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: 71/416

17.1% 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

        Skills to Learn

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

        Miscellaneous/Bizarre

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

        Events to Attend

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

        Business and Finance

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

 

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