My Bucket List: Life’s Ultimate To-do List

Many people have a desire to see the world or have a particular destination they one day dream of visiting? There is nothing more exciting than crossing that dream vacation off your list or completing something daring. What’s on your bucket list?

If photo ops with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Island hopping in Greece or walking down Rodeo Drive in Hollywood comes to mind, you’re among the many. We all have dreams, ambitions and goals. Some big, some small but each one should inspire you to get out there and take on the world. My favorite resource for scoping out some of the world’s greatest treasures is the UNESCO world heritage sites. I seem to prefer those outlandish destinations that most people have not had the opportunity to visit and destinations that have been untouched by the overwhelming influx of tourists and western development.

Over the past few years, I have developed a Bucket list that seems to grow with time and slowly but surely I have had the opportunity to cross off a number of these desires. Some items are bigger than others and may take time to accomplish but it is always good to have something to strive for in life. I find that with each week I may write down new goals, that next great adventure or even find myself in situations that end up on the list.

I would like to share my list which consists of over 400 items and encourage each of you to write one of your own if you haven’t already! This list is continually being updated and things will be added to the list. Suggestions for additions are greatly appreciated and I am always looking for a challenge. To see the items I have completed, please go to the list of COMPLETED BUCKET LIST items for details. 

My Bucket List: Life’s Ultimate To-do List

  1. Climb to basecamp of Mount Everest in Nepal
  2. Learn to Snowboard
  3. Go Skiing
  4. Night Kayaking with blue Bio-luminescent
  5. Kayak in the Everglades
  6. Horseback riding on the beach
  7. Learn to Kite Surf
  8. Wind Surf
  9. Para-sailing
  10. Learn to Sail
  11. Bike the Pinellas Trail round-trip from Downtown St. Petersburg, FL to Tarpon Springs, FL (90 miles)
  12. Tornado Chasing
  13. Run a 5K
  14. Swim in all five of the Great Lakes
  15. Swim in the Dead Sea: Jordan, West Bank Israel
  16. Take ballroom dancing lessons
  17. Climb a Mountain in The Andes
  18. Swim with dolphins
  19. Organize and Participate in a Pillow Fight Flash Mob
  20. Go rock climbing
  21. Sand-boarding
  22. Volcano Sand-boarding in Nicaragua
  23. Drive a car on a race track
  24. Stop biting my nails
  25. Ice Climbing
  26. Ride a snowmobile
  27. Sleep in the desert
  28. Gamble in Vegas
  29. Visit a Circus
  30. Attend an NHL Stanley Cup Game
  31. See a Chicago Blackhawks game
  32. Go paragliding
  33. Play Paintball
  34. Play Airsoft
  35. Ride a Segway
  36. Bike from one country to another
  37. Sail on a Junk Boat
  38. Trek in Europe
  39. Helicopter ride
  40. Become scuba certified
  41. Receive the advanced scuba certification
  42. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  43. Firewalking
  44. White water rafting
  45. Learn to fly a plane
  46. Go to a shooting range and learn to shoot a handgun
  47. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
  48. Travel to the moon with Virgin Galactic
  49. Experience Zero Gravity
  50. Help someone cross something off their Bucket List
  51. Watch a rocket launch, live.
  52. Zip-line in the Rainforest/Jungle
  53. Go base jumping (Yosemite National Park)
  54. Cage diving in South Africa
  55. Cliff diving
  56. Participate in a Surfing Camp
  57. See an inactive Volcano
  58. See an active Volcano
  59. Participate in a Peaceful Protest
  60. Ride on an Airboat in the Everglades
  61. Camp in the Everglades
  62. Go Ice Fishing
  63. Travel by Train in the United States
  64. Ride on the Orient Express
  65. Participate in a Pride Parade
  66. Ride on Trans-Siberian Railway (Moscow to Mongolia); Longest railway in the World
  67. Walk through a Corn Maze
  68. Walk through a Labyrinth: The Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France
  69. Trek the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from France to the coast of Spain
  70. Road trip through Europe
  71. Hitchhike
  72. Stay in a HOSTEL in Bratislava
  73. Drive on the Autobahn in Germany
  74. Fly over the Nazca lines in Peru
  75. Visit a mapped cave system
  76. Spelunking
  77. Sleep in a treehouse
  78. Shower outside in a tropical destination
  79. Walk through a field of Sunflowers in the Spring
  80. Thai Massage in Bangkok
  81. Visit a Coffeeshop in Amsterdam
  82. Take a Caribbean cruise
  83. Drive Route 1 in Iceland; ‘Ring Road’ around the entire country
  84. Visit the most Northern Capital in the World: Reykjavik, Iceland
  85. Visit the Smallest Capital in the World: Belmopan, Belize
  86. Go Skydiving
  87. Visit the countries of my heritage – Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Lithuania
  88. Learn conversational Spanish
  89. Learn conversational French
  90. Learn conversational Japanese
  91. Learn to say “Hello” in 50 languages
  92. Learn Cyrillic & the Arabic Alphabet
  93. Choose a country and learn not only the language that is spoken there, but also study its customs, its cuisine, its art, and its history.
  94. Learn about a different country each month until I have explored each one: Location, population size, flag, main language, religion, & cook a national cuisine.
  95. Get traditional Indian henna on my hands or feet
  96. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
  97. Loy Krathong, the Sky Lantern Festival in Thailand
  98. Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in Tampa, FL  
  99. Holi Festival in India: February/March on the Last Full Moon Day
  100. Patrick’s Day in Chicago: March 17th
  101. Koninginnendag (Queen’s Day) in the Netherlands: April 29th/30th
  102. Sandfest in Port Aransas, Texas
  103. Running with the Bulls: San Fermin Festiva in Pampalona, Spain: July
  104. FantasyFest in Key West: Last Week of October
  105. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany: Last week of September
  106. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: Early October
  107. Brazilian Carnival, Rio de Janerio
  108. Mardi Gras, New Orleans: February/March
  109. The Day of the Dead, Mexico: November 2nd
  110. Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada: August/September
  111. La Tomatina, Valencia, Spain: Food fight in the town of Bunol (Last Wednesday in August)
  112. Chinese New Year in China: January 21st- February 20th
  113. Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  114. Go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve
  115. Attend an Indian Wedding in India
  116. Ice Skate at the Rockefeller Center & Central Park during Christmas time
  117. Visit the most Southern Point in the United States (Key West)
  118. The Grand Canyon
  119. The Sahara Desert
  120. Scuba Dive in the Galapagos Islands
  121. Marble Caves, Chile
  122. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  123. Lake Retba, Senegal
  124. Sanibel Island, FL known for their Seashells
  125. Glow-Worm Cave, New Zealand
  126. White Cliffs of Dover, England
  127. Zion National Park, Utah
  128. Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires, Tasmania
  129. Glass Beach, California
  130. Bio-luminescent Bay, Puerto Rico
  131. Olympus, Greece
  132. Everglades National Park, Florida
  133. Angel Falls (Venezuela), World’s Highest Waterfall
  134. Victoria Falls (between Zambia and Zimbabwe)
  135. Iguassu Falls (between Brazil and Argentina)
  136. Visit the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  137. Visit the Belize Barrier Reef
  138. The Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis)
  139. The Fjords of Norway
  140. The Amazon Rainforest
  141. The Perito Moreno Glacier: Patagonia, Argentina
  142. Take pictures in the Bluebonnets in Texas
  143. Travel to Antarctica
  144. Travel to Greenland
  145. Visit Tibet
  146. Visit Negorno-Karaba, Azerbaijan
  147. Visit Kubal, Afghanistan
  148. Travel to the city of Chernobyl, Ukraine
  149. Visit Kosovo right after they declare their independence
  150. Morocco
  151. Explore Tuscany
  152. Visit a Ghost Town
  153. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  154. Visit All 7 Continents (4/7) – Africa, Antarctica, Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe
  155. Visit every country in the world (34/196) – Albania, The Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia I Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkiye, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
  156. Live in a foreign country for one month
  157. Live in a foreign country for six months
  158. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  159. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Mausoleum
  160. Attend the Srebrenica Memorial on July 5th
  161. Swim in the Indian Burial Caves, Grand Bahama
  162. Visit Lester Joseph Gillis (Baby Face Nelson) Grave
  163. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  164. Pamukkale, Turkiye
  165. Floating Villages in Cambodia
  166. Mud Volcanoes, Azerbaijan
  167. Cappadocia, Turkiye
  168. Great Blue Hole, Belize
  169. Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California
  170. Devils Tower, Wyoming
  171. Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
  172. Tulum, Mexico
  173. The Maldives
  174. Seychelles Islands
  175. Santorini, Greece
  176. Cuba
  177. Ibiza
  178. British Virgin Islands: The Baths
  179. Visit all of the Seven New Wonders of the World
    • Christ Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Great Wall of China: China
    • Machu Picchu: Peru
    • Petra: Jordan
    • Pyramid at Chichén Itzá: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
    • Roman Colosseum: Rome, Italy
    • Taj Mahal: Agra, India
  180. Virgin Mary’s House, Turkiye
  181. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
  182. Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
  183. The Panama Canal
  184. The Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo, FL
  185. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  186. The Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand
  187. The Eiffel Tower  
  188. The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  189. Mecca
  190. The Terracotta Warriors
  191. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
  192. Ankor Wat, Cambodia
  193. The Big Ben in London, England
  194. The Sydney Opera House, Australia
  195. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
  196. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  197. The Kremlin in Russia
  198. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
  199. The Statues of Easter Island, Chile
  200. Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  201. Visit the Sistine Chapel
  202. Experience a traditional Tea Ceremony in Japan
  203. Watch Cormorant Fishing in the Nagaragawa River in Gigu, Japan
  204. The Outer Hebrides, Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis (Scotland)
  205. Anasazi Cliff Dwellings in Arizona
  206. Walk across Abby Road in London, England
  207. The city of Troy in Turkiye
  208. Hear the Call to Prayer in Istanbul
  209. Visit Pompeii
  210. The Alhambra in Spain
  211. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece
  212. Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia I Herzegovina
  213. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  214. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, Rome
  215. Caracol Mayan Ruins, Belize
  216. The Basilica di San Marco, Venice
  217. El Prado in Madrid, Spain
  218. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA
  219. Visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, USA
  220. The British Museum in London, England
  221. The Tate Gallery in London, England
  222. The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
  223. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  224. The Art Institute of Chicago
  225. The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC
  226. The Louvre, Paris, France
  227. See the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  228. See Mount Rushmore
  229. Visit monuments in Washington, DC
  230. Visit the Sears Tower  
  231. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
  232. Glacier National Park (Montana)
  233. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (Alaska)
  234. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  235. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  236. Visit the highest point in the Smoky Mountains: Clingman’s Dome
  237. Visit Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
  238. Visit Disney World
  239. Drive from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA
  240. Visit all Fifty of the United States, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands (28/52): I’ve visited Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.
  241. Create a Butterfly garden
  242. Have a Vegetable Garden
  243. Take a course in photography
  244. Learn to make pottery
  245. Plant a Tree
  246. Build a Fort in the Living room
  247. Make stained glass windows
  248. Learn to make candles
  249. Build a treehouse in the Backyard
  250. Build and/or paint a birdhouse for the Yard
  251. Learn Calligraphy
  252. Master Scrapbooking
  253. Paper Crafts (origami)
  254. Paint a picture on canvas to hang in my home
  255. Read every novel that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction Category
  256. Watch 100+ Movies in Theaters
  257. Be on the Oprah Winfrey Show
  258. “The Mona Lisa”by Leonardo da Vinci, The Louvre
  259. “The Scream”by Edvard Munch, National Gallery, Oslo
  260. See graffiti by Banksy
  261. See Joan Baez perform in Sarajevo, Bosnia I Herzegovina
  262. Read a book a month for a year
  263. Travel Solo
  264. Volunteer with the American Red Cross (ARC)
  265. Respond to a Fire on the Disaster Action Team for the American Red Cross
  266. Deploy to a Natural Disaster Event
  267. Deploy to an International Disaster Event
  268. Become a public speaker
  269. Couchsurf
  270. Host someone through Couchsurfing
  271. Make loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva
  272. Join the Peace Corps
  273. Spend a week at a Silent Retreat
  274. Learn to forgive
  275. Speak in front of an audience about my travels/experiences
  276. Take a 365-Day Challenge to perform an activity every day for 365 days
  277. Get my Motorcycle license
  278. Get AFF Certified – 25 jumps
  279. Receive an Associates degree in Business
  280. Receive Undergraduate Degree
  281. Receive an Undergraduate Certificate/Minor
  282. Receive a Master’s Degree
  283. Obtain Graduate Certificate(s)
  284. Teach at a University
  285. Receive my Doctorate Degree
  286. Become a CNA/EMT/Paramedic
  287. Speak at a Conference
  288. Take the HELP Course
  289. Get Certified in Public Health (CPH)
  290. Have Specialization letters after my name
  291. Get an article published in a major journal
  292. Publish 10 articles
  293. Write/co-author a book
  294. Write a book about my travels
  295. Reach 25,000 hits on my blog
  296. Help make a documentary film
  297. Conduct Epidemiological Health Assessment & Research in a Refugee Population
  298. Explore another country with my brother Michael
  299. Visit Jim Morrison’s Grave at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris with Michael
  300. Travel to the Greek Islands with my Mom
  301. See my Great-Great Grandfathers signature in Ellis Island
  302. Set up a Roth IRA by age 35
  303. Get married
  304. Make a lock with my husband’s name, my name & with our wedding date engraved on it. Then lock it to a bridge and throwing the key into the water below
  305. Make a bucket list with my husband
  306. Have a child
  307. Buy a house on the water
  308. Have a canvas painted that represents my love for my husband
  309. Make a scrapbook/journal for my child(ren)
  310. Bike ride across a country or state with my significant other
  311. Kiss by the Kissing Post outside of Ellis Island in NYC
  312. Watch a meteor shower with my family
  313. Pretend to film a cooking show in our own kitchen together
  314. Bury a time capsule for someone to find in the future
  315. Go on a hot balloon ride
  316. Drive Cross-Country on a road trip
  317. Take a cooking class with my significant other
  318. Running with the Bulls
  319. Mush a Dog Sled
  320. Watch turtles hatch and run toward the ocean
  321. Go whale-watching
  322. Scuba dive with a Whale Shark
  323. Go cage diving in South Africa
  324. Pet a Spider Monkey
  325. Go on Safari in Africa
  326. Go Scalloping
  327. Spear-fishing
  328. Learn to Milk a Cow
  329. Watch a Cow give Birth
  330. Ride a Camel in the Sahara desert.
  331. Track Gorillas in Uganda
  332. Swimming with the manatees
  333. Conduct Manatee Health Assessments with National Geographic & USGS
  334. Meet the President
  335. Meet the Dalai Lama
  336. Meet the Pope
  337. Bushman from Papua New Guinea
  338. Māori
  339. Geisha
  340. Paul Farmer
  341. Pauly Shore
  342. Gogol Bordello
  343. Svetlana Broz (Tito’s Grand-daughter)
  344. A Broadway Play/Musical
  345. See a Ballet
  346. The World Cup
  347. Attend an Olympic Event
  348. The Kentucky Derby
  349. Attend an Opera
  350. Watch the Tango in Argentina
  351. Attend the Cannes Film Festival & the Sundance Film Festival (Utah: End of January)
  352. A Cirque du Soleil Show
  353. Performance of the Water Puppet Theatre; Thang Long: Hanoi, Vietnam
  354. Whirling Dervishes: Turkiye
  355. Aspara dance; Khmer Classical Dance: Cambodia  
  356. View a Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017)
  357. See a Lunar Eclipse
  358. Make a traditional Romanian Dish
  359. Make home-made Perogies like my Grandmother
  360. Make Homemade Ice Cream
  361. Taste Wine in the Napa Valley
  362. Stomp Grapes for Wine
  363. Pick my own Blueberries
  364. Smoke a Cuban Cigar
  365. Try Frog Legs: Cambodia
  366. Have a beer at Delirium Cafe (Guinness Book of World Records for Most Varieties of Beer on Tap; over 3000 types)
  367. Eat Lemon Ants: Cambodia
  368. Eat Escargot (Snails)
  369. Sample Crab Cakes in Baltimore, MD
  370. Try Icelandic Hákarl (Rotten Shark)
  371. Try Cuy (Guinea Pig): Peru
  372. Eat Alpaca: Peru
  373. Go to a Beer Hall in Munich
  374. Eat Baklava in Greece
  375. Eat real Peruvian Ceviche
  376. Eat Cactus Salad
  377. Eat Chicken n’ Waffles in L.A.
  378. Enjoy Crawfish Ettoufee in the French Quarter: New Orleans
  379. Have Beignets at Cafe du Monde: New Orleans
  380. Try Ostrich Eggs
  381. Eat Termites: Belize
  382. Eat Belgium Chocolate in Belgium

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Steven says:

    By far the best Bucket List of adventures I have ever read. Hope you don’t mind that I borrowed a few for myself!


  2. waegooktom says:

    Daaaaamn that’s a hell of a bucket list – and it’s making me feel unhealthy haha! The only sports related one I have is running the Marathon du Médoc in Bordeaux, and that’s only because you can eat cheese and drink wine along the way!

    This is a great list….although I’d have to say PLEASE don’t visit North Korea as all the money you spend on a tour there (where you wouldn’t see anything new anyway) would just go to an evil regime that starves its people and denies international aid for civilians (instead, giving food to the military).

    Sorry for that last bum note, but I feel VERY strongly about tourism in North Korea.

    To end on a happy and inquisitive note, how many languages can you say “hello” in so far? I’ve got hello (English), zdravsveetay (Russian), bonjour (French), ciao (Italian), hola (Spanish), annyeonghaseyo (Korean), nihao (Chinese), aloha (Hawaiian), guten tag (German), merhaba (Turkish) and djien dobry (Polish). So that’s 11 for me!

    And YES to the Olympics – I’m kinda bummed out that I’m missing it in my home country (the UK) as it may never happen again during my lifetime. Anyhow, that’s just more of an incentive to go see it in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 😉


    1. just a girl says:

      Lol…there are probably even more things I really want to do by simply stopped at 350. I would have to say I am not a fan of running long distances (they only reason why It’s on the list) but for Cheese and Wine, I am pretty sure it would have already been crossed off by now!

      As for North Korea, I find it politically interesting and more as a unattainable place to go. After reading some case-studies and developing a greater understanding of the DMZ and the human rights violations that are occurring I don’t find Kim Jong Un very fondly. Thanks for the heads up though, I was unaware of this!

      And as for my “Hello’s”: Marhaba (Arabic/Turkish), Dobar dan/Zdravo (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Macedonian), Ni hao (Chinese), Bonjour (French), Guten Tag (German), Yiasou (Greek), Namaste (Hindi), Ohayou Gozaimasu (Japanese), Buna ziua (Romanian), Hola (Spanish) & Hello (English). I am at 13 so far unless you don’t count the fact that Zdravo is Hello in 4+ different languages!

      And I agree, I love London! I visited a few times and saw when they were building the Olympic Stadium. It would be amazing to see it no

      Thanks Tom for taking the time to check out my blog! See you on Twitter =)


  3. CeCe says:

    Wow, love your list. So organized!! Might have to steal a few!


  4. That’s a GREAT LIST! I blog about my bucket list too 🙂

    I do it to remind myself to LIVE! I currently have over 260 items on my list and am over half way there (though it is growing all the time).

    So far I have managed to do so much in the 18 months I’ve been blogging including:

    Fly through the Grand Canyon in a Helicopter
    Sky-dive for the hospice who nursed my father in his dying days
    Go Zorbing
    Visit the Big Buddha in Thailand
    See the Temple of Karnak in Egypt
    Take my 5 year old daughter to visit the REAL Santa in Lapland
    Take my children to Disney
    Watch a cirque du Soleil Show
    Ride a dune buggy through the desert
    Drive a Quad bike through the desert
    Go snorkelling in the Red Sea
    See Tutankhamun’s tomb and Mummy
    Go to the Maldives
    Go Wacky Racing – in a bed, a double decker car, a road-legal desk and a sofa!
    Go Bungee Jumping in Thailand
    Take my family Indoor Sky-Diving
    Stay in a Tipi on a working Ranch by the Grand Canyon
    Visit Las Vegas
    Ride the rides at the Top of The Stratosphere
    Learn to fly a helicopter
    Learn to fly aerobatics
    Go caving in a kayak in Thailand with my family
    Experience Weightlessness
    Zip-line from the top of Red Mountain in Nevada
    Hike through the Valley of Fire,
    Visit the Island of Phi Phi
    See the Statue of Liberty
    Go to a camping Music Festival
    Attend the 8 week course in Mindfulness

    This year I am staying in an Ice hotel,
    Hopefully seeing the Northern Lights
    Going on Safari in Kenya, Africa
    Visiting an African Orphanage,
    Seeing The Masai Mara
    Watching Fuerzabruta
    Going to Glastonbury
    Taking my sons for a helicopter ride
    Flying in a Hang-glider!

    It’s amazing what we can achieve when we set our intentions!


  5. I’ve added you to my ‘follow list’ and blogroll too 🙂


  6. Jay says:

    i did that!!
    engreaved a lock at clingmens dome by the walkway at the top of the mountain. and threw the keys over the cliff.. very cool!!


  7. Ohhh, this is so amazing! I would like to use some ideas for my own bucket list, if you don’t mind?


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