Looking to live your best life in 2023? Craving some unique bucket list ideas of things to do before you die? This ultimate bucket list of fun, exciting, and travel items has got you covered!
I’ve always loved bucket lists because they inspire me to go on adventures and live fully. It’s one thing to dream about everything I’d like to do, but writing down bucket list things holds me accountable. I’ve visited 51 countries so far, yet my bucket list continues to grow (much faster than I can cross things off!).
Compiling a bucket list gives you something to strive for. So, it’s totally cool if you don’t hit the mark by your 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday! After all, an ideas list is meant to be checked off slowly rather than all at once.
The best bucket lists you often see on the internet are filled with clichés, so I’ve done my best to create a list of specific and ultimate bucket list-worthy experiences. These incredible things to do before you die will make you feel on top of the world.
Here are over 300 unique bucket list ideas about travel, life, and personal advancement. Hopefully, they will provide inspiration for your own unique or unusual bucket list in 2023!
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Table of Contents
What is a bucket list?
Before diving into all the different things to put on your bucket list, let’s first briefly define what it is.
A bucket list is essentially a list of things that you want to do or accomplish in your lifetime. The term “bucket list” comes from the phrase “kick the bucket,” which means to die. Therefore, a bucket list includes all the different things you want to do before you die, including dreams, goals, and adventures.
Bucket lists can also include major accomplishments, small pleasures in life, and everything in between. It’s good for our well-being to have a north star, and bucket lists give us something positive (and uplifting) to focus on.
Some people’s bucket lists might include traveling to exotic destinations, skydiving, or running a marathon. Others might include more personal goals, like learning to play a musical instrument or getting a tattoo. No matter what’s on your list, a bucket list is a great way to keep track of the things that are most important to you. That way, you don’t miss out on any of the amazing experiences life has to offer.
Tips for creating a bucket list in 2023
To help you brainstorm and prioritize all the different bucket list ideas below, here are some quick tips that might be helpful:
1. Think big!
Don’t limit yourself to small or practical ideas. Your bucket list is a chance to dream big and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
2. Don’t be afraid to get creative
Your bucket list doesn’t have to be traditional or conventional. It can include unconventional or offbeat ideas that reflect your unique interests and personality.
3. Make it personal
Your bucket list should reflect your values, goals, and passions. Don’t worry about what others think or try to conform to societal expectations.
4. Be open to new experiences
Your bucket list is a chance to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be open to new ideas.
5. Seek inspiration
Look for inspiration from friends, family, books, movies, and other sources. Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions or borrow ideas from others.
6. Prioritize your goals
Decide which items on your list are most important to you and set goals for when you want to accomplish them. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
7. Have fun and enjoy the journey
Remember, the purpose of a bucket list is to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t stress about completing everything on your list or worry about perfection. Just have fun and make the most of every moment.
Now, let’s explore all of the fun and exciting bucket list ideas that will give you something to look forward to in life. The categories below include travel, personal growth and development, career, hobbies, and philanthropy.
Unique Bucket List Ideas about Travel
1. Travel internationally
2. Do a polar plunge in Antarctica
3. Fly first class (or business class)
4. Stay in an underwater hotel
5. Visit all 50 US states
6. Live, study, or work abroad
This bucket list idea is truly life-changing.
Back when I was in college, I studied abroad in Barcelona. It was my first time living in a foreign country and going anywhere outside of the country without my parents. This was the single most important experience in my life (after getting married, of course). Later, I taught English over a summer in Valencia, Spain, and that was also a tremendous growth opportunity. Each of these experiences pushed me outside of my comfort zone and further sparked my passion for traveling and learning about other cultures.
It’s important to recognize that when moving abroad—even on a temporary basis— you will encounter obstacles. Whether it’s learning the local language, understanding the customs/traditions, or even being uncomfortable with the unfamiliar, you will face challenges while living abroad. But it’s 100% worth it, and it will change your life for the better.
In the words of J.D. Andrews, “It’s a big world out there. It would be a shame not to experience it.” As such, this is one of the best bucket list ideas, hands down!
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7. See the Eiffel Tower at night
8. Go bathing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
9. Spend the night in an Airbnb treehouse
10. Experience the fall foliage in New England
11. Watch the Pope give a speech at the Vatican
12. See the Egyptian Pyramids
Built in 2,500 B.C., the Pyramids of Giza are among the most spectacular wonders of the ancient world. Today, these Egyptian pyramids are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see if you enjoy ancient history. This is one of the ultimate bucket list ideas for those who love to travel!
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13. Hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
14. Ride a camel in the Wadi Rum Desert of Jordan
15. Stay at an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean
16. Get paid to travel
17. Go to a Luau in Hawaii
18. Swim in every ocean
Are you an avid swimmer? Consider adding this to your bucket list.
To accomplish this, there are 5 major oceans in the world where you’ll have to make the plunge:
– Pacific Ocean
– Atlantic Ocean
– Indian Ocean
– Arctic Ocean
– Southern Ocean
The first four oceans are relatively easy and straightforward to cross off your bucket list. However, you will have to make it to Antarctica to go swimming in the Southern Ocean. The best way to do this is on an Antarctic cruise, where many ships will allow passengers to briefly go for a dip. Is this one of the coolest bucket list activities? 100%!
19. Sleep in an overnight train
20. Be a tourist in your own city
21. Tour a medieval castle
22. Sleep on a houseboat
23. Hike through Antelope Canyon in Arizona
24. Visit the vineyards of Tuscany
Even if you don’t like drinking wine, this is one of the bucket list examples that everyone ought to experience.
Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is one of the world’s top wine regions. It’s home to beautiful cities like Florence and Siena, as well as rural towns and gently rolling hills filled with grape vines.
Be sure to spend time visiting the many lush vineyards and wineries that Tuscany is known for. Learn about Tuscany’s wine heritage amid a beautiful backdrop of vineyards as far as the eye can see. There’s no place quite like it!
After exploring Tuscany, I recommend making your way north to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, which boasts the best food in the entire country!
Read next: Top Wine Regions in the World
25. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
26. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
27. Chase waterfalls in Iceland
28. Do a wine tasting in Napa Valley
29. Visit the European Christmas Markets
30. Go on a road trip around the US
With cheap gas, wide open roads, and lots of epic landscapes, the US is arguable the best country for road trips. There are so many to choose from, but here’s what I recommend:
US road trips to add to your bucket list
New England Fall Foliage Road Trip: I’m a New Englander, so I may be a bit biased here. But if you genuinely want to see some of the most vibrant fall colors and maple trees imaginable, come up to New England and do a trip through Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. You won’t regret it!
US Route 66: A cross country road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles
Southwest Road Trip: Hit national parks like the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Arches, and Zion. Along the way, don’t miss Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Sedona. Each of these geological wonders in the Southwest deserve a spot on your bucket list.
The Overseas Highway: a scenic highway that takes you through the Florida Keys all the way to Key West.
Though not on the mainland, I also recommend doing a road trip on the Road to Hana in Maui. It will take you past bamboo forests, dramatic coastlines lined with black, white, and red sand beaches, and lots of winding, narrow roads. I’ve done road trips on three continents, and this was unlike anything I’ve done before.
Read next: The Ultimate New England Road Trip
31. Sleep in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
32. Swim with sharks
33. Attend an opera at the Sydney Opera House
34. Go hiking in Patagonia
35. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris
36. Fly in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
I think the act of flying in a hot air balloon is already worthy of a spot on your bucket list. But if there’s one place to do it, I think it should be Cappadocia. Look at the fairy chimney formations below, and I think you will agree!
37. Stay in a glass igloo in Scandinavia
38. Go skiing in Aspen, Colorado
39. Drink a pint at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
40. Explore Ancient Maya Ruins in Mexico
41. Visit the White House in Washington D.C.
42. See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
Seeing the Northern Lights is about as otherworldly as it gets.
I witnessed this spectacle in Iceland twice, and thinking about it still sends shivers down my spine. I can’t quite describe it, but it felt like these colorful formations were dancing in the midnight sky, swaying in a deliberate yet unforeseen way that really makes you believe in a higher power. Perhaps the Vikings—who unfortunately did not write any books—would have agreed!
In the US, some of the best states to see the Northern Lights include Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Montana. Outside of the U.S., you’re very likely able to see them in the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia.
If you’re looking to discover the best bucket list ideas, be sure to add the Northern Lights to your list!
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43. Eat fresh Maine lobster (in Maine)
44. Visit Jerusalem, the Holy Land
45. Shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
46. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
47. Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
48. Go on a safari in Africa – A top bucket list idea for animal lovers
If you are captivated by wildlife, this should be at the top of your bucket list.
See the Big Five (Leopards, lions, buffalos, elephants, and rhinos) while on a safari in Africa. Some of the best safari destinations include Serengeti in Tanzania, Kruger in South Africa, and Masai Mara in Kenya. You also may come across crocodiles, hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, and a variety of other wildlife.
Depending on where you live, it can be pricey to get to some of these African countries, but it’s well worth it!
49. Add this to your bucket list: The Forbidden City in China
50. Hike the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast
51. Spend New Year’s Eve in NYC
52. Watch the Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park
53. Stand beneath the world’s biggest trees
54. Learn how to surf in Hawaii
There are lots of great places around the world where you can go surfing, but I can’t imagine a better place than Hawaii!
In particular, Oahu is known for its perfect waves and friendly people. They would be happy to show you how it’s done!
Waikiki Beach is a great spot for beginners, and those who are a bit more confident in their abilities should head over to Oahu’s North Shore. You’ll find many of the world’s best surfers here, so if you’re intimidated by the massive waves, at least you can enjoy surfing as a spectator sport!
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55. Dress up and attend the Kentucky Derby
56. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
57. Hike the Highline Trail at Glacier National Park
58. Tour the Rice Terraces in Bali
59. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
60. Go to the Carnival Celebration in Rio de Janeiro
Each year, many cities across the world host Carnival celebrations, but none is more famous than the festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans look like a small and quiet gathering (slight exaggeration, but you get the point!).
61. Cross Abbey Road in London
62. Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans
63. Go on a cruise in the Caribbean
64. Watch the sunset from Santorini
65. Stand in four states at once (Four Corners – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah)
66. Hug a giant sequoia tree
Any tree huggers here? Add the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to your bucket list. In this region of California, you’ll find the world’s most massive tree, the Giant Sequoia. Growing between 160-280 ft. tall with a trunk diameter of 20-26 ft., these tall trees definitely deserve a hug.
Giant sequoia trees grow in the mountains between 5,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. This includes parts of Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Each of these parks are a must-see on a Northern California itinerary.
With just 80,000 trees remaining, giant sequoias are considered an endangered species. I encourage you to give one a hug sometime. Not only will you feel dwarfed by this enormous living species, you will also be filled with love and wonder. Consider posting it on social media to raise awareness of this incredible species, too!
67. Other bucket list things: Ride a vespa through Tuscany
68. Gamble at the Casino Monte Carlo
69. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
70. Go volcano surfing in Nicaragua
71. Drive Route 66 in the US
72. See a glacier up close (make this bucket list idea a priority!)
Glaciers are beautiful, unique, and fleeting. With these large ice formations receding at a rapid rate, there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to see them in the coming decades. As such, this is one of the unique bucket list ideas that you’ll want to prioritize and see sooner rather than later.
I’ve visited glaciers in Europe and the US, and my favorites are Jökulsárlón in Iceland and Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park (Montana). Of course, there are many other amazing glaciers out there, so take your pick and make this a priority!
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73. Visit Angel Falls in Venezuela
74. Climb the Statue of Liberty
75. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda
76. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park
77. Hike all the 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado
78. Go scuba diving or snorkeling
This is one of the best bucket list ideas out there.
It’s always fascinated me that over two-thirds of our planet is made up of oceans, and there are so many aquatic species that we’ve yet to discover! Go snorkeling in the Caribbean or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, and you’ll get a taste of the beauty that lies beneath us.
While many people may fear the ocean and all the strange and exotic fish in its depths, this is a fear that must be conquered. The ocean is filled with beautiful fish and coral reefs that deserve to be seen up close rather than just on TV and social media.
By scuba diving or snorkeling, not only will this help you conquer their fears, but you’ll also learn about our beautiful marine world!
79. Ride horses in Iceland
80. Visit Alcatraz in San Francisco
81. Go to Walt Disney World in Florida
82. Take a photo in front of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
83. Ride the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls
84. Walk along the Great Wall of China – a bucket list attraction for culture and history lovers
China is home to so many natural, cultural, and historic wonders, but the Great Wall of China tops the list. I’ve been to China twice, visiting a range of modern sights and cultural attractions, but this bucket list idea has eluded me so far. I will definitely report back when I do get a chance to walk along the Great Wall.
As you can imagine, parts of the wall can get quite busy. So be sure to hire a local guide and hike to a spot with fewer tourists!
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85. Walk the Las Vegas Strip
86. Go to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles
87. Hike to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan
88. Visit the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia
89. Tour the Colosseum in Rome
90. Check the Amazon Rainforest off your bucket list
Visiting the Amazon Rainforest and River is a once in a lifetime experience. It spans eight countries in South America, including Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
The Amazon is nicknamed the “lungs of the world,” as it provides a large share of the world’s oxygen. Here, you can enjoy a variety of fun bucket list activities throughout this lush jungle, including kayaking, canopy climbing, mountain biking, and more.
Take in the diverse natural habitats and marvel at the giant trees that lie along the river. It’s easy to see why the Amazon should be on everyone’s bucket list.
91. Ski during the summer in Zermatt, Switzerland
92. Visit Stonehenge in the UK
93. See the Geysers in Iceland
94. Run with the Bulls in Pamplona
95. Drive the Big Sur in California
96. Float in the Dead Sea
Located in Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is one of the most unique places on Earth, and certainly worthy of a spot on your bucket list.
Contrary to popular belief, the Dead Sea is a lake rather than a sea. It’s made up of 30% salt, which makes it nearly 10 times saltier than typical sea water. As such, this salty water makes it easy to float. It’s truly a surreal feeling to take a dip and not have to tread water.
The Dead Sea also has healing properties, treating skin conditions like psoriasis. This makes it one of the best free spas on the planet!
For this bucket list idea, I was going to write “Swim in the Dead Sea,” but quickly realized you don’t have to swim to stay afloat here. This is definitely something that you’ll want to experience in your lifetime!
97. Ride a gondola through Venice’s canals
98. See kangaroos in Australia
99. Stay at a luxury resort in the Maldives
100. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
101. Visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand
102. Spend a weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich
If you love beer, you must add this unique experience to your bucket list!
Oktoberfest is a Bavarian beer celebration that’s been held in Munich for over 200 years. It typically occurs between late-September and early-October, attracting over 6 million people from around the world.
I went to Oktoberfest back in 2014, and though I will drink that much beer again, it was a great experience!
So, go out and buy a lederhosen and dirndl and celebrate your love for beer at Oktoberfest! For beer lovers, it’s definitely something that you should do before you die.
103. Do a pub crawl in London
104. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
105. Eat a clam chowder bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf
106. Go surfing on Australia’s Golden Coast
107. Visit the Cotswolds in England
108. See a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia
Ever dreamt of seeing a dinosaur? The Komodo dragon, which is only found on 5 islands in southeastern Indonesia, is the closest you’ll get of seeing one.
Komodo Dragons grow up to 10-ft. long and weigh over 300 lbs, making them the world’s largest lizard. You can see them in zoos around the world, but it’s more interesting and authentic to see them in the wild.
Watch Komodo dragons in their natural habitat on Komodo Island and you’ll feel like you’re looking at an ancient beast, or even a dragon! Is this worthy of being among the ultimate bucket list ideas? You betcha!
109. Drive down Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world)
110. Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through Canada
111. Hike the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
112. Go camping in Joshua Tree National Park
113. Bungee jump off Victoria Falls
114. Add this unique experience to your bucket list: Stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden
This is one of the most fun bucket list ideas imaginable!
The Icehotel in northern Sweden offers an experience like no other. Each of the rooms contain hand-carved ice furniture and furnishings that makes you feel like you’re in a mystical place near the North Pole. The rooms are kept at subfreezing temperatures, so you’ll fall asleep at night in a thermal sleeping bag. There’s a sauna, and lots of unique winter activities you can do outside, including dog sledding and reindeer sleigh rides.
Stay inside a hotel entirely sculpted of ice with views of the Northern Lights, and you’ll see why this is one of the top bucket list ideas for travelers.
115. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
116. Visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil
117. Catch a Broadway show in New York
118. Spend the night at Giraffe Manor in Kenya
119. Go white water rafting on the Colorado River
120. Step foot on each of the seven continents
This is the ultimate bucket list idea if you enjoy traveling.
Some people are put off by visiting Antarctica due to its extremely cold temperatures, so hitting 6 of the 7 continents is a great alternative as well.
One interesting caveat about continents as it relates to this bucket list: some countries, including the US and much of Europe, consider there to be seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. But in other parts of the world, people consider Europe and Asia to be one continent (Eurasia). Additionally, Central and South Americans consider America to be one continent, rather than two. And finally, some parts of the world don’t consider Antarctica to be a continent at all. It’s all about perspective!
121. Visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam
122. See how coffee is made in Colombia
123. Attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
124. Visit the Alamo in Texas
125. Watch a country show in Nashville
126. Hike the Himalayas – one of the most fun bucket list ideas imaginable
If you’re into hiking, the Himalayas ought to be near the top of your bucket list. This mountain range in Asia separates the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. It’s best known for Mount Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain on Earth above sea level. However, there are lots of other mountains in Bhutan, China, India, and even Pakistan that are worth the trek.
Is this one of the most unique bucket list ideas? Absolutely!
127. Walk through Central Park
128. Visit Milford Sound in New Zealand
129. Tour the Mendoza Wine Region in Argentina
130. Learn about Mayan history in Mexico
131. Take a photo in front of the Hollywood Sign
132. Visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
This has been on my bucket list for such a long time. Known for its wildlife-viewing, the Galapagos Islands are a must-see island destination off the coast of Ecuador. Nowhere else on Earth will you see the sheer diversity of flora and fauna than on the Galapagos.
These islands inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, and they will inspire you too. Check out the giant tortoises, iguanas, and finches, and you’ll see what I mean!
It would be a crime not to include the Galapagos Islands among the most unique bucket list ideas, especially if you’re a wildlife lover.
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133. Go whale-watching in Cape Cod
134. See the tulips in Amsterdam
135. Ride a seaplane over Heart Reef in Australia
136. Hit the Florida theme parks
137. Stay at a geothermal spa near Arenal National Park
138. Get lost in the concrete jungle – One of the coolest bucket list ideas for citygoers
Originally, I was going to make this bucket list idea about NYC, but there are many other concrete jungles out there worth visiting.
Cities like New York City, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are considered “Concrete Jungles” due to the copious pavement and skyscrapers that are found at every turn.
Even if you don’t like big cities, it’s still worth tacking on these global cities to your bucket list. You’ll find lots of interesting culture and history in each, and the gastronomical experiences are second to none!
Read next: Unique things to do in Shanghai
139. Go island hopping in Greece
140. See crocodiles in the wild
141. Tour the Panama Canal
142. Whitewater rafting in Alaska
143. Visit the baths in Budapest
144. Attend the Olympic Games
Ever dreamed of going to the Olympics? Well, if you’re not a top performing athlete, the next best thing is attending as a spectator. These international games are held every two years, switching off between Summer and Olympic games.
Cheer on your country and enjoy the party atmosphere in the process, and you’ll be happy you added this unique experience to your bucket list!
145. Take a Viking River Cruise
146. See toucans in the wild
147. Watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone National Park
148. Go glamping in the American Southwest
149. Walk to the top of the Acropolis in Athens
150. Sail on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
Located in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is certainly worthy of a spot on your bucket list. This natural wonder is made up of some 1,600 islands and islets. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 200 species of fish and inspiring locals and visitors alike for centuries.
Take in the crystal clear waters and dramatic limestone landscapes. It’s no wonder this is considered one of the most incredible things to do before you die.
151. Walk through the Dark Hedges in Ireland
152. Cuddle with Koalas in Australia
153 Drive the Road to Hana in Maui
154. Explore the imperial city of Marrakesh
155. Visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
156. Go camping in the middle of nature
Nothing beats the feeling of serenity when you’re totally off the grid.
Putting your phone away (or not having service altogether) allows you to better connect with nature. Enjoy the fresh air, a good night’s sleep, and improved mood levels as you spend time with your loved ones. Camping off the grid is truly a lost art these days, and a great way to make all of life’s worries go away.
So, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and go camping…preferably in a hidden vacation spot somewhere in your country. For nature lovers, it’s easy to see why this is among the ultimate bucket list ideas!
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For further reading: Most Unique Stays in New England
157. Eat a cheese fondue in Switzerland
158. Stay at a hotel on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos
159. Top of my bucket list: Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia
160. Catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
161. Drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy
162. Visit the “New” 7 Wonders of the World
Sometimes, the best bucket list ideas are the ones that are far away. I’ve already mentioned the Great Wall of China, but there are six other unique wonders worth visiting:
– Machu Picchu in Peru
– Taj Mahal in India
– Petra in Jordan
– Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
– Chichen Itza in Mexico
– The Colosseum in Italy
Each of these sights are among the most breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These manmade structures will blow your mind!
The Egyptian Pyramids are technically an ancient wonder, but you should strive to see those too!
163. Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
164. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain
165. Eat Liege waffles in Belgium
166. Swim with jellyfish in Palau
167. See the Moai statues of Easter Island
168. The ultimate bucket list adventure: Go backpacking for an extended period
Backpacking is easily one of the most fun and cost-effective ways to travel. I’ve done many backpacking trips, where I’ve covered a lot of ground for a fraction of the price of a typical vacation. Consider backpacking around Europe, or in a specific destination like Thailand or Colombia.
There are lots of amazing places for backpacking, so take your pick and cross this off your travel bucket list!
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169. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
170. View Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
171. Visit the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
172. Walk through the Red Square in Moscow
173. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
174. Explore thousands of years of history at the Acropolis of Athens
Located in Athens, the Acropolis is one of the most impressive wonders still standing from Greek antiquity. It was a commanding military fortress and home for the kings and mythical gods of Ancient Greece. The best-known building still standing atop this rocky outcrop is the Parthenon, a marble temple built nearly 2,500 years ago.
The Acropolis is one of the most iconic ancient monuments of Europe. It’s also a surviving symbol of democracy and Greek civilization to this day. If history intrigues you, this is one of the bucket list items you won’t want to miss.
175. Walk across the Stari Most bridge in Mostar
176. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman
177. Unique bucket list idea: Hike Rainbow Mountain in Peru
178. Tour the Space Center in Houston
179. Ride the Hogwarts Express in Scotland
180. Experience all four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall
If you live in a tropical place, you probably don’t see snow very often (or even at all!). Put your fears of the cold aside and try to see the winter! And while you’re at it, also make it a point to see the spring flowers and fall foliage. You won’t regret it!
Consider seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. or Japan! And don’t miss the fall foliage season in New England!
181. Walk along the Berlin Wall
182. Climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite
183. Eat Sachertorte in Austria
184. Explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China
185. Visit the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
186. Go stargazing in the desert
Not many of these unique bucket list ideas are more magical than stargazing.
Some popular stargazing spots in the desert include Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and Wadi Rum in Jordan.
Set out for a place where there’s little light pollution, such as a desert, so you can see the night sky. There’s nothing quite like it!
187. Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
188. Visit the Hottest Place on Earth, Death Valley
189. Take a selfie at the Trevi Fountain in Rome
190. Ride with the Gauchos in Argentina
191. Step into a fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
192. Take a train ride through the Swiss Alps – A bucket list-worthy experience like no other!
If you’re into dramatic mountains, crystal clear lakes, and verdant scenery, add this unique experience to your travel bucket list!
Switzerland is easily one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and the best way to experience it is by train!
Take a panoramic train ride through the Swiss Alps, and you’ll discover the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable. One of the most popular train rides is the Glacier Express, which gives you unbeatable views of the iconic Matterhorn and Mater Valley. There are numerous other train rides as well worth noting, including the Jungfrau Railway and Bernina Express.
This type of Switzerland getaway is going to cost you a pretty penny, so better start saving now!
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Bucket List Ideas about Life and Personal Advancement
193. Set a Guinness World Record
194. Give a presentation to thousands of people
195. Attend a Vipassana (silent meditation retreat)
196. Overcome a long-term fear
197. Try Dining in the Dark
198. Wake up early to catch the sunrise – The only unique bucket list idea that’s free!
There’s nothing better than the feeling of seclusion and beauty that comes with a sunrise. This seemingly magical transition from Blue Hour to Golden Hour yields some spectacular colors, so be sure to have your camera ready and practice your travel photography.
In addition to caching the sunrise, waking up early on a regular basis has many other benefits. According to medical experts, this habit lends itself to a happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyle than that of late risers.
Unlike sunsets, which are more convenient to see, sunrises require some effort. It’s well worth it!
199. Get involved in a peaceful protest
200. Donate to a charity
201. Learn how to code
202. Break a bad habit
203. Go on a mission trip
204. Learn another language
Conversing with people in a foreign language just might be one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. As such, it’s one of the best bucket list ideas out there. Though it takes a lot of practice, it allows you to connect with locals in ways you otherwise couldn’t.
I know some Spanish and German, and there’s no better feeling than having a Cerveza or Bier and striking up a conversation with locals. Though contrary to popular belief, your language skills don’t get better with every beer you have!
Read next: Reasons to Learn Another Language
205. Spend a week without electronics
206. Help an old man (or woman) cross the street
207. Get a job in a new field
208. Do a random act of kindness everyday for a year
209. Try ecstatic dancing
210. Run a marathon – one of the top bucket list ideas for athletes
If you enjoy running, then this idea was probably already on your bucket list. This isn’t just about physical toughness, but mental perseverance as well.
I look forward to one day mustering the physical strength, endurance, and determination to run those 26.2 miles!
211. Eat no sugar for a month
212. Try acupuncture
213. Buy a pet from an animal shelter
214. Host a foreign exchange student
215. Stick to your New Year’s Resolution
216. Become a subject matter expert
This is one of the most desirable bucket list ideas for people who are career-oriented and education-driven.
Whether it’s your lifelong passion, career, or a combination of the two, dive into it with consistent focus and effort over a long period of time. Perhaps one day, you will know more in your field than anyone else!
217. Sell everything you have and move abroad
218. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in a garden
219. No fast food for a month
220. Set up a non-profit organization
221. Give up caffeine for a week
222. Go horseback riding
There are not many stronger bonds out there than the one between people and horses. Humans have been riding horses for thousands of years, and this emotional attachment is very real. As such, it’s no wonder so many people have this as one of their bucket list items.
Unlike other sports, horse riding is a team effort, where you get to work together with the animal.
Ride horses on the beach in a place like Half Moon Bay, California or amid the breathtaking landscapes of West Iceland. You’ll quickly realize why horseback riding is one of the most popular outdoor activities!
223. Attend a wellness retreat
224. Do something people say you can’t do
225. Cut your hair and donate it
226. Learn how to ski and snowboard
227. Buy a stranger’s coffee
228. Play a new instrument – A fun bucket list idea for just about everyone
This unique bucket list idea isn’t just for musicians. Any child or adult is capable of learning an instrument. All it takes is practice and perseverance.
In today’s world, you’ll find all sorts of YouTube videos teaching you how to do just about everything. Of course, personal instruction is the most effective way to learn how to play an instrument, but online instruction works great, too!
In addition to the satisfaction of playing a new instrument, it’s scientifically proven that doing so is also great for the brain!
229. Don’t care about what others think
230. Go on a humanitarian aid trip
231. Learn how to drive a stick shift
232. Become the first woman president in the US
233. Learn how to farm
234. Create passive income
One of the ultimate life goals is to make the transition from a worker to an investor.
Creating passive income—whether it’s through a travel blog, affiliate marketing, rent income, or investment income—will give you more time to make your other bucket list ideas a reality.
Read next: Tips on How to Become a Travel Blogger
You may also like: The Coolest Travel Blogs to Follow
235. Help an elderly person carry their groceries
236. Inspire a friend to make a bucket list
237. Tell your family how much you love them
238. Meditate in a Buddhist temple
239. Go on a blind date
240. Add skydiving to your bucket list
For adrenaline junkies, skydiving is one of the most popular things to do before you die. Not only do you get to take in beautiful views, but you also get to build confidence and enjoy an activity that most people will never experience. Skydiving also builds confidence, allowing you to overcome yourself (and your fears).
Some amazing places for skydiving include the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, Moab in Utah, and the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Each destination is worthy of being on a bucket list, but soaring over them certainly adds to the appeal.
Nothing is more exhilarating than plummeting through Earth’s atmosphere at the speed of gravity. If you’re looking for bucket list activities that will both scare and inspire you, this is it!
Ultimate Bucket List Ideas that You Can Do from Home
241. Create a blog
242. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
243. Invent a new cocktail
244. Have a picnic in your backyard
245. Knit a sweater
246. Be a tourist in your own city or town
You don’t have to travel far and wide to see beauty. Sometimes, the most beautiful places in the world can be in our own backyard.
Okay, so more likely than not, your home town probably isn’t as epic as Bali, Barcelona, etc. But, it still pays to be a tourist in your own town to experience your surroundings in a new light. I (for one) love enjoying my home city of Boston, even though it’s not on most people’s bucket list.
Explore all the local attractions, restaurants, bakeries, museums, and nature spots, and you’ll hopefully find a newfound appreciation for your home!
247. Brew your own beer
248. Write a letter to your future self
249. Binge a season of a TV series
250. Design your dream home
251. Have breakfast in bed
252. Try Yoga and Meditation
Bucket list items come in all different forms, and this is among the best.
Let’s be honest: we live in a pretty crazy world and sometimes it’s hard to disconnect from it all. One of the best ways I cope with all the stresses of life is through yoga and meditation.
You can do each of these things from just about anywhere! You don’t need anything…you don’t even need a yoga mat (though they are comfortable and I’d definitely recommend getting one). In addition to feeling good, meditation and yoga have many health benefits. Just a little bit of practice goes a long way, and you’ll quickly see why these bucket list ideas are super desirable to incorporate into your daily routine!
253. Make homemade pizza
254. Have a child
255. Write a book
256. Research your family lineage
257. Prepare a dish from your favorite country
258. Bucket list idea: Find a healthy work-life balance in your life
In 2023, it seems that most people are chronically stressed. While traveling and other bucket list activities can be great diversions, you’ll want to address the root cause of this problem. One such way to cultivate a healthy lifestyle is by having a work-life balance.
At the end of the day, one of our main goals in life should be to seek happiness and fulfillment. As such, maintaining a work-life balance should be at the top of people’s bucket lists.
259. Do a board game night with friends or family
260. Bake a homemade pie
261. Start a new family tradition
262. Complete a crossword puzzle
263. Get a cold plunge tub to practice cold immersion
264. Read a new book or novel
Though not super unique or unusual, this is an original bucket list idea that everyone should do from time to time. Nowadays, people don’t seem to have time to read, but we should make the time!
Unique Bucket List Ideas for Helping Others
265. Tell an old teacher how much of a positive influence they had on your life
266. Take your partner on a dream vacation
267. Feed a homeless person
268. Serve food at a soup kitchen
269. Give flowers to someone you care about
270. Be a mentor to someone else
This is definitely one of the best bucket list ideas for altruistic people. Whether it’s a coworker, a friend, or someone else who is less experienced than you, mentoring is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
Not only will you feel good about being a mentor, but the mentee will also thank you for it!
271. Bring candy or toys to kids at a hospital
272. Leave online reviews for others to see
273. Participate in a Relay for Life event
274. Tell someone special “I love you”
275. Invite a homeless person for dinner at a restaurant
276. Do volunteer work – A unique bucket list idea that will help you give back to the community
There are lots of amazing organizations out there where you can volunteer. Brainstorm your passions and interests, and with a little bit of research, you’ll find hundreds of volunteer organizations that align with your goals.
Whether it’s volunteering at a museum or community center, an animal rescue shelter, or a local food pantry that supports the homeless, you’ll find that giving back to the community not only feels good, but also helps others in the process!
277. Build a home with Habitat for Humanity
278. Add this to the bucket list: hosting a charity event
279. Work at a local food pantry
280. Join a disaster relief effort/organization
281. Host a couch surfer at your home
282. Make a difference in someone else’s life
As far as unique bucket list ideas go, this is one of the deepest. Ask yourself: “how can I make a difference in someone else’s life?” Then, figure out a way to make it happen!
283. Give away free hugs
284. Leave cookies on a stranger’s doorstep
285. Compliment others every day
286. Adopt a child
287. Pay for someone’s expired car meter
288. Be an organ donor or give blood to help others realize their bucket list dreams
Looking to help others? Donating blood or an organ is a great way to do it. In doing so, donors feel a great sense of satisfaction. Every meaningful bucket list ought to include this.
289. Make a child’s dream come true with the Make a Wish Foundation
290. Help out during a natural disaster
291. Donate toys at Christmas
292. Start a crowdfunding project for someone in need
293. Build a school in a third world country
294. Buy a drink for a stranger
This best bucket list idea will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. Perhaps buy the drink for the person behind you at Starbucks or a local coffee shop. This kind gesture can go a long way in making someone else’s day a little bit brighter. And who knows, maybe this good deed will be passed on to the next person in line?
295. Help someone learn English
296. Volunteer at a nursing home
297. Help out on a political campaign
298. Share your knowledge with someone who needs it
299. Plant a tree on Earth Day
300. Become a virtual mentor for teens
301. Tell your friends about your bucket list and encourage them to create their own!
And while you’re at it, feel free to share this article on bucket list activities with your family/friends! Hopefully, it will give them some inspiration, too!
For a printable version of this unique bucket list, feel free to send me a message on my Instagram page, and I’ll be happy to get that over to you asap!
Best wishes and hope you have a great year ahead!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about bucket lists
Here are some common questions (and answers) about bucketlists:
How do I create a bucket list?
To create a bucket list, think about all the things you’ve always wanted to do or places you’ve always wanted to go. It can be as big or as small as you want. Write down your ideas and then prioritize them. You can also ask friends and family for suggestions and get inspired by reading about other people’s bucket lists. I will update this article on 2023 bucket list ideas on a regular basis, so remember to return later!
How long should a bucket list be?
Bucket lists can be as short or as long as you like. Typically, people have between 10 and 100 items on their bucket list, but you can add as many as you see fit. The important thing is to remember to write your bucket list down versus keep it in your head. The more, the merrier!
What should I put on my bucket list?
Your bucket list should be unique to you and reflect your interests, values, and goals. Some common things people put on their bucket lists include traveling to exotic places, trying new activities, learning a new skill, achieving a personal goal, and giving back to others. Remember, there are no limits to what you can put on your bucket list!
How do I start crossing things off my bucket list?
To start crossing things off your bucket list, start by making a plan. Determine which items on your list are most important to you and set goals for when you want to accomplish them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support from friends and family. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy the journey!
What is number 1 on most people’s bucket list?
According to research compiled by USA Today, the #1 item on people’s bucket lists is to fall in love. Beyond that, some 78% of survey participants desire to accomplish a personal goal, which can be anything from writing a novel to hiking Mount Everest. Bucket list goals!
Is it okay to change my bucket list?
Absolutely! Your bucket list is a personal reflection of your goals and dreams, and it’s totally okay to change it as you grow and evolve. It’s a living document, and you can add, delete, or modify items on your list as you see fit. As you go through life, you’ll transform and what you enjoy will change as well.
Can I have more than one bucket list?
Yes, you can have as many bucket lists as you want! You might want to create a separate list for short-term goals and long-term goals, or for different areas of your life, such as career, relationships, or personal growth. You can even create a bucket list for your next vacation or for a specific season of the year. Your 2023 bucket list can totally be different from other years as well.
Do I have to do everything on my bucket list?
No, you don’t have to do everything on your bucket list. The purpose of a bucket list is to inspire and motivate you, not to stress you out. If you find that you’re not interested in something on your list anymore, feel free to take it off. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey and make the most of your life.
Can I add things to my bucket list after I’ve completed them?
Yes, you can definitely add things to your bucket list after you’ve completed them. In fact, this can be a fun way to reflect on your accomplishments and inspire you to set new goals. Just because you’ve already achieved something doesn’t mean you can’t dream of doing it again or doing something similar.
How do I know when I’ve completed everything on my bucket list?
There’s no specific timeframe for completing a bucket list. Some people may accomplish everything on their bucket list 2023 or in a few years, while others may take a lifetime. The key is to focus on making progress and enjoying the journey, rather than stressing about completing everything on your list. And remember, you can always add new items to your bucketlist as you go!
Can I share my bucket list with others?
Yes, you can definitely share your bucket list with others! Sharing your bucket list can be a great way to get support and encouragement from your friends and family, and it can also inspire others to create their own list. Just be mindful of personal boundaries and remember that your bucket list is ultimately a personal reflection of your goals and dreams.
What should I put on my 2023 bucket list?
With COVID travel restrictions continuing to ease, 2023 is shaping up to be a year of bucket list-worthy travel adventures. As such, it’s a great time to check off unique international experiences like the Great Pyramids, Machu Picchu, and Oktoberfest. Also, consider going on cool retreats like Body Camp in Mallorca.
Why is it called a bucket list?
The term “kick the bucket” means to pass away. As such, a bucket list is a checklist of experiences one wants to have before they die.
How do you create a bucket list?
To make a bucket list, grab a pen and paper and write down all the things you’ve wanted to do since you were a kid. Add easy stuff as well as bigger accomplishments and experiences. Be sure to include fun, weird, and unusual things, as well as more well-known bucket list items – such as visiting all 7 continents.
Fun bucket list examples in 2023
Have you made a life bucket list for the year ahead? If not, feel free to take any ideas from my bucket list and add it to yours. It’s always great to have a lighthouse in the distance, and bucket lists do just that!
For more inspiration on your outer and inner journey, read below: