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Bucket List

Building accountability is one of the best ways to ensure you accomplish your goals in life. And this, my public bucket list, is my attempt at doing just that. If we meet in person, please feel free to pressure me towards accomplishing the next task!

Though the details of this list may always be a work-in-progress, I’m certainly not waiting for that “perfect day” where it’s finally ready to share with the world. Instead, I’ll find new ways to add to it by living a life that’s already exciting.

I’ll also be updating this page with links and photographs as I’m able to check things off, so stay tuned!




  • Visit Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe)
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • Watch the sun rise over the Serengeti (Tanzania/Kenya)
  • Explore the souks of Marrakech (Morocco) [completed March 27, 2013]
  • See the pyramids at Giza (Egypt)
  • Spend a night in the Sahara desert


  • Walk atop the Great Wall of China
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and Beijing (Russia/China)
  • Visit Tokyo’s Akihabara district (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Attend the Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo, Japan)
  • Hang out with elephants (ethically, no riding) (Thailand) [completed October 5, 2015]
  • See the temples of Angkor (Cambodia) [completed October 18, 2015]
  • Visit Petra (Jordan)
  • Visit the Dome of the Rock (Jerusalem, Israel) [completed July 2010]


  • Scuba-dive in the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Swim with sea lions at Baird Bay (Australia)
  • Watch the sun set over Uluru (Northern Territory, Australia)
  • Go zorbing in New Zealand
  • See blue penguins in the wild (New Zealand)


  • Road trip around the perimeter of Iceland (Iceland)
  • See the Norwegian fjords (Norway) [completed July 2, 2013]
  • Stand atop Trolltunga (Hordaland, Norway)
  • See Amsterdam’s Red Light District [completed August 2012]
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany) [completed 2013]
  • Attend the Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
  • Walk along the Dubrovnik city walls (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • See the Colloseum (Rome, Italy)
  • Watch the sun rise from the island of Santorini (Greece) [completed June 2011]

North America

  • Check out Burning Man (Nevada, USA)
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming/Montana/Idaho, USA)
  • Spend a month in Hawaii
  • Visit Havana before the embargo is lifted (Cuba) [completed May 2017]
  • Visit the ruins of Tikal (Guatamala)

South America

  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Visit Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil)
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
  • Take a really great photo at Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
  • Kayak on the Amazon River (Brazil/Peru/Columbia)
  • Trek on a Patagonian glacier (Chile/Argentina)



  • Bungee jump [completed August 10, 2014]
  • Skydive [completed July, 2010]
  • Paraglide
  • Waterski
  • Fly an airplane
    • Get my pilot’s license
  • Fly a helicopter [completed December 2011]
    • Get my helicopter pilot’s license
  • Fly, or ride in, some sort of aircraft low over a massive waterfall
  • Go into outer space
  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Go sandboarding
  • Scuba-dive [completed Oct 25, 2015]
  • Free-swim with whale sharks
  • Cage-dive with (dangerous) sharks





  • Visit every continent
    • Africa [completed March 26, 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco]
    • Antarctica
    • Asia [technically completed July 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel – thematically completed August 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand!]
    • Australia/Oceania
    • Europe [completed June 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland]
    • North America [completed March 29, 1989 in Washington, DC, USA]
    • South America
  • See the northern lights
  • See the southern lights
  • Watch sea turtles hatching
  • Plant a tree
  • Donate blood 50 times [6/50]
    • 100 times [6/100]
  • Learn a foreign language to fluency
  • Develop and publish a video game
  • Build my own computer [completed April 2017]
  • Write and publish a fiction book
  • Write and publish a non-fiction book
  • Make a $1,000 donation to a charity
  • Make my own sushi
  • Create a drink and get it on the menu at a bar