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Collected from Matador staff and readers, here are 50 bucket-list suggestions, 50 things to do before you die.

1. Set foot on each of the seven continents. Antarctica might seem like a tough one, but here’s how. Once you’ve reached all seven you can truly call yourself a world traveler.

2. Cross a country on a bicycle. A bicycle tour takes some planning, but it beats being separated from a country though a passenger-side window.

3. Ride something bigger than a horse. Trekking through the jungle on the back of a two-story elephant will surely be something you remember forever.

4. Live like a local for a month. The experience of visiting native peoples will give you way more insight into another way of life than two years hopping from one backpacker ghetto to the next.

5. Visit a “real” blues bar in Chicago. What better way to leave music’s commercialism behind and find the soul of the blues?

6. Learn another language. This is definitely a weighty and time-consuming proposition, but there are plenty of resources out there to ease the process.

7. Go heli-skiing. The access to snow and terrain via heli is different (read: better) that anything else you’ll ever experience.

8. Travel India by train. With its extensive rail network, this mode of transport is the best way to see one of the world’s most colorful and diverse countries.

9. Climb one of the world’s Seven Summits. Climbing mountains is not for the faint-hearted, but many people rank standing atop one as one of the things to do before you die.

Photo by Anne Froelisch

10. Dive with a whale shark. Swimming with these gentle giants is among the most powerful wilderness experiences in the world.

11. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil. You haven’t had a good night out until you’ve been to the biggest party in a nation of big parties.

12. Dance tango in Argentina.

13. Surf. It’s not about being a ripper but just catching waves.

14. SCUBA the Great Barrier Reef. The largest coral reef in the world is a must for dive enthusiasts. It is the world’s most unique aquatic environment.

15. Publish an article about your travels. Part of traveling is sharing your experiences with others. Plus, getting published might be easier than you think.

16. Volunteer abroad for a month.

17. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite travel book. What better guide than a book that inspired you to travel in the first place?

18. Take a bush plane ride into Africa’s interior. These lightly visited regions are filled with unique cultures and diverse wildlife.

19. Cross a glacier on foot. Traversing these fast-disappearing natural wonders is an adventure that future generations might not be able to experience.

20. Visit the source of one of the world’s great rivers. Great rivers, like the Nile, have humble beginnings.

21. Climb an active volcano.

22. Buy a boat and learn to sail. Before the Brothers Wright, everyone traveled by wind power. It’s still the most sustainable way to travel there is.

23. Follow your food from field to table. Most people in the world still eat what they have picked with their own hands. Why not get back to these basics?

24. Bathe in the Ganges. What better way to experience the spiritual heart of India?

25. Travel around the world. Sure, you could do this without ever setting foot outside of planes and airports, but few people ever truly traverse the entire globe. Round the world tickets are great for budget-minded wanderers.

26. Photograph an endangered species. Aside from an image you can keep for a lifetime, it will remind you, and others, how fragile life can be.

27. Participate in Burning Man. As they say: “Trying to explain Burning Man to someone who has never been is like trying to explain color to a blind person.”

28. Spend 24 hours alone in the jungle.

Photo by Nickmunstr

29. Learn how to make a national dish. What is the one and only thing that everyone has in common? Eating.

30. Teach English in a foreign country. Sure, it’s a way to fund your travels, but also the experience of a lifetime.

31. Attend a music festival in another country.

32. Cross a country using only public transportation. See a country the way most of its people do: from the window of a bus, train, or ferry.

33. Spend the night in a storied/historic hotel. You might not even have to leave town to experience a night of classic atmosphere.

34. Attend the Olympics. Whatever you say about the commercialism of the Olympic Games, they are one of the biggest events on the planet.

35. Meet your favorite (living) travel writer. They’ve inspired you; now thank them for it.

36. Travel to Germany to experience Love Parade or one of the world’s other big festivals.

37. Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony. This timeless tradition is at the heart of Japanese culture.

38. Join a caravan in the Sahara. See how people can thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments.

39. Go to Oktoberfest. The meeting of over 6 million beer afficionados and drinking song singers is one of the biggest parties in Europe, and definitely one of our things to do before you die.

40. Stand at the North or South Pole.

41. Be in the stands when two rival South American club teams play each other in soccer. Soccer (sorry, football) is a passion for most of the world’s population.

42. Visit the birthplace or grave site of a cultural icon. Could be Che Guevara or Picasso or Levi Strauss or the guy who invented widgets; anyone you think is important.

43. Find your version of “The Beach.” One of the best travel books ever inspired a generation of backpackers. Why not find your own version of untouched paradise?

44. Enjoy a freshly rolled cigar in Cuba. Taste a hand rolled specialty close to its source.

45. Visit every capital city in Europe. The crowded continent is full of beautiful architecture and diverse cultures.

46. Watch an orchestral performance in Vienna.

47. Skydive. It is the ultimate thrill, unless you add a wingsuit, and actually fly.

48. Bike the Pacific Coast Highway.

49. Shake hands with someone who has truly changed a country.

50. Participate in the world’s biggest water fight during Thailand’s New Year’s festivities (Songkran).

What would you add to this list of things to do before you die?

* This post was originally published on July 7, 2008.

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Josh Lew

Josh Lew has spent the better part of the last decade abroad. He pays his way by writing about travel and teaching English. When not traveling, he lives in world’s most non-exotic place: Minnesota.

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  • Ray

    The name of this list should be “50 things to do before you die, but after you win the lottery”.

    • Tom Chandler

      Or two lottery’s!

  • http://laranzjoe.blogspot.com/ lawrence77

    nice! :)
    51th thing is come and read this and leave a comment!

  • smartguy

    Yeah, once I figure out how to make my mortgage payment this month, I will get started on this list.

  • winelips

    regarding visiting a “real” blues bar in chicago…
    for a “real” blues bar experience, forget chicago, plan to go somewhere on the mississippi delta. it’s the birthplace of the blues – the mesopotamia of music for the U.S.

    lots of great juke joints there and be sure and grab some Q (pulled pork or ribs) while you’re down there.
    ;-)

  • lauren

    umm this is more of 50 ways to travel and visit the world. how about the more simple things… run a marathon? fly a plane with an instructor? read at least 10 books off of the top 100 books to read? go to mass in a cathedral?… simple things are often looked past.

  • Summerday

    mass? That’s a waste of time. I just like that the list helps me to think of things to do before I die.

  • stephen

    Can somebody tell me what the point of lists like this is? Josh? They seem from my limited point of view be exercises in conformism, consumerism, and mediocrity. I find it difficult to think of anything further from “a reminder that the world is still a magical place.” I’d say these are anodyne tourist “experiences” with all the magic of crinolene. But what do I know? And what are these “things” that we have to do before we die anyway? Personal entertainment? Meaningful contributions to the welfare of humanity? Tick marks on an extended suicide note? Milestones in a goal-oriented life? I just don’t get it. Josh, help. Please.

  • Mike

    This is awesome. I am definitely going to try to do as much of these as I can. The list gives me something to work towards….being a traveller at heart.

  • http://cateskitchen.wordpress.com Cate

    I used to be all about making lists like this, until I realized that some of your most meaningful experiences are completely unexpected. I didn’t plan on spending an amazingly entertaining evening in a hookah bar in Hanoi with 5 hilarious and friendly Vietnamese businessmen, but it was one of the best parts of my trip in Vietnam.
    I am all for having goals for various reasons (lose x pounds, visit my grandparents at least once in the next year), but this one just doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Pablo

    These lists are lame….I find items like “climb one of the 7 summits” made for those who have “been there done that” mentality. I have traveled a lot and grew tired of those with “lists”.

  • Daniel

    I don’t like to be negative, but many of these things are quite commercialist/egoistic/phony. Heli-skiing? Visiting the poles? Did the author think of his ecologic footprint at any time?

    The list is a nice start, but in essence, everyone should find his/her own “wishlist”.

    Btw, the Love Parade seems to be gone for the time being, maybe for good.

  • http://yash-pal.blogspot.com/ Yash Pal

    Awesome post!! These are really great things to do in life before die!!!

  • Jay-R

    I just did point10 three days ago…and indeed, a powerful wilderness experience. I’m still stoked.

  • whatever

    thank you ‘stephen’.
    you said what i was going to say.

    i am glad there are people that feel the same as me. i was feeling like everyone was going to love this post, but it turned out that a third of the comments are intelligent.

    looks like we are becoming more intelligent and evolved after all !

    thank you,

    p.s. yes this post is pointless. it just reaffirms the mainstreams unimaginative, soulless and ungrateful existence in an awesome world.

  • Ibrahim

    Read about ISLAM before you die.

  • Bruno

    This list is sooo made “by / to” people from USA that its almost hilarius (no offense)

  • Katie

    Although I’d love to be able to do a fair amount of things on that list, in reality myself, as well as a large portion of the human race, are going to be financially unable to. Nice list, but mostly just pipe dreams.

  • Michael

    Mardi Gras PERIOD

  • sean

    I’ll agree with both sides; many of these experiences are tourist-inspired, but many are right on the mark. It is not to say that one has to place their feet in a particular place; it is the overall human experience that one takes from it that is important. Sure, it would be intense to stand at the peak of Everest, but perhaps impractical. Just take the middle ground; one of my favorite memories from a recent trip abroad was sitting in a kebap restaurant, looking over the extravagant food, smelling things I had never experienced before. It is all about how you experience things, not the simple fact that you did them. I think that is the point the author was trying to get across. Some people just look for things to complain about, I swear. “oh, I don’t have money, You’re dumb, what’s the point”. Sorry if i’m not content to sit and stare at the TV for the rest of my life.

  • http://www.bhutnese.com/ NPO

    Fabulous post, Really everyone dreams about it.
    But Everybody is not lucky enough to make this in their lives.

  • grass_house

    Ditto Sean!

  • emma

    this is great i will try to accomplish as many of the things on this list as possible, i’d rather do the things on this list that some people are saying is stupid than never have done them at all, it seems like a way to make sure you get the most out of the culture of the world. i want to make sure i dont take anything for granted in this life and if that means travelling than that’s what im going to do :) thanks for the list

  • http://sbandrews.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Wonderful!

    I LOVE to Travel, and I am about to go live in Bali, Indonesia for a month. I look forward to learning more about the culture. And I am stopping in Japan on the way back to the states, so I will have to participate in a Traditional Japanese Tea.

    I think any of this can be done if you put your mind to it. I am a poor college student I have been to I have been to 13 countries in the past 10 months. Find a cheap flight, take advantage of it and go somewhere. Hostels are cheap!

  • http://www.traveltippo.com Traveltippo

    hehe so many things to do before I die….i’ll definitely live long then…coz by the time i do all of these things I’ll be 100 years old hahahaha
    great list!

  • Ilena

    Some people enjoy traveling, have money, and want to do something exciting in life. You are some of the most negative people ever.

  • http://www.greecelogue.com Cristina

    Let’s see…I fluently speak and write in English although I’m not native so..language: CHECK :) I publish travel articles daily – CHECK :)
    I have started visiting the European capitals – Bucharest, Budapest and Vienna DONE :) I know how to cook several national dishes from different countries :) CHECK still a long list to go though

  • E.F.Hearn

    Ok I have done he following (22 of 50)
    1) Three of Seven( North American European and Asian
    4) Japan, Dubai, Iceland,Italy France ,Texas( if it becomes a nation)
    6) English,Icelandic Italilan, and a bit of japanese
    13)Surf Hawaii
    16) ok, 2 weeks in Dubai
    20) The Ohio R one of the sourses of the Mississippi River
    21) the Big Isalnd of Hawaii
    23) I have done better,I have worked on a almond ranch
    25) traveld around the world in 1991
    26) African Elephant
    28) to many times to remember
    29) many dishes, many lands
    30) English in Iceland
    31)Japan, Iceland and USA
    32) Bahrain
    33) The claremont hotel( part I of first marriage Honeymoon)
    35) M Kaluta
    42)H.C Andersen, Nonna Hus in Iceland
    43) Kahool awe Island in the hawaian Island chain
    45) Damn Euroe keeps geting bigger every freaking day ( only 6)
    47) Dude has never heard of “Spieing” it is Flying
    49) Vigdis Finbogasdottir, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson ( frm pres of Iceland)

  • http://matadortravel.com/travel-community/mariajessica Maria Jessica

    I am making this my personal list. 2 down, 48 more to go! Thanks Josh!

    Excited,
    Jess

  • angel

    before i die i wanna todo most thing.1st sorry about people who i hurt them.sure then i wanna travel world mostli america and brasil.i ask GOD to esxuse me all my wrongs

  • cutthroatjake

    Angel,,How about passing a basic English Language exam!

    • Bruce

      How about you have an EQ exam? Let people talk in their own words and peope will let you talk too

  • Amy

    I can now cross off #5! Brilliant idea.

    Kingston Mines was such a great experience and they admission is free for college students on Thursday nights!!!

  • Angela

    I agree with Sean. This article may have many motives behind it and it–obviously–impacts us in different ways. For me, most of those things symbolized a girl scout patch with no real significance behind it besides a label and something to associate a memory/goal with. Some of the things on the list, maybe 15 or so, do hold some validity to them; I’m volunteering, for example, in Costa Rica for a month in two weeks, spending my time with the locals in Los Planes, and I know it’s going to be an exciting and educational experience. I somewhat agree with stephen, though pessimism to the sarcastic and egotistical extent is a little greedy and not serving any aesthetic purpose. I do not, however, think what “cutthroatjake” (I guess the name speaks for itself) said was necessary or appropriate. In fact, it enforced the ethnocentricity that Bruna was mentioning.

    Thanks,
    Ang

  • Frank

    This is a great list – although in reality the budget of the normal traveler wouldn’t cover most of these

  • http://www.theplanetd.com Dave and Deb

    I have done 17 on your list. I have my own going, but it is great to see what others think of as the ultimate lifetime achievement. It gives me more ideas to add to my own life list. Thanks for the ideas. Deb

  • DavieC

    Surely the essential part of this list is ‘before you die’. At the moment many are experiences that are unaffordable, but if you really want to do them, you have a lifetime to do so.

    Siddhartha (‘scuse spelling if its wrong) by H. Hesse was mentioned in another article on this website. This book suggests that experiencing feelings and events was the key to enlightenment rather than meditation. Josh having this list is surely a step in the right direction to achieve this.

    Lastly, yes the article does seem to pander to the ‘been there, done that’ mentality that many have but everyone has to start somewhere. Even if this list motivates just one person to do one thing they didn’t think to do before, it has succeeded. The point of this site is to educate and inspire, this article has the capability to do both.

  • MARK

    “photograph an endangered species” wtf? who comes up with this crap? the last thing endangered species need is to be chased by ego driven lunatics that follow these lists!

  • Graham

    This list kinda pissed me off. Seems like its more “50 things the author has done and thinks you should do too, because the author knows best”. I don’t really know why the article came off to me that way, but it seems like it came off that way to some others too. Maybe we just don’t like being told the “best” way to live our lives.

  • John

    What a jerk.

  • Brittany

    I think it is very important for everyone to make a list of things they want to accomplish in life, in the long or short term. It helps you set goals and actually achieve them!

  • http://www.ladadadada.net/blog/2006/09/24/the_great_croatian_adventure_part_1 Dave

    There is more than one purpose for these sorts of lists.

    One of them is for people who are sitting at home trying to decide where their next holiday should be. If you know you want to travel but just don’t know where to start or, worse, just never get off the couch, this sort of list can be just the inspiration you need to get moving.

    Another is aimed at people who will never get off the couch and who want to live vicariously through others who have interesting experiences. They can delude themselves into thinking that they are worldly and well-traveled by reading the accounts of those who are.

    Yet another purpose is to list a bunch of places / experiences that the author has been to or wants to go to. This purpose is really of no use to anyone but the author. But it may provide a few items with which to start your own list (and don’t think you have to stop at 50 or stop when you have completed all of the things on your list).

    If none of these purposes are appropriate for you, maybe there are some ideas in the list that you hadn’t ever thought of. Sure, heli-skiing and visiting Carnival and Oktoberfest are fairly obvious and touristy, but some such as bicycle touring and living like a local are not quite so obvious and will make you feel more like a traveler than a tourist.

  • Sidhe

    Wow, negativity much? Some people just need to take a deep breath and realize that the author is sharing their experiences, what is meaningful to them and what they think may inspire others. Like someone else said, it’s ’50 things to do before you die,’ not ’50 things you must do before you graduate college while still living in a dorm as a poor student.’ You take some ideas, add your own, make it personal, and do it in your own time. I’d like to visit every capital city in Europe, but I also know I’m gonna have to do it while backpacking and hosteling. There’s no way I can afford a hotel every night.

    So what if they’re ‘touristy’? Everyone is a tourist in another country, and to the locals everything you do is ‘touristy’. Why not do the grand things? Please tell me you’re not going to say ‘Pfft, not gonna do that, EVERYONE does it.’ You’d be missing out on a lot of things in life.

    To the author; good for you. I’m glad you’ve achieved some of your goals.

  • Gaby

    Heyy,

    I thought this list was really good and i want to do most of them!!!!

    Thank you loads!!!
    x

  • Bruce

    Good things to do if you have the money and time. What about the more simpler things though. Spend the week with your (grown up) kids, on their terms; kiss your wife, look in her eyes and tell her you really do love her, and mean it; play with your dog on a sunny day in a field, and walk home as the sun goes down; Cry uncontrollably when you think of what little time you have and what little you have done, and be humbled; come up with the right amount of edge and sarcasm when someone talks down to you.
    See, you have your own list. Don’t look to media to tell you how to live your life.

  • http://Travel-Writers-Exchange.com Travel-Writers-Exchange.com

    Just found this article — better late than never. I didn’t think about climbing an active volcano let alone a dormant volcano. I think you have a profound experience by bathing in the Ganges. I would like to skydive and bunging jump. It would probably take me a few minutes before I’d actually jump out of the plain or off the bridge :)

  • http://www.maketickfoundation.org Green Foundation

    The Photographs in this article bound me to left a comment.
    Everyone in their lives dreams to visit these places.
    And the Photos are the best Photos i’ve seen ever.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Mika

    This is actually a pretty good list, once you get past the fact that it takes a lot of money to do it… Anyway, it was a great surprise to realize that i’ve done some of them…
    It was also kind of sad (but actually grat: nobody else but us latin knows…) that south america is not that taken into account. You have no idea how many “The Beach” we have down here… The best of it: They’re all very taken care of secrets. Only us latin know. At the end of the day, it beats any of the 50 you just said. (Perhaps only the travel India in train part… dreaming of it since… ever)

  • http://myspace.com/29802904 stacey

    i like the idea beheind this list and would love to do a lof of the things on this list such as back pack europe, learn a new laungauge, live in a nother country as a local, ect. and i do think that the list is more about the experiance and not exactly whats being done. and yes a lof of the list does seem to be bases on comercialism and tourism but remember for a lot of places such as some parts of europe and the east tourism is what keeps a lot of there towns and ecomomies going.

    and for the people who have nothing to say other then “well i dont have that kind of money” traveling is a lot less expencive then you think! its not all about staying in nice hotels its about earning your keep staying with the locals depending on others kindness. a few hundred u.s. dollars can actually get you pretty far in asia and some parts of europe and in south america and some of africa. work as a dish washer for a night, volintere as a nude model at an art class [great idea if your ever in italy or france] there is always a way and after all half the fun is not knowing whats gonna happen right?

  • http://www.goahub.com/ Goa Tours

    Some call Goa “India lite”, an easy-to-encounter version of India. So, get going to Goa http://uurl.in/7yk4

  • http://writeronthewayhome.blogspot.com niamh

    I definitely like the idea of making lists – and I don’t think the author was saying that everyone who reads the article MUST do these things or they’re not a traveller. it’s just suggestions.
    Maybe instead of sniping at people for having dreams, we should all just make our own list. Some of these things are expensive – climbing Everest for one (don’t think I have the stamina for that one!) but in the end, the point is that you do something with your life. Most of us on this site are lucky enough to have money for some amount of travelling – something millions will never be able to do, so instead of moaning we can’t afford everything on a random list, we should be grateful for what we can do…

  • http://www.motionphr.com Jeff

    My wife and I have done a great deal of these for quiting our jobs and going sailing to living in another country. I see people statements that they need the lottery to do it. No, Just a little planing and the balls to just do it!

    try it you will like it

    Jeff
    motionPHR Your health record for the iPhone

  • http://chris-beaumont.com Chris Beaumont

    50 things for travel bores with too much money to do before they die

    • Liliana Hraste

      Why do we always think immediately at the financial part, why cant we just let go and focus on the nice, positive side of life?! We can do so many things before we die and we would not need a penny!
      I’ve found this article really nice, full of ideas and I thought of myself that I have already done some of them and feel proud of it. Thank you Josh for this article.

    • jess

      money?? im a 21 year old broke student and ive already done 7 or 8 of these! :D

      • Marcin

        haha, thats awesome, howdyu get around?!

      • http://cmcarr.tumblr.com/ Courtney C

        I am right there with you. I am 21 years old and I have done quite a few of these things as well… all you need is motivation, determination, and a passion to see the world. Make money as you go…money can be remade, life-changing experiences cannot.

        • Marcin

          howdyu make moneyz?!

  • http://www.getatrip.com Get A Trip

    Okay Josh, these are all pretty lofty goals. but great all the same. I think some of the commenters missed it. This is not about travel bores with lots of money –re-read the list! This is about maximal living. Feeling alive. Being part of the world around us. I think it’s a good enough list to print out and start making some plans to do these things. We appreciate this post!

  • Jane

    Josh, I love your list. I am 64 and my husband 65. I know we won’t physically be able to do everything but I am posting this list tonight and we are going to start making our priority list. Hope to see you along the way. Jane

  • stephen

    Be original.

    If you follow this list or anything remotely like it, the book of your life will not be worth reading. However, you could start a religious cult based on the works of Enid Blyton, resolve only to have sex with amputees, or start a campaign to change the name of your town to Vomit, California.

  • liveyourdreams

    Cool article. Why are people on here so negative, though? Do what I do. Use lists like this for inspiration and then adapt to your own lifestyle, dreams, and goals. I never would have known about places like Angkor Wat or the Batu Caves if some travel writer hadn’t recommended them.

    By the way, I am hardly rich yet I’ve managed to do more than half the things on this list. I am 35 and have managed to visit almost 50 countries on 6 continents (still trying to figure out a way to visit Antarctica with out ‘busting the bank’). I also pay a mortgage on my house and just finished paying off my student loans not that long ago. Never let someone tell you CAN’T when it comes to your dreams…

    • butterFloi

      you can go to antarctica. Hit Tierra del fuego and take a boat to Antarctica :-)

  • http://www.hurricanesoftwares.com Ash

    50 things to do before you die is a correct title for this post. I liked the way you have explained the people’s inner wishes. Although, it requires lot of money which is not possible in this recession still its a good choice. Go Live your Life.

  • Dougie

    Nice list and it would certainly help stimulate the economy if everyone did all those things but I’d rather find inner peace and contentment.

    There are alot of people who have done none of those things and they are very interesting and pleasant people. Somehow it’s about incorporating what you have done and what you have available to you that gives you the feeling you’re looking for. I suppose there are so many more variables than just the activity itself. Ya’ll get what I’m saying or does this sound gibberish?

  • http://www.healthyairtravel.com/jetlagmain.php Jet Lag

    Wow, great article.

    I find myself subconsciously checking things off and making notes of others. Swim with a whale shark is definitly high up on the list. Great blog here, you can feel the sense of adventure. These are good people to be around!

  • Kaitlin Mills

    Great article. I would like to say I have done a lot on that list, but I haven’t, though I have done other things. Standing at the very top of Europe in Switzerland is something I would recommend.

  • Macushla

    I swelled with pride that I have done some of the things on this list. The people who are negative are jealous that they can’t dream big, and don’t want anyone else to. Shoot for the stars and enjoy the view along the way – even if you never manage to do all of these things, the book of your life at the end will be amazing – it’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey.

  • Thomas Shipton

    We’re looking for idea’s for our around the world trip. There are a few things that we would love to do and this list defiantly gave us a few ideas.

    Thank you for taking the time to post the things you would like to do before you die.

    How many have you done so far?

  • http://www.delovesto.com Tony

    Don’t forget to go to Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia to see the Fairy Penguin Parade – http://www.phillipisland.net.au/penguinparade.html

  • http://www.monterosa-nepal.com Nepal expedition

    “50 things to do before you die” i read your this article. all 50 things are very good things but, in my view it is not enough article because climb to Mt everest is not included in this article. Mt everest is one of the highest mountain in the world. it’s hight is 8848 m so need to include this. second is i “THE GREAT WALL in china. every one need to visit once this wall. i thing we need to visit all “WORLD HERITAGE SITES” once before we die

    thanks
    Monterosa

  • frances howell

    hi my name is frances, i am 15 and from england.
    i’m currently starting to think about some of the things i want to do in my gap year and this has really helped me so thankyou :)
    i agree that people are missing the point about these type of lists; who cares about money when you can have such life changing experiences? it seems trivial really when there is such a huge world out there.
    what would be your best tips for raising money to do the things on the list? & how many of the things have you done so far?
    (this is a general question to anyone that reads this because i would be very interested to hear of people’s experiences and possibly any suggestions of things i should do in the future with barely being of the legal age to do anything except live!)
    thanks, have fun guys :) x

  • izzy630

    A few years ago while on my first trip to North Carolina, I was watching the fireworks on the beach for the 4th of July. I was in N.C. to visit a friend stationed at Ft. Bragg and we decided to make a trip with some friends to the coast to watch the fireworks. That night, I made myself my own version of my life “to do” list. My goal is to see the fireworks on the 4th of July in every state. I am now 28, and started this when I was 24. I am originally from IL and so far I have seen them in IL, MO, NC, KS, and FL. It is something that for now while money is tight, I can just take a day (or two) trip to one of the surrounding states. As time goes on and money is more readily available, I can go to the further destinations. Experiencing new things doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you want to do it, you can find a way. And I love the fact that these trips take me to other parts of the country during one of the most patriotic times of the year, and I get to hang out with the locals!

    izzy

  • http://www.key-4ever.com key4ever

    crazy!~

  • Siddharth Dave

    Hey, truly amazing…

    Definitely the best things to do before i die.. among all this i feel being at south/north pole would b the best(I have many times dreamed for this)

    Perfect list for an adventure life… I wish i could make all of this and i wish extend this list beyond 50..
    Life is journey, lets start….

    Thanks a lot josh……

  • Mark

    I like the list, or rather part of the list. The intent is clear. It is about an adventurous journey through life, and encouragement to actually go out there and start crossing things of your list. Great! I already have done some of the things, and others I will likely never do. The list gives me ideas and it inspires me to make my own list. Thanks, Josh…

    Mark

  • http://www.lotussiatravel.com sinh

    Vietnam is a beautiful country. Sleep overnight on the junk boat in Halong Bay, stay with local minority people in Mai Chau, visit a picturesque Sapa and many other places. Good food in Vietnam and the local people are very friendly and hospitable.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Darcy

    dude you are realy samrt I want to do all of that shit alone (unless I have a girlfriend then she comes with me if she wants to) it would be sweet im 15 when I get my job hafe of all my pay checks will go to my dreams I want to do

  • Rose

    So inspiring, thanks Josh! I agree with many of the other comments that this list doesn’t need to define your life – make your own list! As with any travel advice/writing, it is merely a starting point to give you inspiration for some of the things you may not have thought of before. One of the things I had never thought of doing before was visiting the gravesite of a cultural icon – this has inspired me but some of the other things I can’t imagine myself ever doing.

    And as for finances, recreate the list to fit your budget. Instead of skydiving, climb a mountain and experience standing on the edge of the world. I like Izzy’s post on her goal of visiting a different state every July 4th – it’s a goal that is more realistic for her. Travel may seem difficult to get started when you are financially challenged but if you set yourself saving goals, you can make it happen. And instead of just travelling, work around the world to fund the travels. This way you can be a part of a local community and experience other cultures which is the most important part of travel to me.

    Thanks for all the inspiring articles, matador! Keep up the good work!

    • jacque

      ” And instead of just travelling, work around the world to fund the travels. This way you can be a part of a local community and experience other cultures which is the most important part of travel to me.”

      You’re correct, indeed!

      My husband and I are from the Philippines but we’re are currently working in Qatar. We are able to travel AND earn money at the same time :) Our 2 daughters are also here with us; the eldest attends school here. We meet people from other countries (Arabs, Egyptians, Indians, Americans, Brits etc) and learn their languanges (My Egyptian co-workers teach me the basics).

  • Harvey Hippo-Walker

    Can I count the Falkland Islands as Antartica ????

  • Brad

    51. Die in debt and more spiritually empty as you started.

  • Bob

    These are good ways to get yourself killed.

  • http://mattdeal.com Matthew

    Man o man… some of the comment-ors are really retarded for lack of better terms… A professor once told me to ‘take it for what its worth’ – and the appropriate comments are people doing just that… maybe they dont like the article but found out that they want to do #37 (or whatever) of the list… If you dont like it, move along, dont read this authors articles and thats that… I love the article and the list of things to do… While maybe its not as original as some want it to be – we can make it that way, customizing the list to our liking on our own journeys…

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – ?

    … and please stop worrying about $$… If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way.

  • chris f .f

    haha i cant beleive how many of these things i have done ….

    i am 18 years old and done around half of all that …… and am doing much more i am not rich but i am determined …… when i have an experiance i know its good because i smile whenever i think about it … i have worked hard for what i have got and when people say im lucky i am not i am not blessed with this stuff i have worked for it so people should stop thinking of this type of stuff as why cant i do that but think of it as i am going to do that …… all i say is becarefull but stop listening to people, take advice but adapt it to your own thoughts ….

    enjoy life why worry about things in the future im not saying take loans out and go wild im saying live in the moment save up for what you really want and then do it and no regrets ….

  • http://londoniscool.com William Wallace

    41 of them bore me and many of them from experience are over rated. Why don’t people just follow there own and original path, the key word is original!

  • Josh

    Will the people who don’t like the list just pi$$ off. Create your own list, or maybe don’t do a list and live in your work 5 days a week, waste the other 2 watching television.
    I have a list, it includes big goals like scuba diving in Oz. But also silly ones like eating a chili in Chile. My list also includes ‘to die’. Someone will have to tick this one off for me!

  • http://robinferianto.com/ robb

    i’ll vote for mountain climbing anytime.
    kudos.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Meldee

    I had a great time reading your article..
    Thank you and it help me a lot doing my 7 last days..

  • http://stefian.blogspot.com Steffi

    I like that list.
    Will follow up on it when I graduate!

  • Chantelle

    I loved your list and it has really inspired me. I am currently funding my travel by teaching English overseas and hope to accomplish some more of these. I used to be one of those people who would say that yourt list is only for those who have a lot of money, but now that I am living this life I know that is not true. Thanks for the post!

  • kimayou Meigui

    Excellent idea, Josh! I actually printed this out and found it an inspiration to start a list of things I want to experience and do before I die for my own life! I’m not sure why some people get so angry over someone stepping out and posting their own list of what they think would be great things to accomplish in their lives. Everyone sees the world through their own eyes. I personally found this to be a great tool while learning about new places to see and things to do. I had never heard of heli-skiing before reading this!

  • Megan

    I love your list. I am 18 and I’m starting to make a list about all the things I want to do in my life. I’ve even added a couple things from you list. I’m so excited! I just want to start now and live life to the fullest. I don’t care if I can only do one or two things on my life, I will always know that those one or two things will mean more to me than anything else I’ve ever done. I wish you and everyone else luck on finishing their lists!

    Megan

  • http://www.facebook.com/laughhammer Laugh Hammer

    I enjoyed reading the list. I have one questin though. Why wasn’t “Yell For Help” listed. Just saying.

  • china

    this is for rich people… it is a crime…
    is better the movie I dont remember name, in spanish is: antes de partir..
    it is more realistic… just with 10 this… nor 50!!
    however.. it is OK

  • MetalPinguin

    I am just 15, so lots of time,. but I plan to accomplish at 75% of this list. I really like travelling.

  • MetalPinguin

    PS: To all of you who think money is a problem, it is even more fun if you try to do these things with as little money as possible. Try hitchhiking or couchsurfing, that adds a new dimension to your travels, I certainly think.

  • chirs miller

    ok the people who dont have pics are clearly old or cpu dumb sry its true live with it also the people who do have the pic are not yay for you now 2 the mail point we young age might be good these computers tho we are careless with money so hint every 1 with a pic is pro to this artical ( dont gethe t me wrong great artical) then the people with out a picture they are con to this idea they relize how muchthis will cost ( closer to dieing so tryed 2 plan failed not enuff money loll jk u get my nkthi i ) tink u get my drift so bye
    chris miller 17yrs old

    • Marcin

      You forgot to mention horrible with grammer because i understood NOTHING of that sentence…

  • Natalie M Laatz

    Life is short. Play hard. Love it!

  • http://www.luggageonline.com luggage

    All of that sounds great, I really wish I could travel more.

  • jess and mkyla

    i would also suggest that big tomato fight in the country i have always wanted to do that.

  • Erin

    I am only 14 years old and am determined to do some of these during my life. I am young, and learned that I should live life to the fullest. I am going to live.

  • danny

    i realy dont know why so many people are finding problems with this list. i think it is a great list. and they are more like guidlines anyway. there is no such thing as a cookie cutter expierience, if everyone who commented did everything on this list they would get something different out of it. The things on this list are some of the icons of cultural expierences and adventure classics. I hope to do many of them in my travels.

  • http://gmail.com RAUL RODRIGUEZ

    I would remove the reference to mass-killer Che Guevara. Thousands of Cubans were tortured, and murdered by that pot-smoking psycho.

  • sarah

    Hi, I think it is a great idea to write a list of things you want to achieve before you die. I was going to do this recently but then decided instead I would write a list of things I have already achieved at age 26 and the list amazes me whenever I read it. I realise I have achieved so many things and been to so many places, 30 countries, 7 continents, I have hitch hiked, traveled alone, been to numerous concerts, broadway shows, festivals, volunteered for a refugee family, studied, seen the queen and tried magic mushrooms – these being only a few things I have done. Every time I read it it makes me more motivated to try new things and I try to do something new once a week – if it’s visiting a town I havn’t been to or to make something creative.. the list is never ending! :)

    • Marcin

      that sounds awesome sarah….howdyu do it? I figured i dont want to spent my whole life in a small office working for material things, i’d rather see the world and meet new people. What im asking is how do you get around? I’ve read people working for a year, and then traveling, but i’ve been wondering if its possible to just go, and work along the way, though im not sure if anyones ever tried this before, nor if it’ll work

      • Mike

        Hehe.. just do it.. it`s harder if you own a lot of things but still. you are, no matter how wierd it sounds or far out it sounds.. you are able to quit your job, take the little money you got.. get on the plane to where you want to.. (the cheapest) where you have never been before and there you go.. suddenly your life is new, beautiful, interesting..

        work a little, a week here, a week there.. stay trough couchsufring.org, smile, hitch hike..

        smile.. a smile will get you a long way and a FAT passport.

        i did it. no problemo..

  • Sophh

    Haha, I beat you alllll- lol. I’m 13yrs old and I’ve done pretty much everything I’m alowed to do at my age. heeeheee – cool website

  • Jose

    I haven been able to do any of these my dad told me he hates me and is trying to get my mom to send me to millitary school. i want to die.

  • http://www.dewabharataubud.com/rssfeed.php putude

    Yeah, life is once. So don’t miss it

  • kerribell

    this makes me so happy, im only 15 but i’m gunna try to do all of these things!

  • David

    Before this list I had already wrote my list of 50 things, a lot of them were travelling as well. Mostly Adventurous. My Main ones were to go bungee jumping, go to africa to see the wildlife and to go to Las Vegas, now before, I did just think well if in the future I do actually turn out to be pretty wealthy I might just grab this list adn go nuts, but I realised something going through all the comments, I have my whole life ahead of me, We work for money for things we want, I want my life to be full of great experiences, So no I don’t need to be rich to pull off my 50.

    You only get one shot at life.
    Make yours exactly what you want it to be.
    Live!

    David
    16 Years Old.

    • http://gmail.com sheetal singhal

      hiiiiiiii i m sheetal i m 17 years old from haryana.i m so impressed about ur experience.i m so negative in my nature.i don’t know what i want from my life but i want some happiness in my life.all people always cheat me.i hope i shall get everything in my life.

  • http://www.aaronschubert.com Aaron Schubert

    I like this list. It’s something I will aspire to complete! Thanks for the great information.

    Aaron

  • http://www.minubrand.ee Martin

    Great ideas and inspiring list! By reading the list I figured I have roughly done about 10 of 50 by today, so it’s only 40 to go. I will localize your list to Estonian and link back to your blog.

  • http://jesseharding.squarespace.com Jesse Harding

    Ever since I was a kid I have always had an idea of what I want to do with my life. Just recently I sat down and wrote a list. Thanks for the inspiration. Some of these will be added to my own list. I think that everyone should write out their own list because it gives you a clear idea of the things in life that you most want to achieve, and when you do cross one off your list, there is no way to explain how good it feels.

  • luke johnson

    man this is the best thing to do before you die list ever…. i can put it into words… amazing

  • Echo

    Roughly I think I have done 20 of them.Life in fun and being alive is great.!

  • http://nibbleanibble.com Dave -nibbleanibble

    Nice list, I’ll keep this in mind when deciding on my next adventure.

  • http://www.mslistologist.com Annette Renee White

    I have a bucket list too! So far it has 158 goals on it, I am working my way to 1000. My favorites are ‘Milk a Cow’, ‘Ride a Zipline’ and ‘Make a Coloring Book’. You can see my list at http://www.mslistologist.com Good Luck!!

  • http://www.echo4china.com Echo Wang

    I am a 23 year old Chinese girl who has been lucky to meet someone who loves life and has probably achieved most things on these lists.
    I have been fortunate to have him as a friend and have been introduced to many things.

    I have scuba dived in Philippines nad Malaysia yetstill cant swim. I have bungee jumped , parasailed , Rode elephants and jet skis in Thailand. I have been to Cambodia and visited Angkor Wat. I have been to Vietnam several times and tour that country extensively.

    I have also been to Israel and Jordon. Saw the lost city of Petra and parachuted from a plane in Israel. I have swam in dead see (probably only place in world I could swim). I have taken a 25 day Contikki tour of Europe and have paraglided and gone white water rafting in Austria.

    I think I amvery lucky that at my age I have experienced so much of life and have a freind who has taught me that there is no job in the world worth dying for and that this life is not a reahersal for something else. His philosopy is to crowd as many experiences into his life and treat all people with kindness and respect.

  • kateloveslife

    This list is amazing. I am only 13 ears old and today i sat down and decided to write a list of 200 things i want to do in my life. This list has really inspired me so thank you and i hope whoever has there own list achieves everything they have set to achieve.

  • Anna

    Bizzare.:(

  • Alex

    I think this list is great, however it all seems to be about things to get out of life.

    How about adding a goal about making a small difference in the world, or just giving something back, even in a tiny way?

    :) Loved your ideas, and have given me a lot of food for thought regarding my own list.

  • Martin

    This its a great list, thank you David. Is it possible to see your first 50 things list, so i can understand the diffrence?

  • O. R.

    Well, I’m only 17 and I’ve completed five off the list so that’s a pretty good start… 19, 21 (sort of, it was an active volcano, but it was the sort that had fissures, and climbed up the side of the caldera), 29, 34 and 37 (sort of, it wasn’t a traditional tea ceremony, it was more lax, but I did get to wear a kimono).

  • Edward

    All sound fun, but you’d be more accurate if you called it “50 things to do before you have children.” Because that’s your real “deadline” for the vast majority of them.

  • mery

    the list is great
    i am starting to write my list

  • telse

    I must disagree with bathing in the Ganges.

    I guess it depends where you bath from.

    I am not trying to decrease the perceived spirituality of the river from Hindus, but the river is very polluted.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSB849903

  • http://www.mslistologist.com Annette Renee White

    Bucket List & Adventurist Friends, I need your help!
    I am auditioning to have a show on Oprah’s new network about the Ultimate Life-To-Do-List, but I desperately need votes (like 1000s)!! (at http://tinyurl.com/248uhpz)
    You can vote as many times as you like by clicking the green vote button, there is also a link to share it with your Facebook, Twitter and Email friends. Any support would be truly appreciated. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    VOTE AT http://tinyurl.com/248uhpz
    Let’s get another Bucket List & Adventure Show on TV & show them how strong this community is!

  • Stephanie

    This is a great list! I started my list some time ago, and have been adding to it frequently. With the help of this particular list I have finally finished! I have the 100 things I want to do before I die and am checking them off one by one. It feels great and there is nothing better than a life full of good and memorable experiences. I would recommend this to everyone, its amazing to see on paper what you want to do with your life and it helps make sure you accomplish your goals.

    Thanks for the information!!

  • Scott

    I feel a need to speak up for my friend, Ganga Ma, the Ganges River . . . polluted, by Western standards, OMG-Yes!, but, to a devout HIndu, the purest water there is . . . I’ve bathed numerous times in my over-one-year in Varanasi, and once in Rishikesh, when I bathe in the Ganges, I bathe in the Hindu Ganges . . . have never had a problem . . .

    And, if we start crossing things off the Bucket List because of the possible/real danger, that list isn’t going to be very long . . .

  • vikas

    TO DO SOMETHING . TO DO SOMEMORE THING . TO DO THINGS WHICH EVERYONE AS TRIED BUT YET NOT OVERCOME. THAT MY MOTO HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • dani

    I totally agree with you!!!!!!!!

    Kind regards from Argentina

  • Ashish Kumar

    i have no word to describe about this list, it is great.

  • Joel

    Wow, this is alot to do, but this is only one person’s opinion. To all of you on this website and stuff, make your own bucket list, those ideas are great and considerable, but you should go and make your own list, save it for years, and then finish it. Make it to fit yourself and don’t half ass it, finish it. Complete this list and you will have lived your life and you can die knowing that you have done what you wanted in life.

    Good Luck To All!

    Joel
    15

  • http://the-corny-travelers-chronicles.blogspot.com/ Abhijit Gupta

    Awesome list!

    I’ve done 8 and 24, they were easy for me! :)

  • Danielle

    I bathed in the Mother Ganga (river Ganges) up in Rishikesh. It’s pretty clean up there. Most people think of the river as dirty because they assume you are referring to Varanasi where people are cremated. Perhaps not everyone would be keen on bathing there but you won’t die from it.

  • bob

    nothing about sex? boring

  • FFS

    Great list, though I wouldn’t recommend anyone bathe in the Ganges. The water is putrid (no dissolved oxygen), and with all the bacteria, viruses and dead bodies floating around, it may sound spiritual, but enlightening it isn’t – unless you want to get sick and die while seeking nirvana in India.
    As for a replacement, what about running a marathon?
    Or how about bring a life into this world and give it all the love you can for an entire lifetime, no matter how it turns out? If there’s anything worth doing in this world it’s perpetuating our own species, and doing so in a loving, caring and considerate manner, that will make all the rest of the items on this list seem trivial by comparison.

  • Josh Larkin

    I am Josh, Im 17 and i have just started to write down everything i want to do in my life ! im a Photographer soo i want to go to places to get me noticed :D

    I also a big adrenaline junkie soo i would love to get some awesome things to do on my list :D any suggestions ???

    thanks

    Josh

  • preeti

    Just going thru the list lifted my spirits n made me feel happy that i am alive n motivates to living it up !

    An inspiration!

    Thanx for bringing excitement n hope at crossroads

  • james

    everyone the world is about to end sirios and i dunno what to do about it

  • joseph

    There are only 5 continents not 7.
    If you wanna go and accomplish 50 goals in your life please!! learn something first

  • James

    What an inspiring list, do you have Twitter, David? I’d like to follow you, thanks again :) Or follow me @Stapels101

    • David Miller

      thanks james.

      i’m @dahveed_miller

  • Annie

    lol, I’m 13, and this article describes my future plans perfectly :) When I grow up, what I want to do the most, is travel ’round the world, and everything that comes with it! I have other plans, but this is something I absolutely REALLY wanna do :D

  • SMB

    In my learning experience there are 7 continents:

    1. Asia
    2, Africa
    3, North America
    4. South America
    5. Australia
    6. Antaritca
    7. Europe

    But, apparently it all depends on your cultural perspective. In many Latin countries it is culturally accepted that the “Americas” is one continent, and Antartica is not considered a continent (therefore they say 5). The answer varies between 4 and 7 depending what you believe or what you were taught. The answer to many questions in life vary based on many factors. Maybe YOU should learn something before being so critical.

    • SMB, Get a Life.

       Wow! judging by your comment, your bucket list must be fucking boring… Just saying.

  • Abinash

    Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayas could be one of them.

  • http://lecher23@hotmail.com Matthew

    Great List!!!
    I made myself a list when i was 18 that comprised mainly of a lot of travelling and doing extreme sports such as like sky diving and such.
    I have been working very hard to save money and now at age of 20 i left my job and grabbed a 70L camping bag and headed for Australia and now i am backpacking around a beautiful country!! Totally worth everything, and when im done here i have already been told by my manager that im guaranteed my job back so i plan to work a little and then travel some more to knock off more of my bucketlist!

    Happy travels everyone! =D

  • Jenna

    I have recently made my own list with some very challanging tasks and some very easy. I decided to make this as I lost my 21 year old sister to cancer in november. I have realised that life is not short and its not long! None of us no how long our life will be. We should just make the most of everyday because you never know when it will be ripped from under your feet! I aim to complete, work towards or attempt one or some part of my list everyday and if I should complete it before my time is up I am sure I will have found many more achievments I could add onto the bottom. The world is an amazing place and I am sure my travels and experiences will open up new amazing things for me to learn and see. Make the most of eveyday! Dont stick to things that make you unhappy and never look back on the bad experiences or failures! everything that has happened to you in life will have a good outcome somewhere along the line. Even if its some thing as little as learning something new. Life is an amazing Journey and we all need to grasp every monent the good and the bad bits. My list is going to hepl me explore the world and myself.
    Jenna x

  • britney

    Seeing many people pass is terrible. And we should be lucky we get to do things now that people like our reletives didn’t get to do. So get out and HAVE SOME FUN.

    • Molatka

       http://thingstodobeforeudie.blogspot.com/

      join mine too

  • JJ

    I am now 50 years old and recouperating from my second (and hopefully last) brain surgery.

    As one might guess, I have penned my own bucket list and made efforts to check off Items and plan for future adventures.

    For me, the box does not get checked unless I did it properly and was able to share the adventure with someone I care about.

    My favorite box was checked in 2008 just before my first surgery. I spent twelve days in China with my wife, 17 year old son and 10 year old daughter. We shared experiences and made enough memories to last a lifetime.

    My son was brooding when we left but ended up taking hundreds of photos of the Olympics, the Great Wall, the army of Terra Cotta Warriors, local people, neighborhoods, and even his own family.

    When you go, go native, immerse yourself, take lots of photos and video and………………….. embarrass yourself. When you get out of your own element the fun begins.

    One month before my second surgery, I spent two weeks travelling New Zealand in a motorhome with my daughter. I highly recommend New Zealand but, do it while your young and take at least four weeks.

    My next trip will be Machu Picchu with the family, God willing.

    JJ

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000791968165 Inspired Journey

      Hello JJ

      Hope all is going well for you. I, also facing my second brain surgery….gamma this time which is non-invasive and I created a bucket list last year. Today, I did one of the craziest daring adventures on it-skydiving and was blessed to have my best friend join me in the experience. We did the video and photos and the experience I will remember for a lifetime. Not only was it great for me but since I knew he also wanted to skydive, just seeing his parachute gently gliding in made me so proud. I had a sense of pride only a parent feels seeing a child accomplish something great. Glad to have been alive to mark this off my list but even glad to be alive to see my friend accomplish this and have me join in his experience. Now we have more things to plan to do. No stopping now….

      Hope you are doing well. Would love to see photos of your adventures. Be well friend. Blessings.

      -Sarah

  • Ebaymikeybabe

    The focus seems to be on travelling for experience. For my bucket list, I’d be thinking in terms of the different areas of my life, personal, education, finance, social etc. There’s a whole heap of things to do without getting on a plane!

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  • Crashnov70

    Well they just gave me 6 months a year if im lucky said i can try the fork in the road get some more time .  Hell we all gotta go IWANNA GO HAPPY I hope there wrong really upset the better half  but i have know something was wrong for 2 years or so  IM gonna skydive with my son 4 his b day he dont know he will be 18

  • Laithhijazi922

    Nice!!my brother max died yestrday and he all these 50 things!!!!!!:(

  • Laithhijazi9222

    oh soory i forgot  to write did

  • http://twitter.com/StefanDzimidko Stefan Dzimidko

    Your list is nice. Look at mine. http://149things.com/index.php/thethings/
    List done during 2 years. Now I ended a website and start doing things :)

  • coldfireLVJ

    i’m 25 years old. i’m from philippines, where i was born and as free of being believed of what id being taught. but i always thinking that was this life meaningful, if i gonna succeed all those things that i wanted, planned and dreamed of. i didnt know where i gonna be or gonna spent my life with. I’m here in Cebu Philippines, i living alone being an outcast. Spending my studies alone, living alone, and no one cares, no one knows, no one remember or have knowledge where i came from. I always thought i am not  part of this   world. i didnt feel love nor even loved by someone. All i know is that im living without reason, but i know WE ALL LIVE AND EXIST FOR ONE REASON..
    LORD GOD ABOVE…
    I hope my life ends in God’s hand.

    • Gigi1027

      you are part of this world god bless you:)
      Michigan United States

    • Joymsume

      hii cold fire…my story is also as like you..single grl searching for my soul mate ..god bls u
      joymsume@yahoo.co.in
      jyoti frm india

    • believehopeimagine

      LVJ–You are absolutely right–we are not of this world!  (John 14:1-3) We are citizens of a better place–our home!  You are not alone and YOU ARE LOVED with an EVERLASTING LOVE (Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16) that is far greater than you or I could ever understand–May God bless you and may you allow Him to fill you with His love always!  Draw close to God and He WILL draw close to you (James 4:8)–seek Him with all your heart and you will find him! (Jeremiah 29:13) May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you! (Numbers 6:25) http://glowonline.net/  Love, your sister in Christ

    • blanca

      yep coldfire, i pretty much find myself  into what you said ,but yes LORD GOD is always on our side,so no matter what happends ,GOD is with us!
      madrid-spain

    • Charcain1123

      Coldfire, I hope it’s has gotten better for you, You have the life so many people want..I have family and friend with/in miles and am alone..Enjoy my friend..You are blessed and I’m paying for your happy travels. & You are loved and blessed…So Blessed my friend.

  • evbro

    Man I would love to swim with a whale shark. That would be so cool!

    Here’s a list of essential landmarks to see before you die that’s being voted on right now, they seem to think the Great Wall and the pyramids are the best: http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/historical-landmarks-to-see-before-i-die

    • travelgeek

      Check out the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. You can swim with the whale sharks there, just have to be scuba certified.

  • Aya Mavka

    Yes, no matter how long your life will be, matter how much life will be in your days. A long life without any remembering things is it life? 
    Such good list with different experience and different emotions.
    And I want else to be with my friends. But often we have different ways. And still I love them. I want last words from me to them are kind words. 
    So I left massages here – http://dyingmessage.com/
    My friends receive them after my dearth 

  • http://twitter.com/VolunteerCard Volunteer Card

    Great article! Very inspirational. There’s something about making a bucket list–the act of writing it down on paper that makes me want to complete my goals! You’ve inspired me. 

  • Jess

    Then u have no life! :D

    • Polovni Automobili

      Good work. Thanks for the info. very useful tips indeed.
      Polovni Automobili

  • Amber-louise-

    Went skydiving in australia and it truly was the best experience of my life so far and i plan to do plenty of more adventure sports and traveling the world im 16 and ready to get the most out of my life :)

  • rhythm1

    Greg, please provide a link to your Top 50 Things To Do Before You Die list so that we can review it for comparison.

    • Mystar

      Oh my GAWD!!! Good job, rythym1! You totally BURNED him! LOL!!!

  • Georgie :)

    I love this list. I was in the midst of forming my own when I came across yours. Thanks for the great idea’s x

  • jjjjjjjjj

    This is one badass list. 

  • Mcdonough816

    What about running with the bulls in pampalona?

  • Seo optimizacija

    Excellent
    blog, I always come back, THX!
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  • Tom C

    Josh
    What a great site . It sure looks like you have a wonderful life. Reading your post’s alwy’s put’s me in a good mood. Thank you
    Tom RealEstateTips

  • Kayhorse

    As an inspried 17 year old girl, I take in this with great respect. I will be printing this out and following it through. Thank you

  • jessica

    hi JJ, may i ask why you had your brain surgeries? 
    My dad just had one too….

  • Tmfallongoodwin

    Things you can only do if you’re rich. 

  • http://www.achieveyour100.com/ Achieve Your 100

    Great goals, I wish you luck with achieving them.

  • Mysterious chicken

    How the fuck are you able to do all of this. I thought maybe save a life, or help the elderly may be on here but NO instead we should all smoke… in Cuba.

  • Fakeaccount

    How the fuck are you able to do all of this. I thought maybe save a life, or help the elderly may be on here but NO instead we should all smoke… in Cuba.

  • Angellf

    Im sure this list is going to be expensive, but then again you probably have years to complete it and i am only 13 so i haven’t started a job or earning money yet, so i don’t know if it’s affordable or not, anyway nice list i might try it some time :)

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  • Jessmica

    Welll, I have only just turned 19, yet I have already done 12 of these. 

  • Minichaz789

    this is ace!!!love this-hope u dont mind i took a couple to put on my ownlist?

  • Gordon Sands

    Boo hoo, poor Greggy boy has such a pathetic life.

  • http://hellousdaily.com/hello-kitty-car-accessories/ Car Accessories

    Done 4, 8, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 32, 42, 43, 45, and I’ll be in Chiang Mai for 50 in April.  Still lots of time to complete the list :)

    • Mystar

      Good luck. I hope you have major fun.

  • Guest

    You are a commericalised and fake individual!
     

  • Gaurav Nigam

    It’s really very nice article. Thank you Josh. As an Indian, I am feeling proud to invite all of the people of world to come and visit our nation. 
    Come to my country and see the most amazing views of Himalayas, participate in the festive of colours “HOLI”, take a bath in The Ganga, see the history of world’s kings with the eyes of Delhi, enjoy the fun in Uttar Pradesh, feel the aura of God’s own town”KERLA”, 
    experience the thrill of sea waves in GOA, taste the widest variety of sweets in BENGAL & most spicy food in Rajasthan. 
    I must stop because no one can describe the beauty of my country. 
    Come friend. See it, feel it, enjoy it yourself. 

    regards, 
    Gaurav Nigam 
    gauravnigam02@gmail:disqus .com

  • anitairishchick

    try to do them all and be all you can be (i’ve done the majority of them)  but seriously people..  if you have kids, it all about your legacy… enjoy while your here, I have one son who is now 16 years old.. he confident and happy in himself.. he has the travelling spirit and is happy in his own skin.. he loves everyone and is loved by everyone.. I believe in very little religious wise.. karma rules my life.. be kind to all and life will be kind to you! 
    and for you psalmists , i haven’t lived a happy lived overall, ive lost  my childs father while he was 3 months old, ive beat cancer twice and ive has severe bowel cancer that left with with no large bowel and a colostomy bag. oh yeah ive also been left sterile in my 30′s ,,  but hey life sucks.. get up and get on is my motto.. and im moving to oz at the moment (if i ever get a visa)

  • anitairishchick

    HURTS WHO EXACTLY? greg.

  • Mystar

    Haven’t done any; im only 11, but ill be sure to do #1!

  • Mystar

    Not really… you are just jealous you havent done ANY!

  • Sabi

    nice >>>>>>> i’m only 15 sure i ll sure do it #1 in my life    sabi

  • the hungry backpacker
  • Pppppppp

    are you kidding?

  • Fathi-Vsa

    try to be one always wants to do good to the world and make your own

  • Eileenvmiciano

    WOW! Wish I could experience even just 1 or 2 of those. I am a slave to a dialysis machine. I have been deprived by so many things in these life on earth. I remember a sorrugate father since I was 6 months, he is 92 years old now, told me,”Don’t worry Leen, your reward will be in heaven.” But I still want to see beautiful places. Even if its only in our local scene… Oh God, please give me a break.

  • http://www.teamdave.com/ teamdave™

    #51: write a will

  • Amry Mckenzie

    Really bathe in the Ganges that is just gross!

  • i like poop

    Poo poo in my bum bum

  • Shane

    Great list. I’m adding “Stargazing on the Altiplano Plains” to my bucket list. Looks amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/KeviNaleoMor Kevi Naleo Mor

    I agree with you. Visit India one of the most diverse culture and sh0cking lifestyle

  • Meriem Bouya

    The name of this list should be “50 things to do before you die, but after you win the lottery”. well saying RAY.

    • Daniele La Leggia

      Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha EPIC WIN

  • Riaz Baloch

    wooow after doing all this.

  • Jagannath Baipai

    nice reallyyyyyy

  • Farouk Nouri

    first step?

  • Jill Greenway

    This is a pretty fun list.

    • Amit Sharma

      u will need a partner :)

  • Amit Sharma

    coming to it!

  • Jessica Langner

    I personaly like the list yeah some are harder to do but when you realy work hard and keep trying you will always achieve it not always the way you invisioned it but close enough.Im 19 and I have done alot of them and some that are not even on the list.All the people who posted (some unnecesary)Negative comments probably because of their negativity have not achieved the things they wanted to do in life.(some post were from 2009 hopefully the negative ,some assholes,learned to have a more positive point of view)As long as I am able to do what I love and experience life and the world around me I will.:-)

  • Alexander Usha

    Very interesting adventure.

  • Joanna Josefina Thomas

    Love the ideas on here! But for those of you with shallower pockets, check out my 30@30 challenges for inspiration: 30 brand new things before I turn 31 years old: http://meetthe30challenge.blogspot.co.uk/.

  • Emma Glaves

    I would love to do these things but I don’t have winning lottery ticket.

  • Ery Almario

    I already know another language so that’s 2 next is french.

  • Alasdair Geddes

    I don’t get why people say you need loads of money to do all these things. There are cheap ways of doing everything. For example you can do a load of the things on this list by learning to sail and buying a boat- sail to Antarctica, around the world, go scuba diving in the great barrier reef… Learning to sail and buying a boat will only cost a few thousand pounds at most, then you can use that boat for years and years. You can also teach English in another country to pay for your travels while learning to cook the local food, learning the culture and spending a day in the local jungle… YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WIN THE LOTTERY TO DO LOADS OF GREAT THINGS! Just stop being lazy!

    • Emma Jones

      Do you have any advice on how to stop being lazy? :D

  • https://twitter.com/cheapflightstri cheap flights Trip

    Great article! These are all great places to visit and still keep that budget – love it!

  • terry

    This list is bullshut because your death will render your life meaningless anyway

    • Emma Jones

      That is some negativity you have there. Whatever happens or doesn’t happen when we die, you may as well have aspired for something in life (and hopefully got there in the end). Don’t assume that I am well off when I say this. Meaningless or not, try and think positive.

  • ArealPerson…

    50 things to do, addendum… If you’re a millionaire and don’t have to work a single day in your life….

  • Ash

    Please, please do your research before making the decision to ride an elephant. Supporting the often very cruel practices that lead to elephant tourism should not be on anyone’s bucket list. Don’t endorse cruelty just to tick something off a stupid list – there are loads of ways to experience time with these wonderful animals without supporting this immoral industry.
    Please research first!

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