Are you looking for things to put on your bucket list? What is a bucket list? Well, it’s a list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime. You can fill it with whatever you like, whether it be travel destinations or self-improvement goals. This can help you plan your vacations wisely, as well as choose your hobbies. I believe everybody should have a bucket list, but it can be hard knowing where to start. So, here are some ideas of things to put on your bucket list to help get you rolling!
1. Go Skydiving
Jumping out of a plane that is 14,000 feet high is one of the most extreme and exhilarating things you could ever experience. When I went skydiving, I almost backed out at the plane door. I was above the clouds, and there was no way I wanted to plummet down. But I finally took the leap, and it was absolutely incredible. I felt like I was floating, and the adrenaline rush made me feel truly alive. It felt like I had never experienced living until that moment. Skydiving is one of the best things to put on your bucket list.
2. Learn Another Language
Not only will knowing another language look great on your resume, but it will also help you connect with people from other cultures. One free resource you can use is Duolingo. I try to go on every day, and learn a little German. They offer 23 languages, and they also have an app for on-the-go learning!
3. Climb the Eiffel Tower
When one thinks of Paris, the mind immediately travels to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Climbing it is a very touristy thing to do, but the view is incredible. Go all out, and have some champagne at the top!
4. Travel Solo
Traveling with friends is an amazing experience. However, I believe everybody should travel alone at one point in their life. When you run into challenges, you won’t have anybody to fall back on. This will help you grow as a person. Plus, you will be able to be in control of how you spend your time. If you want to spend two hours in the Icelandic Phallological Museum, you can do it without fear of judgement.
5. See the Northern Lights
When I saw the Northern Lights for the first time, I cried. Beautiful green lights, rippling through the sky. They seemed like living entities. I felt like I was watching a spirit dance above me. Trust me, you will feel all the feels.
6. Volunteer Your Time
Giving back to the community by volunteering is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. You can make a difference, while also expanding your worldview and gaining experience in a field. If you would like to check out what your local volunteer options are, head over to this site: volunteermatch.org
7. Work Abroad
Workaway is an awesome organization that lets you work abroad in exchange for free housing! They have listings in most countries, and you can do anything from teaching English to helping at a hostel. Check it out here: workaway.info
8. Write a Novel in a Month
NaNoWriMo happens every November. This is an online event where thousands of people pledge to complete an entire novel in a month. They lead all sorts of events to help you plan and write your novel. You can make friends with other authors, and support each other! So, if you’ve always wanted to write a book, now’s the time to start.
9. Complete a Triathlon
Completing a triathlon basically means you are in peak physical shape. You have to run, swim, and bike your way to the finish line, which is totally admirable! I’m a bit of a couch potato, but I know I would be so proud of myself if I ever managed to do it. You’ve gotta train hard though, so hop on it!
10. Swim with Sharks
I actually crossed this off my bucket list unintentionally. I went snorkeling a couple months ago, and I didn’t realize that I was going to be face to face with sharks! Luckily, they were docile nurse sharks so it wasn’t too scary. But, if you want a real thrill, you can try cage diving with great white sharks!
11. Stay at a Castle
One of the greatest things about AirBNB is the uniqueness of their listings. Like, you can literally stay in a castle! That’s living the dream.
12. Adopt an Animal
If you are thinking about getting a pet, I would encourage you to consider adopting one. Each year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized because shelters can’t hold them all. You will be giving an animal a second chance at a happy life. Plus, they are usually healthier than animals sold at pet stores!
13. Learn CPR
You never know when you will need to use CPR to save somebody’s life. An in-person class typically costs around $100. Alternatively, you can take a free certification course at learncpronline.net
14. Go on a Road Trip
There’s a reason there are so many movies about girls going on road trips. It’s so damn fun! Maybe you want to eat your way across the country, stopping at every restaurant with a Michelin star. Or maybe you want to see as many national parks as possible. Pick a theme, grab a map, and go with it!
15. Stand on the Equator
If you visit the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo in Ecuador, you can actually stand on the equator. Put one foot in the Northern hemisphere, and one foot in the Southern hemisphere. You’ll get major bragging rights for being in two halves of the world at once!
16. Go Ziplining
This one is so much fun! You are flying through the air, your adrenaline is pumping, and you feel like a total badass. If you really want a challenge, check out Sky Trek Monteverde in Costa Rica. One of the lines is half a mile long!
17. Attend a High School Reunion
Ever wondered what all of your buddies from high school are up to? I know nowadays everyone stays semi-connected through Facebook, but there is nothing like seeing people from your past face-to-face. Get ready for so much nostalgia!
18. Design a Website
One of the reasons I got into blogging was that I wanted to have my own little corner of the Internet. I built a beauty website from the ground up, and I feel like it’s my baby. If you want your own corner of the internet, try building a site on wordpress.com. There are some paid plans, but you can build a basic blog completely free!
19. Visit All 50 U.S. States
If you don’t live in the U.S., this one might be difficult for you to do. But, if you do live here, try to visit as many states as you can! It’s crazy seeing the differences between people from one state to the next, even though we all live in the same country. Make sure to sample the local cuisine while you are traveling!
20. Walk on a Glacier
When I was visiting a glacier in Iceland, they told me it had retreated over a mile in the last decade. And, in the future, it might disappear entirely. Glaciers are awe-inspiring, majestic structures, and I would definitely recommend getting up close and personal with one while they are still around.
21. See the Egyptian Pyramids
The Great Pyramid, in particular. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and is an architectural mystery. People from all over the world are drawn to it, because it is mind-boggling. Definitely a must-see!
22. Learn How to Cook
This is one of the most useful items on this bucket list. Learning to cook is a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You can whip up something that is healthy and delicious, and much cheaper than takeout.
23. Walk the Great Wall of China
Maybe not all 5,500 miles of it. But definitely walk along a portion, and reflect on its historical significance. Plus, you can get some killer photo ops!
24. Climb Mayan Ruins in Guatemala
I had the opportunity to do this in June, and it was incredible! I visited Tikal, which is the ruin of an ancient Mayan city. I was able to climb up huge temples, and gaze out over the rainforest. I would recommend this to anybody who loves adventure!
25. Trace Your Lineage
You can use MyHeritage.com to trace your family tree. Maybe you can use the results to get in contact with some long-lost relatives. And perhaps you will discover you are related to somebody historical!
26. Pay It Forward
Pay for somebody’s coffee in line. Fill somebody’s parking meter. Take two minutes out of your day to make somebody’s life a little easier. Trust me, doing this will fill your soul.
27. Plant a Tree
It is incredibly important to plant trees. They provide oxygen, improve air quality, support wildlife, and make the world a more beautiful place. Yet, deforestation is occurring at an alarming rate. Some countries have been doing a great job at reducing the rate, but there are still more trees being felled than planted. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can sponsor trees at retree.com Each tree only costs one dollar to plant, and you can choose which country you want your tree to be planted in.
28. Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef
I used to want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef by Australia. However, that reef is bleached and severely damaged. If you are looking for a more vibrant experience, check out the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second longest expanse of reef in the world! I snorkeled the Hol Chan Pass, and got up close and personal with hundreds of fish, sting rays, and sharks! It was an amazing experience.
29. Be an Extra in a Movie
Not everybody has what it takes to be a world famous actor. But, pretty much anybody can be an extra in a movie! Immortalize yourself through film by attending an open casting call for extras.
30. Kiss the Blarney Stone
Do you ever wish you had the gift of gab? The ability to butter somebody else? Well, you need to kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland! Legend says will give you “blarney”, or the gift of sweet talk.
31. Go to a Yoga Retreat
Yoga is a fantastic way to get in touch with your spiritual side and your physical side. And going to a retreat lets you focus strictly on reconnecting with yourself, and overcoming any emotional challenges. Find a yoga retreat near you at bookyogaretreats.com
32. Climb a Mountain
One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is standing at a mountaintop, gazing at the valley below, and realizing you’ve climbed all the way to the top. You put in so much hard work to get there, you are exhausted, but also thrilled. If you love to be active, definitely check this off your list.
33. Plant a Garden
Not only is gardening good for the environment, it also counts as moderate cardiovascular exercise, and is therapeutic. You can also grow fruits and vegetables that are fresher and healthier than at the grocery store. You do have to put in a fair bit of work, but it will be worth it.
34. Stay out All Night in NYC
They call New York City “the city that never sleeps”. So put that to the test by staying out all night! Perhaps you can take a Midnight Manhattan tour: freetoursbyfoot.com
35. Create a Time Capsule
I guarantee that one day you will be looking back at your life, reliving memories and wondering what you were thinking when you were so young. Wouldn’t it be amazing to open a letter from yourself, and see just what was going through your mind 20-30 years prior? Write yourself a letter, and stick it in a time capsule along with some special mementos. Your future self will thank you!
Do you have a bucket list? What items are one it? And what have you already done?