Most everyone has some version of a bucket list — a list of things they want to do in their lifetime. It doesn’t have to have a ton of ideas on it. Even if it’s short, just make sure it’s a list you believe in with your heart and soul. After all, it’s your list and no one else’s, so there are no limitations to what you can add to it or when you can add to it. It’s ever-changing because you’ll cross things off and add new things along the way. It’s a kind of road map of your life.
A bucket list can give you purpose in life and something to look forward to. It’s a set of goals that will help you grow as a person and enrich your life, as you explore the world and experience new things.
Explore new bucket list ideas frequently, so you’ll continue to discover parts of yourself you never even knew existed. Read on for 24 fun ideas you may want to add to your list.
1. Visit Every State in the United States
Think of all the incredible places you will see along the way. This isn’t something that will happen overnight, but it’s an attainable goal over time. Dedicate your time to a road trip once a year and visit states you’ve never been to. You’ll learn so much, see so much and meet so many new people.
2. Travel to a Foreign Country Alone
This has become a popular one, especially among millennials. It can be difficult to step outside your comfort zone, period — let alone venture to another country all by yourself. However, so much beauty comes with it because you’ll learn to love and accept yourself and grow more than you ever imagined.
3. Learn Another Language
Find a language you’re interested in and teach yourself. You don’t have to immerse yourself in Rosetta Stone or hours of work memorizing words. Take it step by step and learn a little bit each week. Even if you don’t become fluent in another language, you’ll feel empowered if you learn parts of a new one.
4. Find Your Passion
So many people spend years of their lives pleasing others that they forget about themselves. What’s your passion? If you haven’t yet found your one true passion, it’s time to start on your journey. Find something you love, and pour yourself into it.
5. Run a Marathon
This is a popular bucket list item because it’s such a challenge and takes lots of preparation for your mind, body and soul — but once you’ve completed one, you’ll feel stronger and have the courage to face more challenges in life. Start with a smaller goal like a 5K, then gradually challenge yourself to a marathon.
6. Be a Better Person
This one is less of a goal and more of a reminder, so keep it on your bucket list always. No matter where you are in life, there’s always room for improvement, including being a better person. Goals are excellent for self-improvement because your achievements will make you happier, and therefore more inclined to help others.
7. Become a Published Author
If you enjoy writing, this is one you should add to your list because it is every writer’s dream to become published. Bring to life that idea you’ve had brewing in your head for years, or take a piece of work you’re proud of and make it happen today.
8. Speed Down the German Autobahn
If you feel the need for speed, you must head to Germany, rent a Porsche and drive on this 12,000-mile road of federally controlled highway, where two-thirds of it has no speed limit. There’s no other public place in the world where you can let your hair down and go more than 200 miles per hour without getting a ticket.
9. Live Abroad for a Few Months
If you have bills to pay, this might be difficult to achieve, but if you ever have the means and opportunity to live abroad for a few months, do it. Pack the necessities and yourself, and head to a foreign country where you know no one. You may also pick up a new language during your stay.
10. Learn an Instrument
If you played an instrument in grade school, but stopped, now is the time to pick it back up again. You’ll be surprised how much your mind and body remember. If you never played an instrument, pick one you love and learn it. So many musicians are self-taught, and you can be, too. Music will also keep your mind sharp and keep you challenged.
11. Save a Life
There are so many homeless pets and children in the world without anyone to love them. Think about adoption before you head to a breeder or commit to a child of your own. Not only are you saving them, but often, they will also save you.
12. Mentor Someone
Everyone needs mentoring at nearly every point in their life. You’re never too old to learn more from someone wiser than you. If you have a co-worker, friend or neighbor who looks up to you, mentor them and be a part of their growth.
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13. Walk the Great Wall of China
If you plan a trip to China, this is a must. Spanning more than 13,000 miles long, this physical feat will leave you feeling accomplished even if you just walk a small fraction of it. It’s also one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
14. Start a Company
Starting a business from scratch sounds impossible to some, but it’s not. Look at Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. They started their companies from the ground up with little to nothing but a golden idea. If you have an idea that can change the world, go for it. Don’t be afraid of failing. You never know until you try.
15. Pay for a Stranger’s Groceries
Never underestimate the value of a good deed. They will keep you hopeful and honest — not to mention change a life, even if in a small way. If you see a single mom or an elderly widow in front of you at the checkout counter, politely pay for her groceries. It will mean the world to someone struggling to make ends meet.
16. See a Broadway Musical
New York City is magical for many reasons, and Broadway is one of them. There’s nothing like a true Broadway musical, with its undeniable energy, talent and originality from performers, playwrights and everyone involved. If Phantom of the Opera and Wicked aren’t your cup of tea, check out the dozens of productions that hit Broadway yearly.
17. Visit All Seven Continents
Yes, it may take several years — OK, decades — and lots of money, but why not add it to your list? There’s no time limit here, so start with the closest one and branch your way out until you’ve seen as far as Antarctica.
18. Care for the Homeless
Whether you volunteer at a homeless shelter during Thanksgiving or purchase a hot meal for the man who frequents the street corner by your office, do something to help the homeless. Even the smallest gesture of kindness can make all the difference in someone’s life.
19. Have a Career You Love
Never settle when it comes to your career, because you’re going to spend most of your time doing whatever that is. If you aren’t happy at a job, seek out a new one. Life is too short to do something you don’t love.
20. Go on an African Safari
Going to Africa is a bucket list item in itself, but the experience of an African safari is truly one of a kind. Witness the wildebeest migration, see a hippo pool, stand next to a wise elephant and so much more.
21. Go Skydiving
Whether you’re afraid of heights or not, skydiving is an incredible experience for anyone. It’s also often one of the first things to make it on many people’s bucket lists. Experience a high adrenaline rush like never before, and if you’re feeling extra daring, skydive solo.
22. See the Great Pyramids of Egypt
Take a trip to Egypt to see the last surviving member of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Stand up close and personal to pyramids that have been standing for thousands of years and bask in the hot sun of the desert.
23. Go to the Super Bowl
An experience like the Super Bowl isn’t only for football fans. If you’re ever lucky enough to score Super Bowl tickets or in a place in life where you can afford them, go — it’s one of the greatest American traditions of all time.
25. New Year’s Eve in Times Square
You must experience the ball drop at least once in your lifetime, and the chaos that ensues at the stroke of midnight. Bring along your special someone so you can get your midnight kiss among a sea of balloons, fireworks and tourists from all over the world.
Start your bucket list today so you can begin your journey to a wiser, stronger, better you. If you already have your list going, consider some of the above items as additions.
There are so many things to explore in the world, so many opportunities for personal growth and so much love to give. Let this list inspire you to flesh out your bucket list and keep it handy for a rainy day.
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