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Bucket List

I love making lists. If you peek into my diary or any blank piece of paper I could get my hands on, you’ll find every type of lists imaginable, including the usual to-do lists, to-buy lists, to-read lists, the ever-repeating monthly expenses, and the ones that don’t make sense at all, like the list of English words beginning with the letter C that I could come up with in 5 minutes (112).

In 2013, I created a bucket list to help me deal with depression and quarter-life crisis. The things listed were very extensive, ranging from the mundane (get a driving license) to the outrageous (jump out of an airplane), from the attainable (climb Mount Kinabalu) to the nearly impossible (have a flat tummy). But the list gave me a reason to get out of bed every morning.

While the original list had close to 1,000 items, the one featured here has been pared down to just over 600, to keep it (more-or-less) travel-related. Enjoy!

  1. Volunteer to clean up a public space
  2. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  3. Volunteer/work on a farm
  4. Volunteer to build a house
  5. Be an aid worker in a third-world country
  6. Hug a redwood
  7. Visit a virgin rainforest
  8. Be a tourist in my own city
  9. Go on a cruise
  10. Travel in a camper van
  11. Travel solo
  12. Hitchhike
  13. Pick up a hitchhiker
  14. Couchsurf
  15. Host a Couchsurfer
  16. Help someone cross something off their bucket list
  17. Make a snow angel
  18. Build a snowman
  19. See an iceberg
  20. See a blowhole
  21. Visit an ice cave
  22. Visit a sulfur mine
  23. Visit an active volcano
  24. Visit a floating village
  25. Visit a ghost town
  26. Visit McKamey Manor
  27. Visit a castle
  28. See windmills
  29. Walk in sea foam
  30. Experience a hailstorm
  31. See a tornado
  32. Stand under a waterfall
  33. See a petrified waterfall
  34. Watch a solar/lunar eclipse
  35. See a meteor shower
  36. See the Aurora Borealis
  37. See the Aurora Australis
  38. Experience the midnight sun
  39. Experience the polar night
  40. Experience zero gravity
  41. Ride in a cable car
  42. Ride on a ski lift
  43. Ride a funicular in Switzerland
  44. Ride on a roller coaster
  45. Ride on a Ferris wheel
  46. Ride a carousel (as an adult)
  47. Ride a mechanical bull
  48. Go to the circus
  49. Go to a chocolate factory
  50. Go to Candytopia in Santa Monica
  51. Go to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe
  52. Go to the Pecularium in Portland
  53. Visit the airplane graveyard in Bangkok
  54. Visit a cheese museum
  55. Visit the hair museum in Turkey
  56. Visit the Museum of Death in New Orleans
  57. Visit an upside-down museum
  58. Visit a 3D-art museum
  59. Go to Madame Tussaud’s
  60. Go to Universal Studios
  61. Go to Disneyland
  62. Learn to swim like a mermaid
  63. Swim in a cenote
  64. Swim in a glass-bottom pool
  65. Swim in the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands
  66. Swim in the largest pool in the world
  67. Do the Polar Bear Plunge
  68. Jump off a cliff
  69. Rope swing into water
  70. Go snorkeling
  71. Go scuba-diving
  72. Go ZUBA diving
  73. Go free-diving
  74. Go sea-walking
  75. Ride the Aquaskipper
  76. Ride a banana boat
  77. Ride on a bamboo raft
  78. Ride on a water taxi in Bangkok
  79. Ride a jet-ski
  80. Ride a gondola in Venice
  81. Ride a shikara in Kashmir
  82. Ride a hovercraft
  83. Ride in a submarine
  84. Go sea kayaking
  85. Kayak through icebergs in Greenland
  86. Go cave canoeing
  87. Row a sampan
  88. Learn to sail
  89. Join the Croatia Sail Week
  90. Go white-water rafting
  91. Go tubing in Vang Vieng
  92. Go kiteboarding
  93. Go flyboarding
  94. Go zip-lining
  95. Go paragliding
  96. Go parasailing
  97. Go skydiving
  98. Go Scad diving
  99. Go hang-gliding
  100. Go bungee jumping
  101. Go on a ropeswing
  102. Do the reverse bungee (slingshot)
  103. Do the waterblob (human catapult)
  104. Base jump with a wingsuit
  105. Wing walk on a bi-plane
  106. Cycle in a foreign country
  107. Cycle down the Danube Bike Trail
  108. Ride on a tandem bike
  109. Ride a unicycle
  110. Go sky-biking
  111. Go fat-biking
  112. Learn to ride a scooter/motorbike
  113. Ride a Vespa
  114. Ride a Harley
  115. Ride a Segway
  116. Drive an ATV
  117. Drive a dune buggy
  118. Drive a Go-Kart
  119. Drive a truck
  120. Drive a tractor
  121. Drive a sports car
  122. Drive abroad
  123. Drive Route 66
  124. Go on a hayride
  125. Participate in a rickshaw run
  126. Ride in a songthaew
  127. Ride in a convertible
  128. Ride in a limo
  129. Fly first-class
  130. Fly in a private jet
  131. Fly in a fighter jet
  132. Fly in a hot-air balloon
  133. Fly in a helicopter
  134. Fly in a blimp
  135. Fly in a seaplane
  136. Learn to fly an airplane
  137. Fly over a volcano in Hawaii
  138. Fly on a trapeze
  139. Go abseiling
  140. Go wall-climbing
  141. Go rock-climbing
  142. Go spelunking
  143. Go canyoneering
  144. Climb a tree
  145. Climb up the steps of Batu Caves
  146. Climb to the top of a lighthouse
  147. Climb the KL Tower
  148. Walk on the sky bridge of Petronas Twin Towers
  149. Do the rope-course challenge at Komtar, Penang
  150. Do the CN Tower Edge Walk
  151. Do the Mount Huashan plank walk
  152. Walk across a hanging bridge
  153. Walk across the world’s longest hanging bridge
  154. Walk across a glass-bottom bridge
  155. Run a full marathon
  156. Compete in a triathlon
  157. Run barefooted
  158. Go dog-sledding
  159. Go tobogganing
  160. Go luging
  161. Go snowboarding
  162. Go snowshoeing
  163. Learn to ski
  164. Learn to roller-blade
  165. Learn to surf
  166. Go body-surfing
  167. Sand surf in a desert
  168. Try stand-up paddling
  169. Go volcano-boarding
  170. Go zorbing
  171. Go aqua zorbing
  172. Try archery
  173. Shoot a gun
  174. Play golf
  175. Learn yoga in India
  176. Go glamping
  177. Climb Mount Kinabalu
  178. Hike to the Annapurna/Everest Base Camp
  179. Hike the Grand Canyon
  180. Hike the PCT
  181. Hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  182. Walk El Camino de Santiago
  183. Walk the Jeju Olle Trail
  184. Walk the Te Araroa Trail
  185. Climb the Piedra el Peñol
  186. Climb one of the 7 summits
  187. Visit all countries in Southeast Asia
  188. Visit 50 countries
  189. Visit 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  190. Visit all 7 New Wonders of the World
  191. Visit all 7 New Natural Wonders of the World
  192. Visit all 7 continents
  193. Visit the happiest country in the world
  194. Visit the coldest capital in the world
  195. Visit the smallest country in the world
  196. Be in two countries at once
  197. Go on the world’s tallest elevator
  198. Experience Grand Wailea water elevator
  199. Live on a tropical island for a month
  200. Become a citizen/permanent resident of another country
  201. See the Mulu Pinnacles
  202. See the Chocolate Hills in Bohol
  203. See the floating markets in Bangkok
  204. Visit the Maeklong Railway Market
  205. Visit the Angkor Wat
  206. Visit North Korea
  207. Visit Bhutan
  208. See Mount Fuji
  209. Visit the Great Wall of China
  210. See the terracotta army in Xi’an
  211. Visit a red-sand beach
  212. Visit the Red Beach, China
  213. Visit a pink-sand beach
  214. Visit a black-sand beach
  215. Visit a green-sand beach
  216. Visit the glass beach in California
  217. Visit a pink lake
  218. Visit the spotted lake in Canada
  219. Visit the biggest lake in the world
  220. Visit the deepest lake in the world
  221. See the Taj Mahal
  222. See the Burj Khalifa
  223. See the ancient ruins of Petra, Jordan
  224. Visit Tibet
  225. Visit Auroville
  226. Visit the Maldives
  227. See the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  228. Travel the Great Ocean Road
  229. See Ayers Rock
  230. Swim the Great Barrier Reef
  231. Swim in the Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  232. Visit the Hobbiton in New Zealand
  233. Walk in the Bora Bora lagoon
  234. See the ruins in Athens
  235. See the Eiffel Tower
  236. See the Catacombs in Paris
  237. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  238. See the Colosseum
  239. Make a wish at Trevi Fountain
  240. Visit Cinque Terre
  241. See La Sagrada Familia
  242. See the Tower Bridge
  243. See the Big Ben
  244. Ride the double-decker bus in London
  245. See the Stonehenge
  246. See the Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
  247. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  248. See the Berlin Wall
  249. Visit Chernobyl
  250. Visit Auschwitz
  251. Visit the Crooked Forest, Poland
  252. See the fjords of Norway
  253. Pose on the Trolltunga rock in Norway
  254. Soak in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  255. Visit the Red Square in Moscow
  256. Visit Santorini
  257. Cross the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine
  258. Visit Jerusalem
  259. Swim in the Dead Sea
  260. Visit the Land of the Fairy Chimneys, Turkey
  261. Visit Pamukkale, Turkey
  262. See Haghia Sophia
  263. Visit Socotra Island, Yemen
  264. See the Pyramids of Giza
  265. Go on a desert safari
  266. Go on a safari in Africa
  267. Swim at the edge of Victoria Falls
  268. Visit the Blue Pearl, Morocco
  269. Shop in the souks in Morocco
  270. Visit the White House
  271. Walk in Central Park, Manhattan
  272. See the Empire State Building
  273. See the Statue of Liberty
  274. See the Hollywood sign
  275. See the Golden Gate Bridge
  276. See Mount Rushmore
  277. See New England in the fall
  278. Do the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  279. Visit all 50 states of America
  280. Visit Anne of Green Gables’ house
  281. See the Niagara Falls
  282. See the Mayan ruins
  283. See the statues on Easter Island
  284. Visit the Galapagos
  285. Visit Bioluminescent Bay, Puerto Rico
  286. Visit Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  287. Visit the rainbow mountains of Peru
  288. Swing at the end of the world in Ecuador
  289. Visit the Amazon
  290. Visit Patagonia
  291. Go to the North/South Pole
  292. Celebrate Songkran in Thailand
  293. Celebrate Loy Krathong in Thailand
  294. Celebrate Yi Peng in Chiang Mai
  295. Go to the Harbin Ice Festival
  296. Attend a Japanese tea ceremony
  297. See a real-life geisha in Kyoto
  298. See the whirling Dervishes in Turkey
  299. Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina
  300. Participate in the Battle of the Oranges in Italy
  301. Run with the bulls in Pamplona
  302. Celebrate Las Fallas in Valencia
  303. Join a hammer festival in Portugal
  304. Attend snowbombing festival in Austria
  305. Run after a giant wheel of cheese in Gloucestershire
  306. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich
  307. Go to the Brazilian Carnaval
  308. See the Burning Man in California
  309. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  310. See the Chicago River turn green on St Patrick’s Day
  311. Visit an Amish community in Ohio
  312. Attend a pow wow
  313. Go to a renaissance festival
  314. Spend the 4th of July in USA
  315. Celebrate Holi
  316. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Times Square
  317. Celebrate Christmas with a Christian family
  318. Decorate a Christmas tree
  319. Go Christmas-caroling
  320. Have a white Christmas
  321. Celebrate Hanukkah with a Jewish family
  322. Go trick-or-treating on Halloween
  323. Travel on a steam train
  324. Travel on an Indian train
  325. Ride the bullet train in Japan
  326. Cross Russia via Trans Siberian/Mongolian railway
  327. Ride the Orient Express
  328. Ride the Glacier Express
  329. Ride “the Tube” in London
  330. Ride on top of a train
  331. Travel on a sleeper bus
  332. Eat chili crab in Singapore
  333. Eat pho in Vietnam
  334. Eat pad thai in Thailand
  335. Eat Peking duck in Beijing
  336. Eat sushi in Japan
  337. Eat kimchi in South Korea
  338. Eat biryani in India
  339. Eat momo in Nepal
  340. Eat ema datshi in Bhutan
  341. Eat shawarma in UAE
  342. Eat kibbeh in Lebanon
  343. Eat pavlova in New Zealand
  344. Eat Turkish ice-cream in Turkey
  345. Eat plov in Uzbekistan
  346. Eat dolmasi in Azerbaijan
  347. Eat khachapuri in Georgia
  348. Eat borscht in Russia
  349. Eat verivorst in Estonia
  350. Eat cepelinai in Lithuania
  351. Eat mamaliga in Moldova
  352. Eat goulash in Hungary
  353. Eat sarmale in Romania
  354. Eat cevapi in Bosnia & Herzegovina
  355. Eat pierogi in Poland
  356. Eat tzatziki and souvlaki in Greece
  357. Eat Belgian fries in Belgium
  358. Eat sauerkraut in Germany
  359. Eat macarons in France
  360. Eat fish n chips in a pub in London
  361. Eat strawberries and cream at Wimbledon
  362. Eat haggis in Scotland
  363. Eat Irish stew in Ireland
  364. Eat frikadeller in Denmark
  365. Eat meatballs in Sweden
  366. Eat smalahove in Norway
  367. Eat stroopwafel in the Netherlands
  368. Eat pizza and pasta in Italy
  369. Eat rosti in Switzerland
  370. Eat paella and tapas in Spain
  371. Eat churros in Spain
  372. Eat Portuguese egg tart in Portugal
  373. Eat francesinha in Porto
  374. Eat schnitzel in Austria
  375. Eat halusky in Slovakia
  376. Eat fli in Kosovo/Albania
  377. Eat couscous in Tunisia
  378. Eat kushani in Egypt
  379. Eat tagine in Morocco
  380. Eat an Ethiopian meal
  381. Eat nyama choma in Kenya
  382. Eat succotash in Equatorial Guinea
  383. Eat New York Cheesecake in New York
  384. Eat buffalo wings in Buffalo
  385. Eat Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kentucky
  386. Eat poi in Hawaii
  387. Eat poutine in Montreal
  388. Eat maple syrup pancakes in Canada
  389. Eat tacos in Mexico
  390. Eat gallo pinto in Costa Rica
  391. Eat ropa vieja in Cuba
  392. Eat ceviche in Ecuador
  393. Eat pastel de choclo in Chile
  394. Eat feijoada in Brazil
  395. Eat bugs
  396. Eat bird’s nest
  397. Eat red durian
  398. Eat cactus
  399. Eat escargot
  400. Eat raw oysters
  401. Eat caviar
  402. Eat a century egg
  403. Eat sea urchin
  404. Eat kangaroo meat
  405. Eat crocodile meat
  406. Eat crocodile egg
  407. Eat herring
  408. Eat the stinky tofu
  409. Eat balut
  410. Eat a wormcake
  411. Eat black pudding
  412. Eat nagashi somen
  413. Eat the spiciest chili on earth
  414. Eat liquid-nitrogen ice-cream
  415. Eat fondue
  416. Dine in the dark
  417. Dine in the sky
  418. Enter a food eating contest
  419. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
  420. Chew betel leaf
  421. Chew khat
  422. Drink Ceylon tea in Ceylon
  423. Drink tea in England
  424. Drink kopi luwak
  425. Drink Absinthe
  426. Drink eggnog
  427. Drink at an ice bar
  428. Go to an oxygen bar
  429. Go tea-tasting
  430. Go cheese-tasting
  431. Go on a food tour
  432. Go on a ghost tour
  433. Crowd surf
  434. Smoke hookah
  435. Smoke a cigar
  436. Drink weed tea
  437. Drink bhang lassi
  438. Inhale the laughing gas
  439. Try the magic mushroom
  440. Eat space brownies
  441. Go to a full-moon party
  442. Go to a luau party
  443. Party on a helipad
  444. Party on a yacht
  445. Party at the Playboy Mansion
  446. Watch a ping pong show in Thailand
  447. Receive a lap dance
  448. Go skinny dipping
  449. Shower outside in a sarong
  450. Sunbathe topless on a crowded beach
  451. Go to a nude beach
  452. Attend a horse race
  453. Ride a horse
  454. Ride an ostrich
  455. Ride a camel
  456. Bathe an elephant
  457. Swim with pigs in the Bahamas
  458. Swim with dolphins
  459. Swim with whale sharks
  460. Swim with manta rays
  461. Swim with manatees
  462. Swim with otters
  463. Kiss a sea lion
  464. Cage dive with sharks
  465. Cage dive with saltwater crocodiles in Darwin
  466. Go whale-watching
  467. Go bird-watching
  468. Go bear-watching in Alaska
  469. Shear a sheep
  470. Milk a cow/goat
  471. Herd cattle
  472. Feed a crocodile
  473. Play frisbee with a dog
  474. Walk a St Bernard on St Bernard’s Pass
  475. See kangaroos in their natural habitat
  476. See penguins in their natural habitat
  477. See fireflies
  478. See the salmon run
  479. See a yak
  480. See an alpaca
  481. See komodos on Komodo Island
  482. See the Serengeti’s great migration
  483. See glowworms in New Zealand
  484. Visit the Giraffe Manor in Kenya
  485. Visit a bee farm
  486. Extract honey from a bee hive
  487. Visit the rabbit island in Japan
  488. Visit the cat island in Japan
  489. Be a panda keeper in China
  490. Hold a monkey/ape/chimp/orangutan
  491. Hold a koala
  492. Hold a tarantula
  493. Cuddle a tiger cub
  494. Wrap a python around my neck
  495. Release a bird
  496. Release baby turtles into the sea
  497. Adopt a pet dog
  498. Go to a pet cafe
  499. Go fishing
  500. Go deep sea fishing
  501. Go clam digging
  502. See a baobab tree
  503. See a giant sequoia tree
  504. See cherry blossoms
  505. Visit a lavender field
  506. Visit a tulip field
  507. Visit a poppy field
  508. Visit a sunflower field
  509. Visit a bamboo forest
  510. Walk through a corn maze
  511. Pick my own strawberries at a strawberry farm
  512. Pick wild blackberries
  513. Wade in a cranberry bog
  514. Stomp grapes for wine
  515. Tap a maple tree
  516. Go truffle-hunting
  517. Release a sky lantern
  518. Go on a meditation retreat
  519. Go on a darkness retreat
  520. Get ordained
  521. Stay in an ashram
  522. Stay in a Buddhist monastery
  523. Stay in a nunnery
  524. Stay in a cabin in the woods or by a lake
  525. Stay at a dude ranch
  526. Stay in an ice hotel
  527. Stay in a cave hotel
  528. Stay in an underwater hotel
  529. Stay on an oil rig
  530. Stay in an overwater bungalow
  531. Stay in a jjimjilbang
  532. Stay in a capsule hotel
  533. Stay in a ryokan
  534. Stay on a houseboat
  535. Sleep in a tent
  536. Sleep in a tree house
  537. Sleep in a cave
  538. Sleep in a salt mine
  539. Sleep in a teepee
  540. Sleep in a yurt
  541. Sleep in an igloo
  542. Sleep in a trailer
  543. Sleep in a castle
  544. Sleep in a prison cell
  545. Sleep in a hammock
  546. Sleep on straw in a barn
  547. Sleep in a windmill
  548. Work on a ship
  549. Work as a fruit-picker abroad
  550. Quit my job and be my own boss
  551. Start my own business
  552. Have my own business cards
  553. Learn to use chopsticks
  554. Learn Thai massage in Thailand
  555. Attend a basic survival course
  556. Attend an avalanche survival course
  557. Attend a space camp
  558. Learn to escape from quicksand
  559. Learn to throw a boomerang
  560. Learn to juggle
  561. Learn to eat fire
  562. Learn to dance flamenco
  563. Learn to waltz
  564. Learn to salsa
  565. Learn to tango in Argentina
  566. Learn traditional Balinese dance
  567. Dance bharatanatyam
  568. Do the Hula dance
  569. Join in a tribal dance
  570. Attend a cooking class
  571. Roast a turkey for Thanksgiving
  572. Learn to shuck an oyster
  573. Learn to make sushi
  574. Join a chocolate-making workshop
  575. Learn to make ice cream
  576. Learn to make latte art
  577. Learn to make pickles
  578. Learn to make cheese
  579. Make homemade jams
  580. Make fresh pasta
  581. Bake a cake
  582. Make bread from scratch
  583. Make my own pizza
  584. Make homemade marshmallows
  585. Learn fruit-carving
  586. Carve a pumpkin
  587. Learn to weave a ketupat
  588. Learn to weave a basket
  589. Make something out of clay
  590. Blow glass
  591. Learn to make candles/soap
  592. Create my own fragrance
  593. Learn to speak a new language fluently
  594. Take Spanish lessons in a Spanish-speaking country
  595. Learn sign language
  596. Celebrate my birthday abroad
  597. Wear a cheongsam
  598. Wear a sari and bindi
  599. Wear a kimono/yukata
  600. Wear a hanbok
  601. Wear a kilt
  602. Wear traditional Thai costume
  603. Wear a conical hat in Vietnam
  604. Wear traditional Balinese costume
  605. Wear a burqa in the Middle East
  606. Wear baju kurung in a foreign country
  607. Go to a fish spa
  608. Take a mud bath
  609. Get a Balinese massage in Bali
  610. Get a Thai massage in Thailand
  611. Get an Ayurvedic treatment in India
  612. Go to a hammam in Turkey
  613. Go to an onsen in Japan
  614. Go to a jjimjilbang in South Korea
  615. Get a shiatsu massage in Japan
  616. Go to a thermal bath in Hungary
  617. Go to a beer spa in Austria
  618. Have a sulfur bath in Georgia
  619. Get a Swedish massage in Sweden
  620. Soak in a natural hotspring
  621. Try a sensory deprivation tank
  622. Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant
  623. Eat at a Hard Rock Cafe
  624. Stay at a Hard Rock Hotel
  625. Go to a music festival
  626. Go to a drive-in movie
  627. See a Broadway musical
  628. Watch ballet
  629. Watch the opera
  630. Watch a flamenco show in Spain
  631. Listen to fado music in Portugal
  632. Watch the launch of a space shuttle
  633. Watch a sports match in a stadium
  634. Watch a muay thai match in Thailand
  635. Watch sumo wrestling in Japan
  636. Watch The Alternative Games in Wales
  637. Watch the Grand Prix in Monaco
  638. Attend the Olympics
  639. Attend the Merdeka Parade
  640. Attend a WWE match
  641. Watch a TED talk live
  642. Attend a gay parade
  643. Attend a wedding of a different culture
  644. Attend a Bon Odori festival
  645. Meet an internet-famous animal
  646. Meet a president/prime minister
  647. Meet the POTUS/FLOTUS
  648. Meet the Dalai Lama
  649. Meet the Queen of England
  650. Meet the Pope

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