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Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

The essence of any good bucket list consists of overcoming fears, achieving goals, realizing dreams and even simple pleasures. Whether it’s an exotic adventure half-way around the world or something simpler, like spending more time with your family or friends, what matters is that you experience all the good and phenomenal things Earth offers.

Here you’ll find 225 things to do before you die. Sure, a few of them are what some might consider to be cliché, but we made it a priority to think mostly outside the box.

So, without further ado…

1. Throw Tomatoes at La Tomatina

Man playing in tomatoesLa Tomatina is an hour-long festival in Bunol, Valencia (Spain) where an estimated 150,000 tomatoes (a whopping 90,000lbs of juicy, pasty awesomeness) are flung everywhere and at everyone. The action begins at 11 a.m. sharp and ends an hour later: a water cannon usually signals both. Afterwards, those who’ve experienced La Tomatina claim that dark red covers the entire town square and that tomato juice abounds more plentiful than air. What better way to kick off your bucket list than participate in one of the world’s largest food fights?!

2. Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower

People hanging from CN TowerFor acrophobiacs in need of curing their fear, one of the ultimate solutions has to be EdgeWalk—a terrifying “walk” on the I’m-gonna-to-die edge of the ledge of the 1, 800ft-tall CN Tower in Canada. Towering that high (1,168 feet/356m for the EdgeWalk platform) over the grand Toronto harbor, the CN Tower is the world’s fifth-tallest free-standing structure. Take the EdgeWalk challenge and for God’s sake, per the traditional wisdom (especially when you’re dangling at over 1,000ft via only a couple of cables), don’t look down!

3. Eat at One of the World’s Best Restaurants

Noma restaurant chefHow do you qualify “one of the best restaurants in the world”? Consider the following Über-fine (and, you guessed it, Über-expensive) eateries, and any and all guesswork will likely be eliminated from the equation: See Restaurant Magazine’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Yours truly’s favorites among the top 50? Alinea, Per Se (U.S.), and Hof van Cleve (Belgium).

4. Visit Area 51

Area 51 warning signArea 51 is a highly secretive, mysterious military base (which everyone knows is a U.S. Air Force base, despite the U.S. government continually denying its existence even to this day) located in Nevada, on the southern shore of Groom Lake. It’s rumored to have hosted (and could still) anything from alien remains and/or alien spacecraft, to super-top-secret Air Force aircraft and warcraft, to bio- and chemical-warfare laboratories. Locals say that it’s safe to travel up until you see ‘Government/Restricted Area’ signs. Pass those warnings, however, and you’ll be greeted with, well, far less than red carpet hospitality!

 5.  Set Foot On All Seven Continents

Antarctica cruise shipAntarctica/The Arctic, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, North America: Visit them all. Be able to gloat to your friends, especially in your older age, about truly having trekked around the world. Okay, so the corners of the Earth—i.e. Antarctica—aren’t very feasible adventures for most folks, but that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing travels to every other one of God’s great land masses!

6. Help Out a Random Stranger in Distress

Man with car problems on side of roadDespite the (basically) inherent tendency in humans towards hedonism, life isn’t just about catering exclusively to one’s self-interests: At least it shouldn’t be. Next time you spot a broken-down motorist, pull over and volunteer to help (assuming that you feel safe doing so!). Offer to pay someone else’s bill that he/she can’t quite cover—e.g. they might, for instance, lack enough money to pay for a meal, or can’t quite make this month’s rent payment, or need emergency supplies during a power-outage. Countless other situations apply, too.

7. Go White Water Rafting in the Tatshenshini River

Rafting in Tatshenshini RiverThe O.A.R.S. Tatshenshini River Rafting expedition might prove the most exhilarating, most unforgettable adventure you’ll ever experience. The 11-day hiking and rafting trip—set in the behemoth, 27-million acre Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park in Alaska and western Canada—consists of a majestic trek through the pristine Alaskan wilderness along the St. Elias and Alsek mountain ranges. Adventurists are privy-ed to giant glaciers, numerous frozen waterfalls, white-water rafting through the Tatshenshini Gorge, the famed Walker Glacier (of which you’ll actually get to walk on), the Alsek and Grand Plateau Glaciers, and a huge variety of extraordinary wildlife—including bighorn sheep, bald eagles, moose, grizzly bears, and too many other species to list.

8. Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Playing with a Rubik's CubeMaster a Rubik’s Cube, that multi-colored, seemingly-innocuous, twisty little block that actually drives most folks crazy (as well as gives ‘em that ‘all-the-dumber’ feeling). Invented by Erno Rubik circa 1974, the 3-D puzzle game has held the title of ‘most popular game of its kind’ ever since its debut. The Rubik’s Cube is also known for something else, though–that is, causing untold angst amongst those who’ve failed to even produce two solid-colored sides, Yours Truly included!

9. Assemble a List of Your All-Time Favorite Quotes

Quote on chalkboardIt doesn’t matter who said them (Thoreau, Lincoln, Einstein, Marx, and Faulker are a few personal favorites), or where they came from. The only thing that matters are the words that you can most relate to–words that uplift, inspire, amuse, humor, and/or enlighten you. Keep a written journal of them, or even start a Word document that you can consistently save quotations and witty quips to. Quotes from Quotery.com is a good place to start searching for those words of widsom.

10. Skydive Over Mt. Everest in Nepal

Skydiving over Mt. EverestWhat’s a good bucket list without at least one skydiving entry? Skydiving is one of the ultimate adrenaline rushes, something that many folks dream about doing, but never follow through on due to: A) being scared stiff and/or B) lacking the prerequisite funds (it does cost some money, but probably won’t clear out your bank account). To get you started, check out this daunting, even blood-curdling skydiving adventure: Everest Skydive. ‘Everest’, yes—as in, the 29,000-foot Mount Everest. From that altitude, you’ll jump from an expertly piloted and staffed Pilatus PC-6 airplane, and witness many of the most gorgeous and inspirational snow-capped mountains and majestic glacial lakes in the eastern world.

 11. Finish a Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzle piecesWho, in their childhood, didn’t love to pass the time piecing a monster puzzle together? Now that you’re all grown (or at least in theory!), tackle another one. Feeling especially ambitious? Conquer the self-proclaimed “world’s largest jigsaw puzzle”–Double Retrospect, a mammoth puzzle board consisting of over 32,000 pieces, weighing just over 42 lbs, and measuring an extremely daunting 17 x 6 feet. Done? Frame, hang, and savor your masterpiece!

12. Learn a New Vocabulary Word Every Day

Student learning vocabulary from teacherDo you realize that the average person’s vocabulary is limited to around 7,000 words? Considering that there are over a quarter of a million distinguishable words in the English language (per Oxford English Dictionaries)—and even excluding inflections of words, myriad technical jargon, and many regional-specific words—your 7,000-word vocab probably sounds a bit puny now, right? So stop limiting yourself to old, overused words and catchphrases and learn some new ones, already!

13. Watch the Top 100 Best Movies of All-Time

Vintage movie on cinema screenFire up the HD projector or the big-screen TV and enjoy timeless masterpieces like The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, A Clockwork Orange, and Schindler’s List. No film enthusiast in the least should forgo seeing at least some of the best movies in cinematic history—as determined by Lifed and Yours Truly, of course!

14. Go Horseback Riding in Swan Valley, Montana

Horseback riding through Swan Valley The landscape above looks as if it could’ve been pulled straight from the movie The Sound of Music, right? Well, not quite—it’s the unadulterated, beautiful countryside of of Swan Valley, Montana. Horseback through open ranges swathed in green, lush grass, poppies, snow-capped mountains and magnificent lakes. Try the Lake Upsata Guest Ranch for information on their horseback-guided tours through the gorgeous countryside of Monture Creek and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

15. Hold an Event in the Sky

Eating dinner in the skySimilar to EdgeWalk (albeit held at a more reasonable altitude!), Events In the Sky is a for-rental/for-sale service from a company that caters to parties seeking to, well, get some air time. From a height of 50 meters (165 feet), you can throw just about any kind of shindig for up to 22 guests, including marriage ceremonies, cocktail parties, dinners (comes with a chef, waiters, and even entertainers), poker games (good luck with that poker face while you’re dangling 50 meters up!), live talk shows, speaking engagements, and more. The company will set up shop practically anywhere of your choosing, provided there is adequate space.

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  • WakeupList

    Amazing bucketlist! For anyone who wants to make one themselves and keep track of their list, you should try WakeUpList.com – free and simple, and every 90 days it will send you your list in case you forget all about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Thanks for the tip :)

  • gunselibirol

    okay these are all great stuff but you are aware that, most of them ( almost all of them) require money and time.

    • JABacchetta

      Take the list for what it is – entertainment. There are dozens of things here that people have never thought of before, or didn’t even know existed. If you can do just a few of them, great. I’m sure very few actually plan on completing all 225 items on this list. And still others will have their own unique list.

      Besides, isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list, to be ambitious? Imagine a bucket list filled with things like “Go to Walmart”…

      • Michael Bock

        Good point, Jason. (I should really put going to Walmart on my Bucket List as conquering one of my fears! lmao)

  • UltimateSurviv1

    Great ideas! hope we have the time and resources to do at least 3 of these.

    • Michael Bock

      Hopefully more! There are actually several items on the list that require little to no money—but granted, most of them will require a bit of saving (for most people)! :)

  • BronaWard

    bathing in the ganges river will probably shorten your life span so you should probably leave that to you are finished with the others

    • Michael Bock

      LooooL! (actually “laughed out loud” at this)

  • MagensMayhem

    I’m surprised that after reading a list of 225 things to do before you die that “yell for help” didn’t make the cut. lol

    • Michael Bock

      LoL, seems a bit daunting at first, huh?! But no one, even I, would suggest that you even attempt to complete half of the ideas. Just try a few! :)

      • JABacchetta

        Michael, I think she was referring to the actual act of yelling for help… “before you die” :-)

        • Michael Bock

          LoL, I knew that :-P…I think…

  • aniux89

    America is a single continent pff…

    • Michael Bock

      Lmao, you sure about that? Last time I checked, America was was a part of this continent known as ‘North America’–home to over 20 countries (U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Canada….) LoL

      • LibStooks

        Actually it’s “The Americas” – both North, South and everything in between.

  • julieakowalski

    “Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower”… terrifying photo. I’d want to do this one after the other 224 because I doubt I’d life to tell about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Naah! You’d be strong! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578115704 garrickclark

    I’m 21 and have done a few of these things so far, at least. I WILL accomplish most of these before I die!!

    • Michael Bock

      I’m 32 and, well, wish I had such a clearly indomitable will as yourself! Cheers! :)

  • CodeDisQus

    I recently did the Oribi Gorge Jump here in South Africa and the YOLO (sorry) bug bit me. This list is just epic, as a 21 year old student, I’m now inspired to work hard, build up a fortune, retire early and get cracking with most of the things on this list. Thank you TOOO MUCH Micheal Bock, you have truly inspired me :) :)

    P.S. The only time people can legitimately say YOLO is when they are doing things that are on their bucket list :)

    Thanks again dude!

  • Jim Gareau

    So much too do and so little time to do it!!! Better get started finishing my list

  • Jason

    lol I don’t know about the event in the sky. Couple be disasterous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620405168 Mary Delia

    Gondola rides are not THAT cheap. You’re looking to pay between 80-110 euros. Trust me I was there not too long ago.

  • LV

    why is there a photo of rene redzepi of noma under the one for best restaurants and then nooo mention of noma?

    • JABacchetta

      Did you read the entry? Click through to the link given and look at #1… Noma.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rasmus.h.sudergaard Rasmus Homann Sudergaard

        Noma is one thing we are very proud of in denmark :) although the food nearly cost a fortune. 2 persons about 3000 kr for a decent meal, or estimated $500!!

  • David

    3 things to do before you die: love & being loved, start your own business and don’t give a fck about what people think of you or the way you live.

    • Steph

      thats good

    • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

      4. Stop cursing.

  • http://twitter.com/a2zStuff a2zStuff

    Awesome :)

  • Mohammed

    Hi for all and have a nice day i love the website

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

      I was the same, Dan. I had visited 49 states by the time I was 18. I didn’t add Hawai’i until i was 55! I’ve lived in 7 states, visited 18 other countries and lived in one other country (Germany) for six years.

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing ;)

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing ;)

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • thisrandomcoolperson

    gives me ideas for my personal bucket list

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN Tower thing is on my priority list..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN tower thing is on my priority list..

  • HighDream

    There is a mobile app called iWish (bucket list) that helps me have my list organized in one place and frequently revisit it to add on, mark things as “done” and get inspired.

  • Austin

    and win the lottery since you’re gonna need money to do all this, obviously.

  • Nikhil

    Visit fortkochi, Kerala, India

  • maranj

    you might add the singularly exciting experience of getting a massage from a 3-ton elephant in phuket, thailand.

  • David Mars Nestor

    boring list

  • Alex

    I have done 19 of these so far. Pretty good for someone who is 12 years old!

  • MAX

    dONE 14 OF THESE AND ONLY 38 YEARS OLD!

  • Sam

    BTW I am max alex and sam.

  • Chloe!

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE! I now have a total of 106 things to do before I’m thirty, and I’m fourteen. Better get started haah

  • Kevin

    Is it just me, or is this list very USA-centric. I’m not saying it’s bad. But it feels like half of the place you should visit are in the USA.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    Great list. Didn’t see it all but I’ve made a bucket list of my own. It’s always a good set of goals.

  • Ashley

    I have already finished 13 of these items and already have three more planned to be completed by the end of this coming summer! I would say I’m doing pretty well for a 17 year old :)

  • valriedn

    already done 255 of these, not bad for a 2 years old boy ! (lmao)

  • LibStooks

    Did I miss seeing “skydiving”? I’ve done that and I highly recommend it!

  • Charlotte

    I actually did a lot of these things and I’m only 13!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

    I’ve ticked off 60 of these, with minor adjustments. I’ve not been to Auschwitz, but I’ve been to Dachau several times as well as Bergen Belsen. I’ve not been to Mardi Gras, but I’ve been to Fasching, which is the same and older. I’ve shaken the hand of 3 US presidents (the first one when I was only 5!).

  • Mini

    OMG! Why I never came across this site earlier !!

  • HJGolfer

    Great bucket list. You should have this in printable, check off PDF!!

    • Laura

      Agreed!

  • Jordyn

    I zip lined in Costa Rica, it was probably my most treasured memory i have, it was incredible and i would suggest that everyone do it.

  • nana

    I’m 35 and I’ve only done 30/225 – what a disgrace! In my defense though, I HAVE done a few things that I’m proud of. I’ve crossed the Alps by car, went snorkeling at Maya Bay (Phi Phi Islands), visited the British Museum, climbed the Acropolis rock, ate raw lamb in Beirut, visited the Pyramids, single-handedly cooked breakfast for 50 people, read 412 books, rode an elephant, bought and decorated my own apartment, prayed at a Buddhist temple and mosque, climbed the Eiffel tower, saw the Gustav Klimt exhibition in Venice, learned how to make the perfect chicken curry, rode the London Eye, forgave all my enemies, and most importantly learned that life is too short to live it the way other people expect you to.

    • effie

      boring

    • hollydollyh

      That’s amazing! I am 11 and I have done a few of those things but the thing that I am most proud of is when I walked 80k on the great wall of China :-)

      • hollydollyh

        42 of those things and I’m 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizannewhittaker Liz Whittaker Chapman

    Is there a printable list version of this? I’d love to use it to create my own bucket list, and see how I’ve done so far!

  • Bitter

    Can someone calculate how much this all “visit” and “tral” may cost?

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    nice pictures

  • B is for Bucket List

    This is such a great list! It really inspires me to have an adventurous life! I’m 18 and I have already checked 26 of these items off of my bucket list, but I definitely plan to check off many of these items in the future :) Good luck to everyone in accomplishing your dreams :)

  • kszp

    I went to Home Depot to buy buckets, I brought my bucket list . . . . .

  • http://www.buxondemand.com/ Nina R.P.

    whew… can an average person do all these in a lifetime? i wish i could! :P

  • regerre

    dgrfdrg

  • Buut Crack

    Your mom

  • Justin

    It’s actually been proven that hammocks are better for your back then beds, as well as giving a better night’s sleep.

  • Kris

    just a hint, as a wakebaorder, the picture you used for wakeboarding is actually someone wakesurfing. Wakeboarding stands further back behind the wake and has a longer rope. just an fyi :D loved the list!

  • ruby

    I like sleeping in my own bed every night. I have no desire to go anywhere but my immediate area. When I was younger I was quite adventureous. No longer. I enjoy my home and family too much I guess. With the advent of cable TV we can see all over the world and no bad side affects. Same for the internet. I will save the money I have for the next generation.

    • RazorSharp69

      Your no fun at all Ruby. Perhaps your next generation can get out and about to see the world.

  • siqiniq

    I’ve only looked at three pages, and can’t find anything that really appeals to me that I haven’t already done. Just so you know, not everyone is American, and not everyone has trunks full of money lying around getting mouldy. How about a list of realistic things for people in other parts of the world? There are more of us out here that there are in the USA.

  • Ina

    I think we all should do our own list. Although this list is interesting..no doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/wisedollar Jose

    I’ve floated around in the great Salt Lake in Utah, Does that count instead of the dead Sea? :D I would also suggest to Scuba Dive at least once in your life, Do A Discover Scuba, You’ll never be the same again! You’ll need to get certified to dive the the Yongala

  • Pearly Sweetcake

    I love that they said ‘participate” at Burning Man, not just “go” to Burning Man. I’ve watched the event grow over the past 5 years or so and each year a bigger majority of attendees simply go to watch and party and not participate and it has really started to change it. So if you go, PARTICIPATE!

  • http://www.thetraveltart.com The Travel Tart

    I’ve done quite a few of these things – but always striving to do more!

  • Hakeem

    Claustrophobia is the fear of closed spaces, acrophobia is the fear of heights (referring to #54). Great ones in there, some maybe little off for me but some really good ones.

  • DWJTravel

    I have still never slept in a hammock. Actually I have never even been one! This is something that I need to change. Great list and I need to create my own bucket
    list.

  • Awesomesauce

    you are a genius

  • Carstensz Pyramid

    Carstensz Pyramid isn’t in Australia, it’s in Indonesia.

    • RazorSharp69

      The mountain counts as the Australasia cause the one on the continent of Australia itself i.e.Mt kosciusko is very small compared to the other mountains on the continents around the world.

  • LizzieBell

    See a performance at the Sydney Opera House? I’ve PERFORMED there!

  • Allison

    If you are going to swim with dolphins, please choose a safe wild option and don’t fund captive programs.

  • Siobhan_Moody

    I’ve done 62 and I’m 22, and have plans for another 6 in the next year, other than that there are only 40 or so others I’m interested in on this list. Quite achievable.

  • http://www.AchieveTheGreenBeretWay.com/welcome Michael Martel

    Great bucket list. I have had a list of twenty for a couple years and add more as I hit them along the way. I have driven a race car, written a book, swam dolphins. Still have a lot more to go and will add some from this list. Thanks.

  • tvcloudz.com

    amazing i will personally try one of this some day

  • Anand Narayan

    I’ve watched many movies and I have more on my wishlist on http://www.wishberg.com its easier to add wishes there for me plus you can steal my wishes too. :D

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    It really is very interesting, if you can make it all too great for your experience.

  • http://www.yepi10.net/ yepi 10

    wow! new life

  • http://www.yepi2.co/ yepi

    wow! i want somethings….and live real comfortable

  • CrocHunter

    i hate to bust your bubble with 80. Cage Dive with Crocs…but i just returned from studying in Australia and went to Darwin for a few days and checked it out…crocs just sleep the entire day. Go out to Kakadu National Park (2 hours from Darwin) and go on a jumping crocodile safari where you can see these massive reptiles launch themselves out of the water. (some cruises dangle chunks of beef off the sides to ensure you see jumping crocs so keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times)

  • http://www.yepi1.info/ Yepi

    I’m really impressed with the 51 area, it really is a mysterious and dangerous unpredictable place

  • http://www.parafriv.net/ Para Friv

    Life seemed very long time, but also thata short, people also need to learn how to live well, learn to love yourself more and learn how to make a good man in the true sense.

  • Alan G Gervasi

    Or you can be content to live and die on this planet at this time with the people around you..!