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How to Create Your Own Bucket List

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published June 27th 2011
People have lots of different reasons for starting a bucket list. It could be a health scare, the death of a close friend or family member, or just a desire for adventure. Whatever the case, a bucket list can be a fun excuse to get a bit more done in your life. This is a guide to creating your own bucket list, and getting things done.

Step 1: Research
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A good way to figure out exactly what you want to get done through your bucket list is to do a bit of research. Find out what others have done, and decide whether you want to do them too. Watch The Bucket List on DVD, get yourself a copy of Richard Horne's book 101 Things to Do Before You Die, or buy a copy of The Lonely Planet's TRAVEL book. Get inspired by amazing things others have done, and amazing places all over the world.

Step 2: Writing the List
Begin compiling your list. Get a notebook dedicated to your cause, or you could even start a blog to document your journey. Make sure you write it all down, so that you always have something to look back at.

Step 3: Saving the Money
Generally finishing a bucket list doesn't come cheap, so you might need to save up a bit of extra money to complete everything you want to do. Start by working out roughly how much each activity will cost you, then work out what ones you'll be able to achieve now, and what you'll have to save for. Grab a money box and start saving all your left over coins and $5 notes to go towards your list, or open up a new savings account and start a savings plan. Ubank offer a great online savings account, that motivates you to save more by helping you create specific goals.

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Step 4: Completing the List
The best bit about a bucket list is completing everything on it. Everyone's list will be different so this step is going to vary for everyone. Decide exactly where you want to complete things on your list. We know your list might be very different, but here are a few places that could help you complete some of your bucket list items:

Take the ultimate leap of faith as you jump out of a plane, and get as close to flying as you can. In SA check out Skydiving Goolwa, Adelaide Tandem Skydiving, or Skydive Adelaide.

Swimming with Sharks and Other Awesome Creatures
You've got to be game enough to swim with some of the waters most dangerous and impressive creatures. Check out Ashleigh's write up of Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions. For other amazing creatures head up to Darwin to go swimming with crocodiles, or over to Tonga to swim with the amazing humpback whales.

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Learn Another Language
We don't just mean being able to speak English, Australian, and American. Do what so many people around the world can already do, and learn to speak another language. Some great places in Adelaide are the School of Languages, Alliance Franšaise d'Adela´de, or WEA Adult Learning.

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Step 5: Be Prepared to Fail
You might run out of money half way through your round the world trip, or never get a chance to visit the moon. There is a pretty high chance that you wont get to complete every task on your bucket list, so be prepared for it and don't give yourself a hard time about it. The greatest thing about a bucket list is having a go, stepping out of your comfort zone and having a little adventure. So whatever the outcome, make sure you have fun.

If you've started a bucket list, then let us know the things that are highest on your list. Or do you have any exciting adventures you've already completed?
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Why? Experience more in your life
When: Before you die
Where: All over the world
Cost: Priceless
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