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99 Top Bucket List Ideas

From the humble shopping list to the well-organised ‘to-do’ list, there’s hardly a single person I know who can function without one or more lists in their lives. Keeping on top of a busy agenda and remaining sane at the end of the day takes organisation – so whether you use an app or the back of an envelope, lists are here to stay.

But a Bucket List is a little different. Rather than being a catalogue to things to do today, this week, month or year, it has a qualities of aspiration, hope, challenge and achievement.

There is little formal evidence as to the root of the expression ‘bucket list’. Anecdotally it comes from the kicking away of a bucket when someone is hung! But there are many other theories as to the origin of the idiom. The term has been used as a film title, the title of a song and a TV series. The comedy The Bucket List, came out in 2007 and starred Milton Friedman and Jack Nicholson on their road trip. Nelly Furtado sang “Bucket List” in 2013 and the second series of An Idiot Abroad was title The Bucket List.

On a happier note, today’s fashion for bucket lists has spawned a whole industry offering ‘experiences’, many focusing on travel to out of the way places and definitely including some long-haul flights, a bit of danger and immersion in some other cultures. All great for broadening the mind and it never hurt to have a dream.

So, here we go – here’s my 100 Top Bucket List Ideas and for ease of reference I have divided them up into various sections, including:

  • Travel
  • New Skills
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Lifestyle, Health and Fitness
  • Personal Challenges
  • Just Because you Can


1. Visit Australia
2. See the Northern Lights
3. Go on a cruise
4. Visit every continent in the world
5. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
6. Do the colour run
7. Do a road trip coast to coast
8. See the seven Wonders of the World
9. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
10. Visit the Great Wall of China

New Skills

11. Learn a new language
12. Learn to drive or ride a motorbike
13. Learn to surf
14. Learn to eat with chop sticks
15. Learn to horse ride
16. Learn how to ice skate
17. Learn sign language
18. Become a better photographer
19. Learn archery
20. Learn a new craft
21. Learn to juggle
22. Learn meditation
23. Take an art class
24. Join a creative writing course
25. Learn to play the piano, guitar or another musical instrument

The Great Outdoors

26. Go skydiving
27. Go bungee jumping
28. Swim with dolphins
29. Swim the Great Barrier Reef
30. Ride in a Hot Air balloon
31. Visit a volcano
32. Skydive
33. Stand on top of a mountain
34. Go hiking in the Amazon rainforest
35. Go camping
36. Canoe down a series of rapids
37. Plant a sapling and watch it grow
38. Ride on an elephant
39. Ride a camel
40. Go rock climbing
41. Watch a solar eclipse

Lifestyle, Health and Fitness

42. Get a fake tattoo
43. Get married
44. Unplug for 48 hours
45. Run a marathon
46. Live in another country
47. Volunteer for a charity abroad
48. Sleep in a tree house
49. Do 100 push-ups
50. Have a baby
51. Take up a new sport
52. Listen to a new genre of music
53. Write a book list
54. Cook a from a new cuisine
55. Plant a brand new flower bed
56. Join a choir
57. Donate blood
58. Get a pet
59. Support a charity with a regular donation
60. Go on a retreat 

Personal Challenges

61. Publish a book
62. Graduate from University
63. Write a letter to myself and open it in 10 years’ time
64. Own my dream home
65. Start a Kickstarter campaign for a dream invention
66. Run a marathon
67. Start to write a journal
68. Get a PhD
69. Save some money for a rainy day
70. Make a will
71. Draw your family tree
72. Start a blog
73. Hunt for that dream job
74. Be a mentor for a colleague
75. Overcome a fear of public speaking
76. Get a makeover
77. Go on a blind date
78. Enter a competition
79. Become a film extra

Because you can

80. Cover someone’s car on post-it notes
81. Jump in a pool fully clothed
82. Sleep under the stars
83. Carry out a random act of kindness for a stranger
84. Take part in a Flashmob
85. Throw a dart at a map and visit where it lands
86. Throw a cream pie
87. Become an early riser
88. Fly a kite
89. Have more fun!
90. Solve the Rubik’s cube
91. Use a fake name in Starbucks
92.Go to an airport and take a random flight
93. Visit your nearest landmark
94. Surprise someone
95. Send a bouquet of flowers to a friend
96. Watch a sunset and a sunrise
97. Go grape stomping
98. Say yes to everything for a whole day
99. Write a list of 100 things that make you happy

(some of these ideas could go on more than one list, so forgive me if you think they have been miscategorised)

In summary:

Well, I’m off to write my Bucket List and I might just use one of my very special notebooks to record them in.

What are your bucket list ideas? Let’s know in the comments below.

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