Everyone has their own bucket list. We give you 100 different adventurous ideas you can explore if you dare.
Instead of waiting around for your life to get interesting, a bucket list gives you the opportunity to take action and make the most of the time you’re given.
But who’s to say what “making the most” of things actually means?
We all have different wants, desires, priorities, and obligations. Shouldn’t those factor in when coming up with something as important as the things you want to do — the accomplishments you wish to achieve — before you die?
Of course! But it never hurts to have ideas, so in that spirit, we here at Idea Hacks have decided to get the ball rolling with 100 epic suggestions. Feel free to borrow, steal, or adjust however you see fit! Let’s get started!
Bucket List Ideas #1-20
- 1. Go flyboarding
- 3. Go skydiving
- 5. Attend the Cannes Film Festival
- 7. Visit space
- 9. Quit your job to start a new business
- 11. Run a marathon
- 13. Ski the slopes of Jackson, Wyoming
- 15. Buy a stranger’s lunch
- 17. Publish your own book
- 19. Take ballroom dancing lessons
- 2. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
- 4. Ride one of the top 25 roller coasters
- 6. Visit the Holy Lands
- 8. Learn a second language
- 10. Hit your target weight
- 12. Scuba dive in Costa Rica
- 14. Climb Mount Everest
- 16. Mentor another person
- 18. Give wedding speech
- 20. Go on a walkabout
1. Go flyboarding
According to H2RO Magazine, fly boarding is accomplished by “two nozzles positioned under the rider’s feet,” which receives 90% of the water propulsion and movement is controlled by the writer tilting his/her feet. The nozzles on the hands receive the remaining 10% of water and are used to ensure stabilization just desk he pulls would.
What this essentially means is that the rider is shot up into the air as the JetSki travels beneath them several feet below. The origins of fly boarding go back to a December 2011 YouTube video which has since garnered millions of views and launched a global phenomenon.
2. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
The catacombs in Paris France, one of 14 museums in the city of light, have a creepy 2000 year history that you have to see for yourself. According to the official website, the name was given in reference to the catacombs of Rome.
While 1810 is the officially established date, the catacombs feature the remains of about 6 million people going back well before that. Of time. Series of cave-ins starting in 1774 caused cemeteries to overflow and thus the transfer of bones began around 1786. Today it is known as the world’s largest graveyard.
3. Go skydiving
Skydiving needs no real explanation. You jump out of an airplane from thousands of feet in the air. If you remember your parachute and it works, you have a great story to tell.
If neither of these things occur or only one of them occurs, then you had a nice run. There are skydiving locations in all 50 states, which you can find with a simple Google search or by checking out skydiving.com.
4. Ride one of the top 25 roller coasters in the world
There are close to 4,000 known roller coasters in the world. IdeaHacks recently gave you the lowdown on the top 25. You can check out all of them here. Pick one, or try all of them.
The appeal varies based on steepness, height, inversions, and other unique characteristics. Just make sure you ride on an empty stomach.
5. Attend the Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is perhaps the most popular film festival in the world, located in the lovely Cannes, France. It’s a wonderful chance to see some movies, catch a glimpse of the stars, and kick back under the stars amid one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Travel details can be picked up at the website.
6. Visit the Holy Lands
The Holy Lands entail some of the most fascinating historical locations in the world. Whether you are a believer or not, much of human history is tied to this place, and so it is worth the journey, if for no other reason than to understand the roots of most of human belief.
Tours of the Holy Land include areas located between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea as well as the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all center their beliefs around this part of the world.
Specific sites include Golgotha, where Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified; the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, which are said to be the locations of Christ’s birth; the Sea of Galilee, where much of Jesus’ ministry took place; and Tyre Lebanon, the site of ancient Babylon, where according to Scripture much of the world’s languages and ethnicities come from.
7. Visit space
Space. It really is the final frontier, as Capt. Kirk would say. And now, if Virgin at the has anything to do with it, it will be humans’ next big tourist destination. Space tourism is expected to be a big industry, according to DW.com, with an initial flight expected in the years ahead.
If you have an extra $250,000 laying around and would like to ride with stars, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber, then you also could be flying the friendly void above Earth.
8. Learn a second language
Learning a second language can get more difficult as you get older, but mobile apps like Duolingo and software like Rosetta Stone make it possible. You can become more marketable and more understanding of other cultures as well as keep pace with economic changes by learning a dominant second-language within your country.
If you need any further help, this piece from Time magazine should get you off to a good start. The primary cost involved is minimal – mostly just your time.
9. Quit your job to start a new business
Starting your own business can be a very rewarding experience in itself, particularly if you are pursuing a passion. Throw quitting a job you hate into the mix, and it can be the stuff that legends are made of!
Forbes recently put together a list of the 20 businesses you can start tomorrow, and it is well worth checking out. You really don’t need a lot of money. Just vision. And drive.
Start making money from home with the Home Academy System.
10. Hit your target weight
Throughout one’s life, there will be ups and downs. Unfortunately, some of those ups will include the amount of weight that you gain after high school. It’s no big mystery that metabolism slows to a crawl the older you get, and it is up to you to continually do things that will keep it going in your favor.
As you get older, try to instill good eating and exercise habits, maintain a close watch on your calorie count, drink lots of water, and don’t lose hope. It really is possible to maintain a great body and great conditioning later in life; it just takes a little extra work to get there. And if you need a technological kick in the pants, give the Visualize You app a look by seeing an after-shot before you get there.
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11. Run a marathon
You can find a list of marathon training plans at Runner’s World, and if you are serious about finishing a 26.2 mile race, then you darn sure better. This is such a monumental physical feat that you may not want to target a specific time in order to get it checked off your bucket list. Just get the thing done, and you’ll be far ahead of most people!
12. Scuba dive in Costa Rica
If you are going to go scuba diving, then there are a few places in the world that do it better than Costa Rica. Specifically, Punta Gorda is a dream come true for scuba divers.
This location features a maximum depth of 70 feet and a short initial descent of 25, making it terrific for beginners and professionals alike. The aquatic life and clarity of water is astounding. It has been named among the best scuba diving spots in the world by big seven travel.
13. Ski the slopes of Jackson, Wyoming
National Geographic magazine named it one of the world’s 25 best ski towns. Jackson Wyoming boasts some of the more challenging courses, not only in America but abroad. It is considered a place for advanced slushers as well as those with a taste for cowboy culture.
Hit the slopes during the day, the honky-tonks by night, and the Village Café in Teton Village on your way home for some of the best cuisine in town.
14. Climb Mount Everest
According to Time magazine, it costs around $35,000 to organize an expedition to Mount Everest – a number which can vary depending on the size of your group. Needless to say unless you are extremely wealthy, you should probably do this with a group of friends.
It’s also important to train your body for the high-altitude, get a checkup before going, and be aware of the risks. In known history, there been about 240 people who died trying to climb the mountain. You may even see some of their bodies on the way up as expeditions often leave their dead behind in order to avoid the same fate themselves.
15. Buy a stranger’s lunch
In December 2015, ABC News reported that a McDonald’s in Florida made national headlines after 250 consecutive people bought the orders for the people behind them in the fast food restaurants drive-thru. It all started with one.
That is the thing about buying a stranger’s lunch or doing any random act of kindness. It tends to inspire the same generosity and others, which makes the world a better place.
16. Mentor another person
This article from Forbes details how you can get involved in the mentorship process. It’s easier than you think and can be incredibly rewarding from both ego and professional standpoints. Plus, it will give your cockles a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that you improved someone’s life and helped them achieve their goals.
17. Publish your own book
Self-publishing is not quite as full pot as it used to be. Since Amazon unleashed the Kindle on readers several years ago, e-books have made it easy to reach wide audiences with little to no overhead.
As a result, once would-be authors have began to earn a living, in many cases full time. Publishing a book on your own can be financially rewarding; however, it is also a craft that can be fun and fulfilling in ways that go beyond money.
Even if you just publish one book and never sell a copy, it is incredibly gratifying to see your name on a spine. Give it a try. Everyone has one great story to tell even if it is just the story of their lives. And for help getting started check out the 25 things you need to know from CNET.
18. Give the Best Man/Maid of Honor speech at a wedding
The best man or maid of honor speech at a wedding should be one of your bucket list items because who doesn’t want to see their best friend find the love of their life and help them celebrate?
19. Take ballroom dancing lessons
Ballroom dancing is a fun and physical way to meet people, get to know someone more intimately, or reconnect with a significant other. The tricky part may be in finding a skilled enough teacher to handle your two left feet, but a simple geo-specific Google search will turn up tons of great teachers in your area.
To give you some idea of what to expect, check out expert Arthur Murray at this link.
20. Go on a walkabout
Urban Dictionary defines a walkabout as “a spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one’s choosing in an effort to satisfy one’s itchy feet, the need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, or that space over the horizon.”
Walkabouts can be particularly helpful to those who are at a crossroads in their lives after a particularly trying experience, such as a divorce or the death of someone very close to them. Famous walkabouts include those depicted in the writings of Jack Kerouac and the film Into the Wild. In the latter case, try to make sure yours turns out a little better.
Bucket List Ideas #21-40
- 21. Swim with dolphins
- 23. Go one week without eating meat
- 25. Meet a famous person
- 27. Swim the world’s largest swimming pool
- 29. Go Zorbing
- 31. Shoot a .50 Cal
- 33. Build a passive income
- 35. Forgive
- 37. Visit Antarctica
- 39. Make out in a rainstorm
- 22. Be in delivery room during childbirth
- 24. Face your fears
- 26. Zip line
- 28. Ride El Torro
- 30. Do the Tough Mudder Mud Run
- 32. Complete a 90-day challenge
- 34. Talk with an elderly person about childhood
- 36. Box someone for three rounds
- 38. Take flying lessons
- 40. Be intimate in an adventurous location
21. Swim with dolphins
Discovery Cove at SeaWorld Orlando is just one of many dolphin attractions throughout the United States that allow you to swim and learn about these adorable creatures one-on-one in a safe and controlled environment.
Dolphins are actually quite fierce in the wild, but they have a well-documented soft spot for human beings, and swimming with one is a bucket list item you can do with the whole family if you are so inclined.
22. Be in the delivery room during a childbirth (preferably your child’s)
There are few “epic” things you can do to top this one. Being in a delivery room when your child is born is nerve-racking but also the pinnacle of 10 months of worrying, planning, and mobilizing. Hearing those first cries, you know you’ll never be the same (in a good way).
While ladies are better equipped for everything concerning pregnancy and delivery, guys may need a little help. Check out these survival tips from the Good Men Project, fellas.
23. Go one week without eating meat
Nothing against meat, but sometimes a good vegetarian cleanse can be just what you need to mobilize a healthier lifestyle. It will also make you appreciate those slabs of beef or chicken more the next time you give them a go.
To help you meat eaters, here are some vegetarian recipes that are actually delicious courtesy of Country Living.
24. Face your fears
We all have our little phobias. Some people are afraid of spiders, some heights. Whatever you are afraid of, do your best to confront it in the coming months or years.
Tiny Buddha has several tips to help you do so regardless of fear type. Good luck. I’ll just be over here working on this fear of clowns.
25. Meet a famous person
It’s not always up to you whether you get to meet or talk to a famous person like the President of the United States or a favorite TV/movie star. Should chance grant you the opportunity, always, always, always take advantage!
Even if you end up hating them, you’ll at least have a cool story to tell. For those of you who don’t like waiting on chance, Business Insider shares some essential steps for nudging fate along.
26. Zip line
Zip lining is offered in all 50 states and countries throughout the world. It typically consists of you being strapped into a harness and attached to a horizontally stretched cable that you can slide across with nothing but nature and several hundred feet of open air underneath you.
Do some geo-specific Google searches to find a certified location in your area. Or, if you are ever in the San Diego area, check out the San Diego Safari Park for a chance to soar 130 feet aboveground.
27. Swim the world’s largest swimming pool — all 20 acres of it
There are swimming pools, and there are swimming pools. But the world’s largest pool, that’s something different entirely. The Guinness Book of Records awarded this manmade saltwater lagoon the record when it clocked in at 1,000 yards long, 20 acres, and 115 feet deep.
It is located at San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile ‘s southern coast. Victory Cruises has more details on how you can get there.
28. Ride El Torro
El Torro is the legendary bull from the unintentionally hilarious drama Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta. While its former location no longer stands as it was, you can still give this ornery cuss a whirl at Gilley’s Dallas should you feel so inclined. Look for eight when they pull the gate!
29. Go Zorbing
Zorbing is a relatively new form of aquatic fun popular in New Zealand. It traces its roots back about 20 years to the country, and has since picked up popularity in Argentina and parts of the United States. Zorbing consists of rolling downhill or a gradual decline while inside of a transparent plastic orb.
It is an activity also conducted on water but requires the orb to be properly inflated and sealed. It was started by David and Andrew Akers. More details here.
30. Do the Tough Mudder Mud Run
The Tough Mudder Mud Run and other events like it are a new form of extreme obstacle course that places entrants into some of the nastiest situations imaginable. These can be fun so long as you keep your eyes and mouth closed at the right moments.
There have been cases of bacterial infection resulting in explosive, bloodied diarrhea in connection to these events. That’s something you want to leave off the bucket list for sure.
31. Shoot a .50 Cal
Shooting a .50 Cal sniper rifle or machine gun or any assortment of high-powered guns may not be practical in your day-to-day life, but that’s what Outdoor Shooting Adventures, such as this one on the Vegas strip, are for.
Get in touch with your inner Daryl or Rambo, blowing away zombies and other ne’er-do-well dummies on a safe and supervised course. Packages range from $200 to $5,000.
32. Complete a 90-day challenge
Ever said that you “tried” a new habit that didn’t work for you, so you gave it up after 10 or 15 days? Well, as it turns out that’s not really “trying” anything. According to the folks at Erupting Mind, a habit takes around 21 days to take hold and 90 to become deeply ingrained.
So whatever you want to do — exercise daily, get up early in the morning, become a professional whatever — don’t give up until you’ve given it 90 days. By then, if you’re not feeling it, then you can actually say you tried.
33. Build a passive income
Most of the wealth in America is created through passive income, and that makes sense. After all, in order to make, say, $131,400 annually as a wage worker, you’d have to: a) get a minimum $15 per hour wage; b) work 24 hours per day; and c) 365 days a year.
That isn’t physically possible, and if you do have a family to support, you’ll find that $131,400 doesn’t buy what it used to. If you want to be rich, you need passive income, and Good Financial Cents has a whole slew of ideas to get there that you can start right away.
34. Talk with an elderly person about their childhood
If you have an older relative in the family, then you have a treasure trove of interesting information about the past. Take some time to ask a few questions about what life was like for them when they were your age.
It will connect you to history better than any textbook ever could. If you don’t have any older relatives currently living, consider volunteering with seniors. Details for how to do that can be found at Create the Good.
When you can learn to forgive someone for something they’ve done to you in the past, you are taking control of your future. But don’t take our word for it.
There are psychological and additional health benefits to forgiveness that you can read about through the Mayo Clinic.
36. Box someone for three rounds
Boxing does not have to come with hostility. It is one of the best cardio activities you can perform, and it teaches you something about yourself. Particularly, what you are capable of under pressure.
If you don’t know anyone willing to lace up the gloves, consider checking out one of these boxing gyms across the country and engaging in a three round sparring session with a willing participant — preferably someone, who doesn’t want to rearrange your face.
37. Visit Antarctica
Antarctica probably isn’t at the top of your tourist destinations, but it should at least be on the list. At this, the coldest place on earth, you will get a taste of weather unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Temperatures can often dip to -40°F.
When that occurs, it is common for the body to react in strange ways, like having your nose hairs form into literal icicles. It’s not as difficult to travel to Antarctica as you might think. You can get the ball rolling by visiting Outside Online.
38. Take flying lessons
Flying lessons, if you can forget for a moment that you’re thousands of feet above the earth, offer a cool new life skill that will break down the final barriers between you and traveling. The best way to start your flight education is to check out the flight schools in your area. Either do a geo-specific Google search or follow the AOPA’s link here.
39. Make out in a rainstorm, Notebook-style
Since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did it for The Notebook, a number of couples have aspired to the same. It’s actually a cool experience because you center all your focus on one another instead of what is happening around you. Try it sometime; it won’t disappoint!
40. Be intimate in an adventurous location
This, you will have to be careful with because in the days of iPhones and everyone having a camera/recording device, you never know who’s watching. Take Elissa Alvarez for instance.
After someone filmed her having sex with her boyfriend on the beach, the pair ended up on the national sex offender registry list, according to Inside Edition. Being too adventurous today can definitely have consequences.
Bucket List Ideas #41-60
- 41. Visit the Hollywood Sign
- 43. Take the Kramer Reality Tour
- 45. See a drive-in movie
- 47. Visit all 50 states
- 49. Eat the 11-pound pizza challenge
- 51. Visit Star Wars Land
- 53. EdgeWalk the CN Tower
- 55. Learn to clean fish
- 57. Scale to top of Eiffel Tower
- 59. Hydrospeed the Aletsch Glacier
- 42. Cage dive with sharks
- 44. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
- 46. Have a brew at White Horse Tavern
- 48. Experience zero gravity
- 50. Get off social media
- 52. Attend San Diego Comic-Con
- 54. Swim the Black Hole in Utah
- 56. Go volcano boarding
- 58. Build your own home theater
- 60. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
41. Visit the Hollywood Sign
Of all the landmarks in the United States, there are few more iconic than the Hollywood sign (formerly Hollywoodland). It has been featured on almost too many movies and television shows to count since being erected in 1923 by Los Angeles Times publisher Larry Chandler and making its film debut in the 1935 Film Hollywood Boulevard.
Today you can either ride a shuttle or hike to the legendary sign and get the best viewpoints from HollywoodSign.org.
42. Cage dive with sharks
Ever catch yourself envying those lucky shark hunters at the end of Jaws? Well, now you, too, can experience what it is like to be trapped in a cage with a bloodthirsty great white shark scavenging around you.
Companies like Great White Adventures give you the opportunity to come face-to-face with these deadly creatures in as safe of an environment as possible. Keyword “as possible.” Book now if you dare.
43. Take the Kramer Reality Tour
New York City. There are many things to see here, but ever since Seinfeld hit the airwaves in 1989, a trip to NYC has been defined by taking the legendary Kramer Reality Bus Tour, a real-life rundown of all the famous sites from the classic sitcom. Throughout the tour, you will be introduced to the city by none other than Kenny Kramer himself, the inspiration for Cosmo Kramer.
44. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
This side of New York City that you have to see is a more somber one than the Kramer Reality Bus Tour, but it is a necessity for understanding the world we live in today, which changed forever on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center Twin Tower Buildings. For more details on the memorial, check out WTC.com.
45. See a Drive-In Movie
The drive-in movies were a fad of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s – one that many thought would be extinct by the modern age. However, a handful of drive-in movie theaters survived and today it’s possible to check out a wide range of movies at different locations throughout the country. Check out one of the top 100 movies of all-time while your there.
We wouldn’t really say there’s been a resurgence, but there are many more out there functioning than you realize. Drive-In has a comprehensive directory.
46. Have a brew at the White Horse Tavern
What is so special about the White Horse Tavern? It’s only the oldest bar in America. According to Thrillist, it sits atop the list of the 50 oldest bars in all 50 states. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, it was established in 1673 and has been home to “colonial assemblies, criminal courts, and civic government before it ever served a single drink,” according to the website. It was not turned into a bar until 1957.
47. Visit all 50 states
This bucket list item could be a little more difficult to pull off because it entails 50 separate trips, presumably over the course of several years. However, there is something awesome about each of our 50 states if you look deeply enough. To help you plan meaningful trips to these locations, you should check out ExploreAll50.com.
48. Experience zero gravity
Space Adventures’ Zero-G flight is probably the closest any of us will ever get to space. That’s why, if you’ve ever checked out Star Wars, Star Trek, or any number of classic science fiction tales, you need to give this one a try just once. Just make sure you have about 5 G’s of your own to pull it off.
49. Eat the 11-Pound Pizza Challenge
Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria in Georgia surged to national attention after debuting in 2007. Other than great pizza, the restaurant lays claim to the famous 11-pound Carnivore Challenge.
It consists of two people getting a chance to eat an 11-pound Carnivore Pizza in one hour or less. It’s $50 to try, but you win $250 in cash if you complete it.
50. Get off social media — like, for good
Studies show social media can have negative effects on your personality. Specifically, increased Facebook time has been linked to increases in depression. Why not try breaking the habit altogether? You’ll discover a more interesting and fulfilling world.
If you don’t want to go cold turkey, try ditching one social network for an extended period of time before moving to another. And if you need more help than this, check out PC Magazine’s reasons why you should quit social media and how to do it.
51. Visit Star Wars Land
Star Wars Land may not have opened to the public yet, but who didn’t grow up on the galaxy long ago and far, far away, wishing they could experience it for themselves?
Disney will soon bring this place to life, and it will only get better with time as the House of Mouse rolls out a planned 14-acre expansion to both facilities in California and Orlando over the next several years.
52. Attend San Diego Comic-Con
What once was a simple gathering of geeks has turned into the premier destination for blockbuster film and television entertainment. Each year stars aplenty visit San Diego to push their latest superhero, horror, sci-fi, adventures. While there, they rub shoulders with fans. It has grown to the type of event that’s tough to get in to, but completely worth it when you do.
53. EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
The CN Tower in Toronto is one of the most terrifying and amazing sites for tourists around the world. And the only way to experience it is to take advantage of EdgeWalk, a venture around the circumference of the buildings peak.
It will cost you a couple of hundred dollars to complete, and you will need to schedule in advance as it’s one of the more popular attractions in the Toronto area.
54. Swim the Black Hole in Utah
The Black Hole of White Canyon is easy to access, but hard to master. According to the state’s official website, getting through the canyon requires you to “swim through several long, cold pools, in addition to wading/swimming short pools and scrambling up/down dryfalls and chokestones.”
Furthermore, “In the middle of the longest swim you must squirm around a 90-degree turn. In this spot the canyon is so narrow you can’t get a frame pack through the opening.” Not for the claustrophobic!
55. Learn to clean fish
The act of cleaning fish isn’t “clean” at all, but it is a great survival skill to have in case something happened to send us all back to the Middle Ages. You can learn more about how to do it and all the gory details right here care of takemefishing.org.
56. Go volcano boarding
Cerro Negro, Nicaragua. Brave this 726-meter high active volcano with nothing but your board and a prayer. You probably won’t get covered in lava, as this natural monument has not erupted since 1999, but what a rush, right?
57. Scale to the top of the Eiffel Tower
See the gorgeous City of Light from one unique perspective atop the most famous tower in the world. At some point, everyone should see the iconic landmark. Luckily, they make it easy with tours throughout most of each day and evening year-round. You can book your trip by visiting the official website here
58. Build your own home theater
Sticky floors, noisy teens, overpriced tickets – all of that can be a thing of the past by installing your own home theater. Gizmodo has 16 of the most over-the-top home theater ideas around.
Observe, take notes, and adjust for your own purposes. Just don’t forget the massive screen, HD video, and surround sound. (And the popcorn maker!) All requirements as far as we’re concerned.
59. Hydrospeed the Aletsch Glacier
Hydrospeeding down the Aletsch Glacier isn’t the type of bucket list activity you will book with an agency. There are no safety precautions. No waivers to sign. Only you and a death-defying, high-speed plunge down unpredictable terrain. This isn’t run-of-the-mill white water rafting.
All the hazards involved, such as a strong current, hidden crevices, and the possibility of collapsing glacial lakes from above, make it something even the highly skilled will think twice about. Read more about the nutjobs who did this for real on GrindTV.
60. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras can be as harmless or as insane as you want it to be, but regardless of what you make it, just make sure you go. Parades, fine dining, a highly active nightlife (to say the least), and the ability to tour all of New Orleans’ historical locations in the downtime. If you can, make it a yearly pilgrimage. If not, try it out at least once. You won’t be sorry.
Bucket List Ideas #61-80
- 61. Northern Lights from Kakslauttanen
- 63. Visit Roman Colosseum
- 65. Walk Great Wall of China
- 67. Visit Pompeii
- 69. Hang-glide at Kitty Hawk
- 71. Running with the bulls
- 73. Play Bossaball
- 75. Longest cable ride at Tianmen Shan
- 77. Slide the Verruckt
- 79. Get a professional massage
- 62. Pyramids in Egypt
- 64. Leer at paintings at the Louvre
- 66. See the forbidden city
- 68. Ride the MegaRamp
- 70. INSANITY ride at Stratosphere Hotel
- 72. Polar Bear Plunge
- 74. Dead Sea Swim
- 76. Stay a night in Crescent Hotel
- 78. Have your fortune read
- 80. Visit Ford’s Theatre
61. Watch the Northern Lights from Kakslauttanen
The glass igloos and log cabins of Kakslauttanen would be worth the price of travel to Finland to begin with, but throw in the fact that you are getting the best view in the world of the Northern Lights, and you have the perfect honeymoon destination. For more on how to book your room, check out the resort’s official website.
62. See the Pyramids in Egypt
While it isn’t the best idea to travel to Egypt presently, visiting the pyramids is a must at some point in your lifetime. This is basically the start of human civilization. While others lived before the Egyptians, few did so with this level of advancement. Particularly remarkable about the pyramids of Egypt, is how well they have withstood around 6,000 years of human history. It’s a lot to take in.
63. Hang out at the Roman Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum may not have the years of some other historical landmarks behind it, but it represents a pivotal role in the rise of Western civilization. It is also a marvel of engineering that has to be seen to be believed. Gladiators fought here. Enemies of Rome died here. And we wouldn’t have that sweet Russell Crowe movie without it!
64. Leer at paintings at the Louvre
Call us suckers for history, but the Louvre in France is another bucket list must for all the incredible artwork it houses. The Mona Lisa alone is worth the price of admission, but you will also find some other remarkable works that move beyond it. Established in 1792, the facility itself is a sight to behold.
Here, you will find Egyptian, Greek, Islamic, and secular works of art ranging from sculptures to paintings, prints to drawings.
65. Walk the Great Wall of China
At one time said to be visible from space, a factoid NASA has since rebutted, the Great Wall of China is still a jaw-dropping project made even more impressive by the fact it was built as early as the seventh century BC. In all, the Great Wall of China is 13,171 miles long and reaches heights of more than 25 feet.
66. See the Forbidden City
According to the Travel China Guide, the city was the site of the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. First built between 1368-1644, the city derived its name from a belief of ancient Chinese astronomers that “the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace.
The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the emperor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City,’ usually ‘The Forbidden City.’” Today, the Forbidden City is open to tourists from anywhere in the world.
67. Pay your respects to Pompeii
Pompeii has been largely preserved where tourists can actually see fossilized remains of how the ancient peoples there died when a violent volcanic eruption unexpectedly claimed around 2,000 lives in 79 C.E. A tour of the site is highly recommended should you ever find yourself in the area of modern Naples. Word of warning, though. It’s still heartbreaking.
68. Ride the MegaRamp
Danny Way, father of the modern MegaRamp, introduced his monstrosity to the X Games a few years back, and now anyone with an interest in skateboarding and other extreme sports want to give it a try.
Slate’s thrasher-in-residence Bret Anthony Johnson describes the enormity of the MegaRamp perfectly. “In 20 years of skateboarding,” he writes, “I’ve never had to ride an elevator to the top of a ramp. I’ve also never seen a weather vane spinning on the deck to help skaters make adjustments depending on the wind. Birds land on the uppermost railing, then fly off.
When a blimp floats by, I can make out that the pilot is wearing a Lakers cap. Skaters drop in from the ramp’s precipice and then disappear like they’ve fallen down an elevator shaft. Medics on the ground stand by with gurneys and defibrillators.” For the rest, you’ve just got to see the MegaRamp in action. Safety NOT guaranteed.
69. Hang-glide at Kitty Hawk
Hang-gliding just isn’t the same unless you are doing it at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the fathers of modern flight, the Wright Brothers, ran their initial Flyer experiments. Not only will you get the natural jolt of sailing through the air with the greatest of ease, but you will also have the opportunity to touch the face of history.
70. INSANITY Ride at Stratosphere Hotel
Never has a ride been so aptly named! The INSANITY experience consists of a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the stratosphere Tower at Las Vegas’s famous Stratosphere Hotel.
The arm looks 900 feet downward and spins you and several others in open air at speeds of up to three G’s. Furthermore, you will be propelled up to an angle of 70°, which will tilt your body into one straight-down position. Watch the video to see the full terror in motion.
71. Running with the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain, is the site of the world famous running of the bulls. If you are over that way, you absolutely have to give it a shot. Be forewarned, however. Since 1924, 15 people have died and there are severe injuries each year.
The last person killed on this course was American Matthew Tassio. One particular danger that many people overlook isn’t getting hooked by the horns, but rather slipping and falling under the weight of a bull on the slick cobblestone course.
72. Polar Bear Plunge at Lake George, New York
If you’re going to do the Polar Bear Plunge, there is no better way to do it than the middle of winter in a place like Lake George, New York, famous for traditionally bringing the cold. To be fair, though, you would also get your Awesome Card stamped by choosing any cold location like Montana or British Columbia, provided that it’s unfit for man or beast outside. Better yet, combine with that trip to Antarctica and kill two bucket list birds with one stone.
73. Play Bossaball
This volleyball-soccer hybrid is the most awesome game in the world, period, and we must play it now. You’ll feel the same way after seeing these people in action.
74. Dead Sea Swim
It’s been called the lowest spot on the face of the earth, and “a natural health spa” One thing’s for sure: it is one of the safest places to swim because the salt content is so high you’ll never sink to the bottom. That makes it a natural place to take a dunk, even if you’re not the best swimmer.
75. Longest cable car ride ever at Tianmen Shan
This 30-minute cable car ride will take you up into the clouds and leave you in a place that makes it feel as if you’re walking in the clouds themselves, as one reviewer put it. Seriously check out this scenery and tell us, with a straight face, you don’t want it on your bucket list!
76. Stay a night in the Crescent Hotel — if you dare
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is the site of one of the most haunted hotels in America, which supposedly features a gallery of ghosts, including, “Michael, the Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel in 1885, Theodora, the cancer patient of the Dr. Baker hospital days who seems to need help finding her room key, Norman Baker in his white suit and lavender shirt, Morris the cat,” and, creepiest of all, “a mystery patient in a white nightgown who appears in the luxury suites at the foot of your bed,” according to the official site.
If going, make sure you book a room in the luxury suite for the full experience. But if you feel the room suddenly grow cold, don’t open your eyes.
77. Slide the Verrückt — World’s Tallest Waterslide
The world’s tallest water slide is in Kansas City. This 168-foot, 7-inch structure isn’t messing around. Two to three riders are allowed per raft with a combined weight of between 400 and 550 pounds.
All riders must be at least 4’6″ tall. If you meet those qualifications, feel free to add this one to the bucket list. In the meantime, watch this bad boy in action!
78. Have your fortune read
You don’t necessarily have to believe in fortune-telling to get enjoyment from it. But in the ongoing journey to find your destiny, why not see what a good old-fashioned palm reader has to say about your “lines”?
If you want to brush up on the basics, this should do. In the meantime, check your Yellow Pages or local Google searches for a fortuneteller in your area.
79. Get a professional massage
So worth it! There are probably a number of people offering this service in your area, particularly if you live in a metropolitan location, but if you just want to know what to expect, Taking Charge has a nice rundown of that first visit.
80. Visit Ford’s Theatre, site of the Lincoln assassination
Unfortunately, the original Ford’s Theater still exists in location only. The actual booth where President Lincoln was gunned down by John Wilkes Booth no longer stands, but you can see all the original locations and get a sense of what the country was like on that fateful evening. It’s a piece of history that belongs on every bucket list.
Bucket List Ideas #81-100
- 81. Stand on the X at Dealey Plaza
- 83. Walk suspension bridge in Roatan
- 85. Re-live the Day That Music Died
- 87. Visit Ten Thirty One Productions
- 89. Re-live your favorite day as a kid
- 91. Do an African Safari
- 93. Bowl a 200
- 95. Break a Guinness World Record
- 97. Define your beliefs
- 99. Go on a week long sailing trip
- 82. Explore the Fingal Cave
- 84. Grab a drink at saloon No. 10
- 86. Watch an all-day movie marathon
- 88. Memphis in May’s Beale St. Festival
- 90. Choose a DIY project
- 92. Cross Country Bike Ride
- 94. Sing your favorite song in karaoke bar
- 96. Become influential
- 98. Pay off all debt
- 100. Prepare for the end
81. Stand on the X at Dealey Plaza where JFK was assassinated
The X at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, seems like a morbid thing to include on a bucket list, and perhaps it is. But unlike the Ford’s Theater location in Washington DC, this assassination site of an American president is preserved almost perfectly to the look that it had on the day-of.
The X on the road is where the actual killshot struck JFK. By standing there, you can see the book depository window where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly pulled the trigger. It’s an eerie way to relive one of the most important events in American history while focusing on your own mortality.
82. Explore the Fingal’s Cave in Staffa, Scotland
A picture is worth 1,000 words. If that is the case, then you could write volumes from the images you will take at Fingal’s Cave in Staffa, Scotland. The cave and island are stunning. You’ll also get an up-close encounter with dolphins and sharks.
83. Brave the Suspension Bridge in Roatan, Honduras
Because everyone needs to cross a suspension bridge at some point in their lives, and when they do, it needs to be pretty high up…
84. Grab a drink at Saloon No. 10, where Wild Bill Hickok met his end
There are many hundreds of ways to experience the Wild West, but for our money, Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, South Dakota, is numero uno. While you’re there, have a drink and gaze upon the chair that once housed the body of legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok shortly before he met his end holding Aces and 8s … the Dead Man’s Hand.
85. Re-live the ‘Day the Music Died’
Another somber, but nonetheless fascinating piece of American history you should check out is the Surf Ballroom, especially in early February during the Winter Dance Party celebration. This, of course, is where music legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson met their fate. Surf hosts a music gala each year to pay respect to the Day the Music Died.
86. Watch an all-day movie marathon
Got a favorite film franchise? Try catching a limited theatrical engagement showing all seven Rocky films or all seven Star Wars films or all however-many-they-did-of-the-franchise-you-love films.
Selection may be limited, but if you look hard enough, you can find a theater after your own heart. Just make sure to stock up on the popcorn and Coke ahead of time, and limit those bathroom breaks so you don’t miss a minute.
87. Let Ten Thirty One Productions give you a good scare
Maybe you will remember Ten Thirty One Productions from the hit entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank. Billionaire Mark Cuban invested in their haunted hayride and other scary attractions.
Schedule a trip out to Los Angeles and let these guys give you a thrill. This isn’t your traditional Halloween haunted house, so make sure to bring a change of underwear.
88. Rock out at Memphis in May’s Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis, Tennessee, has a long history of birthing some of music’s greatest acts. Times may have changed since Elvis and Johnny Cash kicked around Beale Street, but the city’s love for music hasn’t gone anywhere.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Memphis in May Beale Street music Festival. One look at this year’s lineup is all you need to see to get the point. Beck, Weezer, Paul Simon, Meghan Trainor, and Jason Derulo, are but a few of the names already penciled in during the three-day outdoor concert.
89. Re-live your favorite day as a kid
Ever start feeling nostalgic about your childhood? Rather than doing something drastic like watching a marathon of Fuller House on Netflix, why not revisit all of the old locations that had an impact on you growing up?
For me, it might be something like a double feature at my favorite movie theater, ice cream at the old parlor (if it’s still standing), and a stop at the vintage book shop. For others, it may be eating one of these old childhood comfort foods. Where are your “special places”? Pull the pin on that nostalgia grenade, and let ‘er blow.
90. Choose a DIY Project, and go for it
If you are the do-it-yourself type, pull up a list of ideas on Pinterest, pick one, and get in touch with your inner craftsman. You won’t have a problem finding ideas, but you will have a problem narrowing them down.
91. Do an African Safari
Lions, tigers, and who-knows-what-else, are what you’ll encounter on an African Safari. Africa is home to some of the most exotic and fascinating creatures as well as some of the most dangerous.
A close encounter with the wilds of Africa should be handled with care as part of a group with an experienced guide. To set it all up, check out Go2Africa.
92. Bike cross-country
A cross-country bike ride allows you to see and experience your world in a way you just can’t replicate by car. With bike travel, you get to slow down and take in all of the natural and cultural attractions. It’s also a bucket list item that will whip you into shape.
For more on why you should do this, peopleforbikes.org has a list of eight reasons. Read up, and hit the road.
93. Bowl a 200 Game
If you can consistently crack 200, then you will likely be star of your bowling team and the best-in-show whenever you hit the alleyways. For more concrete tips on how to get to 200 — and maybe even more — we recommend checking out these tips from the folks at BowlingBall.com.
94. Sing your favorite song in a karaoke bar
No one is looking for the next Adele in a karaoke bar, so as long as you are in-key and getting most of the words right, you should be fine. If not, at least you are conquering that fear of speaking in public that most human beings have. Thought Catalog has 10 additional tips that can help you have an awesome time.
95. Break a Guinness World Record
Doesn’t matter which one. Just pick it, and go!
96. Become influential
Influence is the secret ingredient to controlling your career path. You’ve heard it said it’s better to go an inch wide and a mile deep than to be jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none? This is true.
Become the sort of person, who sees opportunity to build knowledge where others are lacking, and people will start looking at you more as an authority than a cog in the machine. If that isn’t detailed enough for you, Forbes has a list of the 25 things influential people do better than anyone else. This is your blueprint for leaving most of your competition behind.
97. Define your beliefs
Most people never take the time to discover what they truly believe. They simply borrow from whatever their parents handed down to them. This can prevent someone from ever truly knowing themselves, which leads to bigger issues whenever said person takes on the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.
Even if you believe in nothing at all as far as higher powers are concerned, you believe in something. Find out what that is, and never stop growing in it. You cannot know with empirical evidence how we got here or what happens to our consciousness after we die. Be confident in who you are, and you will achieve a measure of happiness few ever do.
98. Pay off all debt
Many Americans go through life with an average of $8,000 in credit card debt alone. While some debt is good – house, dependable car, business venture – other debt is crippling – unpaid taxes, high-interest credit cards, etc. You may never fully eliminate your debt, though it is certainly possible, but you can take care of the bad stuff. The Motley Fool gives you nine ways to do just that.
99. Go on a weeklong sailing trip
Anybody can jump on board a tourist ship and navigate under the watchful eye of the ship’s captain, but far fewer actually take a boat out and survive on the water for a week. To do so, you may have to own a boat of your own or borrow from/sail with a friend, but it’s entirely worth it if you’re looking for ways to get away from the mainland and be at peace with nature. Yachts and Yachting has 20 expert sailing tips for those of you ready to start this one.
100. Prepare for the end
Your loved ones need to know what your last wishes are in the event you cannot speak for yourself. You also need to develop an estate plan for whatever assets you have that you would like to pass on to those that matter the most.
The act of confronting this head-on will allow you to live the rest of your life with no fear and focus on the bucket list items that mean the most to you. Lifehacker has a terrific piece on how you can prep for your final day.
So that’s our bucket list. What’s yours? Sound off in the comments section below.