These 120+ Bucket List Ideas Will Help You Live An Adventurous And Meaningful Life

by Dana Baardsen
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YOLO right? You’re never too late to start your bucket list. It doesn’t have to be as depressing as the movie either. It could actually be a great way to keep track of your life goals. Life is short, but at the same time, sky diving or climbing Mount Everest doesn’t have to be at the top of your list. Your bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish, no matter how small. They can be simple aims that you’ve yoyoed with throughout your life and be as tame as planting an orchid (which can be super hard BTW).

Are you ready to spice things up in your life? Maybe you’ve let enough time go by sticking to the daily routine and you realize you want more. Or maybe you’re starting to feel like time is of the essence, and without an effort or intention to adventure, explore, and express, life can get pretty bland.

The perfect bucket list qualifier should challenge you, spark your spirit, or warm your soul. Doesn’t that feel good?! Read on and add some of these bucket list ideas to your very own list.

Looking for more ideas on how to spend your time especially during quarantine? In life it’s important to have fun along the way, so check out our collection of indoor and outdoor activities and staycation ideas.

  1. Travel to a new country and don’t stay in the commercialized area
  2. Learn a new language
  3. Get healthy
  4. Run a marathon… or a 5K
  5. Take up a new sport
  6. Adopt a dog
  7. Learn a new skill
  8. Go camping
  9. Hike up a mountain, small or massive
  10. Build a savings account
  11. Invest your money
  12. Volunteer
  13. Take a pottery class
  14. Master a strategy game
  15. Stand on the Kjerebolten boulder
  16. Tell people how much you love them
  17. Connect with past teachers
  18. Take care of a chicken coop
  19. See the pyramids in Egypt
  20. Cook foods with seasonal ingredients, learn what the seasonal ingredients are
  21. Work on a farm
  22. Surprise someone you love
  23. Kiss under mistletoe
  24. Start a business
  25. Learn about chakras
  26. Bake bread


  1. Grow a garden
  2. Swim in an infinity pool
  3. Direct your own film for fun
  4. Chase a storm
  5. Spend time in the red rocks of Sedona
  6. Donate blood, or more
  7. Chase your passion
  8. Be the non-judgemental friend, even if it goes against your nature
  9. Get out of bed on the days you’d rather not
  10. Be a mentor to someone
  11. Learn about all religions
  12. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  13. Play Black Jack
  14. Marry someone
  15. Launch a lantern into the sky in Thailand
  16. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
  17. Sell something you’ve created, whether a song, painting, or candle
  18. Dance in the rain with someone you love
  19. Interview your parents and grandparents (if you can)
  20. Wake up for the sunrise
  21. Learn everything you can about your favorite musician
  22. Make your own soap
  23. See the Northern Lights
  24. Learn the moon phases
  25. Carve or whittle something to pass down to your children
  26. Try vegetarianism
  27. Plant a tree
  28. Throw a party


  1. Eat pasta and drink wine in Italy
  2. Pay off your parents’ house
  3. Start a family
  4. Learn how to dance
  5. Go to a spa
  6. Have your bra size professionally determined
  7. Go to a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater
  8. Don’t spend a single dollar for weeks
  9. Go on a road trip
  10. Depend on or trust in someone you’d normally judge
  11. Watch or re-watch all of the classic movies you want
  12. Share your poetry
  13. Spend time with a shaman
  14. Meet a celebrity
  15. Do something for someone else, even if you don’t want to
  16. Eat raman in Japan
  17. Forgive those who have hurt you
  18. Forgive yourself
  19. Treat yourself in Los Angeles
  20. Visit a castle
  21. Meditate
  22. Foster a child, and their siblings
  23. Adopt a child, and their siblings
  24. Make love in places outside of the bedroom
  25. Host a bonfire


  1. Hunt for truffles with dogs in Florence, Italy (Thanks for the idea, Oprah)
  2. Cook food over a fire outdoors
  3. Lose the 10 pounds
  4. Celebrate every anniversary
  5. Grow your own herbs
  6. See the Mona Lisa in France
  7. Have a hygge winter
  8. Attend a Meetup
  9. Go on a blind date
  10. Let a stranger cry on your shoulder, and mess up your shirt
  11. Buy that weird vibrator with tons of Amazon reviews
  12. Offer to help elderly people with basic tasks around the house
  13. Attend a poetry reading
  14. Cut off addictions, caffeine counts
  15. Go skinny dipping
  16. Sleep with the homeless
  17. Feed the homeless
  18. Try a sensory deprivation tank
  19. Watch sea turtles lay eggs
  20. Learn about cosmic mediums like numerology, tarot, or astrology and read yourself and friends
  21. Dine in an underwater restaurant
  22. Dine in the revolving sky restaurant at the CN Tower in Canada
  23. Buy a home
  24. Pray and do yoga in Bali
  25. Try a sobriety challenge
  26. Visit all seven continents
  27. Dance to reggae in the carribean
  28. Master a video game
  29. Ride a jet ski
  30. Swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
  31. Rent an apartment in your favorite city
  32. Try a water sport


  1. Create passive income
  2. Memorialize someone you lost
  3. Get the tattoo
  4. Make your own essential oils
  5. Go horseback riding
  6. Take a dip in a natural hot spring
  7. Help others facing the challenges you once suffered
  8. Fly first class
  9. Sleep under the stars
  10. Eat fried oreos on the boardwalk
  11. Write letters to a pen pal, including a child and a person who is elderly or lonely
  12. Go to Burning Man

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