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101 Unique Bucket List Ideas to Get You Excited about Life Again

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Before you think bucket lists are full of must-do’s before you die, (although I guess that’s kind of what they are! 🤷‍♀️) I view them through a slightly different lens.

Bucket lists inspire you to live intentionally and meaningfully now so you can get excited about your life again.

In my own life, a bucket list has been an essential tool to improve my mental health. Thinking of and adding to my list provides a much-needed escape from the daily grind. Just dreaming about all the things I want to do gives me something to look forward to!

On the flip side, crossing things off this list boosts my self-confidence and reminds me that life is beautiful and full of infinite possibilities.

If you've thought about making a bucket list, but need some help getting started, here are 101 unique ideas for couples, adventure seekers, travelers, and creatives!

If you’ve thought about making a bucket list, but need some help getting started, here are 101 unique bucket list ideas that will inspire you to dream again.

Travel Bucket List ideas

  1. Visit all 63 U.S. National Parks
  2. Visit 100 countries (like Kara & Nate!)
  3. See Utah’s “Mighty Five” National Parks
  4. See the northern lights
  5. Go on an African safari
  6. Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  7. Walk the Great Wall of China
  8. See grizzly bears catch salmon at Katmai National Park
  9. Hold a koala bear in Australia
  10. Go whale watching
  11. Go on an airboat tour in the Everglades
  12. Take a selfie with a quokka in Australia
  13. Ride a camel in the desert
  14. Float in the Dead Sea
  15. Fly first class
  16. Go leaf peeping in New England
  17. Attend Mardi Gras
  18. Stay in a 5-star resort
  19. Attend the Olympics
  20. Go to a Luau
  21. Visit all 50 U.S. states
  22. Go on a Caribbean Cruise
  23. Go on an Alaskan Cruise
  24. Go on a Mediterranean Cruise
  25. Visit a ghost town (Bannack State Park is a favorite)
  26. Drive Route 66
  27. Drive the Oregon Trail
  28. Be in four states at once (Four Corners)
  29. Ride a helicopter into the Grand Canyon
  30. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

Bucket list ideas for couples

  1. Stay a night in an ice hotel
  2. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower
  3. See a show on Broadway
  4. Dress up for the Kentucky Derby
  5. Learn how to fence
  6. Watch baby seas turtles swim into the ocean
  7. Go stand-up paddle boarding
  8. Take a hot hair balloon ride
  9. Go horseback riding
  10. Sleep in a historic castle
  11. Soak in a hot spring
  12. Watch a movie in a drive-in theater
  13. Attend a film premiere
  14. Make an actual gingerbread house
  15. Take a cooking class
  16. Kiss in NYC on New Year’s Eve
  17. Try axe throwing

Adventure Bucket List Ideas

  1. Ice climb a glacier
  2. Hike a volcano
  3. Go cliff jumping (my video here!)
  4. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  5. Mush a sled dog team
  6. Run a 5K
  7. Run a 10K
  8. Run a half marathon
  9. Run a marathon
  10. Hike a 14er
  11. Learn how to surf
  12. Chase a tornado
  13. Go bungee jumping
  14. Complete a thru-hike
  15. Do a polar plunge
  16. Go white water rafting
  17. Climb Half Dome in Yosemite (or you could try this epic hike instead!)
  18. Swim in the four major oceans
  19. Bike the Tuscany Trail
  20. Hike the Presidential Traverse Trail
  21. Go skydiving
  22. Ride a zip-line
  23. Learn how to ski or snowboard
  24. Swim with dolphins
  25. Rope swing into water
  26. Hike the Grand Canyon in one day
  27. Go snowshoeing
  28. Learn how to rock climb
  29. Go sand boarding
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Time to Create YOUR Bucket List

Ever felt like your dreams are on the back burner? Pop this printable onto your fridge (or in your planner!) so you have easy access to all the things you hope to do.

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Creative bucket list ideas

  1. Learn a new language
  2. Write a book
  3. Make your own soap
  4. Learn how to play an instrument (did you know I play piano?!)
  5. Make a font out of your handwriting
  6. Learn how to crochet or knit
  7. Create your own flower arrangement
  8. Make your own candles
  9. Read a classic novel
  10. Get a tattoo
  11. Write your own song
  12. Sew something you can wear
  13. Play an extra in a movie
  14. Start a blog
  15. Book a professional photo shoot
  16. Cook every dish in one cookbook

Acts of Kindness bucket list ideas

  1. Pay for someone’s food order
  2. Buy groceries for a homeless person
  3. Give up your seat to someone
  4. Donate to help an endangered animal
  5. Do a charity walk
  6. Give blood
  7. Send a care package to a soldier
  8. Foster a shelter animal
  9. Participate in Operation Christmas Child

How to Make Your Bucket List a Reality

Sometimes, the perfect opportunity to complete a bucket list item will fall in your lap. Like when we were camping near Crater lake and I decided to go cliff jumping!

But more often than not, you have to plan to accomplish what you want.

My book, Practical Dreamer, helps you apply a plug-and-play Six-Week Sprint framework to any bucket list item that feels a little too big to accomplish alone.

I receive emails almost every week from readers who have applied this framework themselves are are opening Etsy shops, decluttering their closets, and more!

Your bucket list is here to motivate you and keep you moving forward.

There is power in writing down what you want out of life. I can’t wait to see you make those dreams a reality.

Have you completed any of these bucket list ideas?

Tell me which ones you’ve accomplished… or what you’re excited to accomplish most!

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2 Comments

  1. Great post. I’m surprised that I’ve already done some of these which makes me super excited. Let’s see, I have cliff jumped, gone on a Caribbean Cruise, visited a ghost town, drove the Pacific Coast Highway, watched a movie at a drive in theater, white water rafted, jumped into water from a rope swing, learned a new language, play an instrument (clarinet), in the process of making my handwriting into a font, know how to knit and crochet, made my own candles, started 2 blogs (which sucked) and fixing to start another one, had a professional photo shoot, and did a charity walk. I also currently have 3 open Etsy Shops and fixing to open another one soon. Two things on my bucket list are to visit all 89 Texas State Parks and to drive to Washington and take the ferry to Alaska. Maybe one day. — So thanks for this post. It has given me some great new bucket list ideas.

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