381 Unique Ideas and Items For Your Bucket List

The “Things To Do Before I Die” list. The “Bucket” list. The “Amazing Sh*t You’d Be Crazy Not To Do” list. Call it what you please. This one is mine. It always seems to be growing and it’s not in any order of priority. I recently broke the list down into a few different categories to better capture the type of experiences I want to check off.

There’s the Classic with ideas that you’ll find on many other lists, the Adventure for things that require me to go a little out of my comfort zone physically, the Funny for stuff that will make you scratch your a head a bit, the Hidden Gems for places you probably don’t know about but should, and the Indulgent because we should all treat ourselves once in a while.

At the very bottom, is the Everyday list of things that you can check off over and over again, because kindness is the best thing I’ve searched for and found in this life. The ultimate goal is to remind myself to live life as deeply as possible and to take the time to appreciate both the big and the small moments that make it special. My list is far from complete. Please send any suggestions my way. Better yet, if you can help me check any of these items off my list or want to do something with me, I’m all ears.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Classic Bucket List Ideas

  1. Go to space
  2. Meet the Dalai Lama
  3. Buy a house for my parents
  4. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert
  5. Float in the Dead Sea
  6. See the Aurora Borealis
  7. Kayak Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay
  8. Celebrate Holi in India
  9. Celebrate Carnaval in South America
  10. Eat a beignet at Café Du Monde
  11. Set the sun rise and set on all 7 continents
  12. See a bullfight in Spain
  13. See the man burn at Burning Man
  14. Go skinny dipping
  15. Climb Kilimanjaro
  16. Haggle for useless trinkets in Morocco
  17. Climb above the clouds in Machu Picchu
  18. Celebrate Songkran in Thailand
  19. Return to the Trevi Fountain
  20. Camp in the Serengeti
  21. Be debt-free
  22. Jump off something high in New Zealand
  23. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  24. Jump out of a plane
  25. See erupting lava in Hawaii
  26. Walk the Capilano Suspension bridge
  27. Get soaked on the Maid of the Mist
  28. Ride a gondola in Venice
  29. Bike down the Death Road in Bolivia
  30. Say a prayer in the Hagia Sophia
  31. Jump off a large waterfall
  32. Dive with dolphins
  33. See the Salar de Uyuni
  34. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico
  35. See the giant Buddha on Lantau Island
  36. Start a fire without matches
  37. Visit the Sistine Chapel
  38. Soak in a thermal hotspring
  39. Eat Swiss fondue in Switzerland
  40. Ride the Trans-Siberian railway
  41. Explore the Lofoten Islands
  42. Be a New York Times Bestselling author
  43. Release a lantern at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai
  44. Ride an elephant
  45. Stand in the middle of the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo
  46. Speak fluent Spanish
  47. Learn to play the ukulele
  48. Hike the Swiss Alps
  49. Marvel at La Sagrada Familia
  50. Ride a camel in the desert 
  51. Eat crawfish in Louisiana 
  52. Fly a hot air balloon over Cappadocia
  53. Have a cappuccino in Rome 
  54. Stand atop the tallest building in the world 
  55. See the Monarch butterfly migration
  56. Eat chimney cake at a Christmas Market
  57. Milk a cow
  58. Shuck an oyster
  59. Join a flash mob
  60. Be a member of a TV studio audience
  61. Run with the bulls
  62. Eat fresh sushi at Tsukiji fish market
  63. Soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  64. People watch in Paris 
  65. Ride in a helicopter 
  66. Learn to surf
  67. Walk the Camino de Santiago
  68. Get soaked at Skogafoss
  69. Walk the Great Wall of China
  70. Bundle up in an Ice Bar
  71. Shoot an AK-47
  72. Wear lederhosens to Oktoberfest
  73. Fight in La Tomatina
  74. Be surrounded by a million fireflies
  75. See the sunrise over Haleakala
  76. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
  77. Plow through the snow on a snowmobile
  78. Visit all 50 United States
  79. Do some graffiti 
  80. Release baby turtles back into the oceans
  81. Find myself by chance in Timbuktu
  82. Row a boat to the Lake Bled church
  83. Roam the City of Petra 
  84. Stand atop Mt. Sinai 
  85. Cage dive with great white sharks
  86. Get Lost in Fes 
  87. Eat in Barcelona’s La Boqueria
  88. See salmons swim upstream
  89. Fly on a seaplane
  90. Patent something
  91. Eat a thali in India with my hands
  92. Be a guest on Good Morning America and/or The Today Show
  93. Airstream across America
  94. Drive Route 66
  95. Make the news

Adventure Bucket List Ideas

  1. Hit 250 kph on the Autobahn
  2. Drive a rickshaw through India
  3. Free dive the Blue Hole
  4. Hunt and cook a deer
  5. Free dive in Jellyfish Lake
  6. Ride a motorbike through Vietnam
  7. Ice climb a glacier
  8. Kayak in the Grand Canyon
  9. Sail down the Nile River
  10. Dive with a Mola Mola
  11. Swim with Whale Sharks
  12. Explore New Zealand in a camper van
  13. Go lobster diving
  14. Fly a stunt plane
  15. Hike up Zion’s Angel’s Landing
  16. Race the Mongol Rally
  17. Drive across the Gobi Desert
  18. Walk On The Wings Of A Plane
  19. Paraglide in Nepal
  20. Explore Yellowstone’s backcountry
  21. Dive a cenote
  22. Sail the Atlantic Ocean
  23. Dive for pearls
  24. Ride the Vomit Comet
  25. Climb around in the Bamboo Forest on Maui
  26. Catch some air on a hang-glider
  27. Sail around Greenland
  28. Complete an ultra-endurance race
  29. Dive a wreck
  30. Ride a speedboat through a narrow canyon
  31. Climb Svolvaergeita in Norway
  32. Dive Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos
  33. Dive the crystal clear water of Silfra
  34. Drive a rickshaw across India
  35. Learn to do a wheelie on a motorcycle
  36. Try flyboarding
  37. Catch and cook a fish
  38. Stand Up Paddleboard in the Arctic
  39. Ride a dog sled
  40. Dive with whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique
  41. Climb down to Kelingking Beach
  42. Do a polar plunge
  43. Explore Utah’s slot canyons
  44. Run a marathon in Antarctica
  45. Dive an underwater museum
  46. Hike the Annapurna Circuit
  47. Run wild with Bear Grylls
  48. Raft down the Amazon River
  49. Go Bushwhacking in Borneo
  50. Explore an ice cave in Iceland
  51. Extract honey from a bee hive
  52. Run an 100-miler
  53. Win a fight
  54. Walk towards the light in Jomblang Cave
  55. Hitchhike the Balkans
  56. Drive an F1 vehicle
  57. Sand board down a sand dune
  58. Dive in all 5 oceans
  59. Climb Half Dome
  60. Walk on a bed of hot coals
  61. Go Arctic stand-up paddleboarding
  62. Abseil down a waterfall
  63. Hang over the edge of The Devil’s Pool
  64. See Uluru when it rains
  65. Drive in a NASCAR vehicle
  66. Graduate from an Ivy League university
  67. Bike through Eastern Europe
  68. Race a drone
  69. Eat a ball of fire
  70. Motorcycle through South America
  71. Ride down a volcano
  72. Compete in the Death Race
  73. Run across Leichtenstein
  74. Dive the Red Sea
  75. Drive on the Bonneville Salt Flats
  76. Deep water solo in Thailand

Hidden Gems Bucket List Ideas

  1. See the synchronous fireflies in Elkmont
  2. See the Marble Caves in Chile
  3. Climb the Heavenly Stairs
  4. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge
  5. Climb the Takstsang Monastery in Bhutan
  6. Wander the dunes of Sossuvlei in Namibia
  7. Soak in the thermal baths of Pamukkale
  8. Watch the fires of Azerbaijan burn
  9. See the sunrise over Wadi Rum
  10. Hike the Wave
  11. Marvel at the Cave of the Crystals
  12. Stand before the “Door To Hell” in Turkmenistan
  13. Walk In La Valle De La Luna
  14. See the pagodas of Bagan at sunrise
  15. Sled down Mt. Wallberg
  16. Play in the Salida Turda
  17. Descend into the Lost World
  18. Drive the Transfaragaran highway
  19. Celebrate New Years in Kiribati
  20. Get away to Bucas Grande Island
  21. Light something on fire at Las Fallas in Valencia
  22. Behold Vestrahorn
  23. See the buddha in the Ngu Hanh Son cave
  24. Explore a Glacier Ice Cave in Iceland
  25. Get muddy at the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea
  26. See where Romeo met Juliet in Verona
  27. Ride The Bernina Express from Switzerland to Italy
  28. Sneak into Buzludzha
  29. Drive the Road to Hana
  30. Hike The Corcovado Rainforest
  31. Explore the Catacombs under Paris
  32. Cross the Rakotiz Brucke bridge in Germany
  33. Stand over a frozen Lake Baikal

Indulgent Bucket List Ideas

  1. Listen to Flamenco in an Andalucian cave
  2. See Roger Federer win a Grand Slam
  3. Smoke a cigar in Cuba
  4. Sip champagne in a penthouse hot tub
  5. Gamble in Monte Carlo
  6. Hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony live
  7. Eat fresh uni underwater
  8. Harvest ‘chicatana’ ants in Oaxaca
  9. Attend a luau
  10. Go all out in Barcelona
  11. Saber a champagne bottle
  12. Ride the Orient Express
  13. Eat Tafelspitz in Vienna
  14. Bath in a Japanese onsen
  15. Smoke a Hookah in the Middle East
  16. Attend the Cannes Film Festival
  17. Brunch at the Red Bull Hangar 7
  18. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
  19. Spend 24 hours in a spa
  20. Walk down a red carpet premiere
  21. See Tom Brady win the Super Bowl with my dad
  22. Drink a beer in a motel hot tub
  23. Go big at the Burj Al Arab
  24. Fly First Class
  25. Sit front row at Fashion Week
  26. Eat an ortolan
  27. High Tea at the Ritz in London
  28. Enjoy an omakase in Japan
  29. Pretend to understand the art at the Biennale festival in Venice
  30. Go on a 6 month cruise
  31. Drink an Aperol Spritz in Bellagio
  32. Leave a 100% tip
  33. Make a $1000 bet on a hand of “War”
  34. Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner
  35. Enjoy a private hamman in Morocco
  36. Party at the Playboy Mansion
  37. Hear Alfie Boe sing Bring Him Home from Les Misérables live
  38. Dine in complete darkness
  39. Get an 8 hour massage
  40. Eat at a Michelin 3-Star restaurant
  41. Forage for truffles
  42. Sleep in a castle
  43. Have $1,000,000 in my bank account
  44. Fly a hot air balloon in Myanmar

Funny Bucket List Ideas

  1. Stomp grapes in Italy
  2. Raise an Amish barn
  3. Take a photo in every Photoautomat in Berlin
  4. Dig for dinosaur bones
  5. Win a chicken-wing eating contest
  6. Film an “Ed” reunion with Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen
  7. Boil an egg in a thermal hot pool
  8. Eat sheep brains in Jemaa El-Fna
  9. Become an American Ninja Warrior
  10. Build my own furniture
  11. Publish a book of poems
  12. Hand feed a crocodile in the wild
  13. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  14. Take sides in the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea, Italy
  15. Be a merman for a day
  16. Sing along unabashedly at a Taylor Swift concert
  17. Complete the Big Texan Steak Ranch 72 oz steak challenge
  18. Learn how to pick a lock
  19. Capture the World Nomad Games
  20. Become a Royal Geographical Society fellow
  21. Become a National Geographic Society fellow
  22. Read 52 books in a year
  23. Go to an owl cafe in Tokyo
  24. Dance with an African tribe
  25. Be a lighthouse keeper
  26. Drink some real absinthe
  27. Sleep in a monastery
  28. See The Water Buffalo Chariot Races in Indonesia
  29. Dive in the Bay of Pigs
  30. Do a fashion shoot with Barbara Palvin
  31. Sleep in a capsule hotel
  32. Visit a nudist colony
  33. Sumo wrestle
  34. Get over 1,000,000 views on YouTube
  35. Run from an attack dog
  36. Relax in a deprivation chamber
  37. Roast a whole lamb
  38. Get a matching tattoo
  39. Learn to play the ukulele
  40. Make a short feature film
  41. See Punxsatawny Phil predict the weather on Groundhog’s Day
  42. Float in a sensory deprivation chamber
  43. Build an igloo
  44. Hear Gabrielle Aplin sing “Home” live
  45. Go on a poutine crawl
  46. Make moonshine in Kentucky
  47. Play Pachinko for 24 hours
  48. Create a board game
  49. Get in or turned away at Berghain. It doesn’t matter.
  50. Watch a movie at a drive-in theatre
  51. Train with Buakaw in Thailand
  52. Live abroad
  53. Eat over 100 bowls of soba noodles in Morioka, Japan
  54. Dance with Matt
  55. Snowboard indoors in Dubai
  56. Be on a Japanese variety show
  57. See my work at a film festival
  58. Sleep in an ice hotel
  59. Skydive indoors
  60. Sleep in a yurt in Mongolia
  61. Make my own paper
  62. Dive in an aquarium
  63. Visit the birthplace of KFC
  64. Be silent for 10 days
  65. Summit a 6000m mountain
  66. Throw a football with Julian Edelman
  67. Sheer a sheep
  68. Be on a reality TV show
  69. Fly on a trapeze
  70. Give a Ted or Ted(x) talk
  71. Do a canyon swing
  72. See the World’s Largest Ball of Twine
  73. Follow’s Dracula’s trail in Romania
  74. Fight in the Thunderdome
  75. Write a hit country song
  76. Eat a possum pie
  77. Find the one
  78. Break a Guinness World Record
  79. Listen for aliens at the VLA
  80. Get published in Vanity Fair
  81. Win a didgeridoo playing contest
  82. Meet Park Ji Yoon
  83. Play an extra in a movie
  84. Watch a game of Kok Boru in Kyrgyzstan
  85. Crash an Indian wedding
  86. Exhibit my work in a gallery
  87. Dress up for Comicon
  88. Ride a reindeer
  89. Cook for a famous chef
  90. See my work on a billboard
  91. Eat a bat in Palau
  92. Stare at the Roswell night sky
  93. Learn to breakdance
  94. Take a date to an Air Supply concert
  95. Shoot for National Geographic
  96. Impress Richard Branson
  97. Eat a live grub Pumbaa style
  98. Visit Sleepy Hollow
  99. Ride a rollercoaster at the Mall of America
  100. Dunk a basketball
  101. Throw a pot of hot water into sub-freezing air
  102. Drive a Delorian
  103. Be a hobbit
  104. Win an eating challenge
  105. Eat street meat in India
  106. Be my own boss
  107. Herd cows
  108. Eat a home cooked meal with a big Italian family
  109. Eat my fair share of steak in Buenos Aires
  110. Dance all out in a silent disco 

Everyday Bucket List Ideas You Can Do Over And Over Again

  1. Make someone smile
  2. Tell someone you love them
  3. Do something unexpected
  4. Offer someone your time
  5. Stay up all night talking
  6. Watch the sun rise and set in the same day
  7. Leave a random for someone
  8. Sing your favorite song at Karaoke
  9. Be free in the rain
  10. Sleep in
  11. Be warm inside on a rainy day
  12. Take a long bath
  13. Reserve your judgment
  14. Let the small stuff go
  15. Share a meal with someone