For most, life is about the small moments. It’s about the little things that lead you through life that don’t feel connected at the time, but which all become apparent when you look back. When remembering your life, you recognize the moments that brought you here. If you’d studied this; if you’d gone to that restaurant; if you hadn’t been early, maybe your whole life will be different.
As you get older, you start thinking about this more. But while the small moments are great, it’s the big moments you remember most. The world is full of big moments, so many in fact that it’s a challenge to experience them all.
Now you’ve settled into your post-party life to become a responsible adult, you can start planning how to experience the very best life has to offer. There’s more to it than hitting the club every week and bingeing the latest TV show, so why not add these to your bucket list?
The Finest Brew
Like any great morning, we’ll start with a hot cup of coffee. There are a lot of places around the world that claim to have the best coffee you’ll ever taste. From Italy to Indonesia via Colombia and Malaysia, you’re sure to find a welcoming steaming cup to perk you up in the morning.
Closer to home, resources such as The Darkest Roast are readily available for you to research in your quest for the perfect pick me up. If you’re not a coffee fan, it might all taste the same to you. But for true coffee bean aficionados, you know your life will not be complete until you find that perfect cup of joe to kickstart your day.
The beauty of coffee is that no matter where you go, you’ll be able to find something to love, and there’s always the chance to bring some home and enjoy the best coffee the world has for you for a little bit longer.
The Widest Stretch
If you’re looking to humble yourself and realize just how small you are, then going on an adventure to one of – if not all – the most massive and most overwhelming wonders of the world is a fantastic place to start.
Challenge yourself with week-long hikes Machu Picchu, or maybe take things a little easier by visiting the Pyramids of Giza with a leisurely ride on a camel. While you expect these wonders to be there forever, you won’t be, so see them while you still can.
The Wildest Night Out
Everyone loves to let loose once in a while and party like it’s 1999. The problem is, everybody you ask will have a different idea of where the best place to get wild is. Those who love to dance can visit famous party cities like New Orleans (especially during Mardi Gras) or take a trip to Fabulous Las Vegas for a weird and wonderful time.
Some of these places can be a little much, though, especially if you feel you’re well passed your partying prime. You can take yourself away from the wild rumble of the city and instead enjoy a rager on pristine (at first) white sands under the stars.
Beach parties offer something a little different to your standard club nights. The fresh air combined with the laid-back spirit, along with fantastic entertainment makes it a night and morning to remember.
The Coziest Night In
It doesn’t always have to be about going crazy and waking up the next morning unsure of where your shoes are. Sometimes, the best life has to offer can be found in the comfort of your living room.
Cozying up by the fire with your spouse and your kids is something that is certainly coming back into fashion. This might be because the millennial desire to save money, or just because we’re all so exhausted from our youth. Whatever it is, it seems like it’s here to stay.
Throwing on an old sweater and pulling wooly socks up to your knees before cuddling under a warm blanket with a hot cup of Jasmine tea and watching a classic movie sounds like a dream. It also proves you don’t have to dance through the night to have a great time.
The Yummiest Food
We all have our preferred delicacies — some of us like pizza, others seafood. There are full-time members of the Curry Club, while Thai, Mexican, and Cajun classics all have their place. The best way to find this food is to go to the source. If you love seafood, why not visit Maine? If you’ve got a penchant for pizza and pasta, Italy is calling your name. And for those who can never decide, making it your mission to try as much as possible is a challenge you will relish.
For some of you, though, no food you try anytime and anywhere will compare to the welcoming comforts of a fresh homemade meal salted with care and peppered with love. Every family has their favorite home-cooked recipes, ranging from a roast beef dinner with garlic potatoes to sweet apple pie to finish everything off.
There are plenty of places to explore and indulge your palate, but sometimes, the best food you’ll ever taste is the food you’ve been eating your whole life.
The Biggest Drop
Sometimes, you want to get your heart pumping, and one way to do that is to try out some extreme sports like snowboarding or skydiving. These activities are a great way to make you feel alive and enjoy the rush of adrenaline as you’re not entirely sure if you’ll make it out alive. Don’t worry, you always do.
You can do skydiving pretty much anywhere, but picking a place that will have the best views as you sail hurtle towards the Earth may sway your decision. As for snowboarding, there are plenty of places in the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond perfect for experienced riders and those just starting.
The problem with exhilarating experiences is that it becomes a smidge addictive, and no sooner will you find yourself safely on solid ground will you want to do it all over again. Then again, it’s still one of the best feelings in the world.
The Deepest Jungle
Let’s stop for a moment and say you’re sick to death of your phone. All you deal with every day is notifications and distractions. Selfies and status updates. But what if you could separate yourself from that and embrace the world around you?
Not to sound dramatic, but leaving your phone behind and trekking into the deepest jungles will give you the chance to escape all this, even if for a few days.
Places like the Amazon Rainforest, Danum Valley, and Daintree Rainforest offer tours where you can delve deep into the jungle and forget about the wild hustle and bustle of the outside world. Within, you can sail down rivers, spot elusive and fascinating wildlife, and maybe visit indigenous tribes to see how they live. While you won’t have any signal, you can still take all the pictures you like, so people will know you’ve not just run off to start a new life elsewhere.
The Best Around
Treating yourself to the best life has to offer every once in a while is something you should embrace whenever you can. Time won’t slow down for you, so you don’t want to wait until after retirement to discover what’s out there. It’s these huge moments doing things you never thought you’d do that stand as the pillars in between the small moments along your journey, so embrace them and enjoy them. You owe it to yourself.