Almost everyone has a dream list of things they want to do in their time here on planet Earth. Whether written in stone or stored in memory, part of the human experience is wanting to achieve goals that make us happy and make us feel like we’re on top of the world. 

You probably have some ideas already: skydiving, visiting famous landmarks across the world, traveling extensively, seeing the Northern Lights, volunteering abroad, and learning a new skill are some of the most common bucket list ideas. 

However, maybe you’ve already done all the cliché stuff (which doesn’t make it any less meaningful to experience), and want something more unique. Or perhaps, you want to avoid the beaten path and carve your own way as you check things off a bucket list that’s unique to you.

If you’ve been wracking your brain for unique bucket list ideas and just can’t seem to crack through, we’ve got your back. Whether you’re a serious adrenaline-seeker, explorer, relaxation connoisseur, hobby collector, or experience collector, there’s something out there for you that won’t be on any other top 10 list.

Bucket List Ideas at a Glance:

Travel Bucket List Ideas
Adventure Bucket List Ideas
World Travel Bucket List Ideas
Family Travel Bucket List Ideas
Summer Bucket List Ideas
Fall Bucket List Ideas
Winter Bucket List Ideas
Spring Bucket List Ideas
Bucket List Ideas For Someone Specific
Bucket List Ideas Before 30
Bucket List Ideas For Couples
Bucket List Ideas For Retirement
Bucket List Ideas For 50-Year-Olds
Solo Bucket List Ideas

Travel Bucket List Ideas

Sometimes you just need to break free from the day-to-day routine and embark on an adventure all your own (maybe even the journey of a lifetime). Perhaps you’ve already scratched off destinations on your bucket list and are looking for more, or just barely caught the wanderlust bug. Whatever the case, pack your bags as we give you some unforgettable travel experiences. 

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

A tropical destination might be fun, but why not go against the current? Venture into chillier waters by booking an experience in the Arctic or Antarctica with Quark Expeditions. In particular, we suggest you take a look at the Antarctic Express. While crossing Drake’s Passage may be something some people are into, it can be avoided and you can get right to enjoying the eight-day adventure packed with wildlife encounters, historic site explorations, shore visits, and Zodiac cruises.

Thor’s Well, Oregon

Uniqueness can be found in the bizarre and awe-inspiring natural wonder that is Thor’s Well, a seemingly bottomless sinkhole near Cape Perpetua that appears to be swallowing the ocean whole. Like a giant drain, Thor’s Well makes the Earth look like a giant bathtub, and you happen to have stumbled on the planet’s drain. When high waves and tides collide, a spectacular show is presented to everyone who is around to witness this natural fountain, and you might even catch a glimpse of seals, sea lions, or a whale if you’re lucky. You might need to get in some hiking practice and buy warm and rain-resistant clothing, but other than that you should be ready to visit Thor’s Well. 

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Looking for something that evokes a fairytale feeling? You’ll feel an otherworldly wonder when you visit Goblin Valley State Park in Utah, a state park like you’ve never seen before. Covered in bizarre rock formations that kids (and kids at heart) can climb on and explore, this unearthly place looks like a Pompeii of trolls, goblins, and sprites stuck in rock formations. With a little sense of adventure and direction and a whole lot of curiosity, you’ll enjoy hiking across this park.

Fly Geyser, Nevada

For a one-of-a-kind natural wonder, set your GPS route to Fly Geyser in Nevada. This formation sticks out from the earth with vibrant colors, a unique shape, and a constant stream of water that makes it look like a spa made by Mother Nature (spoiler alert: it’s accidentally man-made). Surrounded by glowing green pools of water that reflect the sun, you can get up close and personal and feel the steam on your face. Visit this place if you like post-apocalyptic alien vibes, there surely isn’t a better place to trick your friends into thinking you went on a day trip to Jupiter.

Glass Beach, California

Tired of going to the same beaches? You’ll get a totally different experience when you head down the West Coast to Glass Beach, California. This spot is a hidden gem, and not just because it looks to be gem-ridden. Found in Fort Bragg, this is the perfect example of Mother Nature taking back power: instead of sand, the beach is covered in glittering, glowing, and multicolored glass. After years of littering glass, it’s been washing up and living on the shores of this unique bucket list spot you won’t want to miss. 

Portland, Oregon

In the state where the forest meets the sea, Portland is often confused as the capital. Although Salem is the true capital of Oregon, Portland is the largest city and has everything a dreaming traveler could ask for, from delicious food from all across the globe, amazing landscapes like the Columbia River Gorge and hiking trails, and a bustling cultural and nighttime scene that makes this the land of plenty.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Anyone who’s ever been to New Orleans comes back with a little bit of pep in their step, so this is definitely a place you should jot down on your bucket list. With an energy that distinguishes this city from the rest, New Orleans has a lot to offer. First of all, this thriving center of culture is recognized for being a hotspot for Creole and Cajun cuisine, with jambalaya and fresh seafood on every menu. For music lovers, this place is heaven on earth: the soulful sounds of jazz music pervade the streets. There’s even a little something for history buffs, as this city boasts one of the most unique stories, from visiting the historic French Quarter to checking out the unique Bayou culture that has developed over hundreds of years. There’s a lot to love, so book a ticket. 

Joshua Tree, California

Photo Courtesy of the Sojourn Company 

If you happen to find yourself in a desert in California, surrounded by Joshua trees, you’re probably in Joshua Tree (whoever named the place was a real creative). Although the name might not be unique, the place certainly is: this national park looks like something out of a sci-fi film, the perfect scenery to chill out and admire how incredible the world is. During the day, you can hike across the terrain and look for adventure, and at night you can catch a glimpse of the Milky Way. 

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is iconic worldwide, but just because it’s not out-of-the-box doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. In fact, it’s popular because it’s so mindblowing. With scenery that will take your breath away, unique wildlife, and adventure galore, this place is a go-to for every serial road-tripper. You can visit steaming geysers, hot springs bubbling over, multicolor pools of clear water, and if you’re lucky, maybe even an elk or a buffalo. Hike, fish, sing, dance, and breathe to your heart’s content. 

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Have you even lived if you haven’t dreamt about driving down a highway beside the ocean with the windows down, the wind blowing in your hair, sunglasses on, and music blasting? Make that dream come true by taking a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs along the California coastline and boasts unbelievable views. You’ll enjoy singing along to the radio as you zip past rugged cliffs and pristine beaches, enjoying every pit stop and vista in small towns along the way, breathtaking parks like Big Sur, and soaking in all that California sun.

The Grand Canyon

Everyone should visit the Grand Canyon at least one time in their lives because once you do you’ll never forget the striking memories of beautiful scenery and awe-inspiring nature. The sheer vastness alone is enough to impress, getting to be over a mile deep and over 277 miles long. Plus, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities like hiking and rafting, as well as a thriving and alive culture deeply seated within Native American history.

Adventure Bucket List Ideas

Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land, and Air 

For a real adventure that’ll knock your socks off, visit Greenland with Quark Expeditions. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that’ll have you packing your bags as soon as you book, especially after you hear all the deets. You’ll visit the beautiful landscapes of Greenland and get an authentic feel for the place with so many activities at your fingertips. Ultramarine is the polar ship you’ll be taking, and the luxurious amenities will make you feel warm even if it’s cold outside. You’ll visit fjords, take to the skies in a helicopter, watch cascading coastal glaciers, step onto the Greenland Ice Sheet, and get a meal prepared by a resident chef while you roam the Tundra. 

Explore the Everglades Safari Park

Moving on to warmer destinations, we’re heading to the southern tip of the U.S. to immerse you in the tropical greenery of the Florida Everglades. It’s one of those places that needs to be seen to be believed, so visiting Everglades Safari Park will always be a good idea (if you’re not afraid of gators). You’ll enjoy exploring swamp after swamp and thick mangrove forests on a boat, witnessing nature flourish around you. One tip: don’t forget lots of bug spray. Other than that, go off explorer.

Roadtrip to Valley of Fire, Nevada

Pull up your favorite playlist, get in a rented car, and road trip down to the Valley of Fire with the Nevada sun shining down on you and the windows rolled all the way down. There’s nothing quite like it: you’ll be immediately awestruck by towering rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that look like a NASA picture. Have a picnic or go camping and don’t miss out on the famous red and orange sandstone Fire Wave formation, famous for its ocean-like experience and easy hiking trail (although there are more hiking trails if you want something more intense). 

Go Deep Sea Fishing in Clearwater, Florida

If you want to head out into the deep blue and reel in some big ones, reach out to the good people at Queen Fleet in Clearwater, Florida, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned fisher or a first-time angler, you’ll be sure to catch experiences (and hopefully a lot of fish, too). Since fishing is a sport of patience, you’ll find yourself taken by the quiet and beautiful scenery that Clearwater has to offer while soaking up the sun and smelling the warm and salty air of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ride a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti

Serengeti Balloon Safari says it all in the name, but you won’t believe what adventure awaits you in the Serengeti of Tanzania. You’ll float above rolling plains as you make your way across the blue sky, with nothing but the sound of the wind to remind you you’re not dreaming. You’ll see wildebeests and zebras roam free while lions and cheetahs stalk from a distance, what a sight! The circle of life is well and alive, see for yourself.

Go Bungee Jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa

For adrenaline-seekers, jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa with Face Adrenaline Bungy will surely do the trick and get it out of your system (for now). This heart-pounding experience will leave you with a greater appreciation for life, all while filling your stomach with butterflies and forcing you to be brave enough to jump off the ledge. At 216 meters tall, the Bloukrans Bridge is not just some little bridge, which makes it the perfect place for true adventure seekers that want to see the view… fly past them as they plummet down toward the earth. 

Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most amazing natural formations on the planet, which needs to be looked after and respected as the amazing geological miracle that they are. Still, there are opportunities to go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest coral reef system, this place is abuzz with marine life, from schools of multicolored fish to floating manta rays to gorgeous coral formations and shipwrecks. While you’ll have to get certified before stepping into this protected area, it’s well worth it.

World Travel Bucket List Ideas

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari 

One of the most amazing trips you could ever take is to South Georgia and the Antarctic with Quark Expeditions, so pack your bags and gear up. This trip will lead you to some of the most remote and awe-inspiring places on the planet, so incredible you might almost forget the cold weather. One of the highlights of this experience is how connected to wildlife you’ll be: overhead, huge albatross, and petrels soar through the sky. On the island, king penguins and elephant seals live in harmony. You’ll be able to enjoy kayaking in the Antarctic sea, hiking up a glacier, or spending time with the extras from Happy Feet. Plus, staying on the vessel Ultramarine gives this trip a touch of luxury. 

Fez, Morocco

The colors, smells, sights, and sounds of Morocco are enough to send you into the stratosphere but don’t leave before you have a chance to visit Fez. Found in the heart of Morocco, this city is packed full of history, culture, and color. You’ll enjoy getting lost in the winding alleyways of the old medina of Fez, transported back in time when visiting a bustling marketplace, watch local craftsmen create artwork in the form of tiles and leather, and put munchies to rest with so much culinary adventure all around – on the street, in cafés, and restaurants. 

Spotted Lake, British Columbia

Adventure awaits in the natural wonder just off the beaten path: Spotted Lake, British Columbia. Canada is filled with amazing lakes and forests, but this lake has a special multicolor “spotted” appearance thanks to mineral-rich waters. You’ll enjoy the drive down as much as the actual lake, with a beautiful landscape surrounding the area and air that’s as crisp as a chip. Set up a picnic, explore the shores, or just chill out at Spotted Lake. 

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The beautiful landscape of Northern Ireland is made better by the Giant’s Causeway, a natural formation that awes everyone who visits. You’ll encounter hexagonal rocks sticking out of the ground, almost looking man-made but acting as a testament to how amazing nature is. The legend says otherwise: the causeway is believed to have been built by a giant as a bridge to Scotland so he could get into a scuffle with another giant. Talk about drama at the Giant’s Causeway. Nowadays, you can go without fear of giants attacking. 

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

If you happen to go to Lake Hillier on a Wednesday, you might notice it’s pink. While we like to believe that this is due to Mean Girls’ influence on modern culture that has somehow seeped its way into rivers and lakes, the truth behind the pink lies in high levels of algae and bacteria. Around the lake, you’ll find a dense green forest that’s perfect for exploring and options for taking a boat or a plane onto the lake to get a closer look since you can’t swim in it. Still, the ambiance is very much worth a trip. 

The Tianzi Mountain, China

There are some places on earth that are so beautiful, nothing does it justice until you visit them for yourself. One of these places is the Tianzi Mountains in China, with towering peaks and mesmerizing formations that feel otherworldly. Feel like you’re on top of the world by exploring the summits and watching over the unique rock formations covered in green plants and surrounded by floating clouds and take a mental picture of this unforgettably dreamy landscape. 

Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island might be one of the most alien-like places on this planet – and it’s sure to land a spot on your bucket list. Although this isn’t a mainstream destination, Socotra Island has been turning heads as it goes viral for otherworldly landscapes dotted with cactus-like Dragon’s Blood trees and crystal-clear waters. If you’re looking for a unique getaway, this is your best bet. You won’t get any more ethereal and alien than this unique ecosystem with beautiful beaches and local wildlife.  

Family Travel Bucket List Ideas

Climb the Dunns River Falls in Jamaica

If you’re traveling as a family, Jamaica is an awesome destination, and climbing the Dunns River Falls is a must-do. Get the adrenaline going while you enjoy the gorgeous sights of this tropical island. As you climb up, you’ll feel droplets of cascading waterfalls fall onto you and be in awe of the greenery that surrounds you. The hike is family-friendly and great for people of all ages! Once you’re done with this adventure, you and your family will be living large eating codfish, drinking a Jamaican rum cream, and dancing along to the reggae music that fills the streets. 

Visit Funspot: the World’s Largest Arcade

For some good, old-fashioned, family fun, take a trip to Funspot in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Funspot is the world’s largest arcade – and coincidentally – the designated spot for fun. Inside, you’ll find everything your inner child dreamed of: old-school and classic arcade games, bowling lanes, mini-golf, snacks, and prizes! You and the fam will have a blast trying to beat each other’s high score while you munch on pizza and just enjoy the fact that there are still places that are classically family-oriented and made to remember the good things about the past (like PacMan). 

Shop and Ride at the Mall of America

While the Mall of America is basically just a huge mall, there’s reason to take the young ‘uns there (or let out your own inner child). While there are endless shopping options that’ll make your head turn at every corner, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is also known for being packed full of fun. Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor amusement park that boasts rides for kids and adults of all ages and more fun activities. When lunchtime rolls around, you’ll find yourself in one of the biggest food courts in the world so you can go home with a happy heart and a full tummy. 

Visit LEGOLAND in New York

If you’re not a fan of LEGOs going into LEGOLAND in New York, you definitely will be once you come out. New York is full of activities for the whole family, but LEGOLAND should be on everybody’s must-see list. You and the little ones will be in awe of the LEGO-themed rides and displays, and the height of it might be building your own LEGO creations in the Master Builder Academy, heading over to the 4D movie theater, or exploring Miniland, a miniature world made out of LEGO bricks. A day spent here is a day well spent. 

Disneyland California

It truly goes without saying that Disneyland should be on everybody’s bucket list. It’s the kind of place you have to go, so head on over to Disneyland California to enjoy every moment of this beautiful life you were given. Whether you’re chasing down Mickey Mouse for an autograph or chatting with Aladdin, you’ll be transported back to the classics of Disney that most of us grew up with. Immerse yourself in classic Disney rides like Space Mountain and It’s a Small World, or go for something new and improved like the upcoming Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride. Make sure you wave at everyone at the parade and indulge in all the food and snacks Disneyland has to offer. One last tip: don’t forget to grab a pair of mouse ears from the gift shop. 

Seasonal Bucket List Ideas

Summer Bucket List Ideas

Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard 

Pack up enough warm clothes for 10 days and you’ll be ready to travel to Svalbard with Quark Expeditions, where you’ll visit and experience the fjords, glaciers, and wildlife of this arctic region. You’ll get up close and personal with nature and the cold, so make sure you’re bundled up on your way to spot polar bears, walruses, and reindeer in the always-light-out Svaldbard. As far as scenery is concerned, this experience allows you to take in the incredible views and uniquely colorful landscape of the area. Pick between one of two boats to personalize the on-boat experience: the innovative Ultramarine or the intimate Ocean Adventurer. This could definitely be the adventure of a lifetime during the summer.

Catatumbo Lightning, Venezuela

Venezuela might get a bad rep sometimes, but the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture are still very much alive, and worth a spot on your bucket list. If you want to see a crazy feat of nature creating its own light show, take a summer trip to this country and test your luck to see if you can spot the Catatumbo lightning – a crazy and electrifying display of lightning over the Catatumbo River. 

Sakurajima Dirty Thunderstorms, Japan

Summer around the world means different things, and in Japan, you might just be able to witness a Sakurajima dirty thunderstorm. Much like a dirty martini, this is just like a regular thunderstorm, but with an added element of chaos. What’s the chaos? A whole volcano. You’ll be standing on the shores of Kagoshima Bay, watching an erupting volcano in the distance as an ash-stricken thunderstorm rages above. You might even hike all the way up Mount Sakurajima for the best view of a dirty thunderstorm. If you have even a gram of storm chaser in you, this experience is one you won’t want to miss out on. 

Great Blue Hole, Belize

South America is full of stunning natural wonders that the world marvels over, and one of these is the Great Blue Hole in Belize. Found near the center of the Lighthouse Reef, this underwater sinkhole provides an amazing and awe-inspiring view as the ocean seems to collapse upon itself into a gulf overlooking the eternal ocean. Underneath the waves, beautiful coral formations and dozens of sea creatures roam the crystal-clear water. Embark on an adventure of a lifetime and discover a country that might not be mainstream, but certainly is worth getting to know.

Moonbow, Hawaii

Aloha from Hawaii, where you’ll want to make the most of summertime and see if you can catch any luck watching a Moonbow, better known as “māna” by locals. This phenomenon only happens when a nearly-full or full moon graces the mostly-clear skies, with the exception of rain. The moonlight shines through the rain to create a nighttime rainbow, which is definitely something worth waiting up for. Not only will this memory last for a lifetime, but the pictures on Instagram are bound to be the bomb. 

Fall Bucket List Ideas

Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland and East Greenland

Quark Expedition takes you to Iceland and East Greenland to watch the aurora borealis explode across the sky in the autumn. You’ll explore some of the last untouched places on the planet, with a wild energy that expresses itself in mountain-laden views across Iceland and fjords in Greenland. The rugged beauty of the Arctic can be admired only by those who are adventurous enough to brave the cold wilderness of the Arctic that makes itself known through incredible towering icebergs and cliffs. Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely a common bucket list item, but this is the best way to see them: the way they were meant to be seen, by an adventurer. 

Day of the Dead in Mexico City

Mexico is a vibrant country as is, but around the 2nd of November, things get even brighter. Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is celebrated every fall across the U.S.’s neighbor. It’s a day for people to remember those that they’ve lost and visit their gravesites, all while decorating, dancing, singing, laughing, and cherishing memories. The traditions are seen in every store window, with altars, sugar skulls, Catarinas, and flowers everywhere. While all Mexican food is delicious, make sure to leave some room for the famous pan de muerto (bread of the dead). If you’re looking for a truly unique cultural experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in the traditions, head over to Mexico right after Halloween. 

Oktoberfest in Münich

October might be famous for having everyone’s favorite creepy holiday, but on the world stage, this month sticks out for another reason: Oktoberfest. This is for the wild child, the rebellious one, the one who can chug a pint of beer without blinking an eye. This once-a-year extravaganza is unique to Germany, although it’s replicated all around the world because it’s just so darn fun. This huge beer festival is just a massive party where alcohol is always flowing and someone’s always dancing in a pair of Lederhosen. Don’t forget to hydrate and have some sausages to keep your energy high so you can party all day long in Münich and enjoy carnival rides, games, beer, and good company.

Diwali Festival of Lights in Delhi, India

If you need a little light in your life, visiting the Diwali Festival of Lights in Delhi is the way to go. The mission of this festival is to spread joy and brightness across the city, bringing people together and creating memories that will last forever. You’ll feel mesmerized by the astounding show of lights that invades every street and corner, with candles, lanterns, and strings of light illuminating every jovial face. While you enjoy the sights, turn your eye to the delicious Indian food, unique handmade items, and friendly people. If you’re not sure when the best time to tick India off of your bucket list is, the answer is whenever Diwali is happening.

Winter Bucket List Ideas

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

The frozen frontier has never been closer, as Quark Expedition offers an 11-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula during the winter months. Exploring the seventh continent might seem otherworldly as you gaze across a breathtaking land made of ice and snow, but the experience is worth every frozen eyelash and extra pair of socks. You’ll be traveling across the infamous Drake Passage in luxury, although no promises about whether you’ll get Drake Lake or Drake Shake. Once in Antarctica, you’ll be blown away by experiences like zodiac rides, on-foot adventures, getting close and personal with wildlife, and a bunch of informative talks by specialists about history, biology, and glaciology. This is as good of a time as any to conquer the unknown. 

Climb a Frozen Waterfall in Elora, Ontario

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your need for adrenaline goes away. If you’re a thrill-seeker, a great winter trip might just mean heading to Ontario to climb a frozen waterfall. All you need to do is book a guided excursion and you’ll be ready to explore what happens when a cascading waterfall stands still, all while tackling icy terrain and feeling like Spiderman (maybe). After your unforgettable waterfall-climbing adventure, make the most of the town of Elora by living up to its charming vibe and visiting quaint and cozy shops and restaurants for a cup of hot chocolate after freezing all day. 

Watch the Monarchs Migrate in Mexico

Around wintertime every year, the skies near Valle de Bravo, Mexico are covered in a floating sea of orange and black. You see, during these months, the Monarch butterflies start migrating so they can reach warmer lands by the time the snow melts away up north. You’ll feel like you’re inside a fairytale watching these buddies migrate, especially as you feel the fluttering of wings all around you. The beauty of Mexico and the monarchs might overwhelm you, so make sure you visit more of this beautiful land and immerse yourself in one of the most accepting, friendly, and interesting cultures out there.

Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans

While we wait for the government to replace New Year’s with Mardi Gras because it’s just so much more fun, let us show you how much fun you could have celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Party animals rejoice, your moment has come. Just imagine yourself walking down busy Bourbon Street, a drink in one hand, a friend in the other, and beads around your neck. You’ll hear the sounds of brass instruments playing joyful jazz and soulful soul down every street while you sing and dance with the gang. Don’t forget to indulge in the great street food that Mardi Gras brings to the table and remember to have way too much fun. 

Spring Bucket List Ideas

Watch the Sunrise in a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia

One of the most unforgettable moments you could ever experience is watching the sunrise in a hot air balloon overlooking Cappadocia. You’ll watch the world down below pass by in slow motion as you watch the sun reach across the horizon in Turkey. The view is unbelievable and unbeatable, and you’ll see the towering chimneys and cave dwellings of Cappadocia as the pink, orange, and yellow hues of the springtime sun make their way across the landscape. Afterward, make sure to grab a Turkish breakfast and enjoy some tea or coffee before exploring more of the country. 

Enjoy Sakura Season and Cherry Blossoms in Japan

The cherry blossoms of Japan beg to be visited, so why not? Enjoy the Sakura season by visiting Japan during the springtime and feeling like you’ve stepped into a Studio Ghibli film once you visit the sea of pink and white flowers. You’ll want to practice “hanami”, the practice of setting up and having a picnic under a cherry blossom tree. All you need is a bento box from the convenience store, some good company, and a blooming tree that inspires you to soak up every second. If you still until the sun goes down, you can try yozakura, which translates to nighttime cherry blossom viewing. The lit-up trees are perhaps even more gorgeous at night, so clear your schedule.

Bucket List Ideas For Someone Specific

Bucket List Ideas With Friends

All the best things in life are shared, and the same can be true for bucket list activities. Why keep all the fun to yourself when you can have amazing experiences with those near and dear to you?

Many of the experiences we have on this list would be great to experience alone, but these next few would be even better enjoyed with a group of your closest friends in order to create some unforgettable memories!

Underwater Music Festival | Florida, USA

Going to a music concert is always a fun experience, but the Underwater Music Festival takes the concert experience to new depths, literally! The event calls to mind the famous concert scene from the Disney film The Little Mermaid, and allows you and your friends to dive amongst the coral and enjoy some tunes.

Divers will mime playing the aquatic-themed music which is played through underwater speakers. The whole concept isn’t just for fun, as it was created to help preserve and bring attention to endangered coral.

This would be the perfect opportunity for diving and music enthusiasts alike.

Boryeong Mud Festival | South Korea 

If you like your fun to be a bit on the messier side, then the Boryeong Mud Festival would be the perfect party for you and your friends! This annual festival is a celebration of mud and its rejuvenation effects. 

It’s two weeks of lots of fun activities all involving mud and having fun. These could include mud wrestling, mud baths, and many other mud-related activities!

If you want to have a party vacation with your friends that is a bit different, then this festival definitely deserved a place on your bucket list.

Cheese Rolling – Gloucestershire, England, UK

Being a fan of cheese isn’t that uncommon, but some people take their dairy obsession to extremes, as evidenced by the Cheese Rolling event in Gloucestershire, England.

This annual race sees contestants rolling large cheese wheels down the hill and then chasing after them, and it’s a thrilling spectacle to both witness and take part in.

The event would be a great highlight to a vacation with friends in the beautiful area of Gloucestershire and would be sure to give you a new appreciation for cheese!

Las Vegas Casinos, Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the most famous cities in the world, specifically the Las Vegas Strip portion. This area is renowned for its lavish hotels and casinos, and it is a well-known destination for people wanting to have a wild and fun time.

It’s also common for people to take a trip with friends to experience the rush of the casinos or the bright lights and excitement. If you want to have a trip like no other and love to party, then a visit to Sin City with your friends is one that you absolutely need to do at least once in your life.

Loire Valley, France

Our previous suggestion was pretty high-octane, so this next one slows things down a bit with a picturesque journey through the Loire Valley in France.

This beautiful stretch of France is home to gorgeous vineyards, old castles, and some breathtaking scenery. If you like to really drink it all in and enjoy the ambiance of a truly magical place, the Loire Valley is an essential addition to your bucket list.

Yacht Week – Croatia

The famous Yacht Week in Croatia is another essential party event for you and your friends to enjoy. This week-long celebration will involve sailing and having an amazing time around the Croatian islands.

Any party animals will definitely want to join their friends for this unforgettable week of fun at sea!

Party In Ibiza

Few places are as synonymous with partying as Ibiza in the Mediterranean Islands. Considered one of the party capitals of the world, this beautiful place is known for its incredible clubs and vibrant nightlife scene, especially in the Summer months.

A trip to Ibiza is a great way to take your partying experience to whole new levels for an experience you’ll never forget!

Coachella Music & Arts Festival

Anyone even remotely interested in music and art will likely know of the famous Coachella Festival. Taking place annually in Indio California, it’s the ultimate destination for anyone who wants to experience premiere live music and art installations.

It’s no wonder why attending the festival is on many people’s bucket lists, as it’s an experience that is rarely matched. 

Afterlife Music Festival in Tulum, Mexico

We have one more music festival for you to experience with friends, and this one is also really special. The Afterlife festival in Tulum takes place at various jungle locations, featuring a mix of amazing live music and futuristic production values.

This festival is perfect for people wanting a unique party experience set in an unforgettable exotic locale to enjoy with their friends.

Bucket List Ideas Before 30

Bucket list ideas can come in many different forms, and some are a bit more extreme than others. While many of the following items on the list could be enjoyed by the young at heart, we would most recommend these for people under 30 to enjoy. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the adventures you can add to your bucket list.

Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the most vibrant and varied places on Earth. There is a lot to see and do, so you will definitely want to plan a trip there carefully. There is incredible food, architecture and culture to absorb in this incredible place, so if you’ve never been there before then it’s an essential addition to your bucket list.

Santorini, Greece

The town of Santorini, Greece, is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Anyone who has ever been to Greece will know that is saying something, as Greece is famous for its breathtaking scenery.

Santorini is perhaps most famous for its unique situation on steep cliffs surrounded by the ocean. It is also famous for its exquisite wines, making this an excellent choice for a more laid-back bucket list destination.

The Full Moon Party – Thailand

The Full Moon Party in Thailand is probably exactly what it sounds like: an epic party held around the full moon. This party is famous for taking place along a long, picturesque beach where thousands of people from all walks of life come to dance the night away.

This occasion is perfect for party lovers that want something special to highlight their dance experience. It is something that every dance lover should aim to experience at least once!

Tomorrowland Festival – Belgium

Our next bucket list suggestion is aimed at those of you who love to dance to amazing electronic music. The Tomorrowland festival is held annually in Belgium, this immense festival features some of the top electronic music artists in the business for a party extravaganza.

This event is always immensely popular, so you’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible once you have added this one to your bucket list!

Burning Man – Nevada, USA

The Burning Man festival is one of the most unique festival experiences in the world. It is a life-changing experience where people from all over the globe gather to appreciate music, art, culture, community, sustainability, and many more values that have developed over time within Black Rock City. It all culminates in the iconic burning of an effigy, a practice inspired by pagan solstice rituals.

Attending Burning Man is a common bucket list item around the world, and it’s easy to see why with how much there is to see and do.

The Emerald Cup (Northern California) 

For something completely different, we have the Emerald Cup. This event, often dubbed the ‘weed festival’ is a gathering of music and culture lovers all set to a theme around cannabis culture. Local growers can even enter into a competition for some extra fun.

This is certainly one of the most unique entries you can add to your bucket list, and it would definitely be an experience!

Electric Daisy Carnival EDC – Vegas

The Electric Daisy Carnival has a really unique name that lives up to what’s on offer. It is a festival of all manner of electric music and dance, all to the backdrop of bright lights and vivid colors.

This is an incredible occasion to add to any Vegas trip. It tends to take place in May, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re adding this event to your bucket list.

Shambhala Music Festival / Camping in BC

Our final suggestion for bucket list items for those under 30 would be the Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada. This incredible festival is held out in the wilderness and has an intriguing outdoor camping element to it.

You’ll spend your time jamming to amazing music while becoming one with nature, and it’s the perfect occasion for anyone who considers themselves a hippy at heart.

Bucket List Ideas For Couples

A bucket list can be a very personal thing, based on your own interests, passions, and dreams. Sometimes, it can be great to share these experiences with the person you love most in the world, and that is why the next few ideas will be focused on activities that can be enjoyed as a couple.

You will find some of the most relaxing and romantic experiences in the world that you will definitely want to experience with your special someone contained within the next few entries!

Wife Carrying World Championship — Sonkajärvi, Finland

The Wife Carrying World Championship is, on a basic level, exactly what it sounds like. Every year, couples from around the world travel to this unique event where they will compete in various obstacle courses and races while carrying their wife. While ‘wife’ is in the title, you don’t have to be married to take part in the fun.

Whether you’re dating someone or married, this is an awesome and fun-filled endurance test that will surely bring you closer together!

The Baby Jumping Festival — Castrillo de Murcia, Spain

Our next suggestion for a bucket list item is truly something quite unique and extraordinary. Taking place in the Castillo de Murcia in Spain, the Baby Jumping Festival is a spectacle like no other.

During this bizarre and intriguing festival, costumed ‘devils’ will jump over recently born babies in a sort of baptismal ritual. It’s quite a sight to behold, and definitely something quite unlike anything else on this list for couples to add to their bucket list.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora – French Polynesia

You’ll probably need to relax after some of the activities on this list, and few places are as ideal for a relaxing island getaway as the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. Located on a beautiful private island, this resort offers luxury accommodation on the water, stunning lagoons, and plenty of relaxing activities for you to take part in.

This has to be one of the most relaxing and romantic getaways you can add to your bucket list! You will never have a relaxing sleep quite like drifting off to the sound of lapping waves.

Spice Island Beach Resort – Grenada

If you need some more pampering, we have another luxurious option to add to your bucket list. This is also another one that would be perfect for couples to enjoy together. The Spice Island beach resort is a beautiful island resort where you will be able to swim, take part in activities and enjoy luxury accommodation

This is definitely an idea you would want to experience with that special someone in your life. 

Excellence Playa Mujeres – Mexico

It’s great to be around the kids in our lives, as they bring us a lot of joy! Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of time to yourself, and the Excellence Playa Mujeres in Mexico is the perfect choice for this.

This adults-only resort is home to great spa treatments, VIP activities, and stunning natural scenery. It would be another pampered getaway perfect for a couple’s bucket list.

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Chiva-Som is a magical spa and wellness getaway in Thailand that you will certainly need to visit once in your life! Calming nature retreats, spa treatments and more are the order of the day, and you can spend your time relaxing and just recharging with your partner, all in a beautiful and exotic location.

The Caves – Negril, Jamaica

The previous destinations we looked at were all about relaxation, but The Caves resort in Negril, Jamaica has a bit of relaxation and a lot of adventure. This location would be great for couples who like to have some fun with activities like kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling while also taking it easy on the beach and enjoying some amazing food.

Each room at the resort is also uniquely decorated, so there will be something new to see wherever you go!

Jade Mountain – St. Lucia

We’ve been introduced to some amazing locations on this list, but the Jade Mountain resort in St Lucia may be one of the most beautiful yet! Surrounded by beautiful blue waters and majestic mountains, you will be immersed in natural beauty while enjoying stunning accommodations and spa treatments.

This is another dream destination for couples to enjoy a romantic and unforgettable trip together!

Galley Bay Resort & Spa – Antigua

The next item on our list is the Galley Bay resort and spa in Antigua. This is another adults-only resort that is specifically designed with romance in mind. Here you will be surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean while enjoying classy yet rustic accommodations.

This trip would be perfect if you just want to leave it all behind for a while and enjoy some tranquil and relaxing fun.

Hotel Remota – Patagonia, Chile

We’ve seen some amazing tropical locations on this list, but next, we have something a bit different. Hotel Remota in Patagonia is surrounded by amazing snow-capped mountains and some harshly beautiful terrain.

This is one to add to your bucket list if you like luxury mixed with a bit of adventure. There are activities like horseback riding and fly fishing to enjoy, and then you can take it easy with some fine food back at the luxury resort.

Mayan Tulum Ruins, Mexico

There’s something indescribable about being surrounded by old ruins and history, and that is a feeling you can experience at the Tulum ruins. The ruins you can explore here are almost 1000 years old, and they are near to a picturesque, rustic resort town.

This would be a dream destination for adventure-seeking couples, and it is an activity that should be on any bucket list with a sense of adventure!

Vineyard tour and wine tasting in Tuscany, Italy

Italy in general is famous for its fine wine, quaint locales, and absolutely stunning scenery. Tuscany in Italy is even more specifically famous for these aspects, and that’s why any wine lovers or connoisseurs will find a wine-tasting tour in Tuscany to be an essential addition to their bucket list.

You can tour the vineyards, drink in the scenery and enjoy the finest wines in the world, and it’s all best enjoyed with someone special. The Torciano winery is an excellent place to start in your journey.

Go stargazing atop Mauna Kea summit observatory, Big Island Hawaii, USA

Gazing up at the stars is a common activity for couples to enjoy, but if you’re going to do this then you might as well do it in the most magical way possible. The Mauna Kea Summit Observatory is an incredible location set high up in the mountains of Hawaii.

Anyone who has been to Hawaii will tell you it is one of the most magical places on earth, and this might be one of the most incredible locations in Hawaii.

Here you can enjoy breathtaking stargazing while being so close you feel like you could touch the stars! This would be the ultimate romantic adventure for a couple to take part in, and would surely be an unforgettable experience.

Bucket List Ideas For Retirement 

A bucket list can often involve a lot of high-energy adventure and partying. If you want to take things a bit slower and discover some bucket list ideas suited for folks who have retired and wish to have some laid-back adventures, then these next few ideas will be perfect for you!

Kanamara Matsuri Festival- Japan

The Kanamara Matsuri festival is certainly one of the more unique festivals on this list. This one would be suited to people who don’t mind some more mature themes to their festivities. The festival is a celebration of fertility and is famous for the abundance of phallic imagery all around.

This would be a great addition to your bucket list if you’re open-minded and like to have some off-color fun every now and then!

Thaipusam- Tamil Nadu, India

People who love deeply spiritual events focused on culture will want to experience the Thaipusam festival in India. This deeply spiritual event honors the local gods and legends, and it is something that would be a tranquil and enriching experience for anyone to witness and partake in.

Kukur Tihar – Nepal

This next event would be perfect for any dog lovers, as this festival is all about dogs! On this day, dogs are worshiped in favor of the god Yama. they will be decorated with flowers, and decorations and be fed fine foods in an incredible spectacle.

If you have a pooch in your life that you like to treat like royalty, then you’ll definitely want to experience this sacred day!

South African Safari

South Africa is famous for its incredible wildlife and adventurous landscapes. Every year, millions of people travel here to enjoy a safari adventure of their very own. For instance, the Kruger National Park is one of the most famous game reserves in the country.

You can drive around and see all the most famous African animals while enjoying camping or luxury stays. There are many other incredible lodges and safari experiences in the country, and any one of them would be perfect for retirees looking for adventure!

Golf The Famous St. Andrews Course In Scotland

Golf is an incredibly popular sport for many retirees, as it’s a sport that can let you take it easy and really just enjoy things at your own pace. For any golf lovers out there, you definitely want to play the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland.

The course does have some exclusive membership rules, so this would only be recommended for people who really take their golf playing seriously. It would be the ultimate trip for any enthusiasts of the sport!

Galapagos Cruise

There are few things more relaxing and enjoyable than a cruise, and taking one through the Galapagos Islands is one of the best ways to enjoy one of these luxurious voyages. 

There are many options available, and each one will let you drink in the beauty of this amazing place in the world while enjoying all of the benefits that cruising has to offer.

Antarctic Cruise

Keeping with the cruise theme, we have one on the opposite end of the spectrum with an Antarctic cruise. This is one of the most stunning cruises you can take, as you will see snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers and some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty in the world.

This is one that would be perfect on any bucket list, but just make sure, to pack plenty of warm clothing while you’re at it! There are some life-changing sights and experiences ready for anyone who takes this incredible voyage.

Pitcairn Island (Mutiny on the Bounty)

We’re back to tropical locales with this next item we suggest for your bucket list. Pitcairn Island offers some incredible sights and sounds to experience, all surrounded by stunning ocean views.

You also have the famous Mutiny on The Bounty historical event that you can learn more about in the area. This bucket list item would be an amazing adventure for anyone to partake in, especially those who like to experience historical events where they happened.

Glacier Express Train Journey, Switzerland

Have you ever wanted to step right into a picturesque storybook setting? If so, then the Glacier Express journey in Switzerland may be the next best thing. On this trip, you will board a luxury train and travel some incredibly beautiful snow-capped mountain passes.

The scenery is some of the most magical you can experience in the real world, and it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that any bucket list would be lucky to have on it! This trip would be perfect for anyone who wants to experience some of the real-life magic in our world.

Bucket List Ideas For 50-Year-Olds

Next up we have some more bucket list ideas that would be perfect for anyone wanting some more relaxed adventures and experiences. These next few ideas would be perfect for people of all ages, but we specifically chose some more relaxing activities and places that can be enjoyed at a slower, more deliberate pace.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some thrills and adventures in these next few items, so let’s see some of the incredible experiences that can be added to your list!

International Hair Freezing Contest- Yukon, Canada

Our first suggestion for a bucket list destination for 50-year-olds would be the International Hair Freezing Contest in Yukon, Canada. This is a highly unique and hilarious competition that would be great fun to witness and even take part in.

The idea of the competition is to dive into the cold springs and freeze your hair or beard in the most extreme, amusing ways possible! If you would like to witness the event rather than partake, you can relax at the gorgeous resort facilities at the Eclipse resort.

Trans Siberian Express

A train ride is one of the best ways to enjoy the local sights and sounds of a beautiful place, and the Trans Siberian Express is a great way to experience the beauty and variety of Russia.

You will see stunning lakes, beautiful cities, and some incredible landscapes, and it’s the perfect way to have a lovely and relaxed adventure.

Road trip through the Romantic Route in southern Germany

The Romantic Route in Southern Germany more than earns its grand title. This picturesque road is one of the most beautiful in the world, specifically designed to show off the grandeur and beauty of this area.

You will come across historic cities, medieval towns, and all manner of amazing sights you’ll never forget. People who love to drink in the beauty of an amazing location will want to add this to their bucket list and savor every moment of it!

This would also be an amazing trip for couples 50 and over, but people of all ages would have an incredible time exploring this historic place.

The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China

The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China were one of the most exciting archeological finds ever, and it’s well worth taking the trip to see these statues in person.

The statues, which number in their thousands, were said to protect the emperor in the afterlife, and today they stand as a testament to a bygone culture.

It’s incredible to admire the craftsmanship of these ancient statues, and seeing them in their multitudes is a sight no one would forget. History lovers would definitely not regret adding this landmark to their bucket lists!

Solo Bucket List Ideas

In this list, we have spoken about how special it can be to share a bucket list experience with friends and family. It can be equally special to experience some on your own, however, and that’s what the final category on our list deals with.

Here we will look at some amazing experiences that you can enjoy and savor for your own solo adventure!

The Night of Radishes – Mexico

The Night of Radishes in Mexico is an experience like no other that solo adventurers would have an amazing time experiencing! This annual festival takes place around Christmas and is all about, as you may expect from the name, radishes!

During this festival, sculptures of animals, people, monsters and anything else you can think of will be carved from local radishes. This is an event that promises to be unlike any Christmas celebration you’ve ever been part of!

Best of all, witnessing the festivities would be just as magical if enjoyed alone or with others, making it a perfect bucket list addition.

Ashram in India

Yoga is all about reaching your center and achieving peace through self-reflection and meditation. That’s why any Yoga enthusiast may want to experience Ashram in India as a solo bucket list adventure.

These special yoga retreats are all about providing a calming, magical experience that allows you to become one with yourself. It would be the perfect place to learn about the practices and culture of this incredible place, and you may even learn a bit more about yourself in the process.

Backpack through Southeast Asia

People who love to immerse themselves in a culture and land will definitely get a lot out of a trip backpacking through Southeast Asia. Embarking on a trip like this alone can be a great way to take things at your own pace and make your own adventure.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet locals and partake in the incredible local customs and culture of the area. This would be the ultimate bucket list adventure for anyone to go on, and it’s no wonder by so many people take the trip every year!

James Bond Island, Thailand

Millions of people around the world are fans of the fictional spy James Bond, and this next item would be perfect for any Bond fan to enjoy! The iconic island, dubbed James Bond Island, was featured in the 1974 film The Man With The Golden Gun. 

These days, it is a tourist attraction that offers canoeing and an unforgettable dining experience. This would be an incredible experience for any budding secret agents to add to their bucket list!

Explore Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most incredible cities in South Africa, and it’s a dream destination for many people looking for some fun and adventure. There is so much to experience in this iconic city for solo adventurers.

You can visit the majestic Table Mountain, visit Robben Island to get a somber tour of the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years, or tour the many incredible vineyards and fine restaurants in and around the city.

Cape Town is perfect for anyone wanting to experience some of the best sights, sounds, and culture that South Africa has to offer!

Alaskan Cruises

A cruise is a perfect getaway for solo folks or people in groups. There is something for everyone on a cruise, and it can be a great way to experience the natural beauty of a place.

Cruises are some of the best ways to experience Alaska, one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. A cruise will take you from towns like Juneau and Ketchikan to the Icy Strait and beyond. You will see glaciers, have access to sled rides, and explore icy caves. You might even be lucky enough to experience the Aurora Borealis painting the night sky!

This would be an amazing and unforgettable experience for solo travelers to experience at least once in their lives.

Explore Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most incredible and beautiful cities in the world. You can witness the mind-blowing architecture of the Sagrada Familia, the forever unfinished masterpiece of a church.

This is just one of many amazing landmarks you can see in this vibrant city, and there are incredible cathedrals, restaurants, and other places to explore. It would be the perfect city to explore and get lost in as you get immersed in the vibrant culture of this incredible city.

Bucket List FAQs

What Is A Bucket List?

A bucket list is a list of activities and experiences you wish to have before you die. It is basically a collection of anything you dream of doing in your lifetime!

When Did The Term Bucket List Originate?

While it can’t be said if this was the very first usage of the term, it is believed that the term ‘bucket list’ was first used in the 2007 film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Therefore, it could be said that screenwriter Justin Zackman can be credited with coining the term.

At the very least, this film brought widespread attention to the term.

Why Is It Called A Bucket List?

The phrase ‘kick the bucket’ is a well-known euphemism that means someone has died. Therefore, the phrase bucket list means a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket, hence the name.

How To Make A Bucket List?

There is no right or wrong way to make a bucket list, and it should be done in a way that feels right to you. One great idea would be to buy a bucket list journal and then write your list inside. That way, you could also keep a diary of any of the bucket list items you get to experience!

Otherwise, you can simply make a basic list and cross off any things you have experienced.


A bucket list is such a wonderful idea that can help you think of all the amazing experiences this world has to offer. Having these experiences listed and written down can help to make them seem more tangible and reachable, so it’s a great concept that everyone can do.

Even if you don’t experience everything on your list, it can be fun to dream and see what’s out there! On this list, we tried to come up with experiences that people of all ages and life experiences can enjoy. 

Whether you want to enjoy the wildest parties on the planet or indulge in some tranquil relaxation, we hope this list has helped you to add a few more items to your own bucket list!