The man who sold his life on eBay – what’s on Ian Usher’s bucket list?

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We all have dreams, many of which revolve around travelling the world. But for most of us, the demands of family, friends, work and a weekly routine leave little or no time for thinking about them, let alone their realisation.

When his wife of five years left him three years after they emigrated to Australia, Ian Usher’s life was turned upside down. Finding his immediate world unbearably interconnected with his lost love, he decided to sell everything he owned on eBay.

The sale of all his worldly possessions (including house and car), introductions to his friends and a trial role at the rug shop where he was previously the assistant manager netted him £192,000.

In the lead up to the auction his original plan to leave Australia with only a set of clothes, wallet and passport gradually evolved into an epic bucket list. He set himself the challenge of completing 100 hundred goals in 100 weeks.

Over the course of two years he’s managed to achieve 93 of those goals. Indeed, he achieved a lot more than he planned – falling in love with a woman he met on his journey, buying a tropical island and selling the cinematic rights for his story to Disney.

While Ian Usher’s story is extreme, from the trauma that released him from his everyday life, to his commitment to completing his personal goals, it should encourage us all not to let our dreams pass us by. See the travel and adventure elements from his list of 100 goals below – follow his lead and take inspiration for your next trip.

Tomatina Festival – Bunol, Spain

Festival of the Dead – Oaxaca, Mexico

Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Elephant Round-up – Surin, Thailand

San Francisco

Los Angeles

See the Grand Canyon – Arizona, USA

Las Vegas

Climb the Statue of Liberty – New York, USA

Drive America’s Route 66 – USA

Paraglide – Gourdon, Alpes Maritimes, France

Gallop on horseback on a beach at sunset – Gold Beach, USA

Learn to play the didgeridoo with circular breathing – Outback, Australia

Nude skydive – York, Australia

Night skydive – Canon City, Colorado, USA

Skydive from a helicopter or balloon – California, USA

Attend Cannes Film Festival – Cannes, France

Snowboard in Whistler – Whistler, Canada

Ride the long surf – Hawaii, USA

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival – Gloucestershire, UK

Dive with whales – Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Dive with manta rays – Hawaii, USA

Shark Cage Dive – Gansbaai, South Africa

Swim with a 10+ metre whale shark – Ningaloo Reef, Australia

See Hammerhead shark reef – Yonaguni, Okinawa, Japan

See an iceberg – Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Ride an elephant – Surin, Thailand

Take controls of a helicopter – Big Island, Hawaii

Big bungee jump – Verdon Gorge, France

Ride the Kingda Ka rollercoaster at Six Flags ­– New Jersey, USA

Fly in a MIG fighter jet – Florida, USA

Bobsleigh run – Salt Lake City, Utah

Sleep in a Japanese capsule hotel – Tokyo, Japan

Weightless flight – Florida, USA

See Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Northern Territory, Australia

See Pyramid at Chichén Itzá – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Snowboard on Dubai indoor ski slope – Dubai, UAE

See Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa

San Fermin Bull Run Festival – Pamplona, Spain

See Machu Picchu – Cusco, Peru

See Easter Island’s statues – Easter Island, Chile

Walk on the Great Wall of China – China

See Christ the Redeemer statue – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

See the Taj Mahal – Agra, India

See Christ of the Deep – Portofino, Italy

Attend Bonneville Speed Week – Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA

Climb the Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Enter a $1,000 poker competition – Las Vegas, USA

Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Learn to kite surf – Perth, Australia

Visit Israelite Bay – Western Australia

See Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil border

Niagara Falls – Canada/USA border

Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe border

Ice sculptures of Yuki Matsuri – Sapporo, Japan

See red crabs march – Christmas Island, Australia

See the Northern Lights – Vik, Iceland

See Everest – Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

See Mount Rushmore – Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Dog-sled ride in the wilderness – Whitehorse, Canada

Do a wingwalk – London, UK

Stay a night at an underwater hotel – Key Largo, Florida, USA

White water rafting – Colorado, USA

The “7 peaks in 7 days” challenge – Colorado, USA

Ride an ostrich – Oudtshoorn, South Africa

See an active volcano – Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Spend a night in a haunted house, alone – Gold Beach, USA

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The man who sold his life on eBay – what’s on Ian Usher’s bucket list? was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.