Out of the Norm Bucket List Places to Go Before You Die

Creating a bucket list might come naturally. But if you need some inspiration, here you go.

Whether you've been dreaming of these since childhood or are still waiting for a chance to make them happen in your lifetime, they're worth checking out.

So without further ado, here's the most exciting things you can do before you die!

1. Going on the swing at the end of the world

Swing at the End of The World in Ecuador
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Bellavista Cloud Forest in Ecuador provides one of the most heart stopping recreational activities around. Best suited for those who living on the edge, the swing will toss you back and forth an endless cliff. Make sure your truly up for it however since there is absolutely no harness.

2. Dog sledding and helicopter touring at Juneau

Juneau Dog Sledding and Glacier Helicopter Tour in Alaska
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Located at the Juneau Port in Alaska, there is a once-in-a-lifetime experience waiting for you.

With the Juneau Dog Sledding And Helicopter Tour, you will first get a bird’s-eye view of Alaska while flying over the bone-white mountains and roaring glaciers in a helicopter.

Next, you’ll experience the thrill of dog sledding first-hand. Suitable for the daring, this tour will involve speeding over Alaskan snow while being pulled by some of the country’s most powerful creatures.

3. Watching the Northern Lights

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Witnessing a natural light display in the sky, called the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, is an experience that deserves to make it to your ‘bucket list experiences to do before you die’.

This elusive phenomenon can be caught from Yellowknife, Canada, where you have a 95% chance of catching the lights. In the Aurora village, you can book a custom outdoor seat that turns 360 degrees to give a full view of the Northern Lights.

Alternatively, you can head on to a jet, the Aurora 360 Experience, and watch the Northern Lights from eye level - it’s as fascinating as you think it is!

4. Swimming with sharks in Costa Rica

Hammerhead sharks off the island of Cocos in Costa Rica
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If you want to experience your heart skipping a beat, dive with sharks on Cocos Island.

Locked up in a cage, you will get to swim underwater with the ocean’s largest predator, the shark, and other marine creatures, such as whales and rays.

Who won't want to experience a shark swimming towards them (but with the security of knowing you’ll be safe) before they die… don’t you?

If you’re up for it, be prepared for the most intense adrenaline rush of your life!

5. Floating over Cappadocia

Hot air balloons floating above Cappadocia
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Hop into one of the brightly-colored hot air balloons over the lunar landscape of Cappadocia for an experience you’ll reminisce about forever (well, until you die).

You’ll get panoramic views of volcanic spires, cultural monuments, and mesmerizing vistas while floating over one of the most fascinating regions of Turkey.

Luckily, you can enjoy this experience even if you’re not very daring.


Life is short, and the moments you’ll never regret when it ends are the ones in which you enjoyed yourself. If you look forward to exploring the world, the five places mentioned above definitely deserve to make it to the bucket list of experiences to do before you die.