50 by 50 Bucket List

Just like I encourage you to do, I set big goals, do fun things and otherwise try my best to live life to the full.  When I think about what’s most important to me (aside from family, friends and faith), three things are at the very top of the list: travel, learning and life experiences.  I always want to have something in the works in those areas.

To keep myself on track, I’m keeping a list of  50 things in each area that I want to do by the time I turn 50 (a.k.a My 50 by 50 Bucket List).  I left some blanks on each list so I can add stuff along the way, but there are plenty to get me started.  So between now and December of 2022, feel free to make a suggestion or peruse the list for ideas for your own adventure.

cayman scubaTravel

To move, to breathe, to fly to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.

~ Hans Christian Andersen

Prior to turning 40, I visited most of the States in the U.S. as well as France, China, El Salvador, Mexico, Anguilla and Sweden.

 

  1. Cayman Islands – February 2013
  2. Canada – August 2013
  3. Ireland – June 2014
  4. Iceland
  5. Portugal
  6. England – June 2014
  7. Greece
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia – January 2016
  10. Easter Island
  11. Turkey
  12. Mongolia
  13. Germany
  14. Denmark
  15. Netherlands
  16. Belize – February 2015
  17. Costa Rica
  18. Panama
  19. Peru
  20. Ecuador
  21. Brazil
  22. Egypt
  23. Antarctica
  24. South Africa
  25. Brazil
26. Chile
27. Argentina
28. Uraguay
29. Austria
30. Japan
31. Cambodia
32. Vietnam
33. Thailand
34. India
35. Spain
36. Italy
37. Belgium
38. Russia
39. Switzerland
40. Morocco
41. Madagascar
42. Norway
43. Finland
44. Poland
45. Czech Republic
46. Hungary
47. South Korea
48. Hong Kong
49. Taiwan
50. Kenya

 

croissants 2Learning (a.k.a. My Lifestyle Résumé)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.”  
~ Mahatma Gandhi

A few of the learning challenges I did prior to turning 40 include learning to: scuba dive, play guitar, play chess, ride a motorcycle (and get my license), run a marathon (Marine Corps 2003), run a triathlon, make a great omlette, make croissants (that’s me with Chef Geraud), take better travel photos, and swim by joining a Master’s swim club.

 

 

  1. How to book a round-the-world ticket
  2. Tennis – January 2016 (ongoing)
  3. Speed reading – March 2013
  4. Sailing
  5. Time lapse photography – March 2015
  6. Camping and backpacking – April 2013 (6 week course)
  7. Fencing – January 2014
  8. Learn to code (Code Academy)
  9. Learn to read music
  10. Motocross riding
  11. Learn about coffee
  12. Learn about wine
  13. Learn about sushi
  14. Make great pizza
  15. Learn to play mandolin
  16. Learn best ways to pack
  17. Learn about minimalism – January 2015
  18. Learn video editing software
  19. Learn to tie a variety of knots
  20. Learn to tell a great story
  21. Take a course on speaking – April 2016
  22. Manual shooting camera course
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The International Bugatti Rally passes through Morro Bay, CA, 20Life Experiences

Variety’s the spice of life that gives it all it’s flavor.

~ William Cowper

It’s a big world out there and I want to do everything I can to experience what it has to offer.  A few things from the highlight reel so far: marriage, fatherhood, walking on The Great Wall, lunch at the Eiffel Tower, writing a few books, salmon fishing in Alaska, seeing some great concerts and taking some fun guys trips (snowmobiling, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, four wheeling).

 

  1. Finish taking my daughter to all 50 States (32 to go)
  2. Take a round-the-world trip
  3. Have dinner at French Laundry
  4. Finish reading 500 books by the time I turn 50
  5. Get an article published in the Wall Street Journal
  6. Get a book on the New York Times Bestseller list
  7. Hike a section of the AT – May 2016
  8. Write for MarketWatch – January 2013
  9. Write a finance book to raise money for Charity: Water
  10. Buy a Ducati Monster motorcycle
  11. Take a 1 month mini-retirement before 45 – June 2014
  12. Take a 3 month mini-retirement before 50
  13. Get a straight razor shave while on vacation
  14. Tell a story on stage at a Moth event
  15. Get 100,000 subscribers at Intentional Retirement
  16. Visit all 7 continents (4 down, 3 to go)
  17. Attend the Traverse City Film Festival
  18. Have lunch at Chez Panisse (My wife’s request)
  19. Take a multi-day, offroad motorcycle tour
  20. Go duck hunting – November 2013
  21. Hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim – April 2016
  22. Walk the Tour du Mont Blanc
  23. Hike the Cliffs of Moher – June 2014
  24. Hike a section of the Wales Coast Path – June 2014
  25. Visit Stonehenge – June 2014
26. Visit the Guinness Brewery in Dublin – June 2014
27. Go to a concert at Ryman Auditorium – March 2015
28. Teach my daughter to ski – January 2015
29. Do a short notice “spin the globe” trip
30. Speak at NASA – October 2015
31. See a concert at the Ryman – March 2015
32. Camp trip to Wind River Range – September 2015
33. Hike a section of the PCT
34. Hike a section of the CDT
35. Hike the Snowmass Mt. Loop
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Car photo by Mike Baird.  Used under Creative Commons License.