We all have our personal bucket list of top things to do before you die, if not actually on paper at least in the back of our minds. However, in case you are looking for some inspiration, need some help to organize your priorities, or even get new ideas of different and exciting life experiences…we give you our list of the top 10 things to do before you die; experiences which could change your life.
Traveling is an activity that often comes up in people’s bucket lists. Whether your dream is to know Paris, India or the Galapagos Islands, getting to know the world is a natural desire for human beings. But our list of the best things to do before kicking the bucket is quite comprehensive, so if you are looking for dreamy destinations to hit you should check out The Top 10 Places to Visit Before You Die and the Top 15 Places To Visit Before You Die.
The must-do experiences we’ve chosen for our list cover culture, travel, surprise, beauty and adrenaline. What is more, despite what you might think, money is not a decisive factor to check every item in the countdown. Of course, some things might require saving up, but if you consider those absolutely necessary, then go ahead and buckle up, for nothing is unreachable, and a little discipline and saving could be all that’s standing between you and an amazing, defining experience.
Everyone has a number of things they’d like to do accomplish, see, and do in their lives, but if you need some guidance, here’s the list of top ten things to do before you die. Let’s take a look at the countdown.
10. Climb a Mountain
Maybe you think this train has long left, but are you absolutely sure? We are not proposing to climb Kilimanjaro, Everest or Mont Blanc, just any kind of mountain, of any height, climate or difficulty. The idea is to face a challenging situation that requires not only physical endurance, but mental as well. Getting to the top of a mountain is much more than an external conquest.
9. Try an Extreme Sport
This one is for the daredevils, thrill-seekers and for the regular Joe as well. Whether it’s paragliding, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, parachuting, surfing or even parkour, you should experience at least once in your life the adrenaline rush of extreme sports. Once again, here you have lots of options, some more affordable (and less scary) than others.
8. Learn a New Language
Even polyglots would like to, once again, check this item off their bucket lists. Learning a new language, regardless if you already know one or two already, is a rewarding, interesting and boundless experience. The best thing about foreign languages is not being able to read, write or speak fluently, but to get to know a culture first hand. Of course you can make a choice from the endless possibilities the linguistic sphere has to offer: from Chinese to Klingon, from Spanish to Dothraki.
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7. Volunteer for a Social Organization
Donating to charity is a rewarding experience, but volunteering for a social organization is bucket list worthy. Being a volunteer for whichever organization you prefer, is a helpful and enlightening learning experience. It doesn’t matter who or what you chose to volunteer for, help is needed and welcomed everywhere in the world.
6. Learn an Instrument
Guitar, piano, flute, harpsichord, trumpet, violin, drums, sitar, theremin… and the list could go on forever. If you already know how to play a musical instrument, then pick up another one and start learning! Playing music is not only beautiful but also soothing and gratifying.
5. Tell Your Story
This is our personal twist on the traditional “Plant a tree, have a child, write a book”. What we propose is just telling your story, putting it out into the world. There’s no need to capture your adventures in ink and paper (or digitally) and publish them, just sit down with your grandson, friend or neighbor and share your experiences and advice. Of course, if in the process you get to know other people’s stories, then even better!
4. Make a Pilgrimage
Jerusalem, Rome, Mecca, Stonehenge, Machu Pichu, Kumbh Mela, the Way of St. James… The reason behind a pilgrimage may be religious, ritual or just cultural. Regardless of the motives, it is a rewarding and soulful experience everyone should try at least once.
3. Defy Gravity
Even since the beginning of time, human beings have relentlessly attempted to conquer gravity. Our suggestion is that you join the tradition and at least try to defy it. Newton gave us the law, now let’s try and break it. You can skydive, parasail or go to space; either way, we guarantee a thrilling ride.
2. Face One of Your Deepest Fears
Facing your fears may include touching a cat, getting on a plane, staring at a spider, swimming in the sea, dancing on a stage, or making love in a public space. Do some soul-searching and look for one of the things you dread the most, then overcome it! The result will be satisfying and worthwhile.
1. Travel All Around the World
The goals you can set yourself at the top of your bucket list are endless, so we brought you the ultimate challenge. Traveling around the world could mean many things; anything you’d like it to mean in fact, be it setting foot in every continent, visiting every capital of every country, seeing the wonders of the modern world, etc. The idea here is for you to get to really know the world you live in, the beauties Earth has to offer along with the cultures that those breathtaking places are immersed in. Go to Rio’s carnival, do the Inca trail to Machu Pichu, get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, go to see the Grand Canyon: the choices are endless, and entirely yours.