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5 Bucket-List Entries You Need to Consider

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Quik Shade

Most people have some type of bucket list, or a list of items to do before you die. For some people, these entries focus on traveling, while others focus on adventures such as sky diving or learning a new craft or hobby. A bucket list can also include a diverse array of items from all these categories. When you build your bucket list, you need to consider adding these five entries. 

See the Northern Lights

One must-have item on your bucket list is seeing the northern lights. There are many places where you can see the aurora borealis, including northern parts of the U.S. during certain weather and climate issues. Typically, you have to be in the latitude from 65 to 72 during November to March in order to experience these beautiful lights that occur when the solar particles collide with the atmospheric gases. Some of the best locations include Alaska, Finland, Scotland, Iceland and Greenland.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is so large that you can see it from space. There are many ways to enjoy this massive ecosystem. You can snorkel, take a glass bottom boat, or even walk along the reef on some of the barrier islands. However, the best way to experience it is by getting under the water and diving. Although you have to be a certified diver to experience some of the best diving areas, you can do instructor dives that do not require any type of certification or experience. 

Walk on the Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a definite must see human-made wonder of the world. This ancient wall, some of it built as long ago as the 7th century BCE and the most famous sections built between 220 and 206 BCE, spans an area of almost 5,500 miles according to one archeological survey and 13,171 miles according to another. Many of the sections still stand strong throughout China, and you can walk along many of them.

Run a Marathon

Another essential bucket list item should be running a marathon. Running 26.2 miles is an achievement that not everyone is able to do. Training for the event takes many months of hard work and dedication. The running of the event can sometimes feel very painful, especially when you hit the wall around mile 22. However, the feeling you get when you cross the finish line is one that you cannot get from many other events. You will feel a sense of accomplishment from pushing yourself to the limit and seeing what you are made of. You can sign up for a marathon locally, or try for some of the more interesting or famous ones, including Boston, Chicago, New York, Big Sur, London, Athens, and even the Great Wall of China, where you can tick off two bucket list items in one.

Trek the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is a famous trail in South America that is one of the best in the word. You start from Chillca and walk along a route that takes you around many beautiful and historical sites, including Machu Picchu. This trail is not a simple feat, though. It takes four days to complete the whole trek, so you will need to train for the event. You will walk through the Sacred Valley and see many awe-inspiring views, including one of the best views of Machu Picchu.

There are many other must-see events to include in your bucket list, such as climbing Mount Everest or diving with the jellyfish of Palau. However, these five events are some of the entries that should really be on everyone’s bucket list. 

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