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10 Awesome Bucket-List Ideas

Updated on September 18, 2014
Every bucket-list is personal, write want you want to do in your life.  Not my actual bucket-list.
Every bucket-list is personal, write want you want to do in your life. Not my actual bucket-list.

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.

Just don't state at it. Just kidding.
Just don't state at it. Just kidding.

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.

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list.html

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:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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

http://www.ancestry.com/s58712/t25400/rd.ashx?s_kwcid=test%20dna%20ancestry.

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
3. Europe
4. Asia
5. Australia
6. Africa
7. Antarctica

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

1. http://www.gadventures.com/travel-styles/cruising/expedition-cruises/antarctica/?phone_code=NA_PPC_1&gclid=CKDhrs_r6cACFSsV7AodslkAqw

2. http://www.all-travel.com/specials/detail/cruisessilversea-cruisesspecialssilverseacruiseexpeditionstoantarctica/?gclid=CPuwvN7r6cACFZJr7Aod_CkANA

3. http://www.coolantarctica.com/Travel/antarctica_travel_home.htm

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.

http://iaato.org/visitor-guidelines

Actual planes you will be using.
Actual planes you will be using.

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:

http://m.cloud9living.com/tampa/fighter-pilot-for-a-day


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.

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    • vasantha  T k profile image

      vasantha T k 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Interesting and awesome bucket lists.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I got a lot out of this hub. I realized I had done some of these things already. Flying first class, seeing a Lunar Eclipse, visiting various States. Well, not all 50, but I once traveled across country and had an interesting experience out of it.

      But now you gave me the best one of all, and I should include that in my bucket list. That is - to travel worldwide. No need to hit each continent. Just a plan to schedule a trip to an interesting land every few years is something to look forward to. It can be a life changing experience. You gave some useful sites to check out for those trips. And your hub is very encouraging.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Dragos!

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      Apostol Dragos 3 years ago from Bucharest, Romania

      great ideas mate!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Gilbert!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I would love to see Ireland, I'm jealous.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you go to go, Maggie. It's just one of those things I want to do before I die. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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      Maggie42 3 years ago

      I've actually done some of these without even thinking about bucket lists.

      First class travel did nothing for me - all that fussing and soo much food on offer and I couldn't comfortably reach the floor. I'm glad I did it but simple things suit me better. Thanks this was interesting

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      Marigold Tortelli 3 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas. I'm planning a trip to Ireland next year, although I don't think I'll be able to make it for St. Patrick's Day. I would also like to point out that I believe there is a complete lunar eclipse in the US again this year on October 8.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 years ago

      You put together a list of exciting activities, Allison.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I like the way you think. I seen two movies where the characters waited to hear they were dying and set out to do their bucket list; but you don't have to be dying to have one. For example; I also would love to see my ancestral home and set foot on every continent. Thank you for reminding me that life is for the living.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I don't have a bucket list, but if I did this would be a good one to follow. It's really neat and within reason making it one that could be met.

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      Andrew Smith 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Interesting list. Have you ever personally flown first class?

      I think, for me, I'd definitely like to visit all 50 states. I may have about 25 down so far.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I actually have a friend that's done several of the things on your list. Good inspiration for getting started on mine. Well done

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Well done, Alli. I'd be content to set foot on every continent. You start me dreaming. Thanks!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great list! Well done. I've done about half of them, and, if younger, would certainly do a few more of them. Good for you. Excellent example for others. Thanks for sharing - enjoy every day - full of life! ;-)

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      LotusLandry 3 years ago from Southern California

      I did the Berlin Wall when I had to go through Checkpoint Charlie.... on my bucket list would be a four week stay at the beach in South Western Washington State, south of the Olympic Peninsula. A cruise from Japan to Alaska would also be on it.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 3 years ago

      Hi Rose. Ahhhh its simply awesome, innovative ideas embellished with creative style. Every idea is unique, partucularly I like visiting ancestory native land. It strenghtens the bonding and cultivates love for whom we have seen and for those who have gone before us. As far setting foot on continent, I am here to welcome you, visit Asia that to India.

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      Rachel Horon 3 years ago from Indiana

      Bucket lists don't have to be elaborate, so this one is just right. Plus my family is super competitive about who has been to the most states, countries, continents (have you ever seen four grown women fight over who gets to North Dakota first?). If this was my official bucket list, I would have completed 1 1/2 (business class is not quite first class, but it was nicer than economy). Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love this bucket list! You even have a few things there that I've done, which is good too. I would add, take a cruise. We took a cruise to Alaska, and it is one of the high points of my life, that I always look back on with a feeling of an adventure well done. Thanks for sharing this list!

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Her mother has good taste! ;)

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Brie, plus, you have my daughter name! Well, she's 8, she has your name! Thanks for the comment.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Great list. I would add one more thing..take a sleeper car in a train somewhere..it's heavenly.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Don't you hate it when you think you fixed something and it's not? Thanks for letting me know, now hopefully it's fixed!

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      Clive Williams 3 years ago from Nibiru

      Good hub but check your content, the information on continents are listed twice.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yikes, thank you so much, I fixed it.

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      livingabroad 3 years ago from Wales, UK

      Great hub Alli Rose, there are a few I haven't thought about doing here but may just add onto my list! I so sadly missed the London Olympics in 2012 as I had been working in Thailand, although ticked off 4 of the 7 continents by doing so. Every cloud has a silver lining hey! Just to let you know you've added the America's 50 states twice in your list. Up and awesome.