My Bucket List



  • Visit Paris and London via chunnel train
  • Kiss the blarney stone
  • See the canals of Amsterdam
  • See the Acropolis in Greece
  • Go to the Colosseum and Pompeii
  • Giant’s Causeway in Ireland
  • See Haghia Sofia and Ephesus
  • Take a black taxi tour of “The Troubles” area in Belfast
  • Walk the Berlin Wall (I’ve seen parts of the Berlin wall on display in the Newseum, but I want to see them in Berlin)

North America

  • Experience Burning Man
  • Wine tasting in California
  • Visit Times Square
  • Visit all 50 States (26/50)
  • Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • See Beale Street and where MLK Jr. was shot in Memphis
  • See Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon
  • Walk the San Antonio Riverwalk
  • See the Alamo and other Missions in San Antonio
  • See Dealey Plaza where JFK was killed
  • Soak in the Tobacan Hot Springs in Costa Rica
  • See Hamilton Pool Park in Austin, TX
  • See the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington, D.C.
  • Visit the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

South America

  • See Iguazu Falls
  • Go to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • See the Galapagos Islands
  • See Easter Island


  • Go on safari
  • See Victoria Falls
  • Walk through Jemaa El-Fna in Marrakech


  • Have a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel in Singapore
  • Great wall of China
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Gamble in Macau
  • Go to the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
  • Taj Mahal
  • Go to the Holi Festival in India
  • Angkor Wat
  • Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives


  • Visit the outback
  • See a kangaroo and koala in the wild
  • Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand


Other Travel Related

  • Visit Every Country
  • Live Abroad (In Morocco)
  • Teach Abroad (In Morocco)
  • Travel internationally with my parents
  • Panama and Suez Canals
  • Circumnavigate the globe
  • Spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s abroad
  • Fly first class
  • Do a road trip across America (Houston, TX to Milwaukee, WI)
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Travel to Canada and drink legally before the age of 21 (Winnipeg)
  • See the Warner Bros. Studio Lot
  • See Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris

Adventure & Exploration

  • Swim with stingrays and sharks (Shark Ray Alley off San Pedro Island, Belize)
  • Parasail and jet ski (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
  • Hike Appalachian Trail
  • Chichen Itza and Tikal
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Go to Petra
  • Trek into the Sahara Desert (from Morocco)
  • Stay in the infamous Chunking Mansions in Hong Kong
  • Trek into the Gobi Desert
  • Explore Death Valley
  • Socotra Island
  • Hike down the Grand Canyon
  • Attend La Tomatina
  • Run with the bulls in Pamplona
  • Pamukkale Hot Springs in Turkey
  • Swim in every ocean (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, Arctic)
  • Visit a volcano (Poás and Arenal – Costa Rica)
  • Ziplining and cave tubing (Belize)
  • Go on a dog-sledding expedition
  • Grutas de Cacahuamilpan, Mexico
  • Go horseback riding
  • fly a plane
  • Go storm/tornado chasing
  • Explore a cave
  • Walk a suspension bridge (Carrick a-Rede rope bridge)

Mountain climbing:

  • Mt. Whitney
  • Mt. Mckinley
  • Mt. Kiliamanjaro
  • Visit Base Camp for Mt. Everest

Scuba dive:

  • Red Sea
  • Off an Island (Koh Samui, Thailand)
  • Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia


  • Nile
  • Amazon
  • Congo
  • Colorado
  • Huangpu
  • Mekong
  • Mississippi (I lived on the banks of this river)


  • Get six pack abs
  • Bench 300 pounds
  • Weigh over 200 pounds with mostly muscle mass
  • Run a marathon
  • Finish a triathlon
  • Learn to surf (Cahuita, Costa Rica)
  • Learn to ski (Bozeman, Montana)
  • Learn to scuba dive (Koh Samui, Thailand)
  • Go Whitewater rafting (River Pacuare, Costa Rica)
  • Run a 5 minute mile
  • Try Crossfit (did it for several weeks, didn’t like it)


  • Write a non-fiction book (Spend Less, Travel More)
  • Write a novel (Started 7/1/2016 – 5th draft completed!)
  • Get a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Get a Master’s Degree

Read complete works of:

  • William Shakespeare (37/37 Plays)
  • Plato (5/35 Dialogues)
  • Ernest Hemingway (3/9 Books)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky (4/18 Books)
  • Mark Twain (3/30 Books)
  • John Steinbeck (28/28 Books)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (3/15 Books)
  • William Faulkner (15/20 Books)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (5/5 Books)
  • Leo Tolstoy (2/29 Books)
  • Sylvia Plath (4/15 Books)
  • Toni Morrison (3/16 Books)
  • Charles Dickens (3/30 Books)

See Films of:

  • Stanley Kubrick (12/13)
  • Ingmar Bergman (22/58)
  • Charlie Chaplin (7/82)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (11/42)
  • Marx Brothers (9/16)
  • Wes Anderson (8/8)
  • Martin Scorsese (10/40)
  • Joel and Ethan Coen (13/22)


  • Become familiar with the Great composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi
  • Hear Beethoven’s fourth, fifth and ninth symphonies live
  • Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
  • See Dinosaur Jr. live in concert (Did it twice)
  • Go to Austin City Limits
  • Learn to play piano

Music Albums (Studio only, not live albums)

  • Lou Reed (18/24)
  • Velvet Underground (6/6)

(I’m just adding them as I go)

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Walker Art Center
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Museum of Russian Art (Minneapolis, MN)
  • The Bakken (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • North Dakota Museum of Art
  • Myra Museum – Grand Forks Historical Society
  • The Louvre
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • George Pompidou Center
  • British Museum
  • The National Gallery, London
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Gallery
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of American Art
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Newseum
  • Spy Museum
  • Siriraj Medical Museum
  • NASA (Houston, TX)
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Sixth Floor Museum
  • LBJ Presidential Library

Become Fluent in:

  • English
  • French (I’m at an advanced level)
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Arabic


  • Eat at a restaurant featured in Man vs. Food (Matt’s Bar & Grill, Minneapolis)
  • Learn Krav Maga
  • Be an extra in a movie (I’ve come close once already)
  • Make a living entirely from writing
  • Dive in a submarine
  • Fly in a blimp or balloon
  • Learn Everything
  • Be a contestant on Jeopardy (came close, I got to the 2nd round of the audition)
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • Learn to Salsa dance
  • Reach 90,000 followers on Twitter
  • Give a motivational speech to a large audience
  • Have $1,000,000 in my bank account
  • Spend the night in a haunted house (I lived in one)
  • Get published in National Geographic or similar publication
  • Write a post that goes viral (6 Ways to Travel Endlessly)
  • Get married (to my amazing wife, Rosie)
  • Have a kid (my little boy, Desmond)
  • Ride in a Tuk-Tuk
  • Watch a live Muslim prayer service (Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul)
  • Have my photo taken at platform 9 3/4
  • Go to a drive-in movie (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Go to Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Teach someone to read and write (I’m a writing tutor)
  • Own a house (currently being rented to someone in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Have a street named after me
  • Set a world record
  • Get something patented
  • Do a kind deed without expecting anything in return
  • Make a difference in someone’s life (many times through teaching)
  • Witness a solar eclipse
  • See the stars on a clear night (Sahara Desert, Morocco)
  • Become a successful pickup artist
  • Be the best man at a wedding
  • Receive a fan letter or email
  • Volunteer (American Refugee Committee & Minnesota International Center)
  • Own a cat and a dog
  • Have my fortune told (in Cambodia by a French speaking mystic)
  • Memorize a poem (Buffalo Bill’s Defunct, et. al.)


  • Camel
  • Elephant
  • Ostrich
  • Horse
  • Hydrofoil
  • Helicopter
  • Motorbike
  • Tuk-Tuk

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  1. Hey,
    i’m a german blog writer and really new to this world.
    I just found your blog because you followed me on Twitter. I still got a lot to read on your blog, but this bucket list is really cool and an inspiration. I already subscribed for your newsletter;)

  2. Gopinath says:

    great blog man!!! especially the bucket list…I too believed that life is short but I understood that life is too short to worry lot to explore:) Greak work man!!!

  3. Great bucket list Steve! Hope to see you finish it one day! :)

  4. Looks like you can update a few things on the list :)

  5. Love this bucket list! I have a lot of the same stuff on mine!

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