14 Adventures I Want to Complete Before I Die


I always talk about doing and accomplishing amazing things and I thought it would be neat to talk about things on my bucket list.  I had never compiled a list before last year so I’m still working on a few of these and have plans in the works for many.

The bucket list is the ultimate to-do list and I think it is important to have things or places that you plan to do or see as lifelong goals.  After all, without goals we wonder aimlessly!  As you think about your life-long goals, bucket list, be careful to avoid a “wishlist.”  I view my bucket/life list as a list of things I fully intend to do in time, not things that I hope to do some day, if time allows and if I get around to it.  But with that said it’s your list so have at it.

Here are 14 Adventures I Want to Complete Before I Die:

  1. I want to visit Europe.  My wife is from Poland and I want to visit her country and see the sights.  I am amazed at stories she tells of castles and churches that are thousands of years old!  The church she was baptized in was built in the 1200’s and is still used for weekly services!  To consider the history of buildings and places that have stood the test of time intrigues me.  I’ve also wanted to visit Germany, Austria, England and France.  It would be nice to take a month or so and enjoy what each country has to offer.  Oh, almost forget, gotta see the mountains featured in The Sound of Music!”
  2. I am at home in the Caribbean and want to sail the islands from end-to-end!
  3. Write a book that gets published.
  4. Make someone’s dream come true.  Fund a start-up business?  Pay for a college education?  Help someone get back on their feet?
  5. Do something daring.  Thanks to my Uncle Lee, I adopted the personal motto, “Safety first,” which has kept me healthy.  The side effect of this mantra is a lack of adrenaline inducing adventures.  I haven’t decided yet, but I’m thinking something like bungee jumping, sling shotting or driving a racecar.  I must admit I don’t see myself skydiving or diving with sharks.  One must learn to walk before running!
  6. Visit Jerusalem and swim in the Dead Sea.
  7. Spend a night in a haunted house!  Scary and adventurous….
  8. Visit north Africa and West Asia  Jordan, Morocco and Egypt.  Pyramids possibly built by aliens (??lol??), Petra and Casablanca…I’m in.
  9. Become fluent in a second language.  I’m taking Polish lessons now so maybe I’ll be ready for my European trip!
  10. Drive cross-country.
  11. Take a spontaneous flight.  No decisions until at the airport.
  12. Start my own successful business.
  13. Develop 6 pack abs.
  14. Make a time capsule and open in 20 years.


It was very cool to put together my list and I encourage you to think about what you want on your list.  Now it is time to start enjoying checking things off!!


135 thoughts on “14 Adventures I Want to Complete Before I Die

      1. That’s great – can’t be easy. I share some of what’s on your list! I like that you differentiated between a wish list and a bucket list. Hope you have a great day 🙂

      2. That’s really nice though, that you’re doing that for your wife – I’m sure it means a lot to her. I wish you all the best with it 🙂

  1. I loved your list! I particularly enjoyed taking the spontaneous flight at the airport. Being as travel obsessed as I am, I am stuck imagining this right now! I hope you get to achieve them all. Happy dreams and putting them into action, Cheryl

      1. one of my favorite things to do when I’m in Europe is to explore the local outdoor markets. it’s always an interesting experience. Poland is definitely on my list of places to tour but you have a built in tour guide with your wife.

      2. I am excited! I will get to see very cool buildings in her city of birth. The church she was baptized in was built in the 1200’s!! Incredible

      3. yep. lotsa photo opportunities for you. I’ve seen multiple beautiful churches in Europe. and the dining experiences and the different festivals are something else.

  2. I love your list (except for staying in the haunted house). I’m a safety first person – but I think I would opt for the racecar driving – that sounds like great fun!!!

      1. Are you kidding?!!!! I had a hard enough time walking through that house during the day, I can’t imagine what it would be like at night. How about the Queen Mary? Ooo – maybe I will do a post on that. That is one creepy place too.

      1. Polanski is the greatest filmaker there ever was. Well along with Tarkovski of course… You would love those movies. Rosemary<s Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers, classics!
        Polanski was Polish alright. He was an illegal refugie from the trains. His bio simply called Roman (his first name) is one of the best bio I have read. And I have read a lot.

      1. Plenty of reason–you confront your fears and then have an absolutely amazing experience that you will savor and remember for the rest of your life. Beats disco dancing.

  3. Love your bucket list! We have some similar goals, and I too, love the Bee Gees! Visiting Europe, the Dead Sea, Egypt, and haunted houses are a few things I would also love to do. Hmmmm, I need to start my list! Great post!

  4. I love this list! So many wonderful plans. I notice a few travel inspired ones, which is awesome. You gain so much through exploring places foreign to home. I’m drafting a post or two about my visits to Jordan & Egypt, so hopefully they add fuel to the fire. I like that you’re keen to pursue some adventure too. I would like to sky dive and swim with sharks too but haven’t got around to it yet. I have bungee jumped though … I highly recommend you try it. It’s such an adrenalin rush!!

    1. Your comment reminded me of a quote by Mark Twain and I thought you would appreciate:
      “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

      1. Yes! One of my favourite quotes. I think that’s right. Granted it’s not always possible to venture far (what with daily responsibilities, family, work, lack of funds) but it’s about taking the chance when we get it & soaking up new life experiences.
        Miriam Beard said “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living” 😊

  5. This is an awesome list! What a great idea to make a list like now instead of waiting. We often think of bucket lists for something one makes when up against a sickness or old age. Why is it that we do that? We should enjoy our dreams now. Thanks for encouraging me to write a bucket list.

    1. A wise man once said to me…”son when you are young you want to drive a Porsche. By the time most can afford a Porsche, they want to drive a Cadillac.” Do the crazy and fun stuff when you have the mind, body and spirit for the fun stuff.

  6. What a wonderful list, with more than a little hint of nobility. To put making someone else’s dream come true on your to-do list is such a wonderful thing to do. About visiting Europe, I can attest to the beauty of the country. My aunt’s family lived in Germany for a few years, and we spent a week with them in Bavaria. If you’re looking for a castle to visit, I would recommend Castle Vianden. We had the good fortune of visiting it and it remains a cherished memory more than a decade later. http://app.visitluxembourg.com/images/4102-resize-668x445x70.jpg

      1. It was and still is. I bought the house from my mother. The upkeep was getting to be too much for her. So far mostly everything is residual. The key is to aviod opening portals.

      2. I buy vintage furniture, usually from families that are clearing out a deceased loved one’s home and I have had a few pieces that brought something along to a customer’s shop! I have chills just thinking about it.

      3. I bet. People don’t understand that there is nothing in this 3D plane that is truly inanimate. Everything is made of the same energy. Buildings, furnature, jewelry are all energy and because of this can hold memories. they can be “haunted”.

      4. I sold this shop a piece of furniture and one of the stainers came from the showroom floor to the workshop and asked the boss why no one was greeting this older guy. They walked back and there was no one. Then another staff member asked about the guy, then another and another. The guy just kept showing up here and there in the store, same clothes every day. This went on for about a month and finally they had someone come and cleanse the shop. It ended after that.

      5. That is what I surmised. I have had several instances of strange things happening after buying furniture. Like you said, attachments can happen to people and things.

  7. I love your list! Spend the night in a haunted house??? Yikes! I’m half Polish, and my husband is as well. It’d be great to visit our “home” country. Enjoy the weekend, Jenny

      1. Not a formal one, I should do that. My husband and I want to travel more, that’s probably number one for both of us. I really want to see elephants, maybe at a reserve in Thailand. It’s good to dream, and make those dreams come true! ☺️

      2. I find that the anticipation of an upcoming trip creates the same type of excitement that you use to experience as a kid. Kind of like anticipating Christmas. It is why I encourage people to travel at least once per year, even if not very far.

      3. I feel the exact same way! The anticipation of the new adventure. This past fall my family and I traveled to Ireland and England for a wedding. We all often think of that trip with such wonderful memories! It was quite the adventure!

      4. And that is what some people don’t realize. When life is coming to an end, you will not be thinking about bills, troubles or what something cost. You’ll be thinking about people and experiences.

      5. You’re so right Danny. I’ve realized that as I’ve gotten older, that life is really about the experiences, having adventures, meeting new people, and being with those we love. Those are the memories that’ll last forever. Jenny

  8. Great list! I agree, it is good to have a plan because we can easily get lost in our journey, I like the deciding on a destination at the airport one. I need to be more spontaneous in my life !

    1. That is exactly why it is on the list! I am the master of routine, which is good it getting things done and being consistent. But, it does stifle excitement and spontaneity.

      1. Yes, so far Maui is my favorite place too be. Not to big and not too small, just right for me and my architectural practice! Good place to be after living 20 years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I’m sure you’ll love Europe. I lived there for a few years,. So many amazing places to see! Being older, my list is pretty much done now. Helping others is my primary focus these days. It’s great to see you helping others as well. Aloha … Bob

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