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What's your thing? You know, your thing? That thing you live and breath for that fills you with the most joy? That thing that you'd day in, day out for the rest of your life if the voices of society, your parents, and your inner Master Judge stopped talking?

My thing is: Freedom. I believe and live by 3 mottos:

  • Buy experiences, not things.
  • Women who are free shall set the world free!
  • Location independence with peace and grace is the way.

So a huge motivation for and reward from freedom building is travel.

Buy experiences, not things. Indonesia 2015 © Ellany Lea

I do have things. Multi-function, multi-purpose, high quality, beautiful things that I cherish. I take them with me all over the world because in one 23kg suitcase. But nothing compares to the richness in my heart from the adventures I've had.

So without further ado, here's Ella's List of 50 Things to Do Before you Die.

Lots of people have a bucket list. Not everyone checks them, for various reasons, legitimate and fictitious. To tickle your inner globetrotter alive again, here are 101 of my favorite travel experiences that elevated my soul, grew me as a human being, gifted me with exquisite freedom, and cemented the knowing that I have truly lived. I want that feeling for you too

1. Ride an elephant

Buy experiences, not things. Chitwan, Nepal 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

2. Swim with turtles

Buy experiences, not things. Gili Air, Indonesia 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

3. Handglide off a mountain

Buy experiences, not things. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

4. Parasail over the ocean

Buy experiences, not things. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 2011 © Ellany Lea

 

5. Microlight over the Big 5

During dry season

Buy experiences, not things. Livingston, Zambia 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

6. Paraglide from mountain peak to mountain peak

Landing by Phewa Tal (lake), hopefully not *in* the lake.

Buy experiences, not things. Pokhara, Nepal 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

7. Get a PADI Open Water Diving Certification

PADI Open Water Certification

Buy experiences, not things. Similan Islands, Thailand 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

8. Camping in the desert

Spitzkoppe in the background

Buy experiences, not things. Spitzkoppe, Namibia 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

9. Swim with sharks

Buy experiences, not things. Nassau, Bahamas 2011 © Ellany Lea

 

10. Fly in a hot air balloon

Buy experiences, not things. Bagan, Myanmar 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

11. Surf in tropical ocean

Sunset at Playa Maderas

Buy experiences, not things. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua 2011 © Ellany Lea

 

12. Quadbike in the sand dunes

Buy experiences, not things. Dune 45, Namibia 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

13. Jump in the salt flats

Buy experiences, not things. Salar del Uyuni 2012 © Ellany Lea

 

14. Hike Walk up to Machu Pichu

Buy experiences, not things. Machu Piccu, Peru 2012 © Ellany Lea

 

15. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity

Building affordable housing through Global Village Program

Buy experiences, not things. Nasilai, Fiji 2003 © Ellany Lea

 

16. Hike up to the Top of Petra

Buy experiences, not things. Petra, Jordan 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

17. Zip line through the jungle

Buy experiences, not things. Machu Piccu, Peru 2012 © Ellany Lea

 

18. Touch Stonehenge

Buy experiences, not things. Stonehenge, United Kingdom 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

19. Ride a camel

Buy experiences, not things. Cairo, Egypt 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

20. Drive through the rolling hills around Lake Kivu

Buy experiences, not things. Lake Kivu, Rwanda 2007 © Ellany Lea

 

21. Scuba dive in the Indian Ocean

Buy experiences, not things. Zanzibar, Tanzania 2007 © Ellany Lea

 

22. Straddle the Northern and Southern hemispheres

Standing between North and South at Latitude 0° 0' 0''

Buy experiences, not things. Quito, Ecuador 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

23. Ride a canoe through the Okavango Delta

My "poler" made me a necklace :)

Buy experiences, not things. Okavango Delta, Botswana 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

24. Motorbike through 2,000 temples

Buy experiences, not things. Bagan, Myanmar 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

25. Go on safari in The Serengeti during mating season

Buy experiences, not things. The Serengeti, Tanzania 2007 © Ellany Lea

 

26. Float in the Dead Sea

Buy experiences, not things. Dead Sea, Jordan 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

27. Riding down Camino Del Muerto (The Road of Death)

Buy experiences, not things. La Paz, Bolivia 2012 © Ellany Lea

 

28. Practice yoga at Inari Prayer Gates

Buy experiences, not things. Kyoto, Japan 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

29. Attempt to go up Table Mountain

Behind pounding waves of Atlantic Ocean

Buy experiences, not things. Cape Town, South Africa 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

30. Cleanse self in holy water

Buy experiences, not things. Ubud, Indonesia 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

31. Teach technology at a Vocational School

nly non-Singaporean team member, sponsored by NUS IEEE and YEP

Buy experiences, not things. Hanoi, Vietnam 2014 © Ellany Lea

 

32. Paddle board at The Palm

Buy experiences, not things. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

33. Stand between today and yesterday

... or between today and tomorrow :O

Buy experiences, not things. International Date Line, Fiji 2003 © Ellany Lea

 

34. Ride a horse to a trot

Buy experiences, not things. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 2011 © Ellany Lea

 

35. Practice Antigravity Yoga at the Four Seasons

Buy experiences, not things. Jimbaran, Indonesia 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

36. Teach web strategy at the Ministry of Education

Buy experiences, not things. Kigali, Rwanda 2007 © Ellany Lea

 

37. Fly and roll down a sand dune

Buy experiences, not things. Wadi Rum, Jordan 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

38. Track down giant turtles

I found them! But not before they grunted and farted at me :(

Buy experiences, not things. Galapagos, Ecuador 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

39. Pray at the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal was hand carved from the best white marble available

Buy experiences, not things. Agra, India 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

40. Lavish self in a 6-hour spa extravaganza for $97

Buy experiences, not things. Ubud, Indonesia 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

41. Sail on a feluca for several days

Peacefully sailing down the Nile for 3 days

Buy experiences, not things. Aswan, Egypt 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

42. Visit fireflies in a mangrove

Buy experiences, not things. Kuala Selangor, Malaysia 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

43. Wander in a bamboo forest

Buy experiences, not things. Kyoto, Japan 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

44. Have breakfast in the clouds

Buy experiences, not things. La Paz, Bolivia 2012 © Ellany Lea

 

45. Climb into a turtle shell

...and get stuck there, and watch your friends laugh so hard and walk away, and laugh so hard yourself at how this is so not how I pictured dying, and have no  more core strength due to the laughing and crying.

Does this make me an invasive species like the goats and raspberries?

Buy experiences, not things. Galapagos, Ecuador 2008 © Ellany Lea

 

46. Watch the fountains dance in front of the tallest building in the world

Buy experiences, not things. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2015 © Ellany Lea

 

47. Hike to the top of Mount Sinai and watch the sun rise

Buy experiences, not things. Mount Sinai, Egypt 2005 © Ellany Lea

 

48. Watch a lion stalk a zebra

After 30min of watching, we had to leave and didn't see the kill...

Buy experiences, not things. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 2007 © Ellany Lea

 

49. Learning to surf

Almost got it!

Buy experiences, not things. Managua, Nicaragua 2011 © Ellany Lea

 

50. Climbing to the top of Dune 45

Walking up the dune in socks to see the sun rise

Buy experiences, not things. Sossusvlei, Namibia 2005 © Ellany Lea

With infinite grace,

xo, Ella

Women who are free will set the world free

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Ellany LeaAUTHOR • When Ellany said yes to freedompreneurship, she had no idea it'd turn into a spiritual quest of reclaiming the 1,000 pieces of her soul. #1000reclamations