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The “Things To Do Before I Die” list. The “Bucket” list. The “Amazing Sh*t You’d Be Crazy Not To Do” list. Call it what you please. This one is mine. It always seems to be growing and it’s not in any order of priority. I recently broke the list down into a few different categories to better capture the type of experiences I want to check off. There’s the Classic with items that you’ll find on many other lists, the Adventure for things that require me to go a little out of my comfort zone physically, the “Random” for things that will make you scratch your a head a bit, the Hidden Gems for places you probably don’t know about but should, and the Indulgent because we should all treat ourselves once in a while. At the very bottom, is the “Everyday” list of things that you can check off over and over again, because kindness is the best thing I’ve searched for and found in this life. The ultimate goal is to remind myself to live life as deeply as possible and to take the time to appreciate both the big and the small moments that make it special. My list is far from complete. Please send any suggestions my way. Better yet, if you can help me check any of these items off my list or want to do something with me, I’m all ears.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

The Classic Bucket List

  1. Go to space
  2. Meet the Dalai Lama
  3. Buy a house for my parents
  4. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert
  5. Float in the Dead Sea
  6. See the Aurora Borealis
  7. Kayak Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay
  8. Celebrate Holi in India
  9. Celebrate Carnaval in South America
  10. Eat a beignet at Café Du Monde
  11. Set the sun rise and set on all 7 continents
  12. See a bullfight in Spain
  13. See the man burn at Burning Man
  14. Go skinny dipping
  15. Climb Kilimanjaro
  16. Haggle for useless trinkets in Morocco
  17. Climb above the clouds in Machu Picchu
  18. Celebrate Songkran in Thailand
  19. Return to the Trevi Fountain
  20. Camp in the Serengeti
  21. Be debt-free
  22. Jump off something high in New Zealand
  23. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  24. Jump out of a plane
  25. See erupting lava in Hawaii
  26. Walk the Capilano Suspension bridge
  27. Get soaked on the Maid of the Mist
  28. Ride a gondola in Venice
  29. Bike down the Death Road in Bolivia
  30. Stand in the Hagia Sophia
  31. Jump off a large waterfall
  32. Dive with dolphins
  33. See the Salar de Uyuni
  34. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico
  35. See the giant Buddha on Lantau Island
  36. Start a fire without matches
  37. Visit the Sistine Chapel
  38. Soak in a thermal hotspring
  39. Have Swiss Fondue in Switzerland
  40. Ride the Trans-Siberian railway
  41. Explore the Lofoten Islands
  42. Be a New York Times Bestselling author
  43. Release a lantern at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai
  44. Ride an elephant
  45. Stand in the middle of the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo
  46. Speak fluent Spanish
  47. Learn to play the ukulele
  48. Hike the Swiss Alps
  49. Marvel at La Sagrada Familia
  50. Ride a camel in the desert 
  51. Eat crawfish in Louisiana 
  52. Fly a hot air balloon over Cappadocia
  53. Have a cappuccino in Rome 
  54. Stand atop the tallest building in the world 
  55. See the Monarch butterfly migration
  56. Milk a cow
  57. Shuck an oyster
  58. Join a flash mob
  59. Be a member of a TV studio audience
  60. Run with the bulls
  61. Eat fresh sushi at Tsukiji fish market
  62. Soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  63. People watch in Paris 
  64. Ride in a helicopter 
  65. Walk the Camino de Santiago
  66. Walk the Great Wall of China
  67. Bundle up in an Ice Bar
  68. Wear lederhosens to Oktoberfest
  69. Fight in La Tomatina
  70. Be surrounded by a million fireflies
  71. See the sunrise over Haleakala
  72. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
  73. Plow through the snow on a snowmobile
  74. Visit all 50 United States
  75. Do some graffiti 
  76. Release baby turtles back into the oceans
  77. Find myself by chance in Timbuktu
  78. Roam the City of Petra 
  79. Stand atop Mt. Sinai 
  80. Cage dive with great white sharks
  81. Get Lost in Fes 
  82. Eat in Barcelona’s La Boqueria
  83. See salmons swim upstream
  84. Fly on a seaplane
  85. Patent something
  86. Eat a thali in India with my hands
  87. Be a guest on Good Morning America and/or The Today Show
  88. Airstream across America
  89. Drive Route 66
  90. Make the news

The Adventure Bucket List

  1. Hit 250 kph on the Autobahn
  2. Drive a rickshaw through India
  3. Free dive the Blue Hole
  4. Hunt and cook a deer
  5. Free dive in Jellyfish Lake
  6. Ride a motorbike through Vietnam
  7. Ice climb a glacier
  8. Kayak in the Grand Canyon
  9. Sail down the Nile River
  10. Dive with a Mola Mola
  11. Swim with Whale Sharks
  12. Explore New Zealand in a camper van
  13. Go lobster diving
  14. Fly a stunt plane
  15. Hike up Zion’s Angel’s Landing
  16. Race the Mongol Rally
  17. Drive across the Gobi Desert
  18. Wing Walk
  19. Paraglide in Nepal
  20. Explore Yellowstone’s backcountry
  21. Dive a cenote
  22. Sail the Atlantic Ocean
  23. Dive for pearls
  24. Ride the Vomit Comet
  25. Climb around in the Bamboo Forest on Maui
  26. Catch some air on a hang-glider
  27. Sail around Greenland
  28. Complete an ultra-endurance race
  29. Dive a wreck
  30. Ride a speedboat through a narrow canyon
  31. Climb Svolvaergeita in Norway
  32. Dive Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos
  33. Dive the crystal clear water of Silfra
  34. Drive a rickshaw across India
  35. Learn to do a wheelie on a motorcycle
  36. Try flyboarding
  37. Catch and cook a fish
  38. Ride a dog sled
  39. Dive with whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique
  40. Do a polar plunge
  41. Explore Utah’s slot canyons
  42. Run a marathon in Antarctica
  43. Dive an underwater museum
  44. Hike the Annapurna Circuit
  45. Run wild with Bear Grylls
  46. Raft down the Amazon River
  47. Go Bushwhacking in Borneo
  48. Explore an ice cave in Iceland
  49. Extract honey from a bee hive
  50. Run an 100-miler
  51. Win a fight
  52. Hitchhike the Balkans
  53. Drive an F1 vehicle
  54. Sand board down a sand dune
  55. Dive in all 5 oceans
  56. Climb Half Dome
  57. Walk on a bed of hot coals
  58. Go Arctic stand-up paddleboarding
  59. Abseil down a waterfall
  60. Hang over the edge of The Devil’s Pool
  61. See Uluru when it rains
  62. Drive in a NASCAR vehicle
  63. Graduate from an Ivy League university
  64. Bike through Eastern Europe
  65. Race a drone
  66. Eat a ball of fire
  67. Motorcycle through South America
  68. Ride down a volcano
  69. Compete in the Death Race
  70. Run across Leichtenstein
  71. Dive the Red Sea
  72. Drive on the Bonneville Salt Flats
  73. Deep water solo in Thailand

The Hidden Gems Bucket List

  1. See the synchronous fireflies in Elkmont
  2. See the Marble Caves in Chile
  3. Climb the Heavenly Stairs
  4. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge
  5. Climb the Takstsang Monastery in Bhutan
  6. Wander the dunes of Sossuvlei in Namibia
  7. Soak in the thermal baths of Pamukkale
  8. Watch the fires of Azerbaijan burn
  9. See the sunrise over Wadi Rum
  10. Hike the Wave
  11. Marvel at the Cave of the Crystals
  12. Stand before the “Door To Hell” in Turkmenistan
  13. Walk In La Valle De La Luna
  14. See the pagodas of Bagan at sunrise
  15. Sled down Mt. Wallberg
  16. Play in the Salida Turda
  17. Descend into the Lost World
  18. Drive the Transfaragaran highway
  19. Celebrate New Years in Kiribati
  20. Light something on fire at Las Fallas in Valencia
  21. See the buddha in the Ngu Hanh Son cave
  22. Slide across the Crystal Cave in Iceland
  23. Get muddy at the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea
  24. Watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet in Verona
  25. Ride The Bernina Express from Switzerland to Italy
  26. Sneak into Buzludzha
  27. Drive the Road to Hana
  28. Hike The Corcovado Rainforest
  29. Explore the Catacombs under Paris
  30. Cross the Rakotiz Brucke bridge in Germany
  31. Stand over a frozen Lake Baikal

The Indulgent Bucket List

  1. Listen to Flamenco in an Andalucian cave
  2. See Roger Federer win a Grand Slam over Nadal
  3. Smoke a cigar in Cuba
  4. Sip champagne in a penthouse hot tub
  5. Gamble in Monte Carlo
  6. Hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony live
  7. Eat fresh uni underwater
  8. Harvest ‘chicatana’ ants in Oaxaca
  9. Attend a luau
  10. Go all out in Barcelona
  11. Saber a champagne bottle
  12. Ride the Orient Express
  13. Smoke a Hookah in the Arabia
  14. Attend the Cannes Film Festival
  15. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
  16. Spend 24 hours in a spa
  17. Walk down a red carpet premiere
  18. See Tom Brady win the Super Bowl with my dad
  19. Drink a beer in a motel hot tub
  20. Go big at the Burj Al Arab
  21. Fly First Class
  22. Sit front row at Fashion Week
  23. Eat an ortolan
  24. High Tea at the Ritz in London
  25. Enjoy an omakase in Japan
  26. Pretend to understand the art at the Biennale festival in Venice
  27. Go on a 6 month cruise
  28. Drink an Aperol Spritz in Bellagio
  29. Leave a 100% tip
  30. Make a $1000 bet on a hand of “War”
  31. Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner
  32. Enjoy a private hamman in Morocco
  33. Party at the Playboy Mansion
  34. Hear Alfie Boe sing Bring Him Home from Les Misérables live
  35. Dine in complete darkness
  36. Get an 8 hour massage
  37. Eat at a Michelin 3-Star restaurant
  38. Forage for truffles
  39. Sleep in a castle
  40. Have $1,000,000 in my bank account
  41. Fly a hot air balloon in Myanmar

The Random Bucket List

  1. Stomp grapes in Italy
  2. Raise an Amish barn
  3. Take a photo in every Photoautomat in Berlin
  4. Dig for dinosaur bones
  5. Win a chicken-wing eating contest
  6. Film an “Ed” reunion with Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen
  7. Boil an egg in a thermal hot pool
  8. Eat sheep brains in Jemaa El-Fna
  9. Become an American Ninja Warrior
  10. Build my own furniture
  11. Publish a book of poems
  12. Hand feed a crocodile in the wild
  13. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  14. Take sides in the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea, Italy
  15. Be a merman for a day
  16. Sing along unabashedly at a Taylor Swift concert
  17. Complete the Big Texan Steak Ranch 72 oz steak challenge
  18. Learn how to pick a lock
  19. Capture the World Nomad Games
  20. Become a Royal Geographical Society fellow
  21. Become a National Geographic Society fellow
  22. Read 52 books in a year
  23. Dance with an African tribe
  24. Be a lighthouse keeper
  25. Drink some real absinthe
  26. Sleep in a monastery
  27. See The Water Buffalo Chariot Races in Indonesia
  28. Dive in the Bay of Pigs
  29. Do a fashion shoot with Barbara Palvin
  30. Sleep in a capsule hotel
  31. Visit a nudist colony
  32. Sumo wrestle
  33. Get over 1,000,000 views on YouTube
  34. Run from an attack dog
  35. Relax in a deprivation chamber
  36. Roast a whole lamb
  37. Get a matching tattoo
  38. Learn to play the ukulele
  39. Make a short feature film
  40. See Punxsatawny Phil predict the weather on Groundhog’s Day
  41. Float in a sensory deprivation chamber
  42. Build an igloo
  43. Hear Gabrielle Aplin sing “Home” live
  44. Go on a poutine crawl
  45. Make moonshine in Kentucky
  46. Play Pachinko for 24 hours
  47. Create a board game
  48. Get in or turned away at Berghain. It doesn’t matter.
  49. Watch a movie at a drive-in theatre
  50. Train with Buakaw in Thailand
  51. Live abroad
  52. Eat over 100 bowls of soba noodles in Morioka, Japan
  53. Dance with Matt
  54. Snowboard indoors in Dubai
  55. Be on a Japanese variety show
  56. See my work at a film festival
  57. Sleep in an ice hotel
  58. Skydive indoors
  59. Sleep in a yurt in Mongolia
  60. Make my own paper
  61. Dive in an aquarium
  62. Visit the birthplace of KFC
  63. Be silent for 10 days
  64. Summit a 6000m mountain
  65. Throw a football with Julian Edelman
  66. Sheer a sheep
  67. Be on a reality TV show
  68. Fly on a trapeze
  69. Give a Ted or Ted(x) talk
  70. Do a canyon swing
  71. See the World’s Largest Ball of Twine
  72. Follow’s Dracula’s trail
  73. Fight in the Thunderdome
  74. Write a hit country song
  75. Eat a possum pie
  76. Find the one
  77. Break a Guinness World Record
  78. Listen for aliens at the VLA
  79. Get published in Vanity Fair
  80. Win a didgeridoo playing contest
  81. Meet Park Ji Yoon
  82. Play an extra in a movie
  83. Watch a game of Kok Boru in Kyrgyzstan
  84. Crash an Indian wedding
  85. Exhibit my work in a gallery
  86. Dress up for Comicon
  87. Ride a reindeer
  88. Cook for a famous chef
  89. See my work on a billboard
  90. Eat a bat in Palau
  91. Stare at the Roswell night sky
  92. Learn to breakdance
  93. Take a date to an Air Supply concert
  94. Shoot for National Geographic
  95. Impress Richard Branson
  96. Eat a live grub Pumbaa style
  97. Visit Sleepy Hollow
  98. Ride a rollercoaster at the Mall of America
  99. Dunk a basketball
  100. Throw a pot of hot water into sub-freezing air
  101. Drive a Delorian
  102. Be a hobbit
  103. Win an eating challenge
  104. Eat street meat in India
  105. Be my own boss
  106. Herd cows
  107. Eat a home cooked meal with a big Italian family
  108. Eat my fair share of steak in Buenos Aires
  109. Dance all out in a silent disco 

The Everyday List You Can Do Over And Over Again

  1. Make someone smile
  2. Tell someone you love them
  3. Do something unexpected
  4. Offer someone your time
  5. Stay up all night talking
  6. Watch the sun rise and set in the same day
  7. Leave a random for someone
  8. Sing your favorite song at Karaoke
  9. Be free in the rain
  10. Sleep in
  11. Be warm inside on a rainy day
  12. Take a long bath
  13. Reserve your judgment
  14. Let the small stuff go
  15. Share a meal with someone