Bucketlist

Bucketlists are important. You may not call them by that term, but having one is very important nevertheless. They may be categorized as dreams, goals, ambitions, aims, targets… Call them what you will, but every human being must have a list of these, whether it is written down or not, in order to live and be more than just an empty shell. We’re only alive once, as far as we know, and we may as well do it right. I’ve had my bucketlist written down as a mental note for a long time, but now I’ve decided to properly write it down because 1) studies show that it will increase my chances of actually fulfilling them and 2) there’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing out an item you’ve finally achieved. So, without further ado, here’s my bucketlist. It may take me a lifetime to accomplish every single goal, but that’s fine. I’ve got nowhere else to be.  🙂

Education & Skills

  • Build a Treehouse
  • Catch, Skin and Cook a Rabbit
  • Improve my Spanish
  • Learn 200 Japanese Ideograms
  • Learn Italian
  • Learn Japanese
  • Learn the Capitals of All the Countries in the World
  • Learn to Make Cocktails
  • Learn to Ride a Motorcycle
  • Learn to Shoot a Gun/Shotgun
  • Learn Video Editing
  • Master the Kiwi Accent
  • Master the Standard British Accent
  • Pass CPE
  • Pass JLPT N4
  • Read 300 Books
  • Read 30 Books in 2016
  • Read 20 Books in 2017
  • Read All the Novels on the “100 Greatest Novels of All Time” List
  • Study Abroad
  • Take Japanese Lessons
  • Watch (and Understand) a Japanese Movie without Subtitles
  • Work as a Translator
  • Write a Novel
  • Write a Screenplay

Sports

  • Get in Top Physical Shape
  • Go Camping
  • Go Parachuting
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Learn Free Climbing
  • Learn to Dance Salsa
  • Learn to Dance Tango
  • Learn to Ride a Horse
  • Ride a Horse on a Beach
  • Take Pole Dancing Lessons
  • Take Yoga Lessons
  • Undergo Survival Training
  • Win a Physical Fight

Travel & Adventures

  • Backpack Europe
  • Climb Mt. Fuji
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Drink Guinness in Dublin
  • Fly a Kite
  • Go on a Luxurious Cruise
  • Go on a Nile Cruise
  • Go on a Safari
  • Oktoberfest
  • Rio de Janeiro Carnival
  • Have Dinner on a Steamboat in New Orleans while Listening to Jazz
  • Have Ramen at Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum
  • Lie under the Eiffel Tower and Take a Picture of it from That Perspective
  • Pet a Panda
  • Rent a 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible and Drive down Route 66 while Listening to the Boss
  • Ride a Camel
  • Ride a Hot Air Balloon
  • Ride an Elephant
  • Ride the London Eye
  • See Guernica Again
  • The Fjords of Western Norway
  • The Terracotta Army
  • Soak in an Onsen
  • Spend a Night in a Scottish Castle
  • Spend a Night in Ice Hotel in Sweden
  • Stand on Tokyo Sky Tree’s Glass Floor
  • Stay in a Ryokan
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Take a Photo at Platform 9 3/4
  • Take a Stroll in the Irish Countryside
  • Take my Mum on a Trip of a Lifetime
  • Visit an Amazonian Village
  • Visit a Shinto Shrine
  • Visit a Volcano
  • Visit a Native American Reservation
  • Visit Australia Zoo
  • Visit Disneyland with my Brother
  • Visit the Maldives before They Disappear
  • Visit the Many Forests of UK
  • Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with my Brother
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Walk through Japan’s Tunnel of Lights
  • Travel the World (Seriously!)

Asia

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Beijing, China
  • Cappadocia, Turkey
  • China
  • Ephesus, Turkey
  • Hakone, Japan
  • Hong Kong, China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Istanbul, Turkey (one more time!)
  • Japan
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Lhasa, China
  • Lijiang, China
  • Macau, China
  • Mogao caves, China
  • Nara, Japan
  • Nikko, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Pamukkale, Turkey (again)
  • Persepolis, Iran
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Sapporo, Japan
  • Shanghai, China
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Thailand
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Wolong National Nature Reserve, China

Africa

  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • Aswan, Egypt
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Chefchaouen, Morocco
  • Egypt
  • Fes, Morocco
  • Kenya
  • Maasai Mara national reserve, Kenya
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Morocco
  • Tangier, Morocco
  • The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt
  • The Valley of the Kings, Egypt
  • Victoria Falls, Zambia

Europe

  • Alhambra, Spain
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Aven Armand, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Bled, Slovenia
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Budva, Montenegro
  • Capri, Italy
  • Delphi, Greece
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Eze, France
  • Florence, Italy

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  • Graz, Austria
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Giethoorn, The Netherlands
  • Hvar, Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Madrid, Spain (again)
  • Marseille, France
  • Mont Saint-Michel, France
  • Naples, Italy
  • Neuschwanstein castle, Germany
  • Ohrid, Macedonia (again)
  • Padua, Italy
  • Pamplona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Pisa, Italy

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  • Pompeii, Italy
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Prague, The Czech Republic

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  • Rome, Italy
  • Sainte-Chapelle, France
  • Saint-Tropez, France
  • Sardinia, Italy

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  • Scotland
  • Siena, Italy

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  • Skopje, Macedonia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lake District, UK
  • The Scottish Highlands, UK
  • Transylvania, Romania
  • UK
  • Venice, Italy

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  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Zürich, Switzerland

Oceania

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Hobbiton, New Zealand
  • New Zealand
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • The Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • Uluru, Australia

North America

  • Banff National Park, Canada
  • Blue Lagoon, Jamaica
  • Canada
  • Cat Island, Bahamas
  • Cuba
  • Grand Canyon, USA
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Kukulkan Pyramid, Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Monument Valley, USA
  • New Orleans, USA
  • New York City, USA
  • Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Quebec, Canada
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Savannah, USA
  • Teotihuacan, Mexico
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Yellowstone National Park, USA

South America

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Buzios, Brazil
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  • Lima, Peru
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Patagonia, Argentina
  • Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina
  • Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ordinary Miracles

  • Adopt an Older Dog
  • Adopt a Puppy
  • Befriend Somebody I Don’t Like
  • Build a Book Igloo
  • Buy a Gramophone
  • Buy a Map of the World and Pin All the Places I’ve been to
  • Buy a New Bicycle
  • Buy my Brother a Concert Piano
  • Complete at Least 50 Goals Before the Age of 25
  • Drive on the Left
  • Fall in Love
  • Figure out What I Want to Do with my Life
  • Finish my Online Story
  • Furnish House as Bilbo Baggins Would
  • Get a Dachshund
  • Get a Makeover
  • Get an Akita
  • Go on a Shopping Spree
  • Go to a Reggae Gig
  • Have 5 Dogs at the Same Time
  • Leave a Note in a Library Book
  • Live to my Full Potential for a Whole Week
  • Make a Memory Jar

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  • Make a Scrapbook Full of Memories
  • Provide my Brother with a Great Life
  • Quit Smoking
  • See Bon Jovi Live
  • See Celine Dion Live
  • See Il Divo Live
  • Send a Letter to a Random Address
  • Send a Message in a Bottle
  • Sleep with a Dog
  • Take a Photo Every Day for a Whole Year
  • Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter

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  • Write a Letter to Thirty-Year-Old Me
  • Watch All the Movies on IMDb’s Top 250 List
  • Write in Diary Every Day for a Year

Just Because

  • Be Sprayed by a Skunk
  • Celebrate Hobbit Day with a Big Hobbit-Themed Party
  • Dress up as a French Maid for a Masquerade Ball
  • Drink until I Pass out
  • Go to a Drive-in Movie Theatre
  • Jump into a Pool Fully Clothed
  • Meet Stephen King
  • Go Skinny Dipping
  • Sleep in the Woods
  • Swim in an Infinity Pool
  • Wear an Animal’s Teeth on a Necklace
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