Bucket List Idea – Fly Like an Eagle

Yesterday was an extraordinary day. It was the kind of day that I will remember for the rest of my life. Yesterday I grabbed the bull by the horns… and took flight, in my very first flight lesson experience.

The clouds parted and the sun shone down over the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Myself and the Bucketlist crew went with Sea Land Air for our first flying experience – located at Boundary Bay Airport, just outside of Vancouver city limits. For just $69 we took the introductory flight course in a Katana plane.

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Hang gliding

Hang Gliding: Fly Like Superman

Hang gliding is the perfect bucket list goal for those who’ve always wished for the super power to fly.

A hang glider is a triangular sail with an aluminum frame. This is different from a paraglider, which is more of a parachute. In a hang glider, you’re facing down and forward – like you’re flying – while in a paraglider, you’re in more of a seated position. The two are often confused, with paragliding showing up on more bucket lists, but I’d like you to consider hang gliding too.
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Singing Karaoke…Alone – A Bucket List Story

Have you ever listened to Beyoncé and thought, “yes, I think it’s time for me to become a world class, famous singer.” Well 9 days out of 10 I do. But if I can let you into a little secret, my voice is about as smooth as a dying cat. So what is a person like me supposed to do? Karaoke of course! It wasn’t until a recent trip to Calgary that I realized how daunting singing solo can be – so I thought for all you wallflowers, here is a little bucket list story about my karaoke experience and why singing solo on the karaoke stage has to be on your bucket list!

It all started on a Friday evening, as too many stories do. We were excited to be in Calgary for the Stampede (that story to come) and were ready to soak up the electricity the Stampede brings to Calgary. Turns out a lotttt of other people had the same idea and a lot of classic establishments were packed to the brim. Being a group of 14 (yes somehow we managed to round up 14 friends for the trip) we were a little difficult to accommodate. Luckily, we had a couple of local Calgarians with us, and the inclination to make fools of ourselves.

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We found the gem Ducky bar, almost as if it was drawing us in. With a slightly rough exterior, but all the charm of an original karaoke establishment, we sat down. This wasn’t any old karaoke dive bar, this was going to be the place where I accomplished a dream and crossed off a bucket list goal. To be completely honest with you, I have sang karaoke before, but never by myself – usually with the security of a few close friends.

Flipping through the giant book of songs, I spotted something that I knew would lead to my karaoke destiny – surprisingly it wasn’t Beyoncé either – it was Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places. I love my friends, I really do, but this is the song of our friendship (in a good way). I wrote down my name, the song name and handed it to the karaoke master. Waiting for my name to be called felt like an eternity, and what made it oh so much worse was the fact that nearly every other ‘singer’ seemed to be straight off of a professional tour.

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Finally after a few glasses of liquid courage and Adele’s skyfall (she actually sounded like Adele…) My name was announced! Standing on stage, staring out into an audience of friends and strangers is a scary feeling, but I was excited. When the first three chords were struck, my table of hooligans erupted as they figured out which song I was going to sing – our song.

Needless to say I wasn’t entirely singing alone, as the whole bar erupted at the chorus. It will be one of those memories I will always remember. I’ve realized that it doesn’t really matter how you sound, if you’re confident and have great friends singing karaoke by yourself will become one of those great bucket list stories that will last with you the rest of your life!

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Bucket List Destination Idea – Peru

Peru is a major destination in South America, and for good reason. It has some of the worlds most diverse climates, holds remnants of the ancient Incan civilization, and some really great food. It’s also home to many bucket list ideas, some that you might have on your list already. (Have you heard of Machu Picchu?)

But in case you haven’t jumped on the Machu Picchu bandwagon just yet, I’m here to give you a little nudge with some other top bucket list goals you can accomplish in Peru.

5 Reasons Peru should be on your bucket list

1. Trek the Inca Trail

You can spend between 2 to 4 days hiking and camping in the Sacred Valley, depending on your tour. You’ll experience the world much like the Incas did and you will make the challenging trek most of us have never experienced. The tour ends at Machu Picchu.

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2. Visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the top destinations in the world. With its mysterious origins, amazing architecture, and spectacular views everyone should try to visit. It’s near Cusco in the middle of the Sacred Valley in the Andes Mountains. Even if you don’t hike the Inca Trail, you’ll be amazed by this visit. You might even want to come back.

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3. Fly Over the Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are well known because of they’re unique and mysterious. The Lines are spread out in the rocky hills and valleys near Nazca and the best way to view them is from a plane. You can book your flight at a nearby airstrip and have either a small plane full of people or, like me, just two pilots, and two passengers!

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4. Try Sand Surfing

Another fun Bucket List idea is sand surfing. In southern Peru, near Huacachina Lagoon, you’re in the middle of the desert and have perfect access to many dunes to surf. Hotels nearby can rent out sandboards or you can arrange a tour for a little more help. Once you get the hang of it it’s super fun going down, it’s the walking back up that’s challenging!

5. Visit the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest of Peru is in the north, far away from the sand dunes. You can trek and camp in the rainforest, encountering monkeys, sloths, and other wild animals. You can also take a cruise on the Amazon for spectacular views.

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The Most Epic Road Trip – A Bucket List Story

 

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*Note – We are please to publish a recent bucket list success story from Preston Clymer. If you have an epic story to tell, email sara(at)bucketlist(dot)org

The beauty about adventure is that sometimes you never know what you’re getting yourself into. You head out on your own, one item at a time, next thing you know, you found three or four things that should have been on the list in the first place. Bucket list growth or the bucket list effect is all natural, in fact it must be the adventure pheromones just attracting other adventures!

These bucket list adventures that lead to other unexpected excitement are by far my favorite! For example a surf adventure can lead to surfing, but also camping, shmores, running on the beach, putting a message in a bottle, or even shaving your buddies head! The most memorable adventures are always spontaneous and these are things that when you look back you will be so, oh so glad you did them before kicking the bucket.

For me the largest bucket list effect call to arms was a road trip with some good buddies. With university behind us we set out to shake off the cobwebs of the library by embracing sunshine, lollipops and zero F***s to give! My friends and I conquered the west this way.

We drove down from Vancouver, British Columbia  down the coast to Los Angeles and looped back up through Las Vegas.

After our first long drive we had a proper stay for a two nights in Portland. I separated from the buds and headed to an awesome little café to finish up that last final paper I had due. I know lame… but wherever I went, I did not miss out on what Portland truly perfected, food trucks, hipsters and beer! But what ever you do, don’t forget to get your picture with the elephant bum!

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Then off to the campsites along the coast with warm weather, good tunes, good buds, and a dedicated driver eager to get to the campsite to crack a frosty. I highly recommend camping along the coast. It leads to some classic, must go onto your bucket list stuff. Such as seeing the entirety of this beautiful coast, my professional meadow frolicking moments, but more importantly driving through a tree!

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From there on out it was big cities San Francisco, Los Angeles and then Vegas. Each deserves a blurb of its own and each has a story between the destinations.

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In the end, the things that you take away are very important! Like don’t spend more than a weekend in Vegas, Drakes Bay has the best oysters, always use the washroom when there is a chance, and don’t stare at a mermaids tail or an elephants bum for too long – it’s rude. These cheesy lessons and tourist moments combined with the big, awesome wonders of the world are truly what make a fantastic bucket list road trip.

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What I Learnt from Richard Branson: Part One

I’ve been a fan of Richard Branson for a long time. I first heard about Branson at a young age but it wasn’t until I had started my first business that I really learned more about him.

As a young entrepreneur I was working hard on growing my company and always looking to learn from other smart people. I remember buying Branson’s autobiography, Losing My Virginity – it was a massively inspiring book.

There was one section that was really stuck out for me. Branson describes how he was eventually forced to sell Virgin Music to allow him to grow Virgin Airlines along with hundreds of other businesses.

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It was after reading this that my friend and business partner Bart and I decided to sell off one of our two companies. It ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made – and allowed us to rapidly grow our business Advisor Websites. The sale also allowed us to acquire and grow BucketList.org.

Ever since reading the biography I’ve been pretty interested in meeting Richard and, as fate would have it, I got my chance.

I’m a part of a business organization called EO (Entrepreneurs Organization). It’s an amazing organization filled with some very cool people. It was through EO that myself along with 30 other entrepreneurs had a chance to visit Richard at his home on Necker Island.

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Visiting Necker was a very cool experience – the Island is a tropical paradise with some amazing history. There are too many stories to share in one blog post but some highlights that stood out were going sailing with Richard, exploring Necker Island and surrounding area, and meeting with the amazing people who were on the trip with us. Richard was a very cool guy, he was very interactive playing tennis with guests, kite boarding, and joining us for many dinners.

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What were my key takeaways?

  • Have fun and success will follow: Richard was constantly on the go and having fun playing tennis, kite boarding, sailing and taking time to get to know everyone on the island. But he didn’t just play the sports he was very playful. When it came to kite boarding he was happy to piggy back guests on his back. I had a chance to sail with him and had a blast tossing people into the ocean. I believe this playful attitude translates well in the work place as well. Richard wrote on article on LinkedIn which discusses this topic in more detail:

“[In Business] If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business is a chore, then it’s time to try something else. If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will be nurtured and your business will flourish.”Five top tips to starting a successful business

 

  • Write down what you want to achieve in life: Visiting a place like Necker Island and being surrounded by so many inspirational people is one of the best environments to get new ideas but it’s important to write those ideas down and execute on them. There’s a study by Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the California’s Dominican University which proves that writing down goals, sharing them with friends and reviewing them frequently significantly increases your chances of achieving what you want.
  • Work with amazing people and treat them like gold: I’m not the first person to say this, but doing great things requires great people. Once you’re surrounded by these individuals empower them like crazy so that they can achieve great things. Branson wrote a great article in Entrepreneur.com called People Power — The Engine of Any Business in which he states:

    “Good people are crucial to business success. Finding them, managing them, inspiring them and then holding onto them are among the most important challenges a good business leader faces. How you deal with these matters often determines the long- term success and growth of your business.”

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Would I recommend this experience to others? Absolutely. It was frigging amazing. To learn more about Necker Island go here, to learn more about EO go here.

Related goals to add to your bucket list

Visit Necker Island

Meet Richard Branson

Start a business

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What to Add to Your Bucket List? How about Bungee Jumping.

That's one mighty crane!
Thats one mighty crane!

Bungee jumping is one of the top goals on Bucket List; currently nearly 1,600 people want to try it. If you’ve always wanted to bungee jump but have been putting it off, take it from two brothers who recently tried it: The exhilarating freedom of soaring through the air is much greater than the fear of jumping.

Ron and Todd were on vacation in Costa Rica, and they heard there was a bungee-jump crane in the nearby town of Jaco. Todd had bungee jumped several times, but Ron had never tried it, so they decided they had to go.

“We had heard that city had a bungee jump, and were eager to check it out,” said Ron. “Such a sketchy-looking crane was not what I expected, though.” From the rickety-looking yellow crane, jumpers get a magnificent view of the surrounding town and beach while their feet are strapped in. Then they jump and plummet forty meters (131 feet) into a swimming pool.

“The free fall, albeit brief, is an indescribable experience. The immediate future is entirely out of my control, but the pure freedom and flight-like feeling more than justifies any pre-jump anxiety,” explained Ron.

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Getting closer to the jump!

Todd’s motto is, “If it’s not on video, it didn’t happen,” so he just had to get the first-person shot. So he gripped his GoPro camera tightly and pointed it down. The footage of the tiny swimming pool getting closer and closer until it hits the lens was well worth the risk of dropping the camera.

HERE WE GO!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!
HERE WE GO!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!

The brothers wanted to share their experience with friends and family, so they decided to team up with VideoTov to turn their footage into a pro video. They picked the perfect song, and the editor timed the footage just right. Now they get to re-experience the thrill of bungee jumping any time they want.

Both brothers highly recommend the experience. If you’re nervous about it, they suggest you adopt the mantra of bungee jumpers in South Africa: “Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.”

Get inspired to do your own bungee jump by watching Ron and Todd’s video:

To learn more about VideoTov, click here.

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Bucket List Featured Member: Cameron!

Name: Cameron R
Bucket list Username: CameronRipley

Intro
We had the pleasure of chatting to cameron and we have to say we were impressed with this young man. He initially reached out to us with some questions about our website and we found him interesting enough to find out more. Here what we found out.Cameron

About Cameron
Cameron is one cool social entrepreneur. He is the Director of Community Boost Consulting, a nonprofit organization dedicated to scaling social impact around the world by assisting other nonprofits and mission driven social businesses with their digital marketing needs.

He recently moved from Arizona to San Diego and for fun, he likes hanging at the beach, playing poker and is an aspiring surfer. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s roommates with a bunch of guys from Hawaii so I’m sure they’ll help him tighten up his surf game in no time.

Top 3 things/ideas Cameron would like to cross of his bucket list in the next 6 months or so include:

  • Fundraise $100,000 for a great cause
  • Launch a Podcast
  • Travel to Rio De Janeiro for Carnival in February

Favourite Bucket List idea Cameron has done
When asked about his most memorable bucket list idea that he’s been able to cross of the list, Cameron’s immediate response was “Tremendously impact the life of a stranger”. When probed for more information, Cameron let us know that as a part of his nonprofit work, he was able to work with a number of at-risk inner city youth from Miami. His work consisted of leading a 10 week program to help 6 young men be mentored and educated about business and entrepreneurship. (Cameron even organized a pub crawl to raise money so he could travel to Miami to work directly with the young men). The grand finale and ultimate result of this program was that the young men were able to create a business plan / idea and ultimately presented this idea to a group of about 300 venture capitalists in San Diego.
Here is a video of Rashad, one of the young men in this group.

Good luck to Rashad and the rest of the boys in the group and thank you so much Cameron for making the world a better place to live and thanks for sharing your story with us. You inspire us and other members of our bucket list community. We are big fans and supporters.

That is all for now 🙂

If you would like to be considered for a bucket list member spotlight or have a great story to share on our blog, please email us at info[at]bucketlist.org

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