8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

I'm here for the adventure

If there's one thing I know for certain, it's that life is short. I don't want to have any regrets when I'm old and grey. While some of these things are recently discovered adventures I'd like to take, others have been on my bucket list for quite some time. I'm excited to check things off of it, and to add to it, because, believe me, this list will never stop growing.

1. Travel.

I'm lucky enough to have been to Italy, but there will definitely come a time when I go back! Ever since I saw Mamma Mia, I've dreamed of living in Greece because it's stunning. I want to see a play at The Globe Theatre in London. I want to frolic in the lavender fields in France. Speaking of France, I want to see the Eiffel Tower and put a lock on the Pont des Arts Bridge (I know, I know, so sappy). I want to see the floating Lanterns in Thailand, and light one myself. I want to go everywhere and anywhere, but I'll be damned if I never see the Northern Lights.

2. Skydive.

Those that I know who have done this couldn't speak more positively about their experience, and I can't wait for the day that I get to experience that adrenaline myself.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Those Hot Air Balloon festivals are stunning, and there's something about a hot air balloon ride that is incredibly romantic.

4. Experience zero gravity.

I didn't go to school to become an astronaut, and I'll probably never have enough money in my lifetime to pay to go to space. However, there are places to go where you can feel what it is like to experience complete weightlessness. Hey, I'll take it.

5. Help animals.

I love animals and one of my dreams is to be able to volunteer my time and money to help ocean life. I've volunteered at a shelter in the past, and believe me when I tell you that at the end of the day, it's difficult to not take all of the animals home with you. I want to devote a part of my life to doing something that could be life-changing. Whether that means adopting 25 cats (one is never enough), or volunteering my time abroad, knowing that I helped improve the quality of life for even one animal will bring me so much happiness.

6. Get Married.

Yikes, sorry for getting mushy on you. I love love, and being able to spend a day celebrating love with my friends and family sounds great. I probably won't be saying that when I see how much everything costs, though.

7. See my best friend get married.

Chances are, I'll cry more at her wedding than at my own.

8. Be successful.

There are some days where I think I have it all figured out, and I know exactly what I want to do with my life. There are other days when I panic because I think that I've chosen the wrong major, or if I've picked the right one, how will I ever compete in that field? All I know for sure is that whatever career path I take, I need to be happy doing it. Then, I'll know that I'm a success.

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10 Amazing Places To Visit In The Upper Peninsula Of Michigan

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of the world's most beautiful places.

Northern Michigan, specifically the Upper Peninsula, has very interesting, beautiful things to explore. If you ever find yourself looking to vacation somewhere where you can do many things just by visiting one area, the Upper Peninsula is perfect! It has a wide range of tourist attracts where families, couples, or even for just a person looking to explore, can enjoy themselves. Here are just some of the many things to do in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

If you ever get the chance to visit anything in the Upper Peninsula, the number one thing to visit is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Taking the boat tour, especially the sunset boat tour gives you the best, up-close look at the beauty the rocks form. Pictured Rocks are located in Munising.

2. Whitefish Point

At Whitefish Point in Paradise, you can do many things. Whitefish Point holds the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and it located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the upper peninsula where you can watch large ships go by all day.

3. Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls which flows over 50,000 gallons of water combined in the upper and lower falls. When walking on the paved pathways and climbing the stairs to see different angles of the falls, you will see different wildlife as well as some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Michigan.

4. Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring)

Kitch-iti-kipi is a bring spring that is 200-feet across and 40-feet deep. Kitch-iti-kipi has been nicknamed the "Mirror of Heaven". You can explore Kitch-iti-kipi by a self-operated observation raft.

5. Castle Rock

If you are up for a little bit of an adventure, Castle Rock is perfect for you! It is a geological limestone stack that tourists can hike up. The rock rises about 200 feet above the surrounding ground. The end of the hike involves going out to the end of the rock and having a scenic view of about 20 miles out.

6. Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is approximately a 9.7-mile ferry boat ride away from Mackinaw City. Mackinac Island has many fun, tourist attractions for all ages! While on the island, you can visit Mackinac Island State Park, Arch Rock, Fort Mackinac, and the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. You can also take a horse drawn carriage or bike tour to explore all the island has to offer since no cars are allowed on the island. Mackinac Island also houses the Grand Hotel which is said to be the most gorgeous and historic hotel in Michigan.

7. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

If you love history or boating, you'll enjoy visiting Eagle Harbor Lighthouse located on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Eagle Harbor. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is a working lighthouse that sits on the rocky enterance to the harbor. This lighthouse was originally built in 1851, and has since been redone for safety and more efficient working. There is a historical museum inside the lighthouse for tourists to check out.

8. Presque Isle Park

Presque Isle Park is located in Marquette and is said to be the most visited place in Marquette for a reason. The reason being is that this park can entertain all ages and interests! You can bike, hike, cliff dive, lodge, and have the best view for the wonderful Upper Peninsula sunsets. This 323-acre forest extends onto the water and offers the best views of northern Michigan.

9. Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours

Located on the Munising Bay, you can take a 2-hour glass-bottom boat tour to discover two different shipwreck sites. Just feet below the boat are home to ships who remains still reside within Lake Superior. If you get bored of the glass-bottom tour, which is nearly impossible, you can travel up to the top of the boat to see sights along the bay such as the East Channel Lighthouse.

10. Sugarloaf Mountains

Sugarloaf mountain is a Registered Natural Landmark because of its geological interest and beautiful sites. The mountains have an elevation of 1,282 ft. Researchers estimate that the mountains were formed 14 million years ago. There are more than 500 species of plants. If you're interested in taking a hike or to go sightseeing, Sugarloaf Mountains is where you need to be.

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7 Things Never To Do While Visiting London

Abandon all hope, ye who use public transport during rush hour.


As I've said before, London is an interesting place to be, however, there are a handful of things that should be avoided. Of course, mistakes will be made and lessons will be learned, but maybe if you read this, you'll know better faster.

1. Do not stand on the left.


... of the escalator. Some people prefer to walk down to their train, and if you're in the way, it's as if you were sent from hell itself, especially during rush hour

2. Do not take the Central Line.


Unless you're going to the Museum of London or St. Paul's. Or you're into weird smells and clinging to the pole because there is no such thing as a smooth ride. To each their own.

3. Do not attempt to get anything to eat in Leicester Square after 4:30.


Leicester (pronounced like "Lester") Square is one of the best places to grab some grub in Central London because of the sheer amount of choices. Just plan to eat early because everyone else knows that very thing and you'll end up waiting an eternity for a table, then food.

4. Do not rely completely on an app.


It's totally fine if you have no clue where you going or how public transport works, but once you get the hang of it, you're allowed to trust your own judgment. Maybe you don't have to get off the train then switch twice before getting there instead of riding a few stops more and switching once.

5. Do not attempt to take the Tube during Rush Hour when you have other options.


Just take the bus if you have to to the national railways. The SWR trains are slow, but at least you're not packed in like sardines and there are usually open seats.

6. Do not forget to check for student discounts and bring your ID.


Remember this when you go to the palaces, it could save you six pounds and make a real difference if you're going with others.

7. Do not let anything ruin your day.


There will be a lot of things that will try to ruin your day... Like people who intentionally break some rules above, lines (Sorry, queues), poor navigation skills, etc. Still, you're in London. Savor your visit, and don't let any mistakes or people without common decency ruin your visit.

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