While We’re Alive

Everyone should have one.  We have one.  A list of things we’re just itching to do While We’re Alive!!

The list is by no means complete, nor will it ever be…

1. Create a travel blog

2. Take a year off work to travel the globe

IMG_50623. Dive with sharks

4. Teach in another country

5. Learn a 2nd language (or part of…)  :)

6. Step foot on Antarctica

7. Dive The Great Barrier Reef

8. Fight Night in Bangkok

9. Balloons Over Bagan – Still in progress…read about it HERE!

10. Drive the Oregon Coast

11. Climb Kilimanjaro – Read About it HERE!

12. Celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong

13. Get into North Korea  Read About it HERE!

14. Drink snake blood  Read About it HERE!

15. Eat dog in Vietnam  Read About it HERE!

16. Eat a beating heart  Read About it HERE!

17. Sing karaoke in Japan – Read About it HERE!

18. Greek island hopping

19. Attend an Indian wedding…in India

20. Get married atop Uluwatu  Watch it HERE!

IMG_406221. Watch a cock fight

22. Get PADI certified  Read About it HERE!

23. Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar  Read About it HERE!

24. Celebrate New Year in 10 different cities (3 to go…)

25. Wash up in the Holy River

26. Learn to make Pho

27. Hold an orangutan in Sumatra

28. Visit the kings of Komodo

29. Sunset drinks at the Moon Bar in Bangkok

IMG_139230. Sleep in a Myanmar village  Read About it HERE!

31. Sunrise in Bagan

32. Eat a gold leaf in Myanmar

33. Camel trekking

34. Post something that goes viral!

35. Brave the bus ride from Bagan to Kalaw  Read About it HERE!

36. Betel Nut!

37. Pyramids of Giza

38. Witness the power of the haka

39. Survive a dish of fugu in Japan

DCIM104GOPRO40. Take the slow boat down the Mekong

41. Witness the lowering of the flag at the India-Pakistan border

42. Stay a night on the MaldivesRead About it HERE!

43. Visit the Taj at sunrise – Read About it HERE!

44. Ride an elephant

45. Spot the Big 5 on safari

46. Stay overnight on Halong Bay

47. Paraglide in Rio

48. Dance with a ladyboy

IMG_018249. Get the wedding dress custom made in Vietnam

50. Sunrise at Borobudur: The world’s largest Buddhist stupa Read About it HERE!

51. Creatures of the Night – Singapore

52. Sunrise from Mount Bromo

53. Get paid to travel

54. Eat a cricket

55. Climb the temples of Angkor

56. Australia by 4WD

57. Skydive in Dubai

IMG_434758. Take a trip up the Eiffel Tower

59. Shop ’til we drop in Istanbul

60. Shopping at Chatuchak weekend market – Bangkok

61. Venture through the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

62. Spot a lemur in Madagascar

63. Sit ringside at a sumo tournament

64. Climb Adam’s Peak ~ Sri Lanka  Read About it HERE!

65. Tailoring in Hoi An

66. 5 days of street food in Bangkok

Singapore Marina Run 2014 0267. Elephant bath at Pinnawala  Read About it HERE!

68. Dodge the hornets while climbing Sigiriya Rock ~ Sri Lanka – Read About it HERE!

69. Brave the streets of Vietnam…on motorbike!

70. Drift down the Amazon

71. Catch a piranha

72. Machu Picchu

73. High five Buddha

74. Hold a baby sea turtle

75. Watch a football match in South America

76. Carnaval

77. Salt flats in Bolivia

78. Walk through a rice terrace

79. Float in the Dead SeaRead About it HERE!

80. Have a photo published in a magazine

81. Have a photo published in a travel guide

82. Run in a race, and finish still standing!

83. Climb Mt. Batur in Bali in time to catch the sunrise   Read About it HERE!

84. Experience the roar of the F1  Watch it HERE!

85. Experience Japan During Cherry Blossom Season  Read About it HERE!

86. Climb The Great Wall!

87. Trekking in Uganda to sit with the silverbacks

Have any suggestions, comments, or ways to help us cross some of these out?  Feel free to comment below or Contact Us.

40 Comments on “While We’re Alive”

  1. Bobby
    March 10, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    You guys are too awesome, and live life the way it should be lived! A true inspiration that you can do what you really want to do!!


  2. Liz Olsen
    March 11, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    What?? eat a beating heart?? – what’s the story there? – quite the list! – I think you can probably cross off #39??? – don’t be shy! – I wish you all the best completing your list – you’re the two to do it! What’s up for spring break? – when does #20 happen?


    • March 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      39 will definitely be a piece of cake, Lizzard! :)

      The beating heart…that one was Katherine’s. Read the story, “Dogs, Frogs, & Snakes…oh My!”

      #20 will be July 20, 2012 in BALI! So excited….


  3. April 8, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    This is an awesome list and I love it! You have inspired me to make one too!! I’m loving looking around your blog! Great stuff :) was the dog in vietnam accidental? We did it too. But it was an accident and one I never hope to repeat haha


    • April 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Hey there Daniel and Kelly!! No, the dog wasn’t accidental…but that would’ve been waaay funnier!! haha. We have a short story of the night we ate dog….search for Dogs, Frogs, & Snakes…Oh My. We checked out your blog….your adventure sounds great. Still haven’t made it to Phi Phi, but hope to for next Christmas! :)


  4. June 2, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    I’ve nominated you for a Tell Me More About Yourself award because I think your blog is great and we are grateful for your visit to ours. Please see more info at http://wp.me/p1RfSy-eR


  5. December 13, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    *sigh* I too would love to see the Maldives! A lot of the places on your list are in South America… I HIGHLY recommend! you’ll definitely LOVE it! In Istanbul, I did more haggling than actual buying, but they do have a lot of really nice stuff so you’ll especially enjoy the market. For all the traveling I’ve been doing, I have yet to put up a list online. I have one in my personal notebook but haven’t taken it further than pen&paper.


    • December 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      The Maldives look spectacular, don’t they? We’re kicking ourselves for not going while we were in Sri Lanka because they are so close. We ran into a lot of people who were going over for a few days, and were so jealous. Istanbul sounds fantastic! Tanzania is on our radar for this year too possibly. So many choices, not enough time it seems!! :)

      Would love to see your list!


  6. January 27, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Hello! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. I love your ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ videos. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. Cheers! :)


    • January 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Hey there! Thank-you so much for dropping a comment and following us! We loved the commercials in the Philippines, and just couldn’t resist making our own. :)


  7. Rhonda Daniel
    March 4, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Great list! Luckily, I`ve done some of them, many are still on my list too!
    Number 78… next time you are in Bali you should cross this one off, really beautiful terraces there.


  8. March 9, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    So inspirational!


  9. Anonymous
    May 7, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    hi I I was one of students last year my name is Abby and I really like your blog


  10. Aiden Gibbons
    February 10, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Hey Mr. Hansen I really enjoy your bucket list and blog. I find it cool on what you have done!


  11. Robert Davis
    February 10, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I really like your blog. Amazing blog I will bookmark it at home :D. Go Mr. Hansen


  12. February 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi Mr Hansen ! I really like your blog so do my family !


  13. Joanne Hall
    April 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    I am so impressed at what you have crossed off your list so far! Wow! And antarctica…I think that trip will be fantastic!


    • April 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      Fantastically expensive! haha. That one might be the last we cross off our list. :)


  14. Elaine
    April 27, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Wow what a truly magical list!! You two are well on ur way to completing this bucket list in no time. Such an inspiration! #travelgoals #relationshipgoals
    Here’s a few suggestions to consider that are on my list that I didn’t see on yours!
    Night diving with the manta rays in Hawaii
    Trekking in South Africa to see the great silverback gorillas
    Float in the Dead Sea

    Happy travels, looking forward to see the next adventure


    • April 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Elaine!!!

      We LOVE your ideas, and are definitely going to add them!! It’s about time we revisit and refresh our list anyway. We wrote ours about 3 years ago. Still some things to accomplish, yet so much more to add.

      Do you have a list published anywhere that we can check out?


  15. October 10, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Cool list! Might steal some of these for our own. And you have a new follower :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks Adda! Sorry for the slow reply on this one. We’d love to see your list sometime!


  16. Dr. Ashok D S , Bangalore, India
    November 23, 2015 at 2:57 am #

    A very commendable list of achievements. Cant imagine on can do so many things in one’s life. You make a wonderful pair.All the best for your future!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      Thank-you so much for the kind words Dr. Ashok!! It’s taken some time to cross off what we have already, and have plans to complete so much more. And of course, we’re always thinking of new things to add to the list too. :) Any suggestions??


  17. Dr. Ashok D S , Bangalore, India
    December 2, 2015 at 4:33 am #

    Pangong Tsu or Pangong Lake is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in India. You have to come to New Delhi and take a short flight to Leh in Kashmir.Drive to the lake 120 km away.Halt there for the night.Also you can drive from Srinagar to Leh via the most dangerous roads in the world…Ashok.


    • December 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Sounds like a fantastic idea! We’ll definitely be back in India one day soon and will plan for a stop to both sites. Thanks for sharing! :)


  18. April 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    I love your list! And you’re blog. I’m planning a trip to Myanmar soon and loved reading your posts!


  19. May 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    LOVING your posts guys! Keep writing!!

    Btw: 87. Trekking South Africa to sit with some silverback gorillas

    You mean Central Africa? ;-)



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