Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

181. Fly a Kite at the Cervia International Kite Festival

Kite flying in Cervia, Italy The Cervia International Kite festival, held in the spring in Cervia, Italy (a town on the Adriatic coast, about two hours south of Venice) is one of the most prominent, longest-running festivals of its kind in Europe and probably the world. Traditionally held for ten days, things you’ll definitely experience at the event up-close views of hundreds of beautifully-colored kites, loads of pasta, enough vino (wine) to get a French battalion plastered, and absolutely perfect coastal weather.

182. Tour Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera Visit Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple (of the Goddess of Mercy) and integral relic and treasure of ancient Kyoto, Japan. The temple overlooks central-eastern Kyoto (itself on the Japanese island Honshu) from the side of Otowa Mountain and was built in 778. Prominent features in and on the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera include the grand Main Hall (Hondo), Deva Gate, the three-story pagoda, bell tower, Eleven Headed and Thousand Armed Kannon Bodhisattva enshrinement (in the Main Hall) enshrinement, and the Kiyomizu Stage (pictured)—a veranda that spans over Otowa Mountain’s precipice. Depending on the season, you’ll also see the much sought-after, gorgeous cherry blossom trees.

183. Visit Tikal

Tikal in GuatemalaDon’t let this life pass you by without first seeing, up-close and personal, what is one of the largest archaeological digs of the ancient Maya civilization in all of South America. Situation in the Petén Basin (northern Guatemala, relatively near Flores and Santa Elena) of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and recently dubbed a much-coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site is as old as the 4th-century B.C., even though the civilization that inhabited it reached its ‘golden years’ around 200 to 900 AD. By the 10th-century, years after Teotihuacan conquered it, it laid largely a ghost town. Be one of the millions of tourists that see the priceless, ancient artifacts and monuments of Tikal. You’ll see its famed Great Plaza, many great Acropolises, temples, the Plaza of the Seven Temples, alters, stelae (carved stones with drawings on them), and burial grounds.

184. Visit Jerusalem’s Old City

Old City of JerusalemJerusalem is perhaps one of the most storied, most symbolic (of Christianity and Judaism) cities in the world—its 0.35 sq-mile Walled-city (a.k.a. ‘Old City‘) within modern Jerusalem the most important by far. Built between 1535 and 1538 and serving as as the entire city of Jerusalem until 1860, the 2.8-miles of walls surrounding the Old City encircle some of the world’s most important places, including: the Christian Holy Sepulchre, the Jewish Western Wall (a.k.a. ‘Wailing Wall’ or ‘Kotel’) and Temple Mount, and Islamic Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh, and you’ll inevitably visit one (or ALL) of the Old City’s four Quarters (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Armenian Quarter).

185. Walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon SkywalkAcrophobiacs, here’s your chance again to conquer your fears! Hovering some 4,000ft above the the Grand Canyon, SkyWalk (built in 1996 via collaboration with the local Hualapai Indian tribe) is a 1.2-million-lb platform that extends 70ft over the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. But what, exactly, stands between tourists and a 4,000ft plummet-of-death? 2.5 inch-thick-glass (really, that’s all?!). Engineers steadfastly ensure that the SkyWalk is completely safe, though. White water rafting, cabins, helicopter rides through the Canyon, and several eateries round out the things to see and do around the West Rim.

186. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate BridgeOpened for traffic in 1937 to provide vehicle access from San Francisco to Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge is an 8,981ft (1.7 mile) suspension bridge that hovers some 600ft above the Golden Gate strait; Golden Gate is also the name of the body of water beneath and around the bridge that links the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific ocean. In addition to being one of the most renowned symbols of San Francisco (that and its iconic cable cars), the Golden Gate bridge was originally the longest suspension bridge in the world–surpassed today by only eight others. Fun facts: The Golden Gate consists of:

  • 27,572 strands of wire
  • 80,000 miles of wire in its two main cables (over 3ft in diameter themselves!)
  • Around 1,200,000 rivets.

187. Observe from the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Those afraid of heights that want a ‘death defying experience something just short of skydiving or mountainous base jumping’, look no further than the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (an unfathomable 2,723ft) in Dubai, UAE. The tallest building in the world, it also offers the world’s second-highest outdoor observation deck (dubbed ‘At the Top’), which sits on the 124th-floor, some 1,483 up.

188. Travel Through the Channel Tunnel

Car in Channel TunnelThe Channel Tunnel (a.k.a. the ‘Chunnel’) is a 31-mile, under-the-sea rail tunnel. Located 250ft (at its deepest point) underneath the English Channel, the ‘Chunnel’ (hey, that’s fun to say!) links Folkestone, Kent in the U.K. with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais in France—making the tunnel one of the longest ones (with an undersea section) in the world. But what passes through the super-cool Channel Tunnel? Mainly passenger and freight trains like Eurostar, Eurotunnel Shuttle (vehicle transport), and Europorte Channel freight. Oh, and many consider the massive tunnel one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

189. Tour the New World Trade Center

New World Trade Center9/11 forever altered the lives of millions around the world, with over 3,000 people not just from the U.S. killed or missing and the most powerful nation on Earth experiencing an attack of apocalyptic proportions. Over a decade later, the victims and heroes of that day are commemorated with the 9/11 memorial and future 105-story One World Trade Center, expected to open by 2013 and possibly act as the catalyst for additional towers. Pay your respects to the victims, both living and perished, and experience the soon-to-open museum.

190. Start Your Own Successful Business

Breaking out of the corporate lifestyleLike the dude in the photo implies, liberate yourself from your corporate-designed, generic mold and pursue the “American Dream”. That is, be your own boss. Never take BS again from an apathetic, hard-ass boss; the customer is your only real boss. Draft your own schedule. Most importantly, sell whatever it is you love. Whether it’s a tangible product, like a robotic lawn mower, or in-demand service (e.g. carpet cleaning, financial consulting, bounty hunting…), chances are, there’s a market for it.

191. See a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse

Total solar eclipseFor those of you who don’t know the difference, a high school refresher: A lunar eclipse transpires when the Moon orbits behind the Earth, the Earth blocking the Sun’s rays from reaching the moon; this happens only during a full moon and when the three celestial bodies are in perfect alignment. Lunar eclipses are visible from far more places on Earth than solar, and during one, the moon’s color (as it appears to us) can range from dark gray, to rust, to brick-red and even orange-ish. Solar eclipses, on the other hand, are much rarer and hard to find, and occur when the Moon is sandwiched between the Earth and the Moon fully (total eclipse) or partially (partial eclipse) blocks the Sun. Of all the aforementioned, total eclipses, well, aesthetically eclipse any other type of eclipse: Period.

192. Learn Sign Language

I love you in sign languageGo ahead and add this one to ‘becoming bi or trilingual. Inasmuch, knowing sign language may be just as handy one day (to you) as does a foreign language or two. Sign language isn’t just for English speakers, either! It’s as diverse a language as practically any verbal one and is taught in all sorts of tongues like French, Spanish, Portugese, German, and Russian. And by the way, the hands in the photo are signing “I love you”.

193. Experience A Symphony of Lights on the Star Ferry

A Symphony of Lights in Hong KongExperience the near-daily Symphony of Lights aboard the famous Star Ferry along the Victoria Harbour. Located between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour is famous many things, especially the Symphony. Every day (excluding those of inclement weather), ferry-goers of the Star Ferry are whisked around the Harbour and treated to a synchronized light and laser multimedia show—thanks to the help of 44 skyscrapers, miles of optic lighting, LED lights, searchlights, and laser beam equipment. Even the Guinness World Records organization proclaimed the event the ‘world’s largest permanent light and sound show’. It transpires every night at 8pm (Hong Kong Time and with good weather) and on certain holidays, even pyrotechnic fireworks are employed.

194. Play in the Mud at the Boryeong Mud Festival

Playing in mud at the Boryeong Mud FestivalNo, it ain’t Woodstock, but it’s mighty close. Grab some disposable clothes and an appetite for mud-slinging at the annual Boryeong Mud Festival in Seoul, South Korea on the Daecheon beachfront. It all starts with mineral-rich mud (the same as in many cosmetic products) taken from the Boryeong mud flats. The result is over 2-million partygoers/hooligans descending on the ‘Mud Experience Land’ every July; activities and attractions include a ‘mud prison’ (I’ll take the brick & mortar version, thanks), mud pool, mud skiing, colored mud body-painting, live bands, and fireworks.

195. Connect With Teachers From Your Past

Teacher explaining grammar to student
Teachers: you probably didn’t find most of ’em all that great when you were young. Having matured, though, you can, in retrospect, probably think of at least a couple of teachers that stood out from the pack of no-frills ones. Try to locate and make contact with them: Let them know how just how fond an effect they had on your life. Reminisce a bit. Catch up on the latest news relating to your school/college/Alma Mater.

  • 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!

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  • 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!!

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  • 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.

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    • 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 . . . . .

  • Nina R.P.

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

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    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 😀 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://www.facebook.com/davidmuertter David Muertter


  • http://twitter.com/wisedollar Jose

    I’ve floated around in the great Salt Lake in Utah, Does that count instead of the dead Sea? 😀 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

  • 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. 😀

  • 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

  • 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..!