368+ Bucket List Ideas for your Ultimate Bucket List

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From Tumblr posts to Pinterest boards – Bucket Lists have been popular since quite a few years already. It is connected to the idea to make the most out of their lives by creating a list of experiences and goals they hope to achieve before they die. If a bucket list is personalized and focuses on only the things that are important to you, it can be very meaningful and help you to stay motivated and inspired. Nonetheless, it is okay to seek for inspiration if you are not sure about your options.

Whether you’re looking to travel the world, try new things, or achieve personal milestones, there’s no shortage of bucket list ideas to explore. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most popular and unique bucket list ideas for all different levels to help inspire your own list.

Travel Bucket List Ideas

Many bucket list ideas are connected to specific places a person wants to visit or trips a person wants to make. The options here are only some of the most popular options to get you started, but I am sure you have already had some ideas of your own as well! In addition to those places you might want to go to, you can also think about means of transportation, how you want to get to know a place, and what you would like to do there. My bucket list is full of bike packing and hiking trips as I find traveling most enjoyable with those slower types of transportation.

Here are some popular ideas for your travel bucket list:

  1. Visit all seven continents
  2. See the Northern Lights in person
  3. Go on an African safari
  4. Explore the Amazon rainforest
  5. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey
  6. Walk the Great Wall of China
  7. Swim with sharks in the Galapagos Islands
  8. Go on a road trip across Route 66 in the United States
  9. Go on a whale-watching expedition in Alaska
  10. Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
  11. Visit the ancient city of Petra in Jordan
  12. Go island hopping in Greece
  13. Visit the Taj Mahal in India
  14. Go on a wildlife safari in South Africa
  15. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  16. Visit the Grand Canyon
  17. Go camping in a national park
  18. Take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti
  19. Go on a kayaking expedition
  20. Take a scenic helicopter tour
  21. Go on a horseback riding adventure
  22. Go on a wildlife safari in India
  23. Swim with dolphins in Hawaii
  24. Go on a snorkeling adventure in the Great Barrier Reef
  25. Go on a road trip across the country
  26. Take a cruise to a new destination
  27. Explore a new city or country every year
  28. Take a train journey across a scenic landscape
  29. Stay in a castle or a palace
  30. Go on a backpacking adventure through Europe
  31. Take a trip to a remote island
  32. Visit a new UNESCO World Heritage Site every year
  33. Go on a cultural immersion trip to a new country
  34. Travel solo to a new destination
  35. Travel to a new country or city every year
  36. Go on a road trip across the country or continent
  37. Take a cruise to a new destination or explore on a private yacht
  38. Visit a new island or beach every year
  39. Visit all of the US National Parks
  40. Travel to a new country or city with a different language or culture
  41. Explore a new city by foot or bicycle
  42. Visit a famous landmark, such as the Great Wall of China or the Taj Mahal
  43. Go on a luxury safari or private island getaway
  44. Swim with dolphins or go whale watching
  45. Visit a butterfly sanctuary or go birdwatching
  46. Take a hot air balloon ride over a national park or scenic location
  47. Go on a camping trip in the wilderness or backcountry
  48. Visit a natural wonder, such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls
  49. Go on a horseback riding adventure in a new location
  50. Hike to a remote waterfall or natural hot spring
  51. Go stargazing in a remote location or observatory
  52. Explore a new national forest or state park every year
  53. Visit every single country in the world

Adventure Bucket List Ideas

Adventures are a second very popular part of bucket lists. Keep in mind, that your adventures should be your adventures – there is no pressure to take on anything on this list just because it is popular. You can also think about how to make an adventure out of “slower” things on your bucket list. I, for example, find solo traveling with my bike just as adventurous in the long term as bungee jumping is in the short term!

  1. Go bungee jumping
  2. Learn to surf
  3. Go skydiving
  4. Learn to scuba dive
  5. Go rock climbing
  6. Try white water rafting
  7. Go paragliding
  8. Go zip lining
  9. Go sandboarding
  10. Go caving
  11. Climb a mountain, such as Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro
  12. Take a hot air balloon ride over a scenic landscape
  13. Go paragliding or hang gliding
  14. Go on a safari and see wild animals in their natural habitat
  15. Go scuba diving or snorkeling in a coral reef
  16. Go on a camping trip in the wilderness

Food and Drink Bucket List Ideas

There is so much variety in food leading to endless possibilities to try out new things. This is also really nice to combine with your travel bucket list because the most authentic cuisine is most often found in the regions of origin. But of course you can also put things on the list, that you would like to cook yourself – no need to travel all the time. Those ideas can then be a fun (solo) date idea for an evening.

  1. Try every flavor of gelato in Italy
  2. Eat street food in Thailand
  3. Try sushi in Japan
  4. Eat a croissant in Paris
  5. Have afternoon tea in London
  6. Try a real Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  7. Have a pint of Guinness in Dublin
  8. Try poutine in Canada
  9. Try real Mexican tacos in Mexico
  10. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley
  11. Learn to cook a new cuisine
  12. Try a new exotic food or delicacy
  13. Attend a wine- or beer-tasting event
  14. Visit a famous food market, such as La Boqueria in Barcelona or Tsukiji in Tokyo
  15. Go on a food tour in a new city or country
  16. Have a fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant
  17. Learn to make your own beer or wine
  18. Try a new cocktail every week for a year
  19. Attend a food festival, such as the Taste of Chicago or the New Orleans Food & Wine Festival
  20. Visit a coffee plantation or learn to roast your own coffee beans
  21. Learn to mix drinks
  22. Try drinks without alcohol like alcohol-free gin
  23. Learn to bake your own bread or pastries
  24. Try a new type of cuisine, such as vegan or gluten-free
  25. Host a dinner party featuring a new cuisine or cooking technique
  26. Go vegan

Culture and Entertainment Bucket List Ideas

Culture and traveling are also greatly interconnected – a video of an opera is just not the same as seeing it in person. To personalize your bucket list, this is the place for festivals and music artists you have always wanted to go to, for museums or for cultural things you want to make yourself.

  1. Attend a Broadway show in New York City
  2. Attend the opera in Vienna
  3. Visit the Louvre in Paris
  4. Visit the Vatican City and see the Sistine Chapel
  5. See the Mona Lisa in person
  6. Attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland
  7. Attend the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  8. Attend a music festival such as Coachella or Glastonbury
  9. Visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
  10. Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

Personal Development Bucket List Ideas

One of my biggest goals is to never stop learning. I am deeply impressed by people who speak multiple languages, are very literate, or just disciplined in general. This is why I also have a lot of personal development goals on my bucket list – a list that is more easily accessible than the traveling goals, as you just need a bit of time and maybe an app or a few YouTube videos to start.

  1. Learn a new language
  2. Write a book
  3. Learn to play a musical instrument
  4. Learn to meditate
  5. Complete a marathon (or a half-marathon to start)
  6. Learn to paint or draw
  7. Take a cooking class
  8. Learn to code
  9. Take a public speaking course
  10. Start your own business
  11. Write a book
  12. Climb a mountain
  13. Learn a new language
  14. Learn to play a musical instrument
  15. Start your own business
  16. Get a degree or certification
  17. Quit a bad habit
  18. Take a meditation or mindfulness course
  19. Attend a personal growth or self-help seminar
  20. Learn to manage stress or anxiety through therapy or self-care techniques
  21. Learn a new skill, such as coding or woodworking
  22. Take a public speaking or communication course
  23. Travel solo to a new destination
  24. Take a solo retreat or sabbatical for personal reflection and growth
  25. Learn to write poetry or keep a journal – for example with the help of tarot cards.
  26. Attend a personal development retreat or workshop
  27. Learn to practice gratitude or positive thinking
  28. Increase your upper limit of happiness
  29. Practice mindfulness and meditation daily
  30. Take a personal development course or workshop
  31. Write a daily journal or gratitude list
  32. Practice yoga or Pilates regularly
  33. Learn a new form of self-defense, such as martial arts or boxing
  34. Attend a retreat or spiritual journey
  35. Go on a digital detox and disconnect from technology for a period of time
  36. Learn to embrace failure and see it as a learning opportunity
  37. Read a new book every month
  38. Practice daily acts of kindness and service to others
  39. Run a marathon or participate in a triathlon
  40. Learn a new language fluently
  41. Earn a degree or certification in a new field
  42. Start your own business or side hustle
  43. Pay off all debt and become financially independent
  44. Volunteer regularly for a cause you are passionate about
  45. Write and deliver a TED talk or keynote speech
  46. Buy a house or invest in real estate
  47. Achieve a major physical fitness goal, such as a six-pack or completing 100 push-ups
  48. Donate a significant amount of money to charity

Charity and Volunteer Bucket List Ideas

A big staple in bucket lists is volunteering, be it to give back, to make the world a better place, or to help people, animals, or social institutions in need. When you find an engagement that motivates you to keep going, this could last a life time. If you are not sure what you would like to do yet, you can also try out multiple local organisations that interest you.

  1. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  2. Teach English abroad
  3. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  4. Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  5. Volunteer at a children’s hospital
  6. Volunteer at a senior center
  7. Volunteer at a food bank
  8. Participate in a beach or park cleanup
  9. Volunteer at a literacy program
  10. Participate in a charity walk or run
  11. Donate a significant amount of money to a charity
  12. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank
  13. Start a fundraising campaign for a good cause
  14. Organize a charity event, such as a run or a benefit concert
  15. Mentor a young person or become a Big Brother or Big Sister
  16. Sponsor a child or family in need
  17. Donate blood or become an organ donor
  18. Participate in a charity walk or run
  19. Build a home or school in a developing country
  20. Teach a class or workshop for free in your community
  21. Organize a fundraiser or benefit for a cause you care about
  22. Create a scholarship or grant for underprivileged students
  23. Donate your time or expertise to a non-profit organization

Sports and Fitness Bucket List Ideas

Many challenges that push you to your limits involve sports. But you do not have to reach for your limits for every item on your bucket list – trying out a new sport or doing a sport you already enjoy in a particular location can be wonderful bucket list ideas as well.

  1. Run a marathon
  2. Complete a triathlon
  3. Climb a mountain
  4. Learn to play a new sport, such as golf or tennis
  5. Attend the Olympic Games
  6. Go on a cycling tour through a scenic area
  7. Participate in a charity bike ride
  8. Try an extreme sport, such as base jumping or snowboarding
  9. Attend a major sports championship, such as the Super Bowl or World Series
  10. Hike to the top of a famous peak, such as Half Dome or Mount Everest
  11. Learn to rock climb or go bungee jumping
  12. Go skydiving or try indoor skydiving
  13. Learn to scuba dive or go snorkeling
  14. Go on a hiking or camping trip in a new location
  15. Try a new fitness class, such as yoga or Pilates
  16. Play a new sport or join a recreational league
  17. Complete a Tough Mudder or obstacle course race
  18. Learn to surf or go paddleboarding
  19. Learn dancing hip hop, swing or another style of dancing

Creative Bucket List Ideas

If you are a creative person (or want to learn how to be one) these are the bucket list ideas for you. You can only create for yourself, or you can even think about showing them in a gallery or online.

  1. Learn photography and capture beautiful moments
  2. Learn to write poems or stories
  3. Take up painting or sculpting
  4. Make a piece of jewelry from scratch
  5. Create a beautiful garden from scratch
  6. Record an album or a podcast
  7. Participate in a street art festival
  8. Create a scrapbook or photo album of your life
  9. Learn graphic design and create your own logo or artwork
  10. Learn calligraphy and handwrite beautiful letters and invitations

Career and Professional Development Bucket List Ideas

In our society, work is a big part of our lives – why not create as much meaning for us as we can in that part? You can also look critically towards the societal definition of career – for me, my dream job is for example a job that aligns with my values and gives the possibility of change.

  1. Land your dream job
  2. Start your own business
  3. Speak at a major conference or event
  4. Publish an academic paper or book
  5. Become a mentor or coach to others
  6. Learn a new skill that will enhance your career
  7. Network with professionals in your industry
  8. Take a leadership role in your workplace
  9. Write a business plan or pitch your idea to investors
  10. Attend a major industry conference or event

Social and Relationship Bucket List Ideas

Social connection is another big part of our lives that can also be included within your bucket list. Here are some ideas:

  1. Host a dinner party for friends and family
  2. Take a couples retreat with your partner
  3. Reconnect with an old friend or family member
  4. Attend a family reunion
  5. Meet your favorite celebrity or public figure
  6. Go on a blind date
  7. Host a holiday party for your friends and family
  8. Take a family vacation
  9. Learn to forgive someone who has wronged you
  10. Make new friends in a new city or country
  11. Attend a major networking event or conference
  12. Host a successful dinner party or social event
  13. Go on a blind date or try speed dating
  14. Reconnect with an old friend or family member
  15. Take a family vacation or reunion
  16. Make a new friend from a different culture or background
  17. Attend a wedding or proposal
  18. Go on a group vacation or trip with friends
  19. Attend a support group or therapy session
  20. Make amends with someone you had a falling out with
  21. Find your soulmate or significant other
  22. Get married or renew your vows in a unique location
  23. Renew a friendship or reconnect with an old flame
  24. Write a love letter or poem to your significant other
  25. Go on a romantic getaway or couples’ retreat
  26. Start a family or adopt a child
  27. Celebrate a milestone anniversary or special occasion
  28. Make a new friend or join a social group
  29. Host a party or social gathering in your home
  30. Go on a blind date or try online dating

Financial Bucket List Ideas

Financial stability can allow you to pursue your other goals more freely. This is why it is always a good idea to also think about financial goals:

  1. Save a specific amount of money in a savings account
  2. Invest in stocks or real estate
  3. Pay off all your debts
  4. Start a retirement fund
  5. Create a budget and stick to it (for example by living more frugally)
  6. Achieve a specific level of income
  7. Learn to negotiate a higher salary
  8. Invest in a startup or new business venture
  9. Learn to manage your own finances
  10. Retire comfortably and live your dream lifestyle
  11. Start a successful business or invest in a startup (find ideas in our 100+ income streams)
  12. Save a specific amount of money or achieve a financial goal
  13. Retire early and travel the world
  14. Invest in real estate or buy a second home
  15. Create a passive income stream or invest in stocks and bonds
  16. Pay off all debt or become debt-free
  17. Learn to budget or manage your money more effectively
  18. Start a side hustle or earn extra income
  19. Teach financial literacy or mentor someone in personal finance
  20. Donate to a charitable cause or create a foundation

Technology and Innovation Bucket List Ideas

Technology is becoming more and more important in today’s society – you can use the chance to develop yourself as well, for example with the following ideas:

  1. Learn to code or program a new application
  2. Attend a tech conference or exhibition
  3. Build your own website or mobile application
  4. Invest in a new technology or startup
  5. Learn to use a new software or tool
  6. Create a new blog or online community
  7. Attend a hackathon or startup weekend
  8. Participate in a crowdsourcing or crowdfunding campaign
  9. Learn to use virtual reality or augmented reality technology
  10. Follow and learn from tech thought leaders and influencers
  11. Start using AI
  12. Buy the latest gadget or tech device
  13. Start a blog or vlog and build a following
  14. Launch your own online store
  15. Create a social media campaign or go viral
  16. Invent a new product or technology
  17. Learn to use a 3D printer or other cutting-edge technology
  18. Attend a virtual reality or augmented reality experience
  19. Attend a technology conference or expo
  20. Build a computer or create a new tech gadget
  21. Develop a new invention or patent an idea
  22. Attend a TED talk or TEDx event
  23. Learn about artificial intelligence or blockchain technology

Fun and Miscellaneous Bucket List Ideas

  1. Attend a music festival, such as Coachella or Glastonbury
  2. Learn to ride a motorcycle or drive a stick shift car
  3. Visit a haunted house or go on a ghost tour
  4. Go on a hot air balloon ride
  5. Attend a magic show or learn to perform magic tricks
  6. Learn to ice skate or roller skate
  7. Participate in a flash mob or public dance performance
  8. Attend a cosplay or fan convention
  9. Go on a treasure hunt or solve a mystery game
  10. Learn to juggle or perform circus tricks

Arts and Culture Bucket List Ideas

  1. Attend a Broadway show or musical
  2. Visit a famous museum, such as the Louvre or the Met
  3. Learn to play a musical instrument
  4. Attend a classical music concert or opera
  5. Take a painting or drawing class
  6. Learn to dance, such as salsa or tango
  7. Visit a famous art gallery, such as the Tate Modern or the Guggenheim
  8. Attend a film festival, such as Sundance or Cannes
  9. Participate in a theatre production or improv show
  10. Write and publish your own book or screenplay
  11. Visit all of the major museums in the world
  12. Participate in a local theater or improv group
  13. Write a screenplay or stage play
  14. Attend a film festival or screening
  15. Create your own art or learn to paint or draw
  16. Attend a music festival or concert
  17. Learn to play a musical instrument or sing
  18. Write and publish a book or poetry collection
  19. Attend a literary festival or writers’ conference

Sports and Games Bucket List Ideas

  1. Attend a major sporting event, such as the Olympics or the Super Bowl
  2. Learn to play a new sport, such as golf or tennis
  3. Attend a professional wrestling event or participate in a match
  4. Play in a high-stakes poker game or tournament
  5. Go to a NASCAR race or learn to drive a race car
  6. Learn to play chess or other strategy games
  7. Attend a major esports tournament, such as League of Legends or Overwatch
  8. Go to a horse race or bet on a winning horse
  9. Participate in a dodgeball or kickball league
  10. Try your hand at extreme sports, such as parkour or base jumping

Environment and Sustainability Bucket List Ideas

  1. Plant a tree or start a garden
  2. Learn to compost or reduce your waste
  3. Attend a climate change protest or rally
  4. Buy an electric or hybrid car
  5. Switch to renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines
  6. Volunteer for an environmental cause or organization
  7. Go on an eco-tourism trip or volunteer for a conservation project

Personal Style and Fashion Bucket List Ideas

  1. Create a signature look or personal brand
  2. Attend a fashion show or design your own collection
  3. Learn to sew or create your own clothing line
  4. Master a new makeup or beauty technique
  5. Go on a shopping spree in a new city or country
  6. Buy a designer handbag or pair of shoes
  7. Get a complete makeover or wardrobe consultation

Social and Political Bucket List Ideas

  1. Attend a political rally or march for a cause you believe in
  2. Join a social activism group or start your own organization
  3. Volunteer for a political campaign or work for a political party
  4. Meet a political leader or attend a political event
  5. Vote in every election or run for political office
  6. Participate in a social justice or human rights project
  7. Learn about a new culture or religion and attend a ceremony or service
  8. Advocate for a cause or volunteer for a non-profit organization

Education and Career Bucket List Ideas

  1. Obtain a new degree or certification
  2. Attend a prestigious university or academic program
  3. Learn a new language fluently
  4. Attend a professional development or networking conference
  5. Start your own business or become an entrepreneur
  6. Work in a new industry or profession
  7. Publish a research paper or academic article
  8. Mentor someone in your field or become a mentor
  9. Take a sabbatical or extended leave from work to pursue personal goals
  10. Create your own personal brand or become a thought leader in your industry

Spiritual Bucket List Ideas

  1. Attend a silent meditation retreat or yoga retreat
  2. Go on a pilgrimage or visit a holy site
  3. Practice daily mindfulness or meditation
  4. Read a sacred text or philosophy book from cover to cover
  5. Attend a spiritual seminar or workshop
  6. Become a certified life coach or spiritual advisor
  7. Practice forgiveness and let go of grudges
  8. Practice gratitude and express thanks daily
  9. Learn to let go of attachments and live in the present moment
  10. Create a vision board or journal about personal goals and dreams


In conclusion, a bucket list is a personal and unique collection of goals and experiences that an individual wishes to achieve in their lifetime. It can encompass a wide range of categories, including travel and adventure, personal development, education and career, arts and culture, relationships and love, and many more.

Creating a bucket list can help you set goals and priorities, and give you a sense of purpose and direction in life. It can also be a fun and exciting way to challenge yourself, explore new interests, and experience the world around you.

The 400 bucket list ideas mentioned in this article are just a starting point. It’s important to remember that your bucket list should reflect your own personal goals and aspirations. So, take some time to reflect on what truly matters to you and start creating your own bucket list today.

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