Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

106. Be a Movie Extra

Movie setIt’s not as easy as it might sound, as casting calls for ‘extras’ for movies or television usually lure hundreds, sometimes thousands, of cinematic hopefuls. Play your cards right, and get the scoop on how casting directors choose their extras, and you could possibly be in the next Terminator movie (for instance) or Two and a Half Men TV show. A quick caveat, though: If successful in becoming a serious actor (statistically extremely unlikely, by the way), don’t let the success go to your head, and realize that you still have a bucket list to complete!

107. Ride a Cable Car in San Francisco

Cable car in San FranciscoLike visiting New York and venturing around via the subway, a trip to San Francisco is never complete without at least one cable car ride. Two of the most popular cars among tourists include the ones that run routes between prominent venues such as Union Station, Fishermen’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Chinatown, and California Street. The San Francisco cable car system is the only National Monument a entity on the National Register of Historic Places that actually moves. Now, who among you didn’t think of the old San Francisco Treat, Rice-A-Roni, or of the Full House TV show when you first saw this?

108. Learn to Bartend

Bartender pouring drinksBartending is great for either real work or leisure with friends and family. Whether you decide to work it as a part-time (or hell, even full-time) gig or to simply for show off your mad drink-mixin’ skills, there are a few easy tips and tricks to master. Included are the arts of cocktail shaking and (or) stirring, glass-rimming, muddling, using the appropriate glassware (e.g. highball, Collins glass, cocktail, shot glass, margarita, etc.), blend-o-logy, knowing drink terminology and preparation equipment. Your guests will definitely appreciate having tasty drinks made for them!

109. Participate in Geocaching

GeocacheProbably a foreign term to you, geocaching is a sport that involves participants use of a mobile GPS device and other directional articles (compass, etc.) to hide special containers, called “geocaches” (or simply ‘caches’), anywhere on Earth. Consider it the most sprawling game of hide-and-seek, with the most participants, ever. People, known as ‘geocachers’, place small, of-little-monetary value objects in weatherproof boxes, hide them just about everywhere on Earth, visit certain geocaching fan websites and post the latitude-longitude coordinates (and other clues). Finders then use handheld GPS devices and whatever means of travel to find, log (via the required logbook and pen/pencil inside each cache) their visit, grab the intended item (usually little trinkets or rare coins), leave something in place of it, and share their expeditions online.

110. Get a Ph.D. Degree

Happy graduatesThere are certain privileges of earning a Ph.D, none of which really (at least in the author’s opinion) usurp the fact that you’ll forever be able to legitimately put a Ph.D behind your name or ‘Dr.’ in front. It’s the educational equivalent of the Heisman Trophy or Stanley Cup. Besides that, a Ph.D will almost guarantee you a great-paying job, perhaps earning the money to pay for the air travel associated with many of these bucket list points.

111. Stand Atop the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel TowerThe Eiffel Tower of Paris, France is perhaps one of the romantic city’s most enduring, most popular and easiest to recognize structures ever built. Commissioned by Gustav Eiffel in 1889 and erected largely of pig iron, the Tower stands an incredible 1,063ft tall, with the highest point accessible by tourists (3rd Level) at just under 900ft high. The first two levels boast restaurants, and the third offers indescribably gorgeous panoramas of the surrounding Champ de Mars green-space and a generous portion of Paris itself.

112. Swim in the Devil’s Pool

Devil's Pool If floating around in the Dead Sea (see No. 38) isn’t your cup of tea, give Devil’s Pool a shot! Right smack on the edge of the 355ft-high Victoria Falls waterfall on the Zambezi River (Zambia), Devil’s Pool is a naturally occurring ‘pool’ that sits perilously close to almost certain death awaiting below. However, from September to December the water level is safe enough for people to wade and even swim just along the towering gorge. What’s stopping ’em from going over the edge, almost certainly fatally? A rock of sufficient size that sits plum on the very edge of the waterfall. Thanks, but I think I’ll stick with wading around in the Dead Sea!

113. Become Financially Literate

Superman symbol with dollar signLeveraged buy outs, early adopters, penetration pricing strategies, ROTH IRAs, PEST analysis, inventory turns, treasuries, hedging, and so forth. Want to take control of your finances and/or master the Stock Market? Begin by learning said lingo and educating yourself on market principals. And then take action… Get out of debt, build your nest egg, become an entrepreneur, and so forth.

114. Become a Foster Parent

Foster family with childrenThis one, naturally, depends on your current situation—whether you want or don’t want kids, already have them, or just can’t stand ’em, namely. However, note that foster parents generally only keep minors (wards of the state) until suitable adapters are found. Foster parents certainly need to care for this precious cargo as the children were their own, but care must also be taken to avoid becoming too attached.

115. Ride a Segway

Segway tour For all of you super-lazy folks (just kidding!) there’s the ‘Segway PT’, a two-wheeled, electric vehicle that responds to slight shifts in balance (shifting one’s weight forward, backward, or to the side) for navigation. The transport device employs high-tech wizardry—e.g. gyroscopic sensors, servo-drive motors, center-of-mass principles, etc.—to carry around a person at up to 12mph, and is commonly used by law enforcement, mall security, park rangers, tour guides (along with their pack of tourists), and others.

Or even better than just riding one, buy one for only around $2,000-$2,500.

116. Learn a Martial Art

Martial arts kickLearn a martial art (e.g. karate, judo, jujutsu, kendo, etc.) for your before-I-die list. Why? Because there are several possible applications for it, including: self-defense, physical fitness/exercise, meditation, choreography and so forth. Join a local martial arts club or find a personal trainer, but be prepared to shell out the dough for the latter. Who knows, you may be the next Jackie Chan or Jet Li…

117. Gamble at The Venetian Macao

The Venetian MacaoContrary to the popular notion that Las Vegas is the world’s gambling mecca, Macao, China is considered by many to actually be the gambling capital of the world. Oh, and now it’s home to the world’s largest casino, The Macao Venetian. This behemoth—that would make most of the joints in Vegas look modest—boasts over 500,000 square-feet of sinful, gamblin’ fun; it has 3,000 slot machines, 870 gambling tables (can you say ‘I’m broke’?!), 24 bars and eateries, and a whopping 3,000 hotel rooms. All of which begs the question—“so, does what happens in Macao, stay in Macao, too?”

118. Pass on a Family Heirloom

Family heirloom necklaceLeave an heirloom for future generations. Whether it’s dog tags, grandma’s wedding dress, a car, or an entire house, your kids (or those of another family member) will share in yours and/or your family’s legacy. Don’t have any heirlooms to pass down in the first place? Choose a valuable, meaningful item and begin the tradition yourself.

119. Drink a $1,000+ Bottle of Champagne

Bottle of champagneSave this one for a very special occasion, naturally. New Years, an anniversary, an important birthday, Groundhog Day (wink wink) are a few ideal ones. However, think that bottle of Krug or Armand de Brignac is gonna be worth it? In all honesty, just admit it, probably not—but hey, you only get to live once. Hence the reason for every single one of these bucket list points!

120. Develop a General Knowledge on Important Topics

Old book and magnifying glassTake what you learned (and actually retained) throughout grade school and college and build upon it—if for no other reason than to prove your excellent, random conversational skills. History, economics, geography, politics, religions, etc: In the end, you’ll understand the world a whole lot better and if ever on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, win a lot of money!

  • 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..!