Top 100 Bucket List

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Over the past few months I have been fascinated and inspired by various blogger’s lists of things to do before they’re 25, 30, etc. Nothing hit me quite as hard as DigiDrift’s post on Travel Legends – The Ultimate Bucket List: John Goddard. In the spirit of John Goddard (who is now one of my personal heroes), I’ve decided to put together Over Yonderlust’s Top 100 bucket list.

Osaka, Japan

1.) Go to Japan
2.) Eat sushi in Japan
3.) Go on the 88 temples of Shikoku Pilgrimmage
4.) Go to Barbados
5.) Go to London to see where my ancestors are from
6.) Go to Spain to see where my ancestors are from
7.) Go to Mexico to see where my ancestors are from
8.) Participate in La Tomatina
9.) Drink wine in a cafe on the streets of Paris
10.) Drive on the autobahn
11.) Go to Egypt
12.) Go to Machu Picchu
13.) Watch the sun rise on Mt. Sinai
14.) Learn how to scuba dive
15.) Learn how to surf (or attempt to)

Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada

16.) Learn how to snowboard (or attempt to)
17.) Learn how to speak Spanish fluently
18.) Take salsa classes in Colombia
19.) Feed my catamaran addiction again
20.) Go to Burning Man
21.) Celebrate Holi in India
22.) Participate in the Mongol Rally
23.) Go to Greece
24.) Go on an Antarctic cruise
25.) See a penguin in their natural habitat
26.) Explore Patagonia
27.) Go to Costa Rica
28.) Live in Thailand for a month
29.) Go skydiving
30.) Snorkel off the Great Barrier Reef
31.) See a Broadway show in New York
32.) See the Grand Canyon

New Years in Madrid, Spain at Puerta del Sol

33.) See the Gila Cliff Dwellings
34.) Get a tattoo on a trip
35.) See Van Gogh’s Starry Night
36.) Go to the Galapagos Islands
37.) See Angkor Wat
38.) Go to Iceland
39.) Go zorbing
40.) Attempt to sandboard
41.) Go deep sea fishing
42.) Go ziplining
43.) See an active volcano
44.) Go to the salt flats in Bolivia
45.) Go to Cuba
46.) Sit on a beach in Brazil
46.) Go on a safari
47.) Go to the Elephant Nature Park
48.) Ride on a chicken bus
49.) Visit 20 countries
50.) Go Couchsurfing
51.) Host a Couchsurfer

Photobooth fun in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan with our travel mate

52.) Eat a guinea pig
53.) Try beers from around the world
54.) Go to Amsterdam on my 30th birthday (Erica)
55.) Go hiking in Nepal
56.) See the Colesseum
57.) Say Ciao to someone in Italy
58.) Ride the Transsiberian
59.) Experience Stonehenge
60.) Ride a double decker bus in London
61.) Go on the London Eye
62.) Have tapas and wine in a bar in Spain
63.) Spend the night looking at the stars in the deserts of Egypt
64.) Ride the Shinkansen
65.) Visit Yoyogi Park on a Sunday
66.) Ride a bike through the French countryside
67.) Eat a cricket
68.) See Shaun’s pale skin get color
69.) Bike down the world’s most dangerous highway in Bolivia
70.) See a geisha in Kyoto
71.) Karaoke in Tokyo
72.) See a concert in another country
73.) Cruise down the amazon
74.) Rent a scooter in Southeast Asia
75.) Drive a car on the “wrong” side of the road
76.) Be in a cage with Great Whites
77.) Participate in an amateur racing rally
78.) Reach base camp of Mt. Everest
79.) Visit the 7 wonders of the world

Stonehenge – it was REALLY FREAKING COLD

80.) Set foot on all continents
81.) Go to the Parthenon
82.) Celebrate Loi Krathong in Thailand
83.) Go to the Ghibli Museum
84.) Eat at the Carnegie Deli in New York
85.) Eat a hot dog in Chicago
86.) Rent an apartment abroad for an extended period of time
87.) Volunteer abroad
88.) Particpate in the WWOOFing program
89.) Go to a coffee shop in Amsterdam
90.) Experience an Oktoberfest
91.) Go to Carnaval in Brazil
92.) Celebrate New Years abroad
93.) Go to Disneyland
94.) See a whale breaching
95.) Climb Mt. Kilimjaro
96.) Visit Easter Island
97.) Visit the Taj Mahal
98.) Go spelunking
99.) Visit Yellowstone National Park
100.) Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday in South Korea


40 Responses to “Top 100 Bucket List”

  1. Heather November 22, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    I love love love bucket lists!! Thank you for reminding me that I forgot to include being in India for Holi on my list — I knew I was forgetting a few things!!

    And I think the NYE abroad is one that keep going and going… 🙂

    • Erica November 22, 2010 at 8:24 am #

      @Heather: I figure that if my camera can survive Burning Man, it can probably survive Holi. The colors are just phenomenal. Shaun and I were supposed to be abroad this year for NYE but do to us pushing back our leave date, that is not going to happen… however, I’m wondering where we will be next year.

  2. Juno November 22, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Wooow… Massive list!! Love it Love it!! 🙂 ‘See Shaun’s pale skin get color’ this one is funny. haha
    Didn’t know your profile pic is taken from Stonehenge. Cool 🙂
    Hope you can conquer all that!

    • Erica November 22, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      @Juno: Thank you Juno! ♥ But seriously, Shaun is so pasty he just stays the same color and just gets tons of freckles that cover his body. I’m wondering what he will look like when he starts surfing. If we can even get halfway through the list I will be happy.

  3. Poi November 22, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Awesome list! I’m gonna have to refer to this in the future for ideas!

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:01 am #

      @Poi: Shaun and I have rather ADD minds so we wish we could be everywhere at once experiencing everything!

  4. Zablon Mukuba November 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    great list, every time i try writing one i dont go past 10

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:01 am #

      @Zablon: It took us a few days to fill it to 100. I wanted the full effect!

  5. Ayngelina November 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    What a great list, I keep procrastinating because I don’t know if I could keep it to only 100 things!

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:02 am #

      @Ayngelina: I had been meaning to make a list but kept putting it off for some reason. I started slowing down once I hit 85.

  6. Terri November 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Come visit us in NYC! 🙂 Your list is great!

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:03 am #

      @Terri: If we had the funds we would be there in a heartbeat.

  7. Annie November 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    Awesome list! As I read through I was mentally adding some of these to my own that I’ve yet to write! Thanks for the motivation, I am excited to watch you start checking more of these off!!

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:04 am #

      @Annie: I hope I can keep up with checking these off! Once we hit Central/South America, many of our goals will be achieved. <3

  8. Kieron November 23, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    Bucket lists rule! This just serves as another reminder to get off our lazy butts and hurry up and write ours!

    • Erica November 23, 2010 at 8:04 am #

      @Kieron: I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s lists – I’m afraid that if I read any more my list will get even longer!

  9. greg urbano November 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    what a great list, i could cross a few off that list and i think i am inspired to make one for myself!

    • Erica November 24, 2010 at 9:50 am #

      @Greg: Thank you! You should go and make one – it definitely gets you in an adventurous mood!

  10. ciki/@agentcikay November 24, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    I love your bucket list. You have totally inspired me to make my own. woohoo! 🙂 Well done, you guys are definitely making progress.. arrrgh.. i dare not look at mine even ! LOL

    • Erica November 24, 2010 at 9:51 am #

      @Ciki: DO EET! After we go backpacking through Central/South America, we should be able to mark a substantial amount off our list. It would be weird if we actually did everything. :X

  11. Traci November 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Great list; although I think I could do without the guinea pig and crickets! Relieved that I’ve done some of these (#10, 17, 23, 31, 49, 57, 72, and 81), but bummed that I haven’t done more.

    The top of my bucket list? Seeing the world’s largest ball of twine in Kansas. Seriously! On our blog we chronicle what happens when my small-town family visits the ‘world’s largest’…whatever !

    • Erica November 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

      @Traci: OMG I love the world’s largest [insert word here] things! I wanted to see the ball of twine so badly! How fun!

  12. Val November 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    What a great list! You should definitely eat a hot dog in Chicago! 🙂 Zorbing and La Tomatina seem to be on a lot of lists (including mine!) Someone should organize a travel blogger outing!

    • Erica November 25, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      @Val: A travel blogger outing like that sounds amazing (but might break my bank)! <3 I was in Chicago filming a short film a few years back and unfortunately was unable to take a moment to go and get a hot dog. 🙁

  13. Sarah Wu November 28, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    I haven’t make a bucket list. I should though. I love the way you make 100 list so you can keep track of what has been done and what is your next goal. It’s inspirational and motivational. A lot of your item are some of the stuff I want to do. For example go to to Machu Picchu and costa rica.

    • Erica November 28, 2010 at 8:10 am #

      @Sarah: This was my first bucket list. I had a list in my mind but had never really seen it in front of my face before. When we’re in Costa Rica you should come and visit us. 😛

  14. Sarah Wu November 28, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Wow, 1st list? You did great putting them together. Yes I hope to meet you someday, not just only in Costa Rica. 🙂

    • Erica November 29, 2010 at 8:06 am #

      @Sarah: The list took me several days and many beers to think of that many things. I would love to hang out with you lady!

  15. Andi December 1, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Love your BL!!! I think it’s so important to have one. Isn’t it so much fun when you can cross something off? 🙂

    • Erica December 2, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      @Andi: Thank you! I’m totally looking forward to crossing things off our list!

  16. Jason December 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    WOW Erica, That’s well on the way to matching John’s list. I love your number 52 ‘Eat a Guinea Pig in Ecuador’. I can tell you from experience, it tastes just like chicken… I can also tell by your many post’s over the past few months, that you have a real thirst for adventure and the unknown, and I believe 100% you will achieve your 100 items. It’s a great list, and I love the quirkyness of some of the items (eg number 52), and it’s just not full of the usual suspects when people create a list like this. If I can add one more and make it 101. You should include as your last item ‘101.) Remain Fit and Healthy to Allow Me To Achieve and Enjoy all Items Listed Above’. Keep living the dream…….

    • Erica December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am #

      Jason: I think you may have landed the “longest comment” award (which I’m honored to give you :D). Thank you so much support. This comment means the world to me. It is funny because the guinea pig thing is actually what sparked this damn trip. We were watching No Reservations when tony was in Ecuador. I realized there were too many countries, locations, and adventures I wanted to do in C/S America so I asked Shaun if he would be interested in seeing it all! lol I love your 101. I think I’ll add it. It is lovely.

  17. Rebecca December 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Great list! I’ve got many similar things on my list too. Good luck!

    • Erica December 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      @Rebecca: Thanks! There are so many things all of us have in common – so much of the world to see, so little time!

  18. Lorna - the roamantics December 27, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    what a great list! absolutely love seeing those you’ve checked off! excited for you guys and looking forward to reading as you check off the rest. maybe we can meetup in egypt or india!

    • Erica December 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

      @Lorna: It would be amazing to meet up anywhere! But yes, Egypt and India sounds phenomenal. If it is possible, lets make a deal!


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