Bucket List

Here is my ever-growing Bucket List – suggestions welcome

Bolded = finished

Bucket List

Life time Achievements

–        Have a photograph published in National Geographic

–        Be on the Amazing Race

–        Have an Op-Ed published in the New York Times


–        While blind-folded choose my next destination

–        Go to a concert in a foreign country (Shaggy, Qatar 2003)

–        Golf on a course outside the US

–        Take a night train (Bangkok to Chaing Mai Thailand- 2004, Verona to Rome – 2010, Verona to Munich – 2010)

–        Teach English abroad (Ankara, Turkey Summer 2012)

–        Ride an Elephant (Thailand 2004)

–        Ride a Camel (Petra, Jordan in 2003 on a family vacation, Pyramids of Giza, 2003 with my volleyball team)

–        Climb a waterfall (Thailand, 2004 on a service trip and Germany 2006 during a study abroad )

–        Go on a Segway tour

–        Go WWOOFing

–        Work abroad

–        Sleep in a tree house

–        Stay in a 5 star hotel

–        Barter (Grand Bazaar, Turkey January 2009)

–        Go to the World Cup

–        Do a homestay (Germany, 2006 and Ankara, Turkey 2012)

–        Go on a zip line canopy tour (Antigua, 2011)

–        See the 7 New Wonders of the World (Coloseum (2002, 2010), Petra (2003), Christ Redeemer, Taj Mahal (2011), Great Wall, Machu Picchu, Chichenitza)

–        Go to the Dead Sea (Jordan Side, 2003)

–        Snorkel in the Red Sea (Sharm El-Sheikh, 2003)

–        See all 4 Oceans (Indian, Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic)

–        See the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World (Great Pyramids of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria)

–        See the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World (Coloseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Hagia Sophia, Great Wall of China, Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Stonehenge, Porcelain Tower of Nanjing)

–        See the 7 Natural Wonders of the World (Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, Aurora, Parícutin Volcano, Victoria Falls

–        Go on a cruise (Venice-Ancona-Santorini-Mykonos-Athens-Corfu-Dubrovnik-Venice, May 2010, Caribbean – March 2011)

–        Couch Surf

–        Travel to all 7 continents (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, North America)

–        Go up a Minaret (Turkey 2009)

–        Dine in a castle (Italy, 2010)


–        Visit all 50 US States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin)

–        Go to the Kentucky Derby

–        Go to the Indy 500

–        See Mount Rushmore

–        Climb the Seattle Space Needle

–        Ride a cable car in San Francisco

–        Drive Route 66 (January 2012)

–        See a play on Broadway

–        See a play in Chicago

–        See the Statue of Liberty

–        Visit the Guggenheim in New York

–        Visit the Smithsonian’s in Washington DC

–        See the Cherry Blossom Trees in Bloom in DC

–        Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

–        Go on an ASB trip (McAllen, Texas – May 2011, Los Angeles – January 2012, Memphis, Tennessee 2012)

–        Go to Bonnaroo

–        Go to Lollapalooza

–        Do a West Coast of the United States Road Trip

–        Gamble in Vegas

–        See the Northern Lights in Alaska

–        Spend New Years in Times Square

–        See the Grand Canyon at sunrise (January, 2012)



–        Backpack in the Balkan States

–        Backpack across Europe (backpacked through England, Scotland and Ireland as well as across Italy – 2010)

–        See a play in London (March 2010, The Lion King)

–        Bike through the Netherlands

–        Eat Pierogi in Poland

–        Celebrate Carneval in Venice

–        Go to Oktoberfest

–        Visit the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

–        Listen to Fado Music in Portugal

–        Go on a Scottish Pub Crawl (March 2010)

–        Visit the Louvre

–        Hike in Cinque Terre (April 2010)

–        Go to Lego World

–        Eat a Belgian Waffle in Belgium

–        Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland (March 2010)  

–        Post a love letter on Juliet’s Wall in Verona, Italy (April 2010)

–        Ski in the Alps (Italy 2010)

–        Kiss the Blarney Stone


–        Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia

–        Watch a Sumo Wrestling Match in Japan

–        Attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony

–        Meditate in a Buddhist Temple (Thailand, 2004)

–        Do yoga in India (January, 2010)

–        Participate in the Rickshaw run in India

Africa/Middle East:

–        Climb part of Mt. Kilamanjaro

–        Go on an African Safari

–        Take a camel ride across the Sahara

–        See the Pyramids (Egypt 2003)

–        Bungee jump Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

–        Chill out in the old streets of Casablanca

Latin America/South America:

–        Take a shot of Tequila in Mexico

–        Go to the Southernmost Point of the World

–        Celebrate Carneval in Brazil

–        Tango in Argentina

–        Backpack across South America

–        Visit Machu Picchu

–        Eat BBQ in Brazil

Pacific Islands/Australia:

–        Watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbor on New Year’s Eve

–        Eat kangaroo and crocodile in Australia

–        Go on a glow worm cave tour in New Zealand


–        Go deep sea fishing

–        Do a polar bear swim

–        Go horseback riding on the beach

–        Go cross-country skiing

–        Go skinny dipping in the ocean

–        Ride on the back of a motorcycle

–        Explore a shipwreck (scuba diving)

–        Learn to surf

–        Go dog sledding

–        Go into a fountain fully clothed

–        Rappel down into a cave

–        Walk on hot coals

–        Go bike camping

–        Swim with sharks

–        Cliff Dive

–        Go Sky Diving

–        Go Parasailing

–        Go Sailing (Qatar, 2006)

–        Go Paragliding (Turkey, 2012)

–        Go Bungee-Jumping

–        Go laser-tagging

–        Go to the drive-in movies

–        Take a ride in a hot air balloon (Cappadocia, Turkey 2012)

–        Ride a Mechanical Bull

–        Go White Water Rafting

–        Karaoke (Italy 2010 at Caffè Navi with Ivo Benedetti)

–        Swim with Dolphins

–        Go whale watching

–        Go streaking

–        Give someone else a haircut

–        Go paintballing

–        Sleep in the desert (Qatar 2006)

–        Sleep on the streets

–        Swim with manta rays

–        Swim with turtles

–        Take a helicopter ride

–        Ride a horse (Texas 1998, Italy 2010)


–        Learn to long-board

–        Learn to pogo stick

–        Keep bees

–        Make a piece of furniture

–        Glass blow

–        Brew beer

–        Build and keep my own garden

–        Open a bakery

–        Take a drawing class

–        Take cooking lessons (Italy, 2010)

–        Learn calligraphy

–        Cook an entire Thanksgiving meal from scratch

–        Make a scrapbook for someone else (My sister)

–        Take dance lessons

–        Learn to hula

–        Learn a prayer in another language

–        Become Scuba-Diving Certified (August 2010)

–        Learn another language (German, Italian and Turkish)

–        Learn to drive stick shift

–        Get certified as a lifeguard

–        Learn to knit

–        Learn to play the ukulele

–        Learn Coffee/Latte Art

–        Learn to say hello in 50 languages

–        Cook a 5 course meal for others (Summer 2010)

–        Get a Master’s degree

–        Bake through an entire baking book

–        Cook through an entire cookbook

–        Learn the Rubik’s Cube

–        Build a tree house

–        Build a campfire

–        Invent something useless (my senior superlative)

–        Read all of an author’s work

–        Read all of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales

–        Make a kite and fly it

–        Make 1,000 cranes for someone

–        Make a quilt

–        Make something out of wine corks

–        Make a t-shirt rug


–        Get backstage at a concert

–        Surprise someone

–        Attend a midnight screening

–        Complete a 365 day challenge

–        Participate in a food eating contest

–        Attend a Greek Wedding

–        Attend an Indian wedding

–        Stand in a wedding (sister’s March 2011, Keri’s, July 2011)

–        Post a video on Youtube –> Me paragliding in Turkey

–        Contribute to Wikipedia

–        Attend a show production

–        See a Cirque du Soleil show (Turkey, 2012 – Alegria)

–        Buy stock

–        Invest in micro-finance

–        Go to the Ballet (Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, January 2012)

–        Go to the Symphony/Orchestra

–        Join a bowling league (Fall 2007)

–        Go to a stand up comedy show (Illinois 2012)

–        Attend an NBA Game

–        Attend an NFL Game

–        Attend an NHL Game

–        Attend an MLB Game (Yankees, Rangers)

–        Teepee a House

–        Meet a US President (Bush in 2003)

–        Get a full body massage (Turkish Hamam, 2012)

–        Find a four leaf clover

–        Send an anonymous letter to a random person

–        Send a message in a bottle

–        Find a message in a bottle and try and contact the owner

–        Be an extra in a movie

–        Make a toast at a Wedding (March/June 2011 – my sister’s wedding)

–        See a Space Shuttle Launching live

–        Kiss on the top of a Ferris Wheel

–        Go on a chocolate tour

–        Hammock

–        Stomp grapes at a vineyard to make wine

–        Visit a tarot card reader

–        Send in a PostSecret

–        Send an anonymous person from the phone book an uplifting card in the mail

–        Go on a Blind Date

–        Buy a house

–        Witness a Lunar Eclipse

–        Witness a Solar Eclipse

–        Eat only cereal for a week straight

–        Hand out free cd mixes on the street to random people

–        Buy a Street Artist’s Music (Paris, 2012) –> Check out Les Presteej Here

Health – physical, mental, spiritual

–        Spend a week at a silent retreat

–        Attend a Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony

–        Read the Bible in its entirety

–        Be a vegan for 30 days

–        Run a marathon

–        Hike the Appalachian Trail

–        Participate in a Bike Ride/Race

–        Compete in a Warrior Dash

–        Run a half marathon (April 2011 – University of Illinois, September 2011 – Quad Cities, April 2012 – University of Illinois )

–        Do a triathlon

–        Go a day in silence

–        Participate in TOMS “Day Without Shoes”

–        Run a Tough Mudder Race

Contributing to Society:

–        Shave my head for charity

–        Donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

–        Run a race for charity (raise funds) – Half Marathon in April 2012 at the University of Illinois for St. Jude’s Children Hospital

–        Help build a Habitat for Humanity Home

–        Work in a community garden (Memphis, Tennessee 2012)

–        Volunteer at the animal shelter/humane society

–        Make loans to entrepreneuers in developing countries (www.kiva.com)

–        Buy animals as presents (Heifer.org)

–        Donate blood

–        Adopt an Animal from the Humane Society

–        Complete something off someone else’s bucket list

–        Spend a Thanksgiving volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen

–        Go on a service trip (Thailand 2004)

–        Empty my wallet for a homeless person

5 thoughts on “Bucket List

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    • Thanks so much! I am bouncing around a few thoughts as to my next move (: If you have something amazing on your bucket list or something you have done, I would love to hear about it!

      • I haven’t started a bucket list yet I think it would end up being way too long and impossible haha 🙂 I would like to visit Easter Island, which would be high on the list. Looking forward to your next adventure! 🙂 xoxox

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