Do This Once

This is an incomplete list of things I’d like to do at least once in life.

Got suggestions? Leave it in the comments.

  • Attend a F1 race
  • See the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit the Louvre
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  • Take a Cruise to Alaska
  • See the Sistine Chapel
  • Eat a lobster in Maine
  • Fly around the world
  • See the Sydney Opera House
  • Drive on the Autobahn
  • See Falling Water
  • Attend an olympic opening ceremony
  • Have sushi in Toyko
  • Live in a waterfront home
  • Live in Manhattan
  • Watch a 49ers game in SF
  • Attend the Superbowl
  • Go to the top of the tallest building in the world
  • Drive from Canada to Mexico along the coast
  • Cross the English Channel via the Chunnel
  • See the Pyramids
  • See the Great Wall
  • Raise a puppy or kitten
  • Visit every continent (incl. Antarctica)
  • Watch a space launch
  • Climb a volcano
  • See a koala bear in Australia
  • Go scuba diving in a warm tropical resort
  • Vacation in Hawaii
  • Custom build my own house
  • Go skydiving
  • See a whale
  • Own a convertible
  • See Taliesin West
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Attend a show on Broadway
  • Go on a food tour of Spain

Places to visit:

  • Paris
  • London
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Tokyo
  • Hong Kong (again)
  • Beijing
  • Maui
  • Amsterdam
  • Yellowstone NP
  • Grand Canyon
  • Sydney
  • New Zealand
  • Phuket
  • Antarctica
  • Jerusalem
  • DC
  • Greece
  1. hey huh, if you are willing to sub indy 500 for f1, i can hook you up

  2. do this once and life goals painted a new perspective to the colorful, dynamic, interactively engaging articulator at @ wordcamp. best speaker awarded by me. I asked U how u will remember me in the sea of wordies, u commented, “say something I won’t forget” I replied ” a man w/ a million ideas” better yet I concocted a memorable token made from a pencil and a sticker. I appreciate your time Ben, 4 all of us @ Wordcamp Denver 09, truly enjoyed listening, learning and knowing the difference u made by sharing your passion, innovation, creativity and ur way. inspired me, always another great idea. hope to speak with you soon.

  3. Hello. I made you a LOLben.
    Read a Time article about you and I couldn’t help myself. (See link)
    Please excuse the horrible photo-shopping skills.
    Have a nice day! :)

  4. Oh. You would have to click on my name to see the pic. I just figured that out. But you probably knew that already…haha;;

    Well, hope you found it funny! : )

  5. Ben, really enjoyed your talk at StartupDay conference today.
    For hot air balloon rides, I recommend Yangshuo, China to be the ideal place for it – Sunrise or Sunset. Don’t settle for anything less than that ;-)

  6. I’d like to talk to you Ben. I have a site I’m launching similar to your list. :)

    I’m available via email and twitter: @robdocherty

  7. Cool list. Ever considered riding the trans-siberian railway? You’d get to go clear across Russia, skirt Mongolia, and end up a stone’s throw from Japan, and see it all from the ground, eat all the foods as they change along the way. I’m a big fan of trying to get from point A to B without leaving the ground.

  8. I would add “See U2 live in concert in Dublin” to your “Do this once” list !

  9. Quite an inspirational guy, hope you can a few more thinks on your list before you shuffle off this mortal coil.

    My first thing on my list of things to do before I die is write a list of things to do before I do…

    …that is quite a good idea for a new t-shirt actually ;)


  10. Please add “Consider rescuing Bob DiPasquale and from obscurity”. Just do it once anyway….please.

  11. I’ll keep an eye out on this page to see if you just add it and cross a line through it.

  12. You haven’t seen a space launch yet?! Dude take your family down to my home town of Cocoa Fl and watch a launch when you can. While you’re there try taking up surfing :)

  13. Move that trip to Greece up on your priority list. I went to Volos to visit a friend and it was amazing, plus they really know how to grill lamb.

  14. visiting amsterdam will not be so difficult? Just fly to schiphol (ok now it is difficult), but let’s say 15 februari. The 16the you can attend our wonderfull event in amsterdam (even talk a little) and I will arrange a guide and tour in amsterdam.

  15. Attend the Daytona 500!

  16. Spain should be in your “Places to visit” list. Food,wine,cava, weather, beaches, architecture…
    Definitely you should come ;) (and let us know)

  17. Glacier National Park should definitely be in your list.

  18. Running a half marathon around Angkor Wat is definitely worth it

  19. Cat-ski in steamboat springs, Colorado. An extremely freeing experience

  20. I think you might enjoy a ride the Orient Express…Historic train cars (especially if you wish to ‘unplug’ a bit and spend quality time with the wife), beautiful scenery and many countries …

    No I haven’t been… but… someday…

    To help you achieve a listed goal…Here is a list of Balloon Fests…

    This one is huge… PBS did a special on it…

    Of course, I would prefer it if you came to the Jackson one in Michigan (where I grew up)… but if it doesn’t fit your schedule, there are lots to choose from.

  21. From someone that just got back from Greece, make sure you go during the summer!

  22. Hi Ben, add “Madrid” to places to visit. Will offer you a free guided tour too!

  23. make sure your Spanish food tour includes el bulli ;)

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