Podcast, Welcome to Tick It Before You Kick It [Podcast Ep. 0]

Welcome to Tick It Before You Kick It [Podcast Ep. 0]

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I’m your host, Mermaid Alexandra. I love diving deep into the world of bucket list adventures from the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks.

So, why this podcast? Well, it all started with my own list—scribbled on napkins and jotted in journals, each adventure calling louder than the last.

I realized that conquering these dreams wasn’t just about personal thrill; it was about connecting with others, learning about our beautiful planet, and pushing our boundaries.

Whether you’re an armchair explorer or a seasoned thrill-seeker, I’m here to guide you, inspire you, and share the incredible stories of adventurers from around the globe. So buckle up, fellow adventurers, we’re about to take off!

In this Episode…

  • Learn more about your quirky host, Alexandra…
  • How I became an avid bucketlister, adventurer, and mermaid
  • Why this podcast started
  • How this podcast is different
  • What this podcast can do for YOU
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The Bucket List Mermaid showing off her tail at the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.

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More About Me

If you want more about my story and why I’m so obsessed with adventure, you can read about the blog or my full story 😊


If you are truly interested in embracing adventure, please consider subscribing (it’s free!).

From bucket list inspirations, to free printables, to a subscribers-only resource library, this mermaid is dedicated to you and adventure!

Travel Resources

Adventure Bucket List Resources

I am here to help your travel adventures go as smoothly as possible! That way you can check off that bucket list with minimal complications and spending!

AIRFARE – It is no surprise that like many travelers, I have found that Hopper is one of the best resources to use when finding cheap flights. 

ACCOMMODATION – My two favorites are Booking.Com for hotels and VRBO for rentals. 

GUIDED TOURS –  If you are looking for quick and easy tours, check out GetYourGuide and Viator

MULTI-DAY TOURS –  For more in-depth tours that span several days, TourHub has many great options with reputable travel companies. Use my code (ALEXANDRA1GURU) for up to 5% off your next bucket list adventure. 

TRANSPORTATION –  You can either rent a car yourself with Discover Cars or do a guided bus tours like Big Bus Tours

CREDIT CARD –  I always use my Chase Freedom Unlimited card for all of my purchases. There is no annual fee and you get 1.5% cash back and 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel. 

SIM CARDS –  Avoid expensive roaming charges with an eSim card with Airalo.

TRAVELER’S INSURANCE –  Check out VisitorsCoverage for affordable insurance plans.

Podcast Episode Transcript

Hey, there adventurers! My name is Alexandra with The Bucket List Mermaid. I write all about adventure travel and, more specifically, adventure bucket lists.

This is going to be a short and sweet introduction to my new podcast “Tick It Before You Kick It”.

About The Bucket List mermaid

Now, just a little bit about me. I am a Colorado native and I was infected with the travel bug from a very early age. We went on cruises and we went to different places. So, it was no surprise that I just became known as the “adventurous traveler” from a very young age.

I ended up taking my first solo trip abroad to London and Paris when I was only 16 years old. And after that I was obviously hooked because it led me to move full-time abroad 2 years later when I went to college in Cambridge, England for Forensic Science.

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Hiking around the world on my epic 7 month trip around the world. This is the view from Padar Island in the Komodo Islands in Indonesia.

After I finished my degree, I embarked on a 7 month epic trip around the world by myself. When I returned and the pandemic hit, I convinced myself that I had to get a big girl job and naturally the medical route was the way to go.

The Road to Becoming a Doctor

So, I became and Emergency Medical Technician all throughout COVID and I worked until I was ready to apply to medical school.

Now, I still had that adventurous spirit in me so I figured in order to quench it a little bit I would go to medical school in Budapest, Hungary.

News flash: this did not work. At all.

I was a little bit miserable and I was kinda sick of just helping people survive when, in reality, I really wanted to help them live.

I think my problem was that I was surrounding myself with so much death and sickness. And when I would talk to people, they hadn’t conquered their bucket list for a multitude of reasons. I think it just broke me.

So I took a bold bold decision and I quite medical school to become a travel blogger, a yoga instructor, and a mermaid. Yes–you heard that right. I became a mermaid.

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Trying to travel around Budapest in between study breaks from medical school.

I’m a Traveling Mermaid!

I needed to make people smile on my travel blog and this just seemed like the most authentic and genuine way to do it.

Since my parents got married underwater (dolphins were their ring bearers), our house was always ocean themed, I was a diver, I was into ocean conservation, and I was just one of those kids that was really obsessed with mermaids…cause…aren’t we all?

So I just thought to myself, “You know what?! Accept it. Accept my fate, and just own it!”

I have now been to over 45 countries in 6 continents. As I mentioned, I have lived in multiple places in both Europe and US and am currently *drum roll please* living full-time in a massive fifth wheel RV and traveling around the US with 2 cats and a dog.

P.S. If you want to follow their journey on instagram, they are called “Toe Beans on the Road“.

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Becoming a mermaid and starting a travel blog!

About the Podcast

Now let’s get to the fun stuff: the podcast. In this show, I am going to be tackling specific bucket list adventures. We are going to be discussing if it is worth your bucket list at all, things I wish I would have known, tips and tricks, any relevant information, and, of course, I am going to throw in some hilarious travel stories.

I am going to focus a lot on the travel stories because I personally just love hearing about all of the adventure (or maybe misadventures) of travel! And if I haven’t done a bucket list adventure, I will find someone who has.

Just Another Adventure Podcast?

But what exactly makes The Bucket List Mermaid different? Well, this podcast is strictly for adventurers looking to live life one bucket list at a time.

I am talking about the people who truly love to travel, experience new cultures, travel sustainably, and get their heart pumping.

I also love all the podcasts who have a bunch of celebrities guest and stories. And that’s awesome! I just don’t think it is as relatable when it comes to travel.

So, I am interested in having guests on the show that are real. I want to hear real stories from real travelers…just like you!

I want to be authentic and realistic with these bucket list tips and stories.

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Learning photography in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Is This Podcast for You?

So, if you feel the call to adventure and long to check off everything on your bucket list before you die, then this is the show for you!

It is my goal to inspire your bucket list, fill you with the confidence to tackle it, and maybe make you laugh a little bit along the way.

If you are ready to jump into adventuring and bucketlisting then don’t forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to listen to this quirky mermaid ramble on about some mind-blowing things to do before you die!

Thank You for listening

I want to thank you for listening and I am so excited to go on this journey with you and support you as you tackle the things on your bucket list and embark on the journey that is adventure travel.

If you do decide to check off anything that I’ve talked about on the show or you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me or tag me on social media (@thebucketlistmermaid). Or head over to thebucketlistmermaid.com to reveal the entire treasure trove of the adventure blog and all the bucket lists that I have made.

I am all about cheering you on from the sidelines as you live you best adventurous life!

Now without further adieu…let’s get started and let’s go bucket listing!

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Enjoying a stream in my mermaid tail while traveling around in an RV.

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