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Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

151. Fly First Class With Emirates

Emirates first class private suitesMost folks know that flying coach/economy-class isn’t exactly a luxurious or pampering experience–particularly when there’s an eternally-whiny baby across the aisle or some weird dude with a seemingly staring problem. That’s why you will, before you die, fly first-class with Emirates Airlines. Why spend what’s likely an astronomical amount of money on one of these Mile High suites? For starters, you get: Complete and utter privacy (on a commercial flight, no way!), an actual lie-down-flat bed, television, wardrobe, personal mini-bar, access to a marble-trimmed shower and other luxuries that you’ve probably never even heard of on-board a commercial airliner.

152. Drive a Motorcycle

Riding a Ducati motorcycle
Because cars have become somewhat passe, right? 1. Choose your type of bike: Common ones include street-racing bikes, tourers, dirt bikes, choppers, power scooters, enduros, and ‘supermotos‘. 2. Check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for tips and advice on bike riding 3. Get the proper safety equipment: Quality helmet, eye-wear, ear-wear, gloves, elbow-shin-knee pads (mainly for off-road bikes) 4. Most (if not all) states require either a “motorcycle endorsement” (that’s like an extra qualification for motorcyclists who’ve undergone approved courses) on you current license or a separate license altogether. 5. Start riding very slowly and extremely cautiously; the majority of motorcycle accidents occur with newbie and intermediate drivers.

153. Build a Sand Sculpture at Texas SandFest

Sand sculpture at Texas SandFestWho doesn’t remember frolicking in the sand and building those fabulous sand castles—only to be washed away by the tide or, worse, stomped on!—when they were young? At the annual Texas SandFest, no only can you build a sculpture for the fun of it, you can also witness the creations of some of the best master sculptors from around the globe. SandFest is a three day event and it attracts over 100,000 people yearly, and where master sculptors vie one-on-one with their masterpieces for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting

154. Forgive and Let Go of Grudges

Couple after an arguement
Life’s short—really, really short. Inasmuch, what’s the point of hanging onto old grudges and prejudices when, in the end, they’ll do you absolutely no good whilst you’re lain on your death bed, clinging to life. Okay, maybe that’s a bit grim. But hey, learn to let go of wrongs (real or perceived) and forgive. Forgive, but don’t forget. Keeping hostility alive in your mind and heart only A. gives the other party more power over you, and B. deprives you of precious, oh-so-often illusive happiness. After all, I reiterate, it’s ALL petty when all’s said and done.

155. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand PrixNo, this one doesn’t require you to like Nascar. Bummer, I know (sarcasm!). This event is, well, a helluva lot more prestigious and it attracts a much more diverse (if not mainly wealthy) crowd. No offense, Nascar fanboys.  Forward, the Monaco Grand Prix, a world-renowned Formula 1 venue, transpires on the exclusive Circuit de Monaco track, amidst large yachts and sailboats of the uber-rich in the adjacent bay. The prestigious race is also considered as, if not more, important than even Le Mans or the Indianapolis 500 themselves. Plus, you get to see Monaco in all of its exclusivity.

156. Spend Christmas in Leavenworth, Washington

Sledding in Leavenworth, WashingtonVery architecturally reminiscent of Bavaria, Germany, Leavenworth, Washington is most likely one of the best spots to vacation in on of the whole U.S. Pacific Northwest. In addition to its Christmas vacation-hotspot status, Leavenworth also provides numerous other winter (and summer) activities like snowshoeing, snowboarding, Nordic and back-country skiing, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and a whole lot more. Oh, it also hosts a rockin’ Oktoberfest every year, should you not make it to Munich!

157. Write a Book

Book, pen and paper
It can be fiction, science-fiction, non-fiction, informative, and so forth. The genres go on and on and on. However, many people fear that getting books published and printed is above their capabilities/resources. No necessarily so!  These days, thanks in large part to the internet, you can make a living by self-publishing your works. Sell them as eBooks at online outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles or the iBookstore. Smashwords.com is an excellent starting point for the fledgling (or maybe more advanced?) writer in you to get your feet wet.

158. Shake Hands with the President of the United States

President Obama shaking hands with troopsAssuming that you can out-maneuver the crowds (and Secret Service!) that inevitably show up everywhere the most powerful man in the world does, you can one day tell your offspring that you actually shook the President’s hand. It’s best—for bragging right’s sake—to capture the moment on film, though.

159. Participate at Burning Man

Party bus at burning manNo, it’s not a LGBT convention (hardy-har-har), but it is one of the largest annual events in the entire western U.S. Every summer, Burning Man kicks off in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, transforming the landscape into Black Rock City. Here, some truly bizarre, as well fantastic, things transpire, as tens of thousands of people (50,000 in 2011) gather in pursuit of community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, civic responsibility and the rejection of everyday life’s encounters with the likes of commercialism, capitalism, advertising, and so forth. The huge party disappears a week after it sets up shop, and leaves no trace of its activities.

160. Attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese tea ceremonyNo, they’re not sporting their fanciest pajamas, they are participating in a centuries-old practice known as a ‘tea ceremony’, aka a ‘chakai’ in Japan and chayi in China. A chakai consists of a relatively basic course of hospitality that may comprise confections, thin tea (‘usucha), and a light meal. A chaji tends to be much more formal. But caveat emptor: Just don’t ask for ‘sweet tea’ (I’m looking at you, southerners); or else, prepare to draw less-than-amused stares.

And after the oriental tea party…

161. Learn to Paint

Paint suppliesPainting is probably one of the best forms of self-expression there ever was or ever will be. Michelangelo conceived and expressed the priceless works seen in the Sistine Chapel, Rembrandt conjured up legendary portraits and Biblical scenes, and Van Gogh produced masterpieces like Starry Night and The Church at Auvers.  Sure, the odds are stacked that you’ll never gain even a fraction of the influence of the former artists. That shouldn’t stop you from grabbing a brush, canvas, and paint and painting your own masterpiece, though.

162. Go to the World Series

Cardinals celebrate World Series winMaybe you’re not a football fan: so skip the Super Bowl and opt for the MLB’s World Series instead. The modern Major League Baseball originated in 1903 under two leagues, the National and American leagues, with eight teams assigned to each. Since then, many other teams have joined the MLB organization as ‘expansion teams’. And no other team has outdone one of the league’s original and most famous teams than the New York Yankees—participating in 40 World Series games and capturing the much-coveted Commissioner’s Trophy (basically, the Heisman Trophy of baseball) 27 times.

163. Buy a Round-the-World Air Ticket

Map, suitcase and passportThis idea could almost work in perfect concert with bucket list item No.5—although you don’t have to visit every continent to circumnavigate the Earth. For instance, you could take flight in Rio de Janeiro, layover in Paris, skip to Tokyo and then to Argentina. Snap! You’ve just circled the world and came to rest on the same continent you set forth from. Caveat emptor, however: A run-of-the-mill, round-the-world (coach/economy class) ticket (depending on the number of layovers, the airline, and other factors) will run you around $8,000 per person. Better start saving!

164. File Your Own Taxes

Tax documentsYou’re probably thinking “okay, I doubt trying to fill out and file my taxes could ever be FUN! Shouldn’t my bucket list only include fun, enlightening, and/or fulfilling things?!” Fair Enough. However, filing your own taxes has its pros, as well as a few (possible) cons. Try it at least once, yes?

165. Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show

Cirque du Soleil, OvoCirque du Soleil—self-billed as a ‘dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment’—is one of the largest, most prolific carnival-like shows in the world. Each event is basically a hyper-blend of circus styles from all over, meshed into the show’s own theme and storyline. Cirque draws its audiences into performances through spectacles like live music, acrobatics, sword fighting, dancing, fanciful makeup, magic shows and tons more. Hosted in over 271 cities around the world thus far, it employs around 4,500 people from over 40 countries. It’s Las Vegas shows by themselves lure in more than 9,000 people a night; over 90,000,000 people have attended Cirque de Soleil since its inception in the early 80’s.

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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..!