A bucket list with a difference

When we came across MoneySupermarket’s Budget Bucket List competition we got to thinking about the things we’d really love to do and discovered we had similar passions – our aspirations focused on animals and travel. As lovers of both, together Emma and I came up with our perfect budget and ‘blow it all’ bucket list endeavours.

Our budget bucket list

Our budget bucket list doesn’t actually cost a penny to do, but unfortunately it does take time – something we struggle to give up as we’re both self-employed (i.e. you don’t work, you don’t eat!).

What we’d both love to do is volunteer at a local animal sanctuary or charity. I’ve talked about it and even looked up local places, including Cat Rescue in Wiltshire and Secret World in Somerset, but we just can’t afford to take the time off work at the moment. As it is, I know I personally spend too little time with my family and friends due to work commitments.

You may read this and think we’re lazy, but hopefully those around us will tell you that’s not the case. We may not volunteer in person yet (when finances are more secure I hope to cut back my work hours and help out somewhere, in some way) but we do our bit to help when we can by shopping in animal charity shops and always buying something to support a charity when it has a stall at a market or fete. Its not a lot, but it’s somewhere to start and we do hope that we can tick this off our bucket list one day.

Our ‘blow it all’ bucket list

At the other end of the scale we’d both actually like to – wait for it – volunteer at an animal sanctuary or charity, but somewhere much more exotic!

So many times we’ve looked at ‘holidays’ based around animal volunteer work but they’re actually so much more money than an ‘average’ holiday! They can easily be £3,000+ plus for one person for two weeks, but if we came into some money then we’d be there in a flash. Some of the ones we’re really interested in include Ukatula, where you can care for lions in Africa, Knysna, Africa, where you work alongside elephants and the Great Orangutan Project in Borneo.

I personally also dreamed of volunteering at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica – we recently wrote about their Save our Sloths research and rehabilitation project – but sadly this is no longer available while they work on this project. But you can still stay there, so that’s on the bucket list as well!

Emma’s choice would be Coral Cay – a conservation charity that specialises in preserving marine and rainforest habitats. They currently run projects in Montserrat, Cambodia and the Philippines and work closely with local communities to ensure that they benefit directly.

hands on with baby lions
Get hands on with a baby lion when you volunteer at Ukatula, Africa.

In order to have a chance at winning MoneySupermarket’s competition, we need to nominate three other blogging friends who we think might be interested in the competition. Our picks are:

1. Matt @ Travel with a Mate

2. Bethan @ All About Bethan

3. Amy @ Amy J Burton

We’d love to hear about the things on your budget and blow it all bucket lists, so please do share with us in the comments below!

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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