Would you live your life in a different way if you knew you were going to die? And what would you do if the doctors told you that you only have a week to live? Or the always foretold but never believed apocalypse decides to happen in 1 week and wipe out the world, and life as we know it. Would you continue with the humdrum existence or do something exciting and unforgettable?
Sooner or later Death will pay us all a visit, but we generally tend to wait for bad news before we launch into action? We tend to live our lives thinking we’re a permanent fixture on this earth with infinity ahead of us. For us humans, death is a great motivator for thinking about what’s really important, then we jump into action to change the course of our life and focus on what really needs to be done. Unless you know your days are numbered, we’ll plod through life accepting the status quo even though, silently, we’re craving for more because there’s no ultimatum, no deadline and no pressure.
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And when you realise your time is almost up is when you realise that the old adage which said, “make hay while the sun shines” was actually true. You tend to reflect on all the moments you let go, all the trips you didn’t take, all the books that remain unread and the paths that remain untrodden. You shouldn’t have to take your last breath with thoughts of all the “what if” moments in your life. Listen to your heart; stop wasting time plugging all those loopholes and do something that makes you happy.
Life is not just for existing, it’s made for living. Sure you probably cannot climb Mount Everest or swim through the English Channel with just a week left to live, but you can still try to go to that one place that’s been on your bucket list forever. And don’t worry about spending all your savings on this trip, after all, what are you going to do with it, after the week is up? Go ahead and splurge on this adventure of a lifetime before the week is up!
After you’re done with the simple things like getting a tattoo maybe or a piercing or partying hard with friends and family, think hard about where you want to go and just go there. It may be the mountains for some soul searching or a family trip to that world famous beach destination, a wild week in Las Vegas with your best buddy, go bungee jumping in New Zealand or break the bank and go skydiving over the Everest, or soak in some culture in Rajasthan! Wherever you decide to go, just make sure it is an epic, brag-worthy trip! But just in case, you’re all out of ideas we’ve made a list of places that we’d love to visit if we had only one week to live.
Wherever you go in the world, Saint Petersburg is one place that never fails to impress you and you will feel as if you’re immersed in a whole different another world. The once upon a time land of the Czars still bears their imprint in all the opulent buildings with gilded roofs. And man, do the Russians know how to party well! Sit down with some locals with some and exchange stories over vodka.
And while you do all that do some sightseeing as well and don’t even think of missing out on the Winter Palace, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, and White Nights an international arts festival which features ballet performances usually held in July.
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Is the ideal spot to unwind in the sun, it will become the best thing you ever came across in your life and add to that the exceptional food like Lampuki Pie, Kapunata, or Bigilla, these mind-blowing local specialities will keep your tummy full and satisfied. If ever you want to get away from all the sun and sand then head inland to explore the island like the Megalithic Temples of Malta, the Blue Grotto, the ancient ruins of Ħaġar Qim that date back to 3200 BC etc.
While most of the destinations on the Dalmatian Coast are generally considered to be summer vacation spots, Croatia’s Split has a lot to offer during the winter months too. A place that is steeped in ancient history. A split is a truly marvellous destination for those of you who are history buffs as it is home to the magnificent Diocletian's Palace, the historic port of Hvar, and the Croatian National Theatre. But fret not if history isn’t the only thing to do here, adventure enthusiasts can revel in the beautiful ocean and go sailing while in Split and the party animal also has quite a lot of places to go to and the great food adds to the overall vibe.
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One week is never enough to explore Paris, let alone a lifetime. Time will fly by so quickly in this city of love, that you’ll hardly notice—there's enough culture, shopping, food, and monuments to explore and immerse yourself in and everything about Paris is so beautiful it’ll send anyone's head spinning and leave you heartsick. But no one should ever have to die without having had a glimpse into the Parisian life, however fleeting it may be. The city manages to infuse in you warmth like it’s enveloped you in a beautifully warm hug! A week will allow you to visit all of the usual suspects; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and maybe even Disneyland Paris to reacquaint yourself with your inner child and if you’re looking to immerse yourself in Parisian culture, then the Latin Quarter, the Catacombs, and the Camp de Mars shouldn’t ever be missed.
One week immersed in the languid lifestyle of the island of Madeira will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face anything. Madeira is an archipelago of four islands off the northwest coast of Africa with some stunning seascapes that nature seems to have designed to help the human body relax and heal. If adventure is in your blood go paragliding at Madeira, and even if it doesn't then work up the nerve to do it, after all, it is your last week on earth and you have to do justice to your life, sample some excellent wine at Funchal, and Machico is the perfect hiking spot.
Who doesn’t want to savour the experience of seeing Iceland's infamous Northern Lights? And if you’re visiting Iceland in the last one week of your life, we can’t think of a better thing to do than just watch the display put up by the greatest showman ever, nature. The highway called the Ring Road loops around the coast of the country, allowing you to check out the black sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls and national parks in just a couple of days making this last holiday an ethereal one.
Granada in Spain has so steeped in history that it is visible in every building, landmark, and street and each of them have a story too. Seville, Malaga, and Madrid are all places that will make your heart sing, each of them is beautiful and entertaining in their own right and the friendliness of the Spanish folk along with the scrumptious food, and natural beauty will make sure that this week will be a well-lived one. And Spain has some wonderful famous spots which will immortalize your Instagram feed long after you’re gone.
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Bali, one of the best islands in the world is all about the beaches, great food and great entertainment. You can spend your week lounging on the sand or partying around the beaches, but if you’re craving something more Bali has that too. Bali is also renowned for being a hub for Yoga enthusiasts and what better time to indulge in some spiritualism than this last week. This Indonesian island is also covered in beautiful old temples and other heritage sights, so this is definitely a holiday which will offer you a bit of everything.
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Amsterdam is another city that will not fit neatly into your seven-day itinerary, but as we’ve said before you don’t have to see or do everything. It’s all about the experience and Amsterdam can offer you an experience like no other. This beautiful city built along canals will carve a niche for itself in your heart and live there forever.
Romania which is famed as the home ground of the fictional Count Dracula is a beautiful place to spend the last week of your life. Just four hours northwest of Bucharest is Sibiu, a city in Transylvania that is still preserved like a medieval town and considered to be one among Romania’s most important cultural centres. And being a cultural centre it is dotted with beautiful museums, parks and theatres. And it is also a paradise for history buffs, so go to the Bridge of Lies—built in 1859 and once thought to be capable of recognizing when people lied. And if you need an adrenaline boost or just some fresh air hike up the Făgăraș Mountains nearby to spend some quality time with nature.
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If you’re the religious sort, you’ll love this one. Most of us rely on or look towards a superior power only when we know that time is limited. We love to plead and beg for more in this hour more than we would’ve thought of the various deities in our whole lives. While I don’t know if that deity is listening and will grant you a miracle, I do know you tend to feel a whole lot better for praying and if you happen to visit a temple, mosque, church or any place of worship with good faith, then you’ll feel a lot closer to God and will try to come to terms with the fact that time is limited. India is dotted with places of worship, wash away your sins at Rameshwaram or go to Ajmer to visit the saints or go to Velankanni or the Golden temple in Amritsar or any of the million places of worship around. This pilgrimage will help in building a closer relationship with the lord before we die.
One of the best ways to be remembered is for all the good you have done and there is no better way to give back to the society than volunteering. Imagine how good it’ll feel to end your life on a great note, by helping someone else! There are loads of people and animals that are in desperate need of help and when you spend whatever little time you have in bettering the lives of others less fortunate than you, then you have lived a life that is much better and definitely less ordinary than others. It would definitely help me die peacefully knowing that I have genuinely tried, and I’d rather be immortalised for helping someone rather than for all the wrong I’ve done. There are several volunteering options out there in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya etc that you can try. Leave something more than just a carbon footprint on this earth.
For those of you with little time left, it is now or never. The word “living” takes on new meaning when you face the shortage of time. Life is too short as it is to keep pushing everything back until you have little or no time. Push those worries off a mountain, they aren’t your concern anymore, and just LIVE! And always remember no one should die with regrets.
One week might seem too little to the one who knows he has all the time in the world, but it still shouldn’t mean that you can’t pack in enough adventure and experience to make shuffling off this mortal coil a little bit bearable. Your life is calling out you saying, “take a chance on me”; so live life on your terms and most importantly live a life that is less ordinary!
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