Bucket List

We all know I love lists. I love the satisfaction of crossing something off of a to-do list, and this is the ultimate list.

This page is devoted to my ever-growing bucket list. While most of them involve traveling or professional accomplishments, others are just silly and fun. If you ever have any suggestions for me, please email me at jillwest31@gmail.com or comment at the bottom of this page!

In no particular order:

Read the entire Bible

Graduate with my Bachelors Degrees

Talk to God in the Sistine Chapel

Go snorkeling between tectonic plates in Iceland’s silfra fissure

Dip my feet in the Pacific Ocean

Study Abroad

Watch the fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World

Couch surf with a stranger

Harry Potter Experiences:
Receive my Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Drink Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Attend the Quidditch World Cup

Visit Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station
Write a message to J.K. Rowling at Elephant House in Edinburgh
Ride the train in Glenfinnan Viaduct that inspired the Hogwarts Express
Tour Leavesden Studio
Visit the reptile house in London
Go to Alnwick Castle
Go to the College of Wizardry in Poland
See Glen Nevis
Get my Hermione on in the Bodleian Library at Oxford

Complete El Camino de Santiago in France/Spain

Ride the shark tank water slide at the Atlantis Resort

Get married on the beach

Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy

Stand in amazement of the Seven Wonders of the World:
Great Wall of China
Christ the Redeemer
Chichen Itza
The Colosseum
Taj Mahal
Machu Picchu

Put a lock on the Lovers’ Bridge in Paris

Stand in the middle of the world with my feet over the Equator

Take a mission trip/volunteer abroad

Get down at a music festival

Swing at the End of the World in Ecuador

Buy a bottle of really expensive wine

Experience the serenity of a Montana wilderness

Go sailing at sunset

Watch the sunrise on a mountaintop

Spend the night in a castle

Go snorkeling

Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland

See Cirque de Soleil live

Swim in Jacob’s Well in Texas

Buy a Louise Erdrich book at Birchback Books and Native Arts

See a glacier in person

Rock a pair of designer heels

Pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and civilians at Pearl Harbor

Take a romantic vacation during Christmas

Eat too much gelato in Italy

Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef

Stomp grapes in wine country

Own a house (well, I guess purchasing a home counts. #mortgage #adulting)

Do some freelance writing work (Got my first article published in January, 2015!)

Visit my friend Soojin in Seoul, South Korea

Stand in awe of a natural salt flat

Eat lobster in Portland, Maine

Go splunking

Eat at Ellen’s Star Dust Diner in Times Square

See a sky covered in a million stars

Get a fish pedicure

Take in the sensory experience of a botanical garden

Experience New Orleans and all its glory

Stand in awe of the Redwoods in Northern California

Attend a Broadway Musical

Watch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Buy something at the the Mall of America

Eat my way through the chocolate factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Write and publish a memoir

Dance in a pub in Ireland

Learn another language

Be a bridesmaid or matron of honor in a friend’s wedding

Get a matching tattoo with my husband

Go to the “90 Miles to Cuba” sign in Key West

Participate in a flash mob

Visit the Alps

Own a custom pair of Teysha boots

Send a message in a bottle

Drink giant beers in Germany

Buy a pair of Kate Spade glittery Keds

Take kissy pictures in a photobooth with Colby

Be debt-free

Write a letter to myself and read it in ten years (I’ve written the letter, and I’ll open it in 2024).

Go on an African safari

Bask in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Spend time with the elephants in Thailand

Go to the top of the Empire State Building

Master a really cool yoga pose

Experience New Years in Times Square

Take a selfie with Mount Rushmore

See Hamilton: An American Musical

Get nostalgic at Coney Island

Go Parasailing

See the Northern Lights

Do a Polar Plunge in the dead of winter

Go to Milan and dress like it’s Fashion Week

Become a Teacher with my own classroom

See Stonehenge

Hang out in City Lights bookstore in San Francisco like all the cool Beat writers

Experience the Amazon Rain Forest

Have the time of my life in Las Vegas

See the Nutcracker Ballet during the Christmas season

Use the word “ehhh” in Canada

Experience the story book world of London

Spectate the Olympic Games in person

Make an Adventure Book like the one in Up

Write a letter to Juliet in Verona, Italy

Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Break/Help Break a World Record (September 13, 2014– The most fortune cookies opened simultaneously)

Hang out with Athena in the Parthenon

Walk the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and find Audrey Hepburn’s star

Write a book  

Drive or ride on the German autobahn

Hang out on the SkyDeck in Chicago

Be a mom

Hike the Hobbit Trail in New Zealand

Visit all 50 U.S. states

Jump on a water trampoline

Eat at Grapes Pub in England

Act like a local in Mexico

Partake in the Holi Festival in India or one like it

Lounge on the beach in Cape Cod

Watch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park

Ride a vespa in a beautiful, European city

Zip line in Costa Rica

Swim in the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Sky, Scotland

Move out on my own

Attend the Kentucky Derby and bet on a horse

Visit Ground Zero and say a prayer for the families of 9/11 victims

Stay in an overwater bungalow

Present my research at an academic/professional conference

Recreate the “Kissing the War Goodbye” picture in Times Square

Drive on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway

Spend an entire day doing random acts of kindness

Walk like an Egyptian at the pyramids of Giza

Take a selfie with Old Faithful geyser

Order dessert first at a restaurant

See Maroon 5 Live

Earn a Masters degree

Scuba dive in the Galapagos Islands

Stick gum to the gum wall in Seattle

Dress like a beer maid in Germany

See the Mona Lisa in person

Do a Color Run

Fly in a hot air balloon

Have coffee in the first Starbucks in Seattle

Meditate and be one with nature in Alaska

Own my dream home

Go zorbing in New Zealand

Visit the Grand Canyon

See La Sagrada Familia

See Niagara Falls from both sides

See a volcano in person

Visit the Amish farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Order room service in a luxury resort

Visit Washington, DC and see the obligatory historical sites of my country

Hold a baby monkey

Own something from Tiffany’s

Walk behind a waterfall

Swim in a mermaid fin

Roadtrip the Continental U.S.

Step foot on every continent: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica

Drive on historic Route 66

Sing “Boston” while in Boston (Sorry Shaddoe and Ashley!)

Get published in HuffPost or somewhere equally as awesome

See the ruins of Pompeii

Be like Blair Waldorf in New York City

Spend a night star-gazing in a truck bed with blankets, pillows, and hot chocolate

Reunite with my friend Jessi in Germany

See Noah’s house from The Notebook in South Carolina

Take a boat tour of Iguazu Falls

Relive my gymnastics days at a trampoline park

Pay a stranger’s restaurant bill

I doubt I will ever accomplish everything on my list, but that is because it keeps growing. I will never be satisfied with living a dull life or with vegetating in my own little corner in the world.


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