I don’t remember having a bucket list. Not an official one, anyway. Instead, it was more like a bunch of wishes I had expressed at some point or another in my life. However, before the ending of 2019, I realized that I could strike out a few elements from that non-official bucket list (you could read about them here and here).
Still, there are a lot of things I would like to do.
Therefore, I decided to summarize my wishes and share them with you, because I think they are worth adding to your bucket list too. Here are my top 12 things to do before I die.
Before I die Bucket List:
1. Go Skydiving
I’ve been wanting to Skydive for a long time now. Why? Honestly, I have no idea. I refuse to go on roller coasters because I scream and cry and laugh hysterically during the process. I know it will be the same when I skydive. Who knows? Maybe I’ll cry less.
2. Watch the Northern Lights
This is one of those experiences that I know will take my breath away. Watching the northern lights should be on everyone’s bucket list because it’s one of those phenomena that helps us realize how small we are in comparison with nature and the universe itself.
3. Walk on the Great Wall of China
With more than 2000 years of history and being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China deserves a visit once in a lifetime. To think something so impressive and advanced could be built without all the technology we possess today is simply astonishing.
4. See the rest of the New Seven Wonders of the World
The Great Wall is only one of them. I would like to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Pichu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, The Taj Mahal in India, and Petra in Jordan. Why five instead of six? I was in Italy in 2018 and saw the Colosseum, so I can cross out that one from the list.
5. Get Lost in Japan with Shawn Mendes
Well, maybe I won’t have Shawn Mendes, but I would gladly get lost in Japan. Japan mixes the most advanced technology with beautiful historical temples all in one country. Besides, sushi is one of my favorite dishes! I would love to get immersed in their culture for at least one month.
6. Ride a hot air balloon in Cappadocia
I guess you could ride a hot balloon in many places. However, doing so during the breaking dawn in Cappadocia, Turkey, is like a dream come true. Moreover, while you are already there, you can stay in one of the famous cave hotels to complete the journey.
7. Go to the highest peak of Bukhansan Mountain in Seoul
Although while I was in South Korea, I started hiking the mountain, I couldn’t make it to the top. We began to go up around 3:00 p.m. and since it was autumn, the sun disappeared early. As a consequence, we turned around after making it to the first stop. I wish to go back and take a photo at the peak.
8. Attend to the Carnival in Venice
I love masks, plus I adored Venice during my visit. Conclusion? I must return sometime during the season of the festival. Besides, who doesn’t fantasize about being part of a masquerade?
9. Make a snowman
So, apparently not only Ana wants to build a snowman. Don’t judge me! As simple as it might seem, I live on a tropical island, so it doesn’t snow. As a result, I haven’t done a snowman or a snow angel never! That’s why they need to be on my bucket list.
10. Welcome a stranger in my home and serve him or her as a tour guide
I’ve heard about all this Couchsurfing thing. Yes, I would like to receive someone at home just for the fun of showing him or her what I love the most about my country.
11. Cultivate food in my garden
I’ve never been much into gardening. Nonetheless, I believe the experience of cultivating your own fruits and vegetables is beautiful. Furthermore, the food is fresher and free of unknown chemicals.
12. Do more volunteering
Sure, I would like to do and see so many things. However, I think nobody should leave this world without giving back a bit of the blessing they received. I believe touching people’s hearts and leaving them with good memories of you is the best way to live.
And finally in my bucket list…
There isn’t a “finally”. These are only a few of the multiple things in my “official” bucket list. As a matter of fact, the list is endless, because as I erase one thing from it, I’ll probably add three more. Moreover, I consider these twelve ideas deserve a spot on everyone’s “before I die” bucket list. For me, most of the elements are experiences, since I’m not into material things. I rather take and leave behind memories. What about you? Have you scribbled your bucket list yet? Let me know in the comments!