Swimming with a turtle in The Great Barrier Reef. Ticking off a life long bucket list idea whilst snorkelling with a majestic sea creature

100+ Inspirational Bucket List Ideas

Sometimes, all we need to get the ball rolling is a push in the right direction. We've put together a list of over 100 inspirational ideas to kick start your bucket list journey. Whether you're an adrenaline junky or a curious traveller, you're sure to find something that excites you on our list.

Bucket List Ideas for Travellers

Travelling provides a great opportunity to experience new things, learn about new cultures and awaken your sense of adventure, so it's no surprise that a lot of bucket list ideas are travel related.

Whether you're a solo back packer setting off on your first trip, suddenly questioning why you packed so much stuff as you put on a brave face and wave good bye to your loved ones, or a family off on an adventure to show your kids more of the world, this list will have something for you. 

Here are some ideas to add to your bucket list:

  • Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  • Ride a camel in the Sahara desert
  • See the Northern lights
  • Live in a van for a year
  • Drive down route 66 in America
  • Throw paint at the Holi Festival in India
  • Visit every continent
  • Float in The Dead Sea in Jordan
  • Hike to Machu Picchu via The Inca Trail
  • Explore around the Isle of Skye
  • Swim with bioluminescent plankton
  • Have a drink in an ice bar in Sweden
  • Drive the North Coast 500 in Scotland
  • Spend a summer fruit picking
  • Visit every country in the world
  • Release a lantern at Loy Krathong festival
  • Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
  • Be a volunteer worker for a summer
  • Go whale watching in Mexico
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
  • Watch an opera at the Sydney Opera House
  • Visit a casino in Las Vegas
  • Walk through cherry blossom in Japan
  • Barter at a floating market in Thailand
  • See the buffalo of Bialowieza Forest
  • Swim in the Jellyfish Lake in Palau
  • Go gorilla trekking in Uganda
  • Dig a well in Africa
  • Release baby turtles into the ocean
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain in Rome
  • See a bird of paradise in New Guinea
  • Attend Burning Man Festival in Nevada
  • Walk through the rice terraces of Vietnam
  • See the 7 wonders of the world

Bucket List Ideas for Adrenaline Junkies

Does the idea of throwing yourself out of a perfectly good plane with nothing more than an parachute on your back and a smile on your face fill you with excitement? Then check out the list below.

Our list of hair raising adventure ideas for your bucket list: 

  • Drink tea at the Huashan Teahouse (ok this sounds quite tame but it’s certainly not for the faint hearted)
  • Bungee jump
  • Ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia
  • Climb an active volcano
  • Go white water rafting on the Colorado River
  • Go for a drive in a supercar
  • Go Paddleboarding on the Amazon river
  • Catch a helicopter to the top of a glacier
  • Swim with a shark in Fiji
  • Fly in a wingsuit
  • Ride a dog sled in Alaska

Bucket List Ideas for Your Health

Bucket lists can be a fantastic way to improve both your physical and mental health. Many activities require months of training and hard work to prepare for. They will have you pushing the limits of what you thought you were possible of doing and build confidence and inner strength in the process. 

Here's our list of bucket list ideas that are great for your health:

  • Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Run a marathon
  • Walk a section of the Great Wall of China
  • Learn how to surf
  • Ski in the French Alps
  • Circumnavigate the world on a bicycle
  • Compete in a white collar boxing match
  • Sign up for a triathlon

Bucket List Ideas for Families

As parents, it's such a joy watching our kids explore the world and discover new things. New experiences are great for their building confidence, learning life skills and getting a better understanding of the world. 

Check out our list of bucket list ideas for Families:

  • Watch wildebeest migrate through Kenya
  • Learn a magic trick
  • Swim with wild pigs in The Bahamas
  • Ride a horse on a beach
  • Plant a tree
  • Build a treehouse
  • Visit The Colosseum in Rome
  • See the tulip fields in The Netherlands
  • Visit Disneyland
  • Hunt for Nessie at Loch Ness
  • Make a full sized snowman
  • Look for lemurs on Madagascar
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Visit The North Pole
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania
  • See a Broadway musical in New York City
  • Go on a treasure hunt
  • Grow a sunflower that’s taller than you
  • Make your own lemonade

Bucket List Ideas for Everyone

 There are so many other amazing ideas that we had to share with you that don't quite fit into the categories above.

Check out our list below for more inspiration: 

  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Publish a book
  • Start a family
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Learn a new language
  • Visit the Faroe Islands
  • See Big Ben in London
  • Ride a gondola in Venice
  • Spend a weekend at Glastonbury Festival
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Dress up and visit Comic Con
  • Watch a tennis match at Wimbledon
  • Gather fresh honey from a bee hive
  • Dine at a Michelin star restaurant
  • Brew your own beer
  • Find a message in a bottle
  • Be a contestant on a tv game show
  • Record a song
  • Spend a night in an igloo
  • Fly in a private jet
  • Rescue an animal
  • Help build a school
  • Attend a protest for a good cause
  • Name a star
  • Learn how to fly a drone
  • Start a charity
  • Take a boat trip across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Smoke a cigar in Cuba
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
  • Take a trip in a submarine
  • Travel to space


Want to learn more about bucket lists? Head over to our About page to find out more.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.