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What is a Bucket List?
Time is Short
What absolutely kills me is talking to older people who are too nimble to finish their bucket lists. They says thinks like, "I wish I could have climbed Half Dome, but now I'll never be able to do it." The pain of regret is worse than physical pain. You only get one shot around this massive watery ball, you have to make every moment count. Time slips by way too fast!
Set a Concrete Plan of Action
If Paris is at the top of the list, then for about $1000-$1200 and a week of your time, you can see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the whole shebang. If you travel in the off season, you can find plane tickets for under $800 from the West Coast of the U.S. How do I know? I've done it! A few nights of hosteling, some street crepes, and a couple of Euro for the entry fees, and you've got yourself a tour of the city of lights.
"That's too expensive!" You might say. Leaving this world having not seen all of the glorious art and architecture of Paris, that is the real expense, if I may counter. If you want it badly enough you will do whatever it takes to get there.