Everyone should have a bucket list, things you want to see or do in your lifetime. Even if it’s just a visit to a local attraction you’ve always wanted to see, summiting a mountain that’s practically in your back yard, or planning that long forgotten vacation you’re always too busy to take – make time, do it!
Here are the top 50 things on our bucket list that we’d most like to do. We’re ticking them off whenever we can. If it’s in green italics, we’ve made it happen. Doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it again though!
If it’s also underlined, click the link to read more about our adventure.
#1 – Snorkel in the warm waves with sea turtles
#2 – Sky dive before I die (without it being the cause of my death)
#4 – Ride horses through Idaho’s Sawtooth Range
#5 – Hike the Annapurna Circuit over Thorung La Pass in the Himalayas
#7 – Wave to the mushers of Alaska’s 1100+ mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race
#8 – Stand in the pounding spray of Argentina & Brazil’s Iguazú Falls
#9 – Tour Mayan ruins under the watchful eye of machine-gun-toting guards
#11 – Go on a safari in Africa
#12 – Backpack and camp in the Australian Outback
#13 – Photograph a Patagonian puma in the wild
#14 – Ice fish with adorable local school children in the Arctic
#15 – Float in the Black Sea
#16 – Go on a solo camping trip. Alone. All by myself. Nobody to save my hide if I forget the gas canister for the camp stove or read the map upside down and get lost.
#17 – Feel the warm red sand of the Sahara Desert
#18 – Sip fancy cocktails from a sky-rise in Shanghai’s Bund District
#20 – Kayak the coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands
#21 – Fly in a glider
#22 – Float the Danube River from Germany to the Black Sea
#24 – Stand right next to live lava anywhere we can find it
#25 – Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
#26 – Summit South Sister in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range
#27 – Fly in a helicopter (Trav still needs to do this one though)
#28 – Kayak a Norwegian fjord
#30 – Hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the US from Mexico to Canada (have to convince Travis)
#31 – Volunteer at a wildlife refuge for big cats. Who’m I kidding? ANY wildlife refuge.
#32 – Zip-line off the Great Wall of China
#33 – Soak in Iceland’s geothermal river, Reykjadalur
#34 – Drive the entire Alaska Highway
#35 – Marry the love of my life and my best friend – a guy I’ve known since the 5th grade
#36 – Fall asleep in an ice dome beneath the Northern Lights
#37 – Spend a weekend in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower and following in the footsteps of Carrie’s favorite author, Victor Hugo
#38 – Feast on sumptuous barracuda from the Caribbean on Belize’s Caye Caulker
#39 – Sleep in a glass-bottomed hut in Mo’orea, French Polynesia
#40 – Hike among the ice-blue lakes of Plitvice National Park
#41 – Hike and camp beneath the jagged peaks of Chile’s Torres del Paine
#42 – Watch the sun set at a beach bonfire on the Pacific Coast
#43 – Stand on top of the Kjeragbolten in Norway
#45 – Learn how to actually roll a whitewater kayak
#46 – Be a kid again at Disneyland
#47 – Sleep in a treehouse in Oregon (Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort)
#48 – See one of the last remaining Harpy eagles alive in the rainforest
#49 – Hike Italy’s colorful Cinque Terre and kayak the Amalfi Coast
#50 – Visit every national park in the United States. This is actually probably #1 on our bucket list. We’ve visited the ones marked with blue pins but still need to visit the yellow ones.