We all have things we want to do before we die, but most people aren’t that rich and can’t spend every day jet-setting to complete their bucket list. However, there are many things that we can do that don’t require a lot of money. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of 49 things that you should do before you die. Some of them do cost a fortune, but consider this as a dream list.
1. Go on a road trip – Preferably without getting murdered. Stay away from abandoned buildings and don’t take advice from crusty old men at gas stations. It’s more fun to go on a road trip when you’re doing it with friends. Blast out your favorite tunes, wear your favorite sunglasses, and hit the road! Explore different museums and natural landscapes that are just a few miles away from your place.
2. Visit all seven continents – Yes, even Antarctica. There are plenty of cruises that go down there now, and it only costs tens of thousands of dollars! And possibly your soul. It depends on which cruise company you go with. You also run the risk of getting stranded, which often happens.
3. Live in a different country – Traveling is one thing, but actually moving to a different country is a whole other thing. For bonus Life Points, get involved in a green card marriage, just for the story. Kidding aside, migrating to another country opens your horizons. You get to immerse in a different culture, get to experience exciting job opportunities, and you could even meet the love of your life.
4. Sleep under the stars – Oh, how romantic! This can be one of the most rewarding, beautiful, and introspective experiences of your life… unless you’re doing it because you maxed out 5 credit cards and no longer have an apartment. But if you’re single like me, don’t fret! Who says it’s illegal to sleep under the stars when you’re alone? Or you could do it with friends and families. The more, the merrier!
5. Watch all those movies everyone keeps talking about – What are the movies that people talk about and feel inspired from? Go watch them! Are you a superhero fan? Try to explore and binge-watch Marvel and DC movies. Now, you won’t be out of the loop when your colleagues talk about their favorite heroes… or villains. Bombard your group chat with Spiderman memes or Thor memes. Not into superheroes? Perhaps, this random movie picker could help you out.
6. Read all those books everyone keeps talking about – What are the must-read books that you’ve missed? Try picking them up! Colleen Hoover’s novels seem to be popular these days. If you’re not into some chick flick fiction, there are also lots of nonfiction gems out there, such as The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. If you’re a bit more on the spiritual side, go ahead and pick up a sacred text. No one’s stopping you.
7. Make something from scratch – One of the best feelings in the world is making something by yourself, as opposed to just buying it. It can be anything from satay to a piece of furniture. D.I.Y. projects are so fun to make! And sometimes it can even save you money. It’s a good opportunity to get closer to your kids, if you have them, or you can just enjoy them on your own!
8. Conquer a fear – Don’t spend your whole life letting fear hold you back! Try conquering some, or at least one of your fears. Just don’t go jumping off any buildings if you hate heights; I don’t think that will work. You might be afraid of speaking in public, putting up a business, driving a car, or learning how to swim. Now is a good time to conquer them all!
9. Learn a foreign language – Learning another language is incredibly rewarding, plus it gives you an excuse to travel! Just don’t be like those Amazing Race contestants who yell “rapido” at cab drivers in Asia. It’s been said that learning a foreign language improves your memory and encourages creativity. Which country would you like to visit next? Do you know how to speak their native language? Visit Duolingo and check if you can learn it there.
10. Donate your hair for cancer – You can raise big bucks by shaving your head for cancer, particularly if you’re a lady. It’s also a great opportunity to flip the bird at traditional conventions of beauty and expectations of women. Not to mention, your hair would be able to help a cancer patient regain their confidence. Now, before you chop off your long locks, think: ‘Should I donate my hair today or not?’
11. Disconnect for a week – Take a detox. No phone. No internet. No TV. Nothing. Free yourself from the burden of modern technology. Sure, you may want to blow your brains out at first, but you’ll discover some amazing things you may not have otherwise. Plus, you’ll learn a lot more about yourself. If you think the temptation of screens will be too great, remove yourself from them. Spend the entire time camping or hiking.
12. Go to a major sporting event – I’m admittedly not the biggest sports fan, but even I can’t deny the sheer power of an excited sports crowd. The atmosphere is unmatched. Worst case scenario, you have a few drinks and yell out the wrong sports terms or team names for fun, or you’re caught on kiss cam with a stranger. Yikes! Please don’t ever don’t ever let that happen.
13. Take part in a city running event – Not only does this give you the chance to get in shape, but you also get to accomplish something big with the rest of your city. Plus, you’ll get to see people wear some pretty hilarious costumes. Or you could be wearing one yourself. But who cares about the costumes if you wanna win the first prize, right? Make sure to do some stretches before the big event.
14. Volunteer at a soup kitchen – And I don’t just mean at Thanksgiving or Christmas when everyone else is doing it too. Take the time to really help people in need. It can be any regular day. If you don’t know how to cook, this could be a good time to get to know the basics. There’s nothing like seeing someone smile after they’ve finished your soup! Just make sure you don’t pop in some poison in there.
15. Host Christmas – Because who doesn’t love stress and cleaning up after people? Seriously though, this earns you some major Adult Points and you can always make it more fun by implementing Inappropriate Secret Santa. This is where everyone has to buy a terrible present on the cheap and then engage in Yankee Swap. You’ve gotta consider this idea if you haven’t hosted a Christmas party before.
16. Adopt a rescue pet – No joking around on this one; there are so many animals out there who need love. Buying from pet stores is not the way to go. Sure, a pet is an added responsibility but the love and joy that they give back to you are nevertheless rewarding. So what’s it gonna be this time? A puppy? A cat? A bird? A tarantula?
17. Eat something you wouldn’t usually – This could be anything from a vegetable you don’t like or chowing down on some insects in South East Asia. The worst that can happen is that you get a little grossed out. Who cares? Live a little. It’s also not a bad idea to try out new flavors. Try exotic dishes. Buy yourself an expensive meal. Go on a food trip! You deserve it!
18. Learn a new skill – You can always teach an old dog new tricks. If you’ve always wanted to learn the piano, knitting or anything else, go and do it! Even if it’s learning traditional German dance in lederhosen, there’s no judgement here. Don’t wanna learn a new skill? You can…