400+ Incredible Bucket List Ideas To Try and Things To Do In your Lifetime
Ah, life. Life is incredible, right?
Well, it is when we’re doing incredible things.
The problem for many of us is that we wait. We wait to dive out of that plane. We wait to travel the world. We wait to walk up to a hot person in a bar and ask them out.
We wait for tomorrow.
“I’ll do it tomorrow. Today I’m busy. Besides, I’ve got all the time in the world!”
Time passes and we’re still waiting. All those incredible things we could be doing? They’ve still not been done.
For a lot of us, life is something that seems to pass us by. We spend most of our time at work, or otherwise caught up in mundane activities. Why is this? Why are we not achieving more, doing more? Why aren’t we doing the things that actually make us feel alive?
Why aren’t we creating memories by doing memorable things?
For many of us, there are 3 reasons:
1) We always believe we have enough time
2) We don’t know what it is we want to do
3) We haven’t got a strong enough reason Why
This is where a bucket list comes in. A bucket list is a list of incredible things – big and small – that you want to do before you die.
And the thing is – you will die. No one knows when but the clock is always ticking. Will you really have time to do something amazing next week that you could have done today? Who knows!
Writing a bucket list can bring us such joy. It reminds us of all the amazing things that we can – and should – do. Writing things down and then ticking them off is exciting. A list is often filled with ideas that are equally exciting and scary and which, if we go ahead and do them, will make us feel alive.
But what should go on your bucket list? What should you do in your lifetime? In this article, Beauty and Tips have got 400+ ideas. Let’s take a look!
Cool bucket list ideas:
Go see the Grand Canyon
Still not seen one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world? What are you waiting for?!
Go see it – it will take your breath away.
Go see the Louvre
The Louvre in Paris, France is home to some art masterpieces, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Go to a Brazilian Carnival
Because no one does a carnival like the Brazilians.
Stay at the Ice Hotel
There is a Ice Hotel in Sweden. It’s cold – very cold.
In fact, it’s really close to the Arctic Circle.
Go stay there!
Go see the Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids of Giza are an amazing spectacle that will simply take your breath away.
Swim with Dolphins
Wait a minute – you haven’t done this yet?
Swim with Sea Cows, Too!
Because these guys in Florida are so cute and underrated. Go swim with ‘em!
Visit the Sistine Chapel
There are many reasons to visit Italy, and we’d be here all day if we were to list them all, but visiting the Sistine Chapel has to be one of the top reasons. It’s the one with the ceiling that Michelangelo painted and it’s pretty darn amazing!
Archery is a fascinating sport and something pretty cool to get good at.
Learn to Play the Piano
Want an amazing party trick? Learn the piano.
Before you know it, you’ll be better than Mozart!
Learn to Read Sheet Music
Be that cool friend among your friends – the only one who can actually read sheet music.
Sing on Karaoke
If you’ve literally never sang on karaoke before, this has HAS to be on your bucket list.
In fact, it should be at the very top.
Solve a Rubik’s Cube
Careful, though – you could be there all day with this one.
Learn to Play Chess
Chess is an amazing game to learn and play that requires intelligence, speed of thought, wit and much more.
Learn to Juggle
How impressive will you look when you can juggle sticks of fire in front of your terrified friends and family?
See Les Miserable
Arguably the best musical EVER – go see it.
Go See an American Baseball Game
Admit it – even if you don’t like baseball, you’ve always wanted to see a real live American baseball game.
Attend a World Cup Match
According to football fans, the World Cup is akin to a religious holiday. Go see what all the fuss is about.
Go See the Olympics
Summer or winter, it doesn’t really matter – they’re both very special.
Work on your Confidence
It’s true that the more confidence you have, the better life is. Opportunities all of a sudden open up.
Wake up Earlier
From now on, make it your mission for the rest of your life to wake up earlier. It will amaze you how much more you will accomplish in life.
Watch the Sunrise
Wake up early (before the crack of dawn), perch yourself on a hill with a good view and watch the sunrise. It’s a heavenly spectacle.
Forget the Past
Is the past holding you back? Is it on your mind a lot? Add this to your bucket list and move on.
Learn to Forgive
When you forgive people, you’re not letting them off easily – you’re actually making your own life so much easier.
Read War and Peace
Tolstoy’s Russian epic is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a serious reader.
Go Back to School
If you missed university the first time around, know this – you’re never to old to study. Now is your chance.
Start a Business
Who knew that bucket list ideas could be this exciting, huh?!
If you’ve been working away on a business idea for quite some time, now is your chance to go for it. What are you waiting for?
Invest in Shares
Shares are a great way to make money on the side that could secure your financial future.
Careful, though – to make sure you don’t get burned, do extensive reading and research first.
Invest in Gold
Why invest in shares when you can make a killing in gold?
Prepare your Will
Okay, this one is a bit morbid. But none of us are getting any younger, and let’s face it – who among us has written our will yet? When you write your will, you’re safeguarding the future of your loved ones. It’s just common sense.
Have a Rooftop Picnic
We’re sure that you’ve already had a picnic in a park at some point in your life – but have you ever had a rooftop picnic?
The night sky is epic, and gazing it at on a cloudless night will remind you that life is a miracle.
Go on a Road Trip
Get a car, some friends, wait for the weather to be awesome and hit the road. It will be a blast.
Buy an Expensive, Vintage Bottle of Wine
Admit it – you’ve always wanted to know what an expensive, vintage wine tastes like. Well, now is your chance.
Even if you don’t do it often, it’s well worth meditating at least once to clear your mind of debris. Give it a try – you might really like it!
Volunteering is a wonderful way of giving back, and it will also make you feel good about yourself. Chances are, you’ll make some new friends, too.
Get a Job you Actually Love
Look, we only get one shot at this thing called life. So why waste it on a job you hate?
Create a Blog
Pick a topic you love – travel, fashion, sports – and base a blog around it. Who cares if not too many people read it? It will give you something to do, and it will also encourage you to do the things you love more often.
Eat a Snail
The late, great chef Anthony Bourdain said that eating great food is all about risk.
Do the man proud and eat a snail at least once in your life!
Eat a Raw Oyster, Too
Never tried an oyster before? Perhaps you’re a bit wary. Don’t be – this is your bucket list, after all.
Go on a Protest
If people are protesting something you feel just as passionate about, why not go and make your voice heard?
Ride a Roller Coaster
Always been too scared to ride a roller coaster? Now’s your chance to live a little.
Visit all 7 Continents
Now, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could tell your grandkids that you’ve seen all 7 continents? It sure would.
Visit the 7 Wonders of the World
Shower in a Waterfall
Take all your clothes off and go shower in nature’s greatest cleanser. The feeling you’ll experience will be incredible.
Learn a New Language
A new language will open up barriers and allow yourself to communicate with new people in a different country. Plus, it will expand the plasticity of your brain.
Spend New years In Times Square
Stop welcoming the new year in in the same place and go to Times Square already!
If you’ve always wanted to do something super charitable like donate blood, now is your chance.
Go White Wafter Rafting
Experience some splashes and thrills and spills on water!
It’s probably best that you go during carnival season and experience the Samba life as it’s meant to be experienced. It’s amazing!
Go See Stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of the most iconic and mysterious wonders of the ancient world. Go see it for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about!
Ride a Camel In the Desert
Because riding a camel is cool, yo!
Visit a Castle
Castles are cool places, which is why you should go and visit one and pretend you actually live there. Not geeky at all – cool.
Go See an Iceberg
A stray iceberg is what capsized the Titanic and caused it to sink. They’re kinda awesome things to look at.
Climb a Mountain
No doubt you’ll need to do a lot of training before accomplishing this, but climbing a mountain is well worth adding to your bucket list.
Eat at a Michelin-Rated Restaurant
Sure, these places are usually really expensive but just this once, hey?
Ride a Jet Ski
All the cool people have ridden a jet ski. Now it’s your turn.
Swim in the Dead Sea
Actually, it’s more that people float in the dead sea. It’s a really cool experience, though!
Fly First Class
This is going to feel AMAZING.
Get a Tattoo
If you still haven’t got one but always wanted one but always needed a reason to get one, well, now you’ve got your reason.
Go Rock Climbing
This one might be a bit scary, but isn’t that kinda the point of a bucket list?
Ride in a Limousine
And pump out suitable music, of course.
Write a Novel
Most people say they’d love to write a novel and that they’ve got a “great story” in their heads.
This is your chance to get yours down on paper.
Spend Christmas in New York
Honestly, you have to do this at least once in your life. If you don’t, you’ve never truly experienced Christmas.
Go to a Heavy Metal Concert
Even if you don’t actually like heavy metal, a heavy metal concert is definitely something to be experienced once in your life.
Go to a Classical Music Concert
Swim with Sharks
It will be under controlled conditions, of course. And it will be really, really cool.
Visit the Amazon Forest
Just try not to get lost!
Backpack Around Europe
This one is probably best done with a friend, but you can still have lots of fun doing it alone – just be careful.
Visit the Berlin Wall
And have your picture taken in front of it, of course!
Go Travelling Alone
There’s a LOT to be said for travelling alone, when you can do whatever you want without anyone else interfering.
It’s definitely well worth trying at least once in your life.
Ride a Horse
Horses are amazing.
Just be careful that you don’t get so attracted to it that you want to take it home.
Learn How To Dance
To be able to dance is so amazing.
Learn how to dance so that you’re never too shy to bust a move at a wedding ever again.
Go to Las Vegas
Visit Sin City, have a flutter on the craps table and soak up the bright lights.
Kiss in the Rain
Got a romantic partner? Wait for it to rain and then head outdoors for a big smooch.
Swim in the Ocean
As long as you can swim, swimming in the ocean will feel like the most incredible, natural and liberating thing to do EVER.
And if you can’t swim …
Learn How To Swim
Honestly, you won’t be able to believe that you’ve been missing out all these years.
Shoot a Gun
Shoot a gun. At a range, of course. We’re in no way condoning anyone to just pick up a gun and start firing!
See the Northern Lights
Even if you’ve never had a bucket list before you’ve probably always wanted to do this.
Take a Road Trip Across Route 66
It’s something that everyone has to do once in their life.
Don’t forget to stop off at the authentic American diners along the way.
Drink at Oktoberfest
And drink yourself into oblivion, of course. Otherwise, did you even really go?
Go on a Safari
Visit the wild animals of Africa and make friend with the rhinos (or enemies).
Ride an Elephant
And don’t forget to name it!
We recommend “Nelly.”
Go to Dublin and Drink a Guinness
Because drinking a Guinness anywhere else isn’t the same!
Ride a Motorbike
And if you haven’t got the time to learn how to drive one yourself, at least climb on the back of someone who knows how to drive one.
Learn to Surf
(and stay clear of the sharks).
Go See an Old Band you’ve Always Wanted To See
Like the Rolling Stones. Or Cher.
Visit a Remote Island
Visit a remote island and spend the night – or a few nights there.
Make a Viral Video
Do something utterly crazy that the Internet will appreciate.
See the Fjords
Norway is full of them but you STLL haven’t seen one yet. What gives?
See a Volcano
It doesn’t have to be an active one but it would be so much cooler if it was.
Pet a Tiger
Hey, you only live once. This is the part in your bucket list where you become really brave.
Watch a Foreign Movie
Never watched a foreign movie one? Watch one – you might find that you like it so much that you want to watch more and more.
Go to the Zoo
Come on, everyone should go to the zoo at least once in their life.
Ride an Ostrich
Seriously, this is a thing in Asia. And we think it’s totally worth adding to your bucket list.
Become the next Bruce Lee before you die!
Now, we think that’s a very valid life goal.
As a matter of fact, we might even join you!
Learn How to Make Cocktails
Making cocktails is a valuable life skill to have.
It might not be quite as valuable as, say, learning how to save someone’s life but it’s right up there.
Do Something Big For Charity
Do a massive good deed before you die! Just think how awesome you’ll feel.
God will definitely love you for this one (and us for suggesting it).
See the Colosseum
The Colosseum held some pretty awesome and bloodthirsty events. While you’ll not see any gladiators there anymore, just being in the presence of such history is a great feeling. Go there and take it all in.
Go To the Sydney Opera House
It’s an amazing place to spend your day or night.
Visit Easter Island
It’s one of those utterly fascinating places that you have to see at least once in your life. Otherwise, have you really lived?
Go to a Full Moon Party
For an authentic full moon party, you’ll need to go to Thailand. Once it’s over, there’s lots of other stuff you can do in this really cool part of the world.
Sleep on a Beach
We’ve all said we’d love to sleep on a beach. So why haven’t you done it yet? Screw hotels and “beds”!
Visit a Jungle
Just make sure you take someone who knows what they’re doing with you. Visiting a jungle is a lot nicer than getting LOST in a jungle …
Fly a Kite
If you never flew a kite when you were a child, now is your chance to make up for last time. It’s such fun!
Go to Tokyo
There’s so much you can do in Tokyo, but one thing you simply must do is try your hand on the karaoke.
India is a breathtaking country that’s almost as expansive, diverse and rich in variety as America.
On that note …
Put the politics aside for one moment. America is still one of the most fascinating countries on the planet. There’s just so much to it.
Write a Poem
Now’s your time to leave your poetic legacy to the world!
Celebrate a Religious Holiday
Aside from Christmas, get involved with another Christmas holiday. Partake in the party atmosphere and enjoy the food!
Drive a Super Car
Whether it’s a McLaren, a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, it doesn’t really matter – experience the sheer thrill of being behind the wheel of a jacked up super car at least once in your life.
Go on a Speed Boat
Bet always wanted to go on one as a kid!
Visit the Taj Mahal
In fact, visit the Taj Mahal by moonlight – that really is the best time to see this outstanding piece of architecture.
Go See Bolivia
Why Bolivia? It might be a small, landlocked and seemingly nondescript country, but it’s actually really fascinating and home to the Salar De uyuni for one thing.
Go See the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands achieved fame when Charles Darwin visited them and wrote about them. Go see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Go on a Bull Run in Spain
Provided you’re not ethically opposed to this – and provided you’re not petrified at the thought of a raging bull rampaging down the same street as you! – this is an experience to be had.
Go see a Bull Fight in Spain
See above. Not everyone is going to be down with the idea of a bull fight (and rightly so), but if you’ve always wanted to see that what is so key to the Spanish national identity, add this to your bucket list. It will likely enthral and disgust in equal measure.
See Pompeii in Italy
Pompeii truly is an amazing spectacle. It’s rooted in history – a dark, horrific moment in history when a raging, blisteringly hot volcano spewed forth its contents and hurled it at the vulnerable citizens of Pompeii. It’s quite the tragic site but somehow it’s also morbidly unmissable. Go see it.
Get Lost in a Maze
We know what you’re asking. “Why would I want to spend some of my bucket list getting lost?”
Answer: Because mazes are amazing!
Plus, you’ll have great fun trying to find your way out.
Pro tip: Take sandwiches because you could be there a while!
We KNOW that some of you have never eaten sushi before. We know who you are! And if you’re one of them, now is your time to try it. It’s delicious, we promise!
Go See The Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool prides itself on being the “Las Vegas of the North of England.” In truth, it’s worlds away from being Las Vegas but it has that undeniable British charm, warmth and eccentricity that you just won’t find in Sin City.
Go in the autumn time and check out its famous illuminations – you won’t be sorry!
And don’t forget to buy some candy floss!
Make your own Beer!
We’ve all fancied that we could make a better beer than that one we once had a few years back. But how good will your beer really be? And what will you name it?
Get in a Hot Air Balloon
Climb aboard a hot air balloon and drift over land. It will feel amazing and the view will be awesome.
Get your hiking boots and all the other hiking gear you need, find a trail and goddammit get hiking!
Make sure there’s also a lovely pub that does amazing food waiting for you when it’s all over, too. That is the best bit, after all!
Have a Belgian Beer in Belgium
And don’t stop there – have Belgian chocolate and Belgian waffles there, too!
Sit Inside a Finnish Sauna
Because Finnish saunas are the BEST saunas after all.
If you want the full Finnish experience, though, you will need to plunge into a cold lake immediately afterwards – you have been warned!
Go Visit Dracula’s Castle
It’s in Transylvania.
Don’t worry, he’s LONG dead.
Throw Tomatoes in La Tomatina, Spain
Seriously, this is a thing. We checked. And now we wanna go.
Wonder if they’ll let us throw cucumbers, too.
We always have to be different!
Kayak in New Zealand
Okay, you can kayak just about anywhere but there’s something very special about doing it in New Zealand.
Celebrate the Chinese new year in China
Lots of people around the world celebrate the Chinese new year, but they celebrate it in their own country. Why not be authentic this year and actually celebrate it in China?
Go on a First Date
Provided you’re not already in a relationship and have never been on a first date before, set one up and head out.
First dates can be really nerve wracking, and they can either go really well or badly wrong. But they’re always exciting and it’s always cool to meet new people!
Try a New Hair Style
Have you been walking around all these years with the same hair style? If you have, it’s time to reinvent yourself with a brand new one.
Go See a Palace
It doesn’t really matter which one, just go and see one at least once in your lifetime!
Go See An Art Masterpiece
If you’ve literally never seen a Michelangelo, a Leonardo, a Raphael or anything else that’s widely accepted to be an art masterpiece, we definitely think this is worth a place on your bucket list.
Go see an art masterpiece and enjoy being in the presence of genius for a few moments. It might even inspire you.
Go to Hollywood
Many of us grew up with Hollywood movies and it’s an endless source of fasciation. It’s like this magical land where magical things happen. But here’s the thing – anyone can go see it, even you!
Go to Disney Land
Like Hollywood, Disney Land was a major part of many of our childhoods. We know you’ve always wanted to go. So grab your own kids or someone else’s kids (anyones!) and go omg.
Auschwitz is a compelling, haunting place. The scene of so much horror, tragedy and death, visiting it is a cold, sombre experience that will remind you of the worst of humanity.
Visiting it is also a way of showing your respect for those who died there, as well as reminding yourself why an unspeakable tragedy such as this must never happen again.
Compliment a Stranger
Never complimented a total stranger before? Always been too nervous? Now is the time to do it!
Smile at a stranger on the train and tell them they look good.
Paris is the City of Love but you can still visit it even if you aren’t in love. Paris is home to so much history, culture, art and magnificent buildings. Go see the cafes, absorb the vibrancy and tick it off your bucket list.
Go to London
Go to London and see the Queen!
Okay, so you probably won’t get to see the Queen (although you never know!), but there’s still so much you can do here, from seeing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to riding in a London black cab (so cool).
Go to Rome
Rome has one of the bloodiest, memorable and spectacular histories of any city. The good news is that so much of its history lies in tact, from the Colosseum to the art. Go see it!
Go See a Meteor Shower
Meteor showers don’t rain down on us all that often, but if you happen to know when another one is coming at a site near you anytime soon, you should definitely use it as an opportunity to cross this off your bucket list because meteor showers are AWESOME.
Sleep in a Tree House
If you never got to spend a night in a tree house as a kid, now is your chance to catch up on one of the greatest things you’ve ever missed out on.
Tree houses are EPIC. Pack some supplies, grab your partner or some friends and go chill!
Warning – those woods, they may be haunted.
Go Pick Lavenders
Admittedly, the idea of spending the day picking cotton sounds horrific.
But spending the day picking lavender? That sounds like one of the most charming and best ways to spend a day ever.
Just think of the smell!
(unless you can’t stand the smell of lavender, in which case definitely don’t do this)
Spray Some Graffiti On A Wall
Leave your mark on the world!
And, no, you can’t just write “I was here.”
That’s just, like, so lame.
Dance in the Rain
As well as enjoying a smooch in the rain, you should also head out and go dancing in the rain. We promise you that nothing will feel quite as liberating.
Adopt a Dog
Only do this if you’re serious about having a dog. If you’ve always wanted a dog, take yourself off to the local animal shelter and adopt a dog who badly needs a home.
Sleep on an Island
Surely you can’t go through your whole life without discovering what paradise on earth is really like? Go on, treat yourself!
Go to a Music Festival
Never been to a music festival? No one is ever to old to attend one. Find one that’s playing host to some of your favourite bands or artists and go attend one.
Don’t forget the wellies and tent!
Jump Out of a Plane
Come on, you knew this was going to be on the list somewhere!
Summon up the courage and go do the one thing that would make anyone feel alive.
Bathe in Milk
Because this is your bucket list and sometimes you’ll have to do weird things.
Just don’t get addicted to bathing in milk.
And, no, you probably can’t take a milk shower.
Bake a Rainbow Cake
Rainbow cakes are one of the hardest cakes you’ll ever have to bake. Test your skills out and then enjoy the rewards afterwards (and the rewards will be divine).
Visit Santa in Lapland
Santa Claus totally exists and he lives in Lapland. Go see him for yourself if you don’t believe us.
(and say hi for us)
(also, find out if we’re still on his nice list)
Explore a Shipwreck
Anyone can totally do this! What’s stopping you?
Make a Snowman
The next time it snows heavily, head outdoors and make an awesome snowman and a snow angel.
Sit in a TV Show Audience
Admit it – you’ve always wanted to be in the audience of The Price Is Right, Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Well, now’s your chance to be in there!
Spend a Day at the Races
Big horse racing events are really fun – until you lose all your money, of course.
Build an Igloo
We were just going to suggest that you stay in an igloo. But isn’t it more fun when you’ve built the igloo yourself?
A bucket list shouldn’t entirely centre on all the weird, wonderful and fun stuff you can do. It should also contain some charitable pursuits, such as giving blood.
Just imagine how awesome you’ll feel about yourself afterwards.
Go to a Midnight Film Premiere
There’s always a real buzz around the release of a brand new film, and that buzz is even more epic when the film is screened at midnight for the first time.
Go join in with it all and grab some popcorn!
Attend a Comic Book Convention
Don’t wear your normal clothes, though. Dress up!
Go Fly Boarding
And then just do it.
Go Kite Surfing
Run a Marathon
Of course, you can’t just head out there and run a marathon. A lot of training will need to be done first.
If you think a whole marathon is beyond you, why not try a half marathon instead?
Make your own Pizza
Still never made your own pizza? Now’s the time to come your own creation that you hoist on your mates.
Don’t forget to give it a name and offer it to all the local restaurants!
See a West End Musical
This really has to be done at least once in your lifetime.
Ride a Gondola in Venice
Take your partner along and have the most romantic time of your life.
Cuddle a Baby Tiger
Watch Baby Turtles Hatch
Because double n’aww.
Visit all 50 American States
Okay, for this one you will need some serious time on your hands.
Keep a Diary
Keep a diary for a whole year – it will be something amazing to read in the years to come!
Go to a NBA Game
Go to an NBA game, soak up the atmosphere, join in with the fun and games and pick a team to cheer on!
Jump off a Cliff
OK – this one IS scary.
But as long as you know what you’re doing and there’s lots of deep blue water beneath you, this could give you the thrill of your life.
Never went camping when you were a kid? Boy oh boy are you in for a treat! Round up some pals, grab a tent and lots of snacks and head out there for a mini adventure.
Wrap up warm, head on over to Alaska or Greenland and go dogsledding. It will be an amazingly cool and awesome experience and you can thank us for it later!
Ride a Vespa
Ride a vespa – in Italy, of course. Otherwise, do you even really vespa, bro?
Go Skinny Dipping
Skinny dipping by moonlight is really cool and liberating, but equally you could do it during the day if you can find somewhere remote and hidden enough.
Shed all your clothes – all of them – and dip your whole body in the water. Amazing experience.
Break a Guinness World Record
Which one is up to you, of course.
Open an Online Store
Do it for kicks at first but, hey, if it really starts to take off, it could prove to be a very fruitful endeavour.
Feed a Giraffe
Most people feed horses or cows.
Not you – you’re going to feed a GIRAFFE.
Because you’re cool like that.
Be an Extra in a Movie
Always wanted to be the next Jennifer Lawrence? Always wanted to appear in the same scene as Jake Gyllenhaal? While we can’t guarantee that that will happen, being a movie extra is still a cool thing to do.
“Look at me, ma! I’m in the movies, ma!”
Throw a Coin in a Roman Fountain
And make a wish. Apparently they come true. Apparently.
Celebrate Christmas On the Beach
If it’s traditional for you to wrap up warm at Christmas and celebrate it in front of a roaring fire while snow builds up outside your windows, why not break with tradition this year and go spend it on a hot beach in, say, Australia?
It will certainly be different.
Take a Photo Every Day For a Whole year
This one is more of a challenge – a pretty cool challenge at that. Are you up for it?
Donate Hair to Cancer Patients
This can be your really good, charitable deed. It’s an amazing thing to do. After all, your hair will grow back.
Go to a Major Tennis Tournament
There are four to choose from: England, America, France and Australia. Don’t worry about the weather – each one takes place during each respective country’s summer so you’ll have a blast wherever you go.
Make Some Art
Let the artist loose in you and see what you can come up with!
Read a Book a Week
This one is more of a challenge, and it will be really hard to maintain. At the same time, you could make it easier by picking shorter books each week.
And remember, not every book needs to be a novel – you can also read non fiction books, too.
(it’s probably best that you don’t choose War and Peace – that book could take you a whole year to read!)
Create your Own Board Game
Honestly, you’ll have a blast with this one.
Learn a Magic Trick
Learn a magic trick and then amaze your friends and family with it.
Don’t forget to call yourself something like The Great Sandra.
Cage Dive With White Sharks
This one might be a tad scary at first, but you’ll be safely ensconced inside your cage.
Just don’t go in there with the Jaws theme tune ringing around inside your head omg.
Backpack Through South America
This will be an amazing experience that you should totally be documenting, too.
And find out what all the fuss is about for us!
Go See an Opera
Have an evening of first-class culture.
And, hey, there’s a chance you’ll like it and will want to see even more operas!
Go See a Ballet
See above. Ballets are mesmeric when watched up close and personal. The graceful movements of the dancers really is something else!
Cook a 5-Course Meal
This one really might take it all out of you, but don’t worry too much – you’ll have an amazing 5-course meal waiting for you once you’re all done!
Can we come round for dinner?
Visit a Chocolate Factory
The problem with chocolate factories is that, as amazing as they are, they make you want to eat everything while you’re there.
In fact, they make you want to take people hostage so that you can eat everything!
“Give me a bar of chocolate or the janitor gets it!”
Go to the Blue Lagoon Hot Springs in Iceland
Just enjoy the moment and channel your inner zen.
Take a Helicopter Ride
It would be preferable if you could ride over a volcano, but just taking a ride in a helicopter at all is pretty cool and you should totally do it.
Fly in a Private Jet
For this, you’ll need some serious cash. But if you’ve got it, why the heck not flaunt it like you’re a big deal?
Go to a TEDTalk
Maybe you’ve watched a lot of TEDTalks from your room on your laptop. But what about going to see the real deal in person?
Walk Behind a Waterfall
Truly, it will be a mesmeric experience.
Name a Star
Perhaps the easiest but also most beautiful thing you’ll do from this list. Pluck a star from the night sky and give it a name.
Do Something for the Homeless
Give more cash than you usually do or buy dinner. Do something touching.
Write a Sitcom
Seriously, this will be one of the most fun ways you will EVER spend your time. Create some characters, create a situation and let the laughs roll out.
Perform Stand-up Comedy
Don’t feel as though you’ve got a sitcom in you but always felt as though you could make people laugh? Try stand up comedy instead.
Sure, this will be a nerve wracking experience. But isn’t that what a bucket list is all about – doing the things that both scare us but which also make us laugh?
Spend the Night in a Haunted House
Speaking of doing things that scare us, nothing’s really as scary as spending the night in a haunted house, especially if you’re already afraid of the dark and thing that go bump in the night …
WHAT WAS THAT NOISE
Buy Something Really Expensive
Admit it – you’ve always wanted to splash the cash on something insanely expensive but caution has always got the better of you.
Well, now is the time to get splashing that cash. Treat yourself to something expensive – be it a watch, a nice pair of Jimmy Choos, or whatever else you quite fancy. Totally deserve it!
Sail on a yacht
Rent a yacht for a day and set sail.
Pretend to be a pirate, too!
Or is it just us that would do that?
Spend a Day at the Cinema
Who among us hasn’t dreamt of spending an ENTIRE day at the cinema?
Put this on your bucket list, get the drinks and the snacks in and chill the heck out with 3 – 5 movies all in one day.
Mix it up, too. Pick a comedy, a thriller, a horror and so on.
Maybe even chuck in a musical, too!
Learn to Drive
If you still haven’t learned to drive yet, this one should be an absolute must on your bucket list.
Learn to Fly
It’s going to cost you a fair bit but the rewards will be massive.
Learn to Ride a Bike
If you’ve never learned how to ride a bike before, now is your big chance. Riding a bike is so much fun and you’ll free in a way you’ve never felt before!
Honestly, what IS the fascination with golf?
Well, why don’t you go and find out?!
Learn to Sail
If you’re not the biggest fan of heights and flying, why not learn how to sail instead?
Learn to Cook
Cooking is an amazing skill to have. Not only can it save you cash, but it will also open your life up to new foods, cuisines, ingredients and so on. Once you can cook, life becomes that bit more amazing.
Visit the North Pole
And wrap up suitably warm, of course.
Spend a Day with a Homeless Person
When you’re feeling mighty charitable, go and spend a whole day with a homeless person. They’ll really appreciate it. Living on the streets is tough, and homeless folk often say they feel as though they’re invisible. Show them some love, take an interest in them, hear their stories and share some food for them. They’ll appreciate it so much.
Send a Message in a Bottle
Who’ll receive it? Who really knows? But writing a message and sending it in a bottle on the seven seas is one of the most magical, mystical and romantic things to do.
Learn an Instrument
What instrument have you always wanted to learn to play? Now’s your chance!
Go See Graceland
Graceland was Elvis Presley’s estate. Go pay tribute to The King on his patch.
Go to a Casino
Have a flutter but try not to lose it all!
Revisit your Childhood Neighbourhood
Take a walk down memory lane by strolling the streets you grew up in.
Careful – there might be tears!
And, hey, you might bump into one or two old friends who are still there!
Learn How To Play Tennis
Tennis is a great, competitive sport that can be a lot of fun to play.
And wouldn’t it also be cool to be able to tell people that you can play tennis?
Ride on the Orient Express
One of the most famous trains in Europe, the Orient Express is also one of the most luxurious. Take a ride on it and see what all the fuss is about.
(and, yes, there was a murder on the Orient Express but it was pure fiction)
Take a Night Train
Riding a night train is one of the most romantic things you can do. Take your partner along, snuggle up together and enjoy the ride and view.
It will be even more amazing if it snows!
Go For a Month Without Social Media
It’s more of a challenge but it shows what the world has come to when this is now on your bucket list.
Get in Touch With An Old Friend
Is there an old friend who you haven’t seen for years? Get in touch with them, re-connect and have an epic catch up!
Have a Sleepover
If you never got to do this as a kid because mom and dad were too boring, now is your chance to tick this particular rite of passage off.
Learn how to use Chopsticks
If you’ve eaten Oriental food but never actually eaten with chopsticks, we now think it’s time that you learned how.
Make a Fire in the Garden
Just for kicks. Invite some friends around too and have a sing song session. It could turn into a great night.
Disadvantaged kids are in need of a mentor. Is this now your time to give something back? Is there something you can teach younger people, some wisdom from your own life and experiences that can perhaps impart?
Mentoring is such a rewarding experience, both for you and the kid.
Try Online Dating
IF you’re single and have never tried online dating before, now is your chance to give it a go. It could be the most fun you’ve had for a long time!
Write your Memoirs
It’s not just famous people who have had an interesting life. Write your memoirs and take a trip down memory lane.
Make a Daisy Chain
It’s a simple but beautiful thing to do, and if you’ve never made a daisy chain before now, this is well worth adding to your bucket list.
We hope there is someone special in your life who you can give it to, too!
Ride a Bullet Train in Japan
Those things are FAST and need to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
Build a Sandcastle
N’aww, this seems like such a sweet and innocent thing to do at the beach.
We just hope yours doesn’t turn out as badly as ours (it looked more like a shed).
Go to a Buddhist Temple
See the history, absorb the stillness. Feel blessed. It’s amazing.
Join a Band
If you’ve always been musically inclined and always wanted to join a band, you’ve now got the perfect excuse. If your partner asks why on earth you’ve decided to join a band at this juncture of your life, just say that your bucket list told you to.
Or that Beauty and Tips told you to. Go on, blame us!
Feed the Birds
Never done this before? Have them eating out of the palm of your hands and sing a song with them!
Not everyone has seen snow. If you live in a part of the world where it literally never snows, we think you owe it to yourself to go and see some before you die.
Spend a Day at a Spa
We think it’s high time that you treated yourself to a day at a spa. Either go by yourself or take some friends, your partner or your mom with you.
What means a lot to you? Pick something and then go fundraising for it.
Set Off Some Fireworks
How stunning are fireworks?
But have you ever had the pleasure and thrill of setting one off yourself before?
Chase a Tornado
People actually do this – and it’s amazing.
Hook up with storm chasers, take a ride with them and witness mother nature at her angriest up, close and personal.
Host a BBQ
How many bbq’s have you been to? Isn’t it time that you held one yourself for your friends and family?
Quit your Job
If this is something you’ve been thinking of doing for a while now, this might be all the motivation you’ve ever needed.
Of course, you need a contingency plan. Money and income is kinda important.
Go To a Hip Hop Gig
Literally, why not?
Go to a Rave
Get high on life and music at a summer rave and dance your a** off all night long!
Stay in a Posh Hotel
Forget the hostels and the cheap rooms – stay in a posh 5 star, swanky hotel for a night.
Write a Love Letter
Never written a love letter to the one you love? What are you waiting for?! This is your time to tell you partner how much they mean to you. Pen a romantic verse and don’t forget to seal it with a kiss!
Bake a Cake
We know, we know. Baking a cake is hard.
But it’s also a lot of fun!
And, hey, if it doesn’t taste great once it’s done, you can always go out and buy a cake. Scrumptious!
(and omg we literally want cake now)
Write a List to Santa
Because he does exist and you’ve been missing out on his gifts all these years, you unbeliever, you!
Climb a Tree
And then call the fire brigade to come help you down.
(we’re just joking, don’t do that)
Learn How To Play Poker
Poker can actually be a really useful skill if you get so good at it that you start making serious cash.
Pretty soon, we’ll see you on TV playing Texas Hold ‘Em!
Host a Party
If your own soiree is something you’ve always wanted to do, get the drinks in, write out the invitations (or create an event on Facebook), pick the music and a theme and make it happen.
Adopt a Wild Animal
By adopting a wild animal – such as a tiger or a bear – you’re helping to save them from poachers. Go you.
Give a Public Speech
For many of us, the thought of doing a public speak terrifies us. But if you’ve always wanted to try it, and if there is something you’ve always wanted to speak about, add this one to your list and then tick it off once you’ve done it.
If you’ve never left your home country, this one HAS to be on your list. And you have to tick it off as soon as possible. Like, right now. Go, shoo! Go to Vienna, Paris or Rio. Go anywhere!
Get a Plant
Or a tree. But a plant is probably a better bet. It will bring you so much joy once it starts to bloom.
Learn a Martial Art
Martial arts are pretty darn cool to be honest.
Go to a Fancy Dress Party
Pick a really cool, funny – or even sexy outfit – and go to your first fancy dress party. They’re a load of fun, we promise!
Go to a Theme Park
But make sure to go in the summertime on a really sunny day. Otherwise you might think theme parks are a bit rubbish and blame us.
Go to a Wedding
Still not been to a wedding? The next time someone invites you, totally go for it. Weddings are special, beautiful and even fun occasions.
See a Rainbow
This one won’t be easy – but do all that you can to witness a natural miracle.
Fly on a Plane
Planes are the safest and arguably the most fun way to travel. If you’ve never experienced a plane before, we think now is the time to do it. Pick a destination and fly away.
Give up a Vice
Be it smoking, drinking or whatever else your vice is, put this on your bucket list and see if you can quit!
See a Play
Some people watch plays all the time.
Others have literally never seen one their whole life.
If you’re the latter but you’ve always wanted to see one, pick one that looks like something you’d enjoy and go see it.
Take Acting Lessons
No one is ever too old to learn how to act.
And if you become real famous and head to Hollywood, don’t forget to give us credit!
Go Explore a Cave
Caves are fascinating – and they can be a bit scary.
Hook up with a cave guide and go explore one.
(what was that noise, though?!)
Ha! Hands up if you’re very bad at saving money? If you are – and if you’ve always wanted to put some cash aside for a rainy day – add this one to your bucket list and see if you can actually do it.
Run Through a Field
Because it’s just an amazingly cool experience.
Get a Pen Pal
The art of writing to a pen pal seems to be dying in the digital age where we are all connected. However, there still exist websites that can pair you up with pen pals.
So go and make a new friend from the other side of the world!
Go to a Flea Market
Flea markets are really cool, and who knows what you could pick up and take home!?
Get Lost Just for the Fun of it
If the idea of getting lost has always kinda scared you, it’s worth remembering that a bucket list is mean to be made up of things that scare you.
So why not loosen up for once and get lost in a city just for kicks? Don’t worry, you’re never really lost in a city – there’ll be plenty of people around to help you out!
Try a Food you Never Thought you’d Try
Whatever that one food is that you never thought you’d try … go ahead and try it!
Get a Piercing
Hey, you only live once. Are you really going to spend your whole life without a piercing? Really?
Change your Hair Colour
Mix things up a bit!
Might we suggest blue?
Play Truth or Dare
Careful with this one – some serious truths will be coming out tonight!
Watch a Horror Movie
If you’ve always been too scared to watch a scary movie, now is the time to get the snacks in, close the curtains, turn the lights off … and hide behind the sofa!
Might we recommend The Exorcist?
Ah, the stalwart of anyone’s bucket list. Many of us want to get fit, but how many of us are prepared to do whatever it takes to actually get fit?
Add this to your bucket list and then make a concrete plan as to how you can get in shape.
Make your own Hot Chocolate
Because homemade hot chocolate in the winter time is amazing.
Careful, though – you might get addicted.
(and can we have some)
Write a Poem
“But I can’t write,” you might lament. It doesn’t matter – go write a poem. Leave your own literary legacy to the world!
Turn up Late
If you’re that person who has literally never turned up late for work once in your life, screw any idea you had about an “unblemished” record and experience how good it feels to be late.
(unless being late means you’ll get fired then omg don’t do it)
Have a Whole Day In Bed
Go onnnnnnn – you know you’ve always wanted to do this!
There is one snag, of course: you’ll need to get out of bed to cook!
Takeaway food, it is.
Dance in Public
This should be on everyone’s bucket list. If everyone danced in public, the world would be a much better place.
Fall In Love
N’aww, if you’ve never experienced what love is like, make it your mission to find the love of your life.
Let’s face it, we’ve all claimed at some point or another that we could probably invent something.
But why have we never actually gone ahead and invented it? Probably because we needed to add this to our bucket list first.
Serenade a Stranger
The thing with this one is that you’d better be pretty good at serenading, otherwise it’s going to come across as creepy more than anything else. Which would kinda suck!
Meet your Hero
Who is your hero? Who has had the biggest impact on you? Who inspired you to chase your own dreams?
Whoever it was, make it your mission to meet them.
This could actually turn out to be one of your biggest accomplishments on this list.
Publish a Novel
Writing a novel won’t be easy, and getting it published will be even harder. But who said anything on this list was going to be simple?
Produce Some Street Art
Go ahead and leave your own distinct mark on a city.
Learn to Ski
Skiing is pretty amazing if you can master it, and you’ll have a great time out there on them slopes.
Create your own Cocktail
Give it an exotic name and let your friends try it.
Run a Race in a Different Country
If you’re not the fittest person in the world, training for this will be tough but it will be well worth it.
Clear your Debts
This is a really practical idea that should be on most peoples’ bucket list. The relief you’ll feel when you’ve cleared your debts will be nothing short of immense.
Hold a Tarantula
Got a fear of spiders? Who hasn’t?!
But let’s face it – we’ve all wanted to see what it would be like to hold a tarantula.
Careful that you don’t drop it!
Test Drive a Ferrari
No, you don’t need to buy it. But how fun would it be to take a Ferrari (of all things!) for a lil spin around the block?
And when you’re done, you can say to the dealer, “nah mate. Not for me.”
Hug a Tree
And see what it feels like for so-called “tree huggers.”
Hey, trees have feelings, too!
Do a Striptease
In front of your boyfriend, of course. Not in an actual strip club.
Go Bungee Jumping
We know – this one sounds REAL scary.
But that’s kinda the point, right?
Plus, it will make you feel so alive.
Go Visit a Lighthouse
And see what really goes on in one of those things!
Walk to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Are you gonna be the one who scares everyone else by screaming “IT’S GONNA FALL OVER!” ?
Bet you are.
Sleep Beneath the Stars
Don’t just stargaze at night – actually for real sleep underneath the stars and let the night sky’s warm embrace sing you a sweet lullaby.
Change a Baby’s Diaper
A bit gross. But it has to happen.
And feel like a celebrity for a few hours.
Go to a Movie Premiere
Blag your way in!
Have a Food Fight
If you never did this when you were a teenager, you were seriously missing out. It’s high time that you grabbed some food – fish is good – and started an absolute RIOT in the canteen.
Just remember to duck when people start throwing chicken legs. Those things hit hard.
Start a Snowball Fight
Forget making snow angels – this time around you’re gonna start a snowball fight!
Make a snowball and then launch it at your victim.
Enact a Fantasy
With your partner.
Take an Ice Bath
Athletes swear by ice baths. Apparently it’s something to do with repairing the muscles.
Why don’t you take one and let us know how it goes, yeah?
Watch a Total Eclipse
We get it. Each time a total eclipse comes around, you could watch it, but you’re usually too busy. Maybe you’ve gotta have a shower or eat or something.
Not this time. Add this one to your bucket list and make it your mission to witness a total eclipse. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.
Go Out Dancing
If you’ve literally never been out dancing before, girl, you are missing out.
Put on your dancing shoes, grab your best friend and head out!
And don’t forget the obligatory photos.
Visit your Ancestors Birthplace
If you’ve always been a tad curious to see where your ancestors grew up, add this to your bucket list and then find a way of getting there. It could be quite the adventure!
Be Financially Stable
Isn’t this the dream for many of us?
The problem is that most of us make this a dream – and not a goal.
By adding this to your bucket list and making it a goal, you can then put in place a series of smaller goals that will help you become financially stable.
If anything on your list is worth ticking off, it’s this.
Be Financially Independent
Kinda like the one above – but even better!
When you’re financially independent, you’re no longer relying on others – and this includes a job – for your money. Instead, you’re in control. And it will feel mighty good.
It’s not clever, it’s not smart – but it IS a lot of fun, sometimes!
Take a Midnight Stroll on the Beach
There is something hauntingly beautiful about a beach at midnight. Whether it’s the stillness, the lack of people, the sound of the tired waves gently brushing up against the shore, or the moonlight that beams down on you to break up the darkness.
Take a walk on a beach at midnight, absorb nature at its calmest and use it as a chance to pause and reflect on your life.
Visit Great Britain
Britain isn’t just about London and the Queen. There is also the rest of England, Wales and Scotland.
Visit Ireland while you’re there, too, and soak up the eccentricities that the British people have become famous for.
Go Sky Diving
Go on – you know you want to, really!
Go to a Restaurant By yourself
A table for one? Do it!
So many worried about what other people will think of them that they wait until others are available before going out for a meal. But there’s a lot that can be said for dining out by yourself – try it and see if you don’t get chatting to a stranger anyway!
Start Lifting Weights
“Do you even lift, bro (girl)?”
Well, you do now!
Build up your strength and get BIG.
Milk a Cow
Because, like, why not?
Go to a Painting Class
Go to an art class and paint a nude.
This is definitely one to tell your friends about!
Even better, pose nude for a painting yourself!
Go Scuba Diving
And see what all the fuss is about. Perhaps you’ll have a WHALE of a time!
Give up Junk Food
If you’ve always wanted to quit junk food but just never had the motivation or willpower, add this to your bucket list and make it your mission this year to quit for good.
Do Something you Know you’ll Regret
The paradox is that, once you’ve done it, you probably won’t regret it at all.
Too many of us play it safe in life and don’t take enough risks. Do something you’d ordinarily regret and see if you didn’t make the best decision ever.
Perform on Stage
It’s nerve wracking, it’s scary – but it’s also hella exciting.
Just like pretty much everything else on this list.