International Travel Goals Jan 4th – August 13th, 2011

I shared this list with my friends on Facebook before I left on my globe-trotting internship tour at the beginning of 2011. Considering the feedback I got there, I decided to share a summary of what I achieved, (and will have to go back for the next time around) here on this blog; I hope you enjoy:

[x] = objective accomplished
[ ] = yet to be accomplished

Descriptions and/or pictures accompany the some of the more exciting achievements.

Below is my itinerary and trip goals. Let me know what you think and if I should add anything onto the list!
I consider everything under main and secondary goals achieveable. Bonus goals are things that have come up unexpctedly and/or have been suggested to me and piqued my interest enough to consider making plans for them.

Trip Dates

4th Jan to April 9th – Australia: Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns
April 2nd to April 7th – New Zealand
10th April to 8th June – India
9th June to 2nd July – U.S.
3rd July to 13th August – Hong Kong/Macau/China
Lots of weekend trips

Main Objectives

[x] Get to Australia (Jan 4th)
First Time Abroad; So Far From Friends
[x] Get to India (Apr 9th)
[x] Get to Hong Kong (July 3rd)
[x] Work for a Private Equity company (Equity Partners)
[x] Work for one of the big four (Ernst & Young – April 12th)
Last Day At Work in India!
[x] Work for a financial consulting firm (FactSet Research Systems)

Secondary Objectives


[x] Scuba-dive
SCUBA-mask Close-up

–[x] See marine life
—-[2x] Manly, NSW – Shark (2 dusky whalers (3m), 1 wobby gong(1m)), manta ray, big fish (variety), conch slug (huge)
—-[5x] Tweed Head, NSW – Manta Ray (3m wide), Sea turtles (one 1.5m wide), massive lobster (1m long), school of squid, puffer fish, clown fish, “Dory” fish
—-[11x] Great Barrier Reef – Too many to list!!
SCUBA with an Eastern Green Groper
[13 jumps – done!] Finish skydiving AFF program

–[ ] Sky dive in New Zealand
[x] Go to the Gold Coast
[x] Get advanced openwater scuba diving license
[x] Skydive, ride a motorcycle, and scuba-dive respectively within 24 hours of each other!!!


[ ] Visit the Taj Mahal
[x] Drive a car and/or motorcycle in India (and survive)
Riding a Harley in Bangalore, India
[3/3] Visit the three major cities of India: [x] Bombay, [x] Bangalore, [x] Delhi

Hong Kong/Macau SARs

[4x] Bungy jump AJ Hacket Macau Tower 233m (764ft) – tallest in the world
AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy


[x] Beijing
–[x] The Great Wall
Great Wall of China
–[x] Tianamen Square
–[x] Forbidden City
–[ ] The Bird’s Nest (2008 Olympic Stadium)
[x] Shanghai
–[x] Shanghai World Financial Center (World tallest *observator* tower)
[x] Visit Chinese factories, wholesalers, supplier fairs in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fo Shan, Zhong Shan
Pretending to be an interested buyer


[x] Go to New Zealand
Overlooking Queenstown
[ ] Go to Thailand
–[ ] Scuba-dive in Thailand
[ ] Go whale watching
[ ] Cliff dive over 60 feet
North America
[x] Attend Ramsey’s Cal High graduation
[x] Go on a vacation with the family (Canada)
Canada with Family
[ ] Cross-country road trip (Cali to Boston)

Bonus Objectives and/or Accomplishments

[4/4] Do a backflip at a bar/night out in each country [6x] Australia, [2x] New Zealand, [3x] India, [x] Hong Kong


[x] Visit the Blue Mountains
[x] Have a big Australia Day BBQ
[ ] Learn to surf in Manly
–[ ] Surf in Bondi
[ ] Stand on Ayers rock

New Zealand

[x] River raft
River-rafting the Shotover Canyon (Queenstown, NZ)
[x] Ride Jet Boat
[x] Canyon Swing
Canyon Swing at Shotover Canyon (Queenstown, NZ)
[x] 4×4 off-road (as a passenger)
[x] Ice climb a glacier
Ice Climbing Franz Josef Glacier
[x] Climb in Mt. Cook Valley
[x] Kayak on Lake Tepako
[ ] Ride in a zorb ball


[x] Visit the “Tiger of Mysore” Palace
Tiger of Mysore Palace
[x] Visit the Brindavan Gardens
[x] Play cricket (x2!!)
[ ] Drive a rickshaw

Hong Kong/Macau

[ ] Visit Hong Kong Geopark
[x] Hike under the Ngong Ping Cable Cars
[x] Hike Lantau Island (including largest copper Buddha statue in the world)


[x] Picture of the Shanghai skyline
Shanghai Skyline
[x] Ride in the Tienjian Eye

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