Lets face it, life is short! We all want to fit as much into our lives as possible. There are so many fun and exciting things to do and experience around the world that I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite things to do before you die.
If you have ever needed a little inspiration to brainstorm the kind of activities and sights you would like to see around the world, then you’ll know where I’m coming from. I wanted to come up with “101 Things To Do Before You Die” in order to inspire people to think.
It’s not a definitive list but rather simply a list of random things to do on a trip around the world that will hopefully trigger ideas for the you.
If you like this article I also created another 150 things to do before you die, crowd-sourced from travel users on twitter. Also, if you come up with your own additions, please feel free to add them below as a comment.
101 Things To Do Before You Die
1. Sky Dive
Leap out of a plane sky diving over Lake Wanaka , New Zealand.
3. Bungee Jumping
Free fall with just a length of rubber tied to your legs, Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand.
4. Nude Beach
Don’t be shy, visit a nude beach in Tulum, Mexico.
5. Dive with sharks
Go down to the depths of the ocean diving with sharks in Australia. Or try shark cage diving in South Africa.
6. Mount Everest
Pay a visit to the breath-taking Mount Everest, Nepal.
7. Visit A Volcano
Erupt with excitement visiting a volcano, Krakatoa, Indonesia.
8. Take A Mud Bath
Cleanse the skin with a mud bath in Yangshuo, China.
9. Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
Wander the streets and alleyways, stumble across bustling food markets and lively plazas around Barcelona’s quirky Gothic Quarter.
10. Take A Cooking Class
Take time out to learn new skills in the kitchen stir frying in Chang Mai, Thailand.
11. Go Skiing
Head to the slopes of the amazing Andes, Argentina.
12. Go On A Safari
Grab the binoculars and go wildlife spotting in Tanzania, Africa.
13. Get Chased By A Bull
Run for your life from the raging bulls at “the running of the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain.
14. Turtle Watching
Watch the turtle lay their eggs on the shore in Queensland, Australia.
15. Whale Watching
Marvel at these huge animals as they jump out of the ocean at Hervey Bay, Australia.
16. Swim With Dolphins
Fulfil every ones favourite dream and swim with dolphins in Mexico.
17. Trek The Great Wall
Trek along the world’s longest man-made structure the Great Wall Of China.
Try your hand at some volunteer work and make a difference in other people’s lives.
19. Learn Martial Arts
Take some time out from your travels and learn some self defense.
20. Write A Travel Journal
Write an online travel blog or even just a hand written journal, it’ll be great to look back on in years to come.
21. Teach A Language
Give something back by teaching in a foreign country.
22. Tomato Fight
Grab a tomato and throw for your life at the tomato throwing festival – La Tomatina, in Bunol, Spain.
23. The Killing Fields
Visit a harrowing chapter in Cambodian history at the killing fields.
24. Wine Tasting
Check out the local wines at a vine yard in California, USA.
25. Eat Kangaroo Steak
Sample the local wildlife with a giant kangaroo steak in Australia.
Visit and ponder the huge stones at Stonehenge, England.
28. Machu Picchu
Take a trip to Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu in Peru.
29. Sail The Galapagos
Go face to face with the giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands.
30. Trek Through The Amazon Rain forest
Trek through the Amazon Rain forest in Brazil before it disappears.
31. Witness The Tour de France
Watch as the cyclists zoom by in The Tour de France.
32. Run A Marathon
Push yourself to the limit in a marathon for charity.
33. Watch A Soccer Match
Go to a live soccer match and feel the atmosphere of the world’s favourite game.
34. Sumo Wrestling
Grab a ticket for the ancient Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling.
35. Muay Thai
Experience the Asian martial art of Muay Thai in Thailand.
36. Ride The Trans-Siberian Express
Tackle the huge seven day train journey on the Trans-Siberian Express through Russia.
37. White Water Rafting
Head down some fast flowing rapids in a rubber boat white water rafting in New Zealand.
38. Try Zip Lining!
Try zip lining through a forest! I’ve been in Brazil and near Lake Como in Italy, it gets the blood pumping!
40. Spend The Night In A Haunted Castle
If you don’t believe in ghosts, you soon will spending a night at a haunted castle in Scotland.
41. Sip Green Tea
Try the local green tea in the homeland of tea, China.
42. Hug A Koala Bear
Hug a sleepy Koala Bear in Australia but watch out for their sharp claws.
43. Tickets To The Ball Game
Get yourself down to a Major League Baseball game in the USA.
44. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Achieve great heights climbing the world’s tallest free-standing mountain rise in Tanzania, Africa.
45.The Pyramids Of Giza
Visit the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt the Pyramids of Giza.
46. Victoria Falls
Be blown away by Victoria Falls the largest waterfall in the world.
47. Visit Cape Town
See the sights of Cape Town, South Africa a rare cultural gem.
48. Visit Goa, India
Spend some time in laid back, peaceful ,warm and friendly Goa with it’s architectural splendours and wonderful scenery.
49. Stroll The Summer Palace, Beijing
Take time to stroll around the Summer Palace in Beijing, the largest imperial garden existing in China.
50. Trekking In The Himalayas
Trek the amazingly beautiful mountain range in Nepal.
51. The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Wander around the stunningly decorated Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
52. Party Hard In Saigon
Explore the nightlife of Saigon, Vietnam and try the local bia hoi (local beer).
53. Hit The Bali Beaches
Take your towel to the beach and sun yourself in Bali, Indonesia.
54. See Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Visit this huge sacred sandstone rock at Red Centre, Australia.
55.Marvel at Sydney Opera House
Take time to wander around Sydney Opera House marveling at its wonderful architecture.
56. Climb Up Sydney Harbour Bridge
If you’re feeling energetic you can climb right to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
57. Hit The Great Ocean Road
Drive down the breath-taking coastline of south-west Victoria on The Great Ocean Road, Australia.
58. Taj Mahal
Pay a visit to one of the most famous treasures of the world, the Taj Mahal in India.
59. Climb Mount Fuji
Get your climbing boots at the ready and climb this well known symbol of Japan.
60. Chill Out In a Japanese Garden
Take time to chill out in these spiritual gardens in Japan.
62. Niagara Falls
Visit the huge horse shoe shaped falls in Canada.
63. Learn To Snowboard
Learn a new hobby snowboarding in Canada.
64. The Statue Of Liberty
Visit the huge copper Statue Of Liberty in New York Harbour, USA.
65. Mount Rushmore Nation Park
Be amazed by the looming 60ft face of George Washington at Mount Rushmore, USA.
66. Death Valley National Park
Feel the intense heat at Death Valley Nation Park, USA.
67. Spotting Howler Monkeys
Take a trip to the tropical rain forest of Mexico and listen out for the local Howler monkeys.
68. The Iguazu Falls
Being taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide you should pay a visit to the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil.
69. Trek The Inca Trail
Trek along the historic Inca Trail through ruins toward the spectacular Machu Picchu, Peru.
70. Admire The Terracotta Warriors
Admire the thousands of life size Terra-cotta warriors and horses in Xi ‘an, China.
71. Check Into A Capsule Hotel
Check into a Tokyo capsule hotel and experience sleeping in a truly minimalist space.
72. Party on the beach
Party hard at the full moon party in Thailand.
73. Long Tailed Macaques
Monkey around with the long tailed Macaques in Bali, Indonesia.
74. Trek The Rice Paddy Fields
Get a great view of the rice paddy fields by trekking around them in Vietnam.
75. Cruise Halong Bay
Cruise around the beautifully scenic Halong Bay, Vietnam.
76. Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre built to rehabilitate orphan orangutans in Malaysia.
77. Cruise Down The Mekong
Take a lazy cruise down the Mekong river in Laos.
78. Take A Roman Bath
Wander around the Roman Baths in Bath, England.
79. Go To The Top Of The Eiffel Tower
Take the lift to the top of France’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower.
80. See Pompeii
Take a trip to the world’s most famous volcano disaster, Pompeii, Italy.
81. The Leaning Tower
See the world’s most famous cock-up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy.
82. The Colosseum
Visit one of the forgotten wonders of the world the Roman Colosseum, Italy.
83. The Cook Islands
Large green volcanic mountains and white sand beaches await you on the Cook Islands.
84. Angel Falls
Feel the spray from the water of Angel Falls, Venezuela. The waterfall flows from the top of a large mountain 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.
85. Try Out Your Language Skills
Test out your basic language skills on the locals, even if you’re bad they’ll appreciate the effort.
86. Petronia’s Towers
Gaze up at the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the tallest twin towers in the world.
87. Try Sushi
Try some real sushi in Japan.
88. Visit An Iceberg
Pay a visit to an iceberg in chilly Greenland.
89.Take A Photo In Hollywood
Have your photo taken beneath the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, USA.
90. Take A Gamble
Play poker or head to the roulette table in one of the many casinos in Las Vegas, USA.
91. Make New Friends
Meet like minded friends from various different backgrounds and cultures on the road.
92. Join The Carnival In Rio
Join the drums, dancing and singing at the Rio Carnival in Brazil.
93. Go Zorbing
Throw yourself (zorbing) down a hill suspended in a transparent PVC sphere in New Zealand.
94. Spot A Kangaroo
Spot a kangaroo out in the bush in Australia.
95. Experience A Motor Taxi
Risk your life on the back of a motor taxi in South East Asia., it’s sometimes the only way to get around.
96. Try Some Strange Foods
Try eating some snake, crocodile or even a nice roasted dog in Asia.
97. Learn To Surf
Grab a board and catch a wave learning to surf at Surfers Paradise, Australia.
98. Big Ben And The Houses Of Parliament
See one of London’s best known land marks up close.
99. Test Your Bartering Skills
Brush up on your bartering skills at a local market.
100. Visit The Stone Moai Of Easter Island
Visit Easter Island with it’s strange stone Moai steeped in mystery.
101. Learn About Yourself
Learn just what it is that makes you tick by spending some time traveling alone.
Updates – I’m adding a few worthy updates to the list that I’ve found or experienced!
102. Cereal for dinner?
Order a cereal cocktail of Choco-potomus (Coco Pops, Krave, Kinder Happy Hippo and chocolate milk) at anytime whilst at the Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane in London.
Well there you have it, an amazing 101 things to do before you die. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to get out there and experience a few activities and experiences all over the world!
Do you have your own suggestions for things to do in places around the world?