Bucket List Ideas: 211 Fun, Unique, & Travel Ideas
What is a bucket list and how do you make one for yourself? Explore these bucket list ideas for couples, for travel, and for other fun adventures that can help you get the most out of life.
What Is a Bucket List? (A Definition)
A bucket list is a list of experiences one wants to have before they die. It comes from the phrase “kick the bucket”, which means to die. So, it’s a list of things we want to do before we kick the bucket.
Often, a bucket list includes big accomplishments, travel, and fun things we’d like to experience in our lives. Given that engaging in positive activities is good for our well-being (Catalino, Algoe, & Fredrickson, 2014), checking off things on our bucket list may too be good for our well-being.
Perhaps less often, a bucket list also includes simpler pleasures or less extravagant things we want to do. Both of these types of activities are important for having a well-rounded life full of happiness and contentment. In fact, simple pleasures may be especially beneficial to our well-being since contentment, more than happiness, may be central to what it means to live a fulfilling life (Cordaro, Brackett, Glass, & Anderson, 2016). Plus, many of us may not be able to afford the big-ticket items that show up on many bucket lists. That’s okay, because many of the things that make us truly happy in life—in the longer term—can be done close to home with the people we love.
So, let’s get started exploring bucket list items that can hopefully help you create a more enjoyable, satisfying life.
Simple Bucket List Ideas
To start, here are some common things that many people want in their lives. If you don’t, that’s fine. We’re just getting warmed up.
The Travel Bucket List
Probably the next most common thing for people to include on their bucket list is travel. There may be specific things we want to do and travel is required to do them. Or, there may be specific places we want to see or explore. Most of us can think of at least a few places we want to go and things we want to do. But just so you have a bunch more ideas, here are a bunch of travel-related bucket list ideas.
Bucket List Ideas for Travel
Travel Bucket List Ideas for Specific Locations
The Fun Bucket List
The truth is that many of us are restricted by the money in our wallets. Luckily, there are lots of fun bucket list items we can do without traveling across the world. Some of them we might even be able to do from home. Here are some ideas:
Fun Bucket List Ideas
The Career-Related Bucket List
In addition to doing fun things, we probably also have some things we want to accomplish before we die. Maybe we want to get to a certain level in our career or make a certain amount of money. Check out these career bucket list ideas to see if any of these seem like a good fit for you.
Career-Related Bucket List Ideas
The Unique Bucket List
Each of us has our own unique qualities, interests, and desires. As a result, perhaps the most important things on our bucket list are the things that are a bit unique to us—things that might not be on anyone else's bucket list. These are the things we really care about and give us a sense of purpose or fulfillment. What unique things will you put on your bucket list? Here are some ideas for inspiration.
Unique Bucket List Ideas
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The Couples’ Bucket List
Although we each have our own bucket list, we might also have a bucket list with our romantic partner. Or, we might have a list of bucket list items that we want to do with our romantic partner. This list may include things like travel and the activities that are listed above, but it might also include big life steps that are taken together. Here are some couples’ bucket list items to explore.
Bucket List Ideas for Couples
More Bucket List Ideas
Although checking off items on our bucket list can feel rewarding, filling our minds full of “wants” is not likely to be good for our well-being. Being content with what we have is important too. So, here are a few simple bucket list items to keep in mind.
Bucket List Ideas PDF & Word Doc
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My Bucket List
Whenever I write these articles, I always try to do the activities that I recommend. Well, before writing this article, I didn’t have a bucket list. So I decided to make one along with you. Now I at least have a few items on my list that I know are important to me.
Here is the bucket list I created using this article:
Video: How to Make a Bucket List
More Articles Related to Bucket Lists
If you want to learn more skills that might help you create the best bucket list for you, check out these articles on related topics.
Products & Books Related to Bucket Lists
Here are some books and movies to explore if you want to keep working on improving your bucket list.
Final Thoughts on Bucket Lists
Making a bucket list is a fun way to clarify which activities and experiences you think will bring you joy and life satisfaction. As long as you don’t get too caught up in feeling like you have to do them all, this list can help serve as a road map for creating a life you love.