10 Awesome Bucket-List Ideas
When some people hear the term "bucket-list", they may cringe thinking about the possibility of their death. Yet, a bucket-list is not about death at all, it's about life. It may change your life once you create one, and start crossing off each activity off your list one-by-one.
You will be enriching and fufilling your life, doing what you want to do. You can even be a teenager and create a bucket-list, it may define the person you may yet to be.
Here are 10 awesome ideas you might want to put on your bucket-list. Remember, this is something that is incredibly personal to you; put what you want to do on there, not what others want you to do.
1. Watch a Lunar Eclipse.
Let's be honest, we live busy lives, but we don't stop to enjoy the simple things in life. Every few years there is a lunar eclipse, but often we are busy or uninformed, then we miss it. Watching a lunar eclipse is something both rememberable and free. The next lunar eclipse that people in the United States can see will be on April 4, 2015. Come on, plug-in the date in your iPhone calendar. You will get the reminder next year, and it will probably surprise you, but then you get to enjoy something that is so unique, which we can only see once in a blue moon (Sorry).
This is a website where you can see when the next lunar eclipse is, and where in the world (literally) you can see it.
2. Go to the Olympics.
The Olympics is a historic event that has been occurring since 776 BCE in Olympia, Greece. Be part of that global heritage by attending this historic event. The Olympics occur every two-years, with the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics alternating. Be part of that history in the making.
Olympic Fun Facts:
1. America has won the most Olympic medals during the Summer Olympics; it's 2,189 (Olympic Games, 2013).
2. At 273, Norway has won the most Winter Olympic games.
3. Run a Marathon.
You may not be in the best shape right now, and can't run a marathon to save your life, but that doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Try baby steps to get to the level of fitness you need to be to run a marathon. You don't have to be running as fast as people in the Olympics, you just need to do your best.
Bonus: Run a marathon for a charity so you can help raise money. You can run a marathon and help the charity. Then you can go home and feel good about doing something you did which helped another human being. We are all in this together!
4. If You Live in the United States, Visit All 50 States.
Even in you don't live in the Unitef States, going to all 50 states would be an awesome task to accomplish. See what makes each state special. Eat some Wisconsin cheese, tip a cow in Iowa, get a tan in Florida, go to the Frebch Quarter in Louisiana, visit the Walk of Fame in California.
If you think you are too old to go to all 50 states, try to get as many as you can in if you want. None of us knows how much time we have left.
If you want to start marking off all the states in the list, here is a handy reminder of all 50 states:
5. Fly First-Class on a Plane.
You have seen it in movies, and when you fly; people who are living in the lap of luxury sitting in their own pristine castles in the front of the plane. Even though they cost sometimes 2-3x the amount of money you would spend on an economical ticket, just buy one once in your life. You might not drive a fancy car or live in a big house, but for the time you spend in your comy first-class seat, you get to act like one.
6. Visit Your Family Ancestories Native Land.
By checking out your family ancestory's home land, you can understand the journey your family took in order to have you. If you think you might have some floosey women on your family tree (I am looking at you Grandma, just kidding), or if there were any adoptions ever, go to
By buying a DNA kit that only costs $99.00, you can find out your true ethnicity, your family history through DNA, and meet some cousins.
7. Set Foot on Every Continent.
Now that you just read this, you are likely thinking of you in school listing off all seven continents. For some reason I always think of the Risk Game map when listing continents.
For a refresher, the seven continents go thusly:
1. North America
2. South America
If you are thinking, "I can't go to Antarctica", yes you can. Good news, after checking with the guidelines, there are no vaccinations needed to go to Antarctica. If you would rather, there are airlines that fly over Antarctica, that kinda counts....kinda.
Here are three Antarctica tourism websites to help you plan your big adventure. Just remember to pack your long-johns, and a lot of them
If you are thinking that Antarctica is like going to North Korea, well, there are international guidelines. Here is the site so you can have that information. You can't build a time-share down there if that's what you were hoping.
8. Become a Fighter Pilot For a Day.
Okay, everyone has seen "Top Gun" and thought "I could so be Maverick", and that Val Kilmer could eat your dust. Well, time to put your money ($1,492 of it) where your mouth is (Your mouth will likely be throwing up).
Fun Fact: Fighter Pilots actually throw-up into their flight suit so it doesn't go everywhere.
If you want to get the experience of a life-time and actually control a fighter jet, with the actual pilot landing and taking off, go to:
These cities are available:
Atlanta, GA; Atlantic City, NJ; Boston, MA;
Charleston, SC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH;
Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Ft. Worth, TX;
Fullerton, CA; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO;
Kissimmee, FL; Lancaster, PA; Las Vegas, NV;
Livermore, CA; Long Island, NY; Miami, FL;
New Windsor, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; Santa Barbara, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Winston-Salem, NC
Joke: How do you know who the fighter pilot is at a dinner party?
Answer: He will tell you.
Joke: What's the difference between God and a fighter pilot ?
Answer: God doesn't think he's a fighter pilot.
Ronald Reagan's Announcement
9. Visit the Berlin Wall. Well, What's Left of It.
The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to separate West Berlin and East Germany. It was a symbol of power, in order to separate democracy with Communism. West Berlin was democratic, while East Germany was ruled by a Soviet Communist regime. East Germany was upset about losing over 2 million people who were emigrating to West Berlin post-World War II. So Easy Germany built this large wall to contain them. The citizens of West Berlin had finally had enough, and in 1987 Ronald Reagan demanded in a national television announcement that Mikhail Gorbachev needs to "Tear down this Wall!".
See this wonderful history, and you may be able to bring home a small part of the wall. You may be able to get a piece of the wall at a shop, or you maybe able to find a piece that is already just laying in a rubble on the ground. Just don't "Tear down that wall" yourself. You want future generations of people to come to see these last remaining standing pieces of this historic wall.
10. Celebrate St. Patricks Day in Ireland.
Okay, I may be bias since I am Irish, and even have red hair, green eyes, and freckles, but EVERYONE in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day is Irish. In Belfast, Ireland, you can see a HUGE St. Patrick's Day parade. It will have Irish dancing girls, pass by a dyed green river, (which you can also see in Chicago and Boston as well on St. Patrick's Day). a bunch of dressed up lepracauns (who I think are kids), and a bunch of drunk people. While your in Ireland, you should go to Blarney Castle (It's in Cork, Ireland) and try to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is not as easy as you might think.