I don’t know if you’re like me, but if I don’t make lists, I don’t get much accomplished. Actually I have a nasty habit of losing things so if I don’t make a list on a computer it is MIA in about 2.5 seconds leaving me running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

One of the best things about making a list is that you get to mark the items off. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you accomplished what you set out to do that day, week, or month. I can’t imagine how good it will feel to cross off these adventures from my bucket list.

Explore all 7 continents (Planet Earth)

When I was a kid, people asked me what I wanted do when I grew up. I was clueless and would always answer something ridiculous like Raphael from the Ninja Turtles (which we were banned from watching after my mother came home one day to find my brother and I both with bloody noses and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles playing in the background…..oops). If someone were to ask me that same question now, I wouldn’t even have to think about it. An explorer! One of my biggest dreams is to explore all seven continents. So far I have been to three, but have saved to travel enough to explore the other 4 starting in May.

Running of the Bulls (Pamplona, Spain)

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Have you ever wanted to do something even though you knew it sounded ridiculous? For me that “it” is the Running of the Bulls. I’m sure when they release a bunch of pissed off bulls on the street, I will immediately experience a quick moment of regret, a moment of wetting myself, followed by the quickest running of my life. Crazy? Maybe. Fun? Hell yes! Since I’ve started traveling, this has been in my top three things to do, and having already done the other two, this is now on top. (I can’t help but wonder if I put this one-off till last for a reason.) Either way the country is beautiful that I’ve always wanted to visit, plus  it is inexpensive, so it is easy to find cheap holidays to Spain. I am going to prepare for this by chugging two five-hour energies and tucking 1 fresh pair of underwear in my back pocket.

Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail (Georgia, USA)

The Appalachian Trail is a two thousand mile trail winding along the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. To thru-hike (hike the whole thing at once) it takes 5 to 8 months. Parts of the trail have intimidating names like The Hundred Mile Wilderness and Bear Mountain and you can’t help but think that whoever did the naming, clearly intended to scare people off. The landscape is wild and varied and even accomplished hikers have a hard time at some points. The forest along the trail is home to a diverse amount of wildlife, such as bears (not again –groan), moose, bobcats, panthers, wild boar, and coyotes. There is also the possibility of getting lost in the wilderness, freezing to death, becoming snowed in, and about a thousand other slow and painful ways in which one could die. I try not to think about them. How am I going to do this you ask? Well I am going to prepare. These are some of my ideas to prepare. What do you think?

1) Filling my backpacker with lead weights and doing laps around my backyard.
2) Three words: Bear Grills marathon

Tall Ship Sailing (Florida, USA)

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-Have you ever dreamt of being a pirate? Me too! While sadly, a true pirate’s life is not a good career choice, (In this part of the world) you can still get a job as a deck hand on any number of tall ships and experience what life was like on a ship in the eighteenth century. These babies sail around the world in a gigantic race every year. Yes, for those of you in shock, I did say racing around the world on a tall ship! The sense of adventure, freedom, and excitement far outweigh all the hard work and long hours. This has to be one of the most unusual ways to travel the world. So of course I must do it. My cousin and brother have both worked on the H.M.S Bounty so naturally that is my ship of choice. Here is what she looks like…. Update: Unfourantly the Bounty was lost during super storm Sandy. 

Corinth Canal/ Victoria Falls Bungee Jump (Corinth, Greece) (Zambia)

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The Corinth Canal: I actually visited The Corinth Canal when I was backpacking in Greece. It was my last week in Europe and I was running extremely low on cash. At the time it was a choice between doing the jump and eating for the next few days. I have always been a huge fan of eating so you know which one won but I have died to go back and do the jump ever since.
 
Victoria Falls: South Africa’s world renowned waterfalls are the tallest waterfalls on earth and it’s also one impressive bungee jump (111m). A bungee cord actually snapped on someone and the person actually survived the fall! I think I might try to talk to the survivor before I make the jump. You know, to get some tips.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa)

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Standing at 5,895 feet, Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. While it is not the hardest climb in the world, it is still not an easy task. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb it every year. Three-fourths of the people, who start the climb, actually make it to the top. Since I am reasonably fit (when I am not on a cookie dough binge) and have survived Mt. Olympus and Alaska, I think I have this one in the bag.
 

Skydive

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 While camel trekking  is the Sahara Desert almost took it’s place. I have always wanted to Skydive, and yet I have always wondered why I would pay for a flight but skip out on the landing. The adrenaline rush, the view, and the experience are a few reasons that come to mind. I have waited so long to do this that I now think I will save it until I get to New Zealand. After all, it is the adventure capital of the world. On a side note, I am totally going zorbing in NZ too. If you don’t know what Zorbing is imagine being placed in a giant hamster ball and rolled down a mountain.
 

Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)

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I like beer. In fact I would go as far as to say that I love a rich flavorful beer, and because of my deep love and appreciation for beer, I feel it is my responsibility…. Nah, my duty, to experience Oktoberfest at least once in my life. Thousands of people come from all over the globe to celebrate life, beer, and hellaous hangovers simultaneously. Errr….Sign me up! If you love beer the way I do, then Oktoberfest is pretty much your Mecca, and next summer it is time to make my pilgrimage
 

Brazilian Carnival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

 
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This is a recent addition the to the bucket list. But since I’ve made the decision it has quickly climbed in the top 15. Probably the best known Brazilian holiday, Carnival, starts 46 days before Easter. The city comes alive with wild parties to say farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. Colorful parades and balls filled with crazy costumes are held throughout the city. It just sounds like an all-around good time.

Full moon Party (Koh Phangan, Thailand)

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The full moon party in Thailand is a popular event for the backpacking crowd. In fact the Full Moon Party started with 20-30 backpackers back in the 80’s. Now around 30,000 people gather each full moon in Koh Phangan to listen to live music, party, and jump fire skipping ropes. (Yeah you read that right) This is one of the top adventures most travelers have on their backpacking bucket list, and I am right there with them. I do need to learn how to skip rope first.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

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I have never met anyone that saw a picture of Machu Picchu and didn’t want to go there immediately. I remember as a little kid (who didn’t even care about traveling at the time), looking at a picture, and telling myself that one day I would climb to the top of that breathtaking mountain. This is another dream that is almost a reality.

Festival of Lights (India)

 
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 The Hindu festival of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is a huge festival celebrated in many countries in Asia. During this festival, people fill the streets with candles lit in little clay pots to symbolize good overcoming evil. Fireworks light up the night sky to drive away any evil. One thing for sure is that it is spectacularly beautiful which is why it has made this list.
 

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef (Queensland, Australia)

 
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Honestly I’m not the biggest snorkel addict in the world. It’s not that I don’t like snorkeling, but my small town in Ohio isn’t known for breeding the best snorkelers in the world. Despite drinking crazy amounts of salt water the last time I went snorkeling, I fell in love with it. When I imagine snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, I imagine a perfect laid back day, lying lazily on the beach, reading in the sun, and then diving into the crystal clear waters of one of the natural wonders of the world.

The Galápagos Islands

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These volcanic islands along the equator of the coast of South America are known for their unique ecosystem and diverse wildlife. Several animals that inhabited the islands are found nowhere else on earth. (I secretly am going to ride one of the mammoth sized turtles) Made by underwater volcanoes, these islands have a rare rugged beauty. This along with their location have made them unique and forgotten by time. Going to these islands has literally become a major obsession of mine.
 
What do you think of this list? What are the top adventures you want to scratch off your bucket list?

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  1. Kay Rodriguez says

    Stephen,

    Awesome post, and I definitely agree with most/all of these for my bucket list as well! The Rio de Janeiro Carnival seems absolutely amazing, and while I’ve been to parts of the Appalachian mountains (I live in Virginia), it would be so cool to trek through the whole thing. Kudos to you!

    I’ve seen you on the GBN group on Facebook, so I figured I’d stop by and leave your blog some love! Can’t wait to see what comes next 🙂

    Cheers,
    Kay

    • Stephen says

      Thanks Kay I can’t wait to get started. Sadly I am not leaving till may…and it can’t come soon enough. The Appalachian trail was one the of the first things to make my bucket list! I can’t wait.

  2. Mandy @MoneyMasterMom says

    Thanks for sharing your list. I think I need to read a little more about the festival of light in India

  3. Hannah says

    I look forward to following your journey as you do all the things you dream of. I am also really looking forward to experiencing Diwali here in India next month – people have already begun to hang decorations and our landlord and his family have invited us to join their celebrations 🙂

    • Stephen says

      Hannah I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a little jealous :). That is seriously awesome, I hope I get to experience Diwali with locals. I hope you write about it!

  4. Sid says

    Erm … Victoria Falls isn’t in South Africa … It belongs to Zimbabwe and Zambia.
    Have done two of those things on your list – hiked Kili and sky dived.

  5. Ruth (Tanama Tales) says

    I am trying to do yearly lists instead of life or bucket lists. I include things to do close to home, a little bit farther, out of state and internationally. In that way, I have a realistic list to work on. My travel style is impulsive and unplanned. I travel when opportunities arise. It is difficult to scratch things from a list. But you know, your list is awesome and I hope you can cross off everything soon.

  6. Debbie says

    Great list! I find that I need to keep a list of cool things I find too– or else I’ll forget about what I find. Skydiving is amazing– you really must make sure you try it! Enjoy 🙂

  7. Freya Renders says

    Hi Stephen, what a great list ! Quite some things I would like to do myself with Machu Picchu being my top one. I have done the Octoberfest, was in India during Diwali and went to the Kilimanjaro (I unfortunately did not climb it, maybe next time).

  8. Ian [EagerExistence] says

    “peas in a pod” mate… I’ve done a bunch of these, have a bunch still to do, and you even opened my eyes up to a couple.

    eg. I didn’t know you could bungee jump a canal. Might have to try that one myself.

    Keep up the good work, and make those goals happen!

  9. Alex @ ifs ands & Butts says

    Pretty epic list and I’m glad Oktoberfest met it on the list. It is my favorite time of year in Germany for sure. The fest in Stuttgart is really fun too (April/May and Sept/October). The ship thing is an awesome idea! Sad the boat was lost in the storm!

  10. sofia the traveler says

    Hi!

    It’s soooo nice to have lists. I don’t know how I would manage to do everything without lists. Probably I somehow would, but yes, crossing it over is the best feeling. 🙂 I will be traveling next year january-july in south america, visiting machu picchu and the galapagos, they are also on my bucket list. Looking so much forward to it! And climbing kilimanjaro is definitly on my top 5!

    See you around!

    • Stephen says

      Great! That is a good chunck of time in South America. I won’t be making my way there for a couple years, but I hope to have a good six months when I do. You can also take cruises from tip South America to Antarctica, if you are intrested. Cruises aren’t really my style but it is the only way I know of to get there. Cheers Sofia

    • Stephen says

      Great! That is a good chunk of time in South America. I won’t be making my way there for a couple years, but I hope to have a good six months when I do. You can also take cruises from tip South America to Antarctica, if you are intrested. Cruises aren’t really my style but it is the only way I know of to get there. Cheers Sofia

      • sofia the traveler says

        Really?? I didn’t know that. I won’t be able to do it this time, I would need a whole lot of other travel clothes with me then. 🙂 But I will probably go back to south america in a couple of years, so I’ll have that in mind then 🙂

    • Stephen says

      Great! That is a good chunk of time in South America. I won’t be making my way there for a couple years, but I hope to have a good six months when I do. You can also take cruises from tip South America to Antarctica, if you are interested. Cruises aren’t really my style but it is the only way I know of to get there. Cheers Sofia

  11. Koren @ City Gal says

    Great list! I’ve already crossed a few of those off, but many remain on my bucket list as well. I’ve never actually written down my bucket list though. You’ve now inspired me to! I’m going to hang it next to the computer in my office so I never forget what I’m working for!

    • Stephen says

      I saw that you went on your Bucket list! I can’t wait, I’m an adrenaline junky! I think I’m going to wait and do it in NZ though.

      Oktoberfest is going to be off the hook 🙂

  12. Pam says

    Hi Stephen, Thank you for the inspiration. I am on a RTW trip, and it is my first time traveling alone. I am 60 days in, and was feeling a little down this evening (Tired of getting lost,feet sore, a little lonely). Reading your blog perked me up and reminded me why I am doing this. Keep up the great writing.

  13. Stephen Schreck says

    Pam that is an amazing compliment! I glad I could help!

    Keep you chin up and keep going! It will all click, or maybe you just get used to getting lost, but it is worth it!

    Feel free to email me!!

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