What are the thoughts that would come to us before we die? Did we live a good life? Were we happy and before we die do we have a clear conscience?
The odds of us dying tomorrow, today, or right this very moment have always been uncertain. But with the ongoing corona pandemic, it seems very real now. We are currently living in a warzone where we are barely passing each day. Living confined in our houses isn’t getting any easier.
At such times, every once in a while we try to assess and our life. There are certain things one wishes to do before we die. Adventure packed holidays or enjoying beautiful nature’s wonders; since we have all the time in the world why not indulge in some cool stuff and make an easy bucket list of adventures before we die.
The adventure quote that comes to my mind is
If I die tomorrow, will I have gotten everything in the world I’ve wanted? No. But I will have gotten everything that’s made me happiest.Sandra Bullock
Here are the top 10 things you must do before you die.
1. Ride the AJ Hackett Bungy-Newis Swing
Introducing the most famous swing in the world- and I don’t say it lightly. Situated in Queenstown, New Zealand it’s big, it’s bad and it’s loud. It is one of the biggest swings in the world, which will send you down and out on a 300m arc. If you think it’s easy, well it’s not. Look forward to hearing your screams. you can swing by yourself or tandem with your gang- forward, backward, or upside down, you can decide that. you will be bellowing on the top of your lungs, wanting to do it all over again once you’re back on solid ground.
You should definitely feel the thrill on this breathtaking ride once before you die. However, I bet you’d ride it more than once.
To know more about booking and pricing: visit All Newis Swing.
Other things to do in New Zealand
New Zealand has a real purity and it’s actually difficult to find in our world now. You can visit several beautiful places to make your stay worthwhile before you die.
A coastal area about two hours from the beautiful town of Wellington. The pinnacles will blow your mind and also be sure to climb up what feels like the never-ending stairs to the red and white striped lighthouse for views that will take your breath away.
if you are a lord of the rings fan this should be on your to do list of things before you die. Know more about Hobbiton set tour details here.
This is a spectacular Fordland in the southeast corner of New Zealand. It is home to jagged cliffs, cascading waterfalls and mysterious air.
2. Get lost watching the Aurora Borealis or the Northern lights.
An aurora sometimes referred to as polar lights, northern lights or southern lights is a natural display in Earth’s sky. Predominantly seen in high altitude regions (around the Arctic or Antarctic), the lights offer an entrancing, dramatic, magical display that fascinates everyone who sees it. The best time to see these would be the autumnal equinox in September when there is pleasant temperature in polar latitudes.
The sight filled the northern sky; the immensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As it from heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and stumbled. Pale green and rose pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and the bottom edge a profound and fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer.Phillip Pullman
We should at least once feel this magnificence before we die.
Best places to see the Northern Lights
Fairbanks is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights as it’s located directly below the Auroral Oval.
Know more about traveling to fairbanks.
Located above the Arctic Circle, Tromso is one of several top spots to view the Northern lights. In late January to early February, the city holds the Northern light festival, a 10- day music and performing arts event featuring everything from ballet dancers and singers to symphonies. Plan your trip with the travel guide Northern Light Safari.
Lapland is situated in the Arctic Circle in Northern Europe. The northern lights are visible approximately 200 nights a year from this region in Finland. For a bucket list experience, you can watch the impressive light show from a glass igloo at Santa’s Hotel Aurora in Luosto.
3. Heli-Skiing in Switzerland
With its ease of access and location in the heart of the Alps, Switzerland is the perfect place to get a taste for heli-skiing once before you die. That said, the Swiss Alps can offer some of the most spectacular, long descents imaginable and its rich mountain culture, charming traditional villages and delicious food and wine are all part of the experience.
Heli-skiing should have one of the top spots in your list of things to do before you die. One will know true happiness in the first tracks of fresh snow. If you do plan on heli-skiing, Switzerland should be in your sights. It has some of the most beautiful cities in the world Switzerland is unique among its free-riding rivals as its home to one of the only European heli-skiing destinations.
Booking: You can book your perfect plan from Heliski Switzerland.
Other things to do in Switzerland
Even if you aren’t planning of heli-skiing, you must visit this heavenly country once before you die. It’s tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland.
Paddle Boarding – Live The Hawaiian Craze
Visit Lake Geneva to Experience the thrill of stand-up paddle boarding. You must experience the crystal clear water and spectacular scenery one before you die.
Know more about Lake Geneva here.
Chillon Castle – For The History Lovers
Chillon is not only one of the most visited historic buildings, but also one of the. Be it your friends, your family or your partner, this water castle located on the banks of Lake Geneva is absolutely worth exploring.
Bernina Express Ride – Beauty On Wheels
It’s a great way to get around and savor the picturesque scenery with your eyes. Take the famous Bernina Express, known for its panoramic view windows and slow speed, so that you can make the most of this sightseeing before you die.
Know more about Berena Express Ride here.
4. Scary Labyrinth of Fear, Japan
Japan is well known for its scary stories. In fact, a lot of their horror movies are recognized all over the world. If you are an avid fan of anything terrifying, Japan is definitely the place to go. One of the places you should check out before you die is the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture. You should definitely try to go across this and of course, make it out alive.
The Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear is a haunted house that is said to be the longest and the scariest house of horror in the world. The setting for this particular horror house is a haunted hospital. The total distance of the attraction from start to finish is approximately 900 meters, and you will be allowed to walk freely and explore. Instead of machines, the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear has real people scaring you out of your wits. They will jump in front of you, scare you, and even chase after you. This is not a place for the fearful. This two-story building depicts the perfect labyrinth of fear you should visit before you die.
Book your terrifying ride here before you die.
Other places to visit in Japan
Japan is a country for endless discovery. It is a destination for countless historical, traditional, and cultural attractions, that will encourage you to visit this beautiful country once before you die, and thereafter you’ll definitely visit it more than once.
Tokyo’s most famous landmark, the Imperial Palace which was the primary residence of the emperor of Japan, with its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats, is a must-see when visiting the nation’s capital.
Know more about the Imperial Tokyo Palace.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial fort
While little needs to be said here of the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945, much can be said of the incredible efforts this vibrant city has made to commemorate the many victims of the world’s first nuclear attack. The Peace Memorial Fort comes with a Peace Memorial Park and Museum as well.
Plan your trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial fort.
The Island Shrine of Itsukushima
Covering an area of 30 square kilometers in Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima is best known as the home of the Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto temple dedicated to the Princess daughters of the wind god Susanoo. The shrine and it’s toril gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide.
Book you trip for seeing the Island Shrine of Itsukushima.
5. Wing Walking in the United Kingdom
If you consider yourself an adventure junkie then you should take this ultimate thrill ride with the unique wing-walking experiment. Wing walking is the ride of a lifetime that you should experience at least once before you die.
When it comes to pushing the boundaries of excitement and courage, the wing walking experience is the ultimate extreme sport for you. Standing on the top wing of the plane, your adrenalin will hit new levels with this incredible flying experience.
Book your first wing walking trip at The Wing Walking Company and experience the thrill before you die.
Other places to visit in United Kingdom
Consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. One of the greatest pleasures of a UK vacation is how easy it is to explore this fascinating and diverse country.
You can’t plan a trip to UK without planning to go to London. Visit the Tower of London once before you die to learn more about UK’s rich history. The city’s Whitehall Road area is another must, where you’ll find Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings, as well as Westminster Abbey.
Although one of UK’s smallest cities, Bath more than makes up for its diminutive size with the picturesque scene you should definitely see before you die. While it isn’t possible to bathe in the original Roman bath, a number of superb Thermae Bath spa offer the guest to experience the city’s famous waters.
Ancient Stonehenge and Medieval Salisbury
One of the oldest World Heritage Sites, Stonehenge has been a place for pilgrimage for more than 4,500 years. Located in Wiltshire and managed by English Heritage, the prehistoric site attracts more than one million tourists each year. Be a part of this million once before you die.
Know more at English Heritage.
6. Cage of Death, Australia
Australia is home to some of the most deadly animals in the word; snakes, crocodile, spiders, they all can be found in the land down under. If you think you are a daredevil and want to swim alongside one of the world’s most deadly creatures i.e. crocodiles, try the Cage of Death at least once before you die. Crocasaurus Cove is a popular tourist attraction, which brings together some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in Australia, and has around 200 crocodiles. Located in the center of Darwin, in the northern territory of Australia, the main attraction of the cave is Crocasaurus Cove is The Cage of Death.
Experience this thrill once before you die as you are lowered into the water in a clear acrylic cage, while crocodiles of over 5 meters long swim around you. Every Cage of Death includes 15 minutes in the water with a massive saltwater crocodile.
Visit the Crocasaurus Cove.
Other things to see in Australia
Don’t worry about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.Charles M. Schulz
Australia is a land of dreams. The world’s smallest continent and largest island have many vibrant multicultural cities, vast sand islands, and ancient rainforests for you to explore before you die.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Visible from outer space, The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef as one of the largest living structures on the planet. It is one of the richest and most complex ecosystems of the world. Witness this beautiful wonder of nature at least once before you die.
Plan your trip to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Blue Mountain National Park
The Blue Mountains National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. This is the most visited National Park in NSW and one of the easiest locations to spot wild kangaroos in Sydney. Activities for the visitor include short walks to lookouts above cliffs and waterfalls, overnight and longer walks to more remote areas of the park. Visit the Blue Mountain National Park.
Plan your trip to Blue Mountain National Park.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the nearby Sydney Opera House is widely regarded as an iconic image of Sydney, and of Australia itself. You can walk and cycle across the bridge or climb to the top for stunning views.
Plan your trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
7. Volcano Surfing in Nicaragua
Volcano Surfing or Volcano Boarding is a sport performed on volcano slopes. The most popular slope is the Cerro Negro near Leon in western Nicaragua. Riders hike up the volcano and slide down, sitting or standing, on a thin plywood or metal board.
This is the only place in the world where you can sit upright on plywood, feet-first, and coast down a cindery flank of a still-active volcano.Nick Porter
The expedition begins with a bumpy drive past small villages and farms and into the Cerro Negro national park. The barren volcano, whose name means “black hill,” has loomed over the verdant countryside as a constant specter since it first erupted in 1850.
You should definitely try this extreme sport once before you die. However beware, the wind-beaten path curves past four craters that belch sulfur and dry heat, an impolite reminder that the next eruption could happen anytime. You shouldn’t die their before completing this list.
Plan your Volcano Surfing Trip.
Other things to do in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is abundantly blessed with vast freshwater lakes, imposing volcanoes, deep river canyons, bird-friendly cloud forests, picture-postcard Caribbean islands, forgotten fortresses, world-class surf beaches, and huge parks. You must witness this amazing biodiversity once before you die.
Peering through sulphurous clouds at the molten lava lake at the center of the Santiago crater on the top of the Masaya volcano is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that justifies the plane fare to Nicaragua all on its own.
Get in contact with the special flora and fauna at Mayasa Volcano National Park.
While Masaya maybe Nicaragua’s most-visited natural treasure, only a few hardy adventurers make it to the top of Cerro Mogotón, which at 2,107 meters (6,913 feet) is Nicaragua’s highest peak and one of its wettest. Guided tours can be arranged in the town of Ocotal for the 3–4hour ascent, which is more of a hike than a climb.
Plan your trip to Cerro Mogotón.
Everything about Ometepe is special. Reached by ferry from the port of San Jorge, this large island in Lago Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua) is graced with two mighty volcanoes: the active Concepción Volcano in the north and the not-so-active Maderas in the south. Both volcanoes can be climbed, and Maderas has a crater lake at its summit. Watch the glorious glow of the orange orb as it disappears below the horizon at least once before you die.
Plan your trip to Isla Omtepe.
8. Sky Diving in Fiji
Any adventurous junkie must have sky diving in his bucket list of things to do before you die. Any idiot can fly a plane, but it takes a special idiot to jump out of one. So be an idiot and jump from 8,000 feet, go radical to 10,000 feet, or go extreme at 12,000 feet. Legends might want to take their very first jump at 14,000 feet!
The higher you go, the bigger the rush. Sky Dive alone, with your partner or with your gang. It is an exciting sport so go ahead and feel that adrenaline rush to every part of your body as you experience the thrill of the 200 km/h terminal velocity.
Plan your Sky Diving experience.
Other places to visit in Fiji
Fiji is known for its glorious tropical islands and is better known as the South Pacific Heaven. There are various places in Fiji that are ideal if you want to escape the heat and rush of the city life.
Colo-I-Suva Forest Park
Take a dip in one of the natural swimming pools, follow a nature trail and keep your ears and eyes ready to spot the numerous birds that inhabit this park when you once visit the park before you die.
Plan your trip to Colo-I-Suva Forest Park.
Sri Siva Subramanyam Swami Temple
The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji. Devotees flocked there in very large numbers to witness and participate in the many new and unique religious ceremonies conducted at the temple for the first time.
Musket Cove Marina
Just steps from the pristine sands of Malolo Lailai in the picturesque Mamanuca Islands, sits a relaxed and intimate hideaway, Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina. This four-star Fiji beach resort blends the barefoot ambiance of a tropical island with the warm hospitality and traditions of the Fijian people.
Plan your trip to Musket Cove Marina.
9. Highlining in California
If you think you can handle all the above activities, then maybe you should look out for a more extreme sport, Highlining. Highlining is slacklining at an elevation above the ground or water. Try Highlining in the sport’s birthplace, California.
Joshua Tree National Park, west of Los Angeles, is home to a rugged pile of desert boulders known as “Hall of Horrors” where a typical Highline is 70 feet (21 meters) long and 200 feet (61 meters) high. You may think highliners are brave or just crazy, but being at that height will make you feel like a free bird which you should definitely experience before you die.
Know more about The Highlining Experience.
Other places to visit in California
California or The Golden State, offers some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights and places to visit.
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Falls is the fifth highest waterfall in the world and from top to bottom it is 2,425 feet. The falls are at their most spectacular in May and June, once the snow has melted the falls become a trickle and you then need to wait for the cooler weather again.
Plan your trip to Yosemite.
California’s Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway in California is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It runs along most of the coastline of California and is famous across the world for its beautiful scenery. Experience the calm and joy of driving on this beautiful highway once before you die.
Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz is one of the surfing mecca’s of the United States. With a small population of 50,000, the city with beautiful beaches and a bohemian vibe attracts many visitors from across the world.
Plan your trip to Santa Cruz, California.
10. Cave Diving in Cenote Angelita – Tulum, Mexico
For the daredevils who are willing to explore underwater, you can add cave diving to your bucket list of things to do before you die. It is an unusual sport and even if you are an excellent Scuba Diver, you are bound to encounter hindrances during underwater caving.
One of the thousands of cenotes found on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Angelita mystifies divers with its layer of hydrogen sulphate. This cloudy, almost mythical substance separates the incredibly clear freshwater from the saltwater below at approximately 100 feet (30 meters). Explore the secret of the deep sea and feel the brilliance of nature at least once before you die, although you might want to do that again.
Plan your Cave Diving Trip.
Other places to visit in Mexico
With diverse destinations ranging from the metropolitan Mexico City to the sands of Tulum, Mexico is home to vacation spots that appeal to all sorts of visitors.
This island is probably best known for two things: coral reefs and cruise ships. You will love this destination for its brilliant blue water and laid-back beaches, plus its abundance of water sports activities.
Plan your trip to Cozumel.
Ornate colonial buildings, busy plazas, and colorful homes are everywhere you turn in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Guanajuato is known for its subterranean streets and tunnels, which you can explore on a walking tour or at your own leisure.
Plan your trip to Guanajuato.
For a vacation packed with authentic character, head to Puebla. This colonial city, which sits southeast of Mexico City, and filled with 365 churches is stunning and absolutely beautiful. Its main draws are the stunning Talavera pottery and its sweet and spicy cuisine.
Plan your trip to Puebla.
Death is inevitable and we don’t have a say on how we die most of the time. But we can choose how we live. Do we want to live a life a boring and unhappy life or lead a good, happy and an adventurous life! It’s all up to us and the choices we make.
Everyone would want to choose the very obvious latter choice, so that when you finally finish your journey on our beautiful planet and look back at what we did and what we did not, we feel content and satisfied.
As a satisfying day brings a joyous sleep, a purposeful life will bring a pleasurable death.Punyadhara Pani
These are the top 10 things you must do before you die. What do you wish to do first?
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