All over the place, I keep hearing about the importance of accountability. If you make a goal public and have people to hold you accountable, you are much more likely to accomplish your goals.
So this bucket list is how I’m holding myself accountable.
What Does Bucket List Mean?
I can hear some of you right now: “what the heck does that mean?”
It’s a list of things you would like to do before you die (or “kick the bucket”).
It was made popular from the movie called “The Bucket List” where two terminally ill guys (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) meet in a hospital and then set out on an adventure to try and do everything on their lists.
Why Did I Start One?
I originally published my list in 2009, and was one of the very first pieces of content on this site (which was formerly known as Location 180).
I was working a job I was unhappy with, and I wasn’t getting closer to any of my goals. So by publishing this list publicly, it encouraged me to do less dreaming and more doing.
I had no idea the changes that would come because of it.
More of that story on our About page, but over the course of a couple years I left my job, traveled the world, and built a business that has helped thousands of others do the exact same thing. Oh, and I’ve done some pretty cool stuff along the way too 🙂
Best Posts for Getting Started
Over the years I’ve written quite a bit of content on life lists because I believe in the power of them so much.
Hopefully these will help you come up with some cool ideas of your own, and give you some things to think about as you begin creating your list.
- This one shares 10 useful strategies for getting started writing your own list.
- This is why I believe having a list of your own is so important.
- This one shares some bucket list books you can read to inspire your list.
- And here is how to actually accomplish the things you want to do.
What is a Reverse Bucket List?
This past year there’s been a growing trend of people creating what’s known as a “reverse bucket list”.
Essentially this is when instead of writing a list of things you want to do in life, you create a list of things you’ve already done.
The idea is to help you realize that you’ve done more than you think you have and it’s important to be thankful for those experiences, rather than frustrated at the things we haven’t done.
We look at what it is in detail and talk about how to create one in this video:
Want even more? Check out our post on reverse bucket lists.
My Bucket List
This is version 2.0 of my list. Version 3.0 is a complete overhaul and will be updated soon. But keep in mind that I kept the numbers the same from the original list, but then went back and recategorized – so the numbers are a bit out of place.
I hope this inspires you to go out and take an adventure of your own, and if you have any questions about my list, don’t hesitate to let me know!
6. Visit Victoria Falls in Zambia Zimbabwe
7. See a Giraffe in the Wild
54. Attend a World Cup purely for the atmosphere
68. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Stay in an overwater bungalow (Maldives, November 2015)
48. Attend a Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand
60. Stay one night in the Burj Al Arab Hotel (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Swim in crystal clear water in the Maldives (November 2015)
Australia (and New Zealand)
2. Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
69. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
90. Road trip from Melbourne to Cairns
22. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
24. Run with the Bulls (Pamplona, Spain)
46. Have a beer at Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
58. Hike through the Dolomites
91. St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland
92. Walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
93. Attend La Tomatina (Spain)
94. Visit Pompeii, Italy
95. Walk across one of the Spanish Pilgrimage Trails
17. Rock Climb in Yosemite National Park (Yosemite, California)
19. Go Skydiving (Completed June 2006)
23. Sell a House for a Profit
28. Heli-Ski (Valdez, Alaska)
33. Attend Coachella Music Festival (Coachella Valley, California)
42. Ride Every Roller Coaster at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
45. Experience Burning Man (Black Rock Desert, Nevada)
Go to Cuba before the embargo is lifted and have a cigar (Havana, Cuba February 2012)
Golf at Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon) (November 2013)
56. Be an extra in a Hollywood movie
57. Bungee Jump (Completed Summer 2006)
59. Have a beer at a Deer Valley or Aspen ski lodge
64. Whitewater rafter at Cherry Creek, California
96. Take a road trip from LA to New York (Does Portland to Austin count?) 98. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley (October 2013)
1. Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Completed February 2009)
20. Dance in the Rio Carnival Parade (Competed February 2009)
25. Visit Iguazu Falls (Completed February 2009)
26. Stay in the Amazon jungle for 3 days
70. Visit Machu Picchu
Other Travel Related Goals
5. Visit Every Continent
a. Africa b. Antarctica
c. Asia (Completed January 7th, 2010)
e. Europe (Completed June 12, 2007)
f. North America (Completed April 4, 1985)
g. South America (Completed February 16, 2009)
Play guitar for one hour on a city street in a foreign country (Completed January 11th, 2010) See this post to 100 comments to see the video!
13. Learn how to sail
14. Sail from one country to another
15. Swim at sunrise in each:
Asia b. Africa c. Australia
d. Europe e. North America f. South America
44. Travel for more than 3 months straight (Completed April 5th, 2010.)
49. Go to each of the four major tennis tournaments
a. Australian Open (Melbourne, Australia) b. French Open (Roland Garros, France)
c. Wimbledon (London, England) d. US Open (New York City)
Work at a resort hotel (Many times, starting in early 2010.)
67. While traveling, stop at each guitar store I see and write a song, then post a video of it on the blog. Do this five times.
1) Krabi-Town, Thailand. (Completed January 12th, 2010, unfortunately we were kicked out before I could make a video!)
71. Go into space on Virgin Galactic
Live for a month on a tropical island (cumulative completed July, 2010)
73. Ski at 5 of the worlds best resorts:
a. Whistler (British Columbia) b. Chamonix (France)
Vail (Colorado) (January 2012) d. Park City/Deer Valley (Utah)
e. Zermatt (Switzerland)
Go to the airport and board a plane with no preconceived ideas of where it will be going (Bangkok –> Manila May 19, 2010)
75. Go to a Vipassana retreat
76. Take an international trip with my dad
77. Take an international trip with my mom
All of the Other Things I Would Like to Do
3. Get a photograph published
Get an article I’ve written published (June 2012)
Become proficient at Adobe Photoshop (2011)
9. Own my own business (Completed February 2005 and September 2007)
Start a Successful Blog
a. 50 RSS Subscribers (Completed July 18, 2009)
b. 100 RSS Subscribers (Completed August 14, 2009)
c. 500 RSS Subscribers (Completed December 29, 2009)
d. 1,000 RSS Subscribers (Summer, 2010)
Make a living off my own business (Summer, 2010)
18. Learn a foreign language
29. Bench press 200 lbs.
30. Donate more than $1,000 to an important cause
31 . Make at least one terrifying decision that will get me closer to my goals (Completed January 5th, 2010. Move to Thailand)
34. Record an album with 10 original songs
35. Achieve zero debt
38. Do something newsworthy (May 2011)
39. Go for at least one month without internet
40. Take dance lessons for:
a) Salsa b) Tango c) Ballroom d) Samba
41. Swim with dolphins
52. Play tennis with a former or current top 10 player in the world
53. Embarrass myself in front of a bunch of people (Completed July 2009)
Compose at least one spectacular HDR Image
62. Climb a 5.11 climbing route (personal best is 5.10+)
63. Win (another) tennis tournament with at least 12 entrants)
Make $10 a day average from my blog/internet (Summer, 2010) a) Finish a half marathon b) Run a 10k c) Run a 5k
79. Create a list of my top 100 albums of all time
80. Have coffee with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company
81. Jam with Joe Bonamassa
82. Write a manifesto
Design a theme for this blog (June 2011)
84. Write a book
85. Shake hands with a President
Reach 10,000 Followers on Twitter (2014)
a. 500 (completed November 15, 2009) b.
1,000 (Summer, 2010) c. 5,000 (Fall, 2012)
87. Start another band
88. Fly in a Fighter Jet
89. Create my own drink, and get it on the menu at a bar or restaurant (“The Ogle” – Gilt Club, Portland, Oregon)
Speak in front of a large crowd. (June 5, 2011 World Domination Summit, March 4th, TEDxCMU) 99. Taste a scotch that is older than I am (Las Vegas, January 24th, 2013. Glenlivet 50 year Old)
The Single Best Trick for Actually Accomplishing Your List
There’s one easy thing I do, that I’ve found most people don’t – and that’s made all the difference in why I’ve crossed off so many items, and other people haven’t.
What You’ll Find on Location Rebel
The whole purpose of Location Rebel is to help people do more of the things they like to do in life.
Let’s face it, most of us are in jobs that are just “ok”, and we’re not doing a very good job of really pursuing the things that excite us most in life.
That’s what we help you do.
Specifically Location Rebel helps you build a small business that you can run from anywhere in the world – so that you can pursue those things that make you happy, whether it be travel, hobbies, or just spending more time with your friends and family.
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