49. Make Your Own Wine in Napa Valley
As for pure quaintness, what on Earth could be more charming (and maybe romantic?) than making your own wine from super-fresh grapes in the capitol of vineyards and wineries in the U.S.? Enter Napa Valley, California: Home to many of the most prestigious, independently-owned wineries, winery boutiques (e.g. Robert Mondavi), and vineyards (Duckhorn Vineyards) in the U.S. At the Brooklyn Urban Winery and Winemaking Center, visitors get to collaborate with a real winemaker, press their own grapes, custom label and and bottle it, and even go on a wine sampling extravaganza. Should you go overboard with the ‘sampling’, though, better have a designated driver!
50. Learn to Juggle
Everyone’s gotta have at least one basically-useless-but entertaining-nonetheless skill! But is juggling really ‘useless’? Nope! Research has shown it to significantly improve essential motor skills in youths and adults, including improved focus, concentration, hand-eye coordination, reflexes and boosted self-confidence. Now, it’s best to use oranges, apples, or other small, spherical objects, rather than the likes of knives (ouch!) or chainsaws (you really wanna die, don’t ya?) that you may have seen idiots on YouTube attempt —lest the completing of your bucket list comes to a very painful (or worse) halt.
51. Scuba Dive on the SS Yongala
The SS Yongala was a passenger ship in 1911 that crashed and sunk (taking 122 unfortunate passengers with her) in 1911 just south of Townsville, Queensland, Australia—suffering the same fate as the Titanic that year, but garnering hardly ANY of the publicity as the latter. Now, the SS Yongala serves as a popular scuba diver destination. Over 10,000 sport and professional divers visit her annually. And considering that the Titanic will likely never be available for sightseeing by the public—due to its extreme depth in the Atlantic—the SS Yongala is definitely the next best option.
52. Get a Deep-Tissue Massage
Just imagine every last one of your achy, ho-hum muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons getting unparalleled, sinfully-pleasurable attention from a professional masseuse. And taken a step further, with a ‘deep-tissue’ massage, lower-level muscle, connective tissue and/or fascia gets coalesced, sustained pressure to work out all of those pesky aches, knots, and weaknesses. If it’s any indication of its effectiveness, deep-tissue massages are routinely practiced on patients with chronic pain and those with major, sustained injuries. So what are you waiting on? You might as well feel sensationally loose before you kick the bucket, right?
53. Get Through the Longleat Hedge Maze
The Longleat Hedge Maze (of the Longleat Safari Maze near Warminster and Frome in England) is a bewildering maze made up of, you guessed it—vertical hedges. The goal of wondering through them? To get to the observation tower as quickly as you can. Beware, though: It won’t easy, as close to 2 miles of English Yew hedges (all 16,000 of them!) abound, producing twists and turns everywhere. And if the Maze isn’t enough, the gorgeous scenery, stately Longleat Castle, and other attractions here will definitely make it worth your while.