Evan Nickel

My Bucket List

Hey, welcome to my bucket list! I wrote the very first version of this list when I was 14 years old. Back then it only had just over a hundred things on it.  But the crazy thing about life is that the longer you live, the more things you want to experience, see, try and learn.  So as I’ve grown, so too has this list.   I estimate it will take approximately a lifetime to complete.

My Personal Rules

1. I can add a new item at any time.

If I hear of a cool place or if someone tells me about an awesome adventure, it goes on the list. Zero hesitation.

 2. I can add an item to the list and immediately cross it off.

Often the best experiences in life happen unexpectedly without advanced planning. If something unanticipated happens, it can immediately go on the list and immediately be crossed off.

 3. I can remove an item at any time.

Life changes. Priorities change. If I see something on this list that no longer interests me in any way, it immediately goes away.

 4. I cannot get upset if I fail to accomplish everything on this list.

This list represents all my ambitions in life. I’m a really ambitious person and I acknowledge to cross everything off this list is an enormous undertaking. This list is to help me reach my goals. It will not stand as a reminder of my failures.

Status: 71/419

16.9% completed

The Top 10

      1.  Meet the love of my life
      2.  Marry the love of my life
      3. Have children with the love of my life
      4. Create a home with an inviting, comfortable, loving atmosphere
      5. Witness and be present at significant moments of my child’s life
      6. Live long enough to meet my grandchildren
      7. Always be there for my parents
      8. Make a difference in the life of (one, five, ten) people
      9. Visit the moon
      10. Meet Taylor Swift

        Lifestyle Goals

      11. Stop procrastinating
      12. Become proactive
      13. Learn how to listen actively
      14. Study/improve my body language
      15. Increase personal willpower
      16. Run a 5k
      17. Run a 10k
      18. Run a half marathon
      19. Run a marathon
      20. Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
      21. Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
      22. Run a mile in under 5 minutes

        Places to Visit

      23. Step foot in all 50 U.S. States  (48/50)
      24. Washington D.C. ✔
      25. New York City ✔
      26. Seattle ✔
      27. San Fransisco ✔
      28. Savannah, GA ✔
      29. Boston ✔
      30. Los Angeles
      31. Las Vegas ✔
      32. London
      33. Tokyo
      34. Beijing
      35. Hong Kong
      36. Paris
      37. Norway
      38. Rio De Janerio
      39. Blue Lagoon – Iceland
      40. Ik Kil – Mexico
      41. Machu Picchu – Peru
      42. Japanese Tunnel of Lights
      43. Singapore
      44. Platform 9 3/4 – London
      45. Hobbit Huts – New Zealand
      46. Arc du Triomphe – France
      47. Hana – Hawaii
      48. Glory Hole at Monticello Dam
      49. The Hell Hole – Karakum Desert
      50. Beachy Head Chalk Cliff
      51. Irish Sky Garden
      52. Natural History Museum in London
      53. Anne Frank’s house
      54. Dome on the Rock – Jerusalem
      55. Montana Magica Lodge
      56. Giza, Egypt
      57. Dubai – United Arab Emirates
      58. Auschwitz – Poland
      59. Stonehenge – England
      60. Eiffel Tower – France
      61. Taj Mahal – India
      62. Vatican City
      63. Easter Island
      64. Great Wall of China
      65. Ground Zero – New York City ✔
      66. Horseshoe Bend
      67. Any black sand beach
      68. Dealey Plaza
      69. Petra
      70. The Galapagos Islands
      71. Easter Island
      72. The Louvre
      73. The British Museum
      74. The National Gallery in London
      75. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
      76. The Art Institute of Chicago ✔
      77. The National Air and Space Museum ✔
      78. The Holocaust Memorial Museum ✔
      79. The Newseum
      80. Cape Canaveral ✔
      81. The NASA Museum/control center in Houston
      82. The Grand Canyon ✔
      83. Niagara Falls ✔
      84. The Dead Sea
      85. Churchill Downs ✔
      86. Fort Knox ✔
      87. The Four Corners ✔
      88. Abbey Road Crosswalk
      89. See the world’s tallest structures (#1,  #2,  #3,  #4✔,  #5✔)
      90. Jay Walker’s library
      91. Club 33 at Disney Land
      92. Angel Oak in South Carolina ✔
      93. Powell’s Bookstore

        Adventures to Experience

      94. Free dive with giant sea turtles
      95. Hug a sloth
      96. Go horseback riding on a beach
      97. Look for Bigfoot
      98. Feed a Koala Bear
      99. Hold a tarantula
      100. Go dog-sledding
      101. Spend a night in a haunted place ✔
      102. Claim an undiscovered island
      103. Go on a road trip ✔
      104. Ride in a double-decker bus
      105. Climb the 50 state high points  (40/50)
      106. Kiss on top of a ferris wheel
      107. See a double rainbow ✔
      108. Be an extra in a Hollywood film
      109. See Halley’s Comet
      110. Feed a giraffe
      111. Go snowkiting
      112. Go volcano boarding
      113. Go white-water rafting
      114. Ride a jet ski ✔
      115. Go rock climbing ✔
      116. Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
      117. Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
      118. Travel down the Mississippi River
      119. Walk across the Mississippi River ✔
      120. Swim in the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
      121. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
      122. Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
      123. Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
      124. Hike the Kalalau trail
      125. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
      126. Hike the Inca Trail
      127. Hike the Annapurna Circut
      128. Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
      129. Go kloofing
      130. Complete a 5/5 star geocache
      131. Visit the Titanic in a submarine
      132. Enter the Cage of Death
      133. Go jetleving
      134. Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel(s)
      135. Take a canopy tour
      136. Witness a meteor shower in the desert
      137. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
      138. See Old Faithful erupt ✔
      139. Swim in Devil’s pool
      140. Swim under the waterfalls at Plitvice
      141. Swim in the Blue Grotto
      142. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible
      143. Swim in the Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands) Singapore
      144. Swim in the Great Blue Hole
      145. Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec
      146. Explore a real castle
      147. Walk behind a waterfall ✔
      148. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way
      149. Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
      150. Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
      151. Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
      152. Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
      153. Visit a glow worm cave
      154. Swim in the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
      155. Ride in a Zorb Ball
      156. Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
      157. Ride Insanity at Las Vegas
      158. Play Quidditch
      159. Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
      160. Drive on the Autobahn
      161. Dive in a submarine
      162. Fly in a glider
      163. Fly in a hot air balloon
      164. Fly in a blimp
      165. Circumnavigate the globe
      166. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
      167. Ride Insano at Beach Park
      168. Stand on Kjeragbolten Rock
      169. Visit Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
      170. See the Terra Cotta warriors and horses
      171. Go to the tree tunnel at Ballynoe
      172. See the Northern Lights
      173. Explore the Catacombs of Paris
      174. Swim in the world’s largest pool
      175. Stay in a tee-pee motel
      176. Climb Ayer’s Rock
      177. Swim over the Great Barrier Reef
      178. Climb the 54  14ers in Colorado
      179. Visit all 58 National Park (20/58)
      180. See the firefly squids glow (Japan)
      181. Kiss the Blarney Stone
      182. Wine tasting in California
      183. Swim in every ocean (2/4)
      184. Ride in a tuk tuk
      185. Experience weightlessness
      186. Wrap a snake around my neck
      187. Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake
      188. Go tornado/storm chasing
      189. Drive through a dust storm
      190. Airboat across an alligator-infested swamp
      191. Navigate a personal underwater sub
      192. Hug a Redwood ✔
      193. See the salmon run
      194. Sleep in a barn on a haystack
      195. Sleep in an igloo ✔
      196. Whale watching ✔
      197. Go skinny dipping ✔
      198. Yodel on a remote mountain top
      199. Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
      200. Cross the tallest bridges in the world
      201. Go to a Renaissance festival ✔
      202. Black Friday shopping ✔
      203. Walk the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
      204. Bungee jumping ✔
      205. Take a random flight at an airport
      206. Experience 25 different kinds of transportation
      207. Go inside a nuclear missle silo ✔
      208. Explore an abandoned amusement park
      209. The CN Tower Edge Walk
      210. Go kitesurfing
      211. Go cavern diving
      212. Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship

        Things to Eat/Drink

      213. Drink fresh milk from a coconut ✔
      214. Taste 200 different fruits
      215. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
      216. Eat in an old-timey rail car diner
      217. Hot dog at Coney Island
      218. Ahi poke
      219. Ants
      220. Crickets ✔
      221. Beef tongue
      222. Bird nest soup
      223. Bone marrow
      224. Cactus
      225. Century egg
      226. Cheeks
      227. Chicken feet
      228. Dim sum
      229. Elk
      230. Foie gras
      231. Frickles
      232. Green Tuna Fruit
      233. Haggis
      234. Head cheese
      235. Heart
      236. Lamb tongue
      237. Lamb brains
      238. Lambs rump
      239. Mochi ✔
      240. Pigeon
      241. Pigs feet
      242. Rabbit
      243. Reindeer
      244. Scrapple
      245. Snake
      246. Wild Boar
      247. Yak
      248. Tripe
      249. Create my own cocktail
      250. Drink at a distillery ✔
      251. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
      252. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
      253. Eat alone at a restaurant ✔
      254. Extract honey from a beehive
      255. Hunt for wild mushrooms
      256. Dine on the Champs-Elysees
      257. Have a wine collection
      258. Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
      259. Eat at a 5 star restaurant
      260. Deep fried Oreo
      261. Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
      262. Try 50 different kinds of beer
      263. Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant
      264. Make a pizza from scratch

        Skills to Learn

      265. Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
      266. Learn to jump on a pogo stick
      267. Take up gourmet cooking
      268. Learn how to do a wall flip
      269. Learn Morse Code
      270. Learn Sign Language ✔
      271. Fold origami
      272. Stick shift
      273. Ukulele
      274. Bagpipes
      275. Learn to pick a lock ✔
      276. Scuba diving
      277. Paddleboarding
      278. Curling
      279. Walking on stilts
      280. Chopsticks
      281. Memorize a poem
      282. Start a fire without matches
      283. Building a house of cards
      284. Building a domino run ✔
      285. Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
      286. Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
      287. Ballroom dance
      288. Archery
      289. Rip a telephone book in half
      290. Daily meditation
      291. Do a muscle-up
      292. Learn some parkour moves
      293. Walk 50 feet on a slackline
      294. Complete a Tough Mudder
      295. Complete a Warrior Dash
      296. Complete a Spartan Race
      297. Complete a GORUCK Challenge

        Miscellaneous/Bizarre

      298. Have my name appear on Wikipedia
      299. Meet my doppleganger
      300. Contact/meet someone with my same name
      301. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
      302. Put change into someone’s expired meter
      303. Drive a zamboni
      304. Send a care package to a soldier
      305. Have a star named after me ✔
      306. Write something in wet cement
      307. Find a 4 leaf clover
      308. Bowl a turkey
      309. Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer ✔
      310. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
      311. Be on a jumbotron at a stadium  ✔
      312. Build a sand sculpture ✔
      313. Coin a word
      314. Send a message in a bottle ✔
      315. Find a pearl in an oyster
      316. Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
      317. Meet someone famous ✔
      318. Create a family logo
      319. Be in a commercial
      320. Take an improv class
      321. Do 24 hours of silence
      322. Teach a class
      323. Make a hole in one
      324. Own an original piece of artwork ✔
      325. Be a mentor
      326. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
      327. Be a member of an exclusive club
      328. Slide down a firehouse pole
      329. Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
      330. Shake hands with a U.S. President
      331. Be a contestant on a television game show
      332. Sponsor a child
      333. Participate in jury duty
      334. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
      335. Watch a live rocket launch
      336. Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger
      337. Watch the AFI 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time
      338. Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie
      339. See everything by Stanley Kubrick
      340. See everything by Charlie Chaplin
      341. See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
      342. See everything by Orson Welles
      343. See everything by Wes Anderson
      344. See everything by the Coen Brothers
      345. See everything by Martin Scorsese
      346. See everything by Steven Spielberg
      347. See everything by David Fincher
      348. See everything by Christopher Nolan
      349. Read everything by Shakespeare
      350. Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
      351. Read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      352. Read everything by Stephen King
      353. Read everything by John Steinbeck
      354. Read everything by Ernest Hemingway
      355. Read everything by Robert Jordan
      356. Belong to a secret society
      357. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
      358. Change clothes in a phone booth
      359. Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
      360. Do something absolutely spontaneous
      361. Go in a hot tub outside during winter
      362. Kick in a door
      363. Lay in a street in the middle of the night
      364. Leave a $100 tip ✔
      365. Own a large book collection ✔
      366. Receive a standing ovation
      367. Ride a mattress down a staircase
      368. Send a letter to a random address
      369. Stay in a lighthouse

        Events to Attend

      370. Attend the Olympics
      371. Attend an MLB game  (150100, 500) ✔
      372. Attend an NBA game ✔
      373. Attend an NFL game ✔
      374. Attend an NHL game
      375. Attend a professional soccer game ✔
      376. See U2 in concert
      377. See Coldplay in concert
      378. See Imagine Dragons in concert ✔
      379. See Carrie Underwood in concert
      380. See Lorde in concert ✔
      381. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
      382. Take part in a sky lantern festival
      383. Attend a film premiere
      384. Attend the midnight release of a movie ✔
      385. Attend a gallery opening
      386. Get VIP passes to a show
      387. See a TED talk live
      388. Give a TED talk
      389. See a Broadway performance
      390. See the Lion King on Broadway
      391. See Les Miserables on Broadway
      392. See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
      393. See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
      394. Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
      395. See an opera in Sydney
      396. Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
      397. Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
      398. See a play at the Globe Theatre
      399. Attend a beach bonfire ✔
      400. Attend Wimbledon
      401. Mardi Gras in NOLA
      402. Carnival (Brazil)
      403. Blue Man Group ✔
      404. SXSW
      405. Burning Man
      406. Running of the Bulls
      407. Boston Marathon ✔
      408. Tomatina
      409. Grand Ole Opry in Nashville

        Business and Finance

      410. Write and publish a book
      411. Write my memoir
      412. Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔
      413. Design a website ✔
      414. Start a blog ✔
      415. Get 1,000 subscribers
      416. Make $100,000 online
      417. Become a millionaire
      418. Help my parents retire early
      419. Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff

 

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