What's On Your Bucket List?

Posted on: 20 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Inspired by the film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, we asked what would be on your 'Bucket List' of things to do before you die.

We asked what would be on your 'Bucket List' of things to do before you die.

In The Bucket List, directed by Rob Reiner, Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman embark on a once in a lifetime adventure before they 'kick the bucket'.

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Nicholson) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman) share a hospital room and discover that despite having little in common on the surface, they both have a deep desire to experience the best that life has to offer, before they 'kick the bucket'. They write a joint 'bucket list', and on their adventure they learn a lot about each other’s lives, and even more about themselves, developing an unlikely and extraordinary friendship, and rediscovering parts of their lives they thought they had lost.

What crazy things would you want to do before you kicked the bucket?  For these two characters, their list includes high adrenalin racing car driving, followed by sky diving, climbing the Pyramids, a lion safari in Africa and a trip to the Taj Mahal. And that’s just for starters.

Like Edward and Carter, for 50connect readers seeing the world's sights and trying adrenaline pumping activities is on most of your wish lists, with some more unusual adventures among the popular destinations. There are also plenty of you who want to write that book or have a happy family. Making money, however, is not on many lists. A lifetime of experience proves the old adage that money can't buy you happiness.

Here's what you told us:

Places To See

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • A road trip across the US, on Route 66
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Helicopter through the Alaskan Fjords and ice floes to barbecue fresh salmon on a glacier
  • Hawaii
  • Canada
  • North & South Poles - to watch the sun set
  • See the Northern Lights - although the Southern ones would do
  • The Bucket List DVD - Jack Nicholson and Morgan FreemanThe great pyramids of Egypt
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Tibet
  • Japan
  • Drift on a raft around a coral island in the Indian ocean to watch a total eclipse in the southern hemishere
  • Sri Lanka
  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • Lalibella, Ethiopia
  • Visit every capital city in the European Union
  • France for a wine and cheese trip
  • Rennes-le-Château
  • Walk the 'West Highland Way'
  • Sail across the English Channel
  • I would like to revisit some of the places in the world again to see how they have changed that in the last 20 - 25 years since I worked there, Changchun in China, Hwange in Zimbabwe, Hongkong, Taicheung in Taiwan
  • Visit Stone Town, Zanzibar again
  • Visit South Georgia to see the battle site of the Royal Marines engagement with the Argentinians in April 1982
  • Take a trip round the world on a cruise ship, or a yacht
  • Fly first class
  • Spend more time on holiday
  • Live abroad
  • Retire by the sea


  • Go whale watching
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go deep in a submersible and see very strange creatures
  • Swim under the ocean in a cage with sharks swimming round me
  • Scuba dive
  • Snorkel the world's three greatest coral gardens
  • Spend the day with a lion cub
  • Cuddle a baby elephant
  • Go big game fishing for marlin or tuna
  • Ride on the PepsiMax rollercoaster at Blackpool
  • Go deep inside a salt mine and drive one of those massive dumper trucks
  • Take a hot air balloon flight
  • Go white water rafting
  • Wind surf
  • Do a parachute jump - for charity

Sport & Cars

  • Run in the London Marathon
  • Learn to play golf well
  • Lancashire winning the County Championship
  • Ipswich Town winning the Premiership
  • Chelsea F. C. winning the Champions league
  • Only one item on my Bucket List, and it is the owner of my local football team. They always promise the earth, then give the fans and players nothing. This owner is more interested in winning his own country's (Lithuania) version of Strictly Come Dancing. I would certainly give him the boot and the order of the Bucket List.
  • Drive a Formula 1 racing car
  • Drive a pink convertible
  • Own a brand new car
  • Fly an aeroplane
  • Go on the back of a motorbike round the TT course in the Isle of Man
  • Ride a horse
  • Learn to swim
  • Be the 'star in a reasonably priced car' on Top Gear

People To Meet

  • Demi Moore's boudoir. Yep - I'd go content and with a smile on my face then. It'd take them 2 days to get the coffin lid down! ;-)
  • Meet my idol Rod Stewart
  • Meet the Queen

Live Life To The Full

  • Enjoy life to the full
  • Seize the day - just act on impulse
  • Enjoy and appreciate every second of every minute of every day
  • Relax
  • Laugh, cry, emote - when I feel like it
  • Don't waste any more time worrying about anything
  • Play a lot of practical jokes
  • Not kicking the bucket until I have officially retired so that I have time to do all this

Family & Friends

  • Be kinder to friends and family
  • Stop moaning about young people
  • Get married
  • Have a child of my own
  • My wife to win her fight against breast and lymph cancer
  • Survive my upcoming heart surgery and enjoy time with my soon to be born grandson
  • I would like at least one of my sons to give me a grandchild
  • See my kids graduate
  • See my grandson grow up not to be a useless bum
  • My daughter to go to drama school, and become an actress
  • Win tons of money so I can help my brother out who has had a hard life
  • Satisfy myself that my family know that I love them


  • Buy my own house
  • Make a big herb garden
  • Just once I would like to get all my house clean and tidy at the same time

Creative & Learning

  • Have a book published
  • Write a film script
  • Write a graphic novel
  • Catalogue all the photos I've taken
  • Act in a play
  • See as many films and plays as possible
  • Read every book in my house
  • Read Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Play in a funk band
  • Learn to play piano blues, at least on a digital piano
  • Play Moonlight Sonata perfectly
  • Sing at the Albert Hall
  • Sing in a choir
  • See Bjork live
  • Learn a language
  • Study astrophysics
  • Qualify as a lawyer
  • Teach yoga
  • Go on an archaeological dig


  • Win the lottery
  • Put my affairs in order, to minimise tax on them

And Finally

  • Chocolate
  • Slim down
  • Go to a fashion show party
  • Carbon offset my lifetime

The Bucket List cap, jacket, notebook.Thanks to all 50connect readers who shared their Bucket List. Barbara Gibbons, Turhan Mustafa, Lance Railton and Kelly Wiffin all won a Bucket List goodie bag.

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The Trailer


The Bucket List is released to own on Blu-ray and DVD on 7th July from Warner Home Video.

Special Features
  • John Mayer music video Say
  • Writing a Bucket List - Screenwriter Justin Zackham addresses the evolution of The Bucket List and his upcoming book where he reveals celebrity bucket lists
  • DVD: ROM link to: Tied - additional scenes / Jack & Morgan: All Seriousness Aside
  • Blu-ray: Bucket List trivia track
  • Blu-ray: Rob Reiner interviews the stars - part 1: Jack Nicholson - part 2: Morgan Freeman

You can purchase The Bucket List DVD from all good DVD stores, RRP £15.99, or online at Amazon for £9.98. It's also available on Blu-ray, RRP £26.99, or online at Amazon for £17.99.

What's On Your Bucket List?

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