323 Things to do Before I Die

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The idea of a bucket list is a pretty common one among travel bloggers. A few of my favorite blogs – including Bucket List Nation and Veni Vidi Vici – focus very specifically on the idea of ticking things off of a bucket list.

I’ve long wanted to put one of my own together, but like chasing my travel dreams, I’ve always found excuses not to do it.

There’ll always be plenty of time to do it later, I’d assure myself.

Time is a funny thing. It stretches out before you and it feels infinite.

We wish it away while we sit at our desk and clock-watch. We waste it on people who aren’t deserving of it. We piss it up against a wall as we play video games or stare blankly at reality TV we aren’t really interested in. We drink it away in the same bars week after week. We waste it on buses. We sleep in and let entire mornings pass us by.

And then we get a wake-up call and suddenly that time that seemed so limitless feels so much smaller.

The truth is, I’m dying.

Here lies Chris. May he rest in peace.

We all are.

Some of us may have less time than others, but none of us is immortal. One day all of us – travelers and real lifers alike – will die.

When that last breath is drawn and your eyes blink closed one final time, do you think you’ll look back fondly upon the countless hours spent in offices? Will you hold warm memories of long days or weeks spent glued in front of your computer’s monitor? Will you smile at recollections of grocery shopping and bathroom cleaning and waiting in line for a train ticket to a place you didn’t really want to be?

Maybe you will. Maybe you’re reading this and the idea of a stable life fills you with a sense of immense warmth and security. Maybe the idea of owning your own home and establishing a career and raising 2.5 rugrats before retiring to relative comfort is one which holds great appeal to you.

To me, at least right now, it sounds like a prison. White washed walls designed to keep you penned in. Phone contracts and workplace agreements that lock you in as a willing participant in the God awful rat race that churns senselessly around us while we watch our lives wither and die on the vine.

I’m not sure if there is a God. I don’t claim to have those answers.

I believe that if there was a God who put us on this earth, he didn’t do it so we could hand in reports and buy iPads. He didn’t do it so we could spend 48 weeks a year counting down to the next opportunity we had to be somewhere other than work.

We get just this one chance to live our lives, and so many of us are wasting it being a part of a vast machine that was not designed with us in mind. It’s a great, all consuming thing that we all stumble into once we graduate college and so few of us ever think to look for a way out of it.

Nothing scares me more than looking back at fifty or sixty or seventy and wishing I’d done more with the things I had. I turned 28 two weeks ago and there’s still time for me to live out the moments I daydream about, but I’ve wasted too many years making excuses and putting it off.

A much younger (and fatter) Aussie on the Road. A week before my first trip abroad.

I didn’t set foot onto a plane until I was twenty three years old. I spent five years after high school treading water and trying to make sense of the mess of bills and expectations and demands that make up the real world.

I read all of my favorite bloggers and I see them out living life as it was meant to be lived. They’re using their eyes to take in unfamiliar vistas rather than stare listlessly at their computer screens. They’re kissing strange new lips. They try new foods, make new friends, and soak in new experiences.

And I envy them.

I like my job, I really do, but I don’t love my job. Is that even possible?

All I know is that I take almost as much joy out of sharing my experiences with you as I do from actually living them. And I’m collecting precious few new experiences answering phones and living for weekends that rarely involve more than a drunk night and a hangover chaser.

And so it was that I put together this bucket list. This list of two hundred three hundred odd things that I’d like to do before it’s time to call it a day.

Some of them are cliches and others hold a sort of cheesy romantic significance. Some are silly sexual ones and others are life experiences that I feel like a guy should have.

But all of them, I hope, are within my reach. Maybe not right away and maybe not cheaply, but they’re all things I can someday hope to check off the list.

And even if I don’t get through all of them – I can imagine it will be one hell of a ride trying.

The Bucket List

The list appears in its entirety on my Bucket List page, but below you’ll find it broken up into rough groups based on themes. They are:

Romance

Cheesy moment in a photo booth in Mokpo, South Korea

1. Kiss passionately in the pouring rain. (Achieved on July 4th, 2014)

2. Get married in Vegas to somebody I hardly know.

3. Get married and mean it.

16. Take a pretty girl out to dinner and a show on Broadway (Achieved on July 13th, 2012. Read it here)

28. Serenade somebody.

47. Have a whirlwind romance on the road.

128. Spend a romantic evening at a County (or State) fair.

147. Perform an obnoxious karaoke duet with a significant other. (Achieved in January, 2013)

148. Propose to a girl in an over the top way.

177. Organize and execute a romantic picnic.

204. Seduce a pretty girl from Maryland (Achieved on… a gentleman never tells)

263 – ‘Park’ and make out like a teenager.

278 – Learn to give a good full body massage.

291. Ride a tandem bike (Achieved on July 13th, 2012. Read about it here)

Life Experiences

Struggling up Wulchasan in South Korea, 2007

4. Give a speech at a good friend’s wedding. (Achieved in May 24th, 2014)

12. Have a drink with somebody I consider a hero.

13. Go to a fancy party with or without an invitation.

20. Publish a novel.

21. Volunteer and make a difference.

46. Pioneer Australian Thanksgiving as a holiday.

55. Spend a month biking, walking, or hitch-hiking my way around a country.

65. Be in a movie (even if it is only as an extra).

70. Do street performance and make some money out of it.

72. Make over $1000 for a charity. (Achieved in November 2012. Read about it here).

81. Jump off of a cliff and into the ocean (or a lake).

86. Participate in a Flash Mob.

89. Get a tattoo.

95. Learn to ski or snowboard well.

98. Open my own bar or hostel.

105. Learn to salsa dance (well).

109. Give a eulogy.

116. Run a race on every (inhabited) continent.

121. Brew my own beer.

122. Bottle my own wine.

124. Shake the hand of a president or member of royalty.

127. Spend a weekend on a country estate or mansion.

129. Spend a weekend living like people did in a different time period (preferably medieval).

130. Father a child (and know about it).

132. Fly a plane.

133. See a chart topping band in concert.

134. Watch every Academy Award winner for Best Picture.

140. Quit a job in a dramatic way ala Jerry Maguire.

144. Have a bar or cafe at which my friends and I are regulars. (Achieved in 2012/13)

145. Have a tearful goodbye with somebody I’m not dating or related to.

150. Get rid of my credit card debt. (Achieved in November 2013)

151. Ride a horse on a beach.

157. Spend a night in a hammock on the beach.

158. Go a month without the internet.

166. Spend a day at the baseball in the United States (Achieved on July 31st, 2012)

168. Be treated like a VIP.

173. Paint somebody’s portrait.

174. Find an opal (or other precious stone) and have it made into jewelry.

176. Record a song professionally (but not necessarily release it or sell it).

180. Learn to sing a song in another language.

187. Participate in a protest for a cause I care about.

188. Learn to swing dance (well).

190. See a meteor shower or solar eclipse (or both).

192. Have a drink thrown in my face or be slapped for being a cad.

193. Have something I write or do go viral.

194. Get a kiss from a (preferably female) celebrity. Tongue optional.

195. Be in one (more) play.

198. See a tsunami or storm surge.

199. Host a ridiculously big party.

201. Get my PADI Dive Master’s License.

202. Get my driver’s license.

217. Pose for a sexy calendar for charity. (Achieved on October 30th, 2012. Read about it here)

218. Become fluent in another language.

219. Have a travel article published in hard form.

220. Have something published by Lonely Planet or Frommer’s.

222 – Harvest my own fruit and bake it into something.

227 – Go Christmas Caroling.

251 – Launch a second website and make it successful.

256 – Attend an event at which a national leader or monarch is also dining.

257 – Attend a traditional black tie ball and dance up a storm.

258 – Swing dance in an authentic 1950s style diner.

259 – Have a student contact me to thank me for improving their life in some way.

260 – See one of my teams win a grand final (Newcastle Knights or Newcastle Jets).

262 – Meet Stephen King.

265 – Go streaking (through the quad, if possible).

266 – Attend a traditional American kegger.

277 – Attend one of the ‘big’ football matches (El Clasico, Merseyside Derby, Manchester derby etc).

279 – Study yoga in India.

281 – Familiarize myself with other faiths by participating in a Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindi holy day or service.

282 – Make pottery while listening to Unchained Melody. (Achieved in February 2013)

289 – Jump into a fountain fully clothed.

287 – Go Wakeboarding.

295 – Give a speech as the best man.

299 – Eat dinner in a 5 star restaurant and spend the night in a 5 star hotel.

301 – Get a promotion.

303 – Attend an NFL game.

304 – Attend an NBA game.

305 – Attend a European Super League game.

306 – Attend a Premier League match (Preferably West Ham United).

307 – Attend an NHL game.

309 – Participate in a zombie experience.

311 – Revisit my childhood home towns (Merriwa, Menindee, Mallanganee, Tibooburra, and Mudgee).

312 – Revisit my childhood vacation spots (Byron Bay, Carnarvon Gorge, Townsville, Mooloolaba, and Jackadgery).

321 – Fly First Class.

322 – Attend a Murder Mystery dinner.

Manly Things

Being all that is mean at the 2009 Boryeong Mud Festival

5. Climb a mountain and give a barbaric yawp at its peak.

7. Spend a week camping and living off the land.

45. Finish a marathon.

66. Catch, clean, and cook my own meal.

67. Build something with my own two hands.

106. Win an athletic contest.

107. ‘Work’ a wrestling match like the guys in the WWE.

108. Be in a fist fight.

117. Score the winning points in a game.

123. Learn to do a standing flip, kip-up, or handspring.

131. Have a debauched boys weekend away in a foreign country.

141. Eat only things I cook or prepare myself for one month.

142. Have a six pack or killer biceps.

146. Learn to light a fire and then cook something on it.

152. Overcome my fear of huntsman spiders by holding one (or a tarantula).

170. Yell at a tornado (from a safe distance).

206. Hike to Everest Base Camp.

213. Rough it in the Arctic or Siberia.

228 – Fire a gun. Further to that, fire an automatic weapon or throw a grenade. (Achieved in February 2013. Read about it here)

233 – Swim with a Great White and conquer my fear.

234 – Be bitten by a wild animal (and survive).

235 – Overnight in the jungle.

286 – Go rock climbing outside of a gym.

290 – Go Guerrilla Camping.

296 – Have a truly debauched, decadent boys’ weekend in Las Vegas.

298 – Play a game of full contact American Football.

319 – Spend a month (or more) at sea.

Travel

Posing out from of Base Backpackers in Christchurch, 2010

6. Swim with a whale shark. (Achieved on February 16th, 2014)

8. See the Northern Lights.

9. Go on a safari in Africa.

11. Eat dinner with an Italian family in Italy.

14. Live like a king in Dubai.

15. Go sky-diving.

17. Visit North Korea.

18. Visit Auschwitz.

19. See the sun rise (or set) over Stonehenge.

22. Go dog sledding.

23. Spend a night (or more) under the stars on the Mongolian steppes.

24. Visit Pripyat.

29. Sail from one country to another.

33. Go crazy at a decadent beach or boat party.

34. Swim in an isolated canyon or gorge.

35. Visit Antarctica.

36. Visit Cuba.

40. Explore the Florida Everglades. (Achieved on July 5th, 2012. Read about it here)

48. See a ping pong show in Thailand. (Achieved in February 2013)

49. Learn to Tango in Argentina.

51. Visit Egypt and see the Pyramids.

52. Visit Jerusalem.

53. Spend 24 hours in the Amazon.

54. Travel as the locals do in the Sahara.

56. Backpack around Australia and see it through a traveler’s eyes.

57. Ride the Trans Siberian railway.

58. Ride in a hot air balloon.

59. Kayak through the Grand Canyon.

60. Walk along the Great Wall of China.

62. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.

64. Spend a weekend at a Buddhist retreat living like a monk.

68. Visit a hash cafe in Amsterdam and wander the Red Light District.

69. Spend a night in a haunted location.

71. Pack my life into a backpack, buy a ticket, and just go.

74. Ride in a submarine.

75. Get naked at a nudist beach or nudist resort.

76. Spend the night in a castle.

77. Swim in the Mediterannean.

78. Go spelunking.

79. Climb a volcano.

80. See icebergs up close.

82. Go white water rafting. (Achieved in February 2013)

83. See Angel Falls, Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls, and Iguazu Falls.

84. Explore Pompeii.

85. Visit all of the European countries.

87. Visit all of the Wonders of the World (old, new, and natural).

88. Visit the 10 biggest theme parks in the world.

90. Visit Halong Bay.

91. Explore New Zealand’s Fjordlands National Park on foot.

92. Visit the Galapagos Islands.

93. Spend a week on the Grecian coast.

94. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

99. Spend at least two months backpacking around South America.

100. Visit Angkor Wat. (Achieved in February 2013)

101. Visit Yellowstone National Park.

102. Take a gondola ride in Venice.

103. Spend a month living on an island other than Australia.

111. Walk the Kakoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.

112. Visit all of the ‘Stans (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan etc).

118. Go on a cruise between two countries.

119. Win money gambling in a casino.

120. Visit Siberia.

125. Explore the Northern Territory by 4WD.

136. Travel somewhere by river boat. (Achieved in February 2013)

138. Eat poutine in Quebec.

143. Lick the Liberty Bell.

153. Drift dive in a river.

154. Meet real gypsies.

159. Spot a celebrity in Hollywood.

160. Explore the ruins of Petra in Jordan.

161. Spend some time in a war-torn country.

163. Ride the train in India and bathe in the Ganges.

164. Attend Holi in India.

165. Visit the Himalayas.

167. Explore a ghost town.

171. Explore San Francisco (Achieved on July 27th/28th, 2012)

172. Spend some time in the Caribbean.

181. Go hang-gliding.

182. Visit Transylvania in Romania.

184. See a killer whale in the wild.

185. Scuba dive a wreck.

186. Swim with dolphins in the wild.

189. Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia. (Achieved in February 2013)

191. Go bungee jumping.

196. Travel somewhere by helicopter.

200. Go on a cross country road trip.

205. Scuba dive the sardine run in South Africa.

207. Bike along the Rhine River through Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

208. Ride the world’s highest altitude train to Tibet.

210. See Hallelujah Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Park, China.

211. Hike through Jiuzhai Valley National Park, China. (Achieved in May 2013)

212. Spend Christmas in Lapland.

214. Scuba dive on every continent.

215. Boat down the Nile.

216. Ride the Orient Express.

221. See a tiger, giant panda, bear, elephant, lion, giraffe, hyena, bison, blue whale, platypus, rhino, hippo, and a gorilla in the wild.

223 – See a geyser explode.

224 – Visit a genuine tribal village.

225 – Travel for one month solely on website income.

226 – Ride the zipline on Fremont Street, Vegas.

230 – Couchsurf (Achieved on June 30th, 2012. Read about it here)

232 – Drive across the Nullarbor Plain in Australia.

236 – Bathe in mud pools in Rotorua (not the killer kind).

237 – Walk the Milford Trek.

238 – Stay in a capsule hotel.

239 – Spend the night in an igloo.

240 – Party at the Castle in London.

241 – Attend a live polo match.

243 – Visit a micronation.

244 – Try my luck gambling in Monaco.

245 – Visit the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.

246 – Learn to make pasta in Italy.

247 – Walk Paris at midnight and be inspired as the great authors were.

250 – Participate in Portland’s naked bike ride.

252 – Cruise the Yangtze River. (Achieved in December 2013)

253 – See the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China.

254 – Stand atop all of China’s ‘Five Sacred Mountains’.

255 – See the Giant Pandas at play in Sichuan province, China. (Achieved in May 2013)

261 – Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

268 – Travel the length of the Silk Road.

269 – Motor cycle across a country (or countries) and write about my travels.

270 – See some live jazz where it all started in Chicago.

271 – Visit every one of the Disney theme parks.

272. Eat a Philly Cheese Steak in Philadelphia (Achieved on July 13th, 2012. Read it here)

273. Eat blue crab in Maryland (Achieved on July 2nd, 2012)

274 – Eat some real gumbo in Louisiana.

275 – Eat real clam chowder in the American New England.

276 – Visit a Japanese hostess bar.

283 – Trek through the Andes on a donkey.

284 – Float in the Dead Sea.

285 – Visit Easter Island.

288 – Scuba dive the Big Blue Hole in Belize.

294 – Go on an island hopping cruise of the Caribbean.

297 – Ride the Maiden of the Mists at Niagara Falls.

300 – Snorkel Jellyfish Lake in Palau.

302 – Go into low orbit.

310 – Complete the Overland Trek in Cradle Mountain National Park

314 – Complete the Great North Walk from Newcastle to Sydney

316 – Visit Uluru.

317 – Witness the Great Migration.

318 – Ride a horse on a ranch.

320 – Learn to appreciate wine in France.

322 – Visit all seven continents.

Sex

Humping my good friend Jane at the Speakeasy in Gwangju, South Korea

10. Have a threesome (or moresome) (Achieved. No details)

61. Make love to somebody without speaking the same language.

63. Go skinny dipping in the dark.

96. Get a blowjob in a cinema, plane, or bus.

97. Have sex in a public place.

104. Be complimented on my body.

135. Sleep with somebody way out of my league.

139. Have a lover from every continent.

156. Kiss a girl from every country in the world.

169. Get a lap dance in a strip club (Achieved on January 14th, 2012. Read about it here)

178. Have sex on the beach.

179. Make a sex tape.

183. Twins.

198. Have a lover ten years my junior and a lover 10 years my senior.

229 – Join the Mile High Club (or the Mile High Blowjob Club).

231 – Paratroop (see Barney Stinson).

249 – Make use of the ‘top sheet’ in a hostel.

264 – Get to third base (or hit a home run) at a baseball field.

280 – Practice the kama sutra with a beautiful Indian girl.

292 – Have a two girl threesome.

293 – Participate in an orgy/swingers night.

315 – Complete a ‘Perfect Week’ (ala Barney Stinson).

Festivals & Events

Rocking my Freddy Kruger sweater at the 2011 Bondi Winter Festival

25. See the ball drop at Times Square in New York City.

26. Have a white Christmas in England.

27. Attend Oktoberfest in Germany.

30. Spend Anzac Day at Gallipoli, Turkey.

31. Attend a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.

32. See Australia play in a FIFA World Cup.

37. Attend Carnival in Rio, Brazil.

38. Get messy at La Tomatina in Spain.

39. Attend the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

41. Attend Diwali in India.

42. Attend Burning Man in Nevada.

43. Attend Dia de Muertos in Mexico.

44. Get soaking wet celebrating Songkran in Thailand.

50. Attend one of the big football matches.

73. Attend a wrestling (WWE or TNA) PPV (Achieved on July 8th, 2012. Read about it here)

110. Go to the Full Moon Party in Thailand.

113. Celebrate Chilean Independence Day in Chile.

114. Attend a 4th of July BBQ on a lake in the United States (Achieved on July 4th, 2012. Read about it here)

115. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

126. Have a truly awesome costume in a Zombie Walk.

137. Tail gate a college football game in the United States.

149. Attend the Sydney Mardi Gras.

155. Eat haggis in Scotland. (Achieved May 26th, 2014)

162. Attend the Glastonbury Festival and camp out.

175. Attend a country music concert or festival.

203. Celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.

209. Attend the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival.

242 – Attend the Highland Games.

248 – Attend the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

267 - Spend Thanksgiving in the United States and watch the Macy’s Parade live.

309 – Complete the Monopoly Pub Crawl in London

313 – Attend a Comic or Sci-Fi Convention.

 

I’ve shown you mine…

Now show me yours! Did I miss anything you think should be included on everybody’s bucket list?

Are there some on here that you’ve already done?

Do some of them not make sense? Demand an explanation!

If you’ve got your own bucket list posted somewhere, I’d love for you to share it in the comments section.

Want to track my progress in ticking off the items on my bucket list? There’s a page dedicated entirely to it! Go look at my bucket list progress.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jonclay Jon Clay

    What a list! I like the fact that I’ve done a few of these, but there are heaps that I haven’t done. And there are others that I wouldn’t do – this being your bucket list and all! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      There are things that I have done that would certainly have been on my bucket list when I started traveling. Stuff like ‘visit Vegas’, ‘see the Grand Canyon’, ‘visit the Goonies House’, and ‘go zorbing’ for example.

      A few sexy-time ones too.

      Would love to hear your bucket list sometime. I’m going to add ‘road trip across Australia and make money from my blog’ to the list too.

  • http://twitter.com/MarlinMcPharlin Marlin McPharlin

    Nice list :-) Love it

    Here is mine

    http://marlinjuice.blogspot.com/

    We have some of the same ones,
    like
    37. Attend Carnival in Rio, Brazil
    39. Attend the Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    110. Go to the Full Moon Party in Thailand
    21. Volunteer and make a difference
    166. Spend a day at the baseball in the United States
    176. Record a song professionally (but not necessarily release it or sell it)
    8. See the Northern Lights
    51. Visit Egypt and see the Pyramids
    62. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu
    83. See Angel Falls, Niagara Falls, and Iguazu Falls

    One’s on your list I have done

    89. Get a tattoo
    95. Learn to ski or snowboard well
    121. Brew my own beer
    133. See a chart topping band in concert
    150. Get rid of my credit card debt
    199. Host a ridiculously big party
    108. Be in a fist fight
    100. Visit Angkor Wat

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

    Haha, did you win the fist fight?

    I’m going to go over yours and see if there are any I missed. Not that I think I’ll ever actually get through the 201 I already have :-p

    • Marlin

      nope – lost the fist fight big time – thought it was going to be a fair/clean fight – till he got me in a headlock

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

        Bummer :-(

        I’ve technically been in a fight before (and won, yay) but it was so long ago and the guy didn’t land a punch on me before everybody else came in and pulled us apart. Landed a few good ones on his chin though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

    Haha, did you win the fist fight?

    I’m going to go over yours and see if there are any I missed. Not that I think I’ll ever actually get through the 201 I already have :-p

  • http://ravishingretro.com/ Michelle

    “Learn to swing dance” – I approve of this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Can you swing dance?

  • http://twitter.com/mellyboo mellyboo

    I’ve done 25 of these!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Which ones?

      • http://twitter.com/mellyboo mellyboo

        I lied… it was actually 34…
        47. Have a whirlwind romance on the road
        65. Be in a movie (even if it is only as an extra)
        81. Jump off of a cliff and into the ocean (or a lake)
        89. Get a tattoo
        124. Shake the hand of a president or member of royalty
        127. Spend a weekend on a country estate or mansion
        133. See a chart topping band in concert
        144. Have a bar or cafe at which my friends and I are regulars
        151. Ride a horse on a beach
        168. Be treated like a VIP
        192. Have a drink thrown in my face or be slapped for being a cad
        108. Be in a fist fight
        152. Overcome my fear of huntsman spiders
        11. Eat dinner with an Italian family in Italy
        56. Backpack around Australia and see it through a traveler’s eyes
        68. Visit a hash cafe in Amsterdam and wander the Red Light District
        69. Spend a night in a haunted location
        71. Pack my life into a backpack, buy a ticket, and just go
        78. Go spelunking
        83. See Angel Falls, Niagara Falls, and Iguazu Falls (Only Niagara Falls)
        103. Spend a month living on an island other than Australia
        119. Win money gambling in a casino
        138. Eat poutine in Quebec
        167. Explore a ghost town
        186. Swim with dolphins in the wild
        191. Go bungee jumping
        63. Go skinny dipping in the dark
        97. Have sex in a public place
        104. Be complimented on my body
        135. Sleep with somebody way out of my league
        178. Have sex on the beach
        198. Have a lover ten years my junior and a lover 10 years my senior (only 10yrs my senior.. 10yrs my jr would be illegal)
        31. Attend a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City
        175. Attend a country music concert or festival

        I really wanna go to Burning Man!  I don’t have an official list, but I am thinking about making one.  Lots of whats on yours would also be on mine.  PS Check out the book 100 Things by Sebastian Terry… bought it at the airport, loving it.  Its all about ‘bucket lists’

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

          I almost bought it yesterday while I was Christmas shopping! I stole his ‘marry a stranger in Vegas’ one, actually. 

          Bucket lists remind me of a novel I’ve half started about a group of guys banding together after a decade apart to help their terminally ill friend achieve his ten item bucket list.

          • http://twitter.com/mellyboo mellyboo

            ouuu thats a nice idea for a story… write it! :)
            and definitely buy 100 things. do it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

            So you’re saying I should add ‘Buy 100 Things’ to my bucket list? >_>

          • http://twitter.com/mellyboo mellyboo

            just add it to your to do list.  Melly says so.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

            You know, Christmas is coming up. My first present wish had been a super slippery lap-dance, but you had to go and flee the country.

          • http://twitter.com/mellyboo mellyboo

            awww I’m sorry for leaving you… just come to NZ! :)

  • http://www.solojunket.com Wayne – Solo Junket

    Good read! although I do disagree on one thing – I do plan on living forever, might want to read up on the technological singularity :)

    You must near be the exact same age as me. 06/12/1983?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      I’m four days your senior, it would seem. December 2nd here.

      If immortality is an option, I’d best start expanding my bucket list…

  • Lucas

    Things on your list I’ve done:
    1. Kiss passionately in the pouring rain
    3. Get married and mean it
    28. Serenade somebody
    47. Have a whirlwind romance on the road
    128. Spend a romantic evening at a County (or State) fair (though it wasn’t terribly romantic)
    147. Perform a karaoke duet with a significant other
    13. Go to a fancy party with or without an invitation
    21. Volunteer and make a difference
    89. Get a tattoo
    133. See a chart topping band in concert
    144. Have a bar or cafe at which my friends and I are regulars
    145. Have a tearful goodbye with somebody I’m not dating or related to
    158. Go a month without the internet (do the first 15 years of my life count?
    166. Spend a day at the baseball in the United States (Canada, but it was an Expos game!)
    173. Paint somebody’s portrait
    180. Learn to speak another language (near) fluently
    188. Learn to swing dance (well)
    195. Be in one (more) play
    108. Be in a fist fight
    146. Learn to light a fire and then cook something on it
    82. Go white water rafting
    119. Win money gambling in a casino
    138. Eat poutine in Quebec (Hell yes)
    10. Have a threesome (or moresome)
    63. Go skinny dipping in the dark
    97. Have sex in a public place
    104. Be complimented on my body
    135. Sleep with somebody way out of my league
    178. Have sex on the beach
    26. Have a white Christmas in England
    73. Attend a wrestling (WWE or TNA) PPV
    175. Attend a country music concert or festival
     
     
    Comments:
    170. Yell at a tornado (from a safe distance) (I see this being like Grandpa Simpson’s “Old Man Yells At Cloud”)
    80. See icebergs up close (Didn’t you do this at Franz Josef?)
    143. Lick the Liberty Bell (tastes like pennies)

    -Lucas
    CoverVersions.tv

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      lmao. Mad respect for having done most of my sexual bucket list mentions and been to a WWE pay-per-view. Which was it?

      And Franz Josef is a glacier. I want to see an iceberg out in the ocean. Maybe on a cruise to Alaska.

  • http://www.neverendingfootsteps.com Lauren

    I’ve done the fist fight…. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      And got a buttload of hits to your site out of it! I totally need to go and raise some hell in the Orient.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenhowell77 Jennifer Howell

    This is inspiring. I now want to write one up for the New Year!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Hehe, I’d be an impressive specimen if these were my New Year’s resolutions. Looking forward to seeing what makes your list!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502883613 Elle MacRae Swim

    Love it!  I have a few of the same items on my list and may have to pull a few ideas for yours.

    From your list I have completed:

    81, 124 (George W. Bush), 167, 172 (we go on a family vacay down there every fall), 104, 178, & 114

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      I do believe I’ve done 178 in the past as well, but I don’t count it when it’s somebody I’m in a relationship with. I want a totally shallow person to say it, haha.

  • http://mslistologist.com Annette | Bucket List Journey

    Impressive!! I will definitely be hijacking a few of these for my own bucket list :)

    I saw yours, and you can see mine here: http://mslistologist.com/my-list/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Thanks for sharing :-)

      I hadn’t seen your site before either. I’ve added it to my RSS :-)

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/ Crazy sexy fun traveler

    Really god one! I have some things the same like you, such as swimming with the whale sharks and seeing Northern Lights :) btw, can u do the serenade to me? I’d love that :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Sure thing, when are you and I going to be in the same country? I’d better start learning to play guitar!

  • Kalyn @ Bucket List Nation

    Love this list! I actually created one that was 2,000 items long once…but then I just resolved to try one new thing each week. It actually worked out way better, but its good to have long term goals or bucket list items as well. You should showcase your progress as you complete them :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      That’s the plan :-) I’ll update the separate bucket list page as well as doing a numbered entry to showcase the experience. I took inspiration from your site!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenhowell77 Jennifer Howell

    Here are the ones I’ve already done from your list, by the way (as you can see, I’ve got nudity covered):
     

    Kiss passionately in the pouring rain

    Get married and mean it

    Perform a karaoke duet with a significant other

    Give a eulogy (Be careful what you wish for though – it was my mom and I was 20.)

    Shake the hand of a president (Bill Clinton, I was 15)

    Have a bar AND café at which my friends and I are regulars

    Spend a day at the baseball game in the U.S. (obviously a bit easier for me to fulfill!)

    Participate in a protest for a cause I care about (many protests, mostly anti-war)

    Be in one (more) play (there’s always one more play, though, isn’t there?)

    Get naked at a nude beach/nude hotspring/naked bike ride (Oregon is the U.S. capitol of Nudity)

    Explore San Francisco

    Go skinny-dipping in the dark (although this happened in Wisconsin)

    Have sex in a public place (behind a historical marker for the first 4-H club in Wisconsin)

    Be complimented on my body

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to build up to 200 things, though. I feel that my desires are less specific in some ways as I get older. I feel pretty content, too, with depth over breadth. I’m not someone who wants to visit every country. I’d rather visit a handful of countries and get to know them very well. But I’m using your list as a springboard of inspiration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      You’ve done a few of the ones I’m most eager to. Kudos!

      Would love to see what your list might be, even if it isn’t quite as exhaustive.

    • Roma

      I had to google “spelunking”

  • Anonymous

    This list is amazing! May I suggest something, please?

    How about turning this post into a page, and crossing them off when you do them? Just a thought :)

  • Martina Cabadajova

    I WROTE SIMILAR LIST WHEN I WAS 16.D GOOD LUCK!!!!! Very nice dreams!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Oh! Do we have any in common?

  • Marion

    I would like to remind you of the slap I gave you at your going away party in Gwangju (right after I arrived). I slapped you for something completely inappropriate that you said to me (I think). Does that count towards your getting slapped for being a cad? :P
    Also, come to visit whenever I get back to Canada…chances are I’ll be living near the Rockies and we’ll be able to knock a few things off your list. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Holy crap. I’d completely forgotten about that!

      I think I made some joke about menstruation or something. I do that. But it was a slap on my arm rather than in my face, and it wasn’t for being a too forward cad, so I can’t count it :-(

      I’ll totally take you up on your offer (if it’s an offer of couch/floor space) though. Winning!

  • Victorsantosocasio

    You should come to Puerto Rico and definitely could cross a lot from your list!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Would love to someday. Some of my favorite bloggers are Puerto Rican

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielle.nevitt.5 Danielle Nevitt

    Love your list!!! It gave me so many ideas for my own. :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Glad to have contributed :-)

  • juan

    in the “sex” category did she really have a penis in her mouth???

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      In the picture? No, haha. It’s just an odd angle.

  • juan

    oh and this is a really goood bucket list, im only 14 and i’ve got most of this on there. :) only done like 5 so far :) good luck on your adventures.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      And to you on yours! Although maybe steer clear of a few in the steamy sealed section for a few years :-p

  • white shark adventures

    should come dive with great white sharks ( http://www.whitesharkadventures.co.za )

    • Chris

      Someday!

  • Guest

    I enjoyed your bucket list. Because you had so many items, I’ve done quite a few. I need to get my own bucket list together.
    1 – Kiss passionately in the pouring rain
    4 – Give a speech at a good friend’s wedding
    10 – Have a threesome
    16 – Take a pretty girl out to dinner and a show on Broadway
    5 – Celebrate New Year’s in New York City
    29 – Sail from one country to another
    33 – Go crazy at a decadent beach party or boat party
    39 – Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    47 – Have a whirlwind romance on the road
    48 – See a ping pong show in Thailand
    51 – See the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings
    53 – Spend 24 hours in the Amazon
    60 – Walk along the Great Wall of China
    61 – Make love to somebody without speaking the same language
    62 – Hike the Inca Trail and explore Machu Pichu
    63 – Go skinny dipping
    68 – Visit a hash cafe in Amsterdam
    77 – Swim in the Mediterranean
    79 – Climb on a volcano
    82 – Go white water rafting
    83 – See, Niagara Falls,
    84 – Explore Pompeii
    95 – Learn to ski
    97 – Have sex in a public place
    100 – Visit Angkor Wat
    101 – Visit Yellowstone and Yosemite
    102 – Take a gondola ride in Venice
    103 – Spend a month living on an island
    109 – Give a eulogy
    118 – Go on a cruise between two continents
    119 – Win money gambling in a casino
    128 – Have a romantic evening at an American county or state fair
    133 – See a chart topping band in concert
    135 – Sleep with somebody way out of my league
    136 – Travel somewhere by river-boat
    137 – Tail-gate a college football game in the United States
    140 – Quit a job in a dramatic way
    144 – Have a bar or cafe that my friends and I are regulars at
    147 – Perform an obnoxious karaoke duet with a significant other
    150 – Get rid of my credit card debt
    163 – Ride the train in India
    164 – Attend the Holi Festival in India
    166 – Spend a day at the baseball
    169 – Get a lap dance in a strip club
    171 – Explore San Francisco
    172 – Explore the Caribbean
    177 – Organize and execute a romantic picnic
    178 – Have sex on the beach
    189 – Visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia
    196 – Travel somewhere in a helicopter
    197 – Have a lover 10 years my junior
    199 – Host a ridiculously big party
    200 – Go on a cross country road trip
    202 – Get my driver’s license
    204 – Seduce a pretty girl from Maryland
    215 – Boat down the Nile
    223 – See a geyser explode
    224 – Visit a genuine tribal village
    227 – Go Christmas Caroling
    228 – Fire a gun.
    235 – Overnight in the jungle
    241 – Attend a live polo match
    244 – Try my luck gambling in Monaco
    245 – Visit the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
    248 – Attend the Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    253 – See the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China
    263 – ‘Park’ and make out like a teenager
    266 – Attend a traditional American kegger
    272 – Eat a Philly cheese steak in Philadelphia
    273 – Eat blue crab in Maryland
    274 – Eat some real gumbo in Louisiana
    275 – Eat real clam chowder in the American New England
    291 – Ride a tandem bike
    292 – Have a two girl threesome
    294 – Go on an island hopping cruise of the Caribbean
    297 – Ride the Maiden of the Mists at Niagara Falls
    298 – Play a game of full contact American Football
    299 – Eat dinner in a 5 star restaurant and spend the night in a 5 star hotel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Well in, good sir! Someday I hope to check off as many myself.

  • Sydney Thieschafer

    You should blow bubbles when it’s super cold outside and watch them freeze!!! Take it from a Minnesotan-it’s FUN!!

    • http://www.aussieontheroad.com Aussie on the Road

      No way! That’s a thing?

    • CWBush

      One to add! I didn’t even know that was possible :-o

  • Kristen Fenato

    I must compliment the originality of your list! I’ve only done 18 of them. Though since I’m only 19, I had to skip a couple sections :P I definitely need to do the Mario Kart one. Now to find a hot tub :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591147692 Chris Walker-Bush

      Which eighteen have you done?

      And what Mario Kart one? >_>

  • seductionsextravel

    it is somehow crazy that you had a threesome (or moresome) but you’ve never been complimented on your body. But threesomes are nice, and moresomes are even nicer ;-)

    • CWBush

      I think I get by on personality more than looks, haha. I’ve been called handsome, but the dream is to someday get complimented on my sweet abs or biceps.

      You know, when I have them >_>

  • http://ayanvillafuerte.com/ Ayan Villafuerte

    thats quite a list. =)

    i think there really are people who like to play it safe… work… buy stuff.. same routinary cycle year in year out. they seem happy too. we all live differently i guess.

    • CWBush

      Nothing wrong with that at all. It’s not for me, but each person has wildly different things that make them happy, as you say.

  • http://whatsupkat.weebly.com/ Kat | whatsupkat.weebly.com

    oh wow! what an honest and amazing list you got there! :) Here’s mine :) http://whatsupkat.weebly.com/bucketlist.html

    • CWBush

      I tried to check out your bucket list, but the link seems to be incorrect :(