Tuesday, 9 June 2009

50 (Realistic) Things To Do Before I Die

During a conversation with a friend the other day, the topic of what we want to do with our lives came up. Both of us are hitting the big 3-0 in the next couple of months and with me making such a life-changing decision it has kind of thrown her for a loop. So we decided to challenge each other and make a list of 50 things that we want to do before we die.

Now there are lots of things like 'end world poverty' or 'find a cure for cancer' that I would love to do but that is not realistic. So it took me a good couple of hours to think and get 50 realistic things to do and a few of them I know I will achieve fairly soon (hopefully).

Anyway, enjoy the list and perhaps I can challenge you to make one of your own!!!


  1. Set foot on each of the seven continents of the world.
  1. Spend a significant period of time in another country learning the language and culture.
  2. Visit every capital city in Europe
  3. Dive with a whale shark
  4. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  5. Take a bush plane ride into Africa’s interior.
  6. Travel down the whole length of the Nile from source.
  7. Learn how to do a back handspring
  8. Photograph an endangered species
  9. Spend some time in the Amazon rainforest studding the wildlife.
  10. Teach English in a foreign country
  11. Cross a developing country using only public transport
  12. Shake hands with someone who has truly changed a country
  13. Sail through the Northern Passage
  14. Road trip across the USA
  15. Walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  16. Learn how to pilot a plane
  17. Find the love of my life, marry him and grow old together
  18. Shower in a waterfall
  19. Gallop a horse along a deserted beach in the sun
  20. See a killer sunrise and sunset
  21. Explore the Galapagos Islands
  22. Visit the Holy Land
  23. Become debt free
  24. Design and build a house
  25. Visit Niagara, Victoria, Angel and HannokiFalls
  26. Ride something larger than a horse
  27. Fly first class
  28. Get a tattoo
  29. Learn how to say hello in 20 different languages
  30. Experience weightlessness
  31. See the Northern Lights
  32. Go to the Carnival in Rio
  33. Learn to play chess
  34. Take up photography
  35. Go on safari for more than 2 days
  36. Create a photography bucket list
  37. Visit Tibet
  38. Read the Bible in a year
  39. Attend a Superbowl game
  40. Keep a journal/diary every day for a year
  41. Put a pound away every day for a year and then donate the money to charity
  42. Send my mum on her dream vacation
  43. Be a voice actor in a Pixar film
  44. Stand on both the international date line and the equator
  45. Learn to play the guitar
  46. Fly in a hot air balloon
  47. Go to a Broadway show
  48. Fill every page of my passport with stamps
  49. To be able to say, in everything, whether success or failure…I tried