500 Bucket List Ideas in 2024: Fun, Unique & Travel Items (2024)

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What is a bucket list? Tips for creating a bucket list in 2024 1. Think big! 2. Don’t be afraid to get creative 3. Make it personal 4. Be open to new experiences 5. Seek inspiration 6. Prioritize your goals 7. Have fun and enjoy the journey Bucket List Ideas about Travel 1. Travel internationally 2. Do a polar plunge in Antarctica 3. Fly first class (or business class) 4. Explore a new continent 5. Travel solo to a country where you don’t speak the language 6. Stay in an underwater hotel 7. Attend a renowned international festival (i.e. Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, Lantern Festival) 8. Visit all 50 US states 9. Live, study, or work abroad 10. See the Eiffel Tower at night 11. Attend Holi in India (Festival of Colors) 12. Go bathing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon 13. Take a year-long sabbatical to travel 14. Spend the night in an Airbnb treehouse 15. Go on a trip to the Scottish Highlands 16. Experience the fall foliage in New England 17. Watch the Pope give a speech at the Vatican 18. See the Egyptian Pyramids 19. Hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 20. Attend a sumo wrestling match in Japan 21. Ride a camel in the Wadi Rum Desert of Jordan 22. Sail the Norwegian fjords 23. Stay at an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean 24. Get paid to travel 25. Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico (Día de los Muertos) 26. Go to a Luau in Hawaii 27. Swim in every ocean 28. Sleep in an overnight train 29. Celebrate Chinese New Year in China 30. Experience Burning Man in Nevada, USA (festival in the desert) 31. Be a tourist in your own city 32. Tour a medieval castle 33 See the ancient city of Petra at night 34. Sleep on a houseboat 35. Go sandboarding on the dunes of Namibia 36. Hike through Antelope Canyon in Arizona 37. Visit the vineyards of Tuscany 38. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon 39. Witness the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Circle 40. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland 41. Explore the Fairy Tale Route in Germany (that inspired the Brothers Grimm fairytales 42. Chase waterfalls in Iceland 43. Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Kyoto, Japan 44. Do a wine tasting in Napa Valley 45. Visit the European Christmas Markets 46. Go on a road trip around the US 47. Sleep in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora 48. Visit the monasteries of Meteora, Greece 49. Swim with sharks in South Africa 50. Attend an opera at the Sydney Opera House 51. Go on a wine tour in Bordeaux, France 52. Go hiking in Patagonia (The W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile) 53. Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco 54. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris 55. Fly in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey 56. Stay in a glass igloo in Scandinavia 57. Visit the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica 58. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey 59. Go skiing in Aspen, Colorado 60. Drink a pint at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin 61. Explore Ancient Maya Ruins in Mexico 62. Visit the Valley of the Kings in Egypt: 63. Visit the White House in Washington D.C. 64. See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) 65. Eat fresh Maine lobster (in Maine) 66. Hike to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa 67. Visit Jerusalem, the Holy Land 68. Explore the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia 69. Shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills 70. Go on a polar bear safari in Churchill, Canada 71. Ride a cable car in San Francisco 72. Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia 73. Go on a safari in Africa – A top bucket list idea for animal lovers 74. Add this to your bucket list: The Forbidden City in China 75. Explore the Medina and tanneries of Fez, Morocco 76. Hike the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast 77. Spend New Year’s Eve in NYC 78. Go on a dog sledding adventure in Lapland, Finland 79. Watch the Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park 80. Visit the ancient ruins of Persepolis in Iran 81. Stand beneath the world’s biggest trees 82. Learn how to surf in Hawaii 83. Dress up and attend the Kentucky Derby 84. Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy 85. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway 86. Wander the colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia 87. Hike the Highline Trail at Glacier National Park 88. Hike the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii 89. Tour the Rice Terraces in Bali 90. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame 91. Go to the Carnival Celebration in Rio de Janeiro 92. Cross Abbey Road in London 93. Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland 94. Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans 95. Explore the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia 96. Go on a cruise in the Caribbean 97. Visit the Trulli houses in Alberobello, Italy 98. Stand in four states at once (Four Corners – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah) 99. Watch the sunset from Santorini 100. Hug a giant sequoia tree 101. Other bucket list things: Ride a vespa through Tuscany 102. Explore the ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland 103. Gamble at the Casino Monte Carlo 104. Attend the Krampus Run in Austria or Bavaria (traditional alpine event) 105. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans 106. Visit the Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya, India 107. Go volcano surfing in Nicaragua 108. Drive Route 66 in the US 109. See a glacier up close (make this bucket list idea a priority!) 110. Visit Angel Falls in Venezuela 111. Explore the Derweze Gas Crater in Turkmenistan (The “Door to Hell”) 112. Climb the Statue of Liberty 113. Tour the extraordinary castles of Romania 114. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda 115. Hike all the 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado 116. Visit the Rock Islands of Palau 117. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park 118. Go scuba diving or snorkeling 119. Ride horses in Iceland 120. Sail down the Nile River in Egypt 121. Visit Alcatraz in San Francisco 122. Go skiing in the Swiss Alps 123. Go to Walt Disney World in Florida 124. Zip-line through the Costa Rican rainforest 125. Take a photo in front of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro 126. Ride the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls 127. Walk along the Great Wall of China – a bucket list attraction for culture and history lovers 128. Walk the Las Vegas Strip 129. Kayak around the icebergs of Greenland 130. Go to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles 131. Ride the Death Road in Bolivia by bike 132. Camel trek in the Moroccan Sahara Desert 133. Hike to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan 134. Visit the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia 135. Tour the Colosseum in Rome 36. Check the Amazon Rainforest off your bucket list 137. Ski during the summer in Zermatt, Switzerland 138. Visit Stonehenge in the UK 139. Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines 140. See the geysers (hot springs) in Iceland 141. Trek to the Lost City in Colombia (Teyuna) 142. Run with the Bulls in Pamplona 143. Snorkel between continents at Silfra Fissure in Iceland 144. Drive the Big Sur in California 145. Float in the Dead Sea 146. Ride a gondola through Venice’s canals 147. Hike the Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast: 148. See kangaroos in Australia 149. Bobsled down an Olympic track in Lake Placid, New York 150. Stay at a luxury resort in the Maldives 151. Take a street art tour in Berlin, Germany 152. Visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand 153. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge 154. Spend a weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich 155. Do a pub crawl in London 156. Go white-water rafting on the Zambezi River, Zambia 157. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail 158. Attend a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan 159. Eat a clam chowder bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf 160. Go surfing on Australia’s Golden Coast 161. Take a cooking class in Chiang Mai, Thailand 162. Visit the Cotswolds in England 163. See a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia 164. Drive down Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world) 165. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia 166. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through Canada 167. Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe 168. Hike the Atlas Mountains in Morocco 169. Go caving in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand 170. Go camping in Joshua Tree National Park 171. Bungee jump off Victoria Falls 172. Add this unique experience to your bucket list: Stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden 173. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston 174. Cycle the Ring of Kerry in Ireland 175. Visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil 176. Go on a ghost tour in Edinburgh, Scotland 177. Catch a Broadway show in New York 178. Take a salsa class in Cali, Colombia 179. Spend the night at Giraffe Manor in Kenya 180. Go white water rafting on the Colorado River 181. Step foot on each of the seven continents 182. Visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam 183. Fly over the Nazca Lines in Peru 184. See how coffee is made in Colombia 185. Go on a truffle hunt in Tuscany 186. Attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 187. Climb Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka for sunrise 188. Visit the Alamo in Texas 189. Watch a country show in Nashville 190. Hike the Himalayas – one of the most fun bucket list ideas imaginable 191. Walk through Central Park 192. Go pearl diving in Bahrain 193. Visit Milford Sound in New Zealand 194. Ski down the slopes of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain 195. Tour the Mendoza Wine Region in Argentina 196. Attend a live tango show in Buenos Aires, Argentina 197. Learn about Mayan history in Mexico 198. Take a photo in front of the Hollywood Sign 199. Visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador 200. Go whale-watching in Cape Cod 201. Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan 202. See the tulips in Amsterdam 203. Paddle through the Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico 204. Ride a seaplane over Heart Reef in Australia 205. Join a drumming circle in Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech 206. Hit the Florida theme parks 207. Stay at a geothermal spa near Arenal National Park 208. Get lost in the concrete jungle – One of the coolest bucket list ideas for citygoers 209. Go island hopping in Greece 210. Take a Kite-Surfing Lesson in Tarifa, Spain 211. See crocodiles in the wild 212. Take a Bollywood Dance Class in Mumbai, India 213. Tour the Panama Canal 214. Attend the Siena Horse Race (Palio di Siena) in Italy 215. Whitewater rafting in Alaska 216. Visit the baths in Budapest 217. Attend the Olympic Games 218. Take a Viking River Cruise 219. Go on a Chocolate Making Workshop in Belgium 220. See toucans in the wild 221. Step aboard the Orient Express (that once traveled from Paris to Istanbul) 222. Watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone National Park 223. Ride the World’s Longest Zipline in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 224. Go glamping in the American Southwest 225. Walk to the top of the Acropolis in Athens 226. Sail on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam 227. Walk through the Dark Hedges in Ireland 228. Attend the Ascot Races in England 229. Cuddle with Koalas in Australia 230. Go on a gourmet food tour in Lyon, France 231. Drive the Road to Hana in Maui 232. Participate in a Tea Picking Ceremony in China 233. Explore the imperial city of Marrakesh 234. Visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul 235. Go camping in the middle of nature 236. Eat a cheese fondue in Switzerland 237. Go dune bashing in the Dubai Desert 238. Stay at a hotel on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos 239. Go deep sea fishing in the Bahamas 240. Top of my bucket list: Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia 241. Attend the Lavender Festival in Provence, France 242. Catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona 243. Drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy 244. Visit the “New” 7 Wonders of the World 245. Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park 246. Go on a craft beer tour in Belgium 247. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain 248. Join a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro 249. Eat Liege waffles in Belgium 250. Take a Silk Road Tour in Central Asia 251. Swim with jellyfish in Palau 252. See the Moai statues of Easter Island 253. The ultimate bucket list adventure: Go backpacking for an extended period 254. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix 255. Swim in Jellyfish Lake in Palau 256. View Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park 257. Take a street food tour in Bangkok, Thailand 258. Visit the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland 259. Take a Scenic Flight over the Himalayas, Nepal 260. Walk through the Red Square in Moscow 261. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building 262. Explore thousands of years of history at the Acropolis of Athens 263. Walk across the Stari Most bridge in Mostar 264. Go on a Cave Diving Adventure in Mexico’s Cenotes 265. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman 266. Take a Calligraphy Class in Japan 277. Hike Rainbow Mountain in Peru 278. Go on a catamaran cruise in the Seychelles 279. Tour the Space Center in Houston 280. Ride the Hogwarts Express in Scotland 281. Experience all four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall 282. Walk along the Berlin Wall 283. Attend a gaucho festival in Argentina 284. Climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite 285. Go night diving with manta rays in Hawaii 286. Eat Sachertorte in Austria 287. Take a glass bottom boat tour in the Maldives 288. Visit the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia 289. Explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China 290. Go stargazing in the desert 291. Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace 292. Attend the Haka Performance in New Zealand 293. Visit the Hottest Place on Earth, Death Valley 294. Go on a hot air balloon safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya 295. Take a selfie at the Trevi Fountain in Rome 296. Ride with the Gauchos in Argentina 297. Attend the Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand 298. Step into a fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber 299. Take a train ride through the Swiss Alps – A bucket list-worthy experience like no other! Bucket List Ideas about Life and Personal Advancement 300. Set a Guinness World Record 301. Complete an Ironman Triathlon 302. Give a presentation to thousands of people 303. Learn to fly a plane 304. Attend a Vipassana (silent meditation retreat) 305. Overcome a long-term fear 306. Achieve a minimalist lifestyle 307. Try Dining in the Dark 308. Wake up early to catch the sunrise 309. Get involved in a peaceful protest 310. Learn to cook gourmet meals 311. Donate to a charity 312. Record your own music album 313. Learn how to code 314. Live off the grid for a month 315. Break a bad habit 316. Go on a mission trip 317. Learn another language 318. Spend a week without electronics 319. Develop a new app 320. Help an old man (or woman) cross the street 321. Build your own business 322. Get a job in a new field 323. Learn a martial art 324. Do a random act of kindness everyday for a year 325. Try ecstatic dancing 326. Run a marathon – one of the top bucket list ideas for athletes 327. Eat no sugar for a month 328. Write a personal manifesto 329. Try acupuncture 330. Become fluent in sign language 331. Buy a pet from a local animal shelter 332. Create a charitable foundation 333. Host a foreign exchange student 334. Stick to your New Year’s Resolution 335. Become a subject matter expert 336. Sell everything you have and move abroad 337. Learn survival skills 338. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in a garden 339. Write or direct a short film 340. No fast food for a month 341. Complete a professional certification 342. Set up a non-profit organization 343. Give up caffeine for a week 344. Go horseback riding 345. Attend a wellness retreat 346. Take a self defense class 347. Do something people say you can’t do 348. Start a podcast or YouTube Channel 349. Cut your hair and donate it 350. Learn a new dance 351. Learn how to ski and snowboard 352. Buy a stranger’s coffee 353. Play a new instrument – A fun bucket list idea for just about everyone 354. Don’t care about what others think 355. Do a solo backpacking trip 356. Go on a humanitarian aid trip 357. Become a wine connoisseur 358. Learn how to drive a stick shift 359. Learn how to sail 360. Get a master’s degree 361. Learn how to farm 362. Create passive income 363. Help an elderly person carry their groceries 364. Become a certified yoga instructor 365. Inspire a friend to make a bucket list 366. Learn how to make wine 367. Tell your family how much you love them 368. Learn to DJ 369. Meditate in a Buddhist temple 370. Go on a blind date 371. Add skydiving to your bucket list Ultimate Bucket List Ideas that You Can Do from Home 372. Create a blog 373. Start an indoor herb garden 374. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle 375. Create a scrapbook 376. Invent a new co*cktail 377. Paint a canvas 378. Have a picnic in your backyard 379. Knit a sweater 380. Be a tourist in your own city or town 381. Brew your own beer 382. Build a model plane 383. Write a letter to your future self 384. Host a virtual movie night 385. Binge a season of a TV series 386. Create a vision board 387. Design your dream home 388. Have breakfast in bed 389. Try Yoga and Meditation 390. Make homemade pizza 391. Make your own soap 392. Have a child 393. Learn to make sushi 394. Write a book 395. Practice indoor photography 396. Research your family lineage 397. Prepare a dish from your favorite country 398. Bucket list idea: Find a healthy work-life balance in your life 399. Do a board game night with friends or family 400. Create a family tree 401. Bake a homemade pie 402. Learn to juggle 403. Start a new family tradition 404. Build your dream home 405. Complete a crossword puzzle 406. Get a cold plunge tub to practice cold immersion 407. Read a new book or novel Unique Bucket List Ideas for Helping Others 408. Tell an old teacher how much of a positive influence they had on your life 409. Volunteer at a local shelter 410. Take your partner on a dream vacation 411. Organize a community clean-up 412. Feed a homeless person 413. Start a tutoring service 414. Serve food at a soup kitchen 415. Give flowers to someone you care about 416. Be a mentor to someone else 417. Bring candy or toys to kids at a hospital 418. Donate blood regularly 419. Leave online reviews for others to see 420. Teach a skill to underprivileged youth 421. Participate in a Relay for Life event 422. Start a community garden 423. Tell someone special “I love you” 424. Invite a homeless person for dinner at a restaurant 425. Do volunteer work – A unique bucket list idea that will help you give back to the community 426. Build a home with Habitat for Humanity 427. Sponsor a child’s education 428. Add this to the bucket list: hosting a charity event 429. Work at a local food pantry 430. Adopt a pet 431. Join a disaster relief effort/organization 432. Teach English as a second language 433. Host a couch surfer at your home 434. Make a difference in someone else’s life 435. Give away free hugs 436. Participate in micro-lending to people in developing countries 437. Leave cookies on a stranger’s doorstep 438. Create a scholarship fund 439. Compliment others every day 440. Organize a book drive 441. Adopt a child 442. Pay for someone’s expired car meter 443. Be an organ donor or give blood to help others realize their bucket list dreams 444. Make a child’s dream come true with the Make a Wish Foundation 445. Plant trees in deforested area 446. Help out during a natural disaster 447. Start a pay-it-forward chain 448. Donate toys at Christmas 449. Donate your hair 450. Start a crowdfunding project for someone in need 451. Build a school in a third world country 452. Buy a drink for a stranger 453. Help someone learn English 454. Join a board of a non-profit 455. Volunteer at a nursing home 456. Teach digital skills to the elderly 457. Help out on a political campaign 458. Create a little free library in your front yard 459. Share your knowledge with someone who needs it 460. Plant a tree on Earth Day 461. Become a virtual mentor for teens Adventure Bucket List Ideas 462. Walk on hot coal (fire walking) 463. Try rock climbing 464. Play paintball with friends 465. Go sandboarding 466. Ride an ATV 467. Participate in an Escape Room 468. Go indoor skydiving 469. Fly in a seaplane 470. Climb up a tree 471. Hike every trail in a park or nature reserve 472. Go caving (explore underground caves) 473. Swim with stingrays 474. Join a flash mob 475. Swim with dolphins 476. Practice an extreme sport 477. Try paragliding 478. Go snow tubing 479. Ride a zip line 480. Take a trapeze class Nature and Wildlife Bucket List Ideas 481. Go ice fishing 482. Go on a birdwatching expedition 483. Witness a meteor shower 484. Hike through a rainforest 485. Kayak in a river or lake 486. Watch a volcanic eruption 487. Go on a nighttime nature walk 488. Try falconry 489. Create a backyard habitat (attract bees, birds, and butterflies) 490. Build a wildlife pond 491. Go butterfly watching 492. Go bioluminescent kayaking 493. Take an underwater photography class 494. Join a bat watching event 495. Go on a penguin watching tour 496. Try snowshoeing in a winter wonderland 497. Go on a safari on horseback 498. Go on a guided nature therapy walk 499. Create a nature journal (document your observations and ideas about the natural world) 500. Tell your friends about your bucket list and encourage them to create their own! Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about bucket lists How do I create a bucket list? How long should a bucket list be? What should I put on my bucket list? How do I start crossing things off my bucket list? What is number 1 on most people’s bucket list? Is it okay to change my bucket list? Can I have more than one bucket list? Do I have to do everything on my bucket list? Can I add things to my bucket list after I’ve completed them? How do I know when I’ve completed everything on my bucket list? Can I share my bucket list with others? 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Ready to make 2024 the best year yet? Looking for some unique ideas of things to put on your bucket list? Here’s my ultimate bucket list of fun, exciting, and travel ideas that will get you feeling inspired!

We’re talking about the kind of experiences that make you say, “Wow, did I really just do that?” From secret spots that feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet to wild adventures that’ll have you buzzing for days, here’s the scoop on what to do (and where to go) for an epic year ahead.

I’ve always loved bucket lists because they inspire me to go on adventures and live life fully. It’s one thing to dream about everything I’d like to do, but writing down bucket list things holds me accountable. I’ve visited 58 countries so far, yet my bucket list continues to grow (much faster than I can cross things off!).

Here are over 500 unique bucket list ideas about travel, life, and personal advancement. Hopefully, they will provide inspiration for your own life goals in 2024!

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What is a bucket list?

Before diving into all the different things to put on your bucket list, let’s first briefly define what it is.

A bucket list is essentially a list of things that you want to do or accomplish in your lifetime. The term “bucket list” comes from the phrase “kick the bucket,” which means to die. Therefore, a bucket list includes all the different things you want to do before you die, including dreams, goals, and adventures.

Bucket lists can also include major accomplishments, small pleasures in life, and everything in between. It’s always a good idea to have a north star, and bucket lists give us something positive (and uplifting) to focus on.

Some people’s bucket lists might include traveling to exotic destinations, skydiving, or running a marathon. Others might include more personal goals, like learning to play a musical instrument or getting a tattoo. No matter what’s on your list, a bucket list is a great way to keep track of the things that are most important to you. That way, you don’t miss out on any of the amazing experiences life has to offer.

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Tips for creating a bucket list in 2024

To help you brainstorm and prioritize all the different bucket list ideas below, here are some quick tips that might be helpful:

1. Think big!

Don’t limit yourself to small or practical ideas. Your bucket list is a chance to dream big and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

2. Don’t be afraid to get creative

Your bucket list doesn’t have to be traditional or conventional. It can include unconventional or offbeat ideas that reflect your unique interests and personality.

3. Make it personal

Your bucket list should reflect your values, goals, and passions. Don’t worry about what others think or try to conform to societal expectations.

4. Be open to new experiences

Your bucket list is a chance to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be open to new ideas.

5. Seek inspiration

Look for inspiration from friends, family, books, movies, and other sources. Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions or borrow ideas from others.

6. Prioritize your goals

Decide which items on your list are most important to you and set goals for when you want to accomplish them. This will help you stay focused and motivated.

7. Have fun and enjoy the journey

Remember, the purpose of a bucket list is to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t stress about completing everything on your list or worry about perfection. Just have fun and make the most of every moment.

Now, let’s explore all of the fun and exciting bucket list ideas that will give you something to look forward to in life. The categories below include travel, personal growth and development, career, hobbies, and philanthropy.

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Bucket List Ideas about Travel

1. Travel internationally

2. Do a polar plunge in Antarctica

3. Fly first class (or business class)

4. Explore a new continent

5. Travel solo to a country where you don’t speak the language

6. Stay in an underwater hotel

7. Attend a renowned international festival (i.e. Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, Lantern Festival)

8. Visit all 50 US states

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9. Live, study, or work abroad

This bucket list idea is truly life-changing.

Back when I was in college, I studied abroad in Barcelona. It was my first time living in a foreign country and going anywhere outside of the country without my parents. This was the single most important experience in my life (after getting married, of course). Later, I taught English over a summer in Valencia, Spain, and that was also a tremendous growth opportunity. Each of these experiences pushed me outside of my comfort zone and further sparked my passion for traveling and learning about other cultures.

It’s important to recognize that when moving abroad—even on a temporary basis— you will encounter obstacles. Whether it’s learning the local language, understanding the customs/traditions, or even being uncomfortable with the unfamiliar, you will face challenges while living abroad. But it’s 100% worth it, and it will change your life for the better.

In the words of J.D. Andrews, “It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it.” As such, this is one of the best bucket list ideas, hands down!

Read next: Top Inspirational Travel Quotes

You may also like: Coolest Travel Jobs around the Globe

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10. See the Eiffel Tower at night

11. Attend Holi in India (Festival of Colors)

12. Go bathing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

13. Take a year-long sabbatical to travel

14. Spend the night in an Airbnb treehouse

15. Go on a trip to the Scottish Highlands

16. Experience the fall foliage in New England

17. Watch the Pope give a speech at the Vatican

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18. See the Egyptian Pyramids

Built in 2,500 B.C., the Pyramids of Giza are among the most spectacular wonders of the ancient world. Today, these Egyptian pyramids are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see if you enjoy ancient history. This is one of the ultimate bucket list ideas for those who love to travel!

Read next: Top UNESCO Sites in the World

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19. Hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

20. Attend a sumo wrestling match in Japan

21. Ride a camel in the Wadi Rum Desert of Jordan

22. Sail the Norwegian fjords

23. Stay at an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean

24. Get paid to travel

25. Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico (Día de los Muertos)

26. Go to a Luau in Hawaii

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27. Swim in every ocean

Are you an avid swimmer? Consider adding this to your bucket list.

To accomplish this, there are 5 major oceans in the world where you’ll have to make the plunge:

– Pacific Ocean

– Atlantic Ocean

– Indian Ocean

– Arctic Ocean

– Southern Ocean

The first four oceans are relatively easy and straightforward to cross off your bucket list. However, you will have to make it to Antarctica to go swimming in the Southern Ocean. The best way to do this is on an Antarctic cruise, where many ships will allow passengers to briefly go for a dip. Is this one of the coolest bucket list activities? 100%!

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28. Sleep in an overnight train

29. Celebrate Chinese New Year in China

30. Experience Burning Man in Nevada, USA (festival in the desert)

31. Be a tourist in your own city

32. Tour a medieval castle

33 See the ancient city of Petra at night

34. Sleep on a houseboat

35. Go sandboarding on the dunes of Namibia

36. Hike through Antelope Canyon in Arizona

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37. Visit the vineyards of Tuscany

Even if you don’t like drinking wine, this is one of the bucket list examples that everyone ought to experience.

Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is one of the world’s top wine regions. It’s home to beautiful cities like Florence and Siena, as well as rural towns and gently rolling hills filled with grape vines.

Be sure to spend time visiting the many lush vineyards and wineries that Tuscany is known for. Learn about Tuscany’s wine heritage amid a beautiful backdrop of vineyards as far as the eye can see. There’s no place quite like it!

After exploring Tuscany, I recommend making your way north to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, which boasts the best food in the entire country!

Read next: Top Wine Regions in the World

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38. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon

39. Witness the Midnight Sun in the Arctic Circle

40. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

41. Explore the Fairy Tale Route in Germany (that inspired the Brothers Grimm fairytales

42. Chase waterfalls in Iceland

43. Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Kyoto, Japan

44. Do a wine tasting in Napa Valley

45. Visit the European Christmas Markets

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46. Go on a road trip around the US

With cheap gas, wide open roads, and lots of epic landscapes, the US is arguable the best country for road trips. There are so many to choose from, but here’s what I recommend:

US road trips to add to your bucket list

  • New England Fall Foliage Road Trip: I’m a New Englander, so I may be a bit biased here. But if you genuinely want to see some of the most vibrant fall colors and maple trees imaginable, come up to New England and do a trip through Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. You won’t regret it!
  • Pacific Coast Highway: a coastal drive through California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • US Route 66: A cross country road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles
  • Southwest Road Trip: Hit national parks like the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Arches, and Zion. Along the way, don’t miss Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Sedona. Each of these geological wonders in the Southwest deserve a spot on your bucket list.
  • The Overseas Highway: A scenic highway that takes you through the Florida Keys all the way to Key West.

Though not on the mainland, I also recommend doing a road trip on the Road to Hana in Maui. It will take you past bamboo forests, dramatic coastlines lined with black, white, and red sand beaches, and lots of winding, narrow roads. I’ve done road trips on three continents, and this was unlike anything I’ve done before.

Read next: The Ultimate New England Road Trip

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47. Sleep in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora

48. Visit the monasteries of Meteora, Greece

49. Swim with sharks in South Africa

50. Attend an opera at the Sydney Opera House

51. Go on a wine tour in Bordeaux, France

52. Go hiking in Patagonia (The W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile)

53. Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco

54. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris

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55. Fly in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

I think the act of flying in a hot air balloon is already worthy of a spot on your bucket list. But if there’s one place to do it, I think it should be Cappadocia. Look at the fairy chimney formations below, and I think you will agree!

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56. Stay in a glass igloo in Scandinavia

57. Visit the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

58. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey

59. Go skiing in Aspen, Colorado

60. Drink a pint at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

61. Explore Ancient Maya Ruins in Mexico

62. Visit the Valley of the Kings in Egypt:

63. Visit the White House in Washington D.C.

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64. See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Seeing the Northern Lights is about as otherworldly as it gets.

I witnessed this spectacle in Iceland twice, and thinking about it still sends shivers down my spine. I can’t quite describe it, but it felt like these colorful formations were dancing in the midnight sky, swaying in a deliberate yet unforeseen way that really makes you believe in a higher power. Perhaps the Vikings—who unfortunately did not write any books—would have agreed!

In the US, some of the best states to see the Northern Lights include Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Montana. Outside of the U.S., you’re very likely able to see them in the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia.

If you’re into bucket lists, be sure to add the Northern Lights to your list!

Read next: Coolest Accommodations in Iceland

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65. Eat fresh Maine lobster (in Maine)

66. Hike to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

67. Visit Jerusalem, the Holy Land

68. Explore the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

69. Shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

70. Go on a polar bear safari in Churchill, Canada

71. Ride a cable car in San Francisco

72. Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

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73. Go on a safari in Africa – A top bucket list idea for animal lovers

If you are captivated by wildlife, this should be at the top of your bucket list.

See the Big Five (Leopards, lions, buffalos, elephants, and rhinos) while on a safari in Africa. Some of the best safari destinations include Serengeti in Tanzania, Kruger in South Africa, and Masai Mara in Kenya. You also may come across crocodiles, hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, and a variety of other wildlife.

Depending on where you live, it can be pricey to get to some of these African countries, but it’s well worth it!

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74. Add this to your bucket list: The Forbidden City in China

75. Explore the Medina and tanneries of Fez, Morocco

76. Hike the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast

77. Spend New Year’s Eve in NYC

78. Go on a dog sledding adventure in Lapland, Finland

79. Watch the Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park

80. Visit the ancient ruins of Persepolis in Iran

81. Stand beneath the world’s biggest trees

82. Learn how to surf in Hawaii

There are lots of great places around the world where you can go surfing, but I can’t imagine a better place than Hawaii!

In particular, Oahu is known for its perfect waves and friendly people. They would be happy to show you how it’s done!

Waikiki Beach is a great spot for beginners, and those who are a bit more confident in their abilities should head over to Oahu’s North Shore. You’ll find many of the world’s best surfers here, so if you’re intimidated by the massive waves, at least you can enjoy surfing as a spectator sport!

Read next: 10 Things Locals do on Oahu

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83. Dress up and attend the Kentucky Derby

84. Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy

85. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway

86. Wander the colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia

87. Hike the Highline Trail at Glacier National Park

88. Hike the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii

89. Tour the Rice Terraces in Bali

90. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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91. Go to the Carnival Celebration in Rio de Janeiro

Each year, many cities across the world host Carnival celebrations, but none is more famous than the festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans look like a small and quiet gathering (slight exaggeration, but you get the point!).

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92. Cross Abbey Road in London

93. Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland

94. Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans

95. Explore the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia

96. Go on a cruise in the Caribbean

97. Visit the Trulli houses in Alberobello, Italy

98. Stand in four states at once (Four Corners – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah)

99. Watch the sunset from Santorini

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100. Hug a giant sequoia tree

Any tree huggers here? Add the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to your bucket list. In this region of California, you’ll find the world’s most massive tree, the Giant Sequoia. Growing between 160-280 ft. tall with a trunk diameter of 20-26 ft., these tall trees definitely deserve a hug.

Giant sequoia trees grow in the mountains between 5,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. This includes parts of Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Each of these parks are a must-see on a Northern California itinerary.

With just 80,000 trees remaining, giant sequoias are considered an endangered species. I encourage you to give one a hug sometime. Not only will you feel dwarfed by this enormous living species, you will also be filled with love and wonder. Consider posting it on social media to raise awareness of this incredible species, too!

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101. Other bucket list things: Ride a vespa through Tuscany

102. Explore the ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

103. Gamble at the Casino Monte Carlo

104. Attend the Krampus Run in Austria or Bavaria (traditional alpine event)

105. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans

106. Visit the Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya, India

107. Go volcano surfing in Nicaragua

108. Drive Route 66 in the US

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109. See a glacier up close (make this bucket list idea a priority!)

Glaciers are beautiful, unique, and fleeting. With these large ice formations receding at a rapid rate, there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to see them in the coming decades. As such, this is one of the unique bucket list ideas that you’ll want to prioritize and see sooner rather than later.

I’ve visited glaciers in Europe and the US, and my favorites are Jökulsárlón in Iceland and Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park (Montana). Of course, there are many other amazing glaciers out there, so take your pick and make this a priority!

Read next: Most Beautiful Places in the USA

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110. Visit Angel Falls in Venezuela

111. Explore the Derweze Gas Crater in Turkmenistan (The “Door to Hell”)

112. Climb the Statue of Liberty

113. Tour the extraordinary castles of Romania

114. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda

115. Hike all the 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado

116. Visit the Rock Islands of Palau

117. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

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118. Go scuba diving or snorkeling

It’s always fascinated me that over two-thirds of our planet is made up of oceans, and there are so many aquatic species that we’ve yet to discover! Go snorkeling in the Caribbean or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, and you’ll get a taste of the beauty that lies beneath us.

While many people may fear the ocean and all the strange and exotic fish in its depths, this is a fear that must be conquered. The ocean is filled with beautiful fish and coral reefs that deserve to be seen up close rather than just on TV and social media.

By scuba diving or snorkeling, not only will this help you conquer their fears, but you’ll also learn about our beautiful marine world!

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119. Ride horses in Iceland

120. Sail down the Nile River in Egypt

121. Visit Alcatraz in San Francisco

122. Go skiing in the Swiss Alps

123. Go to Walt Disney World in Florida

124. Zip-line through the Costa Rican rainforest

125. Take a photo in front of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

126. Ride the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls

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127. Walk along the Great Wall of China – a bucket list attraction for culture and history lovers

China is home to so many natural, cultural, and historic wonders, but the Great Wall of China tops the list. I’ve been to China twice, visiting a range of modern sights and cultural attractions, but this bucket list idea has eluded me so far. I will definitely report back when I do get a chance to walk along the Great Wall.

As you can imagine, parts of the wall can get quite busy. So be sure to hire a local guide and hike to a spot with fewer tourists!

Read next: Yangtze River Cruise Itinerary

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128. Walk the Las Vegas Strip

129. Kayak around the icebergs of Greenland

130. Go to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

131. Ride the Death Road in Bolivia by bike

132. Camel trek in the Moroccan Sahara Desert

133. Hike to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan

134. Visit the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia

135. Tour the Colosseum in Rome

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36. Check the Amazon Rainforest off your bucket list

Visiting the Amazon Rainforest and River is a once in a lifetime experience. It spans eight countries in South America, including Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

The Amazon is nicknamed the “lungs of the world,” as it provides a large share of the world’s oxygen. Here, you can enjoy a variety of fun bucket list activities throughout this lush jungle, including kayaking, canopy climbing, mountain biking, and more.

Take in the diverse natural habitats and marvel at the giant trees that lie along the river. It’s easy to see why the Amazon should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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137. Ski during the summer in Zermatt, Switzerland

138. Visit Stonehenge in the UK

139. Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines

140. See the geysers (hot springs) in Iceland

141. Trek to the Lost City in Colombia (Teyuna)

142. Run with the Bulls in Pamplona

143. Snorkel between continents at Silfra Fissure in Iceland

144. Drive the Big Sur in California

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145. Float in the Dead Sea

Located in Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is one of the most unique places on Earth, and certainly worthy of a spot on your bucket list.

Contrary to popular belief, the Dead Sea is a lake rather than a sea. It’s made up of 30% salt, which makes it nearly 10 times saltier than typical sea water. As such, this salty water makes it easy to float. It’s truly a surreal feeling to take a dip and not have to tread water.

The Dead Sea also has healing properties, treating skin conditions like psoriasis. This makes it one of the best free spas on the planet!

For this bucket list idea, I was going to write “Swim in the Dead Sea,” but quickly realized you don’t have to swim to stay afloat here. This is definitely something that you’ll want to experience in your lifetime!

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146. Ride a gondola through Venice’s canals

147. Hike the Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast:

148. See kangaroos in Australia

149. Bobsled down an Olympic track in Lake Placid, New York

150. Stay at a luxury resort in the Maldives

151. Take a street art tour in Berlin, Germany

152. Visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand

153. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

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154. Spend a weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich

If you love beer, you must add this unique experience to your bucket list!

Oktoberfest is a Bavarian beer celebration that’s been held in Munich for over 200 years. It typically occurs between late-September and early-October, attracting over 6 million people from around the world.

I went to Oktoberfest back in 2014, and though I will drink that much beer again, it was a great experience!

So, go out and buy a lederhosen and dirndl and celebrate your love for beer at Oktoberfest! For beer lovers, it’s definitely something that you should do before you die.

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155. Do a pub crawl in London

156. Go white-water rafting on the Zambezi River, Zambia

157. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

158. Attend a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan

159. Eat a clam chowder bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf

160. Go surfing on Australia’s Golden Coast

161. Take a cooking class in Chiang Mai, Thailand

162. Visit the Cotswolds in England

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163. See a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

Ever dreamt of seeing a dinosaur? The Komodo dragon, which is only found on 5 islands in southeastern Indonesia, is the closest you’ll get of seeing one.

Komodo Dragons grow up to 10-ft. long and weigh over 300 lbs, making them the world’s largest lizard. You can see them in zoos around the world, but it’s more interesting and authentic to see them in the wild.

Watch Komodo dragons in their natural habitat on Komodo Island and you’ll feel like you’re looking at an ancient beast, or even a dragon! It’s a must-see in Indonesia for sure!

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164. Drive down Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world)

165. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia

166. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through Canada

167. Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

168. Hike the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

169. Go caving in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

170. Go camping in Joshua Tree National Park

171. Bungee jump off Victoria Falls

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172. Add this unique experience to your bucket list: Stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden

This is one of the most fun bucket list ideas imaginable!

The Icehotel in northern Sweden offers an experience like no other. Each of the rooms contain hand-carved ice furniture and furnishings that makes you feel like you’re in a mystical place near the North Pole. The rooms are kept at subfreezing temperatures, so you’ll fall asleep at night in a thermal sleeping bag. There’s a sauna, and lots of unique winter activities you can do outside, including dog sledding and reindeer sleigh rides.

Stay inside a hotel entirely sculpted of ice with views of the Northern Lights, and you’ll see why this is one of the top bucket list ideas for travelers.

Click here to check availability at the Icehotel in Sweden

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173. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

174. Cycle the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

175. Visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil

176. Go on a ghost tour in Edinburgh, Scotland

177. Catch a Broadway show in New York

178. Take a salsa class in Cali, Colombia

179. Spend the night at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

180. Go white water rafting on the Colorado River

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181. Step foot on each of the seven continents

This is the ultimate bucket list idea if you enjoy traveling.

Some people are put off by visiting Antarctica due to its extremely cold temperatures, so hitting 6 of the 7 continents is a great alternative as well.

One interesting caveat about continents as it relates to this bucket list: some countries, including the US and much of Europe, consider there to be seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America.

But in other parts of the world, people consider Europe and Asia to be one continent (Eurasia). Additionally, Central and South Americans consider America to be one continent, rather than two. And finally, some parts of the world don’t consider Antarctica to be a continent at all. It’s all about perspective!

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182. Visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam

183. Fly over the Nazca Lines in Peru

184. See how coffee is made in Colombia

185. Go on a truffle hunt in Tuscany

186. Attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

187. Climb Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka for sunrise

188. Visit the Alamo in Texas

189. Watch a country show in Nashville

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190. Hike the Himalayas – one of the most fun bucket list ideas imaginable

If you’re into hiking, the Himalayas ought to be near the top of your bucket list. This mountain range in Asia separates the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. It’s best known for Mount Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain on Earth above sea level. However, there are lots of other mountains in Bhutan, China, India, and even Pakistan that are worth the trek.

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191. Walk through Central Park

192. Go pearl diving in Bahrain

193. Visit Milford Sound in New Zealand

194. Ski down the slopes of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain

195. Tour the Mendoza Wine Region in Argentina

196. Attend a live tango show in Buenos Aires, Argentina

197. Learn about Mayan history in Mexico

198. Take a photo in front of the Hollywood Sign

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199. Visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

This has been on my bucket list for such a long time. Known for its wildlife-viewing, the Galapagos Islands are a must-see island destination off the coast of Ecuador. Nowhere else on Earth will you see the sheer diversity of flora and fauna than on the Galapagos.

These islands inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, and they will inspire you too. Check out the giant tortoises, iguanas, and finches, and you’ll see what I mean!

If you’re a wildlife lover who wants to live life in the best way possible, Galapagos Islands is your destination.

Read next: The Coolest Islands in the World

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200. Go whale-watching in Cape Cod

201. Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

202. See the tulips in Amsterdam

203. Paddle through the Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico

204. Ride a seaplane over Heart Reef in Australia

205. Join a drumming circle in Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

206. Hit the Florida theme parks

207. Stay at a geothermal spa near Arenal National Park

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208. Get lost in the concrete jungle – One of the coolest bucket list ideas for citygoers

Originally, I was going to make this bucket list idea about NYC, but there are many other concrete jungles out there worth visiting.

Cities like New York City, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are considered “Concrete Jungles” due to the copious pavement and skyscrapers that are found at every turn.

Even if you don’t like big cities, it’s still worth tacking on these global cities to your bucket list. You’ll find lots of interesting culture and history in each, and the gastronomical experiences are second to none!

Read next: Unique things to do in Shanghai

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209. Go island hopping in Greece

210. Take a Kite-Surfing Lesson in Tarifa, Spain

211. See crocodiles in the wild

212. Take a Bollywood Dance Class in Mumbai, India

213. Tour the Panama Canal

214. Attend the Siena Horse Race (Palio di Siena) in Italy

215. Whitewater rafting in Alaska

216. Visit the baths in Budapest

217. Attend the Olympic Games

Ever dreamed of going to the Olympics? Well, if you’re not a top performing athlete, the next best thing is attending as a spectator. These international games are held every two years, switching off between Summer and Olympic games.

Cheer on your country and enjoy the party atmosphere in the process, and you’ll be happy you added this unique experience to your bucket list!

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218. Take a Viking River Cruise

219. Go on a Chocolate Making Workshop in Belgium

220. See toucans in the wild

221. Step aboard the Orient Express (that once traveled from Paris to Istanbul)

222. Watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone National Park

223. Ride the World’s Longest Zipline in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

224. Go glamping in the American Southwest

225. Walk to the top of the Acropolis in Athens

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226. Sail on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Located in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is certainly worthy of a spot on your bucket list. This natural wonder is made up of some 1,600 islands and islets. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 200 species of fish and inspiring locals and visitors alike for centuries.

Take in the crystal clear waters and dramatic limestone landscapes. It’s no wonder this is considered one of the most incredible things to do before you die.

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227. Walk through the Dark Hedges in Ireland

228. Attend the Ascot Races in England

229. Cuddle with Koalas in Australia

230. Go on a gourmet food tour in Lyon, France

231. Drive the Road to Hana in Maui

232. Participate in a Tea Picking Ceremony in China

233. Explore the imperial city of Marrakesh

234. Visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

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235. Go camping in the middle of nature

Nothing beats the feeling of serenity when you’re totally off the grid.

Putting your phone away (or not having service altogether) allows you to better connect with nature. Enjoy the fresh air, a good night’s sleep, and improved mood levels as you spend time with your loved ones. Camping off the grid is truly a lost art these days, and a great way to make all of life’s worries go away.

So, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and go camping…preferably in a hidden vacation spot somewhere in your country. For nature lovers, it’s easy to see why this is among the new experiences you’ll want to try!

Read next: Best Hidden Gems to visit in the USA

For further reading: Most Unique Stays in New England

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236. Eat a cheese fondue in Switzerland

237. Go dune bashing in the Dubai Desert

238. Stay at a hotel on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos

239. Go deep sea fishing in the Bahamas

240. Top of my bucket list: Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia

241. Attend the Lavender Festival in Provence, France

242. Catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

243. Drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy

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244. Visit the “New” 7 Wonders of the World

Sometimes, the best bucket list ideas are the ones that are far away. I’ve already mentioned the Great Wall of China, but there are six other unique wonders worth visiting:

– Machu Picchu in Peru

– Taj Mahal in India

– Petra in Jordan

– Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

– Chichen Itza in Mexico

– The Colosseum in Italy

Each of these sights are among the most breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These manmade structures will blow your mind!

The Egyptian Pyramids are technically an ancient wonder, but you should strive to see those too!

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245. Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

246. Go on a craft beer tour in Belgium

247. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain

248. Join a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro

249. Eat Liege waffles in Belgium

250. Take a Silk Road Tour in Central Asia

251. Swim with jellyfish in Palau

252. See the Moai statues of Easter Island

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253. The ultimate bucket list adventure: Go backpacking for an extended period

Backpacking is easily one of the most fun and cost-effective ways to travel. I’ve done many backpacking trips, where I’ve covered a lot of ground for a fraction of the price of a typical vacation. Consider backpacking around Europe, or in a specific destination like Thailand or Colombia.

There are lots of amazing places for backpacking, so take your pick and cross this off your travel bucket list!

Read next: Best Hidden Gem Vacation Spots in Europe

You may also like: Top Travel Backpack by HP

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254. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix

255. Swim in Jellyfish Lake in Palau

256. View Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park

257. Take a street food tour in Bangkok, Thailand

258. Visit the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

259. Take a Scenic Flight over the Himalayas, Nepal

260. Walk through the Red Square in Moscow

261. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building

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262. Explore thousands of years of history at the Acropolis of Athens

Located in Athens, the Acropolis is one of the most impressive wonders still standing from Greek antiquity. It was a commanding military fortress and home for the kings and mythical gods of Ancient Greece. The best-known building still standing atop this rocky outcrop is the Parthenon, a marble temple built nearly 2,500 years ago.

The Acropolis is one of the most iconic ancient monuments of Europe. It’s also a surviving symbol of democracy and Greek civilization to this day. If history intrigues you, this is one of the bucket list items you won’t want to miss.

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263. Walk across the Stari Most bridge in Mostar

264. Go on a Cave Diving Adventure in Mexico’s Cenotes

265. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman

266. Take a Calligraphy Class in Japan

277. Hike Rainbow Mountain in Peru

278. Go on a catamaran cruise in the Seychelles

279. Tour the Space Center in Houston

280. Ride the Hogwarts Express in Scotland

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281. Experience all four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall

If you live in a tropical place, you probably don’t see snow very often (or even at all!). Put your fears of the cold aside and try to see the winter! And while you’re at it, also make it a point to see the spring flowers and fall foliage. You won’t regret it!

Consider seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. or Japan! And don’t miss the fall foliage season in New England! This is one of the fun things everyone should experience in their lifetime.

Read next: Best Places to Visit in New England in the Fall

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282. Walk along the Berlin Wall

283. Attend a gaucho festival in Argentina

284. Climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite

285. Go night diving with manta rays in Hawaii

286. Eat Sachertorte in Austria

287. Take a glass bottom boat tour in the Maldives

288. Visit the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

289. Explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China

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290. Go stargazing in the desert

Not many of these unique bucket list ideas are more magical than stargazing.

Some popular stargazing spots in the desert include Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and Wadi Rum in Jordan.

Set out for a place where there’s little light pollution, such as a desert, so you can see the night sky. There’s nothing quite like it!

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291. Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace

292. Attend the Haka Performance in New Zealand

293. Visit the Hottest Place on Earth, Death Valley

294. Go on a hot air balloon safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya

295. Take a selfie at the Trevi Fountain in Rome

296. Ride with the Gauchos in Argentina

297. Attend the Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

298. Step into a fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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299. Take a train ride through the Swiss Alps – A bucket list-worthy experience like no other!

If you’re into dramatic mountains, crystal clear lakes, and verdant scenery, add this unique experience to your travel bucket list!

Switzerland is easily one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and the best way to experience it is by train!

Take a panoramic train ride through the Swiss Alps, and you’ll discover the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable. One of the most popular train rides is the Glacier Express, which gives you unbeatable views of the iconic Matterhorn and Mater Valley. There are numerous other train rides as well worth noting, including the Jungfrau Railway and Bernina Express.

This type of Switzerland getaway is going to cost you a pretty penny, so better start saving now!

Read next: Coolest Airbnb Rentals in Switzerland

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Bucket List Ideas about Life and Personal Advancement

300. Set a Guinness World Record

301. Complete an Ironman Triathlon

302. Give a presentation to thousands of people

303. Learn to fly a plane

304. Attend a Vipassana (silent meditation retreat)

305. Overcome a long-term fear

306. Achieve a minimalist lifestyle

307. Try Dining in the Dark

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308. Wake up early to catch the sunrise

There’s nothing better than the feeling of seclusion and beauty that comes with a sunrise. This seemingly magical transition from Blue Hour to Golden Hour yields some spectacular colors, so be sure to have your camera ready and practice your travel photography.

In addition to caching the sunrise, waking up early on a regular basis has many other benefits. According to medical experts, this habit lends itself to a happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyle than that of late risers.

Unlike sunsets, which are more convenient to see, sunrises require some effort. It’s well worth it!

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309. Get involved in a peaceful protest

310. Learn to cook gourmet meals

311. Donate to a charity

312. Record your own music album

313. Learn how to code

314. Live off the grid for a month

315. Break a bad habit

316. Go on a mission trip

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317. Learn another language

Conversing with people in a foreign language just might be one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. Though it takes a lot of practice, it allows you to connect with locals in ways you otherwise couldn’t. As such, I highly recommend learning a new language.

I know some Spanish and German, and there’s no better feeling than having a Cerveza or Bier and striking up a conversation with locals. Though contrary to popular belief, your language skills don’t get better with every beer you have!

Read next: Reasons to Learn Another Language

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318. Spend a week without electronics

319. Develop a new app

320. Help an old man (or woman) cross the street

321. Build your own business

322. Get a job in a new field

323. Learn a martial art

324. Do a random act of kindness everyday for a year

325. Try ecstatic dancing

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326. Run a marathon – one of the top bucket list ideas for athletes

If you enjoy running, then this idea was probably already on your bucket list. This isn’t just about physical toughness, but mental perseverance as well.

I look forward to one day mustering the physical strength, endurance, and determination to run those 26.2 miles!

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327. Eat no sugar for a month

328. Write a personal manifesto

329. Try acupuncture

330. Become fluent in sign language

331. Buy a pet from a local animal shelter

332. Create a charitable foundation

333. Host a foreign exchange student

334. Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

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335. Become a subject matter expert

This is one of the most desirable bucket list ideas for people who are career-oriented and education-driven.

Whether it’s your lifelong passion, career, or a combination of the two, dive into it with consistent focus and effort over a long period of time. Perhaps one day, you will know more in your field than anyone else!

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336. Sell everything you have and move abroad

337. Learn survival skills

338. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in a garden

339. Write or direct a short film

340. No fast food for a month

341. Complete a professional certification

342. Set up a non-profit organization

343. Give up caffeine for a week

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344. Go horseback riding

There are not many stronger bonds out there than the one between people and horses. Humans have been riding horses for thousands of years, and this emotional attachment is very real. As such, it’s no wonder so many people have this as one of their bucket list items.

Unlike other sports, horse riding is a team effort, where you get to work together with the animal.

Ride horses on the beach in a place like Half Moon Bay, California or amid the breathtaking landscapes of West Iceland. You’ll quickly realize why horseback riding is one of the most popular outdoor activities!

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345. Attend a wellness retreat

346. Take a self defense class

347. Do something people say you can’t do

348. Start a podcast or YouTube Channel

349. Cut your hair and donate it

350. Learn a new dance

351. Learn how to ski and snowboard

352. Buy a stranger’s coffee

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353. Play a new instrument – A fun bucket list idea for just about everyone

This unique bucket list idea isn’t just for musicians. Any child or adult is capable of learning an instrument. All it takes is practice and perseverance.

In today’s world, you’ll find all sorts of YouTube videos teaching you how to do just about everything. Of course, personal instruction is the most effective way to learn how to play an instrument, but online instruction works great, too!

In addition to the satisfaction of playing a new instrument, it’s scientifically proven that doing so is also great for the brain!

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354. Don’t care about what others think

355. Do a solo backpacking trip

356. Go on a humanitarian aid trip

357. Become a wine connoisseur

358. Learn how to drive a stick shift

359. Learn how to sail

360. Get a master’s degree

361. Learn how to farm

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362. Create passive income

One of the ultimate life goals is to make the transition from a worker to an investor.

Creating passive income—whether it’s through a travel blog, affiliate marketing, rent income, or investment income—will give you more time to make your other bucket list ideas a reality.

Read next: Tips on How to Become a Travel Blogger

You may also like: The Coolest Travel Blogs to Follow

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363. Help an elderly person carry their groceries

364. Become a certified yoga instructor

365. Inspire a friend to make a bucket list

366. Learn how to make wine

367. Tell your family how much you love them

368. Learn to DJ

369. Meditate in a Buddhist temple

370. Go on a blind date

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371. Add skydiving to your bucket list

For adrenaline junkies, skydiving is one of the most popular things to do before you die. Not only do you get to take in beautiful views, but you also get to build confidence and enjoy an activity that most people will never experience. Skydiving also builds self esteem, allowing you to overcome yourself (and your fears).

Some amazing places for skydiving include the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, Moab in Utah, and the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Each destination is worthy of being on a bucket list, but soaring over them certainly adds to the appeal.

Nothing is more exhilarating than plummeting through Earth’s atmosphere at the speed of gravity. If you’re looking for bucket list activities that will both scare and inspire you, this is it!

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Ultimate Bucket List Ideas that You Can Do from Home

372. Create a blog

373. Start an indoor herb garden

374. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle

375. Create a scrapbook

376. Invent a new co*cktail

377. Paint a canvas

378. Have a picnic in your backyard

379. Knit a sweater

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380. Be a tourist in your own city or town

You don’t have to travel far and wide to see beauty. Sometimes, the most beautiful places in the world can be in our own backyard.

Okay, so more likely than not, your home town probably isn’t as epic as Bali, Barcelona, etc. But, it still pays to be a tourist in your own town to experience your surroundings in a new light. I (for one) love enjoying my home city of Boston, even though it’s not on most people’s bucket list.

Explore all the local attractions, restaurants, bakeries, museums, and nature spots, and you’ll hopefully find a newfound appreciation for your home!

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381. Brew your own beer

382. Build a model plane

383. Write a letter to your future self

384. Host a virtual movie night

385. Binge a season of a TV series

386. Create a vision board

387. Design your dream home

388. Have breakfast in bed

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389. Try Yoga and Meditation

Bucket list items come in all different forms, and this is among the best.

Let’s be honest: we live in a pretty crazy world and sometimes it’s hard to disconnect from it all. One of the best ways I cope with all the stresses of life is through yoga and meditation.

You can do each of these things from just about anywhere! You don’t need anything…you don’t even need a yoga mat (though they are comfortable and I’d definitely recommend getting one). In addition to feeling good, meditation and yoga have many health benefits. This includes tremendously positive effects on mental health.

Just a little bit of practice goes a long way, and you’ll quickly see why these bucket list ideas are super desirable to incorporate into your daily routine!

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390. Make homemade pizza

391. Make your own soap

392. Have a child

393. Learn to make sushi

394. Write a book

395. Practice indoor photography

396. Research your family lineage

397. Prepare a dish from your favorite country

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398. Bucket list idea: Find a healthy work-life balance in your life

In 2024, it seems that most people are chronically stressed. While traveling and other bucket list activities can be great diversions, you’ll want to address the root cause of this problem. One such way to cultivate a healthy lifestyle is by having a work-life balance.

At the end of the day, one of our main goals in life should be to seek happiness and fulfillment. As such, maintaining a work-life balance should be at the top of people’s bucket lists.

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399. Do a board game night with friends or family

400. Create a family tree

401. Bake a homemade pie

402. Learn to juggle

403. Start a new family tradition

404. Build your dream home

405. Complete a crossword puzzle

406. Get a cold plunge tub to practice cold immersion

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407. Read a new book or novel

Though not super unique or unusual, this is an original bucket list idea that everyone should do from time to time. Nowadays, people don’t seem to have time to read, but we should make the time!

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Unique Bucket List Ideas for Helping Others

408. Tell an old teacher how much of a positive influence they had on your life

409. Volunteer at a local shelter

410. Take your partner on a dream vacation

411. Organize a community clean-up

412. Feed a homeless person

413. Start a tutoring service

414. Serve food at a soup kitchen

415. Give flowers to someone you care about

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416. Be a mentor to someone else

This is definitely one of the best bucket list ideas for altruistic people. Whether it’s a coworker, a friend, or someone else who is less experienced than you, mentoring is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

Not only will you feel good about being a mentor, but the mentee will also thank you for it! This is also a great way to make new friends.

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417. Bring candy or toys to kids at a hospital

418. Donate blood regularly

419. Leave online reviews for others to see

420. Teach a skill to underprivileged youth

421. Participate in a Relay for Life event

422. Start a community garden

423. Tell someone special “I love you”

424. Invite a homeless person for dinner at a restaurant

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425. Do volunteer work – A unique bucket list idea that will help you give back to the community

There are lots of amazing organizations out there where you can volunteer. Brainstorm your passions and interests, and with a little bit of research, you’ll find hundreds of volunteer organizations that align with your goals.

Whether it’s volunteering at a museum or community center, an animal rescue shelter, or a local food pantry that supports the homeless, you’ll find that giving back to the community not only feels good, but also helps others in the process!

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426. Build a home with Habitat for Humanity

427. Sponsor a child’s education

428. Add this to the bucket list: hosting a charity event

429. Work at a local food pantry

430. Adopt a pet

431. Join a disaster relief effort/organization

432. Teach English as a second language

433. Host a couch surfer at your home

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434. Make a difference in someone else’s life

When creating a list of things to do in your lifetime, this is one of the deepest. Ask yourself: “how can I make a difference in someone else’s life?” Then, figure out a way to make it happen!

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435. Give away free hugs

436. Participate in micro-lending to people in developing countries

437. Leave cookies on a stranger’s doorstep

438. Create a scholarship fund

439. Compliment others every day

440. Organize a book drive

441. Adopt a child

442. Pay for someone’s expired car meter

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443. Be an organ donor or give blood to help others realize their bucket list dreams

Looking to help others? Donating blood or an organ is a great way to do it. In doing so, donors feel a great sense of satisfaction. Every meaningful bucket list ought to include this.

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444. Make a child’s dream come true with the Make a Wish Foundation

445. Plant trees in deforested area

446. Help out during a natural disaster

447. Start a pay-it-forward chain

448. Donate toys at Christmas

449. Donate your hair

450. Start a crowdfunding project for someone in need

451. Build a school in a third world country

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452. Buy a drink for a stranger

This best bucket list idea will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. Perhaps buy the drink for the person behind you at Starbucks or a local coffee shop. This kind gesture can go a long way in making someone else’s day a little bit brighter. And who knows, maybe this good deed will be passed on to the next person in line?

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453. Help someone learn English

454. Join a board of a non-profit

455. Volunteer at a nursing home

456. Teach digital skills to the elderly

457. Help out on a political campaign

458. Create a little free library in your front yard

459. Share your knowledge with someone who needs it

460. Plant a tree on Earth Day

461. Become a virtual mentor for teens

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Adventure Bucket List Ideas

462. Walk on hot coal (fire walking)

463. Try rock climbing

464. Play paintball with friends

465. Go sandboarding

466. Ride an ATV

467. Participate in an Escape Room

468. Go indoor skydiving

469. Fly in a seaplane

470. Climb up a tree

471. Hike every trail in a park or nature reserve

472. Go caving (explore underground caves)

473. Swim with stingrays

474. Join a flash mob

475. Swim with dolphins

476. Practice an extreme sport

477. Try paragliding

478. Go snow tubing

479. Ride a zip line

480. Take a trapeze class

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Nature and Wildlife Bucket List Ideas

481. Go ice fishing

482. Go on a birdwatching expedition

483. Witness a meteor shower

484. Hike through a rainforest

485. Kayak in a river or lake

486. Watch a volcanic eruption

487. Go on a nighttime nature walk

488. Try falconry

489. Create a backyard habitat (attract bees, birds, and butterflies)

490. Build a wildlife pond

491. Go butterfly watching

492. Go bioluminescent kayaking

493. Take an underwater photography class

494. Join a bat watching event

495. Go on a penguin watching tour

496. Try snowshoeing in a winter wonderland

497. Go on a safari on horseback

498. Go on a guided nature therapy walk

499. Create a nature journal (document your observations and ideas about the natural world)

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500. Tell your friends about your bucket list and encourage them to create their own!

And while you’re at it, feel free to share this article on bucket list activities with your family/friends! Hopefully, it will give them some inspiration, too!

For a printable version of this unique bucket list, feel free to send me a message on my Instagram page, and I’ll be happy to get that over to you asap!

Best wishes and hope you have a great year ahead!

-Jon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about bucket lists

Here are some common questions (and answers) about bucketlists:

How do I create a bucket list?

To create a bucket list, think about all the things you’ve always wanted to do or places you’ve always wanted to go. It can be as big or as small as you want. Write down your ideas and then prioritize them. You can also ask friends and family for suggestions and get inspired by reading about other people’s bucket lists. I will update this article on 2024 bucket list ideas on a regular basis, so remember to return later!

How long should a bucket list be?

Bucket lists can be as short or as long as you like. Typically, people have between 10 and 100 items on their bucket list, but you can add as many as you see fit. The important thing is to remember to write your bucket list down versus keep it in your head. The more, the merrier!

What should I put on my bucket list?

Your bucket list should be unique to you and reflect your interests, values, and goals. Some common things people put on their bucket lists include traveling to exotic places, trying new activities, learning a new skill, achieving a personal goal, and giving back to others. Remember, there are no limits to what you can put on your bucket list!

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How do I start crossing things off my bucket list?

To start crossing things off your bucket list, start by making a plan. Determine which items on your list are most important to you and set goals for when you want to accomplish them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support from friends and family. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy the journey!

What is number 1 on most people’s bucket list?

According to research compiled by USA Today, the #1 item on people’s bucket lists is to fall in love. Beyond that, some 78% of survey participants desire to accomplish a personal goal, which can be anything from writing a novel to hiking Mount Everest. Bucket list goals!

Is it okay to change my bucket list?

Absolutely! Your bucket list is a personal reflection of your goals and dreams, and it’s totally okay to change it as you grow and evolve. It’s a living document, and you can add, delete, or modify items on your list as you see fit. As you go through life, you’ll transform and what you enjoy will change as well.

Can I have more than one bucket list?

Yes, you can have as many bucket lists as you want! You might want to create a separate list for short-term goals and long-term goals, or for different areas of your life, such as career, relationships, or personal growth. You can even create a bucket list for your next vacation or for a specific season of the year. Your 2024 bucket list can totally be different from other years as well.

Do I have to do everything on my bucket list?

No, you don’t have to do everything on your bucket list. The purpose of a bucket list is to inspire and motivate you, not to stress you out. If you find that you’re not interested in something on your list anymore, feel free to take it off. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey and make the most of your life.

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Can I add things to my bucket list after I’ve completed them?

Yes, you can definitely add things to your bucket list after you’ve completed them. In fact, this can be a fun way to reflect on your accomplishments and inspire you to set new goals. Just because you’ve already achieved something doesn’t mean you can’t dream of doing it again or doing something similar.

How do I know when I’ve completed everything on my bucket list?

There’s no specific timeframe for completing a bucket list. Some people may accomplish everything on their bucket list 2024 or in a few years, while others may take a lifetime. The key is to focus on making progress and enjoying the journey, rather than stressing about completing everything on your list. And remember, you can always add new items to your bucketlist as you go!

Can I share my bucket list with others?

Yes, you can definitely share your bucket list with others! Sharing your bucket list can be a great way to get support and encouragement from your friends and family, and it can also inspire others to create their own list. Just be mindful of personal boundaries and remember that your bucket list is ultimately a personal reflection of your goals and dreams.

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What should I put on my 2024 bucket list?

With traveling now reaching all time highs, 2024 is shaping up to be a year of bucket list travel adventures. As such, it’s a great time to check off unique international experiences like the Great Pyramids, Machu Picchu, and Oktoberfest. Also, consider going on cool retreats like Body Camp in Mallorca.

Why is it called a bucket list?

The term “kick the bucket” means to pass away. As such, a bucket list is a checklist of experiences one wants to have before they die.

How do you create a bucket list?

To make a bucket list, grab a pen and paper and write down all the things you’ve wanted to do since you were a kid. Add easy stuff as well as bigger accomplishments and experiences. Be sure to include fun, weird, and unusual things, as well as more well-known bucket list items – such as visiting all 7 continents.

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Fun bucket list examples in 2024

Have you made a life bucket list for the year ahead? If not, feel free to take any ideas from my bucket list and add it to yours. It’s always great to have a lighthouse in the distance, and bucket lists do just that!

For more inspiration on your outer and inner journey, read below:

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Top Remote Work Programs for Traveling

The Best Retreat Centers in 2024

Top Coliving Spaces in the World

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