Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

211. Zip Line in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Sky Trek zip liningZip line above and through the foggy, almost mystical cloud forests of gorgeous Monteverde in Costa Rica. These lines, courtesy of Costa Rica Sky Adventures, span mountain-to-mountain, shooting zip-liners (i.e. you!) over the jungle at up to 330ft and speeds approaching 40mph. The company claims a “superior braking and safety system” (so, you know, you feel much better about not falling to your death and all), and also offers views of the jungle from five different observation towers, a restaurant, bar, and a wealth of other fun things to see in the wild. Patrons ascend the mountain, where their possibly-daunting zip lines await, via the ‘Sky Tram’.

212. Visit Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls at nightVisit and take in the Niagara Falls waterfalls in northern New York. Situated between the cities Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls is actually a collection of waterfalls—the main and most prominent one being Horseshoe Falls. On average, the 2,600ft-wide Horseshoe dumps as much as 5.7-million liters of water in the peak season some 173ft down. It’s sister waterfall, American Falls, drops down around 100ft and measures approximately 1,060ft-wide. As for the photograph above, the source and/or reason for the splendid light show is anyone’s guess…

213. Stay in the Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab HotelDubai’s probably among the most unashamedly ritzy places on Earth—the likes of modern skyscrapers (one the tallest in the world), exotic cars, and swanky real estate seen everywhere. Enter the Burg Al Arab. Self-proclaimed “the world’s most luxurious hotel” and even “the only 7-star hotel there is” by many-a-journalist, the 70-floor hotel was designed to mimic the sail of the sailboat. Only this ‘sail’ boasts over 200 double-story suites, a reception desk on every-freakin’ floor, butler service, several high class restaurants, and a water park. The hotel itself, offering indescribable views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai itself, is the fourth tallest in the world.

214. Go Wakeboarding

Man wakeboarding
While we’re talking about doing stuff involving lots of H2O, consider wakeboarding as one of your last bucket list to-dos. Admitedly, your author knows next to nothing about the sport, but thanks to the wonderment known as Wikipedia, here goes nothing! Wakeboarding is a water sport that evolved from various fundamentals of water skiing, surfing, and snow boarding. Riders get momentum from a speedboat and perform maneuvers—check out the whimsical terms like ‘Fashion Air’, Tantrum, Toeside Backroll, and G-Spot—via the boat’s wake. There are even words for certain positions (of the body in relation to the board), like Melon, Slob, Nuclear, Nosegrab and Tailgrab. Sounds hella’ fun, right?

215. Skinny-Dip at Turtle Island, Fiji

Couple swimming at Turtle Island, FijiWhat’do’ya know? There’s more watery fun on the list! Turtle Island (a.k.a. ‘Nanuya Levu‘), an exclusive resort island that only accommodates 14 couples at a time, features exotic food, breathtaking oceanic and tropical views, ‘alfresco’ dining beach-side, and uber-luxurious villas. The 1980 flick The Blue Lagoon was even filmed here. But the best part of this apparent utopia? The 14 private—yes, private—beaches that couples can rent all to their romantic selves. Want the entire island for one whole week? No problem, you’ll only need to plop down a cool $275,000 for the rent. Now, abandon all inhibitions with a significant other; strip to your birthday suits and enjoy life as it was in the beginning and truly should be—au naturale!

Bolstering the argument for normally-risque nudism, The Guardian even named the island ‘one of the top ten places to go skinny-dipping’.

216. Visit Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley A huge, magnificent, beautiful tract of America for sure, Yosemite Valley lies among the western Sierra Nevada mountains in the heart of Yosemite National Park (CA). It’s home to the U.S.’s highest waterfall (sixth-highest in the world), the 2,425ft Yosemite Falls, the world-famous Half Dome granite rock formation, 3,000ft El Capitan granite monolith formation (famed especially among rock climbers), and more species of animals, flora, and trees than you can shake a stick (pun totally intended) at.

217. See Old Faithful

Old Faithful geyserWhile you’re visiting Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, U.S.), and while there are plentiful things to do and see there, be sure not to miss the famous Old Faithful geyser. It was discovered by members of the Washburn Expedition of 1870 and was named for the fact that it is faithful in erupting, on average, every 91 minutes, every single day. Many geological experts have even dubbed it “the most predictable natural geographical feature on Earth”. And with every eruption, OF blasts an average of 4,500 gallons of boiling water some 145ft (the record is 185ft) high. Hot shower, anyone?

218. Do Something That Absolutely Terrifies You

Batman facing his fear of batsHave you experienced the dreadful fear of public speaking (a.k.a. ‘glossophobia’)? How about an irrational (probably not so much to you, the thrill-seeker, though!) fear of even the ‘lowest’ of heights, or of blood (hemophobia)? Confront it—head-on. Think of it this way, if you can successfully conquer your greatest fear in the world, then you can probably achieve anything, including defeating other phobias. And yes, in case you’re wondering, confronting the fear of bats also counts.

219. Learn to Manage Time and be More Productive

Multi-taskingSome people, notably the Einsteinian- or Carl Sagan-esque types, assert that ‘time doesn’t exist’, that it’s only some ‘construct of the mind’. You, on the other hand, live in the real world: A world where there’s only 24 hours to eat, sleep, work, exercise, pick up/drop off the kids, answer perpetually-incoming calls and text messages, and Lord-knows-what-else. Start budgeting your time to make it all more meaningful, or at least seem that way. Give priority to the more important things in life, and less attention to all of its trivial nuances.

220. Sleep in a Hammock

Relaxing in a hammockSleep in a hammock anywhere, that is: On the beach, on campgrounds, in the backyard under the oak tree, and so on and so forth. Pay no mind to the fact that sleeping in a hammock is plain terrible for your back, and is probably better suited to short, infrequent naps. If only once, sleep in a hammock in some isolated, serene and peaceful environment. See the dude in the picture? Well, you get the idea.

221. Master the Scorpion Yoga Pose

Scorpion yoga poseYou probably just thought, upon seeing the almost absurd position the woman above has managed, “You really expect me to contort my body like that?!”, didn’t you? Yeah, same here. However, this is the product of a couple of little things called ‘exercise’ and ‘staying fit’, alien terms to many of us (guilty…again).

222. Tour Hearst Castle

Hearst CastleWhat looks like some rich playboy’s estate in some exotic location is actually a National Landmark, state historic park, and state-owned mansion. The sprawling Hearst Castle and surrounding estate (a.k.a ‘La Cuesta Encantada‘, or ‘The Enchanted Hill’) lies on a very remote stretch of California’s Central Coast, and was designed by Julia Morgan for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst (died 1951). It was donated in 1957 to the state as a museum, and abounds in architectural eye-candy (the home blends Spanish Revival and Mexican Colonial styles), beautiful coastal scenery, priceless works of art and antiques. And despite its eerily remote locale, the estate still draws around one million tourists annually.

223. Write Yourself a Letter and Read it 10 Years Later

Writing a letterEven if your writing skills are practically limited to signing your name and texting (does the latter even qualify as ‘writing’?), you can still write yourself: Your 10-year-older self, that is. Preferably, make a hand-written letter: It’s just more personal than a printed or digitized one. Then, stuff it a appropriately-labeled envelope, find (or create) a safe place (one that’s certain to not be tampered with), kiss it goodbye for now, and stash it away.

224. Compete in a Triathlon

Triathlon participants competing A triathlon, for those unaware, entails a sequence of three sports—swimming, bicycling, and running—competed in tandem and each over a pre-determined distance. You’ll need to be physically and mentally fit to participate in one, though! Most triathletes undergo constant training in each of the sports, as well as engage in perpetual strength conditioning. Take the Ironman Triathlon for instance: This simply grueling event—of which only the fittest-of-the-fit need apply to—takes place over 17 hours. In that window of time, contestants must swim a 2.4-mile stretch, then immediately cycle a 112-mile path, and then transition to a 26.2-mile run. The competition generally begins at 7a.m. (no late night partying for you!) and participants must cross the finish line no later than 17 hours later at midnight.

Feel out-of-shape yet?

225. Create a Bucket List

Writing a bucket listOkay, admittedly, most of us will probably never possess the time and/or resources (a.k.a. ‘money’) to accomplish all of these ideas; but surely you’ve found more than a few that you can eventually check off. How’s about even adding a few of your own? Though, don’t even think about combining No. 225 with No. 223, you sneaky, sneaky devil. You’re a man/woman of action: You’re meant to experience life in abundance, with practically reckless abandon! Now get off the computer and get busy!

  • 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..!