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Attend at least one major sporting event: the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the U.S. Open. Throw a huge party and invite every one of your friends. Swim with a dolphin. Skydive. Have your portrait painted. Learn to speak a foreign language and make sure you use it. Go skinny-dipping at midnight in the South of France. Watch the launch of the space shuttle. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty. Be an extra in a film. Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details. Make love on a forest floor. Make love on a train. Learn to rollerblade.
Give your mother a dozen red roses and tell her you love her. Be a member of the audience in a TV show.helplessly and unconditionally. Learn not to say yes when you really mean no. Own a room with a view. Write a fan letter to your all-time favorite hero or heroine. Visit the Senate and the House of Representatives to see how Congress really works. Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack. Get to know your neighbors. Brew your own beer. Eat jellied eels from a stall in London. . Put your name down to be a passenger on the first tourist shuttle to the moon. Send a message in a bottle. Learn to ballroom dance properly. and run away. Learn how to take a compliment. Grow a beard and leave it for at least a month. Plant a tree. Be the boss. Ride a camel into the desert. Fall deeply in love -.
Sing a great song in front of an audience. Spend a night in a haunted house -. Shower in a waterfall. Write the novel you know you have inside you. and revise it from time to time. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich. instead of just thinking about it. Sit on a jury. Be one of the first to take a flight on the new Airbus A380. See a lunar eclipse. Go to Walden Pond and read Thoreau while drifting in a canoe. Teach someone illiterate to read. Learn to play a musical instrument with some degree of skill. Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home (just once).by yourself. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia. Be someone's mentor. . Write down your personal mission statement. Ask for a raise. Experience weightlessness. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it. Spend New Year's in an exotic location. follow it.
Donate money and put your name on something: a college scholarship. Own one very expensive but absolutely wonderful business suit. Raft through the Grand Canyon. . Take a ride on the highest roller coaster in the country. a bench in the park. Find a job you love. Learn how to complain effectively -. Learn to juggle with three balls. Buy your own house and then spend time making it into exactly what you want. Spend Christmas on the beach drinking pina coladas. Forgive your parents. Ask someone you've only just met to go on a date. Spend a whole day reading a great novel. Overcome your fear of failure. Drive the Autobahn. Make a complete and utter fool of yourself. Drive across America from coast to coast. Sleep under the stars. Write your will.and do it! Go wild in Rio during Carnival.
your banker. telephone solicitors. Scuba dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring. Fart in a crowded space. Kiss someone you've just met on a blind date. Go deep sea fishing and eat your catch. Learn to use a microphone and give a speech in public. Grow a garden. Let someone feed you peeled. . Visit the Holy Land. seedless grapes. Be able to handle: your tax forms.anonymously. Accept yourself for who you are. Attend one really huge rock concert. Create your own web site. Jehovah's Witnesses. Spend three months getting your body into optimum shape. Give to a charity -. Go up in a hot-air balloon. Make love on the kitchen floor. Lose more money than you can afford at roulette in Vegas. Kiss the Blarney stone and develop the gift of gab.
Reflect on your greatest weakness. The experience of visiting native peoples will give you way more insight into another way of life than two years hopping from one backpacker ghetto to the next. Trekking through the jungle on the back of a two story tall elephant will surely be something you remember forever. 2. Run a marathon. Cross a country on a bicycle. Make a hole-in-one. and realize how it is your greatest strength. but once you’ve reached all seven you can truly call yourself a world traveler. but it beats being separated from a country though a passenger-side window. What better way to leave music’s commercialism behind and find the soul of the blues? . Make yourself spend a half-day at a concentration camp and swear never to forget. Visit a “real” blues bar in Chicago. 3. Photo by Dave & Susi 4. Antarctica might be a tough one. Learn to bartend. Live like a local for a month. Ski a double-black diamond run. Set foot on each of the seven continents. Catch a ball in the stands of a major league baseball stadium. 50 Things to do Before you Die 1. A bicycle tour takes some planning. 5. and smile. Ride something bigger than a horse. see yourself. Look into your child's eyes. Create your Family Tree. Run to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
Volunteer abroad for a month. but everyone has had a dream of standing atop one. SCUBA in the Great Barrier Reef. 11. 7. Round the world tickets are great for budget-minded wanderers. Bathe in the Ganges. This is definitely a weighty and time-consuming proposition. It’s still the most sustainable way to travel there is. you could do this without ever setting foot outside of planes and airports. 14. What better way to experience the spiritual heart of India? 25. how fragile life can be. Swimming with these gentle giants is among the most powerful wilderness experiences in the world. 12. Photo by Jon Kotsifas 16. Photograph an endangered species.” . The access to snow and terrain via heli is different (read: better) that anything else you’ll ever experience. Publish an article about your travels. 8. Go heli-skiing. Sure. These lightly visited regions are filled with unique cultures and diverse wildlife. Aside from an image you can keep for a lifetime. Climb one of the world’s Seven Summits. it will remind you. What better guide than a book that inspired you to travel in the first place? 18. It is the world’s most unique aquatic environment. Travel India by train. With its extensive rail network. Plus. Learn another language. Most people in the world still eat what they have picked with their own hands. Participate in a Carnival parade in Brazil. 13. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite travel book. this mode of transport is the best way to see one of the world’s most colorful and diverse countries. 19. Part of traveling is sharing your experiences with others. 23. Traversing these fast-disappearing natural wonders is an adventure that future generations might not be able to experience. Why not get back to these basics? 24. getting published might be easier than you think. everyone traveled by wind power. You haven’t had a good night out until you’ve been to the biggest party in a nation of big parties. As they say: “Trying to explain Burning Man to someone who has never been is like trying to explain color to a blind person. The largest coral reef in the world is a must for dive enthusiasts. 22. but few people ever truly traverse the entire globe. Great rivers. but there are plenty of resources out there to ease the process. 27. Dive with a whale shark. It’s not about being a ripper but just catching waves. 9. 10.6. 20. have humble beginnings. Climb an active volcano. Cross a glacier on foot. Surf. Take a bush plane ride into Africa’s interior. like the Nile. 17. Participate in Burning Man . Buy a boat and learn to sail. 21. and others. 15. 26. Follow your food from field to table. Travel around the world. Dance Tango in Argentina. Visit the source of one of the world’s great rivers. Before the Brothers Wright. Climbing mountains is not for the faint-hearted.
This timeless tradition is at the heart of Japanese culture. or ferry. 35. They’ve inspired you. on the planet. What is the one and only thing that everyone has in common? Eating. You might not even have to leave town to experience a night of classic atmosphere. it’s a way to fund your travels. Photo by Nickmunstr 29. 37. 32. Travel to Germany to experience Love Parade. Go to Oktoberfest. Meet your favorite (living) travel writer. Partake in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. train. Sure. 40. Join a caravan in the Sahara. The meeting of over 6 million beer afficionados and drinking song singers is one of the biggest parties in Europe. Learn how to make a national dish.28. 30. but also the experience of a lifetime. . Whatever you say about the commercialism of the Olympic Games. they are one of the biggest events on the planet. 33. Attend a music festival in another country. Cross a country using only public transportation. It’s one of the biggest festivals. 34. attendance-wise. 38. 36. now thank them for it. 39. 31. See a country the way most of its people do: from the window of a bus. Attend the Olympics. See how people can thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments. Spend the night in a storied/historic hotel. Stand at the North or South Pole. Spend 24 hours alone in the jungle. Teach English in a foreign country.
Be in the stands when two rival South American club teams play each other in soccer. Taste a hand rolled specialty close to its source. Could be Che Guevara or Picasso or Levi Strauss or the guy who invented widgets. 47. The crowded continent is full of beautiful architecture and diverse cultures. 46. and actually fly. Bike the Pacific Coast Highway.41. Participate in the world’s biggest water fight during Thailand’s New Year’s festivities (Songkran). unless you add a wingsuit. . Why not find your own version of untouched paradise? 44. Shake hands with someone who has truly changed a country. Enjoy a freshly rolled cigar in Cuba. Visit the birthplace or gravesite of a cultural icon. anyone you think is important. Visit every capital city in Europe. It is the ultimate thrill. 50.” One of the best travel books ever inspired a generation of backpackers. 42. 45. Skydive. 48. football) is a passion for most of the world’s population. Soccer (sorry. Watch an orchestral performance in Vienna. Find your version of “The Beach. 43. 49.
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