Personal Bucket List: Updated in January 2018 (by Adam Goodwin)

Personal Bucket List


by Adam Goodwin | 2018 | Last updated: April 2018


Adam’s Bucket List


I started this bucket list/list to live by in 2012. It is meant to encourage readers and reviewers to look back and reflect on how much each of us have accomplished and achieved over our lifespans; to reflect on the journeys and feelings that come with experiencing day-to-day life.


This list has three major sections: completed items, in-progress items, and to-be-started items.


Past Versions of the List


You can review previous versions of the list: January 2017 | May 2017October 2017


Completed List Items


These items appear in approximate chronological order:


  • Get married – Summer 2018 (confirmed);
  • Complete a 1,000 piece puzzle;
  • Use conditioner before shampoo;
  • Have photography/art used in a very public manner (B’s Bees January 2018 CD Album outside and inside photography) – January 2018;
  • Complete a master’s degree – 2017;
  • Adopt a dog – 2017 (a beagle);
  • Buy a new car – 2017;
  • Visit 20 American states before the age of 30 – Fall 2016 (20: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississipi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington);
  • Visit 50 global cities before the age of 30 – Fall 2016 (48: Alexandria (x2), Amman, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Cairo (x3), Calgary (x&), Casablanca, Chicago, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Detroit (x&), Dublin, Edinburgh, Edmonton (x&), Frankfurt, Glasgow, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Liverpool, Los Angeles, London (x&), Melbourne, Memphis, Miami, Milan, Montreal (x&), Munich, New York City (x3), Orlando, Ottawa (x4), Paris, Portland, Prague, Reykjavik, Rome (x3), Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle (x5), St. Louis, Stuttgart, Sydney, Toronto (x5), Washington DC, Winnipeg, Vancouver (x&), Vienna);
  • Visit 10 Olympic villages – Fall 2016 (10: Barcelona, Calgary, Lake Placid, London, Melbourne, Montreal, Munich, St. Louis, Sydney, Vancouver/Whistler);
  • Work in all three sectors (for-profit, government, non-profit) – Summer 2016;
  • Published author – Spring 2016 (Event Management);
  • Exchange contact information with someone at a world trade centre – Winter 2015;
  • Attend a live performance at the Sydney Opera House – Winter 2015;
  • In the wild, see Australia’s famous animals – Winter 2015 (kangaroo, wallaby, wombat, Tasmanian devil)
  • Visit all four hemispheres – Fall 2015;
  • Cross the international date line – Fall 2015;
  • Take a train through the Rocky Mountains – Summer 2015 (Via Rail);
  • Use a fake name when ordering drinks/food – Spring 2015 (Starbucks);
  • Interview an Olympian – Fall 2014;
  • Become an uncle – 2014;
  • Get a tattoo – 2014;
  • Attend an international multi-sport event – 2014 (Commonwealth Games);
  • Watch Le Tour de France in person – 2014;
  • Attend The Championship Wimbledon – 2014;
  • Stay at a five star, beach front resort – Spring 2014 (Africa);
  • Stand on top of a (inactive) volcano – Spring 2014 (Africa);
  • Trek through the world’s largest (sand) desert – Spring 2014 (Africa);
  • Take part in a day of silence – Spring 2014 (We Are Silent);
  • Participate in an international letter writing campaign – 2014 (Amnesty International);
  • Send a letter to a soldier – 2014;
  • Stand at degree zero in Greenwhich, UK – 2014;
  • Visit 15 mega-stadiums/arenas – 2014 (Arsenal Football Stadium, BC Place, Camp Nou, Czech Stadium, Key Arena in Seattle, London Olympic Stadium, Madison Square Gardens, Montreal Olympic Stadium, Munich Olympic Stadium, O2 Arena, Rogers Stadium in Toronto, Rome’s Coliseum, Seattle Mariners Baseball, and Wembley Stadium);
  • See Royalty in person – 2014 (HRH Prince Harry);
  • Participate in a legal in-person protest – 2014 (Spain);
  • Go to a movie theatre solo – 2014 (Spain);
  • Eat an exotic animal – 2014;
  • Participate in a global New year’s Celebration – 2013/2014 (London, UK);
  • Visit a school in Africa – 2013;
  • Dress up as Santa Clause and visit children – 2013;
  • Get detained by police/authorities – 2013 (Africa);
  • Make it into Ian Cameron’s pointy picture record books – 2013;
  • Celebrate an evening of Hanukkah – 2013;
  • Volunteer overseas – 2013 (Africa and Europe);
  • Find someone’s wallet and return it to them with everything intact – 2013 (Europe);
  • Live and work overseas – 2013 (Europe);
  • Drive on the Autobahn – 2013 (Germany);
  • Drive the West Coast Highway in Oregon – 2013;
  • Sleep under the stars – 2013 (USA);
  • Stare at the Grand Canyon for ten minutes – 2013;
  • Help someone in need – 2013;
  • Dance in the rain – 2013;
  • Eat ice cream for breakfast – 2013 (vanilla);
  • Plant a tree – 2013;
  • Have a perfect day – 2013;
  • Find paradise – 2013 (Okanagan);
  • Say no – 2013;
  • Get a mention by a celebrity on social media – 2013 (Brett Wilson on Twitter);
  • Intentionally drive through a red light – 2013;
  • Go up/down the down/up escalator – 2013 (Ikea);
  • Re gift a gift – 2013;
  • Polar bear swim – 2013;
  • Skinny dip – 2013;
  • Have someone tell you that you helped them cross of a bucket list item – 2013;
  • Ride on a horse and carriage in the winter – 2012 (B.C.);
  • Find a street with my name – 2012 (The Netherlands);
  • Make the front page of a major newspaper – 2012 (Daily Courier);
  • Visit the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World – 2012 (Egypt);
  • See pyramids of Egypt – 2012;
  • Visit a lighthouse – 2012 (Turkey);
  • Stay up all night – 2012;
  • Ride an exotic animal – 2012 (camel);
  • Have someone tell you that you helped them accomplish a goal – 2012;
  • Start a blog – 2012;
  • Be a broadcaster on a live sports broadcast – 2012 (UBC Athletics);
  • Watch a meteor shower – 2012;
  • Write a thank you note to someone – 2012;
  • Pull an airplane – 2012 (Okanagan United Way);
  • Fly an airplane – 2012 (Vancouver);
  • Party on the Las Vegas Strip – 2012;
  • Sing the national anthem at a live sporting event – 2012 (UBC Athletics);
  • Hike The Chief in Squamish, B.C. – 2011;
  • Be interviewed for TV – 2011 (Shaw);
  • Push every button in an elevator then exit – 2011 (Vancouver);
  • Cook a meal for the hungry – 2011 (Kelowna Gospel Mission);
  • Get in a taxi and say “follow that car” – 2011 (Vancouver);
  • Ride in the trunk of a car – 2010 (Montreal);
  • Learn CPR – 2010;
  • See a dolphin in person – 2010 (Georgia Strait);
  • Fail a university assignment – 2009 (UBC);
  • Attend the world’s largest jazz music festival – 2008 (Montreal Jazz Festival);
  • Visit Ground Zero in NYC – 2007;
  • Go to a show on Broadway – 2007 (Phantom of the Opera);
  • Go on a real adventure – 2006 (Bowron Lakes);
  • Go mini golfing – 2006;
  • Be in a parade – 2006;
  • Photo with an international sport superstar – 2006 (Ben Johnson);
  • Ride one of the world’s faster roller coasters – 2005 (Alberta);
  • Paintball – 2004;
  • Break a bone – 2000 (wrist);
  • See the Northern Lights – 1999;
  • Watch a movie at the drive in – 1998 (Okanagan);
  • Drive a car before licensed – 1995;
  • Ride in an emergency vehicle – 1993 (firetruck);
  • Visit Alaska – 1991; and
  • Be the youngest person on Earth – Birth.


In Progress Items


These are items that are currently in progress or nearly completed:


  • Know my neighbours;
  • Visit every continent (Completed: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America; Remain: Antarctica and South America);
  • Visit every Canadian province and territory (9: Alberta, BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan);
  • Visit every Canadian provincial and territorial capitol (9: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Edmonton, AB; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Quebec City, QC; Regina, SK; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Victoria, BC);
  • Visit every major region of the world (Completed: Australasia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Western Europe; Remain: Central Africa, Central Asia, East and South Africa, Japan, South America, and South Asia);
  • Visit 30 countries before the age of 30 (25: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City);
  • Visit 20 of National Geographic’s Places to Visit in Canada (18: Algonquin Islands in Toronto, Bay of Fundy, Canadian Badlands, Cape Breton, Hartland Bridge (New Brunswick), Jasper and Banff, Lunenburg (Nova Scotia), Montreal, Muskoka, Niagara Falls, Okanagan, Ottawa, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria);
  • Listen to 30 famous/influential people speak in public (28: Vice President Al Gore, Allison McNeill, Brett Lawrie, Craig Kielburger, David Cameron, David Cox, David Suzuki, Desmond Tutu, Dick Pound, Gary Neville, John Furlong, Lord Paul Boateg, Lord Rumi Veree, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Magic Johnson, Mala, Marc Kielburger, HRH Prince Harry, Richard Branson, Richard Peddi, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Scott Oakes, Scott Russel, Stephen Toope, Steve Nash, The Buried Life, Trevor Linden, Hon. Yonah Martin);
  • Watch 10 live Broadway-style shows (8: Billy Elliot, Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Les Mis, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Opera, Wicked);
  • Listen to 15 live performing arts performances (9: Aida, Czech Symphony, Merry Moore Christmas, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcraker, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Riverdance, Swan Lake);
  • Listen to 15 A-list performers in person (7: Bryan Adams, Demi Lavota, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, One Republic);
  • Watch fireworks in 20 different cities/towns (16: Armstrong, Battle, Cairo, Detroit, Enderby, Kelowna, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer, Salmon Arm, San Francisco, Sussex, Vancouver, Vernon, Windsor);
  • Visit 20 towers/tall buildings (9: Cairo Tower, Calgary Tower, CN Tower, Empire State Building, Munich Olympic Tower, Rockfeller Centre, Seattle’s Space Needle, Vancouver Sear’s Tower, Willis/Sears Tower);
  • Visit 30 stadiums/arenas (see visit 15, plus: 9: Comerica Park, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena, Laugaralsvollur (Iceland), Milan Arena, The Ohio State Football Stadium, The Oval, United Centre);
  • Visit 10 of the top 20 most populous cities (6: Cairo, Guangzhou, Los Angeles, Istanbul, London, New York City);
  • Visit all 5 oceans (3: Atlantic, Indian, Pacific);
  • See all 5 great lakes (4: Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario);
  • See the Seven Wonders of Canada (Completed: Niagara Falls, Northern Lights, Rocky Mountains, Bay of Fundy, Cabot Trail; Remain: Nahanni National Reserve, and Sleeping Giant);
  • Visit, see, and feel the mist of ten waterfalls (Niagara Falls).


To Be Started Items


Items that are still to be started:


  • Attend a performance in one of New York City’s marquee performing arts centrues (e.g., Lincoln Centre)
  • Help an older adult cross the road;
  • Drive across Canada;
  • Skydive;
  • Watch a dog sled race in person;
  • Run a marathon;
  • Donate blood;
  • Climb a mountain (10,000+ feet);
  • Fly a helicopter;
  • Watch an Olympic sporting event in person;
  • Go on a cruise;
  • Get a slow ticket;
  • Sit in the jumper seat of a commercial flight;
  • Hold a lethal snake;
  • Watch a rocket ship take off in person;
  • Save a hamster from a burning building;
  • Write a book;
  • Zipline;
  • See the architecture of Moscow/Russia;
  • Bungee jump;
  • Buy a home;
  • White water rafting;
  • 52 Acts of Kindness in one year;
  • Teach my own, full course on my own;
  • Hold up a free high fives sign;
  • Pick up a hitchhiker;
  • Solve a Rubick’s Cube;
  • Go crowd surfing;
  • Go on a silent retreat;
  • Stand on the equator;
  • Get a picture with a state leader;
  • Get a picture with a spiritual leader;
  • Front row at an A-list concert;
  • Host Christmas dinner;
  • Eat a square watermelon;
  • Meet great, great grand kids;
  • Sleep on a beach;
  • Drive a high end luxury car;
  • Tye die a shirt;
  • Ride in a high speed train;
  • Pass a lie detector test;
  • Send a message in a bottle;
  • Ride in a monster truck;
  • Get verified by Twitter;
  • Stay in an ice hotel;
  • Jump off a bridge into water;
  • See a lantern festival;
  • Buy an individual experiencing homelessness a meal;
  • Go into an airport and buy a ticket for a random destination;
  • Write something in wet cement;
  • Get a word added to the Scrabble dictionary;
  • Travel to a country that has an Avoid All Travel designation from the Government of Canada;
  • Drink from a real coconut on the beach;
  • Sneak into a highly secure area;
  • Have a shark attack the cage I am in;
  • Be a member of the audience of a movie/TV filming;
  • Drive up Pikes Peak in Colorado;
  • Be on a talk show; and
  • See BC’s spirit bear in person.


Your Bucket List


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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from UBC, and a Master’s from the University of Windsor. He is a proud introvert and silent leader. He has traveled to 50+ major global cities around the world, and has worked in, with, and across all three sectors (business, non-profit, and public). He is currently working with The City of Red Deer (views on this blog do not represent those of The City). He has family and friends around the world. Follow his travels, work, projects and thoughts by following his blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications).


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  1. This is a pretty epic bucket list Adam 😀 !! Hope you get to acheive all the pending items on the list !

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