Hack your Bucket List – How to Write and Publish a Book (Part 1)

I’ve always loved writing. For me, words were the perfect medium to express my thoughts. However never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be publishing a book, with readers around the world, before the age of 25. That was until July 2014.

On a sunny day like any other – as I’m sure so many stories begin – one meeting would change the course of my being. Let me preface this, writing a book is a lot of work, like a lot – like way, way, more work than I thought. But it has been one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences in my life. What I realized during the entire process was that some things could have been stream lined if there was a sort of guide out there – a manual to hack writing and publishing a book. 

 

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Adventures in the Pacific Northwest – Whale Watching

Not typically the first bucket list item to come to mind, like Skydiving or Climbing Everest, however whale watching is totally doable regardless of your climbing skill or daredevil nature – you just need to get to an ocean I suppose!

In the beginning, I had my doubts about whale watching. I was nervous about whether or not we would see anything at all. The guarantee the Vancouver Whale Watch offers is that you have to see whales or else you can keep coming back for free. Which, at the time meant we might not see them, but luckily we did and it was awesome!  Cedric the owner and his staff were super friendly and immediately put our worries to ease, it was the perfect day to see orcas!

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Living the Extreme Dream

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

The Science of the Extreme

Standing at the edge of a cliff, most people’s reactions would be to run and hide, right? So, why is it that some people would have the audacity to jump? It seems to go against all the laws of Mother Nature, but there must be something to these activities to draw so many people to do them. Turns out it may go back to man’s most basic instinct, fight or flight, caused by the production of adrenaline.

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2 Things Every Person on Earth Needs To Do Before They Die

The phenomenon that is ‘bucket lists’ really owes it’s catalyst to the 2007 movie “The Bucket List”  – fantastic movie, and if you haven’t  seen it, I highly recommend you do. So here’s a little bit of a spoiler, the two main characters, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are both diagnosed with terminal illness’s, which is why they decide to pursue their dreams, before the clock runs out. And although the movie is chocked full of inspirational quotes and tear-jerking scenes, there was one scene, in particular, that really really resonated with me. (more…)

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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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Bucket list idea – Participate in Giving Tuesday 2014

Can you believe it? 2014 is coming to an end, and it’s time to look forward to all the amazing opportunities to come in 2015! But with a little under a month and a half left in 2014, there’s still plenty of time to cross off some exciting and rewarding items on the old bucket list.

With American Thanksgiving approaching (or just Thanksgiving if you’re American), it’s time to gear up for one of the most important days of the year, Giving Tuesday. That’s right, right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday, a day where we’re all encouraged to remember everything we’re thankful for and an opportunity to help out your community, around the corner or on the opposite side of the world.
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Bucket List Idea – Go to the Calgary Stampede

They don’t call it the greatest outdoor show on earth for nothing. With wildlife, a carnival and cowboys as far as the eye can see, the Calgary Stampede is a definite bucket list favourite. You may remember from an earlier blog post that I was lucky enough to grace Calgary this summer with a group of my closest friends, and it did not disappoint.

Now I have lived in Canada for my entire life, so this is no surprise to me, but flying within this dear country is what I like to call extortionate. So in order to save on costs, most of us decided to make the trek from Vancouver to Calgary by car, and for the (un)lucky few, we decided to go the real frugal way, by Greyhound. We thought that if we traveled through the night, we wouldn’t lose any precious time and could also catch up on some sleep. Although it wasn’t the worst way to travel, it wasn’t the best either. After a marathon of a bus-ride (over 15 hours later) we arrived dreary eyed and ready to explore the Calgary Stampede.

There are a few things you joust have to experience when you are in Calgary for the Stampede:

1. Ranchmans

“Feel da rhythm, feel da rhyme” If you’re familiar with that saying you’re somewhat familiar with Ranchmans. In the cinematic classic “Cool Runnings” the Jamaican Bobsled team visit the famous bar in one of their hilarious escapades. Besides visiting a bit of history, Ranchmans’ is the embodiment of the Calgary Stampede. There are expensive drinks, cowgirls with way too short jean cut-off shorts, and a mechanical bull. There’s also the sense of small town hospitality, an amazing band blaring country anthems, and a whole lot of people ready to live up the weekend.

Although the line seemed scarily long, it actually was efficient and moved quite smoothly. If you’re from a city, you might find Calgary hella spread out, and it is, so be prepared to travel a distance to get from one end of the city to the other. Ranchman’s is definitely worth the trek south.

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When you’re at Ranchmans, there are two things that you have to do, ride the mechanical bull, and two-step with a cowboy/cowgirl.

2. The Rodeo

Now this is the heart of the Stampede is the Rodeo. The place the men are men. These cowboys risk life and limb to tame the beast of the wild, or so to speak. I know there is a lot of controversy over the treatment of animals at the rodeo, but from what I saw, the care and attention these professionals showed the livestock seemed more than humane. Anyway, the bull riding was by far my favourite. These men looked like dolls when the bull would try and buck them off.

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3. Stampede Grounds

Finally the quintessential essence of summer is a fair or a carnival. Riding the ferris wheel, eating deep fried anything, and spending time touring around the exhibits is just the tip of the fun you’re going to have. Just remember that it gets hot in Calgary in the summer time. Bring water, your hat, and sunscreen, because when you’re wandering around experiencing all that Calgary has to offer, you’re probably also getting dehydrated.

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Bucket List Tips: Learn a New Language

Learning a new language is a popular bucket list goal because it’s challenging, it’s interesting, and it’s a lifelong skill that can improve your travel and your life.  But, because it’s difficult, not many people succeed in the way they wish.  While there are countless ways to learn a language, here are a few tips if you’re just getting started and need a little nudge.

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  1. Set Goals- Like all bucket list goals you need to make realistic deadlines to track your progress and be able to strive for your future success.  You can set long term goals like when you’ll have full conversations in the language, and progress markers like when you’ll have simple conversations, when you’ll be able to introduce yourself, and when you can grasp what is being said in a short dialogue.  These are up to you, just make sure you’re pushing yourself but allow for time if things get difficult.
  2. Collect Resources- You’ll obviously need resources to learn the language like a translation dictionary, audio files, and books.  It’s also a good idea to get movies (from that country, not dubbed) and watch them both for the language and for cultural references or idioms.
  3. Use It- Memorizing vocabulary and listening to the language isn’t enough to get you speaking and communicating.  It’s important to practice forming words and sentences that are unfamiliar to our English mouths and to quickly listen and understand the foreign words.  You can find a language exchange partner online or look in your community for classes or language groups to speed up your progress.
  4. Stay Positive- Learning a foreign language is tough.  If it weren’t, everyone would speak every language. But just remember why you want to learn that language, maybe an upcoming trip or you want to communicate with people you know in their language.  Whatever the case, keep reminding yourself, that way you keep from feeling down if things are moving slower than you’d hoped.
  5. Immerse as much as possible- If you’re learning a language for a trip, the trip might just put the finishing touches on your language learning. Try to speak as little English as possible so you immediately immerse yourself into the rhythm and mindset of the new language. If you don’t have plans to travel, maybe plan a trip! Or, if you can’t, try to block off days, or even a few hours where you won’t hear any English and will try to keep English off of your mind, listen to the language, read, and if possible, talk to others.

Hopefully this has inspired you to learn a new language, or to continue to learn a language you’ve chosen already.  Let us know in the comments below what language you’re learning, maybe you can even find a learning partner!

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Bucket List Idea – Go to the World Cup

Every four years for a month, the world stops and the beautiful game starts. For so many people attending the world cup is a dream – one that I share – but if you need a little convincing, here are our top 5 reasons to add “Go to the World Cup” to your bucket list. Plus some bonus tips on how you can start planning your trip to the cup.

1. Watch world class players

If there’s only one real reason you should take in the World Cup, it would be to watch the best players on earth in one location. Just this year alone, has debuted some of the best soccer (or football) I’ve ever seen. Just take the Spain vs. Netherlands game. Although my heart was crushed as my beloved Spain was conquered by the Dutch, the sheer brilliance of Van Persie’s goal almost made up for my devastation. It also made Van Persie into a meme.

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2. Experience a new culture

Not only would you be watching the greatest sport in history, but more likely than not, you would be doing so in a pretty cool, and exotic location. Brazil boasts some of the greatest beaches and cities – and from what I’ve heard, some of the most electrifying energy!

3. Cheer on your country – decked out in your nations colours

This is your one true opportunity to deck yourself out in your countries swag. I’m talking shirts, face paint, wigs and hats, the more outrageous, the better! Show your true patriotism! Where else would you be able to scream on your country with half of the stadium supporting you?

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4. Soak in the once in a lifetime atmosphere

The World Cup is really the pinnacle of sport and excitement. Sadly I’ve never actually been able to attend a world cup yet, but even just cheering on my favourite teams here in Canada, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement. I can only imagine the vibrancy and anticipation actually being in the stadium waiting for the first whistle to blow.

5. Meet people from all over the world

Finally, isn’t the world cup just a bucket list’s travellers dream? Not only do you get to go to a pretty cool destination, but you also get to experience people from all over the world in one location.

3 Tips to Plan Your World Cup Adventure

1. Budget

Here’s the thing I think we all were thinking while reading the post – the world cup is expensive. From this point of the World Cup on tickets will average over $1000 (source). The games aren’t cheap. But lucky for us all, we have four years to save up for this trip. Start by figuring out your budge for the vacation, and start putting away money now! This is a once in a lifetime event. Use sites like mint.com to graph out your funds.

2. Go to a group stage game – skip the final

Tickets for the earlier games are much, much, cheaper than the quarter finals onwards. Put your name into the ticket draw around 1-2 years before the actual event. I know it seems early, but these tickets are hot commodities. Also watching the final outside the stadiums or in local squares is just as fun as being in the stadium – it’s all about the atmosphere.

3. Think about joining a tour group

A tour group is a great option to have your accommodation and transportation arranged for you, most likely by locals.

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Bucket List idea – Pub Crawl

Asking why is a pub crawl awesome, is like asking why will the sun rise tomorrow? It just does, and it just is. But if you want a little more convincing – the Bartman (aka Bucket List’s chairman of radness) recently completed his first pub crawl ever.

Here are his Top 3 Reasons to add Pub Crawl to your bucket list.

pub crawl 11. Experience the best nightlife a city has to offer – Only visiting a city for a night or two? Go on a pub crawl to meet new people, hit up multiple pubs or bars and have the time of your life!

2. Meet new people – believe it or not, after pub 3 or 4 those people usually become very friendly

3. Enjoy the leisure of being chaperoned from pub to pub – usually pub crawl provide transportation between bars. i.e. no cabs, no problems.

Add pub crawl to your list today!

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