A bucket list can be a very powerful motivator – having goals inspires you to do stuff that you’ve always wanted to. Whether we’re talking about travel, adventures, or business and fitness goals, crossing the items off a bucket list serves as evidence of the things that you wanted to accomplish and succeeded in doing so. Here are some things that definitely deserve their place on your bucket list.
1. Power through the IMDB top 250
We all know how difficult it is to pick a movie to watch when you are looking for a certain genre. In fact, if you are inspired by a particular kind of movies, chances are that you’ll be running on fumes, movie-wise. You’ve probably watched more than a couple of movies that are on IMDB’s top 250 list (of course you’ve seen the Shawshank Redemption), but 250 is a high number (multiply this number by two and you’ll get the approximate time this bucket list item will take). So, why should you do this in the first place? Well, in addition to the fact that you’ll be able to recognize and understand the vast majority of pop culture references, most of these movies offer valuable life lessons.
2. The northern lights
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Iceland during a clear night (and at the right time of the year), you will get to experience one of our planet’s strange stand yet most amazing phenomena. Magical just as they are mysterious, the northern lights aren’t something that you should miss. Even if the night sky is cloudy, it is of essence that you don’t give up and go outside every day until you see these, no matter how cold the weather is (and it will be).
3. See all 50 states
America is a true geographical piece of wonder. From the moderate eastern, New York climate to the Mediterranean-like climate in California, from the cold North Dakota in the North all the way to Texas, the USA offers a wide variety of climates. Furthermore, the number of sights to see, both natural and man-made, is staggering. Being able to claim to have been to all 50 US states is more than an achievement; it is an amazing experience.
4. Cross-US road trip
Visiting all 50 US states should be done over a period of at least a couple of years, seeing as how you can’t really soak in all the beauty of a particular location if you stay less than a day. A great way of ticking off a huge portion of the unvisited states is by engaging in a road trip across the States. Never been to New York City? Chances are that you’ll probably hate it; still, no reason not to visit. Never been to New Orleans? You’ll want to come back as soon as you leave the town. Want to go gambling and partying? Buy some medical marijuana in Las Vegas and watch as the world of relaxed fun revolves around you!
5. The Grand Canyon
A cross-US road trip is one thing, but the Grand Canyon is something else! As cliché as it may sound, visiting this vast place of natural wonder will turn out a worthy experience. You might set out there just in order to cross it off your bucket list (and, of course, to brag about it to your friends), but rest assured that you are going to remain speechless after the experience, likely forgetting to cross it off the list, at least until it all sinks in. If you are in Vegas, book a helicopter trip to see it!
These five items should be on anyone’s bucket list, regardless of whether you’re a US citizen or not. If you are a couch potato, sit back and watch the legendary movies that you have yet to see, but if you are a natural-born traveler, start adding some new locations to your list!