An EPIC Bucket list with Jonnie Penn of The Buried Life


Do you guys remember that awesome show on MTV called The Buried Life? The one with four good-looking guys out their following their dreams and checking off their bucket list? For those of you that don’t know, The Buried Life consists of four men, Ben, Dave, Duncan and Jonnie. They came together and went on a mission to complete 100 items off of their bucket list while helping others along the way to do the same.

To this day, the members of the original cast are still doing their best to inspire those around them to do something epic before they die. This time they teamed up with our friends over at Contiki to complete 100 list items for 6 travellers in 10 days. That’s right, 10 days.


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I had the opportunity to ask Jonnie Penn a few questions about his travel experiences on the trip. Here’s what he said:

That’s a near impossible challenge to take on – what encouraged you to start this project?

We wanted to do something like this for a number for years. For others, travel was a big theme when we asked them what they wanted to do before they die. It was also on our own list to do a mega bucket list all over the world and Contiki was the right partner for the job.

How many items did you aim to complete each day?

Our goal was to make it the best trip ever, we really wanted to go all out and do as many as we could. We aimed to check off 15 things per day but we were always looking for new opportunities to check something else off at every turn. A lot of these things were already built into the Contiki trips so it made it easy.

What were your biggest obstacles on the trip?

I would say our biggest obstacle was the beginning while we were trying to get everyone together. It was difficult to coordinate everyone but once we were all together it was game on!

What was your favourite part of the trip?

On the end of the final day of sailing in Greece, the winners and I walked up to an abandoned bomb shelter, drank wine and listened to the Beatles while laying down. It wasn’t planned, it just happened and we just lied there under the moon and enjoyed one of the best nights on a tiny island in Greece together.

Which was the most rewarding?

Being with the winners, I saw myself in some of them,they really wanted it and were ready for an adventure. I was inspired by them and I feel like we became fast friends.

How did you feel when it was over?

I felt like I missed travelling and I wanted to explore again. Travel drives curiosity, opens your eyes and takes you outside of yourself. It’s such a nice feeling to be separated from your everyday life and just be out there in the world meeting new people. When I finished just wished I could go back.

Where would you choose to go next?

I would love to go to Japan

Do you have any advice for future Contiki travellers?

Make the jump. It’s very easy to wait and talk about doing things, so I would remind them that you just have to jump to sometimes.

What’s one item on your own bucket list that you have yet to check off?

I would really like to own a farm. My father had a farm and it’s always something I’ve wanted for myself.



It was such an honour to be able to perform this interview with Jonnie and get to hear about his experiences live. It’s amazing how many things he spoke of hit home for me. He was a very inspiring person and thank you to Contiki for setting that up for us!

xx Meagan

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