Crafting a Bucket List For an Awesome Life

crafting-bucket-listAfter being inspired by my Location Rebel comrade Sean’s bucket list and his post explaining how it got him on a TV pilot (awesome!), I decided it’s time that I start working on my own. I definitely got some inspiration from Tyler’s 1% Club, too. Aside from being a really fun idea, I think it makes a lot of sense for goal setting, too. If I’m going to do this whole location independent thing and travel thing, I should at least have some ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do!

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: (this will be going up on it’s own page soon, as well)

– Live on the beach in another country for a month

– Learn to surf

– Enjoy a local beer in 30 different countries

– Overcome my fear of heights

– Tour Europe by bicycle

– Run a marathon

– Compete in a triathlon

– Learn to ice skate and join a hockey team

– Learn to speak Spanish fluently

– Take Salsa and swing dance lessons

– Go vegan for 6 months

– Visit every state in the U.S.

– Visit every national park in the U.S.

– Go white water rafting (again)

– Visit each of the seven wonders of the world

– Hurl tomatoes at La Tomatina

– Learn to make wine

– Spend a whole week without speaking a word

– Attend a PGA major golf tournament

– Attend the Super Bowl (and watch the Patriots win)

– Attend the Winter Olympics (and watch a ton of hockey!)

– See a football game in Europe

– Learn to sail

– Live on a boat for 6 months

– Fly first class

– Create a video that gets more than 1 million views on YouTube

– Get interviewed by a major publication

– Write a book and have someone tell me it’s changed their life

– Teach/mentor someone to become more successful than I am

– Leave more than $1 million to charity in my will

That’s what I’ve got for now, and I’m sure I’ll be building on this a bit. After making this list, it seems a bit daunting. But I can’t imagine ever completing this list if I lived the traditional employed life. I’m also going to make it a goal to check off at least one item a year on this list, although I’d definitely like to pick up the pace on that once I get going 🙂

 Do you have your own bucket list? Is there anything you’d suggest that I add based on your experiences?

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photo by: Redeo


  1. Hunter @ Financially Consumed says

    Making exciting plans is essential for life satisfaction for me. I like the European bicycle tour, wine making, and sailing. I have been eyeing a cross country bicycle tour…need to make that happen.

  2. Hey Jeffrey! Once you learn to make wine, I’ll hire you for a lesson, okay? 🙂

  3. I’ve done one of the things on your bucket list.  I’ve been to the winter olympics.  I only watched the hockey on TV though.  I didn’t have tickets to that.  🙂  I also got to have dinner with Cathy Turner, she won the gold metal for women’s speed skating that year.  1992.  And I got to hold her metal.  🙂

  4. I’ve learned to sail & have sailed for 34 years.  It’s a wonderful way to have adventures with a family too.  Great to destress from work as well!  You learn most quickly on a small, small boat.  Then you can buy a bigger boat if you like it well enough.  Used sailboats are not as expensive in the recession either. 

  5. I have fun creating and updating my bucket list. The visit all the national parks is in our list too. We are currently a little more than half way to the visit all states and 3 down out of the 7 wonders. We would like to visit every country too (we have not started on that). 

  6. You should check out 43things for inspiration!  Great list btw!

  7. Nice list, i wish you the best. Since also one of the goels of my list is to live for at least 6 month in another country maybe will meet each other!!!

  8. Awesome list Jeffrey!  I too want to visit every National Park.  I have this goal to photograph every national park and put together a book of the experience.  I’d love to get the family in an RV and hit the road for a year doing just that.

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