My Bucket List: 101 Things to Do Before I Die

Updated on December 29, 2015
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I hope that after reading this hub, you will also write your own list. If you are a senior citizen, I hope you are also aging gracefully.

Chareau Du Mer Beach Resort

Back  and Side View of the Beach House, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines
Back and Side View of the Beach House, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines | Source

My Bucket List

I have listed 101 things I want to do before I die. I have done almost all of them. Does that mean I am ready to die?

Owning a beach house is on my list, so this could be scratched or remove from the list. The photo is Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort in Amoingon, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines that my wife and I owned and managed.

Number 50 in the Items in my List

Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park, California | Source

101 Things to Do Before I Die

I have just finished reading several articles on things to do before you die. The articles ranged from just 10 to 1,000 fabulous and incredible things that an average person will probably have a hard time doing, because they require money and a lot of time. There is another article that listed 75 things, a bit more practical. But what inspired me is an article that listed 101 things, and most of them I have already done. Thus, I have created my own list. It is not a wish list since I have already done most of the things in the list (except numbers 33 and 34). Does this mean I am ready to die?

I hope the following list will inspire you to write your own list. There is no order of priority in the list, but my ten favorites are numbers 1, 3, 13, 24, 26, 31, 42, 47, 86 and 101.

1. Write your autobiography and memoirs.

2. Join a medical mission to a third-world country (Philippines recommended).

3. Create a website or start a blog.

4. Create a YouTube or Vimeo video.

5. Try eating three exotic fruits (like durian, tamarind, passion fruit, and others).

6. Go wine tasting and visit at least 10 wineries in Napa Valley, California.

7. Join a tour to one of America's top ten breweries.

8. Eat raw oysters, escargot, seafood paella, or any dishthat you have not eaten before (maybe a balut or dinugu-an).

9. Take up yoga or tai-chi.

10. Watch a foreign film, opera or play.

11. Have a really expensive meal with a loved one (like Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA).

12. Go to a casino without gambling. Just eat a buffet lunch or dinner

13. Visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.

14. Learn how to play a musical instrument.

15. Join a church or community choir.

16. Join a walking tour of Chinatown in San Francisco or disit the de Young Museum.

17. Play duplicate bridge online just for fun and not for gambling.

18. Attend a Broadway show in New York City or in San Francisco.

19. Go to a jazz club in the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.

20. Visit the Rock of Gibraltar and Tangier, Morocco.

21. Go on a cruise in the Bahamas, Alaska or Baja California.

22. Visit at least one Mayan Ruin in Mexico (Chichen Itza and/or Tulum Ruins).

23. Attend a tennis academy for one week in Rancho Bernardo, California.

24. Visit at least five National Parks or Monuments in the US.

25. Try something you have not done before, perhaps sky diving, deep-sea fishing or a helicopter ride.

26. Visit St. Peter's Square in the Vatican and have an audience with the Pope.

27. Visit the White House and the National Monuments, Washington, D.C.

28. Visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War National Cemetery.

29. Visit Dutch and Amish Country in Southern Pennsylvania.

30. Learn how to snorkel or scuba dive.

31. Learn a new dance, perhaps a cha-cha, a tango, a rumba, or a quick step.

32. Ride in a hot-air balloon.

33. Go on a canopy tour (transverse between trees on a zip line).

34. Go bungee jumping.

35. Ride a mechanical bull in Sugar Land, Texas.

36. Go fire walking in Hawaii.

37. Attend a professional football game.

38. Visit Disneyland and ride a roller coaster.

39. Swim with the dolphins or with the manatees.

40. Go whale watching in Hawaii.

41. Visit a zoo (San Diego Zoo highly recommended).

42. Visit a botanical garden (Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania or Buchart Gardens in Victoria Island recommended).

43. Ride a camel or an elephant.

44. Milk a cow or a goat.

45. Go bird watching.

46. Watch sea turtle eggs hatching and running toward the sea.

47. Visit Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

48. Visit Death Valley National Park in California.

49. Visit Everglades National Park in Florida.

Eat an Exotic Dish That You Have not Eaten Before

Ampalaya with shrimp.
Ampalaya with shrimp. | Source

50. Visit Yosemite National Park in California.

51. Visit at least one out of the "Seven Wonders of the World."

52. Witness a meteor shower, a comet, or a lunar eclipse.

53. Visit Niagara Falls and take a picture of the falls at night.

54. Visit the Alhambra and its gardens in Spain.

55. Visit Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.

56. Visit the Coliseum in Rome and/or Saint Francis de Assisi Church, Italy.

57. Visit Corregidor Island, Philippines.

58. Visit at least one out of the "Seven New Wonders of the World."

59. Visit a museum in the US (J Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, The Art Institute in Chicago or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City).

60. Visit all of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.

61. Live in a foreign country for at least four months.

62. Visit Historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and Virginia Beach.

63. Climb up to the Statue of Liberty or the Lincoln Memorial.

64. See the Empire State Building and take a bus tour of New York City.

65. Visit the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

66. Attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

67. Attend a Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA.

68. Attend the Moriones Festival in Marinduque, Philippines.

69. Learn how to play bridge or Hongkong Mahjong.

70. Learn how to grow orchids and other tropical plants.

71. Have High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria Island in Canada.

72. Own your own beach house or a small island.

73. Kick negative habits and mild addictions (smoking, alcohol, computer or Facebook).

74. Learn how to be a good listener.

75. Learn how to accept criticism.

76. Discover your family tree and traced your ancestry and genealogy.

77. Go to mass and communion every day for at least one year.

78. Meditate for at least 20 minutes every day for at least one year.

79. Get a whole-body reflexology massage.

80. Visit a planetarium (Chicago Planetarium recommended).

81. Sit on a jury.

82. Have your portrait painted.

83. Get your palms read.

84. Eat a pistachio ice cream and leche flan.

85. Eat gateau le sans rival and mercedes de brazos without feeling guilty.

86. Watch a salmon-spawning run.

87. See a Cirque de Soleil show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

88. Have a timeshare vacation exchange in Puerto Rico and Cancun, Mexico.

89. Visit Aruba and surrounding areas.

90. Visit Malaga, Marbella and Costa del Sol, Spain.

91. Take a long train ride (maybe the Orient Express or the Skunk Train).

92. Write your own 101 things to do before you die (at least 25 items).

93. Sing karaoke in front of people without blushing.

94. Write a song or a poem on a subject close to your heart.

95. Visit Ground Zero Monument in New York City.

96. Visit a volcano (Hawaii Volcano National Park recommended).

97. Learn a new language, take music lessons, or a music appreciation class.

98. Bathe in a hot spring or sulfur spring in Marinduque or some other place in the world.

99. Treat yourself and your love one to an expensive vacation (maybe at Bellarocca).

100. Learn How to say "No!" without feeling guilty.

Last but not least,

101. Make a difference in at least one person's life.

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As my favorite quote says: "The time that you have touched the life of others is the time that you have really lived."

I am sure most of you reading this list have done numbers 10 and 101. How many in the above list have you done? I hope the above list will inspire you to write your own bucket list.

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        David B Katague 

        4 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

        Yes. Yvonne, the best things in life are free. if you are happy! Happy Holidays! David

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        4 years ago

        I enjoyed the video. It showed the importance of living and enjoying life. A good relationship is a gift not everyone gets to enjoy. The best things in life are free. All we have to do is pursue them .

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        David B Katague 

        4 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

        Yes, Neil winning the lottery will be a life-changing event. The chance of that is zero since I do not buy lottery tickets, but since I go to the Casino, once a month, you will be the first one to know if I win something above 5K. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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        4 years ago

        You forgot item 1 - win the lottery!


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