100 things to do before you die, dies

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by Jim

Dave Freeman, an advertising agency executive who co-wrote “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” an adventure-seeking and often unconventional travel guide that personified the way he lived his life, died last month aged 47.

Freeman died Aug. 17 after falling and hitting his head at his home in Venice, said his father, Roy. Released in 1999, “100 Things” was one of the first contemporary books to create a travel agenda based on 100 sites and then market it with a title that reminded mortal readers that time was limited. Reminded us of the film the bucket list and part of the ethos behind smelling the flowers, while you still can with our ‘one journey – many discoveries’ approach:

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“This life is a short journey,” the authors wrote. “How can you make sure you fill it with the most fun and that you visit all the coolest places on earth before you pack those bags for the very last time?”

BUT we ask you – is extensive travel a way of enriching your life or is it an excuse to avoid knuckling down to¬†’life’ and getting on with it? Do tell – all types welcomed, stay at home or well travelled and feel free to share your top things you’d like to do.

26 Responses to “100 things to do before you die, dies”

  1. Urban Pagan says:

    I remember this bloke and his book.

    his ethos was ‘live every day like its your last’

    so I did just that.

    I phoned my parents up and told them I would be dead tomorrow and the rest of my family as well. I emptied my bank of my money and bought a gold coffin, booked a pub for my wake invited lots of friends to it. In all I spent all my money. Where did it get me? Well, my family are all on medication, the bank want ‘a chat’ my friends think I am insane and above all the wake was a wash-out.

    Maybe freeman and co should think of the consequences before giving out such silly advice.

    • Bo Snr says:

      Hello Utrban,
      You are very near the truth as the world is going to end on Wednesday
      when the euro-boffins fire up their multi billion pound halon collider and create a black hole under
      the Swiss alps.

      So you know what to do

      Sit Down
      Put you head between your legs
      And kiss you ass goodbye

      See you on the other side

      • aussiecynic says:

        Is that this Wednesday…. I have been waiting for this but thought it was alittle later..
        Well lets see if thsoe blackholes no they are to small to grow and vapourise into nothing or if they grow and devour us all… idiots…..
        no wonder I changed the vet appointment to tomorrow instead of Thursday next weekk………… arghhhhhhhhh

  2. moooooog35 says:

    Ironically, #100 on Dave Freeman’s list was:

    “Look out for banana peel.”

    moooooog35s last blog post..Can You Hear Me Now, Asshole?

  3. Urban Pagan says:

    like it moog

    I was going to go with

    ‘experience a venetian hospital’

    either one works!!

  4. Urban Pagan says:

    also ironically in my own list number 53 is

    ‘outlive smug travel writers’

    thanks Dave- every cloud and that

  5. I know that for myself I would like to travel in the next few years. I was sort of stuck in NY for many years due to my addiction, so I never really went anywhere…couldn’t risk not having the “next one”.
    I got stuck….but today I know if I want I can go anywhere…and the first place I’m probably gonna go is Barcelona Spain in August 2009!!!!!

    mighty morgans last blog post..A New Begining

    • Urban Pagan says:


      Barcelona is amazing

      truly spectacular- seriously some of the greatest architecture you will ever see. you won’t regret it

  6. How sadly ironic about Dave Freeman. The Bucket List is one of the things that I want to see. This type of question has always intrigued me, but I’ve never wanted to answer it because travel and other sort of material type things are not what I “have to do.” In that catagory, I’d love to go to Epcot, Australia, UK, Greece, Italy and earn my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, finish remodeling the house, return to work. But, to what end. It all sounds very hedonistic and I’m really not like that. The travel stuff doesn’t sound fulfilling…excuse my while I ramble.

    Mine really is more philosophical. I want to just be myself. To know what I want, need, feel and to freely express myself. I want to know that I served God with all that He has given me. Mostly, I want to help others to heal, to be encouraged to grow, to support…I want to be known for touching peoples lives with respect and love and for my love of God.

    ClinicallyCluelesss last blog post..My Truth ~ My Childhood (Director’s Cut)

  7. aussiecynic says:

    I guess in answer to your question hmm…
    it depends on the person, I have never left here.. but meet people all the time from all over the globe, met a husband and wife on holidays from Leeds a few weeks ago, there is a family here for 3 months from Scotland, a Finnish family moved here ages ago, I know folks from india, china, rowanda, samoa, phillapines, america etc in real life.. although I have never been to there countries my life is enriched by learning from them…. and I hope learning from me.. and exchange of cultures… is and exciting thing..

  8. moooooog35 says:

    Not sure where my last comment went.

    I’m guessing it kicked the bucket.

    What it DID say was that “NOT seeing ‘The Bucket List’ would definitely be on MY bucket list. Trust me here…Nicholson + Freeman = lame.

    Here’s my review of it:



    The review, I mean. Not the movie.

    No chance in Hell of that happening.

    moooooog35s last blog post..Can You Hear Me Now, Asshole?

  9. Robin J says:

    If we could truly grasp our own mortality and the reality the next breath where you were standing would be not be as important as who you were standing with

    Robin Js last blog post..Life layers

  10. Purple13 says:

    did he do all 100 then?

    i was thinking (in a frivolous, urban like moment) that if he’d listed taste every flavour of heinz soup, that’d have got rid of 57 things to do straight away.

    If I reach the end of my life and I haven’t achieved what i set out to, then it would be a pretty miserable ending wouldn’t it? I’d rather make some of it up as i go along, be grateful for what i do experience and not worry so much about making lists – surely that;s a better way to live?

    Purple13s last blog post..Blogs for business – business blogging tips

  11. Sarah says:

    I remember his book but not him. At one point people talked so much about the book rather than the author himself..

  12. Ingrid says:

    :/ That’s so sad. I mean I didn’t even hear about that tragic accident, .. how ironic that the person who wrote THAT BOOK, was the person who leaves so early..
    .. time is limited.

    Sad, really sad.


    Ingrids last blog post..These days everyone is a genius..

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