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Top 25 things to do before you die

Must-do experiences for your bucket list

Looking for ideas for your bucket list? Here are 25 things you really should try before you die. Our selection is a mix of must-do bucket list experiences covering culture, travel, adrenaline, surprise and the darn-right outrageous. Get ticking them off.

By Kirstie Iona McIntosh

Add swimming with dolphins to your bucket list

If you've got the time, the guts, and in some cases lots of cash, then we reckon you'll need to get started on these to do items straightaway if you are to fit them all in before you kick the bucket. Some of these bucket list ideas might just be enough to make you die of excitement or maybe fright.

Maybe you might want to set a target of doing some of these thing before you reach a certain age milestone like 40, 50, or older, but either way, the clock is ticking so get started on your things to do before you die list before it's too late. Just click on each of the links below to find out more about each bucket list idea.

 

  1. Swim with dolphins
  2. Walk the Great Wall of China
  3. Dive with sharks
  4. Run the Virgin Money London Marathon
  5. Visit Petra in Jordan
  6. See the Northern Lights
  7. Walk the Machu Picchu trail
  8. Go on an African Safari
  9. Float in the Dead Sea
  10. Go whitewater rafting
  11. Visit the Amazon Rainforest
  12. Fire walking
  13. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  14. See an eclipse
  15. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  16. Ride on the Orient Express
  17. Watch the sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  18. Cycle a leg of the Tour de France
  19. See an active volcano
  20. Bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand
  21. Drive a Formula One car
  22. Fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon
  23. Fly a fighter jet
  24. Climb Mount Everest
  25. Go into space

Find even more things to do before you die on our other website My50.com.

Comments (14)

  • TonySmith2 'Sadly, I haven't done any of those. The nearest I came to one of them was taking my car for a spin round silverstone race track.'

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  • haveago 'I think the trip into space could be beyond my pocket, but who knows hopefully I've got a few hundred goes to win the lottery before I pop my clogs.'

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  • rafaela 'These are really good ideas,but following doesn't it mean that we are following what people think should be done, instead of ourselves? I would love to do them all, but I think there is more to life than just following a list.'

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  • Max_Aniane 'Inspiring! I fancy walking The Great wall of China amonst other things. '

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  • PhilPub 'It does read a bit "do it so that I can tell people I've done it", but there are definitely a few there that are on my list already. Let's see... 1. Climb Everest - well, I've trekked to (higher than) base camp. As they suggest, I might save the summit for the last on the list (like, never) as it's the most likely to get you killed! 2. Run the London Marathon - I'll tick that one off on 22nd April! 3. Ride a stage of the Tour de France. Seriously considering this one. After FLM I'll be back on the bike and fitter than ever. Still think Alpe D'Huez could be a struggle though. 4. See the Northern Lights. Yes please. When I can afford a pint of beer in Iceland...'

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  • sophie_cheeks 'well ive done a few already: 2) walked (and slept in one of the towers!!!) on the great wall of china! 3) dived with sharks 8) african safari in kenya 10) white water rafted in australia 17) watched sun rise and sunset over uluru few more to go huh!!! dont fancy the bulls tho!!!! - would love to climb everest'

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  • SuperCaz 'Not many of the things on that list reflect the things that I would like to do, but then I guess that we are all different. Too many of these smack of pay your money to get the T-shirt. I'd rather do things that challenge me personnally. That includes combating my phobias, which I think is much more terrifying that anything on your list, but also much more practical and life-enhancing than being about to tick a box saying 'Been there'.'

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  • cranky 'wow! i'm quite pleased that by the age of 25 years i have already done: 3. went shark diving in South Africa 8. went on safari in Krugar Park 10. whitewater rafting in Oz 13. climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge 17. Watched the sunset over Ayers Rock all on separate holidays!! i'm very very lucky, and i count my blessings every day! though there's still quite a few on that list that i'd love to do! (and also some i'm not fussed about EVER doing!) :-)'

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  • daveredrock '4, check (last April) , 22, check (honeymoon), eh, 21 (does it count if it didn't go anywhere but was an actual proper one that's been in a race?) if so: check. Was too hung over to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (they test you) and too scared to run with the bulls (Hemingway would be disappointed in me). I agree with previous comments that this is more of a box ticking list though. Lots more challenging things in life that are more accessible too - like deciding to change your life and actually going out the door for your first run... '

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  • Mrs_Sean_Bean 'I've not done anything on this list, and have no plans to. How about 1. Manage depression. 2. Raise a family. 3. Start running for the first time in 20 years. '

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  • DeedeeW 'i need to get started!'

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  • PhilManc 'Done 4 since i turned 40, a way to go yet though!'

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  • Dianachinkypinky 'Go white water rafting is next on my Wishberg! -http://www.wishberg.com/kulinshah/wish/423148560901373071 . Are you guys on Wishber ,you'll can steal this wish ;) and follow me as well. :D'

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  • agal7464 'As others have already commented correctly...this is the worst list i have read.. they are all pointless and do not bring happiness..however seeing planet earth from space would be good.This list can be completed in less than one year if money allows....and then what.This is maybe a list of things to do ...but not before you die...if this is all i did before i died ..i would not die happy ..... '

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