Moment of Realization at Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Bucket List

“What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” –Hugh Mulligan

As a family, we never went on vacations or did anything super fun in the summer. We always stayed home and I can count the times I’d left the state of Texas on my hand.  I had always dreamed of traveling when I was younger, but never really thought it would happen.  As a kid I was promised two trips abroad (Australia and France), but they never panned out for whatever reason.  I was 18 when I wrote a bucket list of places I wanted to see in the world… but it was just a dream that would never happen.

When I graduated college I got to go on a celebratory Caribbean cruise with my mom. Since all I had ever known was Texas I didn’t realize how beautiful the rest of the world was. I was shocked to discover that all those photos I’d seen of the world, were actually real and way more beautiful in person. It was on the island of St. Martin that the seed was planted and my wanderlust began.

I remember finding The Global Trip blog back in 2003ish.  The Global Trip documented Erik’s 16-month around the world backpacking trip. What? 16 months of traveling around the world. Are you serious!?! Who does that?  At the time Erik was at Iguassu Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the border of Argentina and Brazil. I was extremely intrigued by not only the picturesque waterfall, but the trip itself. I realized that seeing the world didn’t have to be a 2-week vacation; It could be a lifestyle on a budget I could afford. I remember taking out my bucket list that I had written when I was 18 and adding Iguassu Falls to it. I was also inspired to write more items on my bucket list as I found things I wanted to accomplish in life.

When I found myself in Iguassu Falls on my 5-month backpacking adventure through South America I had a moment of realization.  Up until that point I felt like I hadn’t really accomplished my dreams. I remembered that moment 5-years prior when I pulled out my bucket list and added Iguassu Falls.  I had come full-circle from the moment I was inspired to work towards extended travel, adding Iguassu Falls and actually achieving my goal. That moment felt amazing; like I had just crossed the finish line in first place.

This is my Bucket List / Life List that I continue to add to as inspiration hits… What’s on yours?

Professional Goals

  1. Do something newsworthy
  2. Generate $3,000/month in passive income ($5,000/$10,000)
  3. Speak about my extraordinary life to inspire others to live their own dream life
  4. Be a well known resource and expert for Freedom Working
  5. Make $25/$50/$100 per day in stock photo sales
  6. Write a manifesto
  7. Reach 500/1,000/5,000/10,000 followers on twitter
  8. Speak at a design conference about Freedom Working
  9. Have a photo of me riding motocross in a national magazine
  10. Have a photo of me skateboarding in a national magazine
  11. Get 1st in a skateboard competition
  12. Build a successful blog with 100/500/1,000/5,000/10,000+ subscribers
  13. Launch an ebook or digital product that generates $5,000+
  14. Write a book / Be a published author
  15. Get an article published in a print magazine
  16. Be a source of inspiration for those who want to live an unconventional life and break out of the 9 to 5
  17. Be interviewed for TV
  18. Forgive
  19. Become a citizen of another country and get a 2nd passport
  20. Take the MENSA test
  21. Change someones life for the better

Things to Learn

  1. Achieve fluency in Spanish, French, and Sign Language
  2. Be competent in surfing
  3. Get PADI Open Water SCUBA certification
  4. Get PADI Advanced Open Water certification
  5. Wind Surfing
  6. Hanggliding
  7. Snowboard
  8. Skateboarding
  9. Attend a cooking course
  10. Take a printmaking course
  11. Learn to sail
  12. Learn how to kite surf
  13. Learn how to skate the Mega Ramp
  14. Learn to fly a plane
  15. Learn more about my grandmother while she’s still here
  16. Learn to dance

Adventures to Have and Things to Do

  1. Sky dive
  2. Kayak in the sea
  3. Jump off a cliff higher than 40 feet.
  4. Go white water rafting
  5. Bungee jump
  6. Ride a jetski
  7. Try wakeboarding
  8. Participate in Post Office Bay – Galapagos, Ecuador
  9. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Cuzco, Peru
  10. Ride a bicycle down the World’s Most Dangerous Road – La Paz, Bolivia
  11. Take fun photographs at Salar de Uyuni – Uyuni, Bolivia
  12. Spend a night in the Amazon jungle
  13. Whale watch
  14. Swim with dolphins
  15. Hike Colca Canyon (Deepest canyon in the world) – Cuzco, Peru
  16. Climb a volcano
  17. Go on a safari in the Serengeti and take photos of the wildlife
  18. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and watch the sun rise – Africa
  19. Fall in love
  20. Stand under a waterfall with my clothes on and get soaked.
  21. Get spooked at a haunted house
  22. Drive across America coast to coast
  23. SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef – Coast of Australia
  24. Sing karaoke in a bar
  25. Take a tour on a camel in Egypt
  26. Take a tour on an elephant in Africa
  27. Visit a tribal village and live with them for longer than a month
  28. Visit a winery
  29. Spend New Years eve in Times Square New York, New York
  30. Celebrate Chinese New Year in China
  31. Go shark baiting
  32. Volunteer in Vanuatu with Project MARC
  33. Spend a month or longer on a Caribbean Island
  34. Have a real snow experience
  35. Ride the Trans-Siberian across Asia
  36. Be an extra in a film
  37. Send a message in a bottle
  38. Receive a postcard from every country
  39. Ride in a hot air balloon
  40. Adopt a child
  41. Play roulette in Las Vegas – Nevada USA
  42. Go deep sea fishing
  43. Participate in a food fight
  44. Drive a Lamborghini (or similarly awesome car)
  45. Eat at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants
  46. See a real igloo (possibly sleep in one)
  47. Jump in a random train with only my backpack and see where I end up
  48. Go on a long roadtrip without a map or GPS
  49. Eat at White Castle
  50. Ride in a open 2-seater plane
  51. Find a long-lost friend
  52. Volunteer in an orphanage overseas
  53. Shoot guns on a shooting range
  54. Milk a cow
  55. Ride in a helicopter
  56. Have a picnic under the Eiffle Tower – Paris, France
  57. Get into a fist fight
  58. Sleep under the stars
  59. Participate in a kava ceremony – Vanuatu
  60. See a Dugong (sea cow)
  61. Jump off a tall ships yard arm into the ocean
  62. Shower in the rain
  63. Catch a fish over 20 lbs
  64. SCUBA dive Million Dollar Point – Santo, Vanuatu
  65. SCUBA dive The Coolidge Wreck –Santo, Vanuatu
  66. Feel an earthquake
  67. Climb an active volcano and watch it erupt – Mt Yasur – Tanna Island, Vanuatu
  68. Be in the eye of a hurricane
  69. Live in a tree house and live off the land for a month
  70. Climb an active volcano at midnight and watch it erupt throughout the night
  71. Experience the traditional way of life in Vanuatu
  72. Carve my name into a tree
  73. SCUBA dive the supermarket in Fiji (sharks)
  74. Go cave diving
  75. Learn to backflip & frontflip
  76. Tube down the Brazos River
  77. Ride an ostrich
  78. Go strawberry picking
  79. Collect honey from a beehive
  80. Float in the dead sea
  81. Do a work exchange at the Mana Retreat in New Zealand
  82. Go zorbing in New Zealand
  83. Gibbon Experience in N. Laos
  84. Go to the airport with no preconceived idea where to go and board a plane
  85. Skate Woodward East
  86. Skate Woodward West
  87. Skate with a top female skateboarder
  88. Fly in a private jet
  89. Crew a yacht to cross the ocean
  90. Teach English in Asia
  91. Be on the TV show Survivor
  92. Get a meaningful tattoo
  93. Kiss passionately in the rain
  94. Ride the train from Riobamba to Alusi – Ecuador
  95. Complete the 365 photo project
  96. Sail on a boat for 2+months
  97. Try the crazy bug food in Asia
  98. Live abroad for 6+months (in one place)
  99. Visit the Amish – Pennsylvania, USA
  100. Hike to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) – Colombia
  101. Try Ayahuasca
  102. Hike on a glacier
  103. Experience a futbol game in South America (soccer)
  104. Catch a piranha and eat it
  105. Take a tour through a favela (slums) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  106. Firewalking
  107. Ride a mechanical bull
  108. Fly in a blimp
  109. Visit every country in the world
  110. Visit all 7 continents
  111. Mush a Dog Sled
  112. Help turtles hatch and make it to the ocean
  113. Visit The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  114. Cross the Hangzhou Bay Bridge – Hangzhou Bay, China
  115. Shave my head
  116. Ride a raft down the Mekong river through Thailand
  117. Roast marshmallows on lava in Guatemala. (I LOVE volcanoes!)
  118. Live somewhere with a real ‘Fall’ and watch the leaves turn colors on the trees.
  119. SCUBA dive an underwater volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia)

Places to Travel and Landmarks to See

  1. Statue of Liberty – New York City, New York
  2. Visit Easter Island, Chile
  3. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
  4. Austin, TX USA
  5. New York City – New York, USA
  6. Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil
  7. Ciudad del Mundo (Middle of the World) – Quito, Ecuador
  8. Iquitos, Peru
  9. Seattle, Washington, USA
  10. San Francisco, California, USA
  11. Portland, Oregon, USA
  12. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  13. Los Angles, California, USA
  14. Florida Keys, Florida, USA
  15. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  16. San Agustin Archaeological Park – San Agustin, Colombia
  17. Pyramids and Sphinx – Cairo, Egypt
  18. Luxor and Karnak temples – Luxor, Egypt
  19. Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa
  20. Timbaktu, Mali
  21. Dracula’s Castle – Transylvania, Romania
  22. Great Wall of China – China
  23. Ayers Rock – Australia
  24. Mount Everest – Nepal/Tibet
  25. Grand Canyon – Arizona, USA
  26. Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe
  27. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  28. Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA
  29. Buddhist Temple – Asia
  30. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  31. Hoover Dam – Nevada, USA
  32. New Zealand
  33. Singapore, Malaysia
  34. Laos
  35. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  36. Santiago, Chile
  37. London, England
  38. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral – Bogota, Colombia
  39. Australia
  40. San Antonio, Texas, USA
  41. Romania
  42. Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
  43. Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy
  44. Forbidden City – Beijing, China
  45. Guggenheim Museum – New York, New York, USA
  46. Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida, USA
  47. Millineum Cave – Santo, Vanuatu
  48. Eastern Caribbean Cruise
  49. Western Caribbean Cruise
  50. Stonehenge – England
  51. Hawaii, USA
  52. Nazca Lines – Peru
  53. Venice, Italy
  54. Spain
  55. Myanmar
  56. Venice Beach, California, USA
  57. Thailand
  58. Medieval City – Carcassonne, France
  59. Nasouri Highlands – Vita Levu, Fiji
  60. Petra (ancient ruins) – Jordan
  61. Galapagos Islands – Ecuador
  62. Cartagena, Colombia
  63. Iquitos, Peru
  64. Amazon Jungle – Peru/Bolivia/Colombia/Brazil/Ecuador
  65. Potosi Mines – Potosi, Bolivia
  66. Tierra del Fuego – Argentina/Chile
  67. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  68. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland
  69. Sydney Opera House – Australia
  70. Taj Mahal, India
  71. Chichen Itza – Mexico
  72. Antartica
  73. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  74. Acropolis & Parthenon – Athens, Greece
  75. Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  76. Banaue Rice Terraces – Philippines
  77. Niagara Falls – New York, USA
  78. Helix Bridge – Singapore
  79. The Tower Bridge – London, England

Cultural Celebrations

  1. Attend the Berlin Love Parade – Berlin, Germany
  2. Participate in Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. Art Car Parade – Houston, Texas, USA
  4. Burning Man – Nevada, USA
  5. World’s Biggest Water Fight – New years Eve – Thailand
  6. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  7. Oruro Carnival – Oruro, Bolivia
  8. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
  9. La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain
  10. Carnival – Venice, Italy
  11. New Years Eve in Times Square – New York City, New York – USA