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A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time.
The whole point of creating my bucket list is to maximize every moment of my life and live to the fullest. It’s a reminder to me (or people like me) of all the things I want to achieve in my life once.
Do you have your own list? If yes, then take this opportunity to review it. See if there are new items you want to add-on. If so, add them in. Check if all the items listed are still relevant. If not, remove them.
Take out your pen and paper or open up a text document. Start writing down what comes to mind as you read these questions:
#What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you could do before you die?
#What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
#What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
#Any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
#What are your biggest goals and dreams?
#What experiences do you want to have / feel?
#Are there any special moments you want to witness?
#What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
#What are the most important things you can ever do?
#What do you want to achieve in the different areas: Social, Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health (Your weight, Fitness level), Spiritual?
Come up with as many items as you can. The items should be things you have not done yet. Don’t stop until you finish listing at least 50 or more things! As did I. Just check:
1. Stop worrying about what other people think
2. Travel all around the world
3. Learn a new language (Spanish)
4. Fly in a hot-air balloon
5. Go for scuba diving / snorkeling and experience life under water
6. Go for trekking
7. Do an extreme sport (Paragliding and bungee jumping)
8. Shower in a waterfall
9. Achieve ideal weight
10. Let someone know how much he/she means to you
11. Inspire someone
12. Pursue your passion
13. Sing to an audience
14. Learn power yoga
15. Walk/Dance barefoot in the rain
16. Learn to play a musical instrument
17. Design a dress for a celebrity
18. Experience the best sunrise/sunset
19. Plant a tree and watch it grow
20. Get a pet
21. Publish a book
22. Do public speaking in front of 1,000 people (or more)
23. Get a complete makeover
24. Go for shopping in New York City
25. Win a lucky draw
26. Go on a road trip
27. Go white water rafting
28. Backpack/solo travelling across at least 10 locations
29. Work in a different country for at least 6 months
30. Get featured in the media for something you are proud of
31. Create your dream home
32. See snow fall
33. Conquer your biggest fear
34. Go on a meditation retreat
35. Do something completely crazy and out of character
36. Visit a volcano
37. Visit the pyramids at Egypt
38. Fly in a helicopter
39. Meet someone you can only dream of meeting
40. Ride a roller coaster
41. Go on a cruise
42. Go to a costume party and dress up as your favorite character
43. Learn to drive a car and have my own car
44. Become a travel blogger
45. Become a photo grapher
46. Go camping in the woods
47. Sail out in the sea for a month
48. Swim in an ocean
49. Learn water surfing
50. Go for desert safari
51. Experience wildlife very close
51. Take part in art exhibition with my own paintings
52. Do volunteer work with elephants in Thailand
So here is my list and will try to add more items by the time. What about yours? Are you ready to make your own?
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This page features 569 cool bucket list ideas to do before you die. I created it in hopes that you will gain some inspiration for your own journey. Once you're done .
Written by: Andrew Tipp
Only two things are guaranteed in life: sexual disappointment and death. And if you’re really unlucky, they might both happen at the same time.
Thankfully, most of us get a few precious decades of existence to do cool stuff before we check in to the big backpacker hostel in the sky. We therefore humbly present the gapyear.com guide to things to do before you die.
So what should you try before you kick the bucket? We’ve basically tried to include a mix of the iconic gap year experiences as well as some edgier, less-obvious adventures.
Riding the ‘Death Road’ in Bolivia might literally be the last thing you do before you die. The 64km North Yungas Road that runs from La Paz to Coroico has been known as ‘The world’s most dangerous road’ since 1995, and hundreds of people have lost their lives in accidents over the years. This includes backpackers on an adrenaline rush – 18 tourists having died biking the route since 1998.
But as long as you take the corners sanely and remember that brakes are there to be used you should be fine, and dozens of cycle companies in La Paz offer the thrilling day trip that takes you from the snow and ice of the La Cumbre Pass at 4,600m to the sub-tropical Coroico at 1,200m.
This is proper adventure cycling: narrow road, tight bends and 600m drop-offs with no guard rail. It’s adventurous. It’s exhilarating. It’s epic. Going down has never been better.
The North Koreans get a raw deal; they’re poor, force-fed propaganda and live in one of the most isolated countries on Earth. It can’t be fun. But it’s not all bad news. They can always go to nightclubs. Well, one nightclub.
The Taedong Diplo in Pyongyang is North Korea’s only club. It’s not a great club, mainly because it’s only got one CD: Trance Hits of 1993. No joke. Occasionally they mix things up with the karaoke edition of the Titanic soundtrack. Seriously, we’re not making this up. Last year the Guardian sent DJ Ian Steadman, who introduced indie disco. It seemed to go down quite well.
If you’re properly trying to make an awesome and interesting list of things to do before you die, why not include living it up in Pyongyang? Ok, so there’s lots of reasons, but, still, it would be pretty cool.
These days you can navigate the Amazon using Google Maps, so why would you bother rocking up in person? Well, despite modern tech, deforestation and TV documentary saturation there’s still a timeless, mystical romance about the Amazon.
The South American rainforest is a lush, majestic world that evokes a childlike spirit of adventure. It’s got anacondas and piranhas. It’s got jaguars. It’s got indigenous tribes that still haven’t had any contact with the outside world, a bit like some parts of Wales. Get an old boat and an old guide, head down river and you’ll feel like Bruce Parry, minus the film crew.
In an age of disposable travel apps and zeitgeisty backpacking trends it’s cool to know that exploring the Amazon is still one of the top things to do before you die, and always will be. Unless they destroy it to grow soy beans.
On every bucket list you need adrenaline activities. It’s the rules. Skydiving, white-water rafting, rock climbing; the options are almost endless. All these ideas are great, although at gapyear.com jumping off a completely solid bridge attached to bit a rope is one of our favourites.
The Bloukans Bridge bungee on the border of South Africa‘s Western and Eastern Capes is the world’s highest commercial bridge jump. 216m above the river, the jumps are organised by Face Adrenaline. They haven’t had an accident since 1997, so you’re in fairly safe hands.
You might be thinking you can’t do this. Maybe you’ve got vertigo. You’re an introvert. You don’t ‘like’ adrenaline. Well, in 2010 South African Mohr Keet, 96, did the jump. If he can do it, you can. No excuses.
Is it a good idea to mix alcohol with rope swings, slides and travelling down a river on a rubber tube? Probably not, but ‘tubing’ has become a must-do backpacker experience on the Nam Song river in Vang Vieng, Laos, and therefore justifies its place in our gap year guide.
The basic concept is to hit several bamboo bars along a river, floating downstream to each in the tube. The bars serve up lao-lao whisky, ‘happy shakes’ and rocking tunes. You will need money, dry bags and a healthy dose of common sense coupled with the instinct for self-preservation.
Why? Well, obviously this is a bit dangerous. People get hurt. Tourists die every year. But it’s also really fun, so get involved, take care and don’t kill yourself. Tubing isn’t for everyone, but it makes our list of stuff to try before you die.
There should always be an epic charity adventure on any list of things to do before you die; you know, one of those trips where people sponsor you to hitchhike to Ecuador in your underwear.
There are loads of amazing charity escapades that will take you all over the world. Some are branded, some are totally independent. One of our favourites is the Mongol Rally. It’s a 10,000 mile drive from the UK and to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, all done chaotically in teams, and using a haphazard and thoroughly unsuitable vehicle. Ideally you should be comprehensively unprepared.
The ‘rally’ (no one cares who wins) is arranged under the umbrella of The Adventurists – a group that believes most travelling and backpacking in the modern world is too safe and boring, and so organise the event to be, well, as unorganised as possible.
Africa. It’s plagued by poverty, famine, war and AIDS. Which is rubbish. But it’s also a vibrant place full of life, hope and culture. It evokes the rich imagery of pioneering explorers like David Livingstone, and vivid scenes from novels like Heart of Darkness. Oh, and there’s wildlife. Lots of wildlife.
You could go on safari in a lot of places in Africa. Like Botswana. Mozambique, maybe. That Kruger Park in South Africa isn’t too shabby. But Kenya is one of the most iconic safari experiences on the continent. Probably the world. You’ll be blown away by the vast arid plains, rivers and woodlands filled with Africa’s Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard).
A list of things to do before you die should definitely include seeing some majestic creatures in their own natural habitats. This is what it’s all about; just you, your fellow safariers, the magic of nature, and, yes, a guide with a massive shotgun.
People used to think the northern lights were heavenly spirits or magic. But then science came along and ruined it for everyone by explaining that the mind-blowing atmospheric luminescence is actually caused by solar winds and the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere.
But did they ruin it? Many would argue that the northern lights – or aurora borealis – retains its magic, and that understanding what’s actually going on makes it even better. We agree, and recommend that your checklist of things to do before you die includes a trip to see this beautiful natural phenomenon.
The best places to see the aurora borealis in the far north of Scandinavia, although over the last year the lights have been popping up across North America and northern Britain.
The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, Thailand, is the epitome of hedonism, and easily makes the cut on our list of things to do before you die. It’s celebrated every month (with the full moon, obviously) on Haad Rin beach and it’s a party like no other.
There’s buckets of booze, drugs, fire dancing and ladyboys. There’s even Mushroom Mountain. You can guess what that’s all about. The whole event is essentially a lot like Disneyland, except specifically for adults and filled with beaches, buckets and babes.
Now, for a lot of people this vision of sweaty, drunk western twentysomethings will look a lot like The End of The World. That’s cool. But the Full Moon Party has become a backpacking rite of passage in South East Asia so, hey, suck it and see.
There are few man-made wonders as iconic as Machu Picchu, and there are few better ways to see it than the four or five days spent trekking the Inca Trail.
At Cuzco in Peru you can book the trail and set off with guides, porters and other trekkers. Due to justified limits imposed on the number of tours, you’ll need to book well in advance. The trail takes you through amazing ruins of Incan settlements and roads, but some of it is at high altitude, so watch out for that. It can make you sick. So very sick.
The climax of the adventure is Machu Picchu itself. It’s the daddy cool of the trail, and could probably make the list of things to do before you die on its own; it’s immense, mysterious and, well, almost unbelievable. Just try and go with a mind that’s open, clear and not pre-blown by blogs and brochures, else you might feel underwhelmed by a bunch of well-maintained rocks.
Bull-fighting is part of Spain‘s rich, proud cultural heritage. Or it might be cruel torture to entertain the bloodthirsty masses. Basically, it’s controversial.
The annual running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona is slightly less controversial. Slightly. At least 15 people have died since 1910, and hundreds of people get injured during each seven-day festival. Some might even argue it’s on their list of things to get banned before they die.
But we reckon that might be a tad cynical, and lots of people agree; every year thousands of locals and tourists take to the streets to test their courage against the rampant half-ton bulls. Join them.
Antarctica is one of the most unticked items on worldwide lists of things to do before you die. It sits there, year after year, watching the bulls and bungee jumps get crossed off while it lies lonely and neglected. It’s so sad.
So don’t ignore one of the best gap year bucket list items. Yes, it’s expensive. And cold. And probably not the most comfortable cruise in the world. But there are penguins, blue whales, orcas and seals. And colossal squids. Maybe. Well, it says so on Wikipedia.
Antarctica is one of the most epic, awe-inspiring landscapes you can experience on Earth. It’s genuinely magnificent. The place has resisted human colonisation, and that makes it all the more magical. Go. Now.
Critically endangered, the mountain gorillas in the dense forests of central Africa sadly represents a real ‘last chance to see’ item on the things to do before you die list; they have suffered from poaching, war, disease as well as habitat loss in recent decades.
Located in Uganda and Rwanda, seeing these incredible creatures will set you back some serious cash – permits to visit the National Parks with guides cost hundreds of pounds. But it’s probably worth it. We use this word a lot – and possibly overuse it – but seeing mountain gorillas up close in the flesh is truly, properly awesome.
There are other endangered species you could scramble to see before it’s too late, but for us these big fellas top the pile.
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A bucket list is something everyone should have.
This is a series of tasks that you would like to complete before “kicking the bucket” and dying.
These ideas aren't mean to be morbid. Instead, it's a collection of inspirational goals that you'd like to accomplish in your life.
A good bucket list is balanced. There should be items on the list that are easy to accomplish as you grow from a child to an adult. Such as getting a full-time job and paying your own rent.
These simple bucket list ideas might be followed by more difficult versions of the same tasks, such as, “have a job that pays a minimum of 100K a year” and “own your own home”.
Then finally there are the tougher ideas that you hope to someday accomplish such as, “reach one million dollars in savings, assets and investments” or “own a beach house”.
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Now, there are thousands of bucket list items. So it would be hard to list them all here. Instead, we have broken some of the more inspiring goals and turned them into a list of 553 ideas — broken down into different categories.
As you go through this list, be sure to write down the items that resonate with your “personal why.” Then add the ideas that sound like a great challenge. Then the stuff that's fun. Then the ideas that you can share with your significant other. And finally, the ideas that will help with your self-improvement efforts.
Okay, let's dive into the 553 bucket list items…
What You Will Learn
Traveling is usually the focal point of many bucket lists. In fact, it's often the main thing that comes to mind when writing down what you'd like to accomplish before dying.
Travel is awesome, but something that is unfortunately often delayed until we have, “time” and “money” to enjoy travel. Which many people equate to be retirement. (That's why I recommend checking out some of the 16 money-saving apps can help you with these goals.)
If the opportunity can be made. Try to get travel bucket list items off your list before that elusive “some time” comes around. Being able to enjoy some of these items while still young and energetic is priceless.
Travel Destination Bucket List Ideas
In this day and age, it is essential to learn and keep learning. The days of going to school until you graduate college and then “stopping” learning are past. To keep up with your competition you need a good education, and then you need to keep learning new things related to your field to stay competitive.
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Learn New Skills Bucket List Ideas
We all have life milestones we will remember forever. The first kiss. The first child. The first car. First home.
A few of these special moments are listed here and they all should absolutely be part of your bucket list ideas. Not only that but the basic list of life experiences should easily make you think about dozens of more.
Experience Life Milestones Bucket List Ideas
I love outdoor activities. That is why coming up with so many bucket list ideas for this section was so easy -for me there are so many outdoor activities I want to try someday. The 71 bucket list ideas below are just a small sampling of what is out there for you to visit or experience in the great wide world.
If you'd like to find a method for saving for these fun ideas, then the Digit app can help.
Unique Outdoor Activities Bucket List Ideas
Life is not just about you. It is not just about me. An important, and far to often overlooked, aspect of life is what we can do for others.
Ultimately these tasks are NOT here because I want us to “save the world” together, by using the ideas on this bucket list. The fact is that being charitable feels good. It may even feel good that you get more out of it than the people you are supposed to be helping.
Charity Bucket List Ideas
If you are a sports guy (or gal). Finding ideas for attending cool sporting events should be easy. They may even be fun things you participate in if you happen to be unusually skilled in a cool sport like, ‘cup stacking’. Below are just a few ideas.
Goals are important for all aspects of your life — personal, professional and goals you share with your family. Some goals make you “better” in some small ways. Others can be fun “experiments” you do while young. And other goals can help you advance in your career.
And if you'd like to discover additional information on this topic, then I suggest you check out the following articles:
If you'd like to become a goal-oriented person, then here is a list of 48 ideas to get you started…
Food and drink. We need them to survive, but there are also so many varieties of food. Trying many different dishes from many different cultures allows you to experiences some great foods. Mixing in travel and trying the best dishes in the places they are known for makes an exciting twist on the idea of food and bucket lists.
Food and Drink Bucket List Ideas
Here is a secret. Bucket lists are never meant to be completed. Who wants to be 50 and reach the end of their bucket list. What are you supposed to do then? Just stop enjoying life?
Keep most items on your bucket list achievable, but make the number of items and the amount of “tough” completions difficult enough that finishing “everything” would be very tough. Then if you get close. Add more things to do.
Also. There are “normal” bucket list ideas. And ones that are extra tough. For completing big milestones, you might also want to think of some ways to reward yourself.
Finally, the one main obstacle to achieving many of the items on your bucket list is being to afford these ideas and/or learn how to implement them.
So if you want three great resources, then I'd suggest checking out:
Did you like these ideas? Want to add some of your own bucket list ideas? Please share them in the comments below!
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Float in the Dead Sea, see a broadway musical, stand in front of the Taj Mahal or trek to Mount Everest Base Camp—What’s on your ultimate life list? It’s never too early to start a list of incredible things to do in your lifetime.
In Northern Thailand, an hour from Chiang Mai‘s city center, I spent a memorable day volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a special place where there was an eclectic bunch of Asian Elephants; some old, some young, some blind, some injured from working in the logging industry, some abused and some rescued from the circus. Not only will you be able to feed these majestic creatures, but you can also take them down to the river for a bath.
Jellyfish Lake in the Micronesian country of Palau is home to millions of jellyfish that are deemed relatively harmless since their sting is so light. It was still frightening for the first five minutes to be surrounded by jellyfish, some brushing up against my body. But, after the panic dissipated, this was one of my all-time favorite bucket list travel adventures.
Take your life list to another level and trek through the dense rain forest of Uganda to get a close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the jungle. The fact that these species are on the brink of extinction and you need to travel to faraway lands to see them adds to the experience. A great place to see them is at Bwindi Forest National Park.
There are orphanages all over the world to volunteer at, but I accomplished this “thing to do before you die” in Tanzania. Kibowa Orphanage is on the outskirts of downtown Arusha, hidden down a bumpy dirt road and painted in a friendly pale blue. There are 48 children that call it home and, after four days on an African safari in Tanzania, I spent a fun-filled afternoon with them. I chose to bring colorful balloons, which could be turned into animals or creative hats. It was a joy to watch the children smile as they each made their favorite shapes.
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There’s nothing that can get you into the holiday spirit quite like the Christmas markets in Europe. Between the lighted cathedrals, festive markets and abundance of glühwein, it would be hard not to feel festive!
Viking River Cruises invited me to cruise along the Rhine River to visit almost a dozen Christmas markets throughout Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Definitely one of my favorites on the 100 things to do before you die list.
Each year in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, the IceHotel is built from natural ice and snow. It is an art exhibition as much as a hotel, where the canvases span from floor to ceiling. Spend the night in one of their negative-five-degree rooms, where you will be surrounded by artistically chiseled ice. It’s a bonus that there is also a chance of seeing the Northern Lights from their location on the bank of the Torne River.
See the surreal landscape of Cappadocia from high above in a sky dotted with colorful balloons. Cappadocia is the land in central Turkey known for its fairy chimneys (rock formations), rolling vine- yards, and troglodyte dwellings that are best seen from three thousand feet in the air. Butterfly Balloons can take you up up and away.
While on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, I spent a memorable afternoon helping Osa Turtle Conservation. A group of us were taken to their hatchery along the beach to assist them in releasing baby Olive Ridley turtles into the ocean. Not only is it incredible knowing you are helping with these endangered animals survival, but they are adorable too! Definitely top on the list of 100 things to do before your die!
The Great Wall of China winds up and down a series of fortifications, stretching from Shanhaiguan to Lop Lake in the Gobi Desert. The wall is one of the most recognizable and extensive construction projects built to prevent attacks of the Chinese Empire. Take a walk along a portion of the 13,170-mile-long wall, stopping at scenic spots that overlook flowing rivers and to view precious historical relics. See the Travel China Guide for more info.
Fish pedicures are popping up all around the world, but mine was done in Spain. For €15,00 I had my feet nibbled on by Garra Rufa fish in the tiny Spanish beach town of Sitges, just forty minutes from Barcelona. This technique became popular as a relief for eczema and other skin disorders, but is now a trend around the world and one of the weirdest things to do before you die.
Get your kicks on Route 66, the iconic 2,400-mile route from Chicago to Santa Monica. Also, known as the Main Street of America, it was one of the original US highways, a means for the nation to move about for work or pleasure. Today it keeps old traditions alive with neon-signed motels, mom-and-pop diners, and kitschy roadside attractions.
The ancient city of Petra was carved into the rose colored sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans as early as 312BC. There are over 30 incredible sites spread over 60 square kilometers, from temples to tombs to elaborate buildings. No Trip to Jordan would be complete without a stop here.
Three days a week visitors can attend Petra at Night, where over 1,500 candles light the mile trek from the Siq to the Treasury, an elaborate two-story tomb. A group of roughly two hundred people will walk through the narrow rock fissures that are lit by candlelight. Walking through the Siq at night is a very mysterious experience. But, don’t miss Petra by day too.
During the day, you can wander way beyond the iconic Treasury building and explore trails that will pass by the Street of Facades, the Theater, countless tombs and through the Arch.
It’s definitely not hard to find a good fondue restaurant in Switzerland. But, if you’re in Zurich go to Swiss Chuchi. It is a well-known eatery that specializes in traditional Swiss style food. Though there were plenty of other tempting dishes on the menu to choose from, a pot of fondue sat on almost every table, a not-so subliminal message. This is where I spent lunch indulging in my very own pot of melted goodness.
Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 1,200 miles, running parallel to the Queensland coastline. It is the world’s largest coral reef system with over 2,900 reefs, 1,500 fish species, 400 types of coral, and 900 remote islands. Scuba divers flock here to glide with hundreds of manta rays, marvel at the colorful sea fans, and swim with schools of blackfin barracudas. Ocean Free can take you under the sea.
Thanks to my fear of needles, my heart beated uncontrollably when I decided to give blood. But my mother, who had given blood many times before, convinced me that the feeling of saving lives would far outweigh the fear of that needle piercing my poor, unscathed arm. And she was right. A little pinch in the arm is worth knowing your blood donation can possibly save three lives!
Read about my experience: Giving Blood: What to Expect & 5 Benefits of Donating
Though truffle hunting is a popular foodie experience around the world (that’s #86)!, in Northern California wild mushroom hunting of all kinds in a crowd-pleaser. During Napa‘s famous truffle festival they offer a mushroom foraging excursion where three mycologists, fungi gurus, lead the pack. You can walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience under your belt and a basketful of bounty.
The French Laundry is arguably the most well-known French restaurant in the world. A meal for two at this Michelin three-starred eatery will set you back close to a thousand bucks, but your taste buds will be dazzled. In order to indulge in the nine-course dining experience the chefs create, you’ll need to get a reservation—and that’s the tricky part.
For those that believe getting there is half the fun, travel the legendary Trans-Siberian railway, an epic train journey that spans from Moscow to Vladivostok. Traverse one third of the globe, enjoying the scenery from the window of your train car, plus make stops to different cities along the way.
Flyboarding is an adventurous sport where your feet will be slipped into boots that are attached to a board, much like a snow board. A tube attached from your feet to the jet ski pushes water and propels you into the air. While in Cancun I got my shot to try this and it was beyond challenging. You definitely need to use every ounce of balance you have, but worth a spot on your list of things to do before you die.
There is nothing quite like the Sydney Opera House overlooking the harbor, its exterior an iconic vision from all angles. Don’t just admire one of Australia’s most recognized buildings from afar, step inside to spend a magical evening at one of their acclaimed operas.
Feel the heat radiate when you fly over an active Hawaiian volcano in an open-door helicopter ride. Your ride will cross the Kilauea Volcano that has been continuously erupting for the last thirty years. With the doors off, there’s nothing but five hundred feet between you and this hot natural wonder of the world.
From my lodging at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat, it took a short trip by jeep, a treacherous hour-each-way horesback ride and scary twenty minute hike to even get to the King Louis Waterfall. But, that added to this adventure. Once there, the group was given a very brief rappeling lesson and then left to tackle the impressive 100 foot waterfall.
You’ve seen the photos of a string of bungalows perched atop the azure waters below. A memorable trip to Tahiti’s Bora Bora must include a night in one of these overwater hideaways where you can wake by diving into the warm water and go to sleep to the sound of the swish of the water beneath you. One of the most luxurious ones you will find is at the Four Seasons.
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is known for practicing morning silence, exercising sustainable tourism, having a secluded beachfront property, healthy farm-to-table meals and as being a place to nourish the body, mind and spirit. Those are all reasons that it made this place the perfect one for my very first yoga retreat.
In the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park you will find a 196-foot- long see-through glass path that stands over 4,000 feet above sea level. This adrenaline-producing walkway clings to the side of the Tianmen Mountain. A stroll along this path is only for the most adventurous, who will marvel at the crystal-clear view below their trembling feet.
The peak of Bartolome Island was known to have the most perfect view of the famous Galapagos Pinnacle Rock. There was no way that the avid bucket lister in me would miss scaling the 374 steps of this volcanic cone to see a unique perspective of one of the most photographed natural structures in the Galapagos.
La Tomatina is a weeklong festival in the town of Buñol thats highlight is on the last Wednesday in August, when thousands of people fight in an innocent battle using tons of over-ripe tomatoes. Trucks come to the city hauling more than one hundred metric tons of ammunition and the world’s biggest food fight begins with the throw of a single squished tomato.
Don’t let the name “whale shark” scare you, these enormous fish are gentle giants. During the warm season, hundreds migrate to the waters of the Caribbean Sea. A boat ride from Cancun will take you to a place where you can swim with several of the largest fish in the world that grow up to sixty feet long and can weigh over forty thousand pounds. It is a thrill to be face to face with their gigantic mouths that can extend five feet when open. You can get up close and personal with Cancun Whale Shark Tours.
It isn’t just the world-class horses that set the Kentucky Derby apart from other horse races, it’s the spectacular hats. Let your inner Southern Belle emerge, and don your most dramatic bonnet while watching what has been called the “greatest two minutes in sports.”
You don’t have to speak French or be religious to be blown away by a powerful mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The sound of the preacher’s voice will billow through the cavernous cathedral and into your body. It may not be the largest Catholic cathedral in the world, but it is one of the most beautiful and famous with an estimated 14 million visitors a year.
Get a thrilling perspective of the Grand Canyon by touring it from the Colorado River. In your raft, you will navigate the greatest whitewater in North America while marveling at the multicolored layers of the eroded rocks.
Mount Athos is an UNESCO World Heritage site located on the Easternmost “finger” of the Halkidiki peninsula in Greece and there are 20 monasteries that call it home. It is 363 square miles and there are 2,300 monks who live in this place dedicated to prayer and the worship of God.
Men have to have special permission to visit this holy land, while women must keep their distance. No exceptions. But, women can take a boat ride to witness it, as long as they stay 500 meters away.
This “things to do before you die” goal was definitely inspired by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. There are plenty to choose from, but just a few kilometers South of Siena you will find Villa Pippistrelli, a luxury Tuscan farmhouse located on the Monstegliano estate. This charming house is everything you’d expect from a Tuscan villa. It may be old in years, but the villa has been restored with present-day conveniences and elegant interiors while still keeping its rustic 17th century Tuscan feel.
After having traveled to Las Vegas a half a dozen times in the past couple years, on this current trip I was looking for something more than sparkling lights, feathered girls and dancing water fountains. I wanted a unique “Things to do Before You Die” experience. A helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon fit the bill. Sundance Helicopters took us 45 minutes from Las Vegas and landed us right into the Grand Canyon where we had time to explore and have a picnic.
There are 3 types of boobies on the Galápagos Islands: Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca. Though we did see them all, my real bucket list goal was to witness a Blue-footed Booby mating dance. This dance was their unique courting ritual, which included rocking side-to-side while lifting their eye-catching baby blue feet.On our last day of exploring the Galapagos Islands, on North Seymour, we saw one very popular female bird surrounded by a few male Boobies who were strutting their stuff trying to impress this desirable lady.
The Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder, built into a cliff of Hengshan Mountain. It is said to have been built by a monk during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534 AD). Inside is a labyrinth of passageways connecting forty pavilions and halls, plus more than eighty bronze, iron, and clay statues.
Golden Gai is a neighborhood in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo that squeezes in over 200 miniature bars into a network of six narrow alleys, made only for pedestrians. Most bars in this section of town seat less than ten drinkers and cater to the locals. But, it is possible to find somewhere the travelers are welcome and will flock to. I ended up doing most of my Golden Gai drinking at Nessun Dorma, which means None Shall Sleep.
On the way back to the city of Arusha, after a long day on safari at Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, our Shadows of Africa driver took us down a dusty, bumpy road to get to a Maasai village. We were greeted by the chief’s son and he welcomed us into the inner circle of their living quarters, which consisted of about eight small huts. There was one for each wife and their children, plus one for the husband who alternated which woman stays with him each evening. Not only was their polygamist lifestyle interesting, but so was their farming capabilities, minimalist living and culture.
While boating in and out of Palau’s 300+ islets in search of the best snorkeling spots, we had found some spectacular sites loaded with colorful fish, gigantic clams, whitetip sharks and intricate coral. But, we also found a spot to slather the white limestone mud all over our bodies to get a natural mud bath.
Alaska is home to the strenuous Iditarod Sled Dog Race, a journey that spans 1,150 miles across the rugged wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. With this life list goal, you will be able to experience the thrill of this sport first hand by meeting Iditarod racers and their powerful pooches, plus sledding along some of the mountainous terrain that their dogs train on. Read Dog Sledding in Alaska for more information.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel that stands 2,430 meters above sea level in the mountain forest of Peru. Getting to this ancient city can be done by train, bus, or a four-day trek along the same paths that the Incans did years ago. People choose the challenging hike not only to see other ruins along the way, but for the sense of pride when reaching this UNESCO World Heritage Site by foot.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a mesmerizing spectacle where the Old Guard hands over the security responsibility to the New Guard.The guards arrive by marching pass Victoria Monument, directly in front of Buckingham Palace, and then entering through the ornate front gates of the palace. This is combined with synchronized marching, precision drills, and the band playing. It’s a show like no other, but get there early!
Standing at over 19,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak. The once-in-a-lifetime trek to the summit will have you hiking through lush rainforests, over glaciers, and across the Tanzanian landscape, plus traveling through four different climatic zones. It takes roughly six days to reach what has been called “the roof of Africa,” where the stunning view will be worth the challenge. This is one of the most popular goals on the “100 Things to do Before You Die” list.
Sigiriya is an ancient palace built in 480 AD, located in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its beautifully landscaped gardens, well-preserved frescos, and twelve hundred different anxiety-producing levels of stairs to reach the summit. These steps will bring you to the sky palace that sits atop the rock, a royal residence built sixteen hundred years ago.
Put on your traditional Bavarian outfit and drink a stein (or two) at the world’s largest beer festival, Ocktoberfest held in Munich. Each year this sixteen-day festival draws over six million people from around the world.
El Camino de Santiago was originally a pilgrimage leading to Santiago de Compostela, to the tomb of the apostle St. James. Now, scores of people on a personal journey walk this five-hundred- mile network of routes across Spain and Europe. Whether the motivation is spiritual or adventurous, many choose to take this month long challenge.
Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loud- speakers at different mosques in the city. One of the best locations to witness this is while sitting on the benches between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as a quavering musical battle begins.
The warm geothermal, milky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon draws visitors worldwide. Many float in the mineral-rich waters for the reputed skin benefits, while others go there for the relaxation, ducking into a grotto with a beverage in hand from the float-up bar.
The adventure starts with a rocky forty-five-minute hike up the 2,388-foot Cerro Negro (Black Hill), an active volcano just outside of León, Nicaragua. Once at the top you will sit on plywood boards, and go racing down at speeds up to 30 mph.
Blanketing more than forty-five hundred square miles, the Salar de Uyuni is a flat salt dessert that seems to go on infinitely. It is the remains of a lake that once covered the southwestern corner of Bolivia, but is now a vastness of white that plays an optical illusion on you. During the wet season, the shallow water that collects acts as a mirror of the sky, showing reflections of the sky and clouds, making the world seem endless. In the dry season, you can walk or drive across it, taking goofy photos that play with the lack of perspective created by the continuous sheets of hexagonal tiles. La Torre Tours have multi-day trips there!
Lose contact with civilization while paddling your kayak through a labyrinth of icebergs along the pristine Greenland waters. You may encounter a curious seal or giant whale, but the real treat is the peacefulness of listening to the crumbling of the icebergs in the distance.
Cinque Terre is a collection of five charming villages that are linked by a network of picturesque hiking trails. The trails go through each town, giving you a chance to peruse through the quaint shops, drink a glass of Chianti at a café, or both.
Watch the sky ablaze as over a hundred thousand luminous lanterns are simultaneously released at the Pingxi Lantern Festival. The launching began as a means to signal refugees of the town’s safety; today participants decorate them with their wishes and release them into the moonlit sky.
The Catacombs is a labyrinth of caves underneath the heart of the city and the resting place for the bones of six million Parisians. Starting in the late eighteenth century, remains were transferred to the ossuary as overcrowded graveyards were closing due to the risk to the public. Though the underground maze is extensive, the portion that is open to the public is an eerie two-kilometer-long walk filled with skulls, bones, and stones (www.catacombes.paris.fr)
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are mysterious twists of multicolored lights that can only be seen in a handful of locations in the world, mostly in the Arctic Circle. To witness them is a once-in-a-lifetime experience whether you do it while relaxing in a thermal spa in Iceland, cruising on a yacht through Alaska, or night dogsled-ding in Norway. Check out the Aurora Zone for help.
Each year the ritzy streets of Monaco are turned into a challenging Formula 1 circuit for one of the most prestigious races in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s one of the slowest tracks, but probably the most glamorous, bordering the yacht-filled harbor and studded with movie stars.
For one week each year over sixty thousand dreamers, artists, and partygoers converge at Black Rock City in Nevada for the ultimate desert art festival—Burning Man. This bash is not for idle spectators, it is expected that you participate by creating art, performing, volunteering, and dressing up. The hedonistic homemade community centers around “The Man,” the sixty-foot-tall mascot who is burned to the ground on the final days.
Imagine the thrill of gliding along the treetops in the Costa Rican rain forest attached to cables. The zip lines bring you to different height platforms, crossing an extraordinary landscape on the way. You will find adrenaline-pumping zip lines all across the country that will fly you next to a waterfall and through the forest with the monkeys, giving you a different perspective from the air.
At over twenty-nine thousand feet, Mount Everest soars above Khumbu in northeastern Nepal. Though a rare few attempt to reach the summit, the trek to Everest Base Camp at 17,590 feet is still a challenging adventure and an achievable goal for the rest of us. Along the way the stunning Himalaya views, hospitability of the village people, and spectacular glimpse of its peak will take you aback.
Everyone has a bucket list. Whether it's wacky, wild, fearless or frivolous, most people have compiled a list of things they want to do or places.