger’s wedding. It’s a bit weird. Way more than eating bugs πŸ˜‰


  4. nikita says:

    i love the list and commend you for your candour and honesty in sharing it… i think making the list itself could have been … on the list! a great feat.. now good luck & enjoy! πŸ™‚
    keep posting.. loving reading the blog updates and ‘traveling’ (or not!) with you.. continued bon voyage…….!


  5. Jens says:

    Got a suggestion for the No. 54
    11.11 at 11:11 is the start of Canival Season in Germany
    In case you are around then, you could take a picture of all the costumed people at Cologne doing the countdown and partying πŸ™‚
    Bon Voyage,


    • Magalie says:

      Very interesting, I had no idea! Thank you for the suggestion πŸ™‚ By then we will be in South Africa though, but maybe old German towns down there might also be partying!


  6. kylie says:

    great list, girl! we love it! this is kylie (triplet #1) from travelingtriplets.com and we are so glad to see you’re dreaming big!


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  8. Wow, what an impressive list, Magalie!

    For a moment I was tempted to make some list of my own.

    But then I quickly remembered that my life is in a ‘go-with-the-flow’ mode, since almost 4 years now. And lists and plans do not go along very well with that.
    I do have my own small lists and projects, but I have learned to be flexible about them;-)


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