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Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

91. Break Plate Glass With a Ball-Pen Hammer

Shattered glassChannel your inner destructive child with this one. Step 1: Acquire ball-pen hammer 2: Acquire plate glass 3: Have camera/camcorder handy Step 4: Puncture glass 5: Enjoy. Feel better?! Other than that, there’s not much else that could be elaborated on with this idea…!

92. Eat at an Undersea Restaurant

Ithaa underseas restaurantTo the surprise of not too many folks, undersea restaurants aren’t exactly as easy to find as a Denny’s. In fact, the Ithaa (Maldivian for ‘pearl’), on the Maldivian island of Rangalifnolhu, is one of the only ones in the world. This charming, domed-glass restaurant lies only about 5m underwater, but the view is truly one of a kind.  Visitors dine while surrounded by all sorts of fish including stingrays, turtles, seals, and even sharks. Come to think of it, though, I’m not so sure that chowing down on fish while being watched by other (larger) fish only separated by glass is such a good idea…

93. Collect Your Favorite Recipes

Tamale recipeEven for those of you that don’t cook, whether voluntarily or not, you can start collecting recipes (and even alternative ones for, you know, diversity’s sake) of every appetizer, dish, dessert, and midnight snack you enjoy. “Why or how?” you might ask?

  • Perhaps your mother, father, grandmother, or someone else makes things; get him/her/them to hand off their recipes to the next generation (You) to keep the legacy going.
  • Maybe you’re a bona-fide ‘foodie’ and have always craved something to collect. Voila!
  • Or maaaybe you want something yourself to pass down the family or friend grapevine.

High-tech recipe collecting: There are a myriad of recipe collecting, organizing, exchanging and sharing software titles out there. Take your fledgling collection viral!

94. Swim With Dolphins

Woman swimming with dolphins‘Swimming with dolphins’: Sure it sounds cliché as hell, but who cares? Dolphins are among the most awesome, entertaining, and talented creatures in the entire mammalian world. Did you know that dolphins are considered widely among marine biologists and zoologists in general to be one of the smartest creatures on Earth, their intelligence even rivaling that of humans in some respects? Here’s an interesting place to learn about swimming with these exquisite animals and even reserve a time and “package” to do so.

95. Learn to Sing

Woman singing on stageSeriously, who hasn’t at some point in their lives sung along to his or her favorite musician or band. Even Yours Truly is guilty on that charge, many times over. And while the odds are definitely stacked against you that you’ll never become the next Dean Martin or Madonna (don’t tell that to all of those comically bad American Idol contestants!), you can drastically improve your singing skills, if only to be applied in the shower!

96. Thrown Down a Large Amount of Money on Roulette

Roulette wheelStroll into a casino—-dressed out in your coolest attire and walking with a serious swagger—and plump down some hard cash on the roulette wheel. Win or lose, be certain you’ll be able to walk away happy—i.e. risk a substantial amount, but don’t by any means clear out the bank. Caveat emptor, though: Do NOT risk losing your car, house, mortgage, marriage or anything else that’s absolutely indispensable. Oh, and guard against this becoming a nasty addiction. After all, you still have other Bucket List items to complete!

97. Become a Cheese Connoisseur

Cheese plateCheese, at least in the author’s very humble opinion, is every bit as sinfully heavenly (oxymoron? Absolutely) as chocolate. And because you love it, crave it so much, you should totally become a cheese maker-extraordinaire. The only problem is, what kind of cheese(s) do you or the people you’re feeding lust over? Cheddar? Munster? Brie? One (or more) of the other 400+ varieties? Whatever the craving, get to it! The neighbors, your friends, and others you’re willing to share with will probably be eternally grateful.

98. Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora

Overwater bungalow in Bora BoraBora Bora’s is one of the Society Islands of French Polynesia (Tahiti). It’s situated in a crystal-clear lagoon, surrounded by a barrier reef, and is a vacationer’s aquatic hotspot.  Here, the stunning, emerald-colored water is, hands down, the focal point and the main reason millions of vacationers frequent Bora Bora. Besides its pristine waters and quaint straw bungalows, visitors get Mount Otemanu and gorgeous white beaches as a backdrop, as well as access to a variety of day cruises (typically by catamaran), snorkeling classes, jet skis, panoramic overlooks (on or around Mt. Otemanu), and many native shops. Hotels range from the uber-cheap variety to the swanky Sofitel and Hilton. And yes, most of the hotels do rent individual bungalows in the lagoon!

99. Go Couchsurfing

Woman sleeping on couchNo, this doesn’t apply to your own couch, either! CouchSurfing is an organization that helps people hook up with other people by sharing their couches (or other spaces in their homes) with one another. Adding to the ‘HEY NEW STRANGER ROOMIE THAT I DON’T KNOW!’ factor, both CouchSurfers and their hosts (brave people, eh?) can leave reviews and provide references for each other. Do your research and take safety precautions, though. Oh, and unless explicitly, initially agreed-to, it’s probably great advice to refrain from sleeping au-naturale!

100. Leave a Hefty Tip for Excellent Service

Gratuity left on tableMost folks recognize that servers generally make their money in tips, earning practically nothing in base salary. Inasmuch, good service always warrants a good tip. Exceptional service, on the other hand, deserves an exceptional tip! Ever encounter a server that went beyond the call of his/her duty to cater to your expectations? Plop down a handsome 50% tip (or more) for it at least once in your life. The same principal can also apply to other kinds of services and professionals like hair stylists, movers, car washers, manicurists, masseuses and so forth.

101. Eat a Six-Course Meal That You Prepared

Couple cooking togetherRight about now you’re probably asking yourself “I’ve heard of a three-, even-four-, course meal, but six!?” Yes, six. Typically, six-course meals (a.k.a full course meals) entail an appetizer (like stuff clams or Swedish meatballs), soup, salad, a starch-based food (e.g. potatoes, rice) with one or two vegetables, a protein-rich dish (e.g. lamb chops, fish, chicken), and dessert. Reference sites like this one and even cookbooks to give you plenty of palatable ideas.

102. Go to Ferrari World

Ferrari World theme parkFerrari represents the pinnacle, the benchmark of a thoroughbred roadster. And fanboys and girls, your ultimate destination for seeing and experiencing everything ‘Ferrari’ is here! Ferrari World is a 2.2m sq.ft, behemoth amusement park in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Just recently opened in 2010, the park lives up to its name in spades, boasting:

  • The Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world (very fittingly), attaining 150mph!
  • The Fiorano GT Challenge, a ‘dual-launch’ coaster
  • G-Force, a tower-ride that shoots riders up to 203ft and out of the building.
  • Made in Maranello, a cinema that gives visitors a virtual tour of the Ferrari manufacturing plant in Maranello, Italy.
  • Too much additional awesomeness to list.

103. Eat Outside Your Comfort Zone

Bull testiclesNothing risked is nothing gained, right? Inasmuch, you’ll never realize that you actually like a food (that you’d otherwise want to hurl over just looking at) unless you try it! For Americans, it’s pretty safe to assume that most people haven’t eaten some or all of the following: Sushi, congee, haggis, tongue, kidneys, brain, testicles, octopus and so forth. And make the experience even more authentic: Chow down in a place where this food (or foods) is traditionally served.

 104. Quit a Job That You Really Hate

Woman hates her desk jobThe regular 9-5 gig, day-in and day-out, gets pretty damn old for most people. We’ve all got bills to pay, though. But imagine discovering a job, one that pays a sustainable (or even lucrative) wage, that you actually look forward to waking up to and ‘punching out’ out of? Granted, there’s many that will never discover such bliss, destined to answer to that grumpy boss until old age. But those who have found meaningful, fulfilling jobs do things like cater at weddings or large, formal parties, produce and sell something they’re passionate about, teach horseback riding, own their own corner bakeries or cafes, and even put together functions like the aforementioned Events in the Sky for a living.

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius

105. Kayak in the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Kayaking in bioluminescent baySimilar in a way to the Aurora Borealis natural phenomenon, the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo, Puerto Rico boasts more bioluminescent wildlife (creatures that produce certain chemicals that cause emissions of light) than practically anywhere else. Bioluminescent plankton is the chief reason that this particular bay emits a super-cool blue.  Make sure to choose one of the darkest nights to go observe the awesomeness. During a new moon phase is typically the best, but don’t expect to see much under a full or even three-quarter moon.

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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!

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  • 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!).

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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..!

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