The Bucket List

Without a goal you can’t score, and without a bucket list it’s hard to seek out adventure. Here is a compiled list of just some of the things I hope to accomplish in the next few years of my life. 
Things I want to Do, Learn and Experience
1. Get PADI scuba certification to be able to scuba dive around the world
2. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 
3. Run a marathon in a foreign country
4. Teach English in Spain
5. Visit the Amazon rainforest 
6. Eat pho in Vietnam 
7. See the Taj Mahal change colors throughout the day and attend Holi in India
8. Learn how to change a tire
9. Learn how to drive a stick-shift
10.Snowboard and ski in Colorado
11.Attend the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
12.Find a diamond in the Arkansas diamond mine
13.Road trip of the lower 48 
14.See the glaciers on an Alaskan cruise
15.Start a vlogging channel on YouTube
16.Get SOMETHING officially published
17.Dive in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
18.Complete a mountain biking trail or course
19.Learn how to kite-board
21.See Macchu Picchu before it is closed down to tourists
22.Stay at the Atlantis Resort in Dubai 
23.Start a garden and grow different produce and herbs
24.Walk across the Capilano suspension bridge in Vancouver 
25. Adopt a pet – RESCUE
26. See all of New Zealand
27.Visit the rock of Gibraltar and see two continents at one time
28.Stay in New Orleans and party on Bourbon street for Mardi Gras
29.Visit Lake Shasta in California
30.Swim with manatees in the Crystal River in Florida
31.Ride a camel in Morocco 
32.Spend time with Great Whites in a shark cage in South Africa
33. EdgeWalk at Toronto’s CN tower
34. Zipline and visit the bioluminescent bays in Vieques and Puerto Rico
35. Go to a drag show or a gay club
36.See the sunrise from Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, the number one spot in the world to watch the sunrise
37.Watch the sunset through Stonehenge in England
38.Visit Kruger National Park in South Africa and go on a safari
39.Learn how to make the perfect soufflé 
40.Survive a 4-day music festival
41.Hike Angel’s landing and the Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah
42. Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town
43.See the Grand Canyon
44.Ride to the top of the space needle in Seattle
45.Learn how to play a new instrument and play it on the streets of a city
46.Learn to ride a motorcycle
47.Attend Oktoberfest in Germany and drink A LOT of beer
48.Island hop in Thailand 
49.Relax in the hot springs in Iceland
50.Go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park
51.Go whale watching in The Azores
52.Take dance lessons
53.Help a homeless person get back on their feet
54.Party until the sun comes up in Spain
55.Swing off the edge of the world in Ecuador
56.Experience zero gravity in a simulator or go to space, technology and money permits
57.Rock climb an actual rock/mountain in nature
58.See Thor’s Well and Crater Lake in Oregon
59.Kiss the Blarney Stone
60.Drive on the autobahn in Germany to Prague
61.Learn to dance the samba in Brazil
62.Play the didgeridoo in Australia
63.Meet and get a picture with an A-list celebrity. 
64.White water raft the Salmon River in Idaho
65.Read a newspaper while floating over the Dead Sea in Israel
66.Go wine tasting in Cinque Terre, Italy
67.Rent a convertible and drive 17 mile drive to see the lone cypress in California
68.Learn to surf
69.Visit the statues on Easter Island
70.Visit Denali National Park in Alaska and see Mt. McKinley
71.Drink champagne at the top of the Eiffel tower 
72.Have a bonfire on the beach 
73.Make wine in Sonoma by crushing grapes with bare feet
74. Visit Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland
75. Visit Chichen-Itza in Mexico 
76. Take a boat out to the Galapagos Islands
77. Windsurf in the ocean
78. Scuba dive in Palau
79. Go on a sailing trip in the Pacific ocean or the Caribbean
80. Win a photography contest
81. Complete the Nookie Challenge without throwing up and get the T-shirt!
82. Buy a struggling family all their groceries for a week
83. Write, compose and record my own song
84. Survive the Rickshaw Run 
85. Get dreadlocks. Because hair always grows back
86. Participate in a color run
87. Go on the Bob Marley tour and eat jerk chicken in Jamaica 
88. Scuba dive the Florida keys
89. Gamble in Las Vegas 
90. Visit the Dubai aquarium
91. Ride in a hot air balloon
92. Visit Victoria Falls
93. Visit the sandstone monasteries in Meteora, Greece
94. Climb the Haiku stairs of Oahu, Hawaii
95. Explore the Mendenhall ice caves in Alaska
96. Make it to the edge of the Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway
97. Walk through the glowworm caves in Waitomo, New Zealand 
98. Learn how to do latte art
99. Attend the summer Olympics
100. Thoroughly document all these experiences with the hope that it will inspire others and remind me to always be thankful for the blessed life that I have. 

So there it is. A super long list of things I want to do before I die, many of which I want to accomplish during these transitional years between college and figuring out a career or graduate school. There are even more things beyond this, but I think 100 things is a long enough list. What excites me most though, is knowing that all the experiences that will happen on the journey to crossing off these items will add up to be so much more than just a bucket list. 

Photo from the John Lennon wall in Prague. January 2013


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  1. This is an ambitious and inspiring list, and the world is a beautiful place. Have a blast experiencing it!
    FYI Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania 🙂


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