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100 things to do before you die

Whether you were inspired by the YES man, felt like changing your life or have been touched by a travelling experience, we all have a set of goals and things we would love to achieve before we die. The most common experience on people’s list is to swim with dolphins, while a surprisingly large amount of people would love to swim with sharks (also on my list). Have a read through my list and see how many you have ticket off yourself, I’m on 48 so far. Even better, write your own list and send it through to me!

Below is my personal list of 100 things to do before you die…how many have you completed

  1. Tubing in Asia.
  2. Go zorbing.
  3. Scuba dive.
  4. Shoot a gun.
  5. See the Great Barrier Reef.
  6. Go zipwiring.
  7. Fly a helicopter/plane.
  8. Build a website.
  9. Drive a supercar.
  10. Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina.
  11. Go white water rafting.
  12. Ride a horse.
  13. Spend a night in an igloo village.
  14. See the Northern Lights.
  15. Go husky sledding.
  16. Learn to sail.
  17. Roadtrip across route 66.
  18. Learn to speak another language fluently.
  19. Attend a major sporting event.
  20. Climb a mountain.
  21. Drive along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
  22. Drink too much at Oktoberfest.
  23. Drive on the autobahn.
  24. visit Halong Bay.
  25. Go on a safari.
  26. See a legendary musician.
  27. Walk on the Great wall of China.
  28. Ride an elephant.
  29. Swim alongside a sea turtle.
  30. Laugh the whole day at Edinburgh festival.
  31. Become the boss.
  32. Eat fondue.
  33. See the Giants causeway.
  34. Drink a Guinness in Dublin.
  35. Trek Machu Picchu.
  36. Ride a motorbike.
  37. Drive a quad bike.
  38. Jet ski.
  39. Learn to surf.
  40. Kayak a river/lake.
  41. Paintballing.
  42. Take a hot air balloon.
  43. Go karting.
  44. Shower under a waterfall.
  45. Stay on a remote island.
  46. See the Iguaza falls.
  47. Dance at Rio during Carnival.
  48. Spend New Years drinking Pina Colada’s abroad.
  49. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  50. Sleep under the stars.
  51. Spend Christmas in New York.
  52. Go Skiing.
  53. Make a video go viral.
  54. Act on a big stage or make a big presentation.
  55. Whale watching.
  56. Water Ski / Wakeboarding.
  57. Shark cage diving.
  58. See a glacier.
  59. Visit Stone Henge.
  60. Cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill.
  61. Visit Tibet.
  62. Take a cruise.
  63. Do the tango in Argentina.
  64. Watch the World cup in the host country.
  65. Take a trip across the Amazon.
  66. bathe in a hot spring.
  67. Float in the dead sea.
  68. See an active volcano.
  69. Sleep in a haunted house or a castle.
  70. Go to New Zealand and see where Lord Of The Rings was set.
  71. Hug a koala bear.
  72. Swim with dolphins.
  73. Ride a camel across a desert.
  74. See a tiger up close.
  75. Go to a drive in movie.
  76. Find your way through Longleat hedge maze.
  77. Party in New Orleans through Mardi Gras.
  78. Ride an ostrich in Asia.
  79. Ride a gondola in Venice.
  80. Go to the Galapagos Islands.
  81. Visit Saxon Switzerland national park.
  82. Go travelling for more than 3 weeks.
  83. See the Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx.
  84. Spend all your money in Vegas.
  85. See the Taj Mahal.
  86. Eat at an undersea restaurant.
  87. Sing at a karaoke.
  88. Learn to bartend.
  89. Learn a form of martial arts.
  90. Spend Spring Break in Cancun.
  91. Swim a big distance.
  92. Do a big activity for charity.
  93. See the Colosseum.
  94. Visit O Cristo Redentor in Rio De Janerio.
  95. Go to Sydney opera house.
  96. Go to a full moon party in Thailand.
  97. Check out all the futuristic technology in Tokyo.
  98. Visit Easter Island.
  99. Learn to juggle.
  100. Fly a kite.

The Table

Post me your record so far at tom@spaghettitraveller.com and I will include your score below. I am only mid table so far, however hoping to catch up a bit over the next few months!

NameScore
Sidhartha Yalavarthi68
John Ashfield60
Amanda Till58
Andrew Lervick49
Maximilian Wurm48
Clarissa48
Simon Templeman47
James Black47
David Adams47
Laurence Wright45
Tom Bourlet (me)44
Lydia-Jane Sparrow43
Matthias Zaussinger42
Ed Bateman42
Faye Fletcher41
Ross Matthews41
Alberto Panhania40
Patrick Schmidt40
Morgan Riley39
Niket Anjaria38
Adrienne Schlatter37
Tommy Baker37
Cat Goulbourne33
Christopher Barnard32
Khan Tauseef32
Kunal Sharma32
Daniel Blackman29
Elliot Gamble29
Larry Thompson29
Matt Daley26
Joseph Deppeler23
Nicola Howe22
Lorenzo Fiorletta21
Sebastien Duverger19
Jessica Skusek19
Miriam Indries19
Chandler Garcia18
Lee Davies18
Quai Quidato14
Katherine Mitchell12
Conor Tierney12

The number one spot is now held by John Ashfield, who also came out with extra recommendations:

I got to 60 but there were a number of others that I’ve done but in different locations!

So let’s look deeper into that top 100 if you’re trying to tick them all off.

1) Tubing In Asia

This is most popular in Laos, however the laws and availability have changed a little as there were a few deaths, as people got too drunk drinking at the bars along the side as they floated along.

2) Go Zorbing

For most people, this will involve rolling down a hill in a giant inflatable ball. However, as I had to run the Bubble Football World Cup, where I had to put on a zorb around 1,000 times, I’m going to personally tick this one off. If you’re looking to do zorbing, the UK is a great place to give it a go, setup in every city.

3) Scuba Dive

If you want to do it in the best way possible then it would have to be at the barrier reef. Having said that, anywhere in the world would be cool to dive, it’s just about getting your padi qualification first. Most beach resorts that offer this will run training programmes if you’re there for a few days.

4) Shoot A Gun

This sounds like a weird one to recommend, considering I’m against guns, but it is so much fun! I first did this in America (of course), however I also shot a shotgun in Budapest. If you head over to Cambodia, the options get a little weird but the guns get bigger.

5) See The Great Barrier Reef

Probably the biggest tourist attraction to Australia, this should be on everyone’s list, although make sure not to damage anything when you visit and don’t try to take anything with you. It’s sad to think in years to come it could look a whole lot smaller.

6) Go Zipwiring

This one can be done in pretty much any country around the world, so your options are open. If you don’t have a huge budget, you can look to see if there is one in a city nearby. Then again, the views might not be as spectacular as doing it through a jungle.

7) Fly A Helicopter/Plane

These are surprisingly cheap to book, often listed as gift vouchers for birthdays or corporate presents. My fear of heights would certainly kick in, but you will be achieving something truly spectacular.

8) Build A Website

Well I can tick that one off! You shouldn’t be afraid to build a website, it is incredibly easy, but if you do want some advice then feel free to get in contact. I now run around 8 different sites which have all brought me huge joy (not to mention free holidays, which doesn’t go amiss).

9) Drive A Supercar

Another item you will find under voucher gift sites, you can visit a track for the day and drive a very expensive car very quickly. I guess for myself I need to get my actual driving license first…Yes, I don’t have a license yet.

10) Throw A Tomato At La Tomatina

This Spanish festival is down as one of the most bizarre in the world by a long shot. You have to squeeze the tomato before throwing it, so it doesn’t hurt anyone. Taking place once a year in Bunol on the 28th August, this will leave you red in the face.

11) Go White Water Rafting

This is arguably my favourite thing in the world! I get so much joy out of white water rafting, but I have to recommend you go for a harder rapids, the easy ones do become a little tame as you go.

12) Ride A Horse

I did this once, only once, but it was in Texas on a ranch with some cowboys, so I feel happy I did it in the most cool way. Weirdly my fear of heights started kicking in once I was up there, not something I expected!

13) Spend A Night In An Igloo Village

The real deal is Kakslauttanen, based in Norway and is fast becoming one of their biggest tourist attractions for honeymoons or loved up couples. Of course, I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives, but if you want to live the dream then here it is.

14) See The Northern Lights

You can actually double up on the last point if you’re lucky, as Norway is a great place to see the Aurora, however most people I know have gone to Iceland, so they can relax in a hot spring while looking up at the Northern Lights.

15) Go Husky Sledding

OK, you can definitely tick the last 3 points in one holiday (triple threat), as husky sleds are used to transport people to hard to reach cold destinations, wtihout the issues many cars will face. The most common places you can book this are in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

16) Learn To Sail

Point of sail, port, stern, helm, keel, jibe, these terms mean nothing to me, but you could be in the know if you took some sailing classes. You can book these at a decent price, especially when compared to buying yourself a boat.

17) Roadtrip Across Route 66

This one was slightly out of our way and our targeted destinations when road tripping in America, but we took some misdirection’s so we could tick it off. I think you can be happy if you have done a road trip anywhere with mates on a long path, it’s more about the connection and the joy of feeling free.

18) Learn To Speak Another Language Fluently

I have tried, oh I have tried, there is something incredibly embarrassing about being English, as we have absolutely no language skills, we barely speak our own language. I spent a few months in South America trying to learn Spanish, at the end all I knew was that I was a gringo.

19) Attend A Major Sporting Event

The World Cup, Olympic Games, The Super Bowl, Wimbledon, it doesn’t matter what sport you’re into, everyone should embrace the experience of watching a live match at a great venue in a great tournament at some point in their lives. Many Londoners can happily say they ticked this off after the Olympics, but I was away, damnit. Therefore the World Cup will always be my aim.

20) Climb A Mountain

not a hill, I mean a full blown mountain and I respect everyone that ticks this off. It is an amazing achievement that they will be able to talk about for the rest of their lives. Having said that, I would avoid Everest at the moment, with some terrible stories coming back from the mountaintops.

21) Drive along the Great Ocean Road in Australia

I’ve already mentioned a road trip along Route 66, however the views along that road certainly don’t offer such picturesque views as the Great Ocean Road. It has become a ticklist item for Australia, popular with young and old alike, as long as you have a driving license or know someone who does.

22) Drink too much at Oktoberfest

This one has been on my personal list for about a decade, but something else has always come up, especially given the time being close to my birthday, however I’m pretty sure this one will be ticked in the next couple of years. My liver won’t like me for it, but there are Oktoberfest parties going on all over Germany, with the biggest in Munich.

23) Drive on the autobahn

I’m seriously screwed with several of these, as I don’t have a driving license, but the autobahn with its relaxed laws on driving limits means this one is hugely popular for boy racers. There is a surprisingly low amount of crashes, due to the fact fast drivers don’t have to constantly slow down, maybe something we should learn from over here in the UK.

24) Visit Halong Bay

If you’ve seen the images, then you’ll understand why I describe it as an image from the Pirate lego box, a truly spectacular sight to see. This is by far the number one thing to do in Vietnam.

 The Bonus 101-200 Bucket List

Well, I made the list a good 3.5 years ago and since then I have had a huge amount of people email me suggestions to include (probably around 1,000 emails) therefore I have decided to write an extended list. This is my ultimate 101-200 list of things you should also try to complete in your lifetime.

  1. Trek the Grand Canyon
  2. See the cherry blossoms in Japan
  3. Take photos at the Uyuni Salt Flats
  4. Get married
  5. go parasailing
  6. Dance away at a music festival
  7. camp in the great outdoors
  8. bungee jump off a bridge
  9. Explore Yellowstone National Park
  10. Visit the Louvre museum
  11. Win a medal (for anything)
  12. Run a marathon
  13. See the Sistine chapel
  14. Watch a movie at a drive-in cinema
  15. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  16. Eat in a posh restaurant
  17. Visit Disneyland
  18. Fly business or first class
  19. Ride the London eye
  20. Write your own recipe book
  21. Learn to cook food from another country like a professional
  22. Get a tattoo
  23. Go rock climbing
  24. Stand on the equator
  25. Visit a theme park
  26. Ride in a limousine
  27. See a live musical at the theatre
  28. Write a book
  29. see the blue lagoon
  30. Be an extra on a TV show or in a movie
  31. Try snowboarding
  32. Paraglide over amazing scenery
  33. Start your own business
  34. Climb the base of mount Everest
  35. Write and send a message in a bottle
  36. Go fishing
  37. See a Shakespearean play at the Globe theatre
  38. Learn how to play chess
  39. Take a flight somewhere all by yourself
  40. Learn to skateboard
  41. Have a go at salsa
  42. Complete your own personal sexual ticklist of fantasies
  43. Learn to ride a bike
  44. Learn sign language
  45. Drink lots of wine at a vineyard
  46. Throw paint at Holi festival
  47. Have a go at the wife carrying championship
  48. attend the bath tub race
  49. Throw mud at the Boryeong mud festival
  50. Watch monkeys feast at the monkey buffet festival
  51. Go to Italy to party it up at the orange festival
  52. Laugh and cringe at Komaki in Japan
  53. Spot a sloth in the wild, sleeping
  54. Explore Pompeii
  55. Have a shot of absinthe
  56. See a gorilla in Rwanda
  57. Eat lots of chocolate in Belgium
  58. Have a night you can’t remember with people you’ll never forget
  59. Eat gelato in Italy
  60. Bubble football
  61. Play a game of golf
  62. Learn how to make cocktails
  63. Have a massage
  64. Try clay pigeon shooting
  65. Go to a pool party
  66. Run an assault course
  67. Toboganning
  68. Ride a beer bike around a foreign city
  69. Ride a hovercraft
  70. Drive off-road
  71. go caving
  72. Go on a high ropes trip
  73. go to a water park
  74. Fire an arrow at an archery
  75. Attend a horse racing event
  76. abseil down a tall building or mountain
  77. Have a barbecue on the beach
  78. Bowl a strike
  79. Go to a nude life drawing class
  80. Go coasteering
  81. Play volleyball on a beach
  82. Do a treasure hunt
  83. Go on a brewery tour
  84. Escape from an escape room challenge
  85. Drink at an ice bar
  86. Eat steak in South America
  87. Eat tapas in Spain
  88. Have a professional photoshoot
  89. See Bagan in Myanmar
  90. Meteora in Greece
  91. Tianzi mountains in China
  92. Soak up the sun in Santorini
  93. Explore the ruins in Angkor Wat
  94. Walk through Hitachi seaside park
  95. See Pamukkale in Turkey
  96. Walk through the rice terrace fields in Mu Cang Chai
  97. Naice Mine
  98. See the waterfalls at Plitvice lakes in Croatia
  99. Take a swim at Navagio bay in Greece
  100. Marvel at Victoria Falls.

So, have I missed some more from the list? Do let me know, eventually I want to make this list 500 long!